According to numerous people, having a gun is the new status symbol in Kenya.
Countless celebrities/personalities have been spotted in public with these weapons, and some of them arrested after a public outcry. From Paul Kobia to Prezzo to Steve Mbogo, the list is endless.
Article 88 of the penal code prohibits brandishing of weapons in public, warning that “any person who goes armed in public without lawful occasion in such a manner as to cause terror to any person is guilty of a misdemeanour, and his arms may be forfeited”.
If you legally own a firearm and want to show off in public, it is important you read these laws about brandishing a firearm.
The improper exhibition of a firearm could land you a jail term.
Whats is brandishing?
It is pointing, holding a firearm or an object similar in appearance. It’s unlawful for any person to point, hold or brandish any firearm whether capable of being fired or not, in such a manner as to reasonably induce fear in the mind of another of being shot or injured.
If you lose your ish real quick, then owning a firearm could be a problem, and you may need to re-think carrying a gun
Kenyan laws state that to get a licence, one is required to present a valid certificate of good conduct and a photocopy of one’s identity card to the chief of the local police division (in person).
The officer then tables the application before the district security committee (DSC) with his recommendations.
The documents are then forwarded to the provincial police officer (PPO), who places them before the provincial security committee, which deliberates on the application and makes its recommendations.
The Inspector General then forwards the application to the Chief Licensing Officer, who in turn informs the applicant in writing on the decision that has been taken.
If the application is successful, the applicant receives a firearm certificate allowing him or her to purchase the weapon he or she applied for.
Section 33 of the Firearms Act states that “any person who is drunk, or who behaves in a disorderly manner, while carrying a firearm shall be guilty of an offence and liable to imprisonment for up to one year or up to Sh10,000 fine, or both.”