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Arms Licenses Cannot be Granted to be Used as a Status Symbol: Himachal Pradesh HC

Lawstreet Journal 8 Oct 2020 7:24pm

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The Himachal Pradesh High Court said that arms licenses cannot be granted to be used as a status symbol. This statement came while directing the authorities to review all the Arms Licenses granted by them.

This was heard by a bench of two judges: Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan and Justice Jyotsna Rewal Dua. They dismissed the petition which was filed by a person as two Arms Licenses of his were canceled.

Section 17 of the Arms Act empowers the Licensing Authority to vary the condition of the grant of a license, suspend a license for a specified period or even revoke a license.

The petitioner had applied and obtained another arm license without disclosing the fact that he previously had an arms license. The court also got to know that the petitioner had kept Column no. 10(a) blank knowingly. This column requires a person to provide all the details of any previous Arms License. Hence, the petitioner cannot claim “the plea in ignorance of the law” as a column was specifically mentioned.

The court also said that in this case, there is an indication of issuance of arms licenses at the mere asking of the applicants without verifying compliance of the provisions of the Act/Rules/Instructions issued in this regard and observed: “The Arms Act coordinates rights of citizens with the necessity of maintaining law and order. Firearms should not come in possession of anti-social elements. There is a need for greater vigilance of the grant of Arms Licenses. Arms Licenses… Continue Reading...

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