Over 2.4 million firearms in private hands in Ghana - expert BY: Zadok Kwame Gyesi

The Executive Director of the Bureau of Public Safety, a non-profit organization, Nana Yaw Akwada, says there are over 2.4 million firearms in the possession of some individuals in the country.
Speaking on Accra-based Citi FM on Monday afternoon, August 30, 2021, Mr. Akwada noted that there has been an increase in firearms proliferation in the country.

For him, the government can track individuals in possession of such firearms, noting that since 2019 and 2020, “we’ve observed that firearms used in committing crimes have jumped from 46 percent to 51 percent.”

According to him, the figures on firearms proliferation keep going up exponentially, suggesting that the situation could be checked by guarding against firearms that are smuggled through the country’s borders.

Mr. Akwada who is a certified occupational safety specialist said “if you compare the first half of 2021 to 2020, there has been a 70 percent increase” in the firearms used in committing crimes.

The Bureau of Public Safety is a non-profit organization working together with government agencies, businesses, and civil society organizations towards improving the quality of public safety through advocacy, education, and development of programmes for sustainable development of the environment and public health to improve the quality of life of the citizenry across the country and the West African sub-region

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I’ve been thinking of a way to track these weapons other than the paper trails at the registration offices. How about inserting a GPS tracker to track some of these to see the effects

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Tracking guns will be privacy invasion. It’s something people keep on them, it’d be no different than tracking someone’s phone so this might not be a good idea.

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Well putting it that way makes it look bad no doubt. But just as laptops have ip addresses. Something of that sort could be done

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Remember, you can’t track a laptop if it’s not connected to the internet, neither can you track a laptop if you don’t know the IP address, even if you did the IP address can always be masked through a VPN. But if you mean the guns having “signatures” that are marked on shell casings after they’ve been shot then I think that makes sense. That way you can take an spent casing and see which guy shot it, I think this tech already exists, not sure.

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