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Switzerland. 1997 ‘Criminal Provisions.’ Federal Law on Arms, Arms Accessories and Ammunitions of 20 June 1997 (Status as on 12 December 2008); Chapter 8. Geneva: Federal Assembly of the Swiss Confederation / Translation for the Small Arms Survey, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. 20 June

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Art. 33 Offences

1 A prison sentence of up to three years or a fine is the penalty for any person who, with intention:
a. without right, offers, transfers, acquires, possesses, manufactures, repairs in a professional capacity, modifies, carries or introduces into Swiss territory arms, essential components of arms, specially designed components of arms, accessories of arms, ammunitions or components of ammunitions, or carries out the brokerage of these;
b. in the capacity of holder of a licence to trade in arms, introduces into Swiss territory arms, essential components of arms, specially designed components of arms, accessories of arms, ammunitions or components of ammunitions, without having correctly notified or declared these objects;
c. fraudulently obtains a licence to trade in arms by giving false or incomplete information;
d. violates the obligations fixed under art. 21;
e. in his capacity of holder of a licence to trade in arms, omits to store the arms, essential components of arms, specially designed components of arms, accessories of arms, ammunitions or components of ammunitions with the required guarantees of security (art. 17, para. 2, let. d);
f. in his capacity of holder of a licence to trade in arms, manufactures or introduces into Swiss territory firearms, essential components or specially designed components of these arms without having marked these objects in accordance with art. 18a;
g. offers or transfers arms, essential components of arms, specially designed components of arms, accessories of arms, ammunitions or components of ammunitions to persons as referred to in art. 7, para. 1, or carries out the brokerage for the said persons without these persons being able to produce an exceptional authorization as this is defined under art. 7, para. 2.

2 If the perpetrator acts by negligence, the penalty is a fine. In not very serious cases, the judge may exempt the perpetrator from any penalty.

3 The penalty is a prison sentence of up to five years or a fine for any person who, with intention and without the right:
a. transfers, manufactures, repairs or introduces into Swiss territory arms, essential components of arms, specially designed components of arms, accessories of arms, ammunitions or components of ammunition or carries out the brokerage of the aforesaid;
b. modifies essential components of arms.

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