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UAE mulls draft law to regulate weapons

Interior ministry seeks to control entry, use of non-firearm weapons amid rising fears over gangs

UAE mulls draft law to regulate weapons
The UAE is drafting a bill to regulate the entry and use of non-firearm type weapons.

The UAE said on Wednesday it is drafting a bill to regulate the entry and use of non-firearm type weapons amid fears that they could lead to the emergence of gangs in the country.

The so called "white weapons" - a common Arabic term for weapons such as swords, daggers, sticks, and batons will come under closer scrutiny, according to a senior Ministry of Interior official.

Lt Colonel Isa Saeed Al Shamsi, director of Weapons and Explosives at the MoI's Criminal Security Administration, said the new law was being brought in following consultation with bodies including customs, police and a panel of legal and weapons experts.

Al Shamsi made his statement, cited by state news agency WAM, after chairing the first meeting of an ad hoc committee tasked with developing the draft law.

"The phenomenon of increasing use by youths and juvenile delinquents of the white arms in the past period in several cities in the country has many negative consequences on the local community and its security and stability.

"It could also lead to emergence of gangs and promotion of concept of violence," he was quoted as saying by WAM.