CENTRAL FIREARMS UNIT - CFU
The Central Firearms Registry [CFR] was created in the year 1955 with the sole responsibility of registering and licensing of firearms within the country. To ensure effective management, the Unit was placed under the direct supervision of the Head of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service.
Functions of the Unit
Some major functions are enumerated below
Four thousand, Four Hundred and Ninety-Four (4,494) guns were licensed and registered in the 2012. Also, Four Hundred and Seventy-Four Thousand, Eight Hundred and Seventy Ghana Cedis (GH¢474,870.00) were collected as revenue countrywide in the same year.
The Unit is in the process of computerizing the system.
How to Acquire Firearms
Any individual who is eighteen (18) years and above, mentally sound, physically fit and of good character can apply for a firearm for use either to protect himself/herself or for gaming (i.e) hunting. However, an application for a permit to import or export arms and ammunition by licensed dealers or individuals are submitted to the Minister responsible for the Interior for his approval or otherwise. An individual who wishes to apply for a personal firearm must first report to the police, precisely the Firearm office to be taken through the process as stated in Section 1, subsection (1) of the Arms and Ammunition Decree, NRCD.9 of 1972.
The Police does not register firearms in the name of a company or corporate organization, since the organization is an artificial person that cannot go through the laid down process. There is the need for somebody to act in her stead.
Firearms are to be used exclusively by the individual in whose name it is licensed and registered. It must be used for the purpose assigned for its acquisition. A firearm once licensed in the name of a person is not transferable. Nonetheless, there are exceptions to the rule, sections 3 subsection 1 (a) (b)2 and 3 of the Arms and Ammunition Decree, NRCD.9 of 1972 spells out clearly the procedure for change of ownership of firearms:
In such cases, the firearm owner together with the new applicant shall report to the nearest Police Firearm licensing office for them to be taken through the process. This is in respect of shotguns. In the case of Pistols/Revolvers, it is the Commissioner of Police/CID who has the prerogative to give approval or otherwise for the transfer of these firearms.
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