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    Estonian economy, security will benefit from amended Weapons Act - defmin

    TALLINN, Jun 13, BNS - Estonia's security, economy and entrepreneurs alike will benefit from amendments to the Weapons Act passed in parliament on Wednesday, Minister of Defense Juri Luik believes.

    The parliament approved amendments that grant Estonian defense contractors the right to manufacture and handle military weapons, ammunition and ordnance.

    Luik stated that the importance of the amendments lies in the creation of the opportunity for domestic defense industry enterprises to manufacture, transport, store, repair and demilitarize military weapons, ammunition, and ordnance, spokespeople for the Ministry of Defense said.

    "The change is extremely important, with the winners being Estonia's economy, security and companies," the minister emphasized. "The absence of the right to handle weapons and ammunition has long been a serious concern for Estonia's defense industry, one that hinders the development of the defense sector."

    According to the minister, armaments and ammunition have thus far been acquired, for the most part, abroad. Now, however, the situation is changing and the export opportunities of Estonia's defense contractors will increase as well.

    Under the amendment, operating licenses will be issued solely to companies operating and registered in Estonia, and entrepreneurs, owners, managers, responsible officials and employees will have to pass a background check.

    The bill estimated that five or six domestic companies will apply for permits during the first year and one or two annually in subsequent years.

    The Riigikogu also passed an amendment that allows the authorities to apply for restricting the validity and issuance of permits and licenses to dodgers of military duty.

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    • Published: 13.06.2018 16:29
    • LETA, BNS
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