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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 […]

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 […]