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Police continue crackdown on unlicensed weapons

By JT - Aug 22,2019 - Last updated at Aug 22,2019

AMMAN — Police have arrested 71 suspects, among them three Arab nationals and one minor, for allegedly possessing 75 unlicensed weapons during the eighth week of a campaign targeting festive firing and unlicensed weapons. 

The nationwide campaign, carried out by the Public Security Department (PSD), has resulted in the arrest of 750 suspects and the seizure of 895 unlicensed firearms, according to a PSD statement carried by the Jordan News Agency, Petra.

On June 27, the PSD renewed its campaign targeting celebratory firing and the unlicensed possession of firearms in an effort to curb the phenomenon. Authorities have repeatedly pledged to adopt the “most severe legal and administrative measures possible” against perpetrators.

The PSD has also promised to conduct campaigns throughout the governorates and arrest anyone in possession of a firearm without a licence, as well as those selling weapons and ammunition specifically for celebratory firing.

The PSD urged the public to abide by the law and report any festive firing or illegal activities by calling the command and control centre at 911.

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