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Bolivia. 2013 ‘Firearms For Your Use (Armas de Fuego Por Su Uso).’ Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives and Other Related Materials Control Law - Act 400; Title 3 (Article 18), p. 9. Sucre: Plurinational Legislative Assembly of Bolivia. 18 September

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Artículo 18. (Armas de Fuego Por Su Uso)

De acuerdo al uso, las armas de fuego se clasifican en:…

II. Armas de Uso Policial. Son aquellas utilizadas por la Policía Boliviana para asegurar la defensa de la sociedad y la conservación del orden público y el cumplimiento de la Ley, que le permita una respuesta eficaz y proporcional en la lucha contra el delito y el crimen organizado, para cumplir tareas de seguridad ciudadana. La Policía Boliviana está prohibida tener o usar armas de uso militar, salvo aquellas unidades especializadas destinadas a combatir el crimen organizado, previa autorización expresa del Ministerio de Defensa.

III. Armas de Uso Civil. Son aquellas cuya tenencia y porte o portación está autorizada a personas naturales.

Comprenden las siguientes categorías:

a) Armas Individuales. Son aquellas pistolas, revólveres y rifles para fines de seguridad, debidamente autorizados de acuerdo a reglamento.
b) Armas de Caza. Son aquellas escopetas en todos sus calibres, que conserven sus características técnicas de fabricación original y que son utilizadas para garantizar el sustento alimenticio propio o el de la familia, así como para actividades comerciales, deportivas y con fines de control de especies animales.
c) Armas Deportivas. Son las permitidas por los organismos internacionales y nacionales de tiro deportivo.
d) Armas Antiguas, Históricas y de Colección. Son aquellas de colección e históricas, certificadas por el Ministerio de Defensa.

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Article 18. (Firearms For Your Use)

According to their use, firearms are classified as the following:…

II. Weapons for Police Use. Are weapons used by the Bolivian Police to ensure the protection of society, the preservation of public order and the enforcement of the Act itself. This is to ensure an effective and proportionate response in the fight against crime and organised crime. The Bolivian Police are prohibited from having and using weapons for military use. The only exceptions are those specialised units that combat organised crime, which is prior to permission authorised by the Ministry of Defence.

III. Weapons for Civilian Use. Are those whose possession and carrying are authorised for individuals.

They include the following categories:

a) Individual Weapons. Are pistols, revolvers and rifles for security purposes that are authorised in accordance with regulation.
b) Hunting Weapons. Are guns of all calibres that retain their original manufacturing characteristics and which are used to ensure a proper livelihood or for family activities such as business, sports and animal control.
c) Sporting weapons. Are those that are permitted by international agencies and national shooting organisations.
d) Antique, Historical and Collectable Weapons. Are those collectibles and historical weapons that are certified by the Ministry of Defence.

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