There’s a new requirement for people looking to secure a firearm license in the Ferozepur district of Punjab, a northern Indian state which sits at the border of Pakistan. They must first plant ten trees or more . Prospective gun owners must then send photographs of themselves with said trees to district officials, and follow up a month later with proof that the saplings were taken care of. The rule, which was introduced this June, is an effort to sustain the district’s green cover and combat groundwater depletion. According to the Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar, groundwater depletion in Punjab is taking place at an alarmingly high rate. Two species have been planted so far: kikar and neem trees, both of which are native to India. Officials have received over 100 firearm applications. “This is our little effort to increase green cover in the area as people in Punjab are crazy about seeking arms licenses. So let them go crazy for plantation, as well,” Chander Gaind, District Commissioner of Ferozepur, told the Indian Express . Punjab has a known fascination for firearms , born out of the region’s history of violence . Around the late 1970s, a Sikh separatist […]

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