The actor was issued the license after he applied for the same seeking self-protection in the backdrop of the death threat letters he received from members of Lawrence Bishnoi’s gang. A report in Hindustan Times confirmed that Salman was granted the Arms license after due process was followed.
Salman’s criminal record and background were checked before the firearm license was issued. Only after standard procedure steps were cleared, did the police headquarters clear his file.
“Actor Salman Khan has been issued an Arms license after he applied for a weapon license for self-protection in the backdrop of threat letters that he received recently,” said the Mumbai Police in an official statement.
A senior IPS officer confirmed that the license was printed after Khan’s meeting with Mumbai police commissioner Vivek Phansalkar in July. The actor reportedly submitted his application for a firearm soon after he received the death threat.
Recent reports also claimed that Salman upgraded his vehicle to a bulletproof Land Cruiser ever since he received the threat. The vehicle has apparently been fitted with armour and bulletproof glass.
News of Salman seeking a gun license broke last month when the Mumbai Police confirmed in a statement to ANI saying, “Actor Salman Khan applied for a weapon license for self-protection at the Mumbai CP office, after he recently received a threat letter.”
Salman and his father Salim Khan had received a death -threat letter which stated that they would meet the fate of Punjabi singer Sidhu Moose Wala, who was shot dead in his vehicle last May.
Since receiving the threat, Salman has beefed up his security at his residence and on his film sets. The police also advised the actor to make fewer public appearances and avoid cycling around Bandra.