Hand over deceased relatives’ firearms: Police

18 Nov, 2021 - 08:11 0 Views
Hand over deceased relatives’ firearms: Police Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi


Raymond Jaravaza

MEMBERS of the public who hang on to firearms that belonged to their deceased relatives risk being jailed for possessing unlicensed weapons, the Zimbabwe Republic Police has warned.

Police are worried that there is an increase in the number of firearms that are in the wrong hands.

This has resulted in a surge in armed robbery cases, says the ZRP.

Thus, police are investigating allegations that some firearms owners are allowing their weapons to fall into the hands of criminals with some using them to commit armed robberies.

“Police have established that in some cases, relatives of deceased registered firearm holders are failing to surrender firearms after the passing on of a relative due to lack of information on the disposal of the weapons.

“The ZRP reiterates that firearms belonging to late individuals should immediately be surrendered to the nearest police station or firearm dealer for safe custody pending processing of all the required paperwork authorizing one to be in possession of the said firearm,” said ZRP national spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi.

In the event that a family member intends to inherit a late relative’s firearm, ZRP advises the individuals to submit a copy of the death certificate, firearm certificate and a set of personal fingerprints for the vetting process, among other security considerations.

“Therefore, a person can only have custody of the firearm after being vetted and deemed fit to possess a firearm and issued with a firearm certificate,” reads the statement.



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