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Latvia. 2020 ‘Marking.’ National Report of Latvia 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. 18. New York NY: Permanent Mission of Latvia to the United Nations. 1 January

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Marking

7.1 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?

7.1.1. Describe the markings that are applied to government-held stocks.

According to the Law on Circulation of the Weapons of 2019, any handling of non-classified, non-marked firearms is prohibited in Latvia. Cabinet of Ministers Regulation No.182 - Marking of weapons and ammunition (April 30, 2019) contains procedure for marking weapons and ammunition for circulation in Latvia in accordance with norms of European Parliament and Council Directive 2017/853/EU of 17 May, 2017, amending the European Union (EU) Council Directive 91/477/EEC on control of the acquisition and possession of weapons.

Regulation No. 182. stipulates that weapons imported in the Republic of Latvia are additionally marked with the letters "LV" and with numbers representing the year when the weapon had been imported. The Cabinet of Ministers Regulation No. 76 (February 4, 2020) on Arms Registry regulations establish procedures for record keeping of marked weapons. Weapons in possession of the Latvian National Armed Forces are marked according to the Internal Regulation of the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Latvia: "

All weapons, including those subject to destruction, are marked and registered in a special database of the Logistics Command."Additional orders establish specific measures, such as accounting of used gun parts.

[SALW = Small Arms and Light Weapons]

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