Jan 15, Colombo: The Ministry of Defense (MOD) has announced an island wide grace period to handover illegal firearms held without valid permits or documents.
The amnesty has been announced following the directive of Defense Secretary Major General (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne to collect all illegal firearms during the week long amnesty, from February 5 to 12, the MOD said.
The Defense Ministry has requested those who are possessing firearms to hand over them to the nearest police station during the amnesty period.
The Police have been instructed to take legal action against those who have failed to handover the unauthorized weapons to the Police during the amnesty.
This decision has been taken to ensure public safety and curb threats posed by such weapons. People are encouraged to use this opportunity and handover such illegal firearms without delay.
Authorities expect to take stern action against those found to be holding or using illegal firearms once the grace period is over.
Meanwhile, the Defense Ministry is requesting the public to provide information about those who keep illegal firearms in their possession after the amnesty.