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Brazil. 2008 ‘Weapons - Marking.’ National Report of Brazil 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) and the International Tracing Instrument, p. 2. New York, NY: Permanent Mission of Brazil to the United Nations. 14 July

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Weapons - Marking

The marking of firearms is regulated by the Ministerial Act No. 7D (issued by the Logistics Department - Ministry of Defence, April 28th 2006).

According to this legislation, all firearms produced in Brazil must bear the following markings:
i. name or brand of the manufacturer;
ii. name or code of the country;
iii. calibre;
iv. serial number;
v. year of manufacture.

The actual marking system is subject to military inspections and all markings must be resistant to removal or alteration attempts. A printing depth of 0.10 mm is required by means of mechanical deformation in metallic components.

In addition, all firearms acquired by the Armed Forces, the Federal Police Department, the Federal Highway Police Department, the Military Police, the Military Fire Brigades and other federal public bodies must be marked with the Federal Republic blazon as well as the name or initials of the organisation. The equivalent demand is placed upon all firearms acquired by state public bodies and municipal guards.

In case of firearms destined for export, besides the marking explained above, any marking required by the importing country must also be provided. At the same time, all imported firearms to be sold in the specialised commerce by registered companies must be marked by the manufacturer with the name of the importer. Firearms imported to be used by public bodies are required to have the same marking as those produced in Brazil. Replacement parts produced to the national market must also be marked with the same numbering used in the weapon they are destined to, preceded by the letter "R".

Lastly, manufacturers are required to maintain indefinitely the register of sales of firearms.

ID: Q1657

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