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Switzerland. 2009 ‘National Laws, Regulations and Decrees - Production.’ National Report of Switzerland 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). New York, NY: Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the United Nations. 31 December

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The production of firearms falls within the scope of WA [Weapons Act 1997] and is subject to an arms trading license. Arms traders are required by law to keep manufacturing and sales data on record for ten years. Records are to be handed over to the responsible cantonal authorities.

Arms manufacturers are required by law to mark items individually, and arms traders must keep records on the sale of arms. These records must be kept for ten years, after which time they are to be handed over to the competent cantonal authorities.

The manufacture of SALW which are not firearms falls within the scope of WMA [Federal Act on War Material]. Anyone who wishes to manufacture SALW under WMA on Swiss territory requires an initial license. The initial license is granted to natural or legal persons if the applicant offers the required guarantee for the proper conduct of their business affairs and if the intended activity is not contrary to national interest. If at any time these conditions are no longer met, the license may be revoked.

[SALW = Small Arms and Light Weapons]

ID: Q1616

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