“arms” means articles of any description designed or adapted as weapons for offence or
defence, and includes firearms, sharpedged and other deadly weapons, and parts of, andmachinery for manufacturing, arms.

[“Document for new arm license”]
• Date of birth Proof of applicant.
• Residence Proof of applicant.
• Voter Identitiy card of applicant is compulsory.
• Five passport size photographs.
• Dope Test, Medical certificate from MBBS doctor.
• Weapon handaling/Training Certificate.

“licensing authority” means an officer or authority empowered to grant or renew licenses
under rules made under Arms Act, and includes the Government.

“prohibited ammunition” means any ammunition containing, or designed or adapted to
contain, any noxious liquid, gas or other such thing, and includes rockets, bombs, grenades,
shells, articles designed for torpedo service and submarine mining and such other articles as theCentral Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, specify to be prohibited
ammunition;

License for acquisition and possession of firearms and ammunition.- No person shallacquire, have in his possession, or carry any firearm or ammunition unless he holds in this behalfa license issued in accordance with the provisions of this Act and the rules made thereunder:Provided that a person may, without himself holding a license, carry any arm or ammunition in the presence, or under the written authority, of the holder of the license for repair or for renewal ofthe license or for use by such holder.

Grant of licenses.-
(1) An application for the grant of a license under Chapter II shall be made
to the licensing authority and shall be in such form, contain such particulars and be accompaniedby such fee, if any, as may be prescribed.

(2) On receipt of an application, the licensing authority, after making such inquiry, if any, as it mayconsider necessary, shall, subject to the other provisions of this Chapter, by order in writing eithergrant the license or refuse to grant the same.

(3) The licensing authority shall grant—

(a) a license under section 3 where the license is required—
(i) by a citizen of India in respect of a smooth bore gun having a barrel of not less than twenty
inches in length to be used for protection or sport or in respect of a muzzle loading gun to be
used for bona fide crop protection:
Provided that where having regard to the circumstances of any case, the licensing authority is
satisfied that a muzzle loading gun will not be sufficient for crop protection, the licensing authoritymay grant a license in respect of any other smooth bore gun as aforesaid for such protection, or
(ii) in respect of a point 22 bore rifle or an air rifle to be used for target practice by a member of arifle club or rifle association licensed or recognised by the Central Government;
(b) a license under section 3 in any other case or a license under section 4, section 5, section 6,
section 10 or section 12, if the licensing authority is satisfied that the person by whom the licenseis required has a good reason for obtaining the same.

Refusal of licenses.- (1) Notwithstanding anything in section 13, the licensing authority shall
refuse to grant—
(a) a license under section 3, section 4 or section 5 where such license is required in respect of
any prohibited arms or prohibited ammunition;
(b) a license in any other case under Chapter II,—
(i) where such license is required by a person whom the licensing authority has reason to believe-
(1) to be prohibited by this Act or by any other low for the time being in force from acquiring,
having in his possession or carrying any arms or ammunition, or
(2) to be of unsound mind, or
(3) to be for any reason unfit for a license under this Act; or
(ii) where the licensing authority deems it necessary for the security of the public peace or for
public safety to refuse to grant such license.
(2) The licensing authority shall not refuse to grant any license to any person merely on the
ground that such person does not own or possess sufficient property.
(3) Where the licensing authority refuses to grant a license to any person it shall record in writingthe reasons for such refusal and furnish to that person on demand a brief statement of the sameunless in any case the licensing authority is of the opinion that it will not be in the public interest tofurnish such statement.
Duration and renewal of license.- (1) A license under section 3 shall, unless revoked earlier,
continue in force for a period of three years from the date on which it is granted.:
Provided that such a license may be granted for a shorter period if the person by whom the
license is required so desires or if the licensing authority for reasons to be recorded in writing
considers in any case that the license should be granted for a shorter period.
(2) A license under any other provision of Chapter II shall, unless revoked earlier, continue in
force for such period from the date on which it is granted as the licensing authority may in each
case determine.
(3) Every license shall, unless the licensing authority for reasons to be recorded in writing
otherwise decides in any case, be renewable for the same period for which the license was
originally granted and shall be so renewable from time to time, and the provisions of sections 13and 14 shall apply to the renewal of a license as they apply to the grant thereof.
The licensing authority may also revoke a license on the application of the holder thereof.
(5) Where the licensing authority makes an order varying a license under sub-section (1) or an
order suspending or revoking a license under sub-section (3), it shall record in writing the reasonstherefor and furnish to the holder of the license on demand a brief statement of the same unlessin any case the licensing authority is of the opinion that it will not be in the public interest tofurnish such statement.
Appeals.- (1) Any person aggrieved by an order of the licensing authority refusing to grant a
license or varying the conditions of a license or by an order of the licensing authority or the
authority to whom the licensing authority is subordinate, suspending or revoking a license may
prefer an appeal against that order to such authority (hereinafter referred to as the appellate
authority) and within such period as may be prescribed:
Provided that no appeal shall lie against any order made by, or under the direction of, the
Government.
(2) No appeal shall be admitted if it is preferred after the expiry of the period prescribed therefor:
Provided that an appeal may be admitted after the expiry of the period prescribed therefor if theappellant satisfies the appellate authority that he had sufficient cause for not preferring the appealwithin that period.
(3) The period prescribed for an appeal shall be computed in accordance with the provisions of
the Indian Limitation Act, 1908 (9 of 1908.), with respect to the computation of periods of
limitation thereunder.

