Illegal gun holders have been in possession of prohibited military-grade rifles and thousands of ammunition for ages.
In the latest swoop that exposed massive irregularities in the process of approval for gun ownership, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations recovered hundreds of such guns.
March alone, 20 illegally-acquired firearms were confiscated in a drive overseen by firebrand Interior CS Fred Matiang’i.
This revelation has been made by the DCI who have also urged members of the public to report cases of illegal firearms to the police.
In the month of February alone, some 340 firearms, including sophisticated military weaponry, were recovered.
Some 5,371 assorted ammunition were also seized during the vetting of gun owners.
According to the Interior Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiang’i, some of the confiscated weapons included semi-automatic guns and large-capacity magazines which are designed for the military.
Under the laws of Kenya, such weapons are prohibited to be in civilian hands.