Police Force Collects 2.5 Billion in licensing and hiring firearms

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The Uganda Police Force has collected 2.5 Billion Shillings from licensing and hiring firearms.

According to the quarterly budget performance report for the financial year 2017/2018 and 2018/19 of the force, under non-tax revenue of up to 21.9bn in the financial year 2017/2018, 1.5bn was collected from firearms licensing and 1.1 Billion from hiring.

According to the report, Police had projected to collect 500 Million shillings from licensing and 1.9 billion from hiring.

Licensing a gun means, a person is allowed to own, poses, buy or carry a firearm under strict conditions while hiring a gun is when Police rents out guns to institutions like Private security firms.

In 2016, records at the Internal Affairs Ministry showed that the demand for private firearms by civilians in the country had doubled.

An estimated 1,000 people apply for private firearms annually compared to less than 500 people in the past. However, less than 100 people secure gun licenses despite the huge application process involved.

Those applying for the firearms mostly include businessmen, high ranking individuals, youths and politicians.

Meanwhile, Police has also collected 1.4 billion shillings from Police who guard banks, 2.6 billion on certificate of good conducts and among others.

The Police leadership will next weekend present its quarterly report before members of the Parliamentary Committee on Defense after they were thrown out on Tuesday for failing to turn up with the line ministers.

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