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Peru: Manufacture of Weapons and Munitions

(Mar. 3, 2009) Peru's President Alan Garcia Perez signed a law on January 9, 2009, that adopts provisions concerning the name, nature, and legal status of the Fabrica de Armas y Municiones del Ejercito [Factory of Weapons and Munitions of the Army], a state corporation operating within the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Defense (Law […]

International: Cluster Bomb Ban Signed

(Dec. 16, 2008) On December 3 and 4, 2008, in Oslo, Norway, close to 100 countries signed a pact to ban cluster bombs, a type of weapon considered particularly likely to kill or maim civilians. Among the signatories were Britain, France, Germany, and 15 other NATO members, but the arms-producing nations China, Russia, and the […]

Taiwan: Amendment to Firearms Law

(Dec. 5, 2008) Effective November 26, 2008, Taiwan's Statute for Controlling Firearms, Ammunition, Knives, and Weapons (Firearms Statute) was amended by the addition of a new paragraph to article 7, broadening the scope of major firearms-related offenses. The new provision states that anyone who, with the intent to provide them for his own or other […]

United States: Supreme Court Holds That Constitution Protects an Individual Right to Own Firearms for Self-Defense

(July 2, 2008) On June 26, the Supreme Court ruled that the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution confers an individual right to possess a firearm for traditionally lawful purposes such as self-defense. It further ruled that District of Columbia laws that banned handguns and required firearms in the home to be disassembled or locked […]

South Korea: New Rule to Sell Old Munitions

(July 2, 2008) The Ministry of National Defense of South Korea has sold to the Philippines, Bangladesh, and Kazakhstan, at an extremely low price, old munitions that had been used for 30 to 40 years, including the F-5A/B Freedom Fighter. The unit price was typically US$100. With the number of countries requesting to purchase the […]

Mexico; United States: Plans to Identify and Disrupt Trans-Border Weapons-Smuggling Networks

(July 2, 2008) On June 9, 2008, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Mexico Customs announced Operation Armas Cruzadas, “a major effort to identify and disrupt trans-border weapons smuggling networks between the two countries' borders through the Homeland Security Information Network (HSN) virtual weapons task force.” (News Release, ICE, ICE and Mexican Officials […]

United Nations: Committee on Spread of Weapons Extended

(May 2, 2008) On April 25, 2008, the United Nations Security Council renewed the mandate of a U.N. committee originally established by Security Council resolution in 2004. The term of the committee, which works to end the spread of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons, has now been extended for three more years. The committee is […]

China: Provisions on Permits for Weapons Research and Manufacture

(Apr. 2, 2008) On March 6, 2008, the State Council and the Central Military Commission issued the Regulations on Administration of Licensing for Weapons Research and Manufacture (Wuqi zhuangbei keyan shengchan xuke guanli tiaoli), which became effective on April 1, 2008. The Regulations' five chapters include general provisions, licensing procedures, administration of preservation of secrets, […]

European Union: Firearms Legislation

(Dec. 2, 2007) In the aftermath of a recent shooting at a school in Finland, the European Parliament moved quickly to approve at first reading the European Commission's proposal to amend Directive 91/477/EC concerning the acquisition and possession of firearms. The last step in the legislative process is that the proposal will be forwarded to […]

Peru: Possession of weapons and ammunitions

(Dec. 2, 2007) On October 17, 2007, President Alan Garcia Perez signed Law No. 29106 amending article 13 of Law No. 25054, which regulated the manufacture, trade, possession and use by individuals of weapons and ammunitions not destined to war and including amendment to articles 36 and 38 of the Criminal Code (Legislative Decree No. […]