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Myanmar Crisis

Myanmar military lets loyal civilians carry guns amid rising violence

Concerns of brutal clashes intensify as rebel groups continue resistance

Police hold guns during a march in Naypyitaw in January. There is concern that giving civilians access to guns could exacerbate violence in Myanmar. 

BANGKOK/YANGON -- Myanmar's military government will allow civilians it deems "loyal" to carry guns, local media reports, in a potential move to enlist veterans and other supporters in its crackdown against the armed resistance.

According to a Jan. 31 document attributed to the Ministry of Home Affairs, people aged 18 or above can be licensed to carry certain weapons and ammunition needed for their safety as long as they are loyal to the state.

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