Citation(s) from the GunPolicy.org literature library
Ireland. 2009 ‘Marking, Record Keeping and Tracing.’ National Report of Ireland 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. 5. New York, NY: Permanent Mission of Ireland to the United Nations. 1 January
Marking, Record Keeping and Tracing
All SALW held by the Defence Forces are marked in accordance with the OSCE Handbook of Best Practice. All SALW procured by the Defence Forces must have a serial number engraved into the critical components. This marking is unique to the weapons type in question. All SALW procured by the Defence Forces are proof marked with a unique manufacturer's stamp. Within the Defence Force's SALW inventory, no serial number is repeated for any weapon type. Serial number nomenclature is assigned by the Defence Forces and applied by the manufacturer. Serial numbers in and of themselves do not normally identify the country of manufacture.
As long as the SALW remain in service, records of their existence are retained. Details of weapons destroyed are required to be retained for at least seven years. However, in practice records are retained indefinitely either at the Defence Forces Logistics Base or in the Archives.
[SALW = small arms and light weapons]