The authorities in Bulayayo are now demanding that all residents "present their firearms and licences [sic] to their nearest police stations". Residents with licensed but malfunctioning firearms are being asked to turn those guns over to the police. The official reason for this is a recent "spate" of armed robberies. Assistant Inspector Bekimpilo Ndlovu is quoted as saying,
"We also call upon all those in possession of licensed firearms whose functions have since ceased to hand them over to the police," Asst Insp Ndlovu said.Got that? The goal is to eliminate unlicensed firearms. The means the authorities choose is to harass the owners of licensed firearms and confiscate any non-working guns.
"We expect maximum co-operation from all firearm holders as we seek to eliminate unlicensed firearms that are usually used to commit crimes like armed robberies and murder."
English article at allAfrica.com.
H/T to David Codrea