CONCERNED: Marathe

Botswana Police Arms Quota Board has recorded a 45% increase in the number of people who applied for fire-arms permits this year.

About 9 454 people applied for the permits compared to last year’s 6 498 applications.

Each year application forms are availed to the general public at all Police Stations for completion by eligible applicants.

Deputy Police Commissioner- Operations, Dinah Marathe, said they continue to receive reports of stolen firearms and that their fear is that the same weapons may fall in the wrong hands and possibly be used to commit crimes.

She advised the successful applicants including those who already own arms and ammunitions to ensure compliance with the Act.

She said they must keep them in a safe and secure place. “It is also imperative to take all reasonable precautions to ensure these are not made available to any person not lawfully entitled to possess them. Breach of the above Act may lead to a criminal offence which may attract a fine or even a term of imprisonment or both. I must also emphasise that the law does not permit any person to repair, test or proof firearms without a gun smith licence and acting contrary to that may also attract penalties against the Act,” said Marathe

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