Source: http://www.bernama.com/bernama (23/6/2010)
Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said 48,823 shotgun licences were issued by the ministry till April this year. Hishammuddin said from the total, 68.7 percent or 33,545 licences were given to Malays, 10,972 or 22.5 percent to Chinese and 614 or 1.3 percent to Indians and 3,682 or 7.5 percent to other races and ethnic bumiputera. "The figure will however, change from time to time as licences will be cancelled or new ones issued," he told the Dewan Rakyat, here today.
The Home Minister was answering Lim Lip Eng (DAP-Segambut), who wanted to know the total number of permits issued from 2005 to 2009 according to states, race and the number of owners of guns, until April this year.
Hishammuddin said the ministry would also monitor such procedures to ensure only deserving individuals who qualified, were issued such licences.