Small Arms Commission Chairman Provides Briefing to the Public on the Upcoming ECOWAS Meeting.

Liberia Small Arms Commission Chairman, Atty. Teklo Maxwell Grigsby II has lauded the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) for the selection of Liberia to host the National Commissions on Arms (NATCOM) meeting of ECOWAS Member States this coming November.

Chairman Grigsby noted that the selection of Liberia indicates that ECOWAS has exclusive confidence in the government and people of Liberia, and its national security strategies in maintaining peace and stability.

Speaking at the Ministry of Information Cultural and Tourism (MICAT) press briefing, the Small Arms Commission Boss said, ECOWAS has spent over Two Million United States Dollars ($2,000,000) gear toward arms control, armory inspection and the reduction of arms proliferation in the West African Region

Further elaborating on the NATCOM Meeting, Chairman Grigsby said, Liberia is to receive about Fifty (50) delegates from the 15 ECOWAS Member States, and international organizations working in arms control and related issues. He said, that such important meeting will have the involvement of the Office of the President through the National Security Advisor, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of State, Ministry of Justice, The Technical Committee on Small Arms (TCA), which comprised of all National Security Agencies in Liberia and Civil Society Organizations in the business of helping to control small arms and light weapons in Liberia.

Chairman Grigsby provided analysis on the Commission’s Mandate of formulating and implementing policies aimed at preventing the illicit trade of small arms and light weapons in Liberia, emphasizing the Firearms and Ammunition Control Act of 2015.

Finally, the Chairman sent out a caveat to all former government officials, especially those who had served in the security sector and are still in possession of arms previously assigned to them to turn over those arms or risk being arrested in keeping with the Firearms and Ammunition Control Law which provides exclusive rights to only authorized security personnel to bear firearms.

He however noted that hunters have leverage to bear arms for only hunting purpose. The Chairman indicated in his MICAT Press briefing that it is a violation of the law for Civilians to carry firearms.