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Jakarta Post

MPR speaker proposes legalizing ownership of 9mm pistols for self-defense

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, August 2, 2020   /   06:43 pm
MPR speaker proposes legalizing ownership of 9mm pistols for self-defense Thousands of firearms are reportedly in the hands of civilians, while police estimate half of them are illegal as owners often fail to extend their licenses. (Shutterstock/File)

People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) Speaker Bambang Soesatyo has proposed that 9-millimeter pistols and ammunition be made legally available to certified gun owners for self-defense purposes.

Bambang called on the National Police to consider revising National Police chief Decree (Perkap) No. 18/2015 on gun ownership, control and certification, which limits the types of firearms allowed for public use to 12-gauge shotguns and .22, .25 and .32-caliber pistols.

“As a matter of fact, various countries have legalized the use of 9mm pistols. The National Police chief [Gen. Idham Azis] could probably consider revising the perkap,” Bambang said in a statement on Sunday as quoted by

He added that the use of 9mm bullets should still be granted only to certified civilian gun owners.

Bambang said the government would organize a shooting competition in collaboration with the Special Certification Board for Self-Defense Firearms (DPP-PERIKSHA) and the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) Indonesia for certified gun owners to endorse self-defense.

“Prior to the competition, participants will have the opportunity to learn about proper shooting, reloading and maneuvering techniques as well as the safety aspect of it all,” he said.