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Translation validity: 30.12.2011.–16.02.2017.
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Republic of Latvia

Cabinet
Regulation No. 1001

Adopted 27 December 2011

Regulations Regarding the Acquisition, Registration, Recording, Possession, Transportation, Conveyance, Carrying, Sale of Weapons and Ammunition and Possession of Collections of Weapons

Issued pursuant to
Section 10, Paragraph six and Section 25,
Paragraph one of the Law
on the Handling of Weapons and Special Means

1. General Provision

1. This Regulation prescribes:

1.1. the conditions and the procedures by which natural persons shall acquire, register, possess, transport, convey and sell firearms, the removable barrels, ammunition and component parts thereof, as well as high energy pneumatic weapons;

1.2. the conditions and the procedures by which natural persons shall carry firearms and ammunition thereof;

1.3. the conditions and the procedures by which natural person shall acquire, possess, carry and sell gas pistols (revolvers) and ammunition thereof;

1.4. the conditions and the procedures by which legal persons shall acquire, register, possess, transport, convey and sell firearms, the removable barrels, ammunition and component parts thereof, as well as high energy pneumatic weapons;

1.5. the conditions and the procedures, by which legal persons shall issue firearms and ammunition for the fulfilment of service or work duties, accept firearms, the ammunition thereof and high pneumatic weapons into possession;

1.6. the requirements for weapons depositories and the regulations for the possession of collections of weapons and ammunition; and

1.7. the procedures by which the legal persons who have received an authorisation for the keeping wild animals in the fenced off areas in the ownership or possession thereof shall acquire, possess, issue and use mufflers of shooting noise (silencers) and firearms equipped therewith for the acquisition of wild animal species in the fenced off areas under conditions similar to the wild.

2. Conditions and Procedures by which Natural Persons shall Acquire, Register, Possess, Transport, Convey and Sell Firearms, the Removable Barrels, Ammunition, Component Parts Thereof and High Energy Pneumatic Weapons, as well as Carry Firearms and Ammunition Thereof

2.1. Acquisition of Firearms, the Removable Barrels Thereof, Ammunition and Component Parts, as well as High Energy Pneumatic Weapons

2. A natural person shall acquire firearm, the removable barrel and ammunition thereof, the component parts of the firearm and ammunition, as well as high energy pneumatic weapon:

2.1. at the sales point of weapons specified in a special authorisation (licence) from a merchant to whom a special authorisation (licence) for the sale of the relevant weapons and ammunition has been issued (hereinafter - arms trading company);

2.2. from a natural person or legal person to whom an authorisation for the sale of a weapon has been issued, when re-registering firearm, removable barrel thereof or high energy pneumatic weapon with the division of the State Police which has issued an authorisation for the sale or acquisition of a weapon, but ammunition - also from a person to whom the authorisation for possession or carrying of the weapon appropriate for the ammunition to be acquired has been issued; and

2.3. abroad in accordance with the procedures determined in the regulatory enactments of the relevant state in the field of the acquisition of weapons if the authorisations referred to in Paragraph 15 of this Regulation have been received.

3. A natural person shall acquire a firearm, the removable barrel thereof or high energy pneumatic weapon after an authorisation for the acquisition of a weapon has been received from the State Police.

4. A natural person shall acquire a firearm, the removable barrel thereof, high energy pneumatic weapon and ammunition only of such category which has been specified in the authorisation for the acquisition of a weapon.

5. A natural person to whom an authorisation for the possession or carrying of a weapon has been issued shall acquire only such component parts of the firearm (except significant parts of firearms) which are necessary for repair of the registered firearm and have been manufactured for the firearm of the relevant model.

6. A natural person to whom an authorisation for the possession or carrying of a weapon has been issued shall acquire only such ammunition of a firearm and high energy pneumatic weapon which is intended for the registered weapon.

7. A natural person to whom an authorisation for the possession or carrying of a weapon has been issued shall acquire only such industrially manufactured cartridge component parts for the assembly of hunting and sport firearm cartridges which are intended for the registered hunting or sport firearm.

8. A natural person shall acquire gunpowder for the assembly of hunting and sport firearm cartridges in such amount in order to ensure the procedures for possession thereof.

9. When acquiring a firearm, removable barrel thereof or high energy pneumatic weapon and the ammunition of the relevant weapon at an arms trading company, a natural person shall present a personal identification document and an authorisation for the acquisition of a weapon issued by a State Police organisational unit.

10. When acquiring a firearm at an arms trading company a natural person shall present a personal identification document and an authorisation for the acquisition, possession or carrying of a weapon, but a citizen of other European Union Member State or a citizen of the European Economic Area state who has brought a registered weapon in Latvia for the period of hunting, practice shooting or shooting sports competition - a European Firearms Pass.

11. A natural person shall sign regarding the receipt of a weapon in the inventory journal of firearms of the arms trading company, but for the receipt of cartridges - in the inventory journal of ammunition.

12. A natural person who wishes to acquire (re-register) a firearm, removable barrel thereof and cartridges or high energy pneumatic weapon of another natural or legal person in his or her ownership or to inherit or receive as a gift shall, together with a person who sells a weapon, apply to the State Police organisational unit in which the relevant firearm has been registered, or to the State Police organisation unit which has issued an authorisation for the acquisition of the weapon.

13. A firearm or high energy pneumatic weapon shall be re-registered at a State Police organisational unit by making the relevant entries regarding the person and the weapon in the authorisation for the acquisition and the authorisation for the sale. The weapon shall be re-registered in the presence of such persons who acquire and sell the weapon.

14. When acquiring cartridges for a self-defence, sport or hunting firearm from another natural person a natural person shall request that such person present an authorisation for the possession or carrying of a firearm corresponding to the ammunition and shall present his or her authorisation for the possession or carrying of the firearm. If the natural person who acquires or sells ammunition does not present a corresponding authorisation for the firearm, the other person shall notify the State Police thereof.

15. In order to acquire a firearm, removable barrel thereof, cartridges or high energy pneumatic weapon at a foreign arms trading company, a natural person shall receive an authorisation for the acquisition of a weapon and an authorisation for the bringing into Latvia of a weapon and ammunition at a State Police organisational unit.

2.2. Registration of Firearms, Removable Barrels Thereof and High Energy Pneumatic Weapons

16. A natural person shall register a firearm, removable barrel thereof and high energy pneumatic weapon within a time period determined in the Law on the Handling of Weapons and Special Means with the State Police organisational unit which has issued an authorisation for the acquisition of a weapon.

17. When registering a weapon or removable barrel of the firearm a natural person shall present a personal identification document, the firearm acquired or brought in Latvia, the removable barrel thereof or high energy pneumatic weapon in a State Police organisational unit, as well as submit the second part of the authorisation for the acquisition of a weapon, but in case a weapon or removable barrel of the firearm has been acquired or registered in a foreign country, also an authorisation for the transportation of a weapon (bringing out of the relevant foreign country) issued in a foreign country, if any has been issued.

18. A competent official of the State Police organisational unit shall compare the type, brand name (system), model, calibre, series and number of the firearm, removable barrel thereof or high energy pneumatic weapon with the data specified in the second part of the authorisation for the acquisition of a weapon, but in case it has been acquired (registered) in a foreign country - with the data specified in the authorisation for the transportation of a weapon (bringing out of the relevant foreign country).

19. When registering an award weapon and high energy pneumatic weapon, a competent official of the State Police organisational unit shall compare the type, brand name (system), model, calibre, series and number of the weapon with the data specified in the order regarding awarding.

20. If the data referred to in Paragraph 18 or 19 of this Regulation regarding a firearm, removable barrel thereof or high energy pneumatic weapon fail to comply with or the data referred to in Paragraph 19 of this Regulation regarding a firearm are not specified in the order regarding awarding, a State Police organisational unit shall withdraw it until clarification of the circumstances. If a weapon has been acquired legally, such weapon shall be registered within three working days after the elimination of the ascertained mistake.

21. If a weapon or removable barrel of the firearm has been purchased (registered) in a foreign country and a person does not have an authorisation for the transportation of a weapon (bringing out of the relevant foreign country) issued by a competent institution of a foreign country, a State Police organisational unit shall withdraw a weapon and removable barrel thereof and within five working days request the information from the competent institution of the foreign country regarding the sale of the weapon and an authorisation to bring it out of the relevant country. A weapon and removable barrel of the firearm shall be registered within three working days after receipt of the requested information.

22. When registering a rifled firearm or removable barrel thereof, a State Police organisational unit shall verify whether control shots have been made with it at the State Police Forensic Department.

23. A firearm, removable barrel thereof or high energy pneumatic weapon shall be registered in accordance with the procedures determined in Paragraph 17, 18 and 20 of this Regulation also by a citizen of the foreign country who has brought in Latvia a firearm or high energy pneumatic weapon registered in a foreign country for a time period which is longer than three months.

24. If a weapon or removable barrel thereof submitted for the registration is not in technical order, a State Police organisational unit shall provide an authorisation to return it to an arms trading company which has sold it, or to a merchant for repair who has received the relevant special authorisation (permit) for the repair of weapons (hereinafter - weapons repair company) and register the weapon after completion of the repair thereof.

