Starting this Tuesday, anyone caught with an illegal weapon; blocking streets, abusing animals or even violating food security requirements will be met with severe penalties.

Today, October 8th, is the deadline for any legal changes to this law, which gives a 3-year prison sentence to anyone caught blocking traffic, assaulting police officers, or committing acts of violence on sports fields.

New changes to the Penal Code, according to lawyer Saimir Visha, are expected to solve the problem of roadblocks, violence in sports, and food security violations.

Visha states that the severity of the sentence for the penal offense of possessing a firearm has not had any effect on the case either.

Prior to being approved for the second time in Parliament, the amendments to the Penal Code have been returned for review by President Ilir Meta on the grounds that some of the provisions do not guarantee proper prevention or punishment.

There is also a toughening of the sentence for the illegal possession of firearms where it now expands from 7 to 15 years in prison. Additionally, violence against animals is punishable by up to 2 years in prison.

Further toughening in these new changes is foreseen even for the violation of food security. In this case, abusers will be sentenced from 7 to 25 years in prison.