Mar 16, 2018

Civilians in possession of 1300 pistols – Defence Min

Civilians are in the possession of 1300 licensed pistols, said Additional Secretary of the Defence Ministry N.D. Panditharatne.

In addition there are around 19,000 firearms that have been issued for agriculture related purposes while the number of weapons handed over during the general amnesty is over 1000, he said.

However, Panditharatne said the number of weapons that exist without licenses for 2018 has not been determined yet, but it will be done by the end of March.

It is said that the weapon used recently by a provincial councilor and his wife to attack a bus driver is also sans a 2018 license.



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