25. If a firearm, removable barrel thereof or high energy pneumatic weapon, to which the prohibitions determined in the Law on the Handling of Weapons and Special Means apply, is brought in Latvia from other country where it is registered and an authorisation for the possession thereof has been issued to a person by a competent institution of the foreign country, a State Police organisational unit shall issue an authorisation for bringing out of Latvia of a firearm, ammunition thereof or high energy pneumatic weapon to a foreign country where it is registered (an authorisation for the bringing out of Latvia of a weapon is not necessary for a person who has a European Firearms Pass). In such case the owner shall bring out of Latvia a firearm, removable barrel thereof, cartridges and high energy pneumatic weapon within five working days after the receipt of a refusal to register a weapon.

26. When registering a firearm, removable barrel thereof or high energy pneumatic weapon, a State Police organisational unit shall, in compliance with the decision, draw up and issue an authorisation for the possession, carrying or collection of a weapon to a person , but for a citizen of other country to whom an authorisation for the acquisition of a weapon has been issued on the basis of the authorisation issued by a competent institution of the foreign country - an authorisation for the bringing out of Latvia of a firearm, removable barrel thereof, cartridges, or high energy pneumatic weapon.

27. When registering a firearm, removable barrel thereof and high energy pneumatic weapon, a State Police organisational unit shall, within three working days after the registration with the Weapon Register of the Information Centre of the Ministry of the Interior, enter the data regarding the firearm, removable barrel thereof, high energy pneumatic weapon, a person who has acquired it and the authorisation issued.

2.3. Possession, Transportation, Conveyance and Carrying of Firearms, Ammunition and Component Parts Thereof, as well as High Energy Pneumatic Weapons

28. A natural person who has received an authorisation for the possession or carrying of a weapon, shall possess a firearm, removable barrel thereof, cartridges and component parts of the firearm and cartridges, as well as high energy pneumatic weapon only at the place for possession of the weapon specified in the authorisation for the possession or carrying of a weapon, except for citizens of a foreign country who bring a firearm, removable barrel thereof, cartridges or high energy pneumatic weapon in Latvia for the period of hunting, shooting sports competition or practice shooting for which in accordance with the Law on the Handling of Weapons and Special Means an authorisation for the possession of weapons is not necessary.

29. A firearm, removable barrel thereof, high energy pneumatic weapon, as well as cartridges and component parts of weapons and cartridges, shall be possessed at the address specified in the authorisation for the possession or carrying of a weapon in a locked metal safe, metal locker (metal box) or in a safe of other material industrially manufactured and intended especially for the possession of a firearm ensuring such storage conditions that prevent accidental access by unauthorised persons.

30. The thickness of the walls of a metal safe or metal locker (metal box) shall not less than 2.5 mm. A safe of other material industrially manufactured and intended especially for the possession of a firearm shall be equivalent in durability to such metal safe or metal locker (metal box). A safe or metal locker (metal box) shall be lockable with a locker the key of which shall be accessible only for the owner of a firearm or high energy pneumatic weapon. A safe or metal locker (metal box) which is smaller than 1500 x 400 x 300 mm shall be fortified by joining with the floor or wall.

31. A hunting and sport firearm and a high energy pneumatic weapon shall be possessed unloaded (ammunition is not loaded in the cartridge feeding mechanism (in a magazine or cylinder) and the cartridge chamber). A self-defence firearm may be possessed as a hunting and sport weapon or with loaded feeding cartridge feeding mechanism, ensuring that ammunition is not loaded in the cartridge chamber. Ammunition of a hunting and sport long-rifled firearm shall be possessed in a safe or metal locker (metal box) in a compartment lockable separately from a weapon or in a separate safe or in a metal locker (metal box).

32. A natural person shall possess gunpowder for the assembly of hunting and sport firearm cartridges together with a weapon or ammunition in such amount in order the total amount thereof does not exceed three kilograms.

33. The requirements referred to in Paragraphs 29, 30, 31 and 32 of this Regulation shall be observed also by a natural person to whom an authorisation for the acquisition of a weapon has been issued prior to receipt of the authorisation for the registration and possession, carrying or collection of a weapon and by a natural person to whom an authorisation for the sale of a weapon has been issued until transfer of a weapon for sale to an arms trading company or for the re-registration with the State Police organisational unit, as well as by a natural person to whom an authorisation for the bringing out of Latvia of a weapon and ammunition has been issued until bringing out of Latvia of the weapon and ammunition.

34. A citizen of a foreign country, when bringing a firearm, removable barrel thereof, cartridges or high energy pneumatic weapon into Latvia for the period of hunting, shooting sports competition or practice shooting, shall possess it in the declared place of residence or the location of immovable property (joint property), or temporary place of stay thereof, if the stay is not intended for more than three months there, in a locked safe or metal locker (metal box) taking into account the requirements referred to in Paragraphs 29, 30, 31 and 32 of this Regulation, or transfer a weapon (including removable barrel of the firearm) and ammunition for the possession to a legal person which has an authorisation for the possession of weapons or which after co-ordination with the State Police organisational unit has determined restrictions for natural persons for the possession of weapons and special means within the premises and territory thereof.

35. If a citizen of foreign country, who brings a firearm, removable barrel thereof, cartridges or high energy pneumatic weapon into Latvia for the period of hunting, shooting sports competition or practice shooting which is longer than three months, cannot ensure possession of firearms and ammunition during the stay in Latvia in compliance with the requirements referred to in Paragraph 34 of this Regulation, he or she shall possess a weapon, removable barrel of the firearm and ammunition in compliance with Paragraphs 29, 30, 31 and 32 of this Regulation at the address indicated in the authorisation for the possession of weapons of such natural person for whom an authorisation for the possession of such weapon has been issued.

36. A natural person is prohibited to use a firearm, removable barrel thereof or high energy pneumatic weapon of a citizen of the foreign country at the address specified in the authorisation for the possession of weapons.

37. Several persons may possess firearms, removable barrels thereof, cartridges and high energy pneumatic weapons in one safe or metal locker (box) at the joint place of residence with a permission of the State Police organisational unit if such owners have authorisations for the possession or carrying of the same category firearms and high energy pneumatic weapons.

38. A natural person to whom an authorisation for the possession of hunting or sport long-rifled firearm, removable barrel thereof or high energy pneumatic weapon owned by other natural person has been issued as a user of a weapon, the relevant weapon and ammunition may be used in hunting, practice shooting or sports competition only by a consent of the owner of the weapon and possessed only at the address indicated in the authorisation for the possession of the weapon of the owner of the weapon.

39. After the use of the firearm or high energy pneumatic weapon a natural person (a user of the weapon) shall return the weapon and unused ammunition to the owner thereof. The weapon and ammunition shall be possessed only at the storage place indicated in the authorisation for the possession of the weapon. The owner of the weapon shall ensure that the person who has been issued an authorisation for the use of such weapons does not access such weapons without his or her consent.

40. When transferring and receiving a firearm, removable barrel thereof and cartridges or high energy pneumatic weapon at the weapons depository of a sports organisation or legal person, which, upon co-ordination with a State Police organisational unit, has determined restrictions to natural persons for carrying weapons and special means within the premises, territory thereof or places where public events are organised, a natural person shall sign regarding the transfer and receipt of the weapon and ammunition in a journal of acceptance and issue of weapons and ammunition (Annex 1).

41. A natural person to which an authorisation for the possession of a weapon has been issued is allowed to take out a firearm from a weapons depository for the purpose of self-defence, load and carry within the territory of his or her ownership or possession if the basis for utilisation or use of it may arise in a certain situation. It is permitted to prepare the firearm authorised for the possession and carrying for shooting - to undo the safety catch (if any) and enter (insert) a cartridge into the cartridge chamber (or cock the hammer for a revolver) if conditions for the utilisation and use of a firearm determined in the Law On the Handling of Weapons and Special Means occur in the particular situation.

42. A natural person may transport a firearm, removable barrel thereof and cartridges or high energy pneumatic weapon only to a State Police organisational unit, shooting gallery (shooting stand), the place of sports competition, the place of hunting or performance of service (work) duties, as well as an arms trading company (for sale), weapons repair shop, the place of residence indicated in an authorisation or the location of immovable property wherein the possession of the weapon is permitted.

43. A natural person shall transport a firearm, removable barrel thereof and cartridges or high energy pneumatic weapon packed (placed in a case or in a bag of other type or in other special packaging), unloaded (without ammunition in the cartridge chamber and unloaded magazine or loaded magazine removed from a weapon), ensuring such conditions for transportation, possession and use that prevent the accidental access to the firearm or high energy pneumatic weapon by an unauthorised person. When transporting and using the weapon and ammunition thereof, the authorisation for the possession or carrying of the relevant weapon shall be present.

