Soon, gun training before license
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If the proposal sent by the Deputy Commissioner to the UT Police is accepted, it may soon become necessary for all Arms License seekers to undergo gun training before they get their papers.
Deputy Commissioner, Mohammad Shayin, recently shot off a letter to SSP Naunihal Singh stating that most arms license seekers admit that they do not have any training or the necessary expertise to handle firearms.
"It is a serious matter of concern that a person who is seeking an arms license for his security should at least know how to handle it in case of an emergency. Therefore we have mooted a proposal that those seeking license can be imparted some basic training may be on the payment basis. In fact, Chandigarh has excellent shooting ranges which can be utilised for the purpose", said DC Shayin speaking with Chandigarh Newsline.
UT SSP Naunihal Singh said: "We have received the letter from the Deputy Commissioner and we are examining the matter. It will be a good step and we are working on it."
The arms license seeker is supposed to first put up his case to the DC, after which the process of police verification starts. The applicant is then interviewed by police officials. Only after they are satisfied is the case recommended further to the Deputy Commissioner for a final clearance.
Recently, arms licenses of 150 persons were canceled after the license holders failed to purchase the arms within the stipulated time period.
Officials say that most of these license holders had got the license made a decade ago but had not bought any arm. As per the rules, after one gets the license, one is supposed to buy a weapon within a year and the same has to be mentioned in the arms license.
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