Ghana National Commission on Small Arms and Light Weapons (GNACSA)


4.1 Development of National Database on Small Arms

The NACSA has developed software for arms registration and licensing for the firearms units of the Ghana Police Service and for capturing small arms related incidents reported in the newspapers on daily basis at the Commission. This would enable the Ghana Police Service and the Commission to build a credible database on firearms and its related incidents. The aim is to obtain a national database on small arms to facilitate access to information and information sharing on firearms and arms related cases.


4.2 Collection and Destruction of Illicit Firearms in Police Armouries 

The Commission embarks on a weapons collection exercise from time to time to identify, take stock, collect and convey confiscated illicit weapons in Police armouries for safe custody at the Central Police Armoury in Accra. These illicit arms are destroyed at a public event as part of the Commissionís public education and awareness raising programmes. The objective of the exercise is to prevent pilfering or leakage of these confiscated illicit firearms back into society since that occurrence adds to the proliferation problem, particularly when they fall into the hands of criminals. In 2010, the Commission destroyed 1,538 illicit arms in Kumasi, bringing the total number of illicit confiscated firearms destroyed since 2001 to date to 4, 925.


4.3 Training in Stockpile and Inventory Management/Weapons Marking and Record Keeping

The Commission organises training programmes in stockpile and inventory management for the Security Agencies, and also facilitates such programmes for them at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre [KAIPTC]. The objective is to enhance the capacity of Security Agencies in managing their stock of weapons and inventory effectively to prevent leakages from their armouries. The Commission has recently facilitated the acquisition of two (2) Weapons Marking Machines and the provision of training on marking and record keeping of small arms and light weapons for Security Agencies. Currently, the Commission is facilitating the marking of all state arms to be followed with the marking of all registered civilian arms. This is to promote accountability of state weapons as well as easy tracing and retrieval of lost or stolen arms.