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Lesotho. 2010 ‘Marking.’ National Report of Lesotho 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 3.1, pp. 4-5. New York, NY: Permanent Mission of Lesotho to the United Nations. 2 February

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The requirement to mark firearms for the purpose of identification and tracing is a core provision of both the International Tracing Instrument and the SADC Protocol. Lesotho has no capacity to manufacture firearms for sale or export However, it is an offence to manufacture or deal in firearms or ammunition without being registered.

All SALW [Small Arms and Light Weapons] that are legally in the country are imported from other countries. The process of marking small SALW in the country shall be done in line with the Regional Action Plan for the implementation of the SADC Protocol.

In terms of the plan, marking of state and civilian firearms should commence in the year 2011. Lesotho therefore needs technical and financial assistance to buy machines and to train officers to safely and effectively to use the marking machines.

[SADC Protocol = Southern African Development Community Protocol on the Control of Firearms, Ammunition and Other Related Materials]

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