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Uruguay. 2010 ‘Measures against the Removal or Alterations of Markings (Medidas contra la Eliminación o Alteración de Marcas).’ National Report of Uruguay 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); I-2, pp. 28-29. New York, NY: Permanent Mission of Uruguay to the United Nations. 20 January

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Medidas contra la Eliminación o Alteración de Marcas

2 - En relación a si los fabricantes de armas pequeñas y armas ligeras de sus jurisdicciones han adoptado medidas contra la eliminación o alteración de marcas, se informa:

Al presente no existen fabricantes nacionales de armas de fuego. No obstante, la posibilidad de fabricación de armas de fuego y municiones está contemplada en nuestra legislación, y de autorizarse dicha fabricación, el o los fabricantes deberán observar las normas correspondientes, entre otras, lo dispuesto por el Artículo 3 inciso 1° de la Circular SMA 001/RNA-E/07 que establece que "Todas las armas de fuego, municiones y materiales relacionados serán marcadas al momento de la fabricación, no pudiendo ingresar al mercado nacional sin las marcas correspondientes". El artículo 8 de la mencionada Circular dispone que "Todas las marcas deben ser durables, permanentes e indelebles. El marcado se realizará de forma que se asegure que los datos permanezcan aunque se intenten borrarlos o alterarlos.", estableciendo a su vez el articulo 6 la forma del marcaje de esta manera: "Las marcas se aplicarán a las armas de fuego y otros materiales relacionados mediante estampado, o en su caso fundición, grabado, marcado a fuego o mediante el clavado o soldado de una placa con los datos de acuerdo a las características del arma o material de que se trate."

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Measures against the Removal or Alterations of Markings

2 - With regard to whether manufacturers of small arms and light weapons in their jurisdictions have developed measures against the removal or alteration of markings, we wish to state the following:

At present, there are no national firearms manufacturers; however, our legislation does contain provisions on manufacturing firearms and ammunition. In the event that the manufacture of firearms and ammunition is authorised, the manufacturer(s) must observe the applicable rules.

One such rule is found in article 3, paragraph 1, of Circular SMA 001/RNA-E/07, which establishes the following: "All firearms, ammunition and related materials shall be marked at the time of manufacture. They shall not be allowed to enter the national market without the proper markings."

Article 8 of the same Circular provides the following: "All markings must be durable, permanent and indelible. Markings shall be applied in such a way as to ensure that the information contained therein remains even if attempts are made to remove or alter it."

Article 6, meanwhile, establishes the various types of marking, as follows: "Markings shall be applied to firearms and other related materials by stamping or, where applicable, casting, engraving, or branding. Alternatively, a plate containing information on the characteristics of the weapon or material concerned may be nailed or welded onto the firearm or other related material."

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