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Monaco. 2004 ‘International Commitments.’ National Report of Monaco 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), p. 3. New York NY: Permanent Mission of Monaco to the United Nations. 12 February

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II. International commitments

The Principality of Monaco became a signatory on 24 June 2002 to the Protocol against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Their Parts and Components and Ammunition, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime.

With a view to early ratification of this international instrument, the Government of the Principality is currently finalizing the text of a law intended to adjust the legal regime applicable to weapons and ammunition in the Principality, taking into account the applicable provisions on the matter in the European Union and the stipulations of the Protocol.

New rules requiring the marking of weapons, thus ensuring that they can be traced, will therefore be introduced in domestic law. In addition, a new criminal offence of illicit manufacturing of and trafficking in firearms will be established, over and above their unauthorized import. The penalties incurred will be one to five years of imprisonment and fines ranging from €9,000 to €18,000. If the offence is also of a transnational nature and has been committed by an organized criminal group, the penalty will be a prison term of 10 to 20 years and fines ranging from €18,000 to €90,000; the maximum amount may be multiplied by 20.

Finally, a national registry of owners of firearms is planned, for the purpose of ensuring regular and effective monitoring of changes in ownership of weapons.

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