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Germany. 2010 ‘Analysis and Evaluation of Information Available to the Federal Criminal Police Bureau on Thefts, Losses and Seizures of SALW in 2009.’ National Report of Germany 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); Annex B. New York, NY: Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations. 22 February

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Analysis and Evaluation of Information Available to the Federal Criminal Police Bureau on Thefts, Losses and Seizures of SALW in 2009

B.3 Seizures:

In 2009, 123 cases of SALW seizures have been registered in the Federal Criminal Police Bureau's central database, comprising the following quantities:

Submachine Guns - 110
Machine Guns - 29
Assault Rifles - 28
Anti-tank Weapons - 3

Six of the 110 seized submachine guns and one of the 28 seized assault rifles were confiscated in the course of investigations relating to criminal offences according to the German Penal Code.

In 2009, 64 submachine guns, 7 machine guns, 17 assault rifles and 2 anti-tank weapon were seized which could doubtlessly be related to a specific country of manufacture. 80 pieces of the total amount of 170 seized firearms could, however, not unambiguously be related to a specific country of production:

Austria - 6
Belgium - 1
Croatia - 1
Bulgaria - 1
Czech Republic - 15
Germany - 15
Israel - 5
Italy - 3
Russia - 12
Switzerland - 4
United Kingdom - 6
USA - 13
Yugoslavia - 5
France - 2
Unknown - 81

The majority of the illegally used and seized SALW of international producers were modern military items, currently used in armed forces of several countries. The seized weapons of German origin were prevailing models developed before 1945.

The results of the evaluation prove that the German legislation aiming at the control of war weapons and war material is effective and strict.

Weapons of German origin do not play a dominant part in the field of criminality. It is especially weaponry manufactured abroad and illicitly brought into Germany which constitutes the major problem.

B.4 Illicit Trafficking:

3 of the 170 SALW firearms were seized in connection with illicit trafficking.

B.5 Illicit Manufacture:

None of the 170 SALW firearms were seized in connection with illicit manufacture.

[SALW = small arms and light weapons]

ID: Q1705

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