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Arms Licence.

Arms and Ammunition

            No person shall acquire, have in his possession, or carry any firearm or ammunition unless he holds in this behalf a licence issued in accordance with the provisions of the The Arms Act-1959 and the rules made thereunder.

  • Purposes of Lawful Firearms Ownership is for target-shooting, protection of person or property and private security.
  • Firearm ownership is not permitted for the purposes of collecting or for hunting of animals for sport or food.

Form of Application for Arms Licence under Arms Act, 1959

Declaration for Renewal of Arms/ Ammunition Licence.

Licence for the shorting of guns or conversion of imitation firearms into firearms:-

            No person shall shorten the barrel of a firearm or convert an imitation firearm into a firearm unless he holds in this behalf a licence issued in accordance with the provisions of Arms Act 1959 and the rules made thereunder.

Grant of Licence (Section-13 of the Arms Act 1959):-

  1. An application for the grant of a licence under Chapter II, shall be made to the Licensing Authority and shall be in such form, contain such particulars and be accompanied by such fee, if any, as may be prescribed.
  2. On receipt of an application, the Licensing Authority shall call for the report of the Officer-in-Charge of the nearest Police Station on that application, and such Officer shall send the report within the prescribed time.

            2(A)The Licensing Authority, after such inquiry, if any, as it may, consider necessary and after considering the report received under sub-section(2) shall, subject to the other provisions of this chapter, by order in writing either grant the licence or refuse to grant the same.

            Provided that where the Officer-in-Charge of the nearest Police Station does not send his report on the application within the prescribed time, the Licensing Authority may, if it deems fit, make such order, after the expiry of the prescribed time, without further waiting for that report.

          3. The Licensing Authority shall grant.

          a. A licence under section 3 where the licence is required-.

  • By a citizen of India in respect of a smooth bore gun having a barrel of not less than twenty inches in length to be used for protection or sport or in respect of muzzle loading gun to be used for bona fide crop protection.

          Provided that where having regard to the circumstances of any case, the Licensing Authority is satisfied that a muzzle loading gun will not be sufficient for crop protection, the licensing authority may grant a licence in respect of any other smooth bore gun in aforesaid for such protection, or

  • In respect of a point 22 bore rifle or an air rifle to be used for target practice by a member of a Rifle Club or Rifle Association licensed or recognised by the Central Government;

          b. A licence under section 3 in any other case or licence under section 4, section 5, section 6, section 10 or section 12, if the licensing authority is satisfied that the person by whom the licence is required has a good reason for obtaining the same-.

Safety Tips:-

  • Treat every firearm as loaded check every firearm yourself. Pass or accept only an open or unloaded firearm.
  • Always point firearms in as safe direction loaded or unloaded, always point the muzzle in a safe direction.
  • Load a firearm only when ready to fire. Load the magazine only when your reach your shooting area. Load the chamber only when ready to shoot. Completely unload before leaving the shooting area.
  • Check your firing zone. THINK what may happen if you miss your target? What might you hit between you and the target or beyond? Do not fire when you know others are in your firing zone.
  • Store firearms and ammunition safely. When not in use lock away the bolt, firearm and ammunition separately.
  • Avoid alcohol or drugs when handling firearms.
  • Renew arms licence time to time.
  • While carrying arms, keep valid licence with you and on demand of Police produce the same.
  • Deposit the arms to local Police Station as when ordered for.
  • Never point a gun at anything you are not willing to kill/destroy.