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1,300 Guns Burnt But 1.1 Million Firearms in Wrong Hands — Small Arms Commission

Graphic Online (Ghana)

11 July 2016

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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 for Ghana's 27 million population, the ratio of illegal arms to the population is 1:25.

It is estimated that there are 2.3 million weapons in civilian hands in Ghana, with only 1.2 million of that number having been registered…

Apart from uncontrolled local manufacturers and smuggling, there is also growing concern on the international scene concerning guns trickling in from the Libyan conflict…

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