Was there any regulation of hand-held blasters, slug-throwers and other weapons?

I know that according to this question Han illegally modified his blaster, so surely there are some regulations on the modification of blasters. Just to make it clear, I am asking about blasters and other ranged firearms that a single person could hold, not ship mounted lasers (already asked.)

So what laws governed the use and ownership of blasters, slugthrowers and other ranged weapons in the Star Wars universe?

EDIT: I am asking specifically about regulation during the Rise of the Empire, Rebellion and New Republic eras (From 30BBY - 30ABY.)

  • Almost certainly it depended on the Laws of the Planet you were on. Different Planets would have different Laws depending on whether it was a Central High population world (probably restricted) to Frontier worlds where there were little or no government and highly dangerous animals and Native inhabitants who might be hostile. (ie Tatooine where Luke was raised.)
    – NJohnny
    Apr 25, 2018 at 2:28
  • Also, in which era?
    – Valorum
    Apr 25, 2018 at 5:59
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    A well-regulated Jedi Order, being necessary to the security of a free Republic, the right of the people to keep and bear lightsabers, shall not be infringed.
    – Adamant
    Apr 25, 2018 at 8:44
  • @Valorum Just updated
    – Boolean
    Apr 25, 2018 at 15:56
  • @Boolean - So, basically over the past 1050 years of recorded history on a million planets then?
    – Valorum
    Apr 25, 2018 at 16:09

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I'm not sure where this Han 'removed the scope' thing came from. According to Wiki, Han's was "illegally modified to provide greater damage without increasing power consumption."

IIRC, it's mentioned in the Thrawn series, that disrupters are illegal.

When fired upon a biological target, the victim was disintegrated atom by atom, resulting in a slow, painful death. After T-7's were used against the Lasat during the fall of their homeworld, the weapons were banned by the Imperial Senate. – Disruptor

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