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Sri Lanka. 2008 ‘Marking, Record Keeping and Tracing.’ National Report of Sri Lanka 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 2 (Section 9), p. 7. New York, NY: Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations. 8 May

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9. Marking, Record Keeping and Tracing

The legislation requires a unique mark identifying the country of manufacture to be made on each weapon manufactured. The Firearms Ordinance lays down in Section 18 that every gun made by a manufacturer shall bear the name of the manufacturer, together with a consecutive number legibly engraved on the barrel. Any manufacturer who fails to mark any gun made by him shall be guilty of an offence against this Ordinance. Such weapons could therefore be traced through accepted international channels. However, at present, no licensed manufacture of small arms takes place in Sri Lanka.

v. How long are records kept on the manufacture, holding and transfer of SALW under your jurisdiction?

Records have been maintained for ten years or more.

vi. What national measures exist for tracing SALW held and issued by the
State?

There is room to bring these procedures in line with current international best practices.

vii. Please give details of any steps taken by your country to cooperate in
tracing illicit SALW, including the strengthening of mechanisms based on
the exchange of relevant information.

Mechanisms need to be developed to improve cooperation and exchange of information.

[SALW = small arms and light weapons]

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