16 Jun 2017

Vanuatu says 6000 firearms registered

3:05 pm on 16 June 2017

The Vanuatu government says there are just under 6,000 registered firearms in the country.


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The figure was given by the Minister of Internal Affairs Alfred Maoh in parliament when it discussed the Bill for the Firearms Amendment Act.

Amendments have been made to the definition of 'firearms' and 'ammunitions'.

New definitions for the terms 'components' and 'ammunition' have been inserted into the Firearms Act.

In addition, the Penal Code Amendment Bill further creates the offence of illicit firearms trafficking, which relies on these new definitions.

Mr Maoh also said there are many unregistered guns in circulation but no estimate was given.