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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 […]

France: Law on Eliminating Cluster Munitions

(Aug. 12, 2010) The French Parliament adopted Law 2010-819 of July 20, 2010, on the Elimination of Cluster Munitions. The Law adds a Chapter IV, entitled “Cluster Munitions,” to Title IV, Book III, of the Defense Code. (Loi no. 2010-819 du 20 juillet 2010 tendant à l'élimination des armes à sous-munitions, Legifrance, (last visited […]

International: Cluster Munitions Convention in Effect

(Aug. 9, 2010) On August 1, 2010, the Convention on Cluster Munitions came into force (text available from the Convention website, (last visited Aug. 2, 2010)). Adopted in Dublin, Ireland, on May 30, 2008, and signed several months later in Oslo, Norway, on December 3, the Convention has been ratified by 38 countries. The […]

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, (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. […]