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Re: Can a NRI apply for a Gun License

Posted: Thu Jul 08, 2010 11:56 pm
by goodboy_mentor
I have a question, I want to apply for a 12 bore license(gun belongs to my uncle) - what reason do I state in my application form?. I am not a big time business man but still can I write self defence? I am not a member of the local shooting club and dont plan to become one because it costs Rs 1lakh plus. I would be greatful for guidance received.
Do you think only life of "big time businessmen" have value to have the right to defend their lives and lives of other people have no value? People acquire arms to defend themselves from any random act of violence. Also no need to be a member of shooting club to acquire an arms license for self defense. Self defense is a part of Right to Life, guaranteed by Constitution of India to all persons(please refer recent judgment of High Court at ... 7&start=15) What more better reason reason do you want other than self defense. It is your right, so go ahead and apply.

Re: Can a NRI apply for a Gun License

Posted: Fri Jul 09, 2010 10:16 am
by drifter
Dear goodboy_mentor,

Man thanks a ton, now I have better understanding on the matter. The reason I asked was since it is difficult getting a weapon license in our district the police and my lawyer said a reason like being a big businessman with lot of cash to carry or a politican is only considered valid by the sanctioning authority. Anyway I have paid the money in the treaury today and submitted the application hope it works out well.

reg drifter

Re: Can a NRI apply for a Gun License

Posted: Tue Sep 14, 2010 5:02 am
by sumitsingh
Hi guys,
My dad who owns two guns in india does not want to go through the hassle of license renewal every 3 years beause of his age. He want to sell them unless I can get a license and take the responsibility. I love both those guns ever since I was a child. Can, I, an NRI, apply for a license even though I stay in the US? Is there an easier way for my dad to tranfer the guns to me? Also, how long does it take to get a fresh license made? Any tips will be appreciated. Please note, I am talking about UP where things take their own course and time :-)

I appreciate any comments and tips.
Sumit Singh

Re: Can a NRI apply for a Gun License

Posted: Tue Sep 14, 2010 6:14 am
by goodboy_mentor
Arms license is issued for self defense, which is a Constitutionally guaranteed fundamental right as per Article 21 to all persons in territory of India. Hence firearms license is based on residency of the individual. It can be issued to Indian citizens residing in India, foreign travelers on visit to India, foreign citizens residing in India. Since your status is NRI which means you are not residing in India, it will become difficult to prove your residency in India in order to get a firearms license. Alternately some other family member who is residing in India can apply for firearm license. Once you start living in India you can apply for firearm license.

Re: Can a NRI apply for a Gun License

Posted: Sun Oct 17, 2010 5:46 am
by FlyingSoldier
nagarifle wrote:hi GBM
does not the new policy state the OCI can not have arms licence for protection? (OCI are in a way foreign nationals, but they can for family heirloom). (if so, that is stupid law) also my reading regarding oci having arms licence is that only for protection they can not be issued a licence, but for family heirloom and sports they can.

what is your reading on that one?

mods please mere this thread with other one of the same nature
What about the NRIs and OCIs, who already own a handgun overseas and would like to import?


Re: Can a NRI apply for a Gun License

Posted: Sun Oct 17, 2010 8:48 pm
by goodboy_mentor
Please read "Rules Regarding Transfer of Residence"

Articles not allowed duty free, but at various rates of duty and/or under specific conditions :-

Firearms (may only be brought under TR) - Import of firearms is usually prohibited and import of Cartridges in excess of 50 is also prohibited, both being listed under Annexure-I of the Baggage Rules. However, persons bringing their effects on TR can bring one firearm of permissible bore on payment of a duty @153% ad-valorem, subject to the conditions that:-

(a) the same was in possession and use abroad by the passenger for a minimum period of one year and also subject to the condition that such firearm, after clearance, shall not be sold, loaned, transferred or otherwise parted with, for consideration or otherwise, during the lifetime of such person AND (b) the firearms can be allowed in such cases on payment of applicable duty provided the passenger has a valid arms licence from the local authorities.


Re: Can a NRI apply for a Gun License

Posted: Tue May 07, 2019 12:08 am
by skarl69
I have NRI Status for the last 20 years and planning to go back to India Permanent and last 20 years I want to apply for arms license in Mumbai I don't know what will be the result of application but my concern is I have not filed my IT returns for so many years so how do ideal with this documentation

Kindly advise