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Latvia. 2003 ‘Natural Persons who have the Right to Acquire, Possess, Carry and Transport Weapons and Special Means and to Acquire and Utilise Pyrotechnic Articles.’ Law on the Handling of Weapons; Chapter IV (Section 19). Riga: The Saeima of the Republic of Latvia. 1 January

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Section 19. Natural Persons who have the Right to Acquire, Possess, Carry and Transport Weapons and Special Means and to Acquire and Utilise Pyrotechnic Articles

(3) A Latvian citizen, a non-citizen of Latvia, an alien, a stateless person and a refugee that has received a permanent residence permit in the Republic of Latvia (hereinafter - a person permanently residing in Latvia) and that has reached 18 years of age, if the restrictions referred to in Section 20 of this Law do not apply thereto, has the right to acquire or receive a weapon as a personal award, to possess and transport Category B, D and C long-barrelled smooth-bore hunting, sport and self-defence firearms, high-energy pneumatic weapons and munitions thereof, as well as to utilise such firearms in hunting, self-defence, practice shooting and shooting sports competitions.

(4) A person permanently residing in Latvia who has reached 21 years of age and who has a hunting licence and not less than three years of experience as a hunter (if the restrictions referred to in Section 20 of this Law do not apply to such person) has the right to acquire or receive a weapon as a personal award, to possess and transport Category B and C long-barrelled rifled hunting firearms and munitions thereof and to utilise such weapons in hunting, practice shooting and shooting sports competitions.

(5) A person permanently residing in Latvia who has reached 18 years of age and who has membership of a registered sports organisation of at least three years standing and at least the second sport class in shooting (if the restrictions referred to in Section 20 of this Law do not apply to such person) has the right to acquire or receive a weapon as a personal award, to possess and transport Category B and C long-barrelled - rifled sports firearms and munitions thereof, Category B short- barrelled firearms the calibre of which is not larger than 5.6 millimetres (22 LR) and the munitions thereof, and to utilise such weapons in practice shooting and shooting sports competitions.

(6) A Latvian citizen, a citizen of a Member State of the European Union and a citizen of a state of the European Economic Area who have received a permanent residence permit in the Republic of Latvia, who has reached 21 years of age (if the restrictions referred to in Section 20 of this Law do not apply to such person) has the right to acquire or receive a weapon as a personal award, to possess and carry Category B semi-automatic, non-automatic and single shot short-barrelled firearms the calibre of which is not more than 9 millimetres, and munitions thereof, and to utilise such weapons in practice shooting and shooting sports competitions, as well as to use them for self-defence.

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