44. If it is not permitted to keep a firearm, removable barrel thereof or high energy pneumatic weapon and ammunition with oneself in a means of conveyance, the owner of the firearm or high energy pneumatic weapon shall convey such as baggage, informing a competent employee of the relevant merchant that is conveying the baggage regarding the presence of the weapon in the baggage.

45. When going to sports competition or shooting practice abroad, the owner of a firearm or high energy pneumatic weapon may convey the firearm, removable barrel thereof and cartridges or the high energy pneumatic weapon via a third person if the third person has an appropriate authorisation for the possession or carrying of a weapon and a State Police organisational unit has specified such person as the person responsible for the possession and transportation of weapons in the authorisation for the transportation of weapons (in the authorisation for the bringing out of Latvia and bringing into Latvia of weapons).

46. A firearm, removable barrel thereof and cartridges or high energy pneumatic weapon shall be sent with a baggage in packed, unloaded and disassembled (if provided for by the construction) form (ammunition shall be packed separately from the firearm or high energy pneumatic weapon), ensuring such conditions for conveyance that prevent the accidental access to the weapon or ammunition by an unauthorised person (except a competent employee who is responsible for the transfer and storage of baggage).

47. A person shall transport firearms, removable barrels thereof and ammunition appropriate for a weapon to the place of hunting, shooting sports competition or practice shooting (also bringing a weapon to a foreign country) in such amount and firearms, removable barrels thereof and ammunition appropriate for the weapon of such type only which is necessary for a particular hunting, shooting sports competition or practice shooting where a person is going to (also leaving from Latvia in accordance with the appropriate invitation).

48. If the total number of firearms and high energy pneumatic weapons to be transported (excluding removable barrels of the firearms) exceeds 10 or the total number of cartridges is more than 100 000 per one natural person, the owner thereof shall ensure armed security guard of weapons and ammunition during the transportation thereof.

49. In order to perform a repair or change of a firearm, removable barrel thereof or high energy pneumatic weapon at the manufacturer's factory in a foreign country, an owner of the weapon shall receive an authorisation for the sale of a weapon from the State Police organisational unit and transfer the firearm, removable barrel thereof or high energy pneumatic weapon to an arms trading company which has sold it. If a firearm, removable barrel thereof or high energy pneumatic weapon has been acquired in a foreign country without intermediation of an arms trading company, the owner thereof shall receive an authorisation for the registration of the weapon (authorisation for the bringing out of Latvia of a weapon and after the repair or change - for the brining into Latvia) for delivery of the weapon to the weapons manufacture or trading company of the foreign country.

50. The owner of a firearm or high energy pneumatic weapon who wishes to change the barrel, cartridge chamber, frame (mechanism box), breech block (breech mechanism) of the firearm registered in his or her ownership, the barrel of a high energy weapon, or another component part that in accordance with regulatory enactments is to be branded (hereinafter - branded component part) shall transfer the weapon for repairs to a weapons repair company licensed in Latvia.

51. A natural person who has been issued an authorization for the carrying of a weapon shall carry a short firearm and ammunition thereof in a special pocket (holster) so as it cannot fall out and not to attract the attention of other persons, ensuring that it do not allow accidental access by an unauthorised person. When carrying a firearm and ammunition thereof, the relevant authorisation for the carrying of a weapon shall be present.

52. When carrying a firearm it may be loaded (with ammunition in the magazine or cylinder, the magazine or cylinder inserted in the firearm, with no ammunition in the cartridge chamber), the firing and trigger mechanism is uncocked and the safety catch (if any) shall be on.

53. When carrying a Category B semi-automatic or repeating short firearm with a loaded magazine (cylinder) inserted in the firearm, it is permitted to concurrently carry one loaded reserve magazine (cylinder) for each firearm. The reserve magazine (cylinder) shall be located in a special pocket (holster). When carrying a Category B single-shot short firearm, the cartridges thereof shall be inserted in a special cartridge pouch.

54. When carrying a firearm, it is allowed to pull it out from a special pocket (holster) and prepare for shooting, if there is the basis to consider that the conditions for the utilisation or use of a firearm determined in the Law on the Handling of Weapons and Special Means may arise in a specific situation.

55. The owner of a firearm or high energy pneumatic weapon who has an authorisation for the possession or carrying of the weapon is prohibited to give the weapon to another natural person without the permission of a State Police organisational unit, except the cases where the weapon is given to:

55.1. a weapons expert at an arms repair and manufacture company - for inspection and repairs;

55.2. a weapons salesperson at an arms trading company - for inspection;

55.3. a natural person who has the relevant authorisation for the acquisition, possession or carrying of a weapon - for the inspection or shooting practice in a shooting gallery (shooting stand);

55.4. a natural person who an authorisation for the possession of a registered hunting or sports long firearm, removable barrel thereof or high energy pneumatic weapon has been issued as a the owner of weapons - for the temporary use of a weapon and ammunition in hunting, practice shooting or sports competition;

55.5. a certified referee, trainer or instructor during a sports competition, at a shooting gallery (shooting stand) - for inspection or trial practice shooting;

55.6. a natural person at a shooting gallery (shooting stand) or during a sports competition who has reached the minimum age for practice shooting determined in the Law On the Handling of Weapons and Special Means - for practice shooting or use in a sports competition;

55.7. a legal person to which an authorisation for the possession of a weapon - with a permit of the State Police when transferring a weapon and ammunition for temporary possession at a weapons depository;

55.8. an authorised person of the sports federation which is indicated as a responsible person in the authorisation for the transportation and possession of weapons (in the authorisation for the bringing out of Latvia of a weapon) - for forwarding to the place of a sports competition or practice shooting in a foreign state, as well as after the specified time period - to Latvia;

55.9. the responsible person of such legal person who, upon co-ordination with the State Police organisational unit, has determined restrictions for natural persons for carrying weapons and special accessories within the premises and territory thereof or in places where public events are organised; or

55.10. at the place of hunting for other natural person who has an authorisation for the possession of the hunting firearm of the relevant category issued by a competent authority - for the use of a firearm during hunting, if the owner of the weapon participates in such hunting. A hunting account shall specify the given name, surname of the hunter, number of the relevant firearm and number of the authorisation for the possession;

55.11. at the place of killing of farm animal for other natural person who has an authorisation for the possession of the hunting firearm of the relevant category issued by a competent authority to use a hunting firearm for the killing of farm animals in accordance with the regulatory enactments regarding protection of farm animals which are intended for slaughter, if the owner of the weapon participates in such process and it is recorded in the inventory journal of those hunting firearms which have been used for the killing of farm animals (Annex 2). The journal shall be arranged and kept by an owner or keeper of a farm animal;

55.12. The officials of the State Police, local government police, Port Police, State security institutions, the Office of the Prosecutor, Customs, the National Border Guard, the State natural resource protection services and the National Guard - for the implementation of the weapons handling control and in other cases determined in regulatory enactments.

56. When giving a weapon to another natural person in the cases referred to in Paragraph 55 of this Regulation, the owner of the firearm or high energy pneumatic weapon shall comply with the security requirements in order to prevent an unintentional shot and do harm to oneself, other persons or property.

57. During a sports competition, practice shooting (firing practice) and in hunting, a natural person shall carry and use a weapon and ammunition in accordance with the regulatory enactments regarding the conduct of a sports competition, firing practice and practice shooting and the use of weapons in hunting.

58. A natural person shall perform practice firing with a firearm or high energy pneumatic weapon in a shooting gallery (shooting stand) of appropriate category specified in an authorisation of the local government or in a State and local governments shooting gallery (shooting stand).

59. A natural person who wishes to enter the premises, territory or the place where public events are organised in which a legal person has determined restrictions for the carrying of weapons and special means shall transfer a weapon and ammunition for possession in a weapons depository to a person appointed by the head of the relevant legal person, who is responsible for the possession of weapons.

60. A natural person shall sign in a journal of acceptance and issue of weapons and ammunition regarding the acceptance and issue of a firearm or high energy pneumatic weapon. When transferring a weapon and ammunition to a responsible person, a natural person shall receive a certificate of a legal person on an official form which confirms the acceptance of the weapon and ammunition for a temporary possession (Annex 3).

61. A firearm or high energy pneumatic weapon shall be transferred for possession to a responsible person in unloaded form, without a cartridge in the cartridge chamber, with the firing and trigger mechanism is uncocked and the safety catch (if any) is on.

62. If when carrying or transporting a weapon and ammunition it is necessary for the owner of the weapon to use a place of temporary stay, a firearm, the removable barrel, ammunition thereof and high energy pneumatic weapons shall be possessed in a locked safe or metal locker (metal box), ensuring such storage conditions that prevent accidental access to the weapons or ammunition by unauthorised persons, or transfer for the possession in accordance with the procedures referred to in Paragraph 59, 60 and 61 of this Regulation for the duration of temporary stay at the weapons depository of a legal person.

