The Punjab government has curtailed the state’s infamous “gun culture” and tightened gun laws. Prime Minister Bhagwant Mann issued strict instructions regarding gun ownership and display, including a ban on public display of guns, both online and offline. Songs that glorify weapons or violence are also strictly prohibited.
Under the new instructions, all gun permits issued to date will be thoroughly reviewed within the next three months, and no new permits will be issued unless the District Collector is personally convinced that there are extraordinary reasons for doing so.
Hasty or reckless use of weapons, or celebratory firing, which could endanger human life or the personal safety of others, will be punished, and violators will be reported.
Random checks will be carried out in several areas to combat glorification and illegal possession of weapons.
A police case will also be registered and strict action will be taken against those who indulge in hate speech against any community.
In May, Mann had warned the singers who would promote gun culture with their songs. He disapproved of supporting such a trend and said those found involved will be dealt with severely. He had condemned the “trend of gun culture and gangsterism promoted by some Punjabi singers” and urged them “to refrain from fomenting violence, hatred and hostility in society through their songs”.
He had further called on such singers to follow the ethos of Punjab, Punjabi and Punjabiyat and thereby strengthen the bonds of brotherhood, peace and harmony “rather than foment antisocial activity through such songs”.
Early last year, the then chief minister of Punjab, Amarinder Singh, supported the arrest of Shree Brar, a Punjab singer accused of promoting gun culture and glorifying violence in song.
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