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France. 2010 ‘Stockpile Management and Securing (Gestion et Sécurisation des Stocks).’ National Report of France 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 A.5, pp. 7-8. New York, NY: Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations. 1 May

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Stockpile Management and Securing (Gestion et Sécurisation des Stocks)

Le stockage des armes détenues par les services de police et de gendarmerie est réglementé respectivement par l'Instruction du 16 avril 1944 et celle du 30 janvier 1980. Généralement les armes non portées par les fonctionnaires et les militaires de la gendarmerie sont entreposées dans les locaux sécurisés fermés, à l'abri des vols. Les armes stockées sont entreposées démontées (pièce essentielle de l'arme- dite de sécurité- retirée) dans les locaux spécialement aménagés (soutes) sécurisés et sous la garde constante d'agents armés (locaux de police).

La surveillance des stocks d'armes s'appuie sur deux volets complémentaires:

- l'enregistrement des mouvements est effectué à chaque sortie ou réintégration;
- le contrôle de l'existant est réalisé lors de contrôles journaliers et lors d'inventaires périodiques dans les magasins d'armes ou dans les soutes des unités.

Les armes sont suivies par l'intermédiaire des bases de données par leur numéro d'immatriculation. Les services logistiques connaissent ainsi la position géographique de toutes les armes en service…

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The storage of firearms held by Police Services and the Gendarmerie is regulated, respectively, by the Directive of April 16, 1944, and the one of January 30, 1980. In general, firearms not carried by civil servants and soldiers of the Gendarmerie are stored in secured and closed premises, safe from thefts. The stored firearms are stored dismantled (the essential parts of the firearm - called safety parts - are removed) in specially equipped premises (bunkers) secured and under constant surveillance of armed agents (from local police).

Monitoring of the firearms stockpiles is based on 2 complementary pillars:

- Movement registration is done at each exit or reintegration [entry];
- The monitoring of the existing [stockpile] is done on daily basis and during periodic inventories in the arsenals or bunkers of units.

Firearms are tracked through databases and by their reference number. The logistic services can thus know the location of all firearms in service…

[Note: In the Principality of Monaco, the question of weapons is governed by the Convention on good-neighbourliness between France and the Principality of Monaco of 18 May 1963, given force of law by Sovereign Ordinance No. 3,039 of 19 August 1963, and Act No. 913 of 18 June 1971 on weapons and ammunition.

Article 16 of the Convention stipulates: "The laws and regulations governing the regime for war materiel in France shall also apply in the Principality. The Government of the Principality undertakes to establish a system of laws and regulations as similar as possible to those in force in France for weapons and ammunition that are not considered war materiel."]

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