Citation(s) from the GunPolicy.org literature library
Germany. 2010 ‘Collection and Disposal.’ 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 2.5.1. New York, NY: Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations. 22 February
Collection and Disposal
Federal Armed Forces:
Techniques for Destruction - For the reduction, demilitarization and utilization of SALW, the Federal Armed Forces mainly apply the severing (cutting) procedure, partly in combination with plastic deformation…
Seized or Confiscated Weapons - SALW seized or confiscated by Federal Armed Forces outside of Germany during operations under NATO or EU control are destroyed, either through NATO or EU forces or through local authorities.
Surplus Weapons 1990—2009 - In 2009, the Federal Armed Forces destroyed 76,559 SALW. Consistent with national German policy the holdings of the former standard issue rifle were not sold but destroyed. Within the period 1990 to 2009, the Federal Armed Forces have destroyed a total of 2,303,252 SALW.
Weapons seized or confiscated by the Federal Police are usually destroyed, hereby using the following techniques: meltdown in blast furnaces, shredding, torch cutting. In the case of rare weapons, collection for the purpose of education and training of Federal Police forces may alternatively apply.
Federal Customs Administration:
In 2009, the Federal Customs Administration destroyed 5188 short-rifle weapons and 3 submachine guns, either in its own central repair facility for weapons ("four-eyes-principle"), or by certified contractors under supervision of a Customs Officer. The technical destruction is mainly done by severing (cutting), partly in combination with plastic deformation, using mechanical or thermal separation procedures. Documentation on the destruction process contains each weapon's type and serial number.
[SALW = small arms and light weapons]