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Flew, Catherine and Angus Urquhart. 2004 ‘Record Keeping.’ Strengthening Small Arms controls: An Audit of Small Arms Control Legislation in the Great Lakes Region and the Horn of Africa - Eritrea, p. 19. London: Saferworld / SaferAfrica. 1 February

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Record Keeping

International and regional agreements:

Protocol for the GLR and HoA
Art. 7 (d) and UN Firearms Protocol

Art. 7
Require the maintenance of records of markings for not less than ten years of firearms, ammunition and components that are necessary to trace illicitly manufactured or trafficked arms.

Protocol for the GLR and HoA

Art. 3 (c) (iii)
Requires the regulation and centralised registration of all civilianowned small arms.

Art. 7 (d)
Requires information held to include appropriate markings and specific details of international transactions of small arms and light weapons.

UN Programme of Action Section II

Art. 9
Requires ensuring comprehensive and accurate records are kept for as long as possible on the manufacture, holding and transfer of small arms and light weapons. Records should be well maintained and organised to facilitate accurate and prompt information retrieval.

Art. 10
Requires provision to ensure responsibility for weapons held and issued by the state and effective measures for tracing such weapons.

Art. 17
Requires all bodies authorised to hold small arms to ensure standards and procedures are established regarding: inventory management; and accounting control; and accounting of small arms held or transported by operational units or authorized personnel.

Bamako Declaration Art. 3 A (iv)

Recommends establishing at the national level the responsible management of licit arms.

Co-ordinated Agenda for Action

Art. 5.3
Ensure strict accountability and the effective tracing of all weapons owned by the state

Art. 5.4
Ensure strict accountability and effective control of all weapons owned by private security companies and dealers.

Current national legislative controls: -


The national legislation does not conform to the regional and international agreements.

[GLR = Great lakes region; HoA = Horn of Africa]

ID: Q5341

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