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Sweden. 2010 ‘Implementation of the International Tracing Instrument - Marking and Tracing.’ National Report of Sweden 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. 2. New York, NY: Permanent Mission of Sweden to the United Nations. 1 January

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Implementation of the International Tracing Instrument - Marking and Tracing

The production of small arms and light weapons is regulated under the Military Equipment Act and the Military Equipment Ordinance and is subject to control.

Neither of these laws contains specific requirements with regard to marking.

However, today all SALW are marked at the time of manufacture with the manufacturer's stamp and a unique number, including all SALW procured by the Swedish Armed Forces, the Swedish Customs Service, the Swedish Coast Guard and the Swedish Police Service.

Each weapon is hence traceable back to a specific manufacturer.

According to the Firearms Act, the possession and trade of all firearms and ammunition is subject to authorization. Permission to possess a firearm may be granted to individuals, hunting and sporting associations, principals of museums and authorized security companies. In order to issue a permit to any of these categories for possession of a weapon, the relevant weapon must have a unique marking. All licensed weapons in Sweden are required to have a unique identification number in order for a licence to be issued. A permit to possess a firearm is given by the police authorities.

[SALW = Small Arms and Light Weapons]

ID: Q4584

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