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Germany. 2010. ‘Legislation, Regulations and Administrative Procedures – War Weapons.’ National Report of Germany on its Implementation of the United Nations Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (UNPoA); Section 184.108.40.206. New York: Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations. 22 February.
As lawmaking in the field of war weaponry is a matter of exclusive federal legislation, the federal states (Länder) have the right to legislate in matters concerning SALW not designed as war weapons only to the extent the Federal Republic has refrained from legislating on the federal level; Article 74(1)(4a) of the Basic Law.
After the entry into force, on April 1, 2003, of the most recent amendment to the Weapons Act, the federal states will practically only retain the right to legislate on state police SALW issues and on the administration of non-military SALW recordkeeping, where a parallel system applies with a federal back-up register of SALW maintained by the Federal Police and local registers on non-military SALW ownership.
[SALW = small arms and light weapons]