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Lithuania. 2002 ‘Use of Weapons and Ammunition.’ Republic of Lithuania Law on Control of Weapons and Ammunition 2002 No. IX-705 (As last amended on 14 January 2010 - No. XI-646); Chapter 8 (Article 34). Vilnius: Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania. 15 January

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Use of Weapons and Ammunition

1. A person shall have the right to use weapons and ammunition for the purposes specified in Article 11.

2. The use of a weapon shall not be considered as violation of the human rights, if this happened without exceeding such use of force when it was a direct necessity. A person may use any weapon in self-defence or in defence of another person, property, inviolability of one's home, other rights, interests of society or national interests from an imminent or direct threat, regardless of whether he has the possibility of avoiding the attempt or calling for assistance from another person or state institutions, as well as seeking to eliminate a threat posed to him, other persons or their rights, interests of society or national interests, if such a threat could not be eliminated with other means and the damage caused is less than that which he sought to avert.

3. Before using a weapon, it is necessary to warn a person against whom the weapon is to be used. This provision shall not apply when, due to the situation, it is not possible to warn a person or when delay poses a direct threat to the user of a weapon, or to the life and health of another person. The outcome of the use of a weapon must not cause damage to the health of the third parties.

4. A person may also use a weapon against an animal which poses a threat to life or health, as well as when he wishes to summon help or to warn.

5. It shall be prohibited to use a weapon in public gathering places if this may endanger innocent people, against women who are obviously pregnant, as well as against persons when they are visibly disabled or against minors if their age is known or their appearance corresponds to their age, except in cases when they resist in a manner dangerous to human life, or if a group of such persons attacks and this attack poses a threat to life.

6. The owner or user of a weapon shall immediately inform a police institution or a prosecutor's office about each case of the use of a weapon which resulted in the death of a person or material damage, or bodily injuries.

7. Hunting weapons and ammunition shall be used in the hunting areas pursuant to the procedure set by this Law and legal acts regulating the hunting.

8. Weapons classified in Categories B, C and D and ammunition for them shall be used for sports, professional activities, collections, exhibitions, training, scientific research pursuant to the procedure established by other legal acts.

9. The use of weapons classified in Category A shall be defined by laws, other legal acts, which govern working arrangements of the legal persons who use such weapons.

10. Entities having a special status shall use weapons and ammunition in a manner prescribed by other legal acts.

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