What is procedure of becoming a licensed Gun Holder ? There is no law defining the number of firearms a person should own but no one can be issued with more than one gun, for their personal safety. Only few self-protection applications are approved because police are responsible for everyone’s safety.
Applications for self-protection are mostly approved when the applicant’s status exposes them to danger.
COST OF OWNING A GUN IN KENYA
First, handguns in Kenya are legally sold between Ksh100,000 – Ksh300,000 while shotguns can cost you from Ksh 160,000 – Ksh350,000
QUALIFICATION TO OWN GUN
Be at least 21 years old
Be well trained in handling firearms. A potential gun holder must have training on the use of small arms and in the process.
A certificate is then issued to prove that one is capable of owning a gun.
Have a clear criminal record. A potential firearm holder needs to get clearance from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations as well as fill a form with the Kenya Firearms Act.
Fit mental record.
HOW TO BECOME LICENSED GUN HOLDERS
One has to first express interest of owning a gun by making an application to the officer in charge of licensing firearms.
Then fill in application forms from the Chief Licensing Officer at the firearms office, Nairobi.
You have to get a certificate of good conduct from the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI), submit the application form at a nearby police station at fee of Sh2000.
You will then undergo vetting by the National Intelligence Service (NIS) and be vetted again by the Firearms Licensing Board.
FLB will either reject or approve your application.
If the board approves your application, your name will be sent to the Inspector General of Police who will again approve or reject the application
If the IG approves it, FLB will issue the applicant with a license which is renewable annually.
When a person loses their firearm(s) or ammunition gets destroyed, they should report to the nearest police station immediately.
Failure to which they will be liable to one-year imprisonment or pay a fine not exceeding Sh10,000.
When the person licensed to have a gun dies, the family should immediately inform the police who will surrender it to the Nairobi based firearms bureau.
Why application may be rejected
An application to own a gun might be rejected if the applicant ·
Cannot handle or store a gun safely
Reasons for revocation of gun license ·
Misusing a gun while drunk
Storing it carelessly that may endanger others
Removing the gun’s serial number ·Misconduct ·When one fails to renew their licence
When the gun holder is believed to be a threat to public safety and peace One can appeal to the Inspector General for their case to be reviewed if the license is revoked.