Acquisition of Firearm
ACQUISITION OF FIREARM
The general public are reminded that, individuals, under the law, can possess firearm.
The procedure for acquiring and the subsequent licensing of these firearms for individuals are as follows:-
a) The applicant must show himself personally at any firearm licensing office at the Police Station to complete the relevant forms e.g. application to possess firearm (Form A1) and permit to bear firearm (Form A2).Reasons for all applications to possess firearm must be tangible.
a. The applicant must be eighteen (18) years and above
b. He must be free from any mental disorder, i.e. he must be mentally sound to avoid any future disaster.
c.He must be free from any mental disorder, i.e. he must be mentally sound to avoid any future disaster.
Types of firearm that an individual can possess under the law are as follows:-
a. Single barrelled (SB) Shotgun
b. Double barrelled (DB) Shotgun
c. Single barrelled (SB) Garden gun
d. Double barrelled (DB) Garden gun
e. Single barrelled (SB) Pump Action Shotgun
The law also permits individuals to possess Pistols, Rifles, Air Pistols and Revolvers. To possess any of these categories of weapons, the individual requires the permission of the minister responsible for the Interior.
Whoever, wants to import arms and ammunition into the country be it in commercial quantity or a single one for personal use, must first apply to the Minister responsible for the Interior for his approval. In this regard, the police will be notified if the approval is given and this will enable them to process the relevant documents for the applicant.
Firearm Licensing Fees:-
Weapons licensed for the first time, i.e. Shotguns, Riffles and Garden Guns attract a fee of ¢50,000.00 whilst the renewal attracts a fee of ¢20,000.00.
Similarly, weapons such as Pistols, and Revolvers attract a fee of ¢1,000,000.00 whilst their renewal attract a fee of ¢500,000.00 per annum.