An Adentan Circuit Court has fined a 46-year-old pastor, David Adu Gyamfi, GH¢6,000 for unlawfully discharging his licensed pump action shotgun without reasonable excuse. The incident happened on September 7, 2023, at his residence in Adentan.
The pastor was arrested by the police after a complaint was lodged by a neighbour who was alarmed by the sound of the gunshot. He was charged with discharging a firearm in a public place, contrary to Section 17 of the Firearms Act, 1972 (Act 459).
The pastor pleaded guilty to the charge and was sentenced to a fine of GH¢6,000 or in default, a three-month jail term. He was also ordered to surrender his gun to the police.
The court's decision is a reminder that the use of firearms is strictly regulated in Ghana. It is illegal to discharge a firearm in a public place without reasonable excuse. Anyone who violates this law could face stiff penalties, including imprisonment.
In this case, the pastor did not have a reasonable excuse for discharging his gun. He was simply firing it for fun, which is not a valid reason under the law. The court's decision sends a strong message that the use of firearms must be taken seriously and that anyone who misuses them will be punished.
The pastor's case is also a reminder of the importance of gun safety. When handling a firearm, it is always important to be aware of your surroundings and to take all necessary precautions to prevent accidents. If you are not sure how to handle a firearm safely, it is important to seek training from a qualified instructor.
This case should serve as a warning to all gun owners in Ghana. If you are caught discharging your gun in a public place without reasonable excuse, you could face serious consequences. It is important to be aware of the law and to obey it.