Govt eases rules for sale of imported firearms

Transfer and sale of imported firearms have been made easy with the DGFT partly relinquishing its powers in this regard.

Last Updated: Oct 13, 2011, 19:58 PM IST

New Delhi: Transfer and sale of imported
firearms have been made easy with the Directorate General of
Foreign Trade (DGFT) partly relinquishing its powers in this
regard.
An owner can transfer and sell the firearm after 10 years
of import without prior DGFT`s permission, according to the
changes in the Foreign Trade Policy, announced today.

A permission from the local police licensing authorities
or district magistrates will suffice.

For a senior citizen, the procedure for sale and transfer
has been further eased. Upon attaining the age of 60 years, he
or she can transfer or sell the imported firearm even if the
possession of the same has been for less than 10 years.
However, those who relinquish these weapons would not be
allowed to import any more firearm during their lifetime, the
policy said. " Such importers will be debarred from acquiring
any additional weapon in India during their ifetime," it said.

Even for shooters, sale/transfer of imported weapons
would not require approval from DGFT.

DGFT is an arm of the Commerce Ministry which deals with
export and import related matters.

PTI