KRG Council of Ministers approves gun control bill

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Council of Ministers on Wednesday approved gun control bill that aims to regulate sale and purchase of firearms in the Kurdistan Region.

The council of ministers held a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Masrour Barzani on Wednesday to discuss and vote on several bills.

In the meeting attended by Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani, minister of interior Rebar Ahmed introduced the gun control bill which aims at “regulating the sale and purchase of firearms and also ownership rules”, the KRG said in a statement.

The Council of Ministers approved the bill “by majority vote”, the statement read.

Despite decisions to prosecute people with unregistered weapons, the use of firearms have increased in the Kurdistan Region. Weapons are often used to settle personal or tribal disputes.

Separately, the Council of Ministers voted to approve anti-corruption strategy plan for 2021-2025 in an effort to to boost transparency and slash corruption.
The corruption strategy plan was presented by the commission of integrity during the meeting. 

“The Commission will implement it under official scrutiny,” the KRG said.

The council of ministers also instructed ministries and directorates to form an “Accreditation Committee” to examine education centers in the Kurdistan Region, the statement read.

“… This committee will ensure education meets global standards.”

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