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Draft Arms (Amendment) Bill

Draft Arms (Amendment) Bill

On 10th October 2019, the Union Home Ministry proposed an amendment to convict makers and users of illegal arms. According to this amendment, the makers of “prohibited” arms and those carrying such arms have to spend the remaining life in prison if convicted.

Key Points

  • This bill is said to be introduced in the winter session of the parliament.
  • In this case, any person possessing more than 2 licensed guns should deposit the third one with the authorities. This is because the Govt of India is planning to ban the practice of multiple licenses to individual
  • India alone has a total of 35 lakh gun licenses. Approximately 13 lakhs have licensed weapons in UP and in J&K around 3.7 lakh, citizens hold active gun licenses. 
  • These licenses were issued in the last two decades.
  • Punjab has around 3.6 lakh active gun licenses. 
  • These licenses were simultaneously issued when militancy has engulfed the state.
  • Section 25 (1AA) of Arms act 1959 is to be amended. According to the amendment punishment from the usual 14 years to imprisonment for the remainder of the person’s life. 
  • The amendment also categorizes illegal import of guns and their sales as “illicit trade”. Also, it has provisions to send an authorized gun dealer to jail up to 7 years.
  • A sportsperson can possess the third weapon – 0.22 calibre rifle only, provided, if the user is a dedicated sportsperson whose participation is recognized in national and international events in the last 2 years.

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