Bill to amend Arms Act tabled in LS

G. Kishan Reddy

G. Kishan Reddy  

‘Only 2 licensed firearms per person’

Union Minister for State for Home Affairs G. Kishan Reddy introduced a Bill in the Lok Sabha on Thursday that seeks to enhance the punishment for illegally possessing and making prohibited arms.

The Arms Act (Amendment) Bill prescribes that a person can have a maximum of two licensed firearms and will have to deposit the third one (allowed under the present norms) with authorities or authorised gun dealers for de-licensing within 90 days of Parliament passing the amended Act.

The government has also proposed to amend Section 25 (1AA) of the Arms Act, 1959, thereby enhancing punishment from the usual life term of 14 years to imprisonment for the remainder of that person’s life” for manufacturing, selling, repairing and possessing prohibited arms.

Nirbhaya fund

Union Minister for Women and Child Development Smriti Irani informed the Lok Sabha that the government has set up anti-trafficking units across the country to deal with human trafficking in vulnerable areas.

The Minister also informed the Lower House that the government has earmarked an overall budget of Rs. 9,046 crore under the ‘POSHAN Abhiyaan’ to fight malnutrition.

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