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Ethiopia Passes Gun Control Law to Tackle Surge in Violence

Reuters, Web page

9 January 2020

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Ethiopia's parliament passed legislation on Thursday aimed at curbing gun ownership…

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's government said last April that it had seized 21 machine guns, more than 33,000 handguns, 275 rifles and 300,000 bullets in different parts of the Horn of Africa country over the previous year. [Total: Approximately 33,296]…

The new law provides for each region to stipulate a legal age for gun ownership… while limiting the number of firearms an individual can own to one. Violations could bring up to three years in prison, according to the new legislation.

It will also ban private trade in weaponry and allow only allowing certain government institutions to import guns. Those found to have involved themselves in arms trafficking would face prison terms of eight to 20 years.

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