Nairobi News

News

Licensed gun owners warned against misuse of firearm

The National Gun Holders Association Secretary General, Anthony Wahome has reminded licensed gun owners that the firearms are only meant to protect life and property and not to be used when the holder is intoxicated.

In a statement, Mr Wahome decried increased incidents of misuse of firearms by licensed gun holders across the country.

“Firearms are not meant for use during domestic disputes; in public places; during road-use conflict; or where the danger is not imminent to the owner of the firearm, their family or their property,” Mr Wahome said in the statement.

Mr Wahome recounted how the terror attack at Westgate Mall in 2013 saw patriotic gun holders taking it upon themselves to make the country safe.

RESPONSIBLE OWNERS

He mentioned that the association is concerned that a few irresponsible licensed firearm owners are spoiling the broth for over 6,000 responsible firearm owners.

The association called upon the Minister of Interior Security and the Inspector General of Police to take action against any civilian found to have misused firearm.

“We also fully support careful and regular vetting of all firearm owners to ensure everyone entrusted with the responsibility to own a firearm is actually worthy and deserving of such responsibility,” added the statement.

This comes a week after a city businessman was accused of intimidating residents using his firearm and later rammed his car into others at Hazina Estate’s parking lot.