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Poland. 2006 ‘Marking of Weapons.’ National Report of Poland 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), pp. 2-3. New York, NY: Permanent Mission of Poland to the United Nations. 1 January

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Marking of Weapons

Poland considers marking of weapons as an important element of controlling the arms trade and national weapon supply management, which prevents the acquisition of arms by criminal groups.

The above-mentioned Law of June 22, 2001 on economic activity in the sphere of manufacturing of and trade in explosives, arms, ammunition and technology of military or police use obligated manufacturers to mark weapons and their key parts.

This also applies to imported firearms, which have to be marked with individual serial numbers and data permitting identification of the state of origin and the importer. All arms and weapons possessed by the Polish Armed forces are properly marked.

An analysis of the feasibility and necessity of introducing a common system of marking all essential parts for all arms producers in Poland is currently under way. A team of experts in the Ministry of Economy has been established to review the changes in the executive regulations to the Law of 22 June 2001. This activity is aimed at adjusting the SALW records and storage documentation to the provisions of Instrument on Identifying and Tracing of Illicit Small Arms and Light Weapons. Training regarding these issues is also envisaged.

Under the Polish Penal Code - article 306, it is a felony to remove, forge or distort identification markings on elements of SALW, which could permit identification of the serial number, year of manufacture and producer of the weapons.

[SALW = Small arms and light weapons]

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