Arms licence-holders to be given Unique Identification Number, to register with National Database of Arms Licence

G.S.R. 644(E).—In exercise of the powers conferred by Section 44 of the Arms Act, 1959 (54 of 1959), the Central Government hereby makes the following rules further to amend the Arms Rules, 2016, namely:

1.These rules may be called the Arms (Second Amendment) Rules, 2018.

2. In the Arms Rules, 2016,-

(a) for sub-rule (2), the following sub-rule shall be substituted, namely:

“(2) Every licensing authority and the renewing authority shall also enter such data in the NDAL system which shall generate a unique identification number (UIN) and with effect from the 1st day of April, 2019, any arms license without UIN shall be considered invalid.”;

(b) for sub-rule (4), the following sub-rule shall be substituted, namely:

“(4) Any existing licensee holding multiple licenses in Form III shall on or before the 1st day of April, 2019, make an application for grant of a single license in respect of all the firearms held by him under his UIN, to the concerned licensing authority:

Provided  that  where  the  applicant  applying  a  license  for  restricted  category  of  arms  or ammunition specified in Schedule I is also a holder of a licence for permissible category of arms or ammunition specified in the said Schedule; or where the applicant, applying for permissible category of arms or ammunition is also a holder of a licence for restricted category or arms or ammunition specified in the said Schedule, the licensing authority concerned shall issue a new licence for such restricted or permissible category of arms or ammunition, as may be applicable, under the existing UIN of the licensee;

Provided further that separate licence books shall be generated in case of each licence in Form II, Form  III  and  Form  IV  and  in  case  of  a licence  in  Form  III,  separately  for  restricted  and permissible categories of arms and ammunition specified in Schedule I, with an over all ceiling of three firearms under a single UIN”.

[F. No. V-11026/133/2017-Arms]

Note: Principal rules were published in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part II, Section 3, sub-section (i) dated the 15th July, 2016 vide G.S.R. 701(E), dated the 15th July, 2016 and subsequently amended vide G.S.R. 1468(E), dated the 28th November, 2017 and G.S.R. 624(E), dated 11th July, 2018.

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