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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 - Eritrea, p. 10. London: Saferworld / SaferAfrica. 1 February

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Controls on Civilian Possession and Use

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

- Special authorisation is required for the acquisition of small arms. However, there is no explanation of the circumstances under which special authorisation might be granted.
- The carriage and use of small arms is prohibited in certain places and at certain times, although such places and times are not specified.
- There are restrictions on the relinquishing of small arms. Persons who knowingly sell or deliver arms to those not entitled to receive them, in particular infants and young people, are punishable with fine or arrest.

However, fundamental absences include:

- No competency testing or age restriction for licence applicants.
- No restriction on the number of small arms that may be licensed to any one civilian.
- No total prohibition on the civilian possession and use of all light weapons and
automatic and semi-automatic rifles and machine guns.
- No restriction on the type of small arm for which a licence may be issued.
- No restriction on the number of weapons for which authorisation might be granted.
- No provision for the safe storage of civilian owned small arms.
- No prohibition on pawning and pledging of small arms.

ID: Q5330

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