One billion dinars
Interior ministry allocates funds for weapon buyback program
BAGHDAD — The Iraqi Ministry of the Interior has earmarked one billion dinars for each governorate to buy back medium-sized firearms from the public.
This effort is a key component of the second stage of a campaign to consolidate weapon control under governmental authority.
Adel Abbas al-Khaldi, Deputy Minister for Police Affairs, told Al-Sabah newspaper that this government initiative is crucial for reducing the widespread presence of firearms among civilians and aims to eradicate all forms of unauthorized civilian weapon ownership.
Al-Khaldi announced that this week initiates the process with the rollout of a registration system for privately held guns, marking the program’s initial phase. The subsequent step involves compensating individuals for surrendering their medium-sized firearms, after a dedicated committee sets the appropriate guidelines and allocates the necessary budget.