Director General of Public Relations and Security Media Department in the Ministry of Interior Brigadier Adel Al- Hashash warned the general public of severe legal repercussions against individuals who decline to surrender their unlicensed weapons and ammunition voluntarily before the fast-approaching deadline Monday, June 22, 2015.
The statement reiterated the ministry’s determination to implement the law equally on everyone and with tough punishment against anyone found in possession of unlicensed weapon or anyone who surrenders weapons after the four months grace period expires.
The statement reminded of the total efforts rendered by the ministry and all concerned agencies to spread awareness on the collection of unlicensed firearms and ammunition, and 37 collection centers established in various parts of the country and hotline 1888830 to facilitate the activities, besides the level of confidentiality the ministry granted to those who surrendered weapons voluntarily.
The statement indicated anyone caught trading in illegal firearms, ammunitions and explosives after the deadline could face jail term not exceeding 10 years and maximum fine of KD 50 thousand.
Also, individuals found in possession of illegal weapons could be sentenced to five years in prison or fined ten thousand dinars or less. “The collection centers in all security directorates across the governorates are still operative and ready to receive anyone who wants to surrender his or her illegal weapon”, statement indicated.