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Germany. 2010 ‘Legislation, Regulations and Administrative Procedures - Manufacture.’ National Report of Germany 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 New York, NY: Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations. 22 February

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Provisions establishing obligations to mark war weapons are contained in section 12(7)(3) of the War Weapons Control Act in conjunction with section 13 of the Second Ordinance Implementing the War Weapons Control Act. No exceptions are allowed from the obligation to mark war weapons.

The marking of firearms by industry is governed by section 24 (1) through (5) of the Weapons Act. Arms manufacturers and arms dealers are under an obligation to warrant that every firearm produced, to be used, sold or imported in the area of application of the Weapons Act is duly, and uniquely, marked.

Section 14 of the Weapons Act establishes, for firearms developed prior to 1871 a manufactured prior to January 1, 1945, very narrow exceptions from the general marking obligation imposed on manufacturers.

If unmarked weapons not falling under section 14 of the Weapons Act are found, the competent authorities, as a rule, submit them to destruction, unless they constitute evidence in a criminal case under investigation or pending a final ruling, or are retained in order to be used for educational purposes of federal or state police forces.

Manufacture of unmarked or inadequately marked SALW constitutes an administrative offense pursuant to section 53(1)(9) of the Weapons Act.

[SALW = Small Arms and Light Weapons]

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