Citation(s) from the literature library

Flew, Catherine and Angus Urquhart. 2004 ‘Disposal of Confiscated Arms.’ Strengthening Small Arms controls: An Audit of Small Arms Control Legislation in the Great Lakes Region and the Horn of Africa - Sudan, p. 49. London: Saferworld / SaferAfrica. 1 February

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Disposal of Confiscated Arms

Arms, Ammunition & Explosives Regulations 1993, incorporating Amendment No. 1 of 1997

Art. 22

The disposal of all confiscated arms and ammunition will be carried out in the following way:

(A) Confiscated arms and ammunition that are used exclusively by the armed forces will be handed over to the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and will be disposed of by him.

(B) Arms and ammunition that are used by the police forces will be handed over to the Director-General of the Police Forces and will be disposed of with the approval of the Director-General.

(C) All other arms and ammunition that are fit for use and are allowed to be held by entities other than those referred to in Sections A and B may be sold with the approval of the licensing authority once they have been identified by the Department in accordance with the provisions of the law and these regulations.


The national legislation broadly conforms to the regional and international agreements but falls short in one key area. Confiscated arms must be handed over to the licensing authority, Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces or Director General of the Police and records are to be maintained on the confiscation of arms. Depending on the type of arm confiscated different procedures for their disposal are stipulated, although destruction is not one of those procedures.

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