Posted on December 11, 2019, 2:12 PM IST
The Arms Amendment Bill 2019 has been passed by the Rajya Sabha. This bill will not mend out maximum punishment of life imprisonment for manufacturing and carrying illegal arms. It also corrects the law that a person can have only two firearms as opposed to three allowed at present, was passed by a voice vote in the Rajya Sabha yesterday.
The bill was approved by the Lok Sabha on Monday. The bill also brings to law that those using firearm in a rash or negligent manner in celebratory gunfire, endangering human life or personal safety of others shall be punishable with an imprisonment up to two years, or fined Rs 1 lakh, or both.
Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy said efficient control over arms and ammunition is imperative for safety and security in the country. He said the bill seeks to bring in stringent punishment for people involved in illegal manufacturing of arms while ensuring easier provisions for people with licensed arms.
"It is for national security that we have brought in this legislation. Illegal manufacturing of arms is going on in some places like small scale industry. We are proposing stringent punishments for people involved in such acts," Reddy said.
As per the bill, those who now own more than two firearms will have to deposit the third one with authorities or authorised gun dealers within 90 days for de-licensing once the amendment is approved by the Parliament.
According to a recorded estimate, India has a total of around 35 lakh gun licences. Thirteen lakh people have licences to carry weapons in Uttar Pradesh, followed by militancy-hit Jammu and Kashmir, where 3.7 lakh people possess arms licences, most of which were taken on grounds of personal security.