Rwanda is discussing a law that will provide mechanisms of legal acquisition and use of firearms.
Evode Uwizeyimana, the State Minister for Constitutional and Legal Affairs says, “We are a country that is developing fast and instead of limiting different things we should move to regulate them.”
The government of Rwanda is just a step away from enacting a law that will legalize trading in firearms.
Members of parliament in the lower chamber are currently deliberating on the draft law which outlines detailed clauses specifying, acquisition, licensing, manufacture, and trading of war machinery.
Eligibility is for persons at least 21 years old.
The firearms and ammunition in the proposed law are not limited to AK 47s and pistols but enlists biological, nuclear, chemical and other explosives.
If the legislators complete their deliberations and unanimously pass it, the new law will replace the 2009 law which only allowed civilians to procure fire arms only for purposes of self-defense, hunting and sports.
Minister Uwizeyimana, however, warns that gun control on the territory of Rwanda will remain a tightly controlled domain.
Rwanda National Police authorities, who will be responsible for issuing gun possession licenses, may refuse to grant firearm possession and carriage license at their own discretion.