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(May 23, 2013) It was reported on May 20, 2013, that Sebastian Ndeitunga, Namibia's Police Inspector General, said that the country is "too armed"; that the process for obtaining arms is too lax; and that the country should quickly move to tighten the governing law, the Arms and Ammunition Act of 1996. (Shinovene Immanuel, Top Cop Admits Nation Is Too Armed, THE NAMIBIAN (May 20, 2013).) He highlighted the fact that there are no rules banning the carrying of firearms and other weapons, such as knives, in public as particularly problematic. (
The current regulatory regime imposes a host of requirements for obtaining a firearms license. With the exception of certain limited instances, it prohibits possession of a firearm without a license. (Arms and Ammunition Act 7 of 1996, § 2, GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF THE
Before a firearms license can be issued, the applicant is required to have a strongroom or other mechanism for the safekeeping of the firearm. (
The regulatory regime does not appear to require an applicant for a license to undergo a competency assessment of any kind, including for the purpose of ensuring that the applicant has had sufficient training to handle firearms or that he is mentally fit.
The law allows for a person to obtain a license for up to four arms at a time and permits an unlicensed person to borrow a firearm from a licensed person to whom he/she is not related for up to 21 days without permission from the authorities. (
Namibia, a country of about 2.2 million people, has issued 148,000 firearms licenses since 1998. (Shinovene Immanuel, Gun Toting Namibia, THE NAMIBIAN (May 17, 2013).) In 2011, the country granted 7,100 applications for firearms licenses and rejected only 69. In 2012, 7,600 applications were approved and 109 applications rejected. (
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Last updated: 05/23/2013