Citation(s) from the GunPolicy.org literature library
Papua New Guinea. 2012 ‘Marking and Record Keeping.’ National Report of Papua New Guinea 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 7, p. 6. New York NY: Permanent Mission of Papua New Guinea to the United Nations. 1 January
Section 7: Marking and Record Keeping
18. Does your country take measures to ensure that all SALW in the possession of government armed and security forces for their own use are duly marked? YES
18.1. Describe the markings that are applied to government-held stocks.
PNG relies on serial number by the manufacturer including the make, calibre and origin…
20. Does your country have standards and procedures related to keeping of records for all marked SALW in its territory? YES
20.1. What records relating to SALW are kept by the State (e.g. manufacturing, brokering, import and export licences granted, sales to other States, SALW held by State agencies such as the armed forces etc)?
The Firearms Act 1978 Section 8 provides that the Registrar of Firearms shall keep all particulars of all SALW in a prescribed form detailing make, serial No., origin, broker, customer (State agency or otherwise).
20.2. How long does the government keep such records?
Under the National Library & Archives Act 1993, all State records are kept for a minimum of 20 years before archived. However, records less than 20 years can also be archived or disposed given that permission is granted by the relevant head of a government agency. Records of transfers are by practice kept indefinitely…
[SALW = Small Arms and Light Weapon]