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Gurgaon goes slow on gun licences

Getting a gun licence is not easy anymore in Gurgaon.The authorities have stopped issuing licences to just about anybody and everybody after the December 2007 incident in which two Class VIII students allegedly shot their classmate, reports Sanjeev K Ahuja.

india Updated: Mar 02, 2009 00:51 IST
Sanjeev K Ahuja

Getting a gun licence is not easy anymore in Gurgaon.The authorities have stopped issuing licences to just about anybody and everybody after the December 2007 incident in which two Class VIII students allegedly shot their classmate.

While 302 licences were issued in 2007, the figure came down to 131 in 2008 — over 50 per cent fall. 35 licences have been issued this year.

Officials said after the shooting incident, they chose to be 'extraordinarily' careful, choosy and cautious while issuing gun licences.

"We are very strict while issuing licences and rather try to discourage people from getting one. As against the earlier practice, we have also made it mandatory for applicants to get a double-layer clearance, from both the police department as well as the sub-divisional magistrate's (SDM) office. Earlier, only police clearance was required," said district magistrate (DM) Deepti Umashankar.

Carrying licensed guns had caught the fancy of Gurgaon residents in 2006 and peaked in 2007 when the city witnessed a property boom and local residents earned crores by selling land.

Among their most preferred investments were luxury cars, renovation of old houses and expensive guns.

The DM said only people who genuinely required guns because of the nature of their profession or for their safety were given licences. "We are very particular about the profession the applicant and his background," she added.

When asked whether the 2007 shooting incident led to the clampdown, she declined to comment.

However, sources said immediately after the shooting incident, the home department had asked the Gurgaon administration to go slow on gun licences.