(4) Every appeal under this section shall be made by a petition in writing and shall be
accompanied by the brief statement of the reasons for the order appealed against where such
statement has been furnished to the appellant and by such fee as may be prescribed.

(5) In disposing of an appeal the appellate authority shall follow such procedure as may be
prescribed:

Provided that no appeal shall be disposed of unless the appellant has been given a reasonable
opportunity of being heard.

(6) The order appealed against shall, unless the appellate authority conditionally or
unconditionally directs otherwise, be in force pending the disposal of the appeal against such
order.

(7) Every order of the appellate authority confirming, modifying or reversing the order appealed
against shall be final.

Power to demand production of license, etc.- (1) Any police officer or any other officer
specially empowered in this behalf by the Central Government may demand the production of hislicense from any person whom is carrying any arms or ammunition.
(2) If the person upon whom a demand is made refuses or fails to produce the license or to showthat he is entitled by virtue of this Act or any other law for the time being in force to carry sucharms or ammunition without a license, the officer concerned may require him to give his nameand address and if such officer considers it necessary, seize from that person the arms or
ammunition which he is carrying.
(3) If that person refuses to give his name and address or if the officer concerned suspects that
person of giving a false name or address or of intending to abscond, such officer may arrest him
without warrant.

Arrest of persons conveying arms, etc., under suspicious circumstances.- Where any
person is found carrying or conveying any arms or ammunition whether covered by a license or
not, in such manner or under such circumstances as to afford just grounds of suspicion that the
same are or is being carried by him with intent to use them, or that the same may be used, for
any unlawful purpose, any magistrate, any police officer or any other public servant or any personemployed or working upon a railway, aircraft, vessel, vehicle or any other means of conveyance,may arrest him without warrant and seize from him such arms or ammunition.

Deposit of arms, etc., on possession ceasing to be lawful.- (1) Any person having in his
possession any arms or ammunition the possession whereof has, in consequence of the
expiration of the duration of a license or of the suspension or revocation of a license or by the
issue of a notification under section 4 or by any reason whatever, ceased to be lawful, shall
without unnecessary delay deposit the same either with the officer in charge of the nearest policestation or subject to such conditions as may be prescribed, with a licensed dealer or where suchperson is a member of the armed forces of the Union, in a unit armoury.
Explanation.—In this sub-section “Unit armoury” includes an armoury in a ship or establishment
of the Indian Navy.
(2) Where arms or ammunition have or has been deposited under sub-section (1), the depositor
or in the case of his death, his legal representative, shall, at any time before the expiry of such
period as may be prescribed, be entitled—
(a) to receive back anything so deposited on his becoming entitled by virtue of this Act or any
other law for the time being in force to have the same in his possession, or
(b) to dispose, or authorise the disposal, of anything so deposited by sale or otherwise to any
person entitled by virtue of this act or any other law for the time being in force to have, or not
prohibited by this act or such other law from having, the same in his possession and to receive
the proceeds of any such disposal:
Provided that nothing in this sub-section shall be deemed to authorise the return or disposal of
anything of which confiscation has been directed under section 32.
(3) All things deposited and not received back or disposed of under sub-section (2) within the
period therein referred to shall be forfeited to Government by order of the district magistrate:
Provided that in the case of suspension of a license no such forfeiture shall be ordered in respectof a thing covered by the license during the period of suspension.
(4) Before making an order under sub-section (3) the district magistrate shall, by notice in writingto be served upon the depositor or in the case of his death, upon his legal representative, in theprescribed manner, require him to show cause within thirty days from the service of the noticewhy the things specified in the notice should not be forfeited.
(5) After considering the cause, if any, shown by the depositor or, as the case may be, his legal
representative, the district magistrate shall pass such order as he thinks fit.
(6) The Government may at any time return to the depositor or his legal representative things
forfeited to it or the proceeds of disposal thereof wholly or in part.

27.Punishment for possessing arms, etc., with intent to use them for unlawful purpose.-
Whoever has in his possession any arms or ammunition with intent to use the same for any
unlawful purpose or to enable any other person to use the same for any unlawful purpose shall,
whether such unlawful purpose has been carried into effect or not, be punishable with
imprisonment for a term which may extend to seven years, or with fine, or with both.