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Hungary: New Law Permits Army’s Use of Non-Lethal Weapons Against Illegal Migrants

(Nov. 6, 2015) On September 21, 2015, the National Assembly of Hungary approved legislation that allows the country’s military to use non-lethal weapons against refugees when they enter Hungary illegally (Jacqueline Jones, Hungary Lawmakers Approve Use of Non-Lethal Weapons on Refugees, PAPER CHASE (Sept. 23, 2015).) Soldiers may use rubber bullets, tear gas, pyrotechnical devices, […]

Brazil: New State Law Punishes Manufacture, Transport, and Marketing of Toy Firearm Replicas

(July 29, 2015) On July 27, 2015, legal amendments entered into force in the State of Rio de Janeiro that newly prescribe punishments for illegal activities involving toy guns. Law No. 7,048 of July 24, 2015 amends a state law from 1995 that prohibits the manufacture, sale, transport, marketing, and distribution of toys that replicate […]

Mexico: Amendment to Firearms Law

(July 1, 2015) In May 2015, the Mexican legislature enacted an amendment to its firearms law in order to let certain foreign government agents possess firearms while on duty in Mexico; heretofore they had not been allowed to do so under this statute. (Ley Federal de Armas de Fuego y Explosivos [Federal Law on Firearms […]

Canada: Supreme Court Strikes Down Mandatory Minimum Sentences for Gun Crimes

(Apr. 22, 2015) On April 14, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada, in a majority decision, struck down as unconstitutional those sections of the Criminal Code (RSC 1985, c C-46) that establish minimum mandatory sentences of three years for a first offense and five years for a second or subsequent offense for certain gun crimes. […]

Netherlands: Explosives Precursors Legislation

(Apr. 9, 2015) The Council of Ministers (Cabinet) of the Netherlands has approved draft legislation to adopt into Dutch law a European Union regulation limiting marketing and use of explosives precursors. (Limits on the Sale of Substances for Explosives, Ministry of Security and Justice website (Apr. 2, 2015); Regulation (EU) No. 98/2013 of the European […]

Italy: Updated Legislation on Fight Against Terrorism

(Mar. 24, 2015) On February 20, 2015, new legislation amending the Criminal Code with respect to fighting terrorism entered into effect in Italy. (Decree-Law No. 7 of February 18, 2015, Urgent Measures for the Fight Against Terrorism, Including International Terrorism, as well as Extension of the International Missions of the Armed Forces and Police, Cooperation […]

Netherlands: Proposal for Stricter Screening Process for Firearms Possession

(Jan. 7, 2015) On November 25, 2014, the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice presented to various agencies for their consideration draft legislation on tightening the screening process for licensing the private possession of firearms. (Opstelten: More Stringent Screening for the Possession of Firearms, Ministry of Security and Justice website (Nov. 25, 2014); Law …. […]

Kenya: Parliament Considering Security Laws Amendment Legislation

(Dec. 16, 2014) Kenya’s Parliament is considering passage of the Security Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2014, which would amend over 20 different laws. (Mohammed Yusuf, Kenya’s Proposed Security Law Stirs Debate, VOICE OF AMERICA (Dec. 11, 2014).) The proposed legislation follows a series of terrorist attacks launched by Al-Shabab, a Somalia-based terrorist group, and mounting public […]

Russia: Right to Use Firearms Extended

(Nov. 25, 2014) On November 8, 2014, the Government of the Russian Federation amended the Rules on Circulation of Civil and Service Weapons and Munitions in the Territory of the Russian Federation (Government Regulation No. 1178, Government Legal Information portal (in Russian).) The amending Regulation is a major document that implements the Russian Federal Law […]

Dominican Republic; Organization of American States: Donation of Firearms Marking Equipment

(June 30, 2014) The Organization of American States (OAS) recently announced that it had donated equipment to mark firearms, for the second time, to the Government of the Dominican Republic. The donation was made as part of a project called “Promoting Firearms Marking in Latin America and the Caribbean.” (Press Release, OAS Donates Firearms Marking […]