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Florquin, Nicolas, Dauren Aben and Takhmina Karimova. 2012 ‘Control Measures: National Legislation.’ Blue Skies and Dark Clouds: Kazakhstan and Small Arms; Occasional Paper No. 29, pp. 22-26. Geneva: Small Arms Survey, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 1 May

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National legislation

Overall, Kazakhstan imposes tight controls on the acquisition and possession of small arms, including the registration of all privately owned firearms, requirements for their effective storage, and the screening of prospective owners(26).

Kazakh legislation is similar to that of other countries in the region; many elements are holdovers from the Soviet Union. Kazakh legislation has, however, changed over time as part of efforts to address inconsistencies and improve public security.

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26) Most of the provisions regulating civilian firearm ownership are laid out in the Criminal Code, in Law No. 339 and Law No. 214-III (RoK, 1997; 1998; 2007a). The government also adopted a number of regulations to implement and enforce this legislation (RoK, 2000a; 2004). The following review is based on these publicly available legal sources.

RoK (Republic of Kazakhstan). 1997. Criminal Code.

RoK (Republic of Kazakhstan). 1998. Law No. 339 on State Control over Circulation of Certain Type of Weapons. Assented to 30 December.

RoK (Republic of Kazakhstan). 2000a. Rules on Circulation of Weapons and Their Ammunition. Adopted by Decree of the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan No. 1176. Assented to 3 August.

RoK (Republic of Kazakhstan). 2004. Decree of the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan No. 635 on Certain Issues Relating to the Licensing for Development, Production, Repair, Sales, Acquisition, and Exhibition of Combat Small Arms and Their Ammunition. Assented to 8 June.

RoK (Republic of Kazakhstan). 2007a. Law No. 214-III on Licensing. Assented to 11 January.

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