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Chile. 2005 ‘Penalties (Sanciones).’ Act No. 17.798 on Firearms Control, as Amended (Ley No. 17.798 sobre Control de Armas); Title II (Article 9), p. 5. Santiago: Ministry of National Defence. 13 May

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Artículo 9. Sanciones

Los que poseyeren o tuvieren algunas de las armas o elementos señalados en las letras b), c), d) y e) del artículo 2º, sin las autorizaciones a que se refiere el artículo 4º o sin la inscripción establecida en el artículo 5º, serán sancionados con presidio menor en su grado medio a presidio mayor en su grado mínimo.

No obstante, si de los antecedentes o circunstancias del proceso pudiera presumirse fundadamente que la posesión o tenencia de las armas o elementos a que se refiere el inciso anterior estaba destinada a fines distintos que los de alterar el orden público, atacar a las Fuerzas Armadas o a las de Orden y Seguridad Pública o perpetrar otros delitos, se aplicará únicamente la multa de once a cincuenta y siete unidades tributarias mensuales.

En tiempo de guerra la pena será presidio mayor en cualquiera de sus grados, siempre que las circunstancias o antecedentes permitan presumir al tribunal que la posesión o tenencia de armas, estaba destinada a alterar el orden público o a atacar a las Fuerzas Armadas, a las Fuerzas de Orden y Seguridad Pública o a civiles.

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Translated content:

Article 9. Penalties

Those found in possession of any of the firearms or elements listed in paragaphs b), c), d) and e) of article 2, without the authorisations referred to in article 4 or without the registration established in article 5 shall be punished by ordinary imprisonment in its medium degree up to rigorous imprisonment in its minimum degree.

Nonetheless, if circumstances indicate that the use for which the weapons or elements listed above was not to threaten public order, attack Armed Forces or Law Enforcement or perpetrate any other crime, the concerned individual shall only be punished with a fine of between 11 and 57 monthly tax units.

During wartime the penalty shall entail rigorous imprisonment of any degree, as long as circumstances allow the court to deduce that the possession or ownership of firearms were aimed at altering the public order, attacking Armed Forces, Law Enforcement or civilians.

[Editor's note: According to Chile Criminal Code: '(1) ordinary imprisonment in its medium degree up to (2) rigorous imprisonment in its minimum degree' means '(1) from 541 days to 3 years and 1 day; (2) From 5 years and 1 day to 10 years']

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