CNA, June 5, 2023

Myanmar’s gun laws were changed last month, as the junta faces growing pressure to stamp out opposition in multiple battlegrounds. The military said it would grant licences to anyone who currently owns weapons, with no questions asked. Observers said the move is targeted at boosting the firepower of supporters of the junta, who fear being attacked. However, questions remain over who actually needs to use guns in the country, with past precedents showing that most gun owners were connected to military authorities, or were military personnel or veterans. CNA’s Leong Wai Kit reports.