Citation(s) from the GunPolicy.org literature library
Eritrea. 2010 ‘Legislation, Regulations, Administrative Procedures.’ National Report of Eritrea 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); Section 3, pp. 2-3. New York, NY: Permanent Mission of Eritrea to the United Nations. 1 January
Legislation, Regulations, Administrative Procedures
The Transitional Penal Code of Eritrea (TCPE) of 1991 effectively have provisions governing the production, export, import, transit and retransfer of SALW. Article 475 of the TCPE deals prohibited trafficking in Arms. It states:
a) Apart from offenses against the security of the state (article 254), makes imports, exports, or transports, acquires, receives, stores or hides, offers for sale, puts into circulation or distributes, without special authorization or contrary to the law, weapons, or munitions of any kinds;
b) Without indulging in trafficking, knowingly sells, delivers or hands over arms to suspect or dangerous persons, is punishable with simple imprisonment, without prejudice to the imposition of a fine, where he has acted for gain or has made a profession of such activities, and to confiscation of material seized.
2) Occasional violation of police regulation, and the carrying or use of prohibited weapons, are subject to the penalties for petty offences (article 763 and 764)
Therefore, even though the oversight of dangerousness of SALW came after 2000 regionally and internationally, Eritrea established oversight over SALW before independence in general and after 1991 in particular.
[SALW = small arms and light weapons]