So far of the 100 people who have applied for firearm permits under the new mandate, 50 have been approved. These numbers also indicated that 1,000 trees have been planted by the firearm permit applicants.
The new trees are seen as important to improving India’s groundwater problem. Much of India has been facing a crisis due to lack of groundwater. According to a 2018 report from NITI Aayog (the Indian government’s policy think tank), many states in India–including Punjab–are in serious danger. The report states that “21 major cities are expected to run out of groundwater as soon as 2020, affecting some100 million people.”
Commissioner Gaind said the new rule is for new applicants only, but likely will be added to the requirements to renew firearms licenses.