More than 440 illegal firearms surrendered in Namibia



Namibian police said Sunday that since the declaration of a gun amnesty, 443 firearms have been surrendered.

The three-month amnesty was declared on Sept. 3 to allow all those who have illegal firearms to surrender them to the police.

Police spokesperson Chief Inspector Kauna Shikwambi told a media briefing that in the past two weeks since the amnesty was declared, 443 firearms have been surrendered.

Shikwambi said the majority of the firearms were surrendered in Khomas region where Windhoek is, while Karas in the south and Omusati in the north also recorded high gun returns.

According to Shikwambi, there are 424 rifles, 16 hand guns, three shotguns and 118 explosive ordnances.

“All persons who possess illegal firearms, ammunition or armaments should surrender these to the police officer in charge at the nearest police station and do not have to fear prosecution,” Shikwambi said.

Police inspector general Sebastian Ndeitunga who announced the amnesty said then that the government was concerned with the number of illegal guns in the country.

This is the second time after Namibia attained independence in 1990 that a firearms amnesty was declared.

In 1992, the government called on all those who had fought in the war on the side of the ruling Swapo Party and the South African Defense Forces to surrender their weapons. – Xinhua


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