About 3,000 illegal assorted weapons with 101,000 rounds of ammunition in Liberia are being destroyed.
The Liberia National Commission on Small Arms (LiNCSA) in Collaboration with the Joint Security under the Auspices of the ECOWAS-European Union, and the United Nations carrying out the process.
The event is also part of the Commission’s public education and awareness-raising campaign drive to promote an armed-violence-free society” Silencing the Gun” as well as advocate for armed-conflict-free communities in the country.
On October 27, 2022, the Weapons destruction program was held at the Edward Binyah Kesselly Barracks (EBK), Schieffelin Township, Margibi county.
“Collection and destruction of seized, confiscated, obsolete and surplus arms in the custody of State Security Institutions is one important strategy for small arms control and management.
If seized weapons are not well secured or destroyed, they could be sources of proliferation and circulation of illicit arms”, Atty. Maxwell Grigsby, Liberia National Commission on Arms said.
He noted that the ECOWAS Convention on SALW, UN Firearms Protocol, and UN Programme of Action on SALW enjoin Member States to collect and destroy all seized, confiscated, obsolete, surplus, unmarked, and illicitly held weapons to prevent them from falling into the hands of unauthorized persons, Atty Grigsby said, apart from that, a well-organized weapons destruction event is an effective tool for public education and awareness-raising campaigns.
“The weapons and ammunition currently being demolished were collected from crime scenes across the possession of the courts in Liberia for many years”, Atty. Grimsby noted.
The LiNCSA Boss also noted, “Our team has visited all of the Deports, Magisterial Courts, and Circuit Courts from across the country”.