Coll 7/33 'Saudi Arabia: regulations concerning the importation and possession of arms' [14r] (27/96)
The record is made up of 1 file (46 folios). It was created in 24 Jul 1931-13 Aug 1936. It was written in English. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers.
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The Saudi Regulation published in October 1935
prohibiting the import, sale, carrying and possession
of arms in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia will be found at
P.Z.63/36. It provides for a system of licences, and
although technically the list of persons authorised to
carry arms (see Article 7) is limited to official persons,
‘ it appears from a subsequent Article, No.16, that migrant
tribesmen e^wanot in fact be disarmed. The Articles which
are of direct interest to us are Nos.16 and 17. They lay
down a differentiation of treatment between the tribesmen
of Saudi Arabia and those of neighbouring countries. The
latter are required to deposit their arms at a frontier
post, the former only on entry into a town, and it was
therefore felt that the natives of such neighbouring
states as Koweit or the Trucial Sheikhdoms might be at a
disadvantage when journeying into the interior of Saudi
The political Resiaent was asked to give his views
on this aspect of the Regulations and his reply will be
found at P.Z.2052. Koweit appears to be the state most
likely to be affected and Captain de Gaury’s comments are
therefore of interest. The Sheikh himself is satisfied
that no hardship is entailed, because, in his opinion, it
would be impossible for the Saudi Government to enforce
the Regulations in N.E.Arabia. This is probably true,
but it is possible that if a solution of the question of
the Saudi Blockade is reached in the near future
ch^f ective frontier posts will, in fact, be established on
the Koweit-Saudi frontier and it would therefore be
possible for Saudi officials to enforce the Regulations
against Koweiti subjects. The Regulations have, however,
now been in force for some months and no differentiation
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The file concerns regulations regarding the prohibition of the import, sale, carrying and possession of arms in the Hejaz kingdom, and later the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The regulations were all published in the Saudi newspaper Umm al Qura [Umm al-Qurá], and consist of the following: a high decree published 15 May 1931 (folios 43-45); a high order sanctioned by the Legislative Assembly, 8 Safar 1352 [2 June 1933] (folios 39-40); and a regulation issued by Ibn Sa'ūd ['Abd al-Raḥmān bin 'Abd al-'Azīz bin Fayṣal Āl Sa'ūd] on 3 Shabān 1354 [31 October 1935] (folios 29-34).
The file also includes correspondence between HM Minister at Jedda (Andrew Ryan), the Foreign Office, the Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. (Lieutenant-Colonel Trenchard Craven Fowle), the Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. at Bahrain (Lieutenant-Colonel Percy Gordon Loch), the Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. at Kuwait (Captain Gerald Simpson Hillairet de Gaury), and the High Commissioner for Trans-Jordan (Arthur Wauchope), discussing: the impact of the regulations on tribesmen from Transjordan, Kuwait and the Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates. ; the difficulties of enforcing the regulations in the hinterlands; and concerns that Ibn Sa'ūd intended to use the regulations to impose his influence on tribes who moved into Saudi limits from Qatar and Abu Dhabi.
The file includes a divider which gives a list of correspondence references found in the file by year. This is placed at the end of the correspondence (folio 2).
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The papers are arranged in rough chronological order from the rear to the front of the file.
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Foliation: the foliation sequence for this description commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 48; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio.
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