HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: After making amendments to the Arms and Ammunition Rules, 2028, the government today called all licence holders of small arms to renew their licences and take the arms back which were voluntarily submitted to the government or seized by security forces during the conflict which ended in 2006.
On July 27, the Cabinet took a decision to this effect of handing over the arms which were legally owned according to the rules within six months. Some people had submitted their arms to the District Administration Offices fearing arms could be snatched away by the underground Maoists guerrillas.
An erstwhile CDO informed that people mostly facing dual pressure from underground outfits and security forces submitted the arms to the government.
Following a due process a commoner can get licence to hold small arms for his security reasons if the administration was convinced for his capacity to hold and his security threats and government permits him/her to purchase the arms.
Speaking at meet the press programme organised by the Department of Information, deputy spokesperson of Home Ministry Ekmani Nepal today said the ministry has not maintained the data of such arms from all the District Administration Offices.
License holders have to pay Rs 2,000 license fee per year, and while taking back their licence they have to pay dues to renew the licence. Each can clear the due and withdraw the arms from the 75 DAOs
Mainly two types of arms – twelve bore and point 22 guns—were used by the commoners. According to the law, it is illegal to keep homemade guns in home.