By Courtney Trenwith
The men handed in their submachine guns to promote the gov't’s 4-month amnesty on unlicensed weapons
There were dramatic scenes in Kuwait’s National Assembly on Monday when three MPs arrived wielding Kalashnikov submachine guns.
The weapons were brought to parliament to encourage the public to hand in their unlicensed firearms as part of the Gulf state’s gun amnesty.
Kuwait has offered a four-month amnesty in a bid to take unlicensed guns off the streets. It began two weeks ago.
Raids would be conducted on homes and properties immediately after the grace period, the Interior Ministry has warned.
MPs Nabeel Al Fadhl, Abdulhameed Dashti and Abdullah Al Tameemi held their guns above their heads as they entered the parliamentary building, Kuwait Times reported.
Tameemi reportedly said he publicly relinquished his Kalashnikov to emphasise that only the state should have weapons and not the people.