Thursday, March 12, 2009

Crucial Week for New Gun Law

This week will be crucial for the new gun law. It will be a trial by fire for lawmakers to show, as they have promised, that they will approve the law.

But first, the legislators will have to make one last effort and finish the review of the articles in this initiative. Workshops and meetings have been going on since 2008 and there are now only 10 articles remaining to be finalized, including specifying the time period within which this law takes effect and whether shooting ranges will be allowed to sell ammunition.

Some of the articles are still points of contentious debate including a decision on the number of rounds of ammunition that a licensee can purchase per month. The agreement now stands at 800 rounds per month, per caliber, but there are those who argue for less.

Of the legislation can be finalized in time it can be approved by the plenary session next Thursday. "If this initiative is not ready, we will at least try to approve a project to strengthen the prosecution of crimes related to the misuse of weapons," said Roberto Alejos, President of the Congress.

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