Arms (Amendment) Bill 2019

Published on December 11, 2019
Current context: The Parliament passed the Arms (Amendment) Bill 2019 on 10th Dec 19.
Arms (Amendment) Bill 2019 
  • The bill was passed by the Lok Sabha on 9th Dec 19 and the Rajya Sabha approved it on 10th Dec 19.
  • The Bill seeks to amend the Arms Act, 1959.
  • It contains the provision to:
    1. Decrease the number of licensed arms allowed per person.
    2. Increase the quantum of penalties for violations of the law to prison time between 10 years to life imprisonment. Illegal manufacturing, sale, conversion, repair, import/export would attract 7 years to life imprisonment.
    3. Increases the duration of the validity of arms license from 3 years to 5 years.
    4. Issue arms license in its electronic form to prevent forgery.
  • The bill seeks to improve the regulation in transportation, trafficking, import, export, manufacturing etc. of illegal arms and its smuggling for the safety of the people.
  • The new Bill allows only two guns for the license holders.
  • The Bill has a provision to keep hereditary weapons for exhibition purpose after the deactivation and surrendering of licenses.


Q.1 The Parliament has recently passed the Arms (Amendment) Bill ______ that Increases the duration of the validity of arms license from 3 years to 5 years? 
a. 2016
b. 2017
c. 2018
d. 2019

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