Citation(s) from the GunPolicy.org literature library
Norway. 2009 ‘Marking, Record Keeping and Tracing.’ National Report of Norway 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), pp. 11-13. New York, NY: Permanent Mission of Norway to the United Nations. 28 April
Marking, Record Keeping and Tracing
All arms procured by the armed and the police forces have unique identification markings applied by the producers. This forms part of the production specifications.
It is a general prerequisite for licensing and registration that SALW have a unique serial number. Detailed requirements on markings may be introduced by police authorities.
The armed forces hold complete inventory lists of all weapons in its possession. This identifies the exact location of each stored weapon, or the individual holding the weapon.
The police authorities maintain a similar system.
All SALW that require licensing and registration remain in the weapons register after being exported, decommissioned or destroyed, thereby maintaining their traceability.
[SALW = small arms and light weapons]