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Lithuania. 2002 ‘Requirements for Permanent Residents of the Republic of Lithuania and Legal Persons Registered in the Republic of Lithuania in Order to Acquire and Possess Arms and Ammunition of Certain Categories and Types.’ Republic of Lithuania Law on the Control of Arms and Ammunition No. IX-705; Chapter Five (Article 13). Vilnius: The Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania. 15 January

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Article 13. Requirements for Permanent Residents of the Republic of Lithuania and Legal Persons Registered in the Republic of Lithuania in Order to Acquire and Possess Arms and Ammunition of Certain Categories and Types

1. Arms classified in Category A, their accessories, ammunition may be acquired only by the entities of a special status, state institutions of criminal expert examination. The procedure of acquisition and circulation of arms classified in Categories A, B, C and D by entities having a special status, state institutions of criminal expert examination shall be regulated by other legal acts. Arms classified in Category A may be acquired by the entities of a special status, state institutions of criminal expert examination without permits.

2. Long firearms with rifled barrels classified in Categories B and C and their ammunition for hunting purposes may be acquired and possessed by permanent residents of the Republic of Lithuania who are at least 21 years of age, have a valid hunter's licence and at least 3 years of hunting experience, as well as by legal persons, having a licence to hire arms, upon having obtained a permit.

3. Long firearms with smooth-bore barrels, pneumatic, arms with string, their ammunition classified in Categories B and C for hunting purposes may be acquired and possessed by permanent residents of the Republic of Lithuania who are at least 18 years of age, have a valid hunter's licence, as well as by legal persons, having a licence to hire arms, upon having obtained a permit.

4. Arms classified in Categories B and C and their ammunition for sporting purposes may be acquired and possessed by permanent residents of the Republic of Lithuania who are at least 16 years of age - members of shooting sports organisations, as well as by legal persons, upon having obtained a permit.

5. Short firearms classified in Categories B and C for self-defence and cartridges for them may be acquired and possessed by permanent residents of the Republic of Lithuania who are at least 23 years of age, upon having passed an examination and obtained a permit.

6. Long firearms with smooth-bore barrels classified in Categories B and C and cartridges thereof for self-defence may be acquired and possessed by permanent residents of the Republic of Lithuania who are at least 18 years of age, upon having passed an examination and obtained a permit.

7. Arms classified in Categories B and C and their cartridges for the purpose of professional activities may be acquired and possessed by legal persons registered in the Republic of Lithuania upon having obtained a permit. Said arms may be carried by permanent residents of the Republic of Lithuania who are at least 21 years of age, employees of legal persons registered in the Republic of Lithuania, upon having passed an examination and obtained a permit. The Bank of Lithuania, having been issued a permit in a prescribed manner, shall have the right to acquire automatic firearms in Category A.

8. Arms classified in Categories B and C and ammunition thereof for collecting purposes, modified in such a way that would make them impossible to be used as arms, may be acquired and possessed by permanent residents of the Republic of Lithuania who are at least 18 years of age, as well as by legal persons registered in the Republic of Lithuania, upon having obtained a permit. Arms classified in Category A for collecting purposes may be acquired by institutions which have the right to acquire working arms in Category A, as well as by state museums, upon having obtained a permit. Upon the acquisition of arms in Category A, museums must modify them in such a way that would make them impossible to be used as arms.

9. Arms classified in Categories A, B and C and their ammunition for scientific research purposes, and arms in Categories B and C and their ammunition as well as arms in Category A and their ammunition, modified in such a way that would make them impossible to be used as arms, for the purpose of education may be acquired and possessed by legal persons registered in the Republic of Lithuania, upon having obtained a permit.

10. Arms classified in Category D and ammunition for them may be acquired and possessed without a permit by legal persons and natural persons from the age of 18 by producing their identity documents to the selling undertaking. Pneumatic arms in Category D and their ammunition for sporting purposes may be acquired and possessed without a permit by natural persons from the age of 16 - members of shooting sports organisations, by producing to the selling undertaking their identity documents, a mediation document from the shooting sports organisation and a valid membership certificate of such organisation. Such arms shall not be subject to registration.

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