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Saudi announces one-year arms amnesty

Saudi announces one-year arms amnesty

Holders of unlicensed arms and ammunition have a year to correct their status

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Interior has announced an amnesty allowing owners of illegally held guns and ammunition to obtain appropriate licensing.

Citizens and residents are called to take advantage of the one-year period, beginning Sunday July 1, to avoid punishments including fines and imprisonment.

Anyone with an unlicenced weapon or ammunition can visit the Ministry of Interior website (www.moi.gov.sa) for further details.

Saudi Arabia has the fifth-highest rate of guns per capita in the world at 35 per 100 people, according to data acquired by GunPolicy.org mainly based on surveys from 2007.

The US led the ranking with 101 followed by Serbia with 58.21, Yemen with 54.8 and Cyprus with 36.4.

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