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Ghana

Four Ghana Regions Main Hubs of Illegal Gun Possession

30 October 2016

Ghana Web

The three Northern Regions and the Ashanti Region have been identified as the hub for the haulage of large cache of illegal weapons in the country with the Ashanti region serving as a major user and transit point across the country and beyond, a baseline study on the proliferation of small arms in the country has revealed. The study further revealed that while analysis of the distribution of ownership of these arms with respect to age was more concentrated in ages... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ghana

Ghana Makes Case at UN Against Abuse of Illicit Guns

27 October 2016

Ghana Web

Ghana has told the United Nations that the proliferation and abuse of conventional weapons, particularly Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) and their ammunition continue to undermine world peace and security as well as sustainable development. It argued that the supplies of SALW to non-state actors in a volatile world which is experiencing significant fragility, organized crime and terrorism is not the route to take by those truly committed to sustainable peace and... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ghana

Ghana 'Safer' After 1,800 of 1 million Illicit Guns Are Registered

5 October 2016

Pulse (Ghana)

Ghana is now safe after a successful registration of almost 1,800 illicit weapons across the country, Minister of the Interior Prosper Bani has said. "Today, I can say citizens of this country are safer by way of having 1,796 weapons being registered or re-registered. It means that the security agencies have a record of these legal firearms in circulation in this country," Mr Bani said. The registration of the 1,800 illicit weapons means that a little fewer than 1.1... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ghana

Weapon Amnesty Retrieves 850 of 1.1m Illicit Guns in Ghana

6 September 2016

Ghana Web

Government has retrieved over 850 guns from the illicit weapon market, Small Arms Commission has revealed. Executive Secretary of the Commission, Jones Apleh, says even though the number is significantly small compared to the estimated 1.1 million unlicensed weapons in private hands, it should excite Ghanaians. "Even if one is taken out of the illicit market we are happy about that. We think that 855 guns retrieved is a good number and it is something that we need to... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ghana

Expert Says Yet Another Gun Amnesty Will Fail in Ghana

16 August 2016

Joy Online (Ghana)

A Security Analyst says a 32-day amnesty granted by government to persons in possession of unlicensed weapons to voluntarily turn in the weapons would not yield the desired result. Dr Kwesi Aning, who is with the Kofi Annan Peace Keeping Training Center, said just like two similar initiatives undertaken by government in the past, the current intervention will also fail. "It is not going to make any difference. What is the basis for the amnesty? The people who smuggled... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ghana

Ghana Launches 32-day Amnesty for Unregistered Guns

16 August 2016

Joy Online (Ghana)

In a bid to control arm possession by individuals as the country heads to the 2016 general election, the government has declared a 32- day amnesty to help retrieve all unlicensed guns in the country. The intervention which spans from August 22 to September 23 would afford Ghanaians in possession of unregistered arms to either get them registered or turn them in to the police. This decision was announced by the Interior Minister, Prosper Bani when he addressed a news... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ghana,United States,Spain

Spain Seizes Shipment of Swiss Assault Rifles Destined for US

12 August 2016

Spanish News Today

The Guardia Civil and the Spanish customs authorities have seized a shipment of 809 firearms which were bound for the USA at the port of Algeciras in the province of Cádiz (Andalucía). The weapons confiscated on 4th August were 737 assault rifles and 72 grenade launchers made in Switzerland, and the shipment which arrived from Ghana is now under investigation by the authorities in Algeciras. No arrests have yet been made, and one of the reasons for the firearms... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ghana

Amnesty Discussed for Unlicensed Gun Owners in Ghana

14 July 2016

Graphic (Ghana)

The National Small Arms Commission (NSAC) says it is working with the security agencies to consider offering amnesty to people who possess unlicensed guns as part of a strategy to mop up the 1.1 million illicit arms in the country. "The records suggest that when people have their weapons legally registered, they normally don't use them in committing crime and always keep an eye on them," the Executive Director of the commission, Mr Jones Applerh, told the Daily... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ghana

1,300 Guns Destroyed in Ghana, 1.1 Million Still in Wrong Hands

11 July 2016

Graphic Online (Ghana)

The National Small Arms Commission (NSAC) last Saturday destroyed 1,300 illegal guns in the country but warned that there were still more than 1.1 million of such firearms and light weapons that might be in wrong hands. The guns, which were marked and broken before being set on fire, included locally made single- and double-barrelled shotguns, locally made and imported pistols, pump action guns and local mortars. The number of illegal firearms in wrong hands means that... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ghana

Gun Trafficking, Home Made Firearms Worry Ghana Police

20 May 2016

Joy Online (Ghana)

The Small Arms Commission has warned of possible politically motivated violence during the 2016 elections after observing a trend pointing to stockpiling of weapons. Executive Director of the Commission, Jones Applerh expressed fears that the elections could trigger a heightened demand for arms. A number of arms seizures must have informed the fears of the Commission. There were seizures reported in the Western Region in February, 2016 where the police collected at... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ghana

