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Norway: New Restrictions on Weapons Exports

(Dec. 7, 2012) Norway has recently adopted rules placing additional restrictions on exports of weapons produced in the country. The move comes after a report that more than 200 civilians were killed by Norwegian firearms in the Iraq war. The government will now have the ability to stop sales of weapons to authoritarian regimes and […]

Finland: Electronic Firearms Registry Part of Integrated Police Records System

(Sept. 24, 2012) It was reported on September 6, 2012, that <?Finland's police force will have a new, electronic registry of firearms owned by citizens, which will streamline the processing of license applications through the direct entry of information into the data system, reducing paperwork. The registry will be inaugurated in November; the current system […]

Canada: Quebec Court Decision Saves Gun Registry

(Sept. 13, 2012) On September 10, 2012, a judge of the Cour Supérieur (Superior Court) of Quebec issued a decision that declared part of a Canadian federal law to be unconstitutional; the law had abolished a particular register of firearms owners. (Procureur Général du Québec c. Procureur Général du Canada, Le Commissaire aux Armes à […]

Organization of American States: Firearms Marking Equipment

(July 13, 2012) On June 25, 2012, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that it will donate equipment to mark firearms to the Argentinean government. The equipment is to be utilized by Argentina's Ministry of Security in combating illicit trafficking in firearms. (Press Release, OAS, OEA donará máquina de marcaje de armas de fuego […]

Dominican Republic; Organization of American States: Agreement to Combat Trafficking in Firearms

(May 3, 2012) On April 20, 2012, the Organization of American States (OAS) and the government of the Dominican Republic announced that they had reached an agreement whereby the OAS will deliver to the Dominican Republic equipment donated by the United States government to mark firearms. (Press Release, OAS, OEA y República Dominicana firman acuerdo […]

Denmark: New Regulations on Air Guns Stir Controversy

(Apr. 30, 2012) As of the beginning of June 2012, new regulations on firearms will tighten control of air guns in Denmark. Any such weapon with a 5.5 millimeter caliber will need to be registered with the police. Furthermore, in order to use an air gun, owners of the weapons will have to either purchase […]

European Union: New Regulation on Export, Import, and Transit of Firearms

(Mar. 30, 2012) On March 8, 2012, the European Union (EU) adopted a new Regulation to ratify the UN Protocol on Firearms. (UN Protocol General Assembly Resolution A/RES/55/255, June 8, 2001, UN website.) The Commission had signed the Protocol in 2002 on behalf of the EU. (Press Release, European Commission, Council Adopts Commission Proposal to […]

France: Law on Import and Export of War Material

(July 6, 2011) France's Law 2011-702 of June 22, 2011, on Controlling Import and Export of War Materials and Similar Equipment, Simplifying Transfers of Defense-Related Products Within the European Union, and Defense and Security Markets, was published in the French official gazette of June 23, 2011 (Loi n° 2011-702 du 22 juin 2011 relative au […]

Russian Federation; United States: Treaty on Utilization of Plutonium Ratified

(June 27, 2011) On June 8, 2011, the President of the Russian Federation signed the Law on Ratification of the Protocol to the Russian Federation – United States of America Bilateral Agreement Concerning the Management and Disposition of Plutonium Designated as No Longer Required for Defense Purposes and Related Cooperation. The Protocol was signed in […]

Turkey: Draft Firearms Legislation Suspended by Parliamentary Committee

(Jan. 3, 2011) It was reported in late December 2010 that a draft law on firearms that had been approved by the Internal Affairs Subcommittee of Turkey's Parliament has been suspended. The Umut Foundation, an anti-gun nongovernment organization in Turkey, and some other civil society organizations, were successful in mobilizing public opinion against the proposed […]