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India. 2010 ‘Manufacture of Small Arms and Light Weapons.’ National Report of India on its Implementation of the International Instrument to Enable States to Identify and Trace, In a Timely and Reliable Manner, Illicit Small Arms and Light Weapons (and the UNPoA); Chapter 1, pp. 1-2. New York, NY: Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations. 31 January

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Manufacture of Small Arms & Light Weapons

The manufacture and production of SALW in India is fully controlled by Government of India. The manufacture of SALW is regulated under a licensing system established by the Arms Acts (1959) and Arms Rules (1962).

Sections 5 and 7 of the Arms Act (1959) and Article 20 of Arms Rules (1962) prohibit the manufacture, transfer and repair of any SALW without a license. Through the licensing mechanism, Government of India is able to regulate the categories and types of weapons which may be manufactured and the transactions which may be carried out in their respect.

SALW for armed forces/police as well as for civilian use are primarily manufactured by Indian Ordnance Factories controlled by the Ministry of Defence. These factories are engaged in the manufacture of all categories of small arms.

The policy of the Government of India for manufacture of arms and ammunition in the private sector is based on the Industrial Policy Resolution, 1956. The private sector is primarily engaged in the manufacture of single and double-barrel guns and air rifles/pistols. Even after liberalisation of the Indian economy and removal of licensing regime for major industries, the manufacture of arms like revolvers, pistols and rifled weapons - and ammunition thereof - has not been allowed in the private sector by the Government of India.

[SALW = Small Arms and Light Weapons]

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