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Brazil: Bill Approved Authorizing Possession of Firearms on Rural Properties

(Sept. 27, 2019) On August 21, 2019, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved Bill No. 3,715/2019 (Projeto de Lei 3715/2019), which amends the Disarmament Statute of 2003 (Estatuto do Desarmamento, Lei No. 10.826, de 22 de dezembro de 2003). The bill authorizes the possession of firearms throughout the extent of rural properties. For example, the […]

Switzerland: Swiss Voters to Decide on Initiative for Democratic Control over War Material Exports

(Aug. 28, 2019) On July 16, 2019, the Swiss government announced that the popular initiative called the “Against Weapons-Exports to Regions Affected by Civil War (Correction-Initiative)” has achieved the required 100,000 signatures to be put to a vote. The initiative seeks to increase democratic control over the regulation of war material exports by inscribing the fundamental […]

Brazil: New Regulation on Firearms and Ammunition Enacted

(Aug. 27, 2019) On June 25, 2019, Brazil enacted Decree No. 9,847 to regulate the acquisition, registration, possession, and sale of firearms and ammunition, as well as define the responsibilities of the National Arms System (Sistema Nacional de Armas, SINARM) and create the Military Weapons Management System (Sistema de Gerenciamento Militar de Armas). The Decree […]

New Zealand: Firearms Buyback Program Commences

(July 15, 2019) On June 20, 2019, the Arms (Prohibited Firearms, Magazines and Parts) Amendment Regulations 2019 came into effect in New Zealand. The regulations “allow for the buy-back of newly prohibited firearms and parts from owners within a six month amnesty period,” which will run until December 20, 2019. A buyback price list was subsequently […]

New Zealand: Legislation Banning Certain Firearms, Magazines, and Parts Passed

(Apr. 17, 2019) On April 10, 2019, the New Zealand Parliament passed, with a vote of 119–1, the Arms (Prohibited Firearms, Magazines, and Parts) Amendment Bill, which bans most semiautomatic firearms and assault rifles along with high-capacity magazines and parts that can be used to assemble prohibited firearms. (Arms (Prohibited Firearms, Magazines, and Parts) Amendment […]

Argentina: New Regulation on Use of Firearms by Police

(Dec. 17, 2018) Argentina’s Ministry of Security has issued a regulation allowing federal security forces to use lethal weapons when confronting a crime without first issuing a call to halt or encountering prior direct aggression. (El combate contra el delito: Otorgan más libertades a los agentes federales para usar armas de fuego, CLARIN (Dec. 3, […]

Israel: Knesset Adopts Law to Prevent Distribution and Financing of Weapons of Mass Destruction

(May 24, 2018) On March 7, 2018, the Knesset (Israel’s Parliament) passed the Prevention of Distribution and Financing of Weapons of Mass Destruction Law, 5778-2018 (the Law). The Law declares its objective as the prevention of the distribution and financing of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and includes among the means to accomplish this the […]

Philippines/Indonesia: Agreement on Border Issues

(Feb. 28, 2018) Following a meeting of high-ranking officials of the Philippines and Indonesia, it was announced on January 10, 2018, that the two countries had agreed to a number of measures aimed at increasing trade and curbing terrorism. (Lilian Mellejor, PH, Indonesia to Intensify Cross-Border Cooperation, PHILIPPINES NEWS AGENCY (PNA) (Jan. 10, 2018).) The area […]

Sweden: Three-Month Weapons Amnesty Implemented

(Feb. 7, 2018) The Swedish government has announced a weapons amnesty effective between February 1, 2018, and April 30, 2018, during which anyone possessing illegal weapons and firearms can surrender them to the police without the risk of facing criminal charges. (Justitiedepartementet, Lagrådsremiss: En tidsbegränsad vapenamnesti 2018 [Referral to the Council on Legislation: A Temporary […]

Brazil: Possession or Illegal Carrying of Firearms of Restricted Use Now a Heinous Crime

(Nov. 8, 2017) Last month Brazil enacted a law increasing penalties for firearms violations. On October 26, 2017, Law No. 13,497 amended Law No. 8,072, of July 25, 1990 to include the crime of possession or illegal carrying of firearms of restricted use in the list of “heinous crimes.”  (Lei No. 13497, de 26 de Outubro […]