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Proliferation of illegal gun culture in Goa

Goa: Apart from the proliferation of illegal gun culture in Goa, sources well-versed with the arms trade have raised questions over the growing trend of possessing licensed arms for reasons other than self-defence, and worse, just for flaunting them in public.
Police sources said that close to 50 new licenses are issued in North Goa itself on average every year, and an equal number renewed. “Around 80% of the applicants are those who seek an arms license just for kicks. This is a disturbing trend and needs to be arrested,” a senior police official dealing with processing of such applications told, referring to his analysis of the applicants’ profiles over the past few years.

Based on the police report, a decision recommending or objecting to the grant of the license is sent back to the collector. Taking cognizance of this “disturbing trend,” dy SP (headquarters), North Goa, Edwin Colaco, wrote to all in-charges of police stations in the district advising them against recommending arms licenses “mechanically without application of mind”, and without checking the veracity of the applicant’s threat perception.

The News24 Goa