Monrovia – Liberia is leading the reform efforts within in West Africa to conform to provisions of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) by ensuring the validation to amend the Firearms and Ammunition Control Act of 2015 and the Act creating the National Small Arms Commission of Liberia.
The new Arms Commission Act when enacted by the National Legislature will expand its mandate to regulate all categories of conventional arms including small arms, light weapons their ammunition and related materials.
Liberia Small Arms Commission Chairman Atty. Teklo Maxwell Grigsby II, speaking at a two-day validation session told participants that the proposed laws are very critical to addressing the concerns of proliferation of small arms which continue to pose threat to the sustenance of the peace of Liberia.
The Small Arms Survey report as commissioned by the African Union according to Chairman Grigsby, revealed the alarming rate of small arms proliferation and the danger to the continent.
Chairman Grigsby further that Liberia should be particularly concern considering the nature of its borders with neighboring countries.
Atty. Grigsby provided a broader context of arms control legislation in the Mano River Union basin concentrating on the right to civilian possession in variance with the arms control legislation in Liberia.
Chairman Grigsby in his statement said, though the laws of Liberia prohibit Civilians possession of firearms, the Commission has received countless reports of individuals in illegal possession of Firearms in