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Hughes, Ed and Karina Lynge. 2010 ‘Trading, Manufacture and Conversion of Weapons.’ Community Safety and Small Arms in Somaliland, p. 45. Geneva: Small Arms Survey, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva and the Danish Demining Group. 9 March

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Trading, Manufacture and Conversion of Weapons

As with the ownership of small arms, until the Registration bill passes into law, the 1963 Public Order Law governs weapons trading. This law requires all small arms traders to be authorised by the MoI and obliges them to only sell weapons to persons holding a licence. This licence does not allow traders to import or export weapons, which is a competency reserved for the government and at any rate is banned under the UN arms embargo in force in the region - this subject is covered in further detail later in the report. Article 18 of the draft Registration bill also suggests that trading of weapons will be further restricted in the future, but it is unclear at present as to what extent.

The fact that the sale of weapons is not condoned by the MOI suggests sale of weapons may be further regulated or restricted in the future. The MOI currently discretely monitors the activities of weapons dealers so as to be informed of incoming illegal shipments of arms. They have intercepted several shipments in the past.

[MoI = Ministry of the Interior]

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