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Canada. 2012 ‘Marking at Manufacture.’ National Report of Canada 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) and the International Tracing Instrument (ITI); Section 2, p. 5. New York NY: Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations. 1 January

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Marking at Manufacture

4.2 Does your country require that SALW be marked at the time of manufacture?

Canada's Firearms Act1 requires that restricted and prohibited firearms2 be uniquely identified for the purpose of registration. Typically these firearms would bear a permanently marked serial number or unique Firearms Identification Number issued by the Registrar of Firearms.

Firearms Marking Regulations that were scheduled to come into effect on December 1, 2010 were deferred to December 1, 2012, to provide sufficient time to examine additional marking options not previously considered.

All small arms and light weapons purchased by the Department of National Defence (DND) are marked with a unique serial number applied by the manufacturer. If applicable, the small arm is clearly identified as a Canadian Forces Weapon with its calibre also marked. Each firearm is also marked Made in Canada, with the logo of Colt Canada.

DND utilizes the unique serial numbers to manage and account for all new small arms in its inventories and records lists of previous manufacturers' serial number rationalizations in order to support the management of older small arms.

The firearms of Canada's national police service, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), are marked with the manufacturer's information and a unique serial number. Where large qualities of firearms are purchased, the firearms are also marked as belonging to the RCMP.

[SALW = Small Arms and Light Weapons]

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