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India further tightens firearms regulations

As mass shooting incidents in the United States rise, India has tightened its firearms regulations, making it even more difficult for common citizens to own a gun. India already had one of the strictest gun laws in the world, a vestige of British colonial rule, which aimed to disarm its subjects. India law allows citizens to own and carry guns, but it is not a right enshrined in the constitution. Getting a gun license in India is a difficult task that can take years. Now, in the most ambitious restructuring of arms rules in over five decades, the government has made the laws even tougher.

The new gun restrictions are not a reaction to recent violence. The process has taken five years, but it quickened after Prime Minister Narendra Modi was elected as Prime Minister in 2014. The rules were put into effect in July and will be presented in Parliament.  The changes have riled the nascent gun rights group here called the National Association for Gun Rights India.

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