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Trinidad and Tobago. 2010 ‘International Tracing Instrument.’ National Report of Trinidad and Tobago 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); Chapter 1. New York, NY: Permanent Mission of Trinidad and Tobago to the United Nations. 30 April

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International Tracing Instrument

2.0 In accordance with the relevant paragraphs of the International Tracing Instrument, the Government of Trinidad and Tobago has taken appropriate measures to trace illicit small arms and light weapons as well as those taken in the field of international cooperation and assistance.

2.1 With respect to weapons marking, section 21(b) of the Firearms Act provides for the marking of all firearms for the purposes of identification and tracing. Advancing the emphasis on marking, tracing and database management, the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS), in collaboration with the Trinidad and Tobago Forensic Sciences Centre (TTFSC), has been working on developing and implementing a National Tracing Mechanism in the form of a computerized database of all legally owned firearms. The process which began in 2007 is well advanced with the implementation of a mechanism to ensure that not only weapons procured for the armed forces are entered into the database but also those purchased by private security firms and authorized civilians. This process, which originates within the TTPS, involves the recording of every firearm's unique serial number and is supported by the TTFSC by way of ballistic test firing. In this way every firearm that has been entered into the database to date has also been test fired and that information captured within the IBIS database at the TTFSC.

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