Citation(s) from the GunPolicy.org literature library
Flew, Catherine and Angus Urquhart. 2004 ‘Manufacture - Licensing.’ Strengthening Small Arms controls: An Audit of Small Arms Control Legislation in the Great Lakes Region and the Horn of Africa - Eritrea, pp. 24-25. London: Saferworld / SaferAfrica. 1 February
Manufacture - Licensing
Current national legislative controls
Transitional Penal Code
Prohibited Traffic of Arms
(a) apart from offenses against the security of the State (Art. 254), makes, imports, exports or transports, acquires, receives, stores or hides, offers for sale, puts into circulation or distributes, without special authorization or contrary to law, weapons or munitions of any kind; or
(b) without indulging in trafficking, knowingly sells, delivers or hand over to suspect or dangerous persons, is punishable with simple imprisonment, without prejudice to the imposition of a fine, where he has acted for gain or has made a profession of such activities, and to confiscation of material seized.
2. Occasional violation of police regulations, and carrying or use of prohibited weapons are subject to the penalties for petty offenses (Art. 763 and 764).
Control of Arms and Ammunition
Whosoever, apart from the cases of traffic punishable under the Penal Code (Art 475):
(a) Contravenes the rules and regulation concerning the making and declaration, the trade in, possession or delivery, control or use of firearms or other weapons, and ammunition; is punishable with fine or arrest.
The national legislation broadly conforms to the regional and international agreements but falls short in one key area.
Making arms or ammunition without special authorisation is prohibited.
However, no provisions exist stipulating standards to govern the manufacture of small arms.