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France. 2010 ‘Marking, Record Keeping and Tracing of Firearms (Marquage, Enregistrement et Traçage des Armes).’ National Report of France 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), p. 15. New York, NY: Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations. 1 May

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Marquage, Enregistrement et Traçage des Armes

C'est essentiellement l'apposition de la marque et du numéro de série qui permet d'engager utilement une recherche de traçabilité efficace.

En effet, il n'existe pas de disposition spécifique législative ou réglementaire sur le marquage des armes. Cependant, conformément à la pratique en vigueur, les armes à feu de toutes catégories sont identifiées par:

- une marque commerciale (nom du fabricant),
- un numéro de série, alphanumérique (numéro matricule directeur),
- le calibre du canon

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Marking, Record Keeping and Tracing of Firearms

It is essentially the application of the mark and the serial number, which allow the useful commencement of an effective traceability search.

Indeed, there is no specific legislative or regulatory disposition on the marking of firearms. However, in accordance to the current practice, firearms of all categories are identified by:

- a commercial mark (name of the manufacturer),
- an alphanumerical serial number (guiding identification number),
- the calibre of the barrel

[Editor's Note: French Overseas Departments and Territories consist broadly of French-administered territories outside of the European continent. According to the French constitution, French laws and regulations (civil code, penal code, administrative law, social laws, and tax laws etc) generally apply to overseas departments as in the mainland. However, territories are governed by autonomy statutes that allow them to make their own domestic laws outside areas such as: defence, international relations, international trade and currency, courts and administrative law. Generally, Department and Territory gun laws are similar to the French law, but where such domestic laws do not exist, then French law is applied.]

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