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ARM DEALERS IN CAMEROON CAUTIONED AS MINAT PROHIBITS ILLEGAL CIRCULATION

The Minister of Territorial Administration Atanga Nji Paul met with dealers of firearms and ammunitions in the country at the conference hall of the ministry on Thursday May 6, 2021.

“In spite of the provisions of Law No. 2016/015 of 14 December 2016 on arms and ammunitions in Cameroon, several people still possess modern or locally made firearms without authorizations duly issued by the Minister of Territorial Administration.” Minister Atanga Nji Paul declared. He said that, the Ministry of Territorial Administration is the sole authority empowered to issue authorizations for the acquisition and carrying of handguns, hunting weapons and their ammunition. “Any request in this regard must be addressed directly to administrative authorities.” He added. He insisted that henceforth, self-defense weapons, popularly known as "traumatic pistols", is prohibited all over the national territory, given the current security context. “Specifically, as concerns self-defense weapons like “traumatic pistols” law No.2016/015 of 14 December 2016 does not impose any authorization as prerequisite for the sale of this category”. He further revealed that, “to closely monitor this state of affairs, we are working on a procedure for complete identification for all those who intend to purchase that specific self-defense weapon”.  To this effect, “any buyer of a traumatic pistol will also sign a written commitment to comply the code of conduct and safety of holder of a 6th category weapon. The sample which will be made available”. He regretted the fact that, highway armed robbers purchase firearms from some dealers without due authorization from competent authorities or necessary identification. As such, they continue to commit atrocities against the civilian population.  MINAT therefore, prescribed a responsible and republican behavior from merchants of firearms and ammunitions because any defaulters will face the heavy arm of the law.