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Laws and licenses for Martial arts weapons in India

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Laws and licenses for Martial arts weapons in India

Postby rommel43 » Fri Feb 26, 2016 12:58 pm

I am a martial arts hobbyist, and I wish to specialize in weapons. I have manufactured a number of WOODEN weapons for a Ninjutsu practitioner in Mumbai, and now I want to turn to metal weapons, Eg. Kusarifundo, Sai, Butterfly swords, etc.
I am told that there are licenses one can apply for in order to manufacture these weapons. Is anyone aware of the full procedure? Please help



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Re: Laws and licenses for Martial arts weapons in India

Postby Vakil Saab » Tue May 17, 2016 5:50 pm

Any bladed weapon longer than 6 inches is prohibited and cannot be sold or kept. Everything else is legal and permitted. As long as your weapons are not bladed/sharply pointed it is perfectly legal to manufacture, sell and keep them. Go ahead and make your swords, just never sharpen them.

For more details, please refer Arms Act and take advice of your local lawyer.



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Postby mundaire » Tue May 17, 2016 5:59 pm

Vakil Saab, Where in the Arms Act/ Arms Rules is 6" blade length mentioned? AFAIK the length restriction is 9", unless of course there is a Central Government notification (under Section 4 of the Arms Act) in force in a particular jurisdiction.


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Postby Vakil Saab » Tue May 17, 2016 10:04 pm

mundaire wrote:Vakil Saab, Where in the Arms Act/ Arms Rules is 6" blade length mentioned? AFAIK the length restriction is 9", unless of course there is a Central Government notification (under Section 4 of the Arms Act) in force in a particular jurisdiction.


The thing with criminal laws is that each state has it's own amendments and notifications. In many cases, even the High Courts have made amendments in criminal provisions, which is valid only in the respective states. Strictly speaking the Arms Act is silent on the dimensions of the blade; so you're not wrong. However, in common parlance when one refers to any "act", the allied rules, schedules and notifications are meant to be included.

Now each state (not the central govt.) has issued separate Gazette Notifications fixing entirely different permissible dimensions for . For instance in Madhya Pradesh, it should not be more than 2 inches wide and 6 inches long (Notification No. 6312-6552-II-B(i) dated the 22nd November, 1974); whilst in Uttar Pradesh it cannot be more than 4 inches wide and 6.3 inches long. These notifications have an overriding effect on the Category V description of 9 Inches.
For a businessman who may want to sell his products pan-India, it is always advisable to err on the safer side.

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Postby Vakil Saab » Wed May 18, 2016 12:20 am

rommel43 wrote: I have manufactured a number of WOODEN weapons for a Ninjutsu practitioner in Mumbai, and now I want to turn to metal weapons, Eg. Kusarifundo, Sai, Butterfly swords, etc.


Few years ago, I imported an aluminum Ilaito practice Katana from Japan and it did burned a hole in my pocket. Indian swordsmith industry (mostly centered in Western UP) usually makes only substandard replicas of Roman swords and pirate cutlasses, which are for some strange reason quite popular in Europe.

The quality weapons are made only by traditional Koftgari craftsmen of Rajasthan etc. who work only with Gold and Silver -- making it out of reach for middle class chaps like me.

If you can make quality and good looking weapons then you can contact the COs of various Army units who regularly buy/import these for gifting to visiting seniors/dignitaries. Good luck with your venture.



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Re: Laws and licenses for Martial arts weapons in India

Postby rommel43 » Sun May 22, 2016 4:32 pm

Thank you Mundiare and Vakil Saab. I greatly appreciate your help in this matter.



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Re: Laws and licenses for Martial arts weapons in India

Postby mundaire » Thu Jun 02, 2016 1:30 pm

Since Arms & Ammunition is a Central subject, and Section 4 of Arms Act talks about the Central Government issuing a notification in the Official Gazette, I really wonder about the legal validity of the State Government notifications.

Arms Act 1959 wrote:4. LICENCE FOR ACQUISITION AND POSSESSION OF ARMS OF SPECIFIED DESCRIPTION IN CERTAIN CASES
If the Central Government is of opinion that having regard to the circumstances prevailing in any area it is necessary or expedient in the public interest that the acquisition, possession or carrying of arms other than firearms should also be regulated, it may, by notification in the Official Gazette, direct that this section shall apply to the area specified in the notification, and thereupon no person shall acquire, have in his possession or carry in that area arms of such class or description as may be specified in that notification unless he holds in this behalf a licence issued in accordance with the provisions of this Act and the rules made there under.


Arms Rules 1962 wrote:SCHEDULE I
Category V. Arms other than firearms: Sharp edged and deadly weapons, namely---- swords (including sword-sticks), daggers, bayonets, spears (including lances and javelins); battle-axes, knives (including kirpans and khukries) and other such weapons with blades longer than 9" or wider than 2" other than those designed for domestic, agricultural, scientific or industrial purposes, steel baton; "Zipo" and other such weapons called "life preservers"; machinery for making arms other than category II; and any other arms which the Central Government may notify under section 4.


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Re: Laws and licenses for Martial arts weapons in India

Postby goodboy_mentor » Thu Jun 02, 2016 3:27 pm

Section 43 of Arms Act 1959 allows the Central government to delegate it's powers to the State government. In accordance with Section 43 of Arms Act 1959, the Central government has delegated this power to issue notifications under Section 4 of Arms Act 1959 to the State governments under Rule 19 of Arms Rules 1962. Thus the notifications issued by State governments have force of law.


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Postby mundaire » Thu Jun 02, 2016 5:17 pm

Thanks for the clarification GBM, makes sense (y) :)


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Re: Laws and licenses for Martial arts weapons in India

Postby rommel43 » Mon Apr 24, 2017 8:31 am

Hi Guys
I have moved to Singapore and will be studying here until the end of December. I found a supplier here with very good quality weapons, and I want to buy them and bring them to India. Obviously won't be sharp. Is it possible for me to label it as a Memento? Or should I write directly to the Customs department seeking advice?



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Re: Laws and licenses for Martial arts weapons in India

Postby Sumit meena » Mon Jul 16, 2018 2:45 am

Hello, i have one question, recently i have started making woodworking tools, few tools like spokeshave and plane are really sharp. These tools are made for wood working enthusiasts, as it is difficult to sharp these tools i have designed a technology to sharp razor sharp blade with cold sharpening technique to retain the tempor of the blade.
The reason to write this question is, i want to start spelling these tools, do i have to apply for any licence. And also i was thinking to start a shop fod sharpening high end knives, as i believe no one in india can sharp better then us. How do i go about it. Please help!



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Re: Laws and licenses for Martial arts weapons in India

Postby mundaire » Wed Jul 18, 2018 9:25 am

Sumit meena wrote:Hello, i have one question, recently i have started making woodworking tools, few tools like spokeshave and plane are really sharp. These tools are made for wood working enthusiasts, as it is difficult to sharp these tools i have designed a technology to sharp razor sharp blade with cold sharpening technique to retain the tempor of the blade.
The reason to write this question is, i want to start spelling these tools, do i have to apply for any licence. And also i was thinking to start a shop fod sharpening high end knives, as i believe no one in india can sharp better then us. How do i go about it. Please help!


There is no need for a license for the above.


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Re: Laws and licenses for Martial arts weapons in India

Postby drewannrez » Fri Aug 31, 2018 6:44 am

The Police grants a license to manufacture, import, repair or sell firearms and other arms to natural persons. In case of legal entities, at least one natural person must be appointed as legally responsible for each store and follow the same procedure for obtaining the dealer’s/gunsmith licence.




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