Return illegal arms, devices, vehicles to police: MOHA

As Myanmar has enforced an arms holding rule, all arms including air guns and home-made guns need a license to be used. Permits for using arms are granted only after scrutinising applicants by the Ministry of Home Affairs. Similarly, communication machines are permitted to be used only after a license for use is granted by the Myanma Telecommunications.
While the Myanma Police Force has been taking measures against using unlicensed vehicles, arms and accessories and illegal communication devices, authorities seized two pistols, ammunition, three communication devices and accessories from three passengers at the Nay Pyi Taw International Airport on 15 October.
The passengers were on their way from Nay Pyi Taw to Yangon on MNA airlines.
In connection with the case, their dwellings in Nay Pyi Taw and Yangon were searched and more illegal weapons were discovered, including 13 pistols and six rifles. Also discovered were 34 communication devices, ammunition, accessories and one unlicensed vehicle.
The three men have been detained and charged. The Ministry of Home Affairs is working to expose and arrest the remaining persons connected with the case.
Regarding the possession of illegal arms, Section 19 of the 1878 Arms Act says the penalty for illegal possession of weapons is three to seven years imprisonment with hard labour.
Similarly, the penalty for possession of arms under Section 19 of the 1,951 Arms Act is three to seven years imprisonment.
The penalty for possession or use of illegal or unlicensed communication devices under Section 67 of the 2013 Communications Law is at least one year’s imprisonment, a fine or both.
The penalty for possession or using of illegal or unlicensed vehicles under Section 8 of the 2012 Export and Import Law is three year’s imprisonment, a fine or both. Those who possess illegal or unlicensed arms, ammunition, communication devices and vehicles are urged to return them to the nearest police stations voluntarily as soon as possible. Action will be taken against those who possess these items if discovered by police. —Ministry of Home Affairs

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