Small Arms Commission to Rid Ghana of Arms Before Polls

20 April 2016

News Ghana

With fears of instability due to the high stakes in the 2016 elections and the recent seizures of large arms and ammunition, Executive Secretary of the Commission, Jones Aplerh told Class News the commission would embark on a massive education drive to rid the system of such weapons. "What we are doing in the circumstance is to step up intelligence and there are various forms and various strategies used in mopping up weapons that are in excess in society," he... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ghana

Eight Blacksmiths Arrested for Unlicensed Gun Making in Ghana

30 May 2014

Spy Ghana

Eight persons were on Wednesday remanded by an Accra Circuit Court for manufacturing firearms without lawful authority and abetment of crime. One of them, Daniel Forfoe, was charged for manufacturing firearms while the remaining seven Andres Nyanney, Richard Armah, Stephen Asamani, Daniel Akakpo, Issac Annor, Samuel Appiah and Emmanuel Armahon, were charged for abetment of crime. Prosecuting, Police Inspector Isaac Agbemehia, told the court that the accused persons... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ghana

Illegal Guns in Ghana Raise Fears of Conflict, Domestic Violence

20 May 2014

Ghana Web

A Small Arms and Light Weapons expert says there are too many illegal weapons in private hands in Ghana, which poses a threat to the country's peace and a potential for armed conflict. The expert warned that the danger associated with too many illegal weapons in private hands is that the day Ghana fails to successfully manage issues such as election disputes, disagreement over natural resource ownership and chieftaincy succession issues, armed conflict will... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ghana

Ghana Considers Gun Law Reform, Harsher Penalties

20 May 2014

Peace FM Online (Ghana)

Suspects found guilty of owning an unregistered gun or a light weapon could soon be handed life sentences. That's according to the National Commission on small arms and light weapons. The commission is currently undertaking consultations to review the existing 1962 legislation to respond to current challenges. For instance, proposals made for consideration includes one can apply to own a weapon at age 21 up from the current age of 18. There is also a proposal to... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ghana

Rising Crime in Ghana Sparks Call for Gun Law Change

4 April 2014

Peace FM (Ghana)

There is no law regulating the number of fire arms one can purchase in Ghana. For as long one is prepared to register more than two guns in his name, the law permits him to carry on. But considering the spate of crime that has recently taken place in Ghana, a Deputy Commissioner of the Ghana Police Service believes it is about time the nation reviews individual ownership of firearms. DCOP Christian Tetteh Yohonu, in an interview with Okay FM recounted that very... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ghana,Mali,Togo,Côte d'Ivoire

Small Arms Commission Begins Nationwide Marking of Weapons in Ghana

19 March 2014

Ghana Web

The National Commission on Small Arms and Light Weapons has begun a nationwide exercise to mark all weapons of the various security agencies. The exercise which started with the military will be extended to other security agencies such as the Police, prisons, immigration and the Customs Excise and Preventive Service (CEPS). The marking of weapons involves a systematic embossment of unique identification numbers on firearms to make them easily identifiable and... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ghana

Ghana Authorities Begin Marking State, Private Guns to Prevent Theft

21 February 2014

Ghana Web

The National Commission on Small Arms and Light Weapons, on Wednesday, started its nationwide exercise to mark all weapons of the various security agencies, which aims at controlling the proliferation of illegal arms. The marking of the weapons involves a systematic embossment of unique identification numbers on firearms in an easily identifiable and coherent manner upon which a database will be kept to help trace any illegally diverted weapon from the state... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ghana

Ghana Govt Task Force to Address Firearm Proliferation

17 February 2014

Ghana Broadcasting Corporation

It is estimated that just one out of every 20,000 weapons seized is registered. A task force is therefore to be established in mining communities especially, to check the situation. DSP Fred Kweku Atteasah of the National Fire Arms Bureau of the Ghana Police Service disclosed this on GTV's "Talking Point" programme last night. Panelists discussed the proliferation of small arms. They noted that proliferation of small arms poses a security threat and derails... (GunPolicy.org)

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West Africa,Ghana

NGO Says Criminals in Ghana Getting Homemade Guns Illegally From Artisans

25 January 2014

Vibe Ghana, Opinion

Mr. Baffour Amoa, President of the West African Action Network on Small Arms (WAANSA), on Friday urged security agencies to clamp down on the activities of artisans, to prevent them from manufacturing small arms. In an interview with the Ghana News Agency on the state of the acquisition of small arms in the country, he pointed out that "some artisans secretly produce and sell locally-manufactured guns to armed robbers". He said the law stipulates that artisans can... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ghana

Top Ghana Cop Calls for Restrictions on Homemade Guns After Fatal Shooting

3 January 2014

Ghana Web

Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Augustine Gyennin, Ashanti Regional Police Commander, on Thursday called for the reining-in of locally-made arm manufacturers to help bring crime under control. He said the soaring armed robbery threatening the security of law-abiding citizens was being fuelled by the production of locally-made arms and everything must be done to stop the producers. DCOP Gyennin has, however, assured of police continuous protection and firm resolve... (GunPolicy.org)

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