Citation(s) from the GunPolicy.org literature library
Parker, Sarah. 2008 ‘Why is the Draft Arms Law Being Considered? Commentary on the Draft Arms Law in Timor-Leste.’ East Timor Law Journal, p. 5. Dili: Small Arms Survey, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva and the Timor-Leste Armed Violence Assessment / TLAVA. 11 August
Why is the Draft Arms Law Being Considered?
Whilst the motives behind the proposed law and the status of the current regulations on firearms possession are unclear, what is clear is that the adoption of the draft arms law would remove any ambiguity under the current mechanism as to whether civilians can be licensed to possess arms and who has authority to grant such licences, and would give the Commander of the PNTL clear authority to do so.
Furthermore the proposed law would lower the threshold for obtaining licences to use and carry arms since it omits the requirements in the UNTAET Regulation that such licences are only granted "in exceptional circumstances" and that the licensed activity is in the "public interest".