Amendments to weapon possession law to enter into force in Turkey

Business Materials 20 September 2014 14:00 (UTC +04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 20

By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

The law on possession of weapons (firearms) will be amended in Turkey, Turkish TV channel Haber7 reported on September 18 citing the head of the Commission for Internal Affairs of the Turkish Parliament Mehmet Ersoy.

"Earlier, the Parliament was considering the amendments to the weapon possession law," he said.

"The amendments are expected to enter into force by late 2014," he said.

Tear gas will also refer to arms in accordance with the amendments in Turkey. Moreover, the concentration of tear gas sold to citizens for self-defense will be by 12 percent less than the gas used by police.

In case of the illegal sale and use of tear gas, the amendments envisage penalties in the form of imprisonment for a term of one to three years.

After the amendments enter into force, police and gendarmerie in Turkey will be eligible to import any weapons into the country, allowed for using.

The illegal import of any weapon and the manufacture of home-made weapons in Turkey are punishable by imprisonment for a term of 10 years and a fine of 200,000 Turkish liras in accordance with the amendments.

Moreover, Turkey will ban carrying arms in cafes, restaurants, entertainment venues, weddings, public places in accordance with the amendments. Violators will be fined 2,000 Turkish liras.

According to the amendments, severe sanctions will be applied to intoxicated individuals with weapons. If this happens for the first time, the weapon will be confiscated. The weapons carry license will be revoked for the second time.

According to the law on the weapon possession, it is necessary to pay 3,214 Turkish liras for weapons carry license, but 1,028 Turkish liras for weapon storage.

According to the official statistics, weapons worth 8.5 million Turkish liras were sold in Turkey in 2013.

Turkey is among 178 world's countries, where it is allowed to carry weapons. Around 12 weapons account for every 100 people in the country.

Turkish civilians have three million firearms. Only four percent was officially registered.

The official exchange rate is 2.2058 TL/USD.