Sunday, November 22, 2015

Best I can tell, Mali is a country-wide "gun free zone"

Not much to be found, even on the Internet, about gun laws in Mali.

However, National Review reported in 2003 that "the guns" were collected and destroyed at a UN sanctioned gun burning ceremony. Never mind that any destroyed gun could be easily replaced through illicit sourcing, propaganda and ceremony became the driving focus.

More recently, earlier this year in fact, Mali celebrated its culture of officially keeping good people disarmed by televising a major anti-gun showcase. While apparently not reported in most media,outside Mali, program details can be found on Facebook:

Musical performances by top Malian artists such as Mamadou Dembelé dit Dabara, the Amanar Group from Kidal, in the North of the Country, Mah Kouyaté n°1, Maman Sidibé n°1, Alou Sam, Djalou Damba, Pay Camara and Nahawa Doumbia were interposed with theatrical sketches about the dangers of the illegal possessions of arms by civilians, the dangers of local arms crafting and the role of women and youth in the fight against the proliferation of small arms. The sketches were lively performed by “la Famille Sissoko”, a popular group of comedians.

The write-up appears to be posted as part of, or in conjunction with, a UN Disarmament page.

And so it appears Mali has its own Moms Demand Action types continually warning of the dangers and menace of anyone, even lawful civilians, with guns. In Mali, that means warring against smuggled or home-brew guns, apparently because, if there ever was such a thing, lawful firearms trading ended long ago.

If anyone has more info or intel on gun control measures in Mali, or on any illicit gun trade there, please feel free to share.

Like I said, what's on the web is scarce, and seemingly incomplete. Maybe Mali doesn't want to let on how ineffective national gun control can be at disarming folks.

Update: H/T to David Codrea's War on Guns blog for linking to this which says, in part:
In Mali, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law...
In Mali, civilians are not allowed to possess weapons of war.
In Mali, private possession of fully automatic weapons is prohibited.
In Mali, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is prohibited.
In Mali, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is permitted under licence...
In Mali, only licensed gun owners may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition.
Applicants for a gun owner’s licence in Mali are required to establish a genuine reason to possess a firearm, for example demonstrating a need for protection...
Licensed firearm owners in Mali are permitted to possess a limited quantity of smoothbore and rifled ammunition fixed by the Minister in charge of Internal Security...

Post updated 11/23/2015 at 8:50 am EST 

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