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Why in news?
- The Punjab government has cancelled 813-gun licenses as part of its efforts to clamp down on the “gun culture” in the state.
- Previously, the Punjab government had asked for the removal of content glorifying violence, drugs, and liquor from YouTube and other social media platforms.
Legal framework for gun licensing in India:
- The Indian Arms Act of 1959 stipulates that no one can acquire, possess or carry firearms without a license.
- The Act bars one person from carrying more than three firearms (now amended to just one firearm)
- One can carry more firearms if the person is a licensed dealer, belongs to the armed forces of the Union, or is a member of a rifle club or association licensed or recognised by the Centre.
- The Indian Arms Act allows Indian citizens aged 21 years and above to get Non-Prohibited Bore (NPB) guns (Bore refers to the diameter of a gun’s bullets)
- NPB guns adhering to .35,.33, .22, and .380 are permissible for a license.
- Prohibited Bore guns of bores .38, .455, and .303 can only be issued to defence personnel or persons facing imminent threats to life.
Criteria for granting license:
- A license can only be granted for purposes of self-defence, crop protection, or sports.
- Applications for the grant of arms license for NPB weapons are dealt with by the State Government/DM concerned, based on background checks by local police.
- Period of Licence:
- As per Arms Rules, 2016 >> applying for an arms license required one to complete a safety training course involving safe handling and carrying procedures.
Consider the following statements:
1. Indian Arms Act of 1959 allows Indian citizens aged 18 years and above to get Non-Prohibited Bore (NPB) guns
2. A gun license issued is valid for five years
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b) 2 only
(c) Both 1 and 2
(d) Neither 1 nor 2