Citation(s) from the GunPolicy.org literature library
Germany. 2010 ‘Marking, Recordkeeping and Tracing - Registration.’ 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 2.8.4. New York, NY: Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations. 22 February
Marking, Recordkeeping and Tracing
All license holders are obliged to keep the necessary documents for at least ten years in order to make on-site inspections of the supervising authorities possible. Such on-site inspections take place regularly and may be carried out as challenge inspections.
Recordkeeping in the federal back-up register of SALW maintained by the Federal Police is unlimited in time, thus warranting that police weaponry can be traced even after the life-time of the weapons.
Additionally, each arms manufacturer is obliged to keep an arms manufacturing register (Waffenherstellungsbuch) and a register of the trade in arms (Waffenhandelsbuch). These registers contain information on the production of arms, the recipients of the arms, the production numbers, and the production signs (e.g. registered trademarks or the name of the manufacturer).
Upon consultation of the registers, it is possible to determine whether a specific marked arm was manufactured by the company in question.
Markings may differ according to clients' wishes, but it is guaranteed that a later identification is possible.
As to non-military weapons, inspections take place once a year; they are carried out for by the competent regional administrative authority.
[SALW = small arms and light weapons]