Uganda: New gun control policy proposed following police shooting

The Uganda National Focal Point on small arms has released a policy statement calling for a new law to replace the1970 Firearms Act, which currently regulates guns and ammunition in the country. The proposed law would require any person applying for a gun licence to complete a training course and pass tests on gun laws and the use, carry and proper storage of guns. The Focal Point also proposed that public areas such as hospitals, schools, theatres, museums and entertainment venues are declared gun-free areas. Richard Mugisha of the Ugandan Action Network on Small Arms (UANSA) commented that training of law enforcement personnel is also essential to prevent abuse. The policy was proposed just days after a police officer fired shots at an unarmed crowd in Port Bell, near Kampala, killing at least one person and injuring several others.