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Syria. 2010 ‘Marking, Licensing and Registration.’ National Report of the Syrian Arab Republic 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. 1. New York, NY: Permanent Mission of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations. 1 January

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National Report of the Syrian Arab Republic on Illicit Trafficking in Small Arms and Light Weapons

Some provisions of that law [Law No. 403 of 1957] were amended by Decision No. 86/N of 13 February 1977, which abolished permits for arms brokers, thereby confining arms brokering to the public sector, specifically, the General Organization for Trade and Distribution (GOTA) of the Ministry of Economy and Trade. That agency does not sell any weapon to any individual unless he presents a certificate issued by the Ministry of the Interior. The agency records all particulars of the weapon and the buyer, including the origin, type, calibre and serial number of the weapon; the name and personal information of the buyer; and the number and date of the certificate.

The agency then passes this information on to the licensing authorities at the Ministry of the Interior. The agency's records and weapons inventory are subject to periodic surprise inspection by the Ministry of the Interior, and weapons import licences are subject to the Ministry's approval.

These measures ensure control of the import, possession, sale and stockpiling of such weapons, with a view to preventing any harm they might cause to society.

The aforementioned Decision also includes all the other provisions contained in Law No. 403 of 1957.

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