Citation(s) from the literature library

Samoa. 2016 ‘Marking and Record Keeping.’ National Report of Samoa 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. 19. New York NY: Permanent Mission of Samoa to the United Nations. 17 March

Relevant contents

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.

The Ministry of Police records markings that indicate make, model and serial number. In some instances the SALW butts are marked with unique registration number…


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)?

Section 4 of the Arms Ordinance provides that licensed dealers should keep records of receipt, manufacture, sale or delivery by his/her business of all ammunition or any firearms and any other particulars prescribed by regulations and allows a member of the Police to make copies of such records. The Ministry of Police maintain a register recording information such as: (a) firearm description; (b) owner details; (c) location of where firearms are stored; (d) purpose for firearm; and (e) registration details.

20.2 How long does the government keep such records?

Section 23 of the Public Records Act 2011 provides that public records for a public entity or government entity may be kept for 25 years and then deposited to the National Archives and Records Authority. However the Ministry of Police as a matter of practice keep the records indefinitely…

[SALW = Small Arms and Light Weapon]

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