The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Mohammad Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah sent a written invitation to the Amiri Diwan to ask members of the ruling family to hand in any unlicensed firearms or ammunition in their possession to the unlicensed firearms centers which will be opened soon in all Kuwait's governorates.
In his request, the Minister urged the ruling family members to be a role model for all people in abiding by the unlicensed firearms and ammunition collection law which was passed by the parliament on January 28.
This invitation comes within the framework of the Ministry's preparation to enforce the new law on everyone without except and in full transparency, said the Interior Ministry's Security Media Department in a press statement Friday.
It noted that the law provides a four-month ultimatum for people to handed in their unlicensed firearms and ammunition and be exempted from punishment. On January 29 and a day after the parliament approval of the law, the Interior Minister underlined that the law aims to boost Kuwait's security and to fight the growing crimes.
He unveiled that the Ministry has prepared a water-tight forces deployment plan to search for and bring to justice possessors of unlicensed firearms or ammunition in any part of the country.
He stated that the Ministry also is embarking on a nation-wide media campaign to persuade those with unlawful weapons in their possession to hand them in to authorities before the end of the four-month grace period.
The Minister stressed that law enforcers will show due respect to the society traditions and the Islamic teachings during the inspection raids. He noted that female officers will participate in the raids on Kuwaiti citizens' homes to inspect women areas.
The law stipulates that anyone possessing unlicensed firearms and ammunition could be jailed for five years and be fined by up to KD 10,000 or one of the two penalties. It also increases the jail time to ten years and the upper limits on fine to KD 50,000 for anyone who deals (i.e. buying or selling) in unlicensed firearms and ammunition.
The law allows police, after taking proper authorization from the public prosecutor, to search any public location and private or public vehicles if there was cause to believe the existence of unlicensed or unlawful firearms or ammunition.