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210,000 firearms licensed to Namibian civilians: official


WINDHOEK, March 8 — Namibia’s Deputy Minister of Safety and Security Daniel Kashikola on Thursday confirmed that 210,000 licensed firearms were issued to civilians.
A total of 4,870 applications were filed in the third quarter of 2018/19 compared to 5,424 applications in the 2017/18 period, he said.
“It was observed with concern that 50 percent of the applications were for handguns, pistols and revolvers and the justification for the demand of handguns is self-defense,” Kashikola said. “This trend is likely to continue in the near future.”
“There is a need to improve on arms and ammunition control mechanism by promulgating enabling legislation,” he said.
“Cases of stolen or lost firearms have increased at an alarming rate; 80 percent of those firearms reported stolen or lost are handguns,” he said, noting that some of them were used in committing crimes.
“I therefore wish to call up all those who have been issued with licenses to possess firearms to make sure that your firearm is always locked up in safe if not on you so that it does not fall in the hands of criminals,” Kashikola said. –¬†XINHUA