2.4. Sale of Firearms, Ammunition and Component Parts Thereof, as well as High Energy Pneumatic Weapons

63. A natural person who has received an authorisation for the sale of a weapon shall perform one of the following measures within 30 days after the receipt thereof:

63.1. transfer a firearm, removable barrel and cartridges thereof or high energy pneumatic weapon to be sold to an arms trading company for sale;

63.2. re-register a firearm, removable barrel thereof or high energy pneumatic weapon in the State Police organisational unit to another natural or legal person who has received an authorisation for the acquisition of a weapon;

63.3. bring a firearm, removable barrel thereof or high energy pneumatic weapon for sale to another European Union Member State (only by a citizen of another European Union Member State who has received an authorisation of the relevant country to sell a firearm, removable barrel thereof or high energy pneumatic weapon in the relevant European Union Member State); and

63.4. transfer a firearm, removable barrel thereof or high energy pneumatic weapon to a weapons repair company for deactivisation.

64. When transferring a firearm, removable barrel thereof, cartridges or high energy pneumatic weapon for sale to an arms trading company, a natural person shall present a personal identification document and authorisation for the sale of a weapon, sign regarding transfer thereof in the inventory journal of weapons and inventory journal of ammunition of the arms trading company, but, when transferring a weapon and removable barrel of the firearm for deactivisation - in the inventory journal of weapons repair of the weapons repair company.

65. A person to which an authorisation for the sale has been issued shall transfer the second part of the authorisation to the State Police organisational unit which has issued the authorisation within five working days after the transfer of the firearm, removable barrel thereof, cartridges or high energy pneumatic weapon to an arms trading company for sale or a weapons repair company for deacitivisation.

66. If a firearm, removable barrel thereof, cartridges or high energy pneumatic weapon has not been transferred for sale or re-registered to another person within 30 days after the receipt of the authorisation, a person shall transfer an authorisation for the sale of a weapon to the State Police organisational unit which has issued it and receive a new authorisation for the sale of weapons or an authorisation for the possession or carrying of a weapon or transfer a weapon and ammunition to the State Police organisational unit if the restriction determined in the Law on the Handling of Weapons and Special Means have been detected.

67. If a natural person who has received an authorisation for the sale of a weapon wishes to sell or gift (re-register) a firearm, removable barrel thereof or high energy pneumatic weapon to another natural or legal person who has the relevant authorisation for the acquisition of the relevant weapon, he or she together with a person who has acquired the weapon shall apply to the State Police organisational unit in which the relevant firearm has been registered or to the State Police organisational which has issued an authorisation for the acquisition of the weapon.

68. When selling a firearm or high energy pneumatic weapon, a natural person shall sell also all cartridges of a firearm to be sold, as well as component parts of a weapon and cartridges or transfer component parts of a weapon to a weapons repair company.

2.5. Acquisition, Possession, Transportation, Conveyance, Carrying and Sale of Gas Pistols (Revolvers) and Ammunition Thereof

69. When acquiring a gas pistol (revolver) or ammunition, a natural person shall present a personal identification document.

70. A natural person shall acquire a gas pistol (revolver) and ammunition only at an arms trading company or from such person who has a registered gas pistol (revolver) by registering a weapon with the State Police organisational unit or using electronic service provided by the Information Centre of the Ministry of the Interior.

71. A natural person who has a registered gas pistol (revolver) shall acquire appropriate ammunition intended for self-defence gas pistol (revolver) only at the arms trading company.

72. A gas pistol (revolver) and the ammunition shall be possessed, ensuring such storage conditions to prevent a minor from accessing the weapon or ammunition.

73. A natural person shall carry a gas pistol (revolver) and ammunition in a special pocket (holster) from which such pistol and ammunition cannot fall out so as not to attract the attention of other persons and prevent the pistol and ammunition from accidentally falling into the hands of an unauthorised person.

74. When carrying a gas pistol (revolver), such pistol may be loaded (with ammunition in the magazine or cylinder), the magazine or cylinder inserted in the gas pistol (revolver), with no ammunition in the cartridge chamber), the firing and trigger mechanism is uncocked and the safety catch (if technically possible) shall be on.

75. A natural person may carry a gas pistol (revolver) openly in a special pocket (holster) if he or she is performing service (work) duties and is wearing a uniform that differs from casual clothing.

76. When transferring and receiving a gas pistol (revolver) at the weapons depository of such legal person, which, upon co-ordination with a State Police organisational unit, has determined restrictions to natural persons for carrying weapons and special means within the premises, territory thereof or places where public events are organised, a natural person shall sign regarding the transfer and receipt of weapons and ammunition in a journal of acceptance and issue of weapons and ammunition. When transferring a gas pistol (revolver) and ammunition to a responsible person, a natural person shall receive a certificate of a legal person on an official form which confirms the acceptance of the weapon and ammunition for possession for the specified time period.

77. When selling a gas pistol (revolver), a natural person shall also sell the ammunition intended for it.

78. A person shall transfer the ammunition of a gas pistol (revolver) for sale to an arms trading company or sell it to another natural person, re-registering the gas pistol (revolver) with the State Police organisational unit or using electronic service provided by the Information Centre of the Ministry of the Interior.

3. Conditions and Procedures by which Legal Persons shall Acquire, Register, Possess, Transport, Convey and Sell Firearms, Ammunition and Component Parts Thereof and High Energy Pneumatic Weapons

3.1. Acquisition and Registration of Firearms, Ammunition and Component Parts Thereof, as well as High Energy Pneumatic Weapons

79. A legal person shall acquire a firearm, cartridges, component parts of a firearm, as well as high energy pneumatic weapon at an arms trading company or from a natural or legal person to which an authorisation for the sale of a weapon has been issued re-registering the firearm, removable barrel thereof or high energy pneumatic weapon with the State Police organisational unit in which the relevant firearm has been registered or to the State Police organisational unit which has issued an authorisation for the acquisition of the weapon together with a person who is selling the weapon, or in foreign countries in accordance with the procedures determined in the regulatory enactments of the relevant country in the field of weapons trade.

80. A legal person shall acquire firearms which have been rendered usable for shooting only with salute cartridges (hereinafter - salute weapons) and salute cartridges at an arms trading company or from a legal person which is allowed to acquire, possess and use them in accordance with the Law on the Handling of Weapons and Special Means or in foreign countries in accordance with the procedures determined in the regulatory enactments of the relevant country.

81. A legal person shall acquire a firearm, removable barrel thereof or high energy pneumatic weapon only after receipt of the authorisation for the acquisition of a weapon in the State Police territorial organisational unit. A legal person shall acquire cartridges if an authorisation for the acquisition of a weapon or authorisation for the possession of a weapon has been received.

82. When acquiring a firearm, removable barrel thereof, cartridges or high energy pneumatic weapon at an arms trading company, a person responsible for the acquisition, possession, recording and issue of the weapons (hereinafter - responsible person) appointed by a legal person shall present a personal identification document and authorisation for the acquisition of the weapon issued by the State Police organisational unit.

83. When receiving a firearm, removable barrel thereof or high energy pneumatic weapon, the head or responsible person of a legal person shall sign regarding the receipt thereof in the inventory journal of weapons of the arms trading company, but, when receiving the cartridges - in the inventory journal of ammunition.

84. A legal person shall acquire a firearm, the removable barrel thereof, ammunition and high energy pneumatic weapon only of such category which has been specified in the authorisation for the acquisition of a weapon.

85. In order to acquire cartridges for a legal person to which an authorisation for the possession of a weapon has been issued, a responsible person or authorised person of a legal person for whom the work with weapons and ammunition has been allowed, shall present a personal identification document and an authorisation for the possession of a weapon of the legal person.

86. A legal person to which an authorisation for the possession of a weapon has been issued shall acquire only such ammunition of the firearm and high energy pneumatic weapon and only such component parts of the firearm (except significant parts of firearms) which are necessary for repair of the registered firearm and have been manufactured for the registered firearm.

87. During the acquisition and transportation to a weapons depository a legal person which acquires 10 or more firearms and high energy pneumatic weapons or cartridges the total quantity of which is more than 100 000 shall ensure an armed security guard of the weapons.

88. A responsible person shall enter the information regarding the acquired firearms and high energy pneumatic weapons in the inventory journal of weapons (Annex 4) of the legal person within twenty-four hours after the acquisition or bringing thereof into Latvia. This entry shall be approved by the head of a legal person and the State Police organisational unit, when registering firearms or high energy pneumatic weapons. The head or responsible person of a legal person shall enter the information regarding the acquired cartridges in the inventory journal of ammunition (Annex 5) of the legal person within twenty-four hours after the acquisition or bringing thereof into Latvia.

89. In the inventory journal of weapons and inventory journal of ammunition of the legal person the information regarding the acquisition thereof, type, category, brand name (system), model, calibre, series and number of a weapon, brand name, calibre, series and number of the removable barrel of a firearm, quantity, calibre, marking of ammunition, as well as the information regarding transfer of the weapon for repair, sale or destruction and regarding use of ammunition shall be specified.

90. An inventory journal of weapons and inventory journal of ammunition shall be bound, with numbered pages and sealed with a seal of a legal person and stamp of the competent official of such State Police organisational unit in which the weapons have been registered. The inventory journal of weapons and inventory journal of ammunition shall be kept together with an authorisation for the possession of a weapon at a weapons depository.

