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Indian Arms Rules 1962

  1. Short title
  2. Interpretation
  3. Classification of arms or ammunition
  4. Licensing Authority and forms of licences
  5. Appellate Authorities

1. Short title

(1) These rules may be called the Arms Rules, 1962.
(2) They shall come into force on the 1st October, 1962.
Comments : The rules of procedure are intended subserve the substantial justice and they are not an end in themselves.

2. Interpretation

In these rules, unless the context otherwise require:-

(a) "Act" means the Arms Act, 1959 (LIV of 1959);

(b) "appellate authority" means the appellate auhtority referred to in rule 5;

(c) "authority" or "officer" means, except where otherwise specifically provided in these rules, the District Magistrate or such other officer as may, from time to time, be notified in the official Gazette by the Central Government;

(d) "company" has the same meaning as that assigned to it in the explanation under Sec. 33; (e) "dealer" means a person who by way of trade or business, manufacturers, converts, repairs, proves, tests, sells, exports, imports, or transfers or keeps for sale, repair or test arms or ammunition;

(f) "District Magistrate" includes -

      (i) Omitted by G.S.R. 947, dated 24th August, 1973.
      (ii) in relation to any district or part thereof, an Additional District Magistrate or any any other officer specially empowered in this behalf by the Government of the State concerned;
      (iii) in relation to a Union territory, any officer specially empowered by the Central Government in this behalf;
      (iv) in relation to the tribal areas of Assam, specified in Part B of the table appended to para. 20 of the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution, a Political Officer; and
      (v) in relation to the suburbs of Calcutta, as defined by notification issued from time to time by the Government of West Bengal in their official Gazette under the Calcutta Suburban Police Act, 1866 (Bengal Act II of 1866), the Commissioner of Police, Calcutta and a Deputy Commissioner of Police, Calcutta, nominated by the State Government in this behalf

(g) "form" means a form as set out in Sch. III;

(h) "port" includes an airport;

(i) "schedule" means a schedule appended to these rules;

(j) "Sub-divisional Magistrate" includes Additional Sub-divisional Magistrate, Sub-divisional Officer and Additional Sub-divisional Officer.

3. Classification of arms or ammunition

For the purposes of the Act these rules, "arms" or "ammunition" shall be of the categories specified in cols. 2 and 3, respectively of Sch. I and references to any category of arms or ammunition in these rules shall be construed accordingly.

4. Licensing authority and forms of licenses

Licenses under Chapter II of the Act may be granted or renewed for such purposes, by such authorities, in such forms and to be valid for such period and in such areas as are specified in Sch. II, subject to such conditions as are specified in that Schedule and in the license:

Provided that the licenses granted or renewed by a licensing authority may be signed by such officer subordinate to that authority as may be specially empowered in this behalf by the State Government.

5. Appellate authorities

(1) For the purposes of the Act and these rules the appellate authority to whom an appeal shall lie from an order of the licensing or other authority specified in col. (1) of the table below shall be that specified in the corresponding entry in col. (2) thereof:

Authority Appellate authority
(1) (2)
a) Tahsildar; or 1st or 2nd class Magistrate, or Sub-divisional Magistrate.
District Magistrate.
b) Additional District Magistrate, District Magistrate. (i) Commissioner of the Division or, in an Union territory, the Administrator thereof, or

(ii) in the State of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala, the Board of Revenue or

(iii) in the State of Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Gujarat and any other State, not being a State mentioned in entry (ii) above, in which there is no post of Commissioner of a Division, the State Government.
c) Commissioner of Police.
State Government.
d) Commissioner of the Division or, in an Union territory, the Administrator thereof.
Central Government.
(e) Head of Indian Mission, or Political Officer.
Central Government.
(f) Other specially empowered officers. Authority that empowered.

(2) For the purpose of sub-section (6) of Sec. 17 of the Act, the licensing authority shall be deemed to be subordinate to the appellate authority.

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