The state government on Wednesday informed the Bombay high court that it is considering issuing a notification prohibiting possession of dummy weapons and ordering confiscation of such weapons if found without a licence.
Additional public prosecutor Aruna Kamat Pai informed the division bench of justice AM Khanwilkar and justice PD Kode that the notification was recently forwarded by the arms and ammunition department to the home department for consideration. As of now, the nature of the notification is not completely clear, said Pai.
The state submitted a draft notification, which the court has not taken on record. The court has directed the state to clarify the nature of the notification before the next hearing on October 7.
The draft was prepared in view of the court’s direction to the state earlier this month to take a decision on rules regarding import and possession of air guns and starter revolvers that are not governed under the Arms Act, when it was hearing a petition filed by Rafiq Kalsekar whose imported guns were confiscated by authorities last year.
The petitioner had stated that the guns were imported from Germany for hunting and protection of his farmlands at Ratnagiri, since those available in India were of inferior quality.