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OAS CICAD. 2010 ‘Control Measures - Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives, and other Related Materials.’ Evaluation of Progress in Drug Control 2007-2009 - Colombia; OAS/Ser.L/XIV.2.48 (CICAD/docx.1843/10), pp. 35-38. Washington, DC: Organization of American States / OAS, Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) Multilateral Evaluation Mechanism (MEM). 1 January

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Control Measures - Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives, and other Related Materials

Colombia reports that, according to the Inter-American Convention against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives, and Other Related Materials, its law requires the marking of firearms at the time of manufacture and for import, but not for official use after their seizure or confiscation.

The Department for the Control of Trade in Weapons, Ammunition, and Explosives has registries of legal weapons acquired by individuals in Colombia, using the Computerized National Firearms Archive, which provides real-time information on the identity of a person carrying or possessing a firearm and other personal data. Each branch of the Armed Forces (Army, Air Force, Navy, and National Police) keeps its own registers and exercises its own control.

The country reports that the Department for the Control of Trade in Weapons of the Armed Forces General Command is the leading agency in the control of firearms, their ammunition, explosives and their accessories, and of raw materials, and is the entity responsible for issuing permits and licenses to private parties and to governmental agencies in the country.

Also, INDUMIL, which is linked to the Ministry of Defense, has legal authorization to import, manufacture, purchase and sell firearms, ammunition, explosives related materials, as well as engage in commercial activities in the industrial areas related to its specialty.

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