Citation(s) from the literature library

Flew, Catherine and Angus Urquhart. 2004 ‘Trade - Record Keeping.’ Strengthening Small Arms controls: An Audit of Small Arms Control Legislation in the Great Lakes Region and the Horn of Africa - Sudan, p. 44. London: Saferworld / SaferAfrica. 1 February

Relevant contents

Trade - Record Keeping

The Arms, Ammunition and Explosives Act, 1986

Art. 11

(2) There shall be registered, in the prescribed manner, all the arms imported, for the purpose of trading therein, to the effect of such purpose, upon depositing the same, for the first time, in a public warehouse, and upon every transfer, from such warehouse, to any other public, or private warehouse.

Art. 14

(2) A person licensed to operate a private warehouse, shall keep a register of the deposited, and withdrawn arms, including the following particulars:
(a) the time of deposit, or withdrawal;
(b) the date of deposit, or withdrawal;
(c) the serial numbers;
(d) details, marks and numbers of arms and types and calibres thereof;
(e) the number, and date of the withdrawal, or deposit permit, and the issuing body;
(f) the name and signature of the person permitted to withdraw;
(g) any other details, as the licensing authority may deem fit to add.

Art. 15

(2) The register of registering arms in the private warehouse shall be identical to the quantity of the arms deposited in such warehouse, without increase, or decrease, and such register shall, as well, show any deposit, or withdrawal, as may have been made, the numbers and dates of the permits, under which the deposit, or withdrawal has been made…


The national legislation broadly conforms to the regional and international agreements but falls short in one key area. Records must be maintained on all arms imported for the purpose of trade and dealers must keep records on those weapons deposited in or withdrawn from private warehouses.

However, the national legislation does not specify that these records must be kept for not less than ten years.

ID: Q5193

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