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ACTION ON ARMED VIOLENCE (AOAV) HANDS OVER WEAPON MAKING MACHINEs TO SLENCSA

Posted 1/17/2017

All small arms and weapons in Sierra Leone are to get unique markings, as in accordance with local and international laws.

This will be achieved through two Mark-3 4 by 4, Styliner electronic weapon marking machines, already received by the Sierra Leone Small Arms Commission (SLeNCSA).

The machines were handed over by the Regional Manager of Action on Arms Violence (AOAV) in the Mano River Union area, Chris Lang working as consultant for government.

Article 8) of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Convention and Section 25 of the Arms and Ammunition Act No. 9 of 2012 in Sierra Leone provide that member states should apply unique markings on all weapons belonging to the armed forces and civilians.

The Commissioner of SLeNCSA Modibo Limon described the two weapon marking machines as crucial benchmarks of the UN-POA and ECOWAS convention, and lauded that support and looks forward to a survey of local gunsmiths to establish their actual number with a view to control their activities and provide them with alternatives.

SLeNCSA Commissioner however called for further popularization of the campaign of the Arms and Ammunition Act No.9 of 2012, being headed by the Sierra Leone Network on Small Arms.

Deputy Commissioner Sinah revealed that they will be marking the weapons in collaboration with other West Africa States, as it will ease the tracing of weapons from other countries.

He added that, the weapons will be orderly coded starting  with ECOWAS logo, the national  code  and the force that the weapon belongs to, he went on to state that civilian that are interested in possessing  arms  must have police clearance and meet the criteria enshrine in section 12 sub-section 1, a-j of the Arms and Ammunition Act.

AOAV Regional Manager Chris Lang said her organization is UK based and has been working in Liberia with the judiciary, police and the military in the ex-combatant integration programme since 2004 and will extend activities to Sierra Leone.

A response from Mustapha Kargbo of the Strategy and Policy Unit said the country can’t be progress without peace, stability security, adding that blacksmith weapons should be also marked and registered in the scheme.

Assistance Inspector General, Sierra Leone Police, Al-Sheik Kamara, said the Police have been in collaboration with small arms commission and called for the review of the explosive act to enhance the control of arms and ammunition, as he puts it we want arms to be controlled.

 Mark-3 4 by 4 Styliner Electric Weapon Marking Machines imprint forces initials and emblems on weapons of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces, the SLP and civilians recommended by a paramount chief or Police, with a medical certificate.

 

Demonstration of PRYOR machinesDemonstration of PRYOR machines

 

Deputy Commissioner Col(Rtd) Sinah Inspecting MArked WeaponDeputy Commissioner Col(Rtd) Sinah Inspecting MArked Weapon

 

 

Prayer and dedication of machinesPrayer and dedication of machines

 

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