Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior Sheikh Mohammad Khalid Al- Hamad Al-Sabah has announced that 27 days of the grace period remains for people of Kuwait to surrender their unlicensed weapons and ammunition, affirming that the government will not extend this grace period. He revealed that the campaign launched for this purpose has so far received 1,832 firearms of different types and 5 tons of ammunition, stressing that the use of weapons is a common factor in crimes, terrorism and drug trafficking.
Warning against the widespread phenomenon of illegal drug use in the country, he affirmed that the security agencies will launch relentless campaigns against illegal drug dealers as soon as the weapons collection campaign ends. Sheikh Mohammad said this during the orientation meeting organized by Ministry of Interior at the headquarters of the General Investigation Department to explain to various social entities the dangers posed by Kuwaiti citizens possessing illegal weapons, with the aim of involving these social entities in the firearm collection campaign.
When informed about the widespread notion that financial rewards should be given to those who surrender unlicensed weapons, the minister refused, stating that, “The matter is not about buying and selling but about the implementation of the law on everyone equally”. He indicated about a proposal to reduce the legal age limit of juvenile criminals from 18 years to 16 years in order to deal with those who are overlooked by the law due to their age from taking responsibility for their criminal actions. He clarified that the legal age for marriage and acquiring of drivers’ license is 18 years of age; and hence such people cannot be considered as juveniles.
Sheikh Mohammad also indicated about another proposal that suggests changing the voting age limit from 21 years to 18 years, affirming that all these proposals are still under study. Assistant Undersecretary for Public Security Affairs Major General Abdul Fattah Al-Ali and other officials from Ministry of Interior were present at the orientation meeting.
The Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Arab Times and Al- Seyassah newspapers Sulaiman Al-Jarrah had also attended the meeting. Meanwhile, reliable sources revealed that the Ministry of Interior is not satisfied with the number of unlicensed weapons that have been collected so far by the authorities, reports a local daily. They said the ministry revealed that it issued 900 licenses for owning guns during three months of the four-month period of the campaign for collection of unlicensed firearms.