A joint security team has been formulated steer a process of registering all guns in the country. The team is comprised of UPDF, UPF, UPS, UWA, ESO, ISO working closely with relevant authorities.
Deputy police spokesperson Poly Namaye told a press briefing at Naguru this morning that so far, the team has registered all guns in the hands of the Police Force, Prisons service Private security and those privately licensed within Kampala metropolitan Area.
The team is concerned with capturing the data of each individual gun and marching this data with the holder. The team then forwards this data to the forensic experts for purpose of interpretation and storage using the Integrated Ballistics Identification Systems (IBIS).
“It is important to note that individual guns have individual characteristics which differentiate them from others. This will make the work of tracking guns easier after their use. While Finger Printing, the team will fire bullets from each gun so as to get the unique characteristics” she noted.
Namaye added that the public is encouraged not to be alarmed when they hear the sound of guns in the specific areas as they will be informing the public.
Tomorrow 16th April 2019, the team will embark on registering guns in Katonga region. The team is working to ensure that by the end of July, all guns under the Police Force, the Prisons services, and private ownership as well those held by private security organisations will have been registered.