Citation(s) from the GunPolicy.org literature library
European Commission. 2014 ‘Royal Decree 137/1993 [Firearms Act] - Spain.’ Study to Support an Impact Assessment on Options for Combatting Illicit Firearms Trafficking in the European Union, pp. 178-179. Luxembourg: Centre for Strategy & Evaluation Services. 1 July
Gun Regulation - Spain
According to article 3 of Royal Decree 976/2011 of 8th July amending Royal Decree 137/1993 of 29th January,
"Regulated weapons and firearms, whose acquisition, possession and use can be authorised or allowed in accordance with the provisions of the Arms Regulation (RA) (Royal Decree 137/1993 of 29th January, BOE 55/1993), are the objects that, taking into account its characteristics, degree of danger and purpose or use, are listed and classified in the following categories:"
Category 1: Short firearms (pistols and revolvers).
Category 2: Long firearms with rifled barrels for security and surveillance.
Category 3: Long firearms with rifled barrels for sports shooting, shotguns, air guns with muzzle energy in excess of 24.2 joules.
Category 4: Compressed air rifles and pistols
Category 5: Edged weapons, and knives or machetes.
Category 6: Antique or historic firearms.
Category 7: Crossbows, bows, blank firing guns, and flare guns.
Article 2 includes the definition of arms and firearms.
"1. Firearm: any portable barrelled weapon that expels is designed to expel or may be converted to expel a shot, bullet or projectile by the action of a combustible propellant. For these purposes, an object shall be considered as capable of being converted to expel a shot, bullet or projectile by the action of a combustible propellant if it has the appearance of a firearm, and as a result of its construction or the material from which it is made, it can be so converted.(…)
5. Automatic firearm: Firearm which reloads automatically each time a round is fired and can fire more than one round with one pull on the trigger.
6. Semi-automatic firearm: Firearm which reloads automatically each time a round is fired and can fire only one round with one pull on the trigger."