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United Kingdom: Proposed Regulations Would Provide Amnesty and Compensation for Weapons Prohibited under 2019 Law

(Oct. 21, 2020) The draft of new regulations aimed at helping to ensure the safe surrender of weapons whose possession was made unlawful under the Offensive Weapons Act 2019 was laid before the United Kingdom’s (UK’s) Parliament on June 9, 2020. If approved, the Surrender of Offensive Weapons (Compensation) Regulations 2020 will set out arrangements […]

England and Wales: New Proposals Would Give Police Targeted Stop-and-Search Powers to Tackle Knife Crimes

(Oct. 8, 2020) On September 14, 2020, the government published a public consultation to receive opinions about the design of its newly proposed Serious Violence Reduction Orders (SVROs), which aim to tackle knife crime across England and Wales. The proposed SVROs would create a new stop-and-search power enabling the police to take an “intelligence based, […]

England and Wales: New Powers to Prevent Knife Crime to Be Piloted Across London

(Mar. 25, 2020) On March 4, 2020, the government of England and Wales introduced new Knife Crime Prevention Orders (KCPO) under part 2 of the Offensive Weapons Act 2019 as a pilot program to provide police throughout the London metropolitan area with greater powers to help prevent knife crime. KCPOs are preventive civil orders and […]

El Salvador: Chiefs and Members of MS-13 Gang Sentenced in Historic Trial

(Dec. 19, 2019) On December 12, 2019, an anti-mafia tribunal in El Salvador imposed sentences of up to 60 years in prison on nearly 400 chiefs and members of the MS-13 gang (Mara Salvatrucha) for their involvement in multiple crimes, including terrorism, homicide, drug trafficking, money laundering, and drug and firearms smuggling. Background of MS-13 […]

Brazil: Bill Approved Authorizing Possession of Firearms on Rural Properties

(Sept. 27, 2019) On August 21, 2019, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved Bill No. 3,715/2019 (Projeto de Lei 3715/2019), which amends the Disarmament Statute of 2003 (Estatuto do Desarmamento, Lei No. 10.826, de 22 de dezembro de 2003). The bill authorizes the possession of firearms throughout the extent of rural properties. For example, the […]

Switzerland: Swiss Voters to Decide on Initiative for Democratic Control over War Material Exports

(Aug. 28, 2019) On July 16, 2019, the Swiss government announced that the popular initiative called the “Against Weapons-Exports to Regions Affected by Civil War (Correction-Initiative)” has achieved the required 100,000 signatures to be put to a vote. The initiative seeks to increase democratic control over the regulation of war material exports by inscribing the fundamental […]

Brazil: New Regulation on Firearms and Ammunition Enacted

(Aug. 27, 2019) On June 25, 2019, Brazil enacted Decree No. 9,847 to regulate the acquisition, registration, possession, and sale of firearms and ammunition, as well as define the responsibilities of the National Arms System (Sistema Nacional de Armas, SINARM) and create the Military Weapons Management System (Sistema de Gerenciamento Militar de Armas). The Decree […]

New Zealand: Firearms Buyback Program Commences

(July 15, 2019) On June 20, 2019, the Arms (Prohibited Firearms, Magazines and Parts) Amendment Regulations 2019 came into effect in New Zealand. The regulations “allow for the buy-back of newly prohibited firearms and parts from owners within a six month amnesty period,” which will run until December 20, 2019. A buyback price list was subsequently […]

New Zealand: Legislation Banning Certain Firearms, Magazines, and Parts Passed

(Apr. 17, 2019) On April 10, 2019, the New Zealand Parliament passed, with a vote of 119–1, the Arms (Prohibited Firearms, Magazines, and Parts) Amendment Bill, which bans most semiautomatic firearms and assault rifles along with high-capacity magazines and parts that can be used to assemble prohibited firearms. (Arms (Prohibited Firearms, Magazines, and Parts) Amendment […]

Argentina: New Regulation on Use of Firearms by Police

(Dec. 17, 2018) Argentina’s Ministry of Security has issued a regulation allowing federal security forces to use lethal weapons when confronting a crime without first issuing a call to halt or encountering prior direct aggression. (El combate contra el delito: Otorgan más libertades a los agentes federales para usar armas de fuego, CLARIN (Dec. 3, […]