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Latvia. 2003 ‘Prohibitions.’ Law on the Handling of Weapons; Chapter II (Section 7). Riga: The Saeima of the Republic of Latvia. 1 January

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Section 7. Prohibitions

(1) The following is prohibited in the Republic of Latvia:…

3) the handling of non-classified, non-marked or self-made firearms and high-energy pneumatic weapons, self-made munitions, non-marked explosives and pyrotechnics, except the assembly of cartridges of sports and hunting weapons from components industrially manufactured (marking of weapon - incorporation of numbers on a weapon or main components thereof, which allow them to be differentiated from other weapons);
4) the acquisition, possession, carrying or realisation of firearms, which do not conform to technical regulations or firearms with a modified technical classification, as well as firearms modified for shooting in bursts, or concealed carrying, or high-energy pneumatic weapons; and
5) the manufacture and sale of such toys, which by the outer appearance thereof are copies of industrially manufactured firearms….

(3) Natural persons and legal persons are prohibited to manufacture, acquire, possess, carry, and realise, any firearms with sawn-off or re-bored barrels, sawn-off or dismounted butts, which have been modified for shooting in bursts, firearms with enlarged magazine volume or long-barrelled firearms which have been modified for concealed carrying.

(4) Natural persons and legal persons are prohibited to acquire, possess, carry, realise, apply and utilise the following weapons, munitions and accessories thereof:…
2) Category A weapons and munitions;
3) military smooth-bore firearms;
4) Category B short-barrelled semi-automatic non-automatic or single-shot hunting firearms;….

(5) The restrictions specified in Paragraph four of this Section do not apply to the National Armed Forces.

(6) The prohibitions specified in Paragraph four of this Section regarding the acquisition, possession, carrying, realisation, application and utilisation of weapons, munitions and accessories thereof (except weapons of concentrated and directed energy and Category A military explosive missiles, launching devices thereof and grenade launchers) do not apply to the Constitution Protection Bureau, the institutions of the system of the Ministry of the Interior to which service firearms have been provided, as well as to the Prison Administration, the Military Intelligence and Security Service and the Security Department of the Bank of Latvia.

(7) The prohibitions of acquisition, possession, carrying, realisation, application and utilisation of Category A automatic firearms, munitions thereof and individual accessories intended thereto referred to in Paragraph four of this Section do not apply to the security services of airports and banks, and bank branches registered in the Republic of Latvia which possess or carry cash assets and other valuables.

(8) In order to secure public order and security the State Police may prohibit the handling (except the withdrawal and destruction) of individual types of pyrotechnic articles in accordance with procedures specified by the Cabinet.

ID: Q1825

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