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Iraqi Government Seeks To Employ Gun Control

An Iraqi boy holds an AK-47 machine gun (file photo)An Iraqi boy holds an AK-47 machine gun (file photo)
An Iraqi boy holds an AK-47 machine gun (file photo)
An Iraqi boy holds an AK-47 machine gun (file photo)
BAGHDAD -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's government has presented a bill to parliament banning the possession of weapons by anyone except military and state security personnel, RFE/RL's Radio Free Iraq (RFI) reports.

Abbas al-Bayati, the deputy chairman of the parliament's Security and Defense
Committee, told RFI today that the first and second reading of the bill have
been completed and the deputies are expected to make a final vote on the bill
next week.

He said the bill lays down strict requirements for licensing the possession of arms to ensure that the state and its respective security organs have a monopoly on the use of weapons.

Bayati added that the bill also provides for severe penalties against those guilty of arms smuggling into and out of Iraq or involvement in illicit arms trafficking.

He underlined that the message of the legislation is "no return to sectarian violence and no return to paramilitary outfits with harsh punishment for those
who take the law into their own hands."

Bayati said the army, police, and security agencies alone will be responsible for protecting the people, whose sole duty is to cooperate with those forces and report any suspicious activity to the authorities.

But political analyst Ibrahim al-Sumaidaie told RFI that "acts of violence and assassinations are often perpetrated by individuals employed as bodyguards of
state officials or planted in the security and military establishment by hostile groups."

Sumaidaie cited the Interior Ministry's internal affairs department saying its achievements against terrorist groups have been undermined by a serious
infiltration of its ranks by insurgents.

Major General Muhammad al-Askari, a media adviser to the defense minister, told RFI that existing controls will be tightened to stop and punish any abuses by members of the armed forces and security agencies.

Askari said there is a general inspectorate at each ministry as well as other instruments like the Internal Affairs Department that serve as a deterrent against the unlawful use of arms by government or security service personnel.

Sources told RFI that there were an estimated 7 million weapons held illegally in Iraq at the height of the sectarian violence in the country in 2007.
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by: Nanjing03 from: USA
November 17, 2011 21:32
I served withDOD in support of US forces in Iraq in 2006 and 2007. While there, I met many Iraqi individuals and families including law abiding Sunnis, former Baathists, Shi-ites, business owners, professionals, public servants and many others who were well armed and very responsible with their weapons. In spite of a tragic war taking place at the time, there was remarkably little violent crime. The Iraqi people may want to demand that their government withdraw their decision to disarm them. The people might ask their government to write it into law that law abiding Iraqis be allowed to keep and bear arms. It is a proven fact that violent criminals will not target armed citizens as readily as they would target unarmed citizens. Disarming law abiding citizens will only guarantee that only criminals will be armed.
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by: Bruce from: Wellington
November 30, 2011 21:23
No, it doesnt.

Come to New Zealand sometime where not even the police carry guns on their person.

by: Johnny from: Desert Center
November 18, 2011 15:50
Only the government or police can possess weapons under the proposed law? Did the idiots not learn anything under the Saddam Hussein regime where it was THE GOVERNMENT AND POLICE who perpetrated crimes against the populace? The radical liberals at the US State Department are undoubtably behind this, and I hope the Iraqi people tell the government oppressors to go screw themselves.
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by: AJ from: USA
November 18, 2011 20:09
I guess they learned nothing from Saddam. Sad.
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by: Nanjing03 from: USA
November 19, 2011 14:00
That might very well be the case, but I knew and worked with a number of Iraqis -- civilians, military and police. They are smart and will certainly be wise to what is going on here. Hopefully, the Clinton State Department is not behind this decision in the form of conditional U.S. aid and foreign policy decisions toward the Iraqi people who have come so far since the fall of the Saddam regime and the mauling and ouster or al-Qaeda, but they are--more than likely. It seems that when the real work is done, we can always count on the liberal operatives from within the State Department and their connections in the UN to move in behind nobler efforts to impose their will and their agendas.
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by: Lina Inverse from: USA
November 20, 2011 14:40
Oh, I'd say they learned from Sadam all too well. It's just that presumably they expect to keep control of the government once they've disarmed the populace.

by: Johnny from: Desert Center
November 18, 2011 15:55
So let's get this straight. A government that supports the marginalization of women, doesn't give freedom of religion across all groups, and rules with the Koran as a supporting legal document should be the ones with weapons? This seems very odd to me. The only manner to keep the Iraqi people from suffering under another Saddam is to give them the right to keep and bear arms. Arms in the hands of people do more than any other thing to keep a populace free. Take a look at UN gun confiscations in African countries. After the poor villagers weapons are gone, they immediately become targets of government gangs and militias who cut their arms, legs, noses and labias off at will. I often wonder how humans act so ignorantly in regards to weapons and the obvious benefits of an armed populace.

by: Mugabe from: africa
November 18, 2011 18:08
In many countries that heavily regulate and restrict arms possession by citizens (or are they "subjects"?), all but the well connected are disarmed, and preyed upon by the armed criminals. In these countries, the robbers and murderers also carry a badge.

by: johndillinger from: far in minnesota forest
November 18, 2011 22:39
Here we go again, another strong man government in a year or so..Thank the lord we still have our guns here..It will not be long and "the One " will try to take our guns...

by: Duane from: Baghdad
November 30, 2011 21:21
How are the 7m guns in 2007 illegal if the law is only now being introduced?

Sounds like a reasonable step to take.

by: Shackiraq from: Wrightsville Beach, NC
December 01, 2011 01:32
Spent 5 years there and the Iraqi people that I worked with in Baghdad and Mosul all knew that gun rights for the populace was paramount to maintaining a strong demoracy. Getting the guns out of the public's hands is the first step to a dictatorship. Sad. We have spent too much in blood and treasure for this to happen. I suspect it is the strong Iranian influence similar to when they tried to pay COR members to not vote for the security agreement.

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