Kenya has 680 000 guns in circulation, mostly in wrong hands - report

2016-07-12 13:40


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Nairobi - A new study has revealed that at least 680 000 guns were in circulation in Kenya, most of which were in wrong hands, according to reports.

Sydney-based said that Kenya was ranked at number 61 in private gun ownership, with 5 000 registered firearm holders.

Out of the 680 000 guns in civilian hands, only 1 107 rifles, 2 200 shortguns and 1 871 handguns were registered.

This meant that more than 600 000 guns were in the wrong hands.

Illegal guns in the east African country were blamed for a spate of criminal activities, especially among pastoralists who used such weapons in cattle rustling.

The government has been organising regular disarmament exercises, with reports confirming that more than 5 000 illegal firearms had been recovered since 2011.

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