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Israel: New Criteria Adopted for Possession and Carrying of Firearms

(Jan. 6, 2017) In December 2016, Israel’s Minister of Public Security, Gilad Erdan, approved an updated list of criteria for bearing and possessing firearms. (Instructions Regarding Preliminary Requirements for Licensing of Firearms and Criteria for Granting Individual Licenses (updated Dec. 2016), Ministry of Public Security website (in Hebrew) (click on first link on left).) Israeli […]

Japan: Amendment to Law on Prevention of Damage by Wildlife Enacted

(Dec. 13, 2016) The Act to Amend the Act on Special Measures for Prevention of Damage Related to Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Caused by Wildlife was promulgated on December 2, 2016.  (Act No. 97 of 2016, KANPO, Extra No. 267 (Dec. 2, 2016) at 13 (in Japanese); Act on Special Measures for Prevention of Damage […]

Australia: Import Ban on Lever-Action Shotguns with Magazine Capacity over Five Rounds to Continue

(Nov. 28, 2016) On November 21, 2016, during a late-night session, the Australian Senate voted on a motion, put forward by Senator David Leyonhjelm, to disallow a regulation that would continue an existing ban on the importation of lever-action shotguns with a magazine capacity of more than five rounds.  (Commonwealth, Parliamentary Debates, Senate, 21 November […]

Russia: New Requirements for Firearms Operation Licenses

(Sept. 27, 2016) In July 2016, the most recent amendments to the Russian Federal Law on Weapons entered into force. (Federal Law No. 227-FZ of July 3, 2016 on Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation and the Repeal of Certain Legislative Acts (Provisions of Legal Acts) of the Russian Federation in Connection […]

Liberia: Amnesty for Surrender of Weapons

(Sept. 16, 2016) It was reported on September 12, 2016, that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia has issued a proclamation encouraging anyone in three of the country’s counties to surrender their small arms and light weapons. The counties are Grand Gedeh, Maryland, and River Gee, which are located along the border this West African […]

Mexico: Defense Department Ordered to Release Information on Drones

(June 17, 2016) In May 2016, Mexico’s National Institute of Transparency, Access to Information and Protection of Personal Data (the federal authority on matters pertaining to access to public information, known as INAI) ordered the Department of Defense (known as SEDENA) to release information on the number of drones that it uses for aerial surveillance. […]

Japan: Baseball Player Arrested After Two Bullets Found in Bag

(Apr. 4, 2016) Former Major League Baseball player Yamaico Navarro, who currently plays for Japan’s Lotte Marines, was arrested on February 21, 2016, at an airport in Japan for possession of two bullets in his luggage. The bullets were discovered in his shoulder bag during a security check at the airport in Okinawa. (Yamaico Navarro […]

Netherlands: Ban on Arms Exports to Saudi Arabia

(Apr. 1, 2016) On March 15, 2016, the Dutch Parliament adopted a motion urging the government to ban weapons exports to Saudi Arabia. The motion was based in part on Saudi Arabia’s violations of international humanitarian law in Yemen, including those described in the January 22, 2016, report of the UN Panel of Experts on Yemen.  […]

Sri Lanka: Plans to Accede to Landmine Treaty

(Mar. 7, 2016) Sri Lanka’s Cabinet ministers, meeting on March 3, 2016, approved the country’s accession to the Land Mine Convention, also known as the Ottawa Convention, which bans the use, stockpiling, production, and transfer of anti-personnel mines. Sri Lanka will be the 163rd country to become a State Party to the Convention.  (Sri Lanka […]

Estonia: Government Withdraws Insistence on Proposed Gun Ownership Restrictions

(Jan. 28, 2016) On January 8, 2016, the Deputy Chancellor of the Estonian Interior Ministry announced that the government will not insist on keeping restrictions on private gun ownership, introduced in legislation proposed by the Interior Ministry in 2015, if these restrictions are removed from the text by legislators. (Official Says Number of Guns for […]