Monday, March 2, 2009

Congress Stiffens Penalties for Illegal Weapons

The Guatemalan congress gave a green light and came to an agreement on the penalties to be associated with illegal weapons. Now there is a consensus to adopt more severe punishments in the reform of the Arms and Ammunition Act. The legislators met to discuss, amend, and agree on changes to the law, to be approved in plenary session quickly as a national priority.

Thus, the illegal carrying of sporting weapons shall be punished with from 8 to 10 years in prison. Assault weapons, from 10 to 15 years. The carrying of firearms that are restricted to the armed forces, 10 to 15 years.

Displaying a gun in public, even though licensed, will bring a punishment from Q1,000 to Q15,000 and the suspension of the license for six months.

Firing of a firearm without any justification, one to three years imprisonment.

Persons who repair or modify weapons without being licensed and registered to do so, six to eight years in prison.

There is also agreement in congress that there will be a 6 month grace period so that citizens can comply with the new law ahd legalize their weapons, once the law is published. Agreement continues in congress that no person shall be allowed to own more than three guns.

Discussions continue over the future of the Department of Arms and Ammunition, which is currently responsible for issuing licenses, whether government officials, on account of their position, will be allowed to own weapons outside of those normally permitted, and the limits on ammunition that may be purchased.

See previous article detailing the law.

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