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Getting a gun license becomes more stringent in SAS Nagar

Considering the rising number of firing incidents in the city and people holding licensed weapons indulging in crimes, the administration has decided to make the process of getting a license for buying a weapon more stringent by deciding to interview the applicant before one applies for a license.

chandigarh Updated: Jun 15, 2015 21:41 IST
HT Correspondent

Considering the rising number of firing incidents in the city and people holding licensed weapons indulging in crimes, the administration has decided to make the process of getting a license for buying a weapon more stringent by deciding to interview the applicant before one applies for a license.

Additional deputy commissioner (ADC) Poonamdeep Kaur, who grants permission to buy licenses, interviews applicants personally before granting permission for a license.

Earlier, the process was quite simple as a person could apply just by filing an application and there was no need to be physically present at the ADC office.

Talking to HT, Kaur said, "Now, an applicant is first interviewed before his/her form is forwarded for further procedural work. The step has been taken to physically verify the person concerned so that we can take a decision weather he/she is qualified or not."

Meanwhile, during the interview, an applicant is asked about the purpose of buying a weapon and the reasons one should be issued the licence. Following the physical verification, he/she can fill in the required form and apply for police verification.

According to officials, there are around 7,000 license holders in the district.

People impatient: SSP

This year alone, four firing incidents have been reported in the city in which, two persons were killed. On Sunday night, a property dealer shot at a drunken youth outside his showroom. He fired six gun shots in the air.

Senior superintendent of police Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said, "There is a growing impatience among people these days. We have increased police presence to keep a check on suspicious activities. People need to be more responsible and should understand that a license is given for self-defence, not for firing gun shots just like that."