The vision of the Small Arms Commission of Liberia to register
hunting guns is seemed to be gaining momentum since the exercise
was officially launched in Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount County.
Scores of dignitaries from the National Security Sector, ECOWAS,
UNDP, Civil Society Organizations, Traditional and Religious
Leaders, Hunters Union of Liberia, the Standing Committees on
Défense and Security from both Houses, and the Gbarpolu Legislative
Caucus Converged in Bopolu City, the political seat of Gbarpolu
County to grace the launch of the Civilian Arms Registration Exercise
Speaking to hundreds of people at the Bopolu City Hall, the
Superintendent of Gbarpolu County, J. Keeyeh Saah expressed
deep gratitude over the Civilian Arms Registration Exercise for
hunters and described the exercise as a brilliant opportunity for
hunters to legally own their single barrel guns. Superintendent Saah
who gave the welcome remarks and special statement said, the
registration of hunting guns is a noble and farsighted inventiveness
intended to boost the efforts of our peace process and to properly
manage the hunting industry in the country.
The Gbarpolu Superintendent noted that the only way to get the
exercise achievable is to embrace the theory of collaboration, where
all parties will meaningfully play their role. Mr. Saah informed
heads of the Small Arms Commission that getting a vehicle to support the exercise should be considered a priority.
The Superintendent promised the Commission of his tireless and unflinching support
toward the Civilian Arms Registration Exercise and called on his
kinsmen, particularly hunters to welcome and give the process a
His special remark was followed by a statement from
Ruth K. Varney of the Forestry Development Authority
(FDA) who spoke on behalf of the Managing Director, C. Mike
Madam Varney in her statement labelled the Commission’s
vision as a lustrous exercise for hunters across the country.
Representative told the audience that hunters should not miss this
golden opportunity to have their guns registered so as to inform the
Commission of the number of hunting guns in a county.
However, in her statement, She cautioned all hunters in
the country to abide by the Wildlife Law of Liberia which call for the
protection of certain species of animal.
She pointed out that the Commission must step out vigorous educational campaign for hunters in the country considering the FDA as a key partner.
The FDA official used the occasion to called on all Liberians to help sustain the wildlife environment for the next generation.
The County Attorney of Gbarpolu, Gabriel G. Wleh said, his office
will consistently work with the Small Arms Commission to bring to
fruition the idea of the Civilian Arms Registration Exercise for
hunters. Atty Wleh said, people must know the purpose and
objectives of the exercise, which according to him is to basically
regulate and control the flow of arms from one point to the other.
Making strong his points the County Attorney welcomed the concept
of the civilian arms registration for hunters and called on all hunters
in the territorial limits of Gbarpolu County to comply with the
Commission to register their hunting guns as there will be no mercy
for violators. The County Legal Expert of Gbarpolu County warned
hunters to guide against threating people because they owned guns,
stressing that the purpose is to give you conditional rights in order to
make a living.
Speaking on behalf of the Minister of Défense, Edwina T. N.
Carr registered the Minister’s unwavering commitment to combat the
proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons in Liberia and to
form partnership with the Small Arms Commission to support the
Civilian Arms Registration Exercise for Hunters. Madam Carr, who is
Director for Operations at the Ministry of Defence quoted her Boss as
saying, the Ministry of Defense holds the philosophy of a peaceful
society where people can live in harmony, and will not support a
violence-ridden environment where people are lawless.
Representatives of the Inspector General of Police, Liberia
Immigration Service and the Minister of States for Presidential
Affairs described the exercise as a unique enterprise to support
hunters. The government is in readiness to give full backing to the
exercise, they concluded.
In his response, the Chairman of the Liberia National Commission on
Small Arms LiNCSA, Atty. T. Maxwell Grigsby II, first registered his
appreciation to the Government of Liberia, particularly the office of
the President for its support towards the Civilian Arms Registration
Exercise for hunters. Chairman Grigsby categorically stated that the
government has welcomed the exercise and has provided funding
The Small Arms Boss said the decision to register single
barrel hunting guns is in full compliance of the law, particularly the
Firearm Ammunition and Control Act (FACA). Chairman Grigsby
encouraged hunters to take advantage of the exercise to register their
hunting guns to have legal rights to operate in the country.
People who wanting to own hunting guns according to Chairman Grigsby must fulfill certain basic requirements, first the background check will consider mental uprightness, second possessor should have no criminal record and the person should be free from domestic violence
in the society.
Atty Grigsby informed the audience that the Civilian Arms Registration Exercise has stages where hunters must first pay
for a permit which is fifty (50) United States Dollars or its equivalent
in Liberian Dollars and must pay another Fifty (50) United States
Dollars for license.
The reason for this amount according to the Chairman is to discourage illicit proliferation of guns in the country.
If there are more guns in the country, there is a likelihood of a
potential gun violence, the Chairman Said.
The Small Arms Boss informed the audience that the police will
provide training for hunters who have gotten both their permit and
license. The training according to the Chairman is to provide
additional skills to hunters on safety and maintenance of how to
possess their guns.
The Chairman message was received by standing ovation of the
audience, particularly hunters attending the occasion.