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France: Bill Prohibiting Cluster Munitions Passed by National Assembly

(July 7, 2010) On July 6, 2010, the French National Assembly adopted a bill that prohibits the use of cluster munitions; the vote was unanimous. The bill had been approved previously by the Senate, also by a unanimous vote. The bill is designed to incorporate into domestic law the Oslo Convention of 2008. (French Parliament […]

Denmark: Workers Permitted to Carry Knives in Public

(June 29, 2010) Under a new rule issued by the Crown Prosecutor of Denmark, Jørgen Steen Sørensen, an existing ban on possession of knives in public has been relaxed. Employees who need knives for their work will be permitted to carry their implements in some situations. Trade workers may carry their knives, “if from an […]

European Union: Draft Regulation on Import, Export, and Transit of Firearms for Civilian Use

(June 8, 2010) On May 31, 2010, the European Commission came up with a proposal for a regulation on establishing procedural rules for the export, import, and transit of firearms and their parts, essential components, and ammunition intended for civilian use. The impetus for this proposal was the signing in 2002 of the United Nations […]

Nepal: Proposed Amendments to Firearms Law Would Hike Licensing Fees

(Apr. 23, 2010) It was reported on April 19, 2010, that Nepal's Cabinet has under consideration a proposal to amend the Arms and Ammunition Regulation 2029 [1972], chiefly to raise licensing fees. Licenses to carry arms anywhere in the country would cost significantly more under the proposed changes; fees for use restricted to one's home […]

International: Cluster Munitions Treaty to Take Effect

(Feb. 19, 2010) According to a February 16, 2010, United Nations press release, the Convention on Cluster Munitions will enter into force in August 2010. The 29th and 30th nations, Burkina Faso and Moldova, have submitted their instruments of ratification. (Press Release, U.N. Secretary-General, Secretary-General Welcomes August Entry into Force for Convention on Cluster Munitions […]

France: Compensation of Victims of French Nuclear Testing

(Jan. 22, 2010) The French Parliament recently adopted Law 2010-2 of January 5, 2010, on the compensation of victims of French nuclear testing (Loi 2010-5 du 5 janvier 2010 relative à la reconnaissance et à l'indemnisation des victimes des essais nucléaires français, Legifrance, http://www.legifrance.gouv.fr (File: les autres textes législatifs et réglementaires) (last visited Jan. 19, […]

Africa: Countries to Harmonize Laws on Arms Control

(Sept. 10, 2009) It was reported on September 7, 2009, that countries from Africa's Great Lakes region and the Horn are in the process of harmonizing their laws to better fight the spread of small arms across national borders. (Mathias Ringa, African Countries Take Up Laws to Fight Spread of Small Arms, THE EASTAFRICAN, Sept. […]

Finland: New Gun Law Proposed

(Aug. 27, 2009) Finland's Parliament is drafting a new gun law, scheduled for debate in September 2009, which would authorize police to inspect, without having established suspicion of commission of a crime, the private homes of persons holding gun permits. Even though the unscheduled searches would be allowed, the police would have to give the […]

Mexico; United States: Protocol to Punish Arms Trafficking

(Aug. 18, 2009) On July 13, 2009, the office of the Mexican Attorney General and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced they had established a collaboration protocol to punish weapons traffickers. The protocol is aimed at collecting information to pursue more criminal cases against arms traffickers, both in the United States and in Mexico. […]

United States: Federal Appeals Court Holds States May Restrict Handgun Ownership

(June 26, 2009) The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago has ruled that the right to have handguns in one's home, recently recognized by the Supreme Court, does not cover state or municipal laws regulating handguns. In June 2008, the Supreme Court ruled in District of Columbia v. Heller, 128 […]