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

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    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 tempo.co.

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.