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Flew, Catherine and Angus Urquhart. 2004 ‘Controls on Civilian Possession and Use.’ Strengthening Small Arms Controls: An Audit of Small Arms Control Legislation in the Great Lakes Region and the Horn of Africa - Sudan, p. 10. London: Saferworld / SaferAfrica. 1 February

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Controls on Civilian Possession and Use

The national legislation conforms to most of the provisions of the regional and international agreements:

- A licence is required for the possession, use or carrying of a small arms and the legislation contains extensive details on the process for obtaining licences and specific regulations stating which categories of people are entitled to possess which types of small arm.
- A provision exists for the competency testing of licence applicants.
- With some exceptions, no person is allowed to possess more than two small arms.
- There are detailed restrictions on the quantity of ammunition that is authorised annually to civilians and diplomats.
- Restrictions exist on the relinquishing of small arms.
- Extensive provisions exist relating to the depositing in and withdrawing of small arms from public warehouses.

However, fundamental absences include:

- No total prohibition on the civilian possession and use of all light weapons and automatic and semi-automatic rifles and machine guns.
- No provision for the safe storage of civilian owned small arms.
- No explicit prohibition on the pawning and pledging of small arms.

ID: Q5157

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