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Moldova. 2010 ‘Marking, Record-Keeping and Tracing.’ National Report of Moldova on its Implementation of the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (UNPoA); Section 9, pp. 20-21. New York, NY: Permanent Mission of Moldova to the United Nations. 1 January

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9. Marking, Record-keeping and Tracing

The Republic of Moldova uses the following as a national marking system:

- for military small arms and light weapons: the marking system of the manufacturing country;
- for non-military small arms and light weapons: the requirements of the Permanent International Commission for the Proving of Small Arms of the Brussels Convention.

The marking systems of manufacturing countries are recognized.

The Republic of Moldova has not developed any national marking technologies or marking procedures for unmarked small arms and light weapons. The Republic of Moldova is currently still using the marking techniques and procedures of the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

Civilian small arms and light weapons and ammunition imported into the Republic of Moldova which are intended for sale are subject to an obligatory certification procedure. One of the compulsory requirements for certification is the verification of marking. Marking requirements are set out in the authentication procedure for small arms and light weapons. Only State-owned stores are allowed to sell imported civilian small arms and light weapons.

According to the existing national requirements, marking includes the following elements:

1. A trademark and (or) name of the manufacturing company;
2. Name of the model of the weapon;
3. The calibre of the ammunition used for each unit. For a smooth-bore weapon, the length of the chamber is also provided;
4. The (individual) index number of the weapon;
5. The identification mark of the testing location or laboratory and also an indication of the gunpowder used in the tests of the barrel or of the small arm or light weapon in assembled form. The identification marks recognized are solely those of the testing stations recognized by the Permanent International Commission for the Proving of Small Arms.

The marking (identification) of military small arms and light weapons must specify the department to which they belong.

Documentary records are kept for five or ten years, depending on the importance of the document (subsidiary or main record).

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