November 22, 2002

Draft Law on Weapon Control Approved by Cambodian Cabinet

A draft law on weapon control has been approved by the Council of Ministers at a Cambodian cabinet meeting Friday.

The draft law involves the terms of weapon's hold, usage, production and transportation as well as weapon's import and export, a press release from the cabinet said.

Weapons, explosives and ammunition are not allowed to cross border to other countries without approval of the government. The production, repair, and export and import of weapons are all under the control of the government.

The law also includes the punishment terms for illegal production, holding and transportation of weapons and ammunition, with a person serving a sentence of 5 to 10 years for illegal assembly or production or import or export of weapons.

The law stipulates that the related departments are forbidden to illegally make and issue weapon certificates for holders, those who violate the regulation will be sentenced to 3 to 10 years' imprisonment.

(People's Daily May 17, 2002)

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