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Decree n° 99-240 the 24 of march 1999 relating to the commercial conditions of selling some kinds of objects wich looks like fire arms.
The prime minister,
On the report of The keeper of the sealr, Minister of Justice, Home Secretary, Minister of Economy, Finance and Industry, Minister of Defence, Secretary of State.
having regard to Directive 98/34/CE Of the European Parliament and the Council of June 22nd, 1998 planning standards and technical rules, and the letter reached on May 28th, 1997 the Commission of the European Communities by which the French government seized the aforementioned committee :
Seen the penal code, in particular its articles 121-2, 121-41, et R.610-1 ;
Seen the penal code, in particular its articles L.221-3 ;
Seen the opinion of the committee of the safety of the consumers on July 2nd, 1997 ;
The council of State (Financial section) heard,
Art.1er -The offer, the putting on sale, the distribution for free or the provision for a fee or for free new or second-hand objects having the appearance of a firearm, Intended to throw stiff missiles, when they develop in the mouth an energy superior to 0.08 joules and lower than 2 joules, are regulated in the conditions defined by the present decree.
Art.2 - The sale, the distribution for free to minors or the provision for a fee or for free mentioned in the article products 1st of the present decree are forbidden.
Art.3 - The indication of the energy expressed in joules developed by the mentioned in the article products 1st of the present decree has to appear at the same time on the product, on its packaging and on the necessarily joined note of employment.
Art.4 -The packaging as well as the note of 1st mentioned in the article employment of the products of the present decree have to indicate in readable, visible characters, and indelible, both mentions :
" Distribution forbidden the minors " and " Attention: never to manage the shooting towards a person ".
Art.5 - Is punished for the fine planned for the fines of 5 ème category :
1° The fact of selling, of distributing for free to minors,to put at their disposal for free or for a fee the mentioned in the article products 1st of the present decree ;
2° The fact of offering to the sale, of putting on sale, to sell, to distribute for free or for a fee the mentioned in the article products 1st of the present decree by underestimating provisions of the articles 3 and 4 of the present decree.
In case of second offense, the fine planned for the second offense of the fine of 5th class is applicable.
The moral persons can be declared criminally responsible, in the conditions planned in the article 131-41 of the same code.
Art.6 - The keeper of the sealr, Minister of Justice, Home Secretary, Minister of Economy, Finance and Industry, Minister of Defence, Secretary of State of small and medium-sized enterprises, trade and crafts and Secretary of State for Industry are in charge, chaucun in what concerns him, of the execution of the present decree, which will be published to the gazette of the French Republic.