The new Arms (Amendment) Act has come into drive with President Ram Nath Kovind’s assent to a Bill cleared by Parliament earlier this week to assist the federal government in controlling the proliferation of unlawful arms and ammunition within the nation.
Kovind gave his approval on Saturday to the Act which offers for enhancement of interval of arms licence from three years to 5 years and issuance of arms licence in its digital kind for rationalising and facilitating the licensing procedures to be used of firearms by people in addition to to curb crimes dedicated through the use of unlawful firearms.
The Act is aimed toward offering efficient deterrence in opposition to violation of the regulation.
“In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (2) of section 1 of the Arms (Amendment) Act, 2019 (48 of 2019), the Central Government hereby appoints the 14th day of December, 2019, as the date on which the provisions of the said Act shall come into force,” a Gazette notification issued on Saturday reads.
What is the Arms (Amendment) Act?
The Arms (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was cleared from Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, a day after it was handed from the Lok Sabha, proposing stringent punishment for unlawful weapons and ammunition traffickers.
The Act is an modification to the six-decade-old Arms Act, 1959 to successfully curb crimes dedicated through the use of unlawful firearms within the wake of spurt in unlawful arms smuggling.
It bans the manufacture, sale, use, switch, conversion, testing or proofing of firearms and not using a license. As per the modification, even the punishment for offences underneath the act has been elevated to between seven years and life imprisonment, and a high-quality.
Previously, the punishment for offences underneath the act was between three to seven years, together with a high-quality. The safety forces this 12 months, seized 438 unlawful weapons and 30,480 ammunition, mentioned the Minister, including that in coming years the federal government will add provision to provide licence in type of good card and can eliminate the licence e-book.