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IANSA. 2006 ‘National Regulation of Small Arms.’ IANSA Position Paper for the January, 2006 Preparatory Conference (PrepCom) for the July, 2006 UN small arms Review Conference (RevCon). New York, NY: International Action Network on Small Arms. 1 January

Relevant contents

The 16 States of the Pacific Islands Forum agreed on a Model Weapons Bill in 2003 [previously the Nadi Framework], containing a wide range of provisions regulating firearms possession:

- Firearm ownership requires a licence, obtained by meeting a series of criteria including a minimum age of 18, a clean criminal record, being a 'fit and proper person', undergoing safety training and proving 'genuine reason'.
- When deciding whether to grant or renew a licence, police can take into account all relevant circumstances.
- People convicted of assault are banned from having a firearm licence for at least five years.
- People subject to domestic violence restraining orders are banned from having a firearm licence for five years.
- People with domestic violence restraining orders against them are subject to compulsory seizure of all their firearms.
- All firearms must be registered at time of sale and when the licence is renewed.
- There is a 28-day 'cooling off' period to buy a firearm.
- 'Genuine reason' must be proved separately for each firearm, effectively imposing a limit on the number of firearms that any one person can own.
- Firearms cannot be bought and sold privately, but only through licensed dealers or the police.
- There are strict requirements on how firearms must be stored …

[A 4-page IANSA position paper, including sections on: - How Does the Programme of Action (PoA) Address the Problem? - Progress Since 2001 - IANSA Recommendations to States]

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