Colombo, Jan 15 (BAN/ AD): As a relief to persons processing illegal weapons without valid permits or documents Ministry of Defense (MOD) has announced an island wide grace period to handover illegal firearms.
Ministry of Defense (MOD) said this has been granted 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 persons having illegal weapons are directed 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.
Post grace period expiry security agencies will be taking strict action against those found to be holding or using illegal firearms. General public is called upon by Defense Ministry to give information regarding persons having illegal firearms.