New Delhi, Dec 10: Parliament on Tuesday passed the Arms (Amendment) Bill, 2019 with the Rajya Sabha approving it by a voice vote.
The Bill seeks to enhance punishment for makers of illegal arms and those carrying such guns to maximum life term and raise to two years and up to Rs one lakh in fine the punishment for those engaging in celebratory gunfire, endangering human life or personal safety of others.
Replying to a nearly two-hour-long debate, Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy said the bill has been brought as a requirement to enure that the number of guns in the country were controlled. "We have to reduce firearms to the minimum," he told the members after the discussion.
The Bill was passed by Lok Sabha on December 9.
Within a year of its notification, he said those having more than two firearms would either have to deposit with police or with arms dealer.
While 78 per cent of those having guns, owned one firearm, 6.2 per cent had two guns and just one per cent had three or more firearms, he told the House.
A database would be kept and every bullet would have a number, details of who purchased it, from which factory and from where would also be available.
He further said India stood third in the list of deaths through firearm use with 26,500 deaths occurring between 1990 to 2016. (UNI)