Following the 18th Amendment, Punjab issued weapons regulations in 2014, and these regulations were subsequently revised in 2017. National Database (NADRA) holds all the records of arms licenses.
All individual gun license numbers and old paper licenses have been converted to chip-based smart cards. Arms dealer profiles are also being digitized. ordinary citizens, but open to government officials and elected professionals. The minimum age for obtaining a personal license is 25 years.
The provincial government has set up a commission led by the head of the Department of the Interior to issue firearms licenses to special agencies and citizens. All weapons licenses not renewed until December 31, 2020, are rescinded. The government has decided to transfer various powers from the Punjab Interior Ministry to Deputy Commissioners regarding gun licenses. The provincial government has decided to authorize the to change the inheritance rights for gun licenses, caliber, and ammunition.
The Ministry of the Interior and the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) have begun the process of revoking existing licenses; After that, all arms dealers were given a deadline until April 23, 2021, to meet the new requirements, which included the purchase of equipment to support information management systems. MIS (Management Information System), created in partnership with Nadra, allows the Provincial Department of the Interior to track arms trade and traders in Punjab.
All merchants will need to process their sales through the system by performing a required biometric verification prior to the transaction. There are 667 arms dealers in Punjab according to the provincial interior department. 451 suppliers were verified and suspended 26 due to not completing the process. Only a few merchants were allowed to sell arms, who fulfilled all requirements.