Speaking on Monday, September 21, 2020 in Monrovia at the International Day of Peace Program, Grigsby stressed that if Liberia should consolidate its peace process than it is key to now minimize illegal possession of fire arms, especially in the hands of the wrong people.
According to the Fire Arms Law, anyone caught in illegal possession of fire arms, the act is equivalent to manslaughter and said penalty is five years in prison.
He acknowledged that though they are doing well, there is a challenge with the full implementation of the Fire Arms Law ,which they along with the support from ECOWAS deliberately crafted.
“ The penalty is too harsh and it is giving us difficulties to implement ,” he added.
However, the Small Arms Commission boss noted that they have made some strides, mainly with the national registration of all arms in the country.
“We have successfully marked all state security arms and unlike before criminals are no longer using such arms to commit crimes apart from the artisanal arms, ”Grigsby disclosed.
He encouraged the local communities and the entire country to support the commission with information sharing on those who are in illegal possession of fire arms for the betterment of the country’s peace process.
At the same time, Grigsby commended the international partners for their support to the Commission, but was quick to call on them to do more, especially in effectively and fully implementing the Fire Arms Law.
“ Help us consolidate and sustain the peace,” he pleaded with them.
According to him, it is only through collective efforts, they can succeed in their endeavors.
Grigsby pointed out that lack of basic necessities including quality education, health care, sexual harassment and rape, among others are real issues that affects the peace process and needs to be addressed now.
The head of the Small Arms Commission also urged politicians and other national actors to help in sustaining the peace process of Liberia.
National actors, including politicians who make reckless statements that will undermine or hamper the peace process should be named and shamed, asserting that the people who helped in protecting the peace must at all times disagree with those who make such statements.
“There is still bitterness in the country, the war that killed over 250,000 people and made thousands orphans should be a good lesson for all Liberians to now see the need to jealously guide and protect the peace process,” he intimated.
Grigsby added that there is still hope ahead for Liberia, especially when all Liberians work collectively to protect and sustain the peace process.