…Says Small Arms Commission
By: Necus M. Andrews
The Liberia National Commission on Small Arms (LiNCSA) has reported several gaps that are preventing the implementation of the global Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) in the country.
Addressing a news conference over the weekend in Monrovia, a Commissioner at Liberia National Commission on Small Arms, E. Benoni Knuckles said as part of effort to ensure holistic implementation of the treaty in Liberia, an assessment was done by the commission.
He said the assessment report called for the development of a new Act because the current Firearms and Ammunition Control Act of 2015 does not cover the control of conventional arms.
Commissioner Knuckles said the development of the new Act will regulate Liberia’s involvement in the international transfer of all conventional arms consistent with the requirements of ATT, drawing upon language in the firearms Act wherever possible.
He said the development of a registry of Liberian arms brokers was also suggested in the assessment report to ensure the applicability of the Arms Trade Treaty.
According to Commissioner Knuckles, the suggested new Act would expand the mandate of the Liberia National Commission on Small Arms to cover cross-border transfer of all conventional arms.
He pointed out that the Act would also give the commission the licensing authority responsible for administering the national conventional arms transfer control system.
Commissioner Knuckles said these establishments would be covered by licensing authority to access all license applications for arms transfers and make recommendations.
He disclosed that a grant of US$91,501.00 to finance a project entitled: “Drafting Legislation to support the implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty in Liberia” has been secured.
Liberia became a member of the global Arms Trade Treaty in 2015, the first global treaty to establish legally binding standards for regulating international arms trade.