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Mexico: Defense Department Ordered to Release Information on Drones

(June 17, 2016) In May 2016, Mexico’s National Institute of Transparency, Access to Information and Protection of Personal Data (the federal authority on matters pertaining to access to public information, known as INAI) ordered the Department of Defense (known as SEDENA) to release information on the number of drones that it uses for aerial surveillance. […]

Japan: Baseball Player Arrested After Two Bullets Found in Bag

(Apr. 4, 2016) Former Major League Baseball player Yamaico Navarro, who currently plays for Japan’s Lotte Marines, was arrested on February 21, 2016, at an airport in Japan for possession of two bullets in his luggage. The bullets were discovered in his shoulder bag during a security check at the airport in Okinawa. (Yamaico Navarro […]

Netherlands: Ban on Arms Exports to Saudi Arabia

(Apr. 1, 2016) On March 15, 2016, the Dutch Parliament adopted a motion urging the government to ban weapons exports to Saudi Arabia. The motion was based in part on Saudi Arabia’s violations of international humanitarian law in Yemen, including those described in the January 22, 2016, report of the UN Panel of Experts on Yemen.  […]

Sri Lanka: Plans to Accede to Landmine Treaty

(Mar. 7, 2016) Sri Lanka’s Cabinet ministers, meeting on March 3, 2016, approved the country’s accession to the Land Mine Convention, also known as the Ottawa Convention, which bans the use, stockpiling, production, and transfer of anti-personnel mines. Sri Lanka will be the 163rd country to become a State Party to the Convention.  (Sri Lanka […]

Estonia: Government Withdraws Insistence on Proposed Gun Ownership Restrictions

(Jan. 28, 2016) On January 8, 2016, the Deputy Chancellor of the Estonian Interior Ministry announced that the government will not insist on keeping restrictions on private gun ownership, introduced in legislation proposed by the Interior Ministry in 2015, if these restrictions are removed from the text by legislators. (Official Says Number of Guns for […]

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 […]