Four civilians, including former Lt-General Aung Than Htut and KBZ bank owner Aung Ko Win, are being allowed to keep weapons in Shan State, said Colonel Naing Win Aung, the state minister for security and border affairs during a state parliament session held on December 4.
He replied to a question raised by MP Nyi Nyi aka Nyi Lay Chan of No.2 Pindaya Constituency about whether civilians are officially allowed to keep weapons.
“They are Dr Sai Khan Hlaing, retired Lt-General Aung Than Htut , Myint Oo and Aung Ko Win, and they are allowed to keep their weapons in Shan State only,” he said.
According to Arms Act in Myanmar, people who want to keep weapons need to have permission from a governing body which scrutinizes such licences.
According to an announcement from Myanmar Radio and Television released on October 18, the Ministry of Home Affairs warned people who are in possession of illegal weapons, telecommunication equipment and vehicles to hand them to nearest army bases or police stations. It warned that action would be taken if people were found with illegal items.
According to Section 19 of 1878 Arms Act, whoever has in his possession or under his control any arms, ammunition or military stores, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may range between three years and seven years, or with fine, or with both.
According to Section 19 (a) of 1951 The Arms (Temporary Amendment) Act, whoever goes armed with, or has in possession or under his control, any type of arms or ammunition or military stores, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may range between three years and seven years. They may also be fined, or jailed and fined.
Translated by Aung Kyaw Kyaw