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European Commission. 2014 ‘Cyprus.’ Study to Support an Impact Assessment on Options for Combatting Illicit Firearms Trafficking in the European Union, pp. 163-164. Luxembourg: Centre for Strategy & Evaluation Services. 1 July

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Provision on the criminalisation of illicit firearms trafficking: Cyprus

Law 113 (i) 2004. "Illicit firearms trafficking means the purchase, sale, delivery, transportation or transfer of firearms, their parts and ammunition from the territory of the Republic [of Cyprus], or through it, to the territory of another Member State or from the territory of another Member State towards the Republic of Cyprus, in the case that the Republic of Cyprus or the Member State concerned does not authorize the purchase, sale, delivery, transportation or transfer of or if the assembled firearms are not marked in accordance with the provisions of paragraph 1 of Article 4 of Directive 91/477/EEC, as amended by Directive 2008 / 51/EK."

According to the Law on Firearms and non- Firearms N113 (I ) / 2004, 'illicit manufacturing' means the manufacture or assembly of firearms, their parts and ammunition -
(a) by illicitly trafficked essential component of such firearms
(b) without, in accordance with Article 7 of this Law, being granted permission
(c ) without marking the assembled firearms at the time of manufacture in accordance with the provisions of paragraph 1 of Article 4 of Directive 91/477/EEC, as amended by Directive 2008/51/EC.

Article 7 (1) states that: "construction or import or repair or exchange and marketing of firearms or non-firearms by any person is illegal, unless this person has a dealer license issued by the Chief of Police".

For the above offense no specific penalty is provided but there is a general penalty according to Article 51 (1), which states that:

"A person, who either in person or via its employer or other representative of, fails to comply with the provisions of this Act, shall, if no other penalty is provided in another provision of this Act, be considered guilty of an offense and shall be liable on conviction to imprisonment not exceeding 15 years or to a fine not exceeding forty two thousand seven hundred and fifteen euro (€ 42,715), or to both. Any weapons on which the offense was committed shall be seized and confiscated or destroyed with the consent of that person. "

Also in regards to illegal tampering Article 42 states that :
( 1) "The processing firearm or firearm not to the point that substantially alter the characteristics of the weapon or weapon turns into a different category than that for which the license was granted .
( 2) A person who fails to comply with the provisions of subsection (1 ) is guilty of an offense and is liable on conviction to imprisonment not exceeding three years or to a fine not exceeding eight thousand five hundred forty-three euro (€ 8543 ) ."

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