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Czech Republic. 2008 ‘Steps to Implement the ITI - Record Keeping.’ National Report of Czech Republic 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), pp. 4-5. New York, NY: Permanent Mission of Czech Republic to the United Nations. 1 January

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Steps to Implement the ITI - Record Keeping

The existing laws, regulations and administrative procedures include provisions to ensure that accurate and comprehensive records.

According to the Arms Act, each arms licence holder must keep a record on his transactions concerning arms and ammunition. The record must be held for thirty years. The Arms Act requires the Police to maintain registers in the field of firearms and ammunition. Starting from the expiry date of a document, the data stated in the document must be retained in the register for five years on paper and for fifteen years in electronic format. These registers hold data on all firearms that are subject to registration under the Arms Act.

In 1995 the Czech Army established a Central Register of Arms and Ammunition, which records arms according to their serial numbers in accordance with the Guidelines for keeping registers of firearms and ammunition of the Ministry of Defense (reference number 20/2-280-OM of 1998). The Central Register includes records on lost, destroyed, sold and disposed off firearms. It enables tracing of the movements of any existing firearms and shows its present location.

Similar central registers are kept by other armed security corps, such as the Czech Republic Police, Prison and Court Guards Service and the Customs Service, etc.

To assist the Police in its supervisory role, all transfers of SALW taken out of service with the Army and other security corps are reported to the Police Headquarters, even though such reporting is not required by the national laws.

[ITI = UNPoA International Tracing Instrument; SALW = Small arms and light weapons]

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