Citation(s) from the GunPolicy.org literature library
Germany. 2010 ‘Marking, Recordkeeping and Tracing - Tracing.’ 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 - Tracing
SALW held and issued by State authorities can be traced by referring the marking to registers kept by the Federal Armed Forces, the federal back-up register of SALW maintained by the Federal Police, the central weapons register of the Federal Revenue Administration, as the case may be.
In the civil domain small arms can be traced in the same way.
The German legislation provides a sophisticated system of marking and registration of small arms which allows the tracing of any lawfully marked weapon.
[SALW = small arms and light weapons]