CBI is investigating arms racket in Jammu, how licenses are given?

J&K, 25/7:In connection with the investigation into the case of illegal grant of arms license, the CBI on Saturday searched the premises of Shahid Chaudhary, Deputy Commissioner of Udhampur. Apart from this, the agency had also searched the premises of his Zafar Chaudhary. Zafar Chaudhary said that Udhampur in Jammu and Kashmir is the headquarters of the Northern Command of the Army, so many applications are received from the retiring soldiers. He said that 36,000 arms licenses were issued in Udhampur district between 2012-16, out of which about 1,700 (about four per cent) licenses were issued during the tenure of Indian Administrative Service officer Shahid Choudhary.

The CBI on Saturday conducted searches at 40 places in Jammu and Kashmir and Delhi, including the premises of Shahid Choudhary and another IAS officer Neeraj Kumar, in connection with the illegal arms case. It is alleged that the administrative officers in contravention of the rules along with other accused gave arms licenses in the then state to those people who were not residents of the state. Between 2012 and 2016, 2.78 lakh licenses were given. After all, what is the rules for granting arm license, understand it in easy language.

Who can issue arms license in India?
Licenses are granted for specific categories of weapons for personal use in India as per the provisions of the Arms Act, 1959 and the Arms Rules, 2016. The Center has said that the license for the banned category of weapons is given by the Union Home Ministry. Whereas the second category of arms license is given from the respective state government / union territory.

Who can get a license?
The Arms Act and the Arms Rules, 2016 – which replaced the Arms Rules, 1962 – are designed to curb violence using illegal weapons. Section 3 of the Arms Act prohibits any person from receiving or possessing a weapon unless he holds a license issued in this regard in accordance with the provisions of the Act and the rules laid down thereunder. An applicant for a arms license has to prove that he has a genuine need to protect his life or property due to his occupation, profession, job or anything else. This rule applies to those who can find weapons to protect their crops.

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