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France. 2010 ‘Marking, Record Keeping and Tracing (Marquage, enregistrement et traçage des armes).’ 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); A.9.i, ii and iii, pp. 14-15. New York, NY: Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations. 1 May

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Marquage, enregistrement et traçage des armes

i) Votre pays exige t-il des fabricants autorises de procéder a un marquage fiable de chaque ALPC lors du processus de fabrication ? (II.7)

Voir réponse 3.ii.

ii) Ce marquage est-il distinctif? (II.7)

Le marquage est propre à chaque fabricant. Généralement il comporte suffisamment de renseignements pour permettre de distinguer les armes fabriquées par les grandes sociétés, stables et connues.

iii) Ce marquage permet-il d'identifier le pays de fabrication ? (II.7)

Non. Certaines sociétés possèdent des unités de fabrication dans différents pays mais assurent un marquage de manière identique, ne permettant pas d'identifier le pays d'origine de l'arme. En outre, certains marquages codes à l'aide de pictogrammes ou d'idéogrammes ne facilitent pas la traçabilité des armes.


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Marking, Record Keeping and Tracing

i) Does your country require licensed manufacturers of SALW to apply an appropriate and reliable marking on each weapon as an integral part of the production process? (II.7)

See answer 3.ii

ii) Is this marking unique? (II.7)

The marking is specific to each manufacturer. In general, it contains enough information to distinguish large, stable and renowned arms manufacturing companies.

iii) Does this marking identify the country of manufacture? (II.7)

No. Some companies have manufacturing units in different countries but mark in an identical manner, not allowing identification of the country of origin of the firearm. Moreover, some marking codes such as pictograms or ideograms do not facilitate the traceability of arms.

[SALW = Small arms and light weapons]

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