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Muggah, Robert. 2005 ‘Policing Small Arms.’ Securing Haiti's Transition: Reviewing Human Insecurity and the Prospects for Disarmament, Demobilisation, and Reintegration; Occasional Paper No. 14 (Updated), p. 18. Geneva: Small Arms Survey, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. 1 October

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The HNP [Haiti National Police] is legally responsible for the control and regulation of small arms and light weapons throughout the country. Articles 7 and 8 of the 1994 Presidential Decree emphasize the role of the police in controlling weapons throughout the national territory, as well as the activities of private security actors.

On paper, the control and registration of weapons is regulated by the Central Department for Administrative Police (DCPA), though it has not been operational since 2002. Falling under the overall jurisdiction of the Direction central de la police judiciare, the Bureau de renseignements judiciares (BRJ), and the Bureau de la police scientifique et technique (BPST) are also charged with monitoring permits and following up crimes involving small arms, though these departments have been practically inactive since 2002.

The Haitian government suspended the issuance of new firearm licences and renewal of existing weapons permits in 2003, though there appear to be new permits among some ex-FADH. As a result, most weapons that were formerly legal in Haiti are now technically illegal.

[FADH = 'Forces Armées d'Haïti' or 'Haiti Armed Forces']

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