|HOME||Recent Activities||About JSAC||Background||Project||Documents||Links||Gallery|
|About the Arms Law|
|The new Law on the Management of Weapons, Explosives and Ammunition ("the Arms Law") was enacted in the Kingdom of Cambodia.
The draft law passed the National Assembly on April 26 and the Senate on May 12, 2005, and was finally signed by His Majesty the King. It took almost three years for its enactment since the draft of the New Arms Law was originally submitted to the National Assembly, in November, 2002.
The New Arms Law consists of 6 Chapters 27 Articles, prohibiting small arms possession by civilians without official permission. It also states the responsibilities and duties of government officials (police, military, and other authorized officials) in managing their legal weapons. Strict penalties and punishments are stated for gun-related offenses and misuse for both civilians and government officials.
The Law is expected to strengthen weapons control in the country, by eliminating the circulation of illegal weapons among the civilian population, and to improve the mangement of weapons held among security forces and law enforcement officals.
The New Arms Law replaces the "Sub-Decree38" enacted in 1999, which does not include concrete penalties for violations.
> Text of the new "Law on the Management of Weapons, Explosives and Ammunition", distributed by the Ministry of Interior. (JSAC is not responsible for the translation).
|Steps to the New Arms Law|
|1992||Sep||UNTAC Law enacted|
|1999||Sep||Sub-Decree 38 enacted|
|2002||Nov||Draft Arms Law submitted to National Assembly|
|2005||Feb||Amended Draft Arms Law re-submitted to National Assembly|
|2005||Apr 26||Arms Law adopted at National Assembly|
|2005||May 12||Arms Law approved at Senate|
|2005||Jun 1||Arms Laws enacted upon the signing of His Majesty the King|
|Top||Site map||About This Site|