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Latvia. 2010 ‘Legislation Currently in Force.’ National Report of Latvia 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); Part 3, p. 4. New York, NY: Permanent Mission of Latvia to the United Nations. 1 January

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Legislation Currently in Force

Cabinet of Ministers Regulations No. 159 of March 1, 2005, "Regulations for the Purchase, Registration, Record Keeping, Possession, Transportation, Forwarding, Carrying, Realisation of Firearms, Ammunition and Gas Pistols (Revolvers), and Building of Collections thereof".

The regulations provide:

- the procedure for the State Police to issue permits to natural persons to keep B, C or D category self-defense, sports or hunting firearms as well as heavy pneumatic weapons, and permits to carry B category short barrel firearms having a calibre no larger than 9 mm;

- to legal entity - permits to purchase, store and transport B, C and D category firearms as well as heavy pneumatic weapons;

- to security services holding second category special permit (license) to acquire and possess B and C category firearms (except rifled barrel hunting firearms);

- the criteria to determine the period of validity of the said permits and samples of permits;

- the procedure for natural and legal entity to acquire, register, record, sell, possess, transport, ship or carry firearms and their ammunition, as well as heavy pneumatic weapons and their ammunition, acquire, possess, carry and sell gas pistols (revolvers) for self-defence, hunting, sport, work or performance of duties, as well as acquire and possess arms for collections;

- the procedure for acquisition, possession, or carrying permits for firearms and the procedure for extending the validity date or cancelling of permits to acquire and possess heavy pneumatic weapons, as well as determining the criteria by which the date for extension of validity period of the permit or the date on which a permit is cancelled is set;

- the procedure for the State Police to issue permits to acquire and possess automatic firearms and their ammunition and registration of automatic firearms, and the procedure for issuing such arms for the performance of duties;

- the procedure by which the State Police issues permits to import firearms, their ammunition and heavy pneumatic weapons to and export from the Republic of Latvia and transit through the Republic of Latvia, and samples of the aforesaid permits;

- the procedure by which the State Police issues permits to foreign nationals for the purchase, import to the Republic of Latvia and use of B, C and D category sports and hunting firearms, their ammunition and heavy pneumatic weapons and their use in hunting, practice firing or competitions in types of sports related to shooting, export from the Republic of Latvia, transit through the Republic of Latvia, as well as samples of the aforesaid permits;

- the procedure by which the State Police issues permits to natural persons to sell firearms and heavy pneumatic weapons, and samples of the said permits;

- the procedure by which the State Police issues permits to legal entity to sell firearms and heavy pneumatic weapons, and samples of the said permits;

- provisions for collections of arms or ammunition and obtaining, registering and cancelling permits;

- the procedure for purchasing firearms and heavy pneumatic weapons for presentation;

- the procedure for accepting qualification tests, the scope of knowledge required to pass them, amount of fee for undergoing the qualification test and the use of funds so obtained.

ID: Q3435

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