Citation(s) from the literature library

India. 2010 ‘Provision of Laws, Regulations and Administrative Procedures / Law Enforcement.’ 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 2, p. 4. New York, NY: Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations. 31 January

Relevant contents

Provision of laws, regulations and administrative procedures/Law enforcement (II.2, II.3, II.6).

India's domestic policy on SALW is regulated statutorily under the Arms Act (1959) and Arms Rules (1962), amended from time to time. These legislations and various executive instructions from Central and State governments have evolved a good mechanism for effective control and regulation of SALW in India.

The Arms Act (1959) and Arms Rules (1962) cover all aspects of lawful possession of manufacture, sale, transfer, transport, export, import of arms and ammunition, and provide penal provisions for violation of these acts. The Arms Act (1959) and Arms Rules (1962) are Central Government legislations and State Governments have a specified role in their implementation.

The provisions of the Arms Act and Arms Rules seek to classify fire arms and other prohibitive weapons so as to ensure that (i) dangerous weapons of Military patterns are not available to civilians, particularly the anti-social elements and that (ii) weapons for self defence can be possessed by citizens in special cases only under duly issued licences.

[SALW = Small Arms and Light Weapons]

ID: Q1669

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