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Finland. 2010 ‘Collection and Disposal.’ National Report of Finland on its Implementation of the International Instrument to Enable States to Identify and Trace in a Timely and Reliable Manner, Illicit Small Arms and Light Weapons (International Tracing Instrument) and the UNPoA, p. 10. New York, NY: Permanent Mission of Finland to the United Nations. 1 January

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6. Collection and disposal

The Army Materiel Command does not have any special programmes for the disposal of surplus stocks of SALW. These issues are dealt with as a part of ordinary work and duties according to the Defence Staff or Army Command orders and regulations.

The destruction is one of the means used to dispose surplus stocks of SALW. The material can be sold or donated too…

SALW are usually confiscated or seized by police. If weapon is the property of Defence Forces, it will be returned to Defence Forces.

These SALW have been destroyed by crushing and melting under the supervision of the Defence Forces…

The SALW which are confiscated or voluntarily handed over to the state, are destroyed if they are not handed over to the collections of state authorities. These SALW are destroyed by cutting into small pieces by the police. The total number of firearms destroyed was 6,338 in 2009, which is 97 per cent of the total amount of firearms confiscated or handed over to the state.

[SALW = small arms and light weapons]

ID: Q2043

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