Punjab Government bans public display of firearms, songs glorifying gun culture
by The Canadian Parvasi
Amid continuous scrutiny regarding the ongoing gun violence in the state, the Punjab government is taking stricter measures regarding the possession and promotion of such weapons. The Bhagwant Mann-led government on Sunday announced that all public display of weapons, including that on social media, will be banned in an effort to curb the glorification of violence in the state. Songs that promote gun culture, which are not uncommon in the Punjabi music industry, will also be banned.
Punjab’s Home department on Sunday sent orders to the police head, commissioners of police and senior superintendents of police on the behest of Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann informing them of the change in gun rules and regulations.
The news comes as the ruling AAP government was facing backlash from the opposition regarding the law and order situation in the state. In this month alone, Punjab saw the killing of Shiv Sena (Taksali) leader Sudhir Suri on November 4 as well as Dera Sacha Sauda follower Pardeep Singh on November 10.
Earlier this year, the murder of Punjabi Singer Sidhu Moosewala, who was shot on May 29, also led to discourse about the impact that songs promoting gun violence have.
Furthermore, the state has also decided to review the weapon licenses issued so far within the next three months. If a license is found to be issued without following proper protocol, it will be cancelled immediately.
No new firearms licenses will now be issued unless personally verified and vetted by the District Collector.
Authorities also will carry out random periodic searches all across the state. Celebratory firing has also been banned in the state.