Following increasing violence in the country, especially between ethnic groups, Ethiopian lawmakers has passed a law aimed at controlling gun ownership in the country.
With this law in place, each region is required to outlines the legal age that one can acquire a gun and also limits the number of guns a person is allowed to possess, and anyone found wanting of the law could face a jail term of up to three years.
“There is a significant number of guns in our society since the previous government”.
Legislator Tesfaye Daba was quoted as saying.
The law is, however, not restricted to only locals, it requires ceasure of gun importation by private companies and only allows certain government institutions to trade in guns. With a stiffer punishment for anyone caught breaking the law, up 20 years improvement for any illegal gun trafficker.