ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour Barzani's order to close weapon dealerships was implemented across the region, Interior Minister Rebar Ahmed said on Thursday.
Speaking to reporters, Ahmed pointed out that "these regulations will remain valid until further notice," noting that "next week, we will issue a new mechanism for organizing the relationship between the government and the stores that sell guns."
PM Barzani's immediate closure of weapon dealerships and the confiscation of unregistered firearms came in response to a rapid spike in gun violence in different cities of the Kurdistan Region.
"Today, I have called on security services to close all weapon dealerships and seize all unlicensed weapons," PM Barzani wrote on Twitter after reports said a couple were shot dead in the capital city, just a day after a student gunned down two university professors.
"We will not allow anyone to undermine public peace and security," the prime minister added, encouraging people to join the campaign and hand over their unlicensed weapons to government authorities.
"More controls will also be introduced as part of this effort. I have also tasked the Ministry of Interior and Department of Information Technology to implement a digital gun control system as soon as possible."
Sulaymaniyah Governor Haval Abubakir said that he closed all gun stores in the province and ordered checkpoints to search for unauthorized guns.