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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2904

Police and intelligence units to raid illegal weapons

Colombo, 18 February, (

With the conclusion of the week- long firearms amnesty, the Police together with other intelligence agencies have commenced raiding illegal firearms.

During the grace period, 200 firearms without valid permits or with no renewed permits have been handed over to Police stations in nine provinces.

The Defence Ministry had declared the firearms amnesty from February 5 to 12 following the directives of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to collect all illegal firearms in the country.

Following the request made by the Defence Ministry to those who are possessing firearms, 12 bore shotguns 137, 16 bore shotguns 15, double barrel shotguns 2, repeater shotguns 5, riffles 6, revolvers 7, pistols 8 and others 20 have been handed over to the nearest police stations.

Two hundred illegal firearms have been handed over to Police during the amnesty
Stern legal actions will be taken for those who have not handed over weapons.

“No legal action has been taken against those who have handed over their weapons without valid permits or without renewals but we will take stern action against those who are still hiding weapons illegally,” Police Spokesman SP Jaliya Senaratne told the

The Defence Ministry has spelled out the firearms amnesty to ensure public safety and curb threats posed by such unauthorized weapons.

Those who have handed over the weapons during the amnesty will be given three-months from the day they handed over the weapons to the police to get permits or renewals.

However, the Defence Ministry requests the public to provide information about those who still keep illegal firearms in their possession after the amnesty.

Under the provisions of the No.33 of Firearms Ordinance 1916, possessing weapons without license is a punishable offence and liable to fines or imprisonment or both.

Those who have not handed over their weapons with no valid permits, if it is the first offence, they will be fined not exceeding Rs. 10,000 or with rigorous imprisonment for a period not exceeding five years or with both such fine and imprisonment.

- Asian Tribune -

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