At today’s sitting, the Bill allowing the use of a silencer on a firearm in hunting, in firing ranges and in field firing ranges to reduce the noise level passed the second reading in the Riigikogu. Under the current Act, it is permitted to own a silencer only on a sporting firearm used in a firing range.
The Bill on Amendments to the Weapons Act and Amendments to Other Associated Acts (494 SE), initiated by the Government, provides for the possibility to issue electronic weapons permits, among other things. At present, only weapon permits on paper are in use. If the documents certifying the hunting rights will have been issued electronically, they will not have to be carried on paper while hunting. According to the Bill, it will be possible for applicants for a weapons permit to take the theory exam, which is in Estonian, also in a foreign language with the help of an interpreter.
The Riigikogu reviewed the motions to amend, and a number of amendments were incorporated into the Bill during the second reading. Besides the right to use a silencer, the permitted quantity of cartridges for firearms in the ownership of a natural person was also increased from the current 100 cartridges to 200, and a holder of a weapons permit will have the right to own up to 5000 primers.
Valdo Randpere from the Reform Party Faction took the floor during the debate, and on behalf of the faction moved to suspend the second reading of the Bill. In his words, the examination on the knowledge of the requirements of legislation regulating the handling of weapons should be taken only in the official language, and the Bill should be discussed once more, involving also the National Defence Committee.
Külliki Kübarsepp from the Free Party Faction also underlined the importance of the Estonian language in taking the examination on the knowledge of the requirements of legislation regulating the handling of weapons.
Raivo Aeg from the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union Faction supported the conclusion of the second reading and the sending of the Bill to the third reading.
Henn Põlluaas from the Estonian Conservative People’s Party Faction stressed the need to review the permitted quantity of ammunition, and agreed with the involvement of the National Defence Committee in the further discussion.
Member of the Reform Party Faction Madis Milling said that the Bill still needed improvement, and he also stressed the importance of the involvement of the National Defence Committee.
The Reform Party Faction moved to suspend the second reading of the Bill. 34 members of the Riigikogu voted in favour of the motion and 41 were against. The motion was not supported and the second reading was concluded.
The first reading of the Draft Resolution of the Riigikogu “On the Rehabilitation of the Union of Participants in the Estonian War of Independence, and the Persons and Organisations connected therewith” (552 OE) was adjourned in the Riigikogu due to the end of the working hours of the sitting of the plenary assembly. The deliberation of the draft Resolution submitted by Members of the Riigikogu Henn Põlluaas, Jaanus Karilaid, Martin Helme, Igor Gräzin, Jaak Madison, Raivo Põldaru, Arno Sild, Peeter Ernits, Madis Milling, Mart Helme, Uno Kaskpeit, Tarmo Kruusimäe and Märt Sults will continue in the next working week.
Video recordings of the sittings of the Riigikogu can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/riigikogu
(NB! The recording will be uploaded with a delay.)
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