Can’t refuse arms license unless applicant found unworthy u/s 14 Arms Act : Gujarat HC
Devshibhai Raydebhai Gadher vs State of Gujarat
A writ petition was filed in Gujarat HC challenging against the decision of the District Magistrate who stated that the petitioner is not found ineligible to obtain arms license u/s 14 of The Arms Act, 1959.
The petitioner contented that he was into mining business and contract business, which includes huge money while travelling for which he needs the arms license for his self-protection. The reports by DSP found nothing adverse against the petitioner. The District Magistrate considering the same by an impugned order dismissed the case. The order doesn’t talk anything about Sec. 14 of The Arms Act, i.e denial of granting license.
The responded argued that petitioner doesn’t need any arm license for protection he can either opt for transacting through ATM, or cheques, or core banking without cash in hand.
The court observed that the petitioner is not included in adverse activities and character nor had any enemity or committed theft before and with support of reports produced by DSP which stated nothing adverse activities against the petitioner.