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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA Ministry of Home AffairsRAJYA SABHA UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 1461 TO BE ANSWERED ON 02.12.2009/Agrahayana 11, 1931 (Saka) Revamping Procedure for Grant of Arms License
1461. Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar: Will the Minister of Home Affairs be pleased to state:(a) whether Government is considering in consultation with State Governments, revamping the existing procedure for grant of arms licenses to prevent sale of arms licenses to criminals and terrorists;(b) if so, the progress made in the matter so far; and(c) the steps Government has taken/proposes to take to standardize this procedure
ANSWERMINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS (Shri Mullappally Ramachandran)
(a) to (c) : As per the existing standard procedure for issue of arms licenses, police verification of antecedents of the applicant is a pre-requisite before the grant of arms license is considered. Police verification is done to ensure that arms licenses are not granted to undesirable elements.