Guwahati, Sept. 10: The Assam Rifles and Shooting Association (ARSA) will organise an awareness camp for licensed firearms holders in the state to reduce accidents and incidents of mishandling weapons.
The association’s general secretary Bhaba Kalita said most firearms holders in the state are not trained in handling and maintaining weapons, which leads to the accidents.
“We propose to hold an awareness camp for arms owners within the next year so that accidents can be reduced. The camp will also include a shooting competition where participants will get an opportunity to use their guns,” Kalita said. He, however, added a similar initiative was planned last year but they had to abort for lack of ammunition.
“We have moved the Shooting Federation of India for a quota of ammunition for the purpose and as soon as we get it, we will organise the camp,” Kalita said.
The new dispensation of the association, headed by additional director-general of police Pallab Bhattacharyya as president, has also moved Dispur for funds to renovate the trap and skeet range at its disposal in the 4th Assam Police Battalion headquarters here, which has remained unusable for several years. “We have not been able to use the range for several years after it was damaged by floods. It would take a lot of money to repair it and is unaffordable. So, we have moved the government to help us repair the same,” Kalita said.
The range was build for the 33rd National Games held here in 2007.
Bhattacharyya said the association’s first initiative will be to hold the all-Assam shooting championship from September 12 to 14 where over 100 participants from eight affiliated district units will take part in 10 events for both men and women.
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