ISLAMABAD: The Federal Board of Revenue has directed the Customs Collectors not to allow import of prohibited bores of weapons and strictly abide by the notification by the Ministry of Interior issued for the purpose.
The FBR directed the collectors to observe categories of both prohibited and non-prohibited bore weapons for import purposes under the notification.
Collectors of Customs should only allow import of non-prohibited bore weapons as specified by the Interior Ministry. The FBR has referred to the Ministry of Commerce Office Memorandum dated January 29, 2014, along with the Interior Ministry’s notification No 8/6/2013-Arms (policy). In light of the notification, the non-prohibited bore weapons importable as per the categories mentioned by the Interior Ministry’s notification.
According to the Ministry of Interior’s notification, in exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) of section 11-A of Pakistan Arms Ordinance, 1965 and in supersession of this Ministry’s Notification No f.7/20/91-Admns-II, dated August 18, 1991, the Federal government has specified the description, caliber and bore of arms and ammunition which are to be Prohibited and Non Prohibited bore for the purpose of the said Ordinance namely:
Prohibited category: Shot gun: Shotguns have less than 18 inches (457.2 mm) barrel length. Pistol/Revolvers: Machine/ fully/automatic pistols; pistols having magazine especially of more that 22 bullets and pistols/revolvers over 0.45 inches (11.43 mm) caliber. Rifles: All fully automatic of all calibers; rifles having less than 18 inches (457.2 mm) barrel and rifles having magazine capacity of more than 30 bullets.
Weapon of all bore used by arms forces, ie, 7.62 mm etc. All Cannon which under the Arms Ordinance is defined as prohibited bore including all types of artillery, mortars, machines and sub-machine guns, silencers for all machine and sub-machine guns, anti-tank rifles and recall-less guns or rifles and bazookas, revolvers or pistols over 0.45 inches (11.43 mm) bore, nuclear weapons of all types, projectors, guided missiles, and dischargers fro grenades, rockets, bombs and gas or smoke containers, flame throwers all types, all carriages, platforms and appliances for mounting or transporting cannon and parts of cannons.
Non-prohibited category: Shotguns: Single or double barrel shotguns gauges 12, 16, 20, 28 AND 410 and semi-automatic/pump action shotguns, having tube magazine capacity of not more than 9 cartridges and all muzzle loading shotguns. Pistols/revolvers: Semi automatic pistols and revolvers up to and including 45 caliber with maximum magazine capacity of 22 bullets.
Rifles: All bolt action rifles and semi automatic rifles having magazine capacity up to 22 bullets including 222 & 223 Rifles, 7mm, 8 mm, 9mm, 303 etc (except fully automatic), all muzzle loading rifles and all fixed stock double barrel hunting rifles of up to 500 nitro-expreo, the Interior Ministry notification added.