91. The head or a responsible person of a legal person shall register the acquired firearms or high energy pneumatic weapons within a time period determined in the Law on the Handling of Weapons and Special Means after the acquisition or bringing thereof into Latvia with the State Police organisational unit which has issued an authorization for the acquisition of a weapon.

92. A firearm, removable barrel thereof and high energy pneumatic weapon shall be registered in accordance with the procedures referred to in Paragraphs 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 24, 26 and 27 of this Regulation.

3.2. Possession of Firearms, Salute Weapons, High Energy Pneumatic Weapons, Ammunition and Component Parts of Firearms, Requirements for Weapons Depositories, Issue and Acceptance for the Possession of Weapons and Ammunition, Transportation and Conveyance Thereof

93. A legal person shall possess a firearm, removable barrel thereof, cartridges and high energy pneumatic weapon, as well as component parts of the firearm at the address specified in the authorisation for the possession of weapons in a specially arranged weapons depository which complies with the following requirements:

93.1. the weapons depository shall have no windows and is isolated from other auxiliary or service rooms;

93.2. the external walls of the room shall be equivalent in durability to 200 mm thick reinforced concrete walls or brick external walls the thickness of which is not less than 510 mm, the ceiling shall be equivalent in durability to reinforced concrete coverings, the floors shall be equivalent in durability to concrete floors the thickness of which is not less than 200 mm, the internal walls separating the weapons depository from the other rooms shall be equivalent in durability to brick walls the thickness of which is not less than 380 mm;

93.3. if any of the building constructions of the weapons depository (wall, ceiling, floor) does not comply with the requirements referred to in Sub-paragraph 94.2 of this Regulation, such construction shall be secured from the interior of the room with a welded steel grid across the entire area;

93.4. the weapons depository shall be equipped with double doors and anti-break-in locks. The outer door shall be made from a metal frame with covering metal sheets the thickness of which is not less than 3 mm. The total thickness of the doors shall not be less than 40 mm. At least two internal locks shall be mounted in the outer door (one with spider locking bolts). The internal door shall be made from steel grids. The internal door shall be lockable with one internal lock and secured so that such door could be sealed with a metal seal or a numbered one-time-use disposable security sealing tape;

93.5. the reinforcement grids of the internal door and non-main building constructions shall be made from steel rods the diameter of which is not less than 16 mm. The rods shall be welded in each point of intersection, creating square sockets the size of which does not exceed 150 x 150 mm. The frames of grid doors shall be made of 45 x 45 mm angle iron and the thickness thereof shall not be less than 5 mm. Door blocks and the additional reinforcement grids of walls that are non-main walls shall be mounted with rods 12-16 mm in diameter that are driven into the wall 80-100 mm deep at 700 mm intervals. The construction of door blocks and grids shall be welded to such rods in at least eight points each;

93.6. if the diameter of a ventilation hatch exceeds 100 mm and the engineering gaps exceed 200 mm, a steel grid with a square socket the size of which does not exceed 100 x 100 mm shall be installed.

94. A weapons depository shall be equipped with fire detection and alarm system and security alarm system which are connected to the central security control panel of the security guard merchant using two alarm signal transmission channels - a radio channel and a telephone channel. If it is not technically possible to ensure two alarm signal transmission channels, an alarm signal sensor from the alarm control device of the weapons depository shall be connected to the nearest security guard post, or an alarm signal sensor with light and acoustic indication connected to the control device shall be attached to the facade of the building.

95. When creating the technical system of a weapons depository alarm, not fewer than two types of signal sensors with different principles of operation shall be used:

95.1. contact sensors that react to opening and with which doors, safes and lockers for firearms and high energy pneumatic weapons are equipped;

95.2. vibration sensors that react to a break-in and with which non-main constructions of premises are equipped;

95.3. infrared light and microwave sensors to control movement in a room.

96. The technical system of alarm shall be ensured with electric power supply back-up sources by using electric storage batteries. Emergency or separate groups of stand-by lighting shall be used for the electric power supply of alarm devices. Cable covers or assembled metal tubes shall protect the leads of such devices outside the weapons depository premises up to an electrical cabinet.

97. A list indicating the number of lockers, safes and metal boxes and other items that are located in a weapons depository shall be attached in a visible place in the weapons depository.

98. Firearms, removable barrels thereof and high energy pneumatic weapons shall be possessed in a locked metal safes or metal lockers (metal boxes) the thickness of walls of which is not less than 2.5 mm or in a safe of other material industrially manufactured and intended especially for the possession of firearms which is equivalent in durability to such metal safe or metal locker (metal box). The doors of metal lockers (metal boxes) of long firearm shall be reinforced with a steel plate or corners.

99. Cartridges shall be possessed in safes, metal lockers (metal boxes) separately from weapons, but, if the quantity thereof is too large in order to place in metal lockers (metal boxes), they shall be possessed in the original packaging.

100. A firearm and high energy pneumatic weapon shall be possessed unloaded and with unloaded magazine of the firearm ensuring such storage conditions that do not allow accidental access to the weapons or ammunition by unauthorised persons.

101. Explosion-proof or fire-resistant objects may also be stored in a weapons depository separately from firearms, high energy pneumatic weapons and ammunition after co-ordination with the State Fire-Fighting and Rescue Service and the State Police organisational unit. On the basis of an instruction from the State Fire-Fighting and Rescue Service or the State Police organisational unit, the weapons depository shall be cleared of objects that are not permitted to be possessed therein.

102. A weapons depository shall be locked after the issue or handing over firearms, removable barrels thereof or high energy pneumatic weapons and ammunitions for the possession and the alarm system thereof shall be switched on during the absence of the head and responsible person of the legal person. The head or responsible person of the legal person shall keep the keys of the weapons depository.

103. The head or responsible person of the legal person is permitted to enter a weapons depository. Employees who have an authorisation for the carrying of a service firearm are only permitted to enter a weapons depository together with the head or responsible person of the legal person.

104. A legal person may change a weapons depository only if the relevant authorisation from a State Police organisational unit has been received.

105. A legal person shall, a month prior to change of the address of a weapons depository, notify thereof in writing the State Police organisational unit which has issued an authorisation for the possession of weapons and receive a new authorisation for the possession of a weapon in compliance with new address for the possession of weapons.

106. A responsible person shall issue and receive a firearm, high energy pneumatic weapon and ammunition for the possession.

107. A service firearm shall be issued only to an employee who has been issued an authorisation for the carrying of a service firearm. A service firearm and munitions shall be issued to the employee for the period of performance of service (work) duties.

108. In a shooting gallery (shooting stand), a firearm or high energy pneumatic weapon and ammunition shall be issued to a person for the period of practice shooting.

109. A sports organisation and a State- or local government-established educational institution shall issue a firearm or high energy pneumatic weapon and ammunition to a natural person for the period of firing practice, practice shooting, sports competition (except for a natural person who receives a sports weapon registered in his or her ownership that is temporary transferred for the possession at the sports organisation).

110. A person to whom a firearm or high energy pneumatic weapon and ammunition is issued shall sign in the inventory journal of issue and acceptance of weapons and ammunition (Annex 6) regarding receipt of a weapon and ammunition.

111. The following shall be specified in the journal of issue and acceptance of weapons and ammunition:

111.1. type, brand name (system) and number of the firearm (removable barrel) and high energy pneumatic weapon to be issued;

111.2. quantity and calibre of the issued ammunition and quantity of the accepted ammunition;

111.3. the date and time of issue and acceptance of a weapon and ammunition;

111.4. the given name, surname and the number of the authorisation for the carrying of a service firearm of such employee to whom a weapon and ammunition are issued for the performance of work or service duties;

111.5. the given name, surname, personal identity number or date of birth, the number of the personal identification document or the authorisation number for the possession or carrying of a weapon, address of the declared place of residence of such natural person to whom a weapon is issued at a shooting gallery (shooting stand);

111.6. the given name and surname of shooting instructor, trainer or athlete to whom a weapon and ammunition is issued by a sports organisation or a State- or local government-established educational institution for the period of practice shooting (firing practice) or sports competition, as well as a certificate number of the shooting instructor (when issuing a weapon and ammunition to a shooting instructor) or a certificate number of the sports specialist (when issuing a weapon and ammunition to a trainer; and

111.7. information regarding use of ammunition, if a service weapon and ammunition is issued for the performance of work duties.

112. A journal of issue of weapons and ammunition of a legal person shall be bound, with numbered pages and sealed with a seal of the legal person and stamp of the competent official of such State Police organisational unit in which the weapons have been registered. The journal of issue of weapons ammunition shall be kept together with an authorisation for the possession of a weapon at a weapons depository.

113. A natural person to which a firearm or high energy pneumatic weapon and ammunition of a legal person has been issued shall only transport (carry) it to and from the place of firing practice (practice shooting), sports competition or performance of service (work) duties - to the weapons depository from where the weapon was received. A firearm and ammunition shall be transported packed (placed in a case or in a bag of other type or in other special packaging), unloaded (without ammunition in the cartridge chamber and unloaded magazine or loaded magazine removed from a weapon), ensuring such conditions for transportation, possession and use that prevent the accidental access to the firearm or high energy pneumatic weapon and ammunition by an unauthorised person.

