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Guyana. 2010 ‘Administrative Procedure.’ National Report of Guyana 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), p. 3. New York, NY: Permanent Mission of Guyana to the United Nations. 1 June

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Administrative Procedure

The system of firearm control ensures that all firearms1 that enter Guyana are first engraved with a distinguishing mark or number before it is licensed and sold. To be in possession of a firearm that does not bear a distinguishing mark or number is an offence which carries a penalty (as mentioned above).

Section 232 of the Firearms Act prohibits a person, by way of business from:
(a) Manufacturing, selling, transferring, repairing, testing or proving; or
(b) Exposing for sale or transfer, or having in their possession for sale, any firearm1 or ammunition unless they are registered as a dealer.

The Commissioner of Police is the authority empowered by Section 24 (1)3 of the Firearms Act to receive applications from persons, to be registered as firearm dealers. The Commissioner of Police maintains a register of all registered firearms dealers.1

SALW that are licensed can be traced from the registers that are kept by the Police. The Police Force also maintains an inventory of all firearms. A ballistic test firing is done with the help of bullet catcher equipment, and necessary records are kept.

Guyana does not manufacture and export firearms. The necessity to use authenticated end-users certificate does not apply.

Each weapon received into the inventory of Government agencies is engraved with a distinguishing mark/number. The weapon type, maker's name and number are recorded in a special register. The name and rank of the person to whom a particular firearm is issued is recorded along with the date and time of issue and for what purpose and period. The official who uplifts the weapon signs the weapons issue book as receiving the particular weapon.

[SALW = Small Arms and Light Weapons]

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