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Police recover three pistols, 150 bullets from an abandoned house in Ruiru, Kiambu

By Cyrus Ombati | Published Sun, August 26th 2018 at 12:58, Updated August 26th 2018 at 13:26 GMT +3
One pistol and rounds of ammunition recovered at the Ruiru house. [Photo: Standard]

In summary

  • The Firearms Licensing Board has written to more than 40 individuals who have misused their guns in the last year to inform them their licenses had been revoked.
  • The issue of firearms ownership is thorny and controversial with misuse being on the rise.
  • There are more than 10,000 civilian gun holders.
  • Claims of corruption at the Central Firearms Bureau have been made amid calls to reform the area.
  • How to get a license
  • Gun holders usually go through rigorous process before they are issued with such a weapon.
  • Before one is allowed to own a gun, he or she is supposed to apply through an OCS who forwards to the OCPD who convenes a meeting of the district intelligence and security officers for review before it is sent to the county commanders for approval.
  • A plan to recall all firearms owners by civilians for inspection after revelation of a criminal cartel was supplying parallel licenses by manipulatin

Three pistols with 150 rounds of ammunition were at the weekend recovered from an abandoned house in Ruiru, Kiambu County.

Police said they had received intelligence reports on the presence of the weapons- a Berretta, Ceska and Flare pistols.

The flare pistol had a 12 gauge, police say.

The weapons seem to have been licensed to an unnamed individual before they were recovered on Saturday.

According to police, they were informed of the presence of the weapons there before they sought a warrant to search a house rented to a man who had left it in the custody of one Stephen Thungu.

Thungu left the house unattended for the past three months.

It was then that police were alerted and made the search and recovered the weapons.

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Kiambu County head of DCI Amos Teben said they are investigating to establish if the weapons had been licensed and to who.

“The weapons seem to be licensed and we want to know more before we take action. And if they are not we will know,” said Teben.

The weapons were taken away for ballistic tests to establish if they had been used in any form of crimes.

There are more than 10,000 licensed gun owners in the country. The firearms licensing board on a regular basis sit to hear cases of misuse of guns by the owners.

Before one is issued with a license to own weapons, he or she goes through a rigorous process.

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