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Latvia. 2004 ‘Checks Made by Latvian Institutions at Armouries and Businesses Engaged in the Trade of Arms.’ National Report of Latvia 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); Article 5, p. 9. New York, NY: Permanent Mission of Latvia to the United Nations. 5 May

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Checks Made by Latvian Institutions at Armouries and Businesses Engaged in the Trade of Arms

Clause 1. Latvia has national standards and procedures in the management and safety of armouries of light weapons. These are provided in the Law on Arms Circulation of June 6, 2002 and a number of CM Regulations.

Clause 2. Checks at armouries and businesses engaged in the trade of arms are made by the State Police of the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Latvia:

- Businesses engaged in the trade of arms not less than once a month;
- Other armouries not linked to the trade of arms not less than once every three months.

Clause 3. In armouries of the Latvian Armed Forces where military weapons are stored, checks are made once a quarter. Similarly, annual inventory of the Armed Forces is performed. Additional checks and inventory at these armouries may be made upon orders of the Commander of the Armed Forces.

Clause 4. In order to manage possible stockpiles and remnants of arms in accordance with Order No. 165 of the Commander of the National Armed Forces of February 20, 2003, it was provided that support bases of types of the Armed Forces would be taken over by the Provisions Service Centre (Latvian - Nodrosinajuma centrs), as a result of which armouries will be merged and management of remnants and stockpiles of weaponry will be improved with the help of the recently introduced CONCORD computerized accounting system.

ID: Q3474

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