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China. 2003 ‘Distribution and Holding of Firearms.’ National Report of China on its Implementation of the United Nations Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (UNPoA), p. 3. New York, NY: Permanent Mission of China to the United Nations. 1 January

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Distribution and Holding of Firearms

Strictness is the guiding principle of China's management of firearms, which finds its reflection in The Law of the People's Republic of China on the Control of Firearms.

According to the Law, all entities and individuals are strictly prohibited from holding, manufacturing (including assembling), dealing in, transporting, leasing or lending firearms against the law.

The Law includes provisions on the scope of distribution of firearms for both official and civilian uses, the approval and licensing procedures for distributing firearms for official or civilian use, and the designation of areas where civilian firearms can be used.

There are also separate regulations governing the holding of firearms by the national defense forces and the police, e.g. the Regulations of the People's Liberation Army on the Administration of Military Equipment.

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