114. A natural person shall carry a firearm and ammunition of a legal person issued in accordance with the procedures referred to in special regulatory enactments and Paragraphs 51, 52 and 53 of this Regulation, when performing service (work) duties, if they intend the rights for utilisation and use of firearms.

115. A responsible person shall check how the person to which a firearm or high energy pneumatic weapon and ammunition has been issued complies with the procedures for possession, transportation, forwarding and carrying determined in this Regulation. If the responsible person determines a violation, he or she shall withdraw the weapon and ammunition, make a relevant entry thereon in the journal of issue of weapons and ammunition and inform the head of a legal person, as well as notify a State Police in the cases determined in the Law On the Handling of Weapons and Special Means.

116. A person to which a firearm or high energy pneumatic weapon of a legal person has been issued shall transfer the weapon and the unused ammunition to a responsible person and sign regarding the transfer thereof in a journal of issue of weapons and ammunition after practice shooting (firing practice), sports competition or performance of service (work) duties. When transferring a service firearm, an employee shall also transfer the authorisation for the carrying of the service firearm.

117. A firearm and high energy pneumatic weapon shall be transferred to a responsible person in unloaded form (without a cartridge in the cartridge chamber, magazine removed from a weapon), with the firing and trigger mechanism is uncocked and the safety catch (if technically possible) is on.

118. When accepting a firearm and high energy pneumatic weapon and ammunition for possession from a person who transfers such weapon, a responsible person shall check the technical condition thereof and indicate in a journal of issue of weapons and ammunition the date, time of the relevant weapon and quantity of the transferred ammunition, as well as any determined damages. The responsible person and the person who transferred the weapon shall both certify the entry with a signature.

119. When accepting for possession a firearm or high energy pneumatic weapon and ammunition registered in the ownership of a natural person, a responsible person shall issue a certificate of a legal person on an official form to the owner of a weapon which confirms the acceptance of the weapon and ammunition for possession for a specified time period and the relevant information shall be entered in the journal of acceptance and issue of weapons and ammunition. When transferring a weapon and ammunition, the owner of the weapon shall present personal identification document, an authorisation for the possession or carrying of the weapon and an authorisation of the State Police for transfer of the weapon and ammunition for possession for a specified time period at the weapons depository of a legal person.

120. A natural person who has transferred his or her firearm or high energy pneumatic weapon and ammunition for temporary possession to a legal person shall, until the time period for the possession specified in the certificate referred to in Paragraph 119 of this Regulation shall receive his or her weapon and ammunition, transfer a certificate to a responsible person and sign regarding receipt of a weapon and ammunition.

121. The head and responsible person of the legal person shall be liable for the possession, recording and issue of the weapons and ammunition of the legal person.

122. If the activity of a legal person during which service firearms are used is terminated, the head of the legal person shall inform the State Police organisational unit where the firearms are registered thereof in writing within three working days and transfer the weapons and ammunition to an arms trading company for sale upon an authorisation for the sale of weapons issued by the State Police organisational unit, or the State Police organisational unit shall withdraw them in accordance with the procedures determined in the Law on the Handling of Weapons and Special Means. The legal person shall transfer the authorisation for the possession of weapons to the State Police organisational unit that issued such authorisation.

123. A legal person which, upon co-ordination with a State Police organisational unit, has determined restrictions to natural persons for carrying weapons and special means within the premises, territory thereof or places where public events are organised, a separate room shall be established for the possession of weapons which is equipped with security alarm system and a journal of issue and acceptance of weapons and ammunition shall be arranged in compliance with the requirements referred to in Annex 6 and Paragraph 111 of this Regulation.

124. When accepting weapons and ammunition for the possession for a specified time period the legal persons referred to in Paragraph 123 of this Regulation shall request that a person which transfers and receives them presents a personal identification document and authorisation for weapons. The weapons shall be accepted for temporary possession and issued in accordance with the procedures referred to in Paragraphs 117, 118, 119 and 120 of this Regulation.

125. A legal person referred to in Paragraph 123 of this Regulation shall possess firearms, high energy pneumatic weapons and ammunition accepted for temporary possession in accordance with the procedures determined in Paragraphs 29, 30 and 103 of this Regulation unloaded (without a cartridge in the cartridge chamber, magazine removed from a weapon), ensuring such conditions for possession that prevent the accidental access to the weapon or ammunition by an unauthorised person.

126. Salute weapons and salute cartridges shall be possessed in the premises in the ownership or possession of a legal person or at the declared place of residence or at the place of location of the immovable property of the person appointed as responsible for the possession thereof ensuring such conditions for possession that prevent the accidental access to the weapon or ammunition by an unauthorised person Salute weapons and salute cartridges shall be possessed unloaded in a locked safe or metal locker (metal box), ensuring such conditions for possession that do not allow accidental access to the weapon or ammunition by an unauthorised person.

127. A legal person shall possess salute weapons and salute cartridges in a locked metal safe or metal locker (metal box) the thickness of walls of which is not less than 2.5 mm or in a safe of other material industrially manufactured and intended especially for the possession of firearm which is equivalent in durability to such metal safe or metal locker (metal box). The safe and metal locker (metal box) shall be lockable with a locker the key of which shall be accessible only for the head of a legal person or a person appointed as a responsible for the possession of weapons.

128. A legal person shall issue and accept for possession salute weapons and salute cartridges taking into account the procedures referred to in Paragraphs 110, 111, 112 and 118 of this Regulation.

129. A legal person may bring out firearms, removable barrels thereof and high energy pneumatic weapons, as well as cartridges specified in the authorisation for the possession of weapons for a time period which is longer then twenty-four hours outside the weapons depository specified in the authorisation to another authorised place of temporary possession of weapons if the State Police organisational unit has issued an authorisation for the transportation of weapons.

130. An authorisation for the transportation of weapons shall also be necessary if the total number of firearms (excluding removable barrels thereof) and high energy pneumatic weapons to be transported exceeds 10 or the number of cartridges intended for each firearm to be transported exceeds 500.

131. Firearms, removable barrels thereof and high energy pneumatic weapons shall be transported packed, unloaded and disassembled (if provided for by the construction), ammunition shall be packed separately from a weapon, ensuring such transportation conditions that prevent accidental access to the weapon or ammunition by an unauthorised person. When transporting a weapon and ammunition thereof an authorisation for the possession of weapons and authorisation for the transportation of a weapon, if any necessary shall be present.

132. If the total number of firearms and high energy pneumatic weapons to be transported (excluding removable barrels of the firearms) exceeds 10 or the total number of cartridges is more than 100 000, the legal person shall ensure armed security guard of weapons and ammunition during the transportation thereof.

133. Salute weapons shall be transported packed, unloaded and disassembled (if provided for by the construction), salute cartridges shall be packed separately from or together with a salute weapon, ensuring such transportation conditions that prevent accidental access to the weapon or ammunition by an unauthorised person.

134. A legal person shall convey firearms, removable barrels thereof, cartridges and high energy pneumatic weapons, as well as salute weapons and salute cartridges in accordance with the procedures referred to in Paragraph 44 and 46 of this Regulation.

3.3. Sale of Firearms, Salute Weapons, High Energy Pneumatic Weapons, Ammunition and Component Parts of Firearms

135. A legal person which has received an authorisation for the sale of a weapon shall, within 30 days after the receipt thereof, transfer a firearm, removable barrel thereof, cartridges and high energy pneumatic weapon to be sold to an arms trading company for the sale or transfer a weapon and removable barrel of the firearm to a weapons repair company for the deactivisation, or re-register a weapon or removable barrel of the firearm with the State Police organisational unit to another natural person or legal person who has received an authorisation for the acquisition of a weapon.

136. When selling a weapon, removable barrel or cartridges of the firearm, the head or responsible person of the legal person shall present a personal identification document and authorisation for the sale of a weapon.

137. When transferring a firearm, removable barrel thereof, cartridges or high energy pneumatic weapon for sale to an arms trading company or for deactivisation to a weapons repair company, the head or responsible person of the legal person shall sign regarding transfer thereof in the inventory journal of weapons or inventory journal of ammunition of the arms trading company, but, when transferring a weapon and removable barrel of the firearm for deactivisation - in the inventory journal of weapons repair of the weapons repair company.

138. The head or responsible person of the legal person shall transfer the second part of the authorisation to the State Police organisational unit which has issued the authorisation within five working days after the transfer of the firearm, removable barrel thereof, cartridges or high energy pneumatic weapon to an arms trading company for sale or a weapons repair company for deacitivisation.

139. If a firearm, removable barrel thereof, cartridges or high energy pneumatic weapon has not been transferred for sale or re-registered to another person within 30 days after the receipt of the authorisation, a legal person shall transfer an authorisation for the sale of a weapon to the State Police organisational unit which has issued it and receive a new authorisation for the sale of weapons or an authorisation for the possession or collection of a weapon respectively or transfer a firearm, removable barrel thereof, cartridges and high energy pneumatic weapon to the State Police organisational unit if the prohibitions for issue of the authorisations of weapons determined in the Law on the Handling of Weapons and Special Means have been detected in respect of the legal person.

