Owning a gun has been presumed by many Kenyans that it’s for the rich and mighty or business class type of people.
Guns ownership in Kenya has been a subject of discussion in many forums due to its misuse or a ballooning number of unlicensed firearms.
We decided to do an inclusive insight about gun ownership procedure here in Kenya and other factors that may lead to revocation of your license.
First, handguns in Kenya are legally sold between Ksh100,000 – Ksh300,000 while shotguns can cost you from Ksh 160,000 – Ksh350,000…quite an amount there.
But for one to own a gun, he/she must:
- Be at least 21 years old
- Be well trained in handling firearms
- Have a clear criminal and mental record
The Following procedure of owning a gun in Kenya as stipulated by the Kenyan constitution, Firearms Act should be followed by anyone who wants to own a gun in Kenya.
1. Make an application to a licensing officer for firearms certificates to be licensed gun owners.
2. Fill application forms obtained from the Chief Licencing officer at the firearms bureau in Nairobi
3. Obtain a certificate of good conduct then clear from the Directorate of Criminal Investigation where your fingerprints will be recorded and then a certificate of good conduct issued.
4. Submission of the application form and payment of an application fee(Ksh 2000) to the nearest police station and then further go for vetting by the National Intelligence Service(NIS)
5. Vetting is then done by the Firearm Licencing Board.
6. Next, you can be approved for licensing or your application rejected. But once approved, your name will be forwarded to the Inspector General of police who may again approve or reject your application…it’s that hard to get a firearm.
7. Once approved by the Inspector General, the license can be then issued by the Chief Licencing Officer.
8. Once approved and licensed, the applicant should pay a fee and renew the license yearly.
But your application can be disqualified on the basis that;
You are temperamental
You cannot or may not store the gun safely
You are insane
And upon licensing, it can be revoked again if you;
Misuse your gun while drunk or sober
Removing the serial number of the firearm
Storing it carelessly and risking losing it