A serious rebebellion came from the National gun owners association that led to the courts in attempt to stop planned mandatory vetting of civilian firearm holders as ordered by the Interior Cabinet Seretary Fred Matiang’i.
However the weaponary war has cooled down after the association withdrew their court case.The association in a consent registered in court on Monday said they had withdrawn the matter to enable regulation and digitisation of records.
“Following negotiations between counsel for the applicant and counsel for respondents and interested parties aimed at streamlining regulation of firearms and digitization of records we would be glad if you could record the following order,” said part of the consent.
The consent was drawn by Ochieng, Onyango, Kibet and Ohaga advocates and addressed to the deputy registrar of high court.
This now gives room the government to carry on with the exercise as earlier anticipated.The High Court had in December temporarily suspended the mandatory vetting of civilian firearm holders in a case filed by the association and some of the respective members as interested parties.
In the suit, the association complained that the action by Matiang’i and the Ministry was not fair, citing the Fair Administrative Actions Act, 2015 and all other enabling provisions of law.
On January 14, Matiang’i said all civilian firearm holders have until March 19 to get biometric cards.Matiang’i said the card fixed with a microchip will have all of an individual’s details.