Government amends provisions of Arms Act, 1959 and Arms Rules, 2016

Government has amended provisions of Arms Act, 1959 and Arms Rules, 2016 to increase the number of firearms that can be kept by shooters and enhanced quantity of ammunition fixed for practice for the year.

Home Ministry said, shooting is an important Olympic sport in India and Indian shooters have excelled in international competitions. It said, keeping this in mind, the Ministry has made provisions to provide adequate firearms and ammunition to the shooters for their practice. The Ministry said, the provisions will greatly facilitate their shooting practice.

As per the new rules, now international medalists and renowned shooters are allowed to keep additional weapons up to a total of twelve under the exempted category, which earlier was seven. Through the amendments it has also been clarified that no license is required for Indian citizens for acquisitions, possession of small arms falling under the category of curio.

However, appropriate license as prescribed would be required for use or to carry or transport such small arms. Without the endorsement of such firearms in the prescribed license of the owner, no ammunition shall be sold for their use.

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