The Association of Civilian Gun owners has moved to court to challenge the directive made by CS Fred Matiang’i, for all civilian gun holders to undergo fresh vetting.
The association filed the petition at Milimani Law Courts on Thursday, seeking to suspend CS Matiang’i’s order until their case is heard and determined.
They are challenging the order to suspend the licence of the shooting range in Gitata Farm at Kirigiti, Kiambu, arguing that the move is illegal.
They also argue that the order made declaring the Sterling-Patchett MK5, CZ Scorpion EVo 3 and MP5 as prohibited firearms to civilians is unlawful.
CS Matiang’i had ordered for fresh vetting is set to begin on December 17 all around the country.
The vetting will be carried out by the new Firearms Licensing Board (FLB), in a 90-day rigorous verification exercise of all firearms and the certificates in the country.
According to Matiang’i, this move seeks to establish, maintain and monitor a centralized electronic register of all civilians holding firearms.
The deadline for vetting has been set for March 17, and failure to comply, one will be deemed to have acquired the firearms illegally.
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