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Latvia. 2010 ‘Marking, Record Keeping and Tracing.’ National Report of Latvia 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); Part 9, p. 12. New York, NY: Permanent Mission of Latvia to the United Nations. 1 January

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Marking, Record Keeping and Tracing

In the Republic of Latvia there is no manufacture of arms.

Marking of arms is regulated by the Law on Handling of Weapons as well as Cabinet of Ministers Regulations No.538 "Regulations for Classification and Use of Weapons, Ammunition, Special Devices, Explosives, Equipment and Pyrotechnic Products" that provide that circulation of unmarked ammunition, pneumatics or explosives is prohibited. This applies also to SALW in the possession of government.

According to the Law On Handling of Weapons section 7 part 1 clause 3 the handling of non-classified, non-marked or self-made firearms and high-energy pneumatic weapons, self-made munitions, except the assembly of cartridges of sports and hunting weapons from components industrially manufactured is prohibited in the Republic of Latvia.

According to the Law marking of a weapon is understood by incorporation of numbers on a weapon or main components thereof, which allow them to be differentiated from other weapons. The method used for marking is engraving. According to Latvian legislation firearms and their essential parts should be marked with official abbreviation of the Republic of Latvia (capital letters –LV) as well as numbers containing data of production, serial number, caliber and quality control sign.

According to the Cabinet of Ministers Regulations No.538 of September 23, 2003 a merchant has an obligation to mark produced firearms or high-energy pneumatic weapons and their substation parts…

Weapons marking procedure in the National Armed Forces is carried out entirely for all weapons purchased since 7th January of 2004. Weapons shall be marked according to the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Latvia Order Nr. 3 issued in January 7, 2004. "On the establishment of the identity marking sign in the National Armed Forces of the Republic of Latvia." The method of marking weapons is manufactured - in the form of engraving.

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