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Small arms rampant in Gbarpolu

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A resident of Gbarpolu County, who identifies himself as an advocate, Jerry Kamara Gono, calls on government to deploy agents in several parts of the county to fight small arms proliferation there.
In an exclusive with this paper in Monrovia recently, he disclosed that small arms such as Guinean-made single-barrel pistols and ammunition are allegedly brought into the county and secretly sold to during market days.

He names the diamond-rich town of Kongbor, Mano River Congo, Camp Alpha, and Smith Camp, among others as areas where small arms transaction goes on.

According to him, most people he has spoken to regarding the issue in the county have confided in him that individuals involved in the transaction do business between Liberia and the Republic of Guinea.

He said some of these business people openly engage citizens who had gone to these market grounds whether they were interested in buying single-barrel guns and ammunition.He laments that while government is fighting to stop small arms proliferation in the country, some unscrupulous people are illegally bringing such prohibitive items into Liberia for their self-aggrandizement.

He suggests that government through the small office in Liberia embarks on a vagarious awareness campaign in the county to enlighten inhabitants about the danger of small arms.

By Emmanuel Mondaye–Editing by Jonathan Browne

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