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Bay area exam creates opportunities

I am delighted to learn that the inaugural Greater Bay Area Legal Professional Examination was held successfully in Hong Kong today. I am truly grateful to the Ministry of Justice for its policy on implementing the Greater Area Bay exam and related training, and its dedicated efforts all along.   The bay area exam, originally scheduled to be held earlier this year, was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The ministry then decided to set up new examination venues in Hong Kong in addition to those in Shenzhen and Zhuhai, and signed a memorandum of understanding with the Department of Justice for the department to co-ordinate with the Hong Kong Examinations & Assessment Authority to handle examination-related work. Such arrangement has brought great convenience to Hong Kong candidates.   Thanks to the ministry’s staunch support all along, the bay area exam was set up in response to the suggestions and aspirations of the Hong Kong legal sector. It will no doubt provide an exten

Views sought on firearm control

The Government today launched a four-week public consultation on the control of genuine firearm component parts.   It said firearms and their component parts have always been under stringent control in Hong Kong.   The Government pointed out that cases involving genuine arms have increased in recent years and criminals have made use of the loophole in the existing definition of arms under the Firearms & Ammunition Ordinance to smuggle component parts of genuine firearms into Hong Kong in separate shipments and then assemble them into fully functional firearms to evade the law.   Noting that the situation is worrying, the Government said it is necessary to provide a clearer and more concrete definition of firearm component parts to plug the legal loophole.   It proposed to amend the Firearms & Ammunition (Declaration of Arms) Regulations to list specific essential firearm component parts as arms under the Firearms & Ammunition Ordinance.   A 90-day grace period was also proposed to allow those affected to dispose of the component parts or apply for a licence from Police before the regulations come into effect.    The consultation will end on March 16.   The Government will consolidate views received and table the proposed amendments by subsidiary legislation at the Legislative Council, with a view to completing the legislative process within the current legislative session.   Views can be submitted by email, faxed to 2810 7702 or posted to the Security Bureau at 10/F, East Wing, Central Government Offices, 2 Tim Mei Avenue, Tamar.   Click here for the consultation document.
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