COLOMBO: A grace period to hand over illegal firearms held without valid permits or documents has been announced 0n Wednesday for a period of five days by the Defence Ministry.
Following the directives of the President, weeklong the amnesty has been announced to collect all illegal firearms.
The Defence 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 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 hand over such illegal firearms without any 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 Defence Ministry requests the public to provide information about those who keep illegal firearms in their possession after the amnesty.