fgagrargg\";p=\"43389 wrote:Hi there everyone, this is Anirban. I am 18 years of age and I‘ve just passed out from St.Xavier’s school in Kolkata. I take great interest in shooting although I am a complete novice in this field. I want to possess a gun primarily for target-shooting and private security. I have a few questions regarding gun ownership in India and I hope you guys can help me out. My questions are
1) Firstly, am I old enough to possess a gun?
2) Is there a need to undergo training before applying for a license? I mean, can they refuse me a license because I do not know how to use a gun?
3) What are the type of guns for which licenses are given in India? What gun do you guys think I should start off with? Please suggest.
4) Lastly, I was going through the form of application for an arms license and I would be grateful if you could explain the following points:
a) The forms in which the license is required (point number 12 in the form)
b) De..scription of the arms/ammunition (point number 13)
c) Area within which the applicant wishes to carry arms.(point number 14a) I mean, can I apply for the license to be valid throughout India?
d) Place where arms/ammunition will be kept/manufactured(14b). I presume it will be my permanent address. Will it not?
e) Other particulars required as relevant in the license form (15).
Thanking all of You,
Since this thread is less of an intro and more to do with applying for an arms license - it's been merged with the relevant thread.
Rusty seems to have covered most of your questions, for more details check out some of the older posts in this thread as well as the articles under the "Legal" sub-section of the "Knowledge Base" here.
As to point no. (1) - you need to be 21 years old before you can apply for an arms license in the normal course. This used to be 16 years but IIRC was amended in the 1960's to 21 years.
In the case of sportspersons you can still get an arms license for your particular discipline(s) from age 16 onwards. You would of course need to submit relevant certificates, testimonials etc. proving your bona fides as a sportsman.
I concur with the others - first get an airgun and learn safe & proper gun handling prior to acquiring a firearm.