140. If a legal person who has received an authorisation for the sale of a weapon wishes to sell or gift (re-register) a firearm, removable barrel thereof or high energy pneumatic weapon to another natural or legal person, he or she together with a person who acquires the weapon shall apply to the State Police organisational unit in which the relevant firearm has been registered or to the State Police organisational which has issued an authorisation for the acquisition of the weapon.

141. When selling a firearm or high energy pneumatic weapon, a legal person shall sell also all cartridges of a firearm to be sold, as well as component parts of a weapon and cartridges or transfer component parts of a weapon to a weapons repair company.

142. A legal person shall sell salute weapons and salute cartridges to an arms trading company or another legal person for which the rights has been provided for in the Law on the Handling of Weapons and Special Means to purchase, possess and use them or transfer for deacitivisation to a weapons repair company.

143. When selling a salute weapon and salute cartridges, the head or responsible person of the legal person shall present a personal identification document and sign regarding the transfer thereof in the inventory journal of weapons or inventory journal of ammunition of the arms trading company, but, when transferring a salute weapon for deactivisation - in the inventory journal of weapons repair of the weapons repair company.

144. The head or responsible person of the legal person shall enter the information regarding the sale of a firearm, removable barrel thereof or cartridges, salute weapon and salute cartridges or high energy pneumatic weapon in the inventory journal of weapons of the legal person within twenty-four hours, but regarding the sale of the relevant ammunition - in the inventory journal of ammunition.

145. If a legal person sells all firearms, removable barrels thereof, high energy pneumatic weapons and salute weapons registered for it, the head or responsible person of the legal person shall, within five working days after transfer of the weapons for sale, transfer an inventory journal of weapons of the legal person, an inventory journal of ammunition and journal of issue of weapons and ammunition of the legal person to the State Police organisational unit in which the weapons were registered. The referred to journals the State Police organisational unit shall keep for five years.

4. Provisions for Possession of a Collection of Weapons and Ammunition

146. A natural and legal person who has received an authorisation for the collection of weapons shall possess a firearm, removable barrel thereof, cartridges and high energy pneumatic weapon at the address specified in the authorisation for the collection of weapons in the room specially arranged for the collection of weapons which consists of a collection room and collection weapons depository.

147. A natural person, who has received an authorisation for the collection of weapons because the total number of firearms (excluding removable barrels thereof) and high energy pneumatic weapons registered in the ownership thereof is more than 10, may arrange a room for the collection of weapons without a collection room. A natural person shall arrange a room for the collection of weapons at the address indicated in the authorisation for the possession or carrying of weapons.

148. A natural person referred to in Paragraph 147 of this Regulation may possess firearms, removable barrels thereof, cartridges and high energy pneumatic weapons indicated in the authorisation for the collection of weapons also at the place for the possession of a weapon indicated in the authorisation for the possession or carrying of weapons, but not more than 10 weapons (excluding removable barrels of firearms).

149. A collection room shall conform to the following requirements:

149.1. external walls of the room shall be equivalent in durability to 200 mm thick reinforced concrete walls or brick external walls the thickness of which is not less than 510 mm, the ceiling shall be equivalent in durability to jointed reinforced concrete coverings, the floors shall be equivalent in durability to concrete floors the thickness of which is not less than 200 mm, internal walls which separate a collection room from other rooms shall be equivalent in durability to brick walls the thickness of which is not less than 380 mm;

149.2. if any of the building constructions of a collection room fails to comply with the requirements referred to in Sub-paragraph 150.1 of this Regulation, it shall be secured with a welded steel grid in the entire area inside a room which shall be worked under the wall plaster, floor and ceiling covering;

149.3. the outer door of a collection room shall be manufactured of metal frame with covering metal sheets the thickness of which is not less than 2.5 mm. The total thickness of the doors shall be not less than 40 mm. At least two internal locks shall be mounted in the outer door (one with a spider locking bolts). The outer door shall be secured so it could be sealed with a metal seal or numbered disposable security sealing tape;

149.4. if there are windows in a collection room, they shall be crossbarred with a metal grid made of steel rods the diameter of which is not less than 16 mm. The rods shall be welded in each point of intersection creating square sockets the size of which does not exceed 150 x 150 mm. The frames of grid windows shall be made of 45 x 45 mm angle iron and the thickness thereof shall not be less than 5 mm. Grids shall be mounted with the help of rods of 12-16 mm which are driven in a wall in 80-100 mm in the depth at 700 mm intervals. The frames and grids of windows shall be welded on them; and

149.5. a collection room shall be equipped with security alarm system which is connected to the central security control panel of the security guard merchant.

150. A collection weapons depository shall be arranged in compliance with the requirements referred to in Paragraphs 93, 94, 95 and 96 of this Regulation.

151. A firearm, removable barrel thereof, cartridges and high energy pneumatic weapon shall be possessed in a collection weapons depository taking into account the provisions and procedures referred to in Paragraphs 98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104 and 105 of this Regulation.

152. A natural person or the head of a legal person or a responsible employee appointed thereby shall enter the information regarding firearms, removable barrels thereof, cartridges and high energy pneumatic weapons acquired for the collection in the inventory journal of collection weapons and ammunition. The inventory journal shall be bound, with numbered pages an sealed with a seal of a legal person and a stamp of the competent official of that State Police organisational unit in which the weapons have been registered

153. The following shall be indicated in the inventory journal of the collection weapons and ammunition:

153.1. category and type, brand name (system), model, calibre, series, number of each firearm, removable barrel thereof and high energy pneumatic weapon;

153.2. quantity of ammunition, type, designation (brand), calibre and type of cartridge bullet;

153.3. information regarding transfer of a weapon for repair; and

153.4. information regarding the sale of weapons and ammunition.

154. The number of samples in a collection of each type of ammunition of the firearm suitable for shooting shall not exceed 10 ammunition units (except ammunition of such firearms for the possession of which the authorisation for the possession or carrying has been issued).

155. It is prohibited to use a collection firearm and high energy pneumatic weapon (to carry out firing), except such weapon for the possession of which an authorisation for the possession or carrying of weapons has been issued.

156. A firearm, removable barrel thereof, cartridges and high energy pneumatic weapon shall be displayed for survey in a collection room, locking it with a stand (shelf) or placing behind a lockable glass which is glued over with a special film or made of material which ensures sufficient protection against breaking thereof.

157. Work with a collection firearm, removable barrel thereof, cartridges and high energy pneumatic weapons shall be performed only by those employees of a legal person to which the State Police organisational unit has given an authorisation issuing an authorisation for a collection of weapons to the legal person or after issue of the authorisation.

158. A room for the collection of weapons shall be locked and security and fire alarm system shall be switched on therein, except the case when a natural person, to which a collection authorisation has been issued, or the head or employee of a legal person is located therein.

159. A firearm, removable barrel thereof and high energy pneumatic weapon, as well as cartridges, shall be placed in a collection weapons depository prior to closing of a room for the collection of weapons.

160. It is allowed to exhibit a firearm, removable barrel thereof and high energy pneumatic weapon, as well as cartridges, for a certain period of time outside a room for the collection of weapons, if the authorisation for the transportation of weapons of such State Police organisational unit has been received which has issued an authorisation for the collection of weapons.

161. A natural person or legal person to which an authorisation for a collection of weapons has been issued shall ensure armed security guard of the collection during the exhibition and until placing of the collection of weapons and ammunition in the room for the collection of weapons indicated in the authorisation for the collection of weapons.

162. A firearm, removable barrel thereof, cartridges and high energy pneumatic weapon shall be displayed for survey in the exhibition, locking a weapon with a stand (shelf) or placing it behind a lockable glass which is glued over with a special protective film or made of material which ensures sufficient protection against breaking thereof, or using other means which ensure that weapons and ammunition are not stolen.

5. Acquisition, Possession, Issue and Use of Mufflers of Shooting Noise (Silencers) and Firearms Equipped Therewith for the Acquisition of Wild Animal Species in the Fenced off Areas under Conditions Similar to the Wild

163. In order to acquire a muffler of shooting noise (silencer) (hereinafter - silencer), a legal person which has received an authorisation for the keeping wild animals in the fenced off areas in the ownership or possession thereof shall appoint a person responsible for the acquisition, possession, issue and use of a silencer to which an authorisation for the possession of a long-rifled hunting firearm has been issued (hereinafter - responsible person).

164. A legal person shall acquire a silencer from an arms trading company or abroad in accordance with the procedures specified in the regulatory enactments of the relevant country in the field of weapons trade.

165. When acquiring a silencer, the head or responsible person of a legal person shall present a personal identification document at the arms trading company and authorisation for the keeping wild animals in the fenced off areas in the ownership or possession thereof.

