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Crackdown on festive firing sees 79 arrests during seventh week

By JT - Aug 15,2019 - Last updated at Aug 15,2019

Children pose for a photo at an awareness campaign activity targeting festive firings in July (Petra photo)

AMMAN — Police have arrested 79 suspects, among them four Arab nationals and three minors, for allegedly possessing 83 unlicensed weapons during the seventh week of a campaign targeting festive firing and unlicensed weapons. 

The nationwide campaign, carried out by the Public Security Department (PSD), has resulted in the arrest of 673 suspects and the seizure of 761 unlicensed firearms, according to a PSD statement carried by the Jordan News Agency, Petra.

On June 27, the PSD renewed its campaign targeting celebratory firing and the unlicensed possession of firearms in an effort to curb the phenomenon. Authorities have repeatedly pledged to adopt the “most severe legal and administrative measures possible” against perpetrators.

The PSD has also promised to conduct campaigns throughout the governorates and arrest anyone in possession of a firearm without a licence, as well as those selling weapons and ammunition specifically for celebratory firing.

The PSD urged the public to abide by the law and report any festive firing or illegal activities by calling the command centre on 911.

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