Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Karunasena Hettiarachchi said that a decision to declare an amnesty period to return illegal weapons was taken recently at a Security Council meeting with the President.
Accordingly an amnesty period was announced with effect from 25 April to 06 May 2016 and during the period illegal weapons can be handed over to the nearest Divisional Secretariat, District Secretary offices and police stations.
During the amnesty period, persons returning the weapon will not be subjected to any fines for holding a weapon.
Rs. 5000.00 for a Gun or similar kind (Gal Katas/ Badina Thuwakku), Rs. 10000.00 for a pistol or for a revolver and Rs. 25000.00 for a T-56 weapon will also be offered to the persons returning the weapons.
Hettiarachchi said that a committee comprising of the Secretaries of the Ministries of Defence, Law and Order, police chief and several other members will decide on issuance of weapons in future. (Colombo Gazette)