166. When receiving a silencer, the head or responsible person of a legal person shall sign in the inventory journal of weapons of the arms trading company regarding the receipt thereof.

167. A responsible person to which an authorisation for the possession of weapons has been issued shall enter the information regarding the acquired silencer in the inventory journal of weapons of a legal person after the acquisition or bringing into Latvia thereof.

168. A silencer shall be possessed in the premises in the ownership or possession of a legal person in a locked safe or metal locker (metal box) ensuring such conditions for possession that prevent the accidental access to the silencer by an unauthorised person.

169. A silencer shall be possessed in the premises in the ownership or possession of a legal person in a locked safe or metal locker (metal box) ensuring such conditions for possession that prevent the accidental access to the silencer by an unauthorised person.

170. A silencer shall be installed for a hunting weapon only at the fenced off areas arranged for the keeping wild animals and be taken off prior to leaving them.

171. A legal person which does not have registered firearms shall have a journal for issue of a silencer which shall be bound, with numbered pages and sealed with a seal of a legal person. The information regarding a silencer being issued, person's given name, surname and number of the authorisation for the possession of a weapon, as well as the date and time for issue and receipt of the silencer shall be indicated in the journal of issue. Receiving and transferring a silencer, a person shall sign in the journal of issue of the silencer.

172. A legal person to which firearms have been registered and an authorisation for the possession of weapons has been issued, the information regarding issue of a silencer shall be indicated in the journal of issue of weapons and ammunition.

173. A firearm equipped with a silencer shall be acquired only by such legal person for which the rights has been provided for in the Law on the Handling of Weapons and Special Means to purchase, possess and use firearms and ammunition thereof in his or her activity, if he or she has received an authorisation for the acquisition of a weapon (with a silencer) and authorisation for the keeping of wild animals in the fenced off areas in the ownership or possession thereof.

174. A legal person shall acquire a long-rifled firearm equipped with a silencer classified only for use in hunting. A firearm shall be acquired, possessed and issued in accordance with the procedures determined in the Law on the Handling of Weapons and Special Means and in this Regulation.

175. A firearm which is equipped with a silencer and registered for a legal person shall be issued to an employee of the legal person who has received an authorisation of the State Police organisational unit for work with firearms or to whom an authorisation for the possession of long-rifled firearm has been issued.

176. A firearm equipped with a silencer shall be used only for the acquisition of wild animal species in the fenced off areas in the ownership or possession of a legal person under conditions similar to the wild.

6. Closing Provision

177. Cabinet Regulation No 159 of 1 March 2005, Procedures for the Acquisition, Registration, Record Keeping, Possession, Transportation, Forwarding, Carrying, Realisation of Firearms, Ammunition and Gas Pistols (Revolvers) and Building up of Collections thereof (Latvijas Vēstnesis, 2005, No. 49) is repealed.

Prime Minister V.Dombrovskis

Minister for the Interior R.Kozlovskis

 

Annex 1
Cabinet Regulation No. 1001
27 December 2011

A Journal of Acceptance and Issue of Weapons and Ammunition

 
(name, unified registration number, legal address of the legal person, address of the weapons depository)
 
Acceptance of a weapon and ammunition for temporary possession Issue
No Date and time of acceptance

Given name, surname and personal identity number/date of birth and contact details (address, phone number, electronic mail address), number and date of an authorisation for the possession of a weapon or carrying of a weapon, name, series and number of a personal identification document of the weapon owner (natural person)

Type, category, brand name
(system), model and calibre, series and number of the weapon accepted for possession

Quantity and calibre of cartridges

Date on which the certificate regarding acceptance of a weapon and ammunition for temporary possession has been issued and certificate number Given name, surname, signature of the weapon owner Date and time of issue of the weapon and ammunition Given name, surname, signature of the weapon owner
                 
                 
                 
                 

Minister for the Interior R.Kozlovskis

 

Annex 2
Cabinet Regulation No. 1001
27 December 2011

Inventory Journal of those Hunting Firearms which have been used for Killing of Farm Animals

 
(name , unified registration number, legal address of the owner (keeper) of farm animal)

 

No Date and time of issue of a weapon Given name, surname and personal identity number (date of birth, if a personal identity number has not been assigned and contact details (address, phone number, electronic mail address) and number of an authorisation for the possession of a weapon Type, brand name (system), model and calibre, series and number of the weapon Quantity and calibre of cartridges Person receiving a weapon Date and time of transfer of a weapon and ammunition Signature of a weapon owner regarding receipt of the weapon
given name, surname and personal identity number (date of birth, if a personal identity number has not been assigned), contact details
(address, phone number, electronic mail address) and number of an authorisation for the possession of a weapon
signature
                 
                 
                 
                 

Minister for the Interior R.Kozlovskis

 

Annex 3
Cabinet Regulation No. 1001
27 December 2011

Certificate Regarding Acceptance of a Weapon and Ammunition for Temporary Possession

1st side

Name, unified registration number, legal address, phone number of the legal person

Certificate No ______________
Regarding Acceptance of a Weapon and Ammunition for Temporary Possession

Issued to
(given name, surname/personal identity number/date of birth of the owner of the weapon)
(date and number of issue of an authorisation of the owner of the weapon for the carrying/possession of the weapon )
Address of the weapons depository
Responsible person
(given name, surname, phone number, e-mail address)

2nd side

Weapon accepted for possession
Type/brand name/model Calibre Series, number

Ammunition accepted for possession

Type Calibre Quantity
Time period for the possession until ___ ________ 20__ (date) ___.__ (time)

Certificate issued by
(given name, surname, signature)
___ ________ 20__ (date) ___.__ (time)

Note. The size of an authorisation 110 x 80 mm, background - white, text - black.

Minister for the Interior R.Kozlovskis

 

Annex 4
Cabinet Regulation No. 1001
27 December 2011

Inventory Journal of Weapons

 
(name, unified registration number, legal address of the legal person, address of the weapons depository)

 

No Date of acquisition of the weapon Person from which a weapon has been acquired - name, unified registration number of the legal person, date and number of the bill of lading or given name, surname, personal identity number (date of birth) and address of the natural person Number of the authorisation for the acquisition of the weapon Type, category, brand name (system), model, calibre of the weapon/brand name, calibre of the removable barrel of the firearm Series and number of the weapon (removable barrel of the firearm) Notes (information regarding sale, transfer for repair, transfer for destruction of the weapon) Person who has made an entry - given name, surname, position and signature
               
               
               

Minister for the Interior R.Kozlovskis

 

Annex 5
Cabinet Regulation No. 1001
27 December 2011

Inventory Journal of Ammunition

(name, unified registration number, legal address of the legal person, address of the weapons depository)

 

No Date of acquisition of the ammunition Person from which ammunition has been acquired - name, unified registration number of the legal person, date and number of the bill of lading or given name, surname, personal identity number (date of birth) and address of the natural person Quantity of ammunition Calibre Marking Information regarding use of the ammunition (reason, date, place) Person who has made an entry - given name, surname, position and signature
               
               
   

         

Minister for the Interior R.Kozlovskis

 

Annex 6
Cabinet Regulation No. 1001
27 December 2011

A Journal of Issue and Acceptance of Weapons and Ammunition

 
(name, unified registration number, legal address of the legal person, address of the weapons depository)

 

Issue Acceptance for the possession
No Date and time of issue Given name, surname of the employee and the number of the authorisation for the carrying of a service weapon1/ given name, surname, personal identity number date of birth) of a natural person, the number of the personal identification document or the authorisation number for the possession or carrying of a weapon2/ the given name and surname of a shooting instructor, trainer or athlete, a certificate number of the shooting instructor or a certificate number of the sports specialist3 Type, category, brand name (system), model and calibre, series and number of the weapon Quantity and calibre of ammunition Person receiving a weapon and ammunition
(given name, surname, signature)
Date and time of acceptance of a weapon and ammunition Quantity of the ammunition transferred and information regarding use of ammounition4 Person who has transferred a weapon (given name, surname, signature)
                 
                 
                 

Notes.

1 The given name, surname of the employee and the number of the authorisation for the carrying of a service weapon shall be specified by a legal person which issues a weapon and ammunition for the performance of work or service duties.

2 The given name, surname, personal identity number or date of birth of a natural person, the number of the personal identification document or the authorisation number for the possession or carrying of a weapon, address of the declared place of residence shall be specified when issuing a weapon and ammunition at a shooting gallery (shooting stand).

3 The given name and surname of a shooting instructor, trainer or athlete, a certificate number of the shooting instructor or a certificate number of the sports specialist shall be specified by a sports organisation or a State- or local government-established educational institution.

4 Information regarding use of ammunition shall be specified by a legal person which issues a service weapon and ammunition for the performance of work duties.

Minister for the Interior R.Kozlovskis

 


Translation © 2012 Valsts valodas centrs (State Language Centre)

 
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Issuer: Cabinet of Ministers Type: regulation Document number: 1001Adoption: 27.12.2011.Entry into force: 30.12.2011.End of validity: 10.04.2019.Publication: Latvijas Vēstnesis, 204, 29.12.2011.
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