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About The Commission

The Sierra Leone National Commission on Small Arms was established by an Act of Parliament in 2010 to Control the proliferation, illicit possession and use of Small Arms and Light Weapons in Sierra Leone. The Commission was established in compliance with Article 24 of the ECOWAS convention on Small Arms and Light Weapons, Their Ammunition and Other Related Materials.

The Sierra Leone National Commission on small Arms started life in 2003 as a National Focal Committee (NFC) on Small Arms within the Ministry of Defence (MoD).   In 2004, the NFC was moved over to the Office of National Security (ONS) under the Office of the President. A year later, the NFC was transformed into a Directorate of Small Arms and Light Weapons and a Director and Deputy appointed. In 2010, Parliament passed into law the Bill to establish the Sierra Leone National Commission on Small Arms. This marked the transformation of the Directorate into the present Commission.  

We are an independent and apolitical body with the mandate to regulate and supervise the manufacture, sale, transfer, possession and use of Small Arms and Light Weapons within the borders of Sierra Leone. The Commission is the sole focal point for all matters relating to firearms and the adviser to the Government of Sierra Leone on the formulation of policies and strategies for control of the illicit proliferation and circulation of small arms in Sierra Leone.