New Delhi: Indias states that will be able to carry firearms in 2018 will be decided by a plebiscite.
The states will submit a list of candidates to the central government and the national body will then have two years to choose the states that can carry firearms.
A number of states that have been considering changing their gun laws following the Supreme Court’s judgment in December are now preparing for a plelection.
Some of them are Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Karnataka.
The state government, which has decided to implement the new laws, is planning to take up the matter with the central and state governments, a state government official told PTI.
While the central will be implementing the new legislation, the states will have to submit the list of nominees for the plebisphere to the National Assembly, the official said.
The new laws will come into effect from September 25, 2018, the deadline for holding a general election in India.
The state governments are to come up with the lists of candidates and submit them to the apex court for final clearance.