The Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India has quietly notified a new set of Arms Rules, which are set to substantially change the legal position of gun ownership in India.
These new “Arms Rules 2016” were notified with effect from 15th July 2016, but only became available on the egazette website on 21st July 2016.
A cursory read reveals that the mandarins at the ministry have not applied any reason or logic while drafting these rules. Replicas, blank guns, paintball markers and pellet guns are ALL to be now treated the same as firearms – requiring an arms license, failing which the penalties would be the same as those for a terrorist/ criminal in possession of an AK 47 (7 to 14 years behind bars)!!!
You can download these news rules (in Hindi & English) by going to the Indians For Guns website.
More once I’ve had a chance to go through these rules in detail.