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Ned Nwoko Pushes For Civilian Firearm Ownership Amidst Rising Insecurity In Nigeria

Nwoko explained the driving force behind his proposed bill, citing the prevailing lawlessness in the nation and the inadequacy of the police force.

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Delta North senatorial district representative, Ned Nwoko, is pushing for a crucial bill allowing civilians to own and carry firearms.

He emphasized the urgency of this bill in light of security challenges, especially the recent Plateau killings on December 24, where over 100 civilians lost their lives.

In expressing his standpoint, Senator Nwoko stated, “An amendment bill allowing civilian firearm ownership must be introduced in the Senate. My bill on self-defence and firearms ownership regulation, currently listed in the Senate awaiting its first reading, deals with this pressing issue.”

In his words, “I am pleased that the topic has gained national significance, sparking diverse opinions and discussions that predominantly fall into two camps – one in opposition and the other in support.”

Senator Nwoko underlined the inadequacy of current security measures and proposed that allowing law-abiding citizens to possess firearms could enhance community safety. However, he emphasized the need for strict regulations and comprehensive training to prevent misuse.

To address concerns about illegal arms trafficking, Nwoko suggested the introduction of licensed dealerships for firearms. He highlighted the potential benefits: “The revenue generated from licensing fees and taxes on firearm dealerships could be allocated towards bolstering law enforcement agencies, improving security infrastructure, and implementing initiatives aimed at addressing the root causes of insecurity.”

Elaborating on the qualifications for firearm ownership, he outlined a vetting process involving references from medical doctors, endorsement from local government officials, a traditional leader’s guarantor role, and confirmation by the Divisional Police Officer.

According to the senator, the types of firearms civilians could own include single and double-barrel shotguns, pistols with a maximum capacity of six rounds, pump-action shotguns, and other types recommended by the Ministry of Defence. He further emphasized the need for a meticulous regulatory framework to prioritize public safety.

In a recent interview with ARISE NEWS, Nwoko explained the driving force behind his proposed bill, citing the prevailing lawlessness in the nation and the inadequacy of the police force. He stressed the need for an honest admission that the security agents cannot fully protect lives and properties.

He noted that this is not the first instance of advocating for the right to bear arms in Nigeria, while referencing House of Representatives Majority Leader Alhassan Ado-Doguwa and former Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom’s similar stances in 2022 and 2020, respectively.

Nwoko outlined the strategic measures proposed in the bill, including mandatory gun shooting schools in every local government, certification from local leaders and medical professionals, and confirmation of a clean record by the Divisional Police Officer. He argued that responsible firearm ownership could act as a deterrent to potential attackers.

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