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In Indonesia: Challenge Is to Keep Out Illegal Guns

The recent series of public shootings in Malaysia has raised questions about access to firearms. ST's regional bureaus take a closer look at gun laws in the region, and the laws in place to restrict them.

Straits Times (Singapore)

8 August 2013

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…To own it [a firearm] legally, strict prerequisites apply. One must be physically and mentally fit, not bad-tempered - based on a psychology test at the national police headquarters - and between age 21 and 65, with no criminal record.

Police will also evaluate the need for owning a gun before granting a permit. High-ranking civil servants and senior managers at private firms may be considered…

There are about 8,000 illegal guns in Jakarta alone and possibly more than double that across the country, according to an estimate by a non-profit organisation, Indonesia Police Watch.

In 2005, a ban on imported guns was introduced. Starting 2007, police also stopped giving or extending a permit for civilians who use a gun for sporting purposes and want to keep it at home.

Registered guns for sporting purposes may now be stored only at certain locations, including a registered shooting range and the secretariat of the Indonesia's shooting and hunting association. But this excludes those with gun permits for protection…

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