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Denmark. 2010 ‘Record Keeping on Manufacture, Holding, and Transfer.’ National Report of Denmark 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), p. 5. New York, NY: Permanent Mission of Denmark to the United Nations. 12 February

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Record Keeping on Manufacture, Holding, and Transfer

Since 1996 the Danish Armed Forces has kept complete, electronic records of all its small arms and light weapons.

The Danish police has a central electronic register called the Police Weapons Register in which all persons authorized to possess firearms are registered on the basis of applications received for firearms licences and registrations of purchases of smooth-bore shotguns. Furthermore, the Police Weapons Register contains information on all reports on loss and findings of weapons. In case of a report on the loss of a firearm marked with a number the report is also made through the Schengen Information System (SIS).

In the Police Weapons Register all relevant information may be registered, including category and type of weapon, manufacture, model, marking (number), calibre and special characteristics.

At the registration of small arms and light weapons each weapon is registered under a specific identification number in the Register. The police authority may demand that the weapon be marked with this registration number in case the weapon does not have a number from its manufacturer. In case the owner or user of a weapon changes, a record of the former owner(s) is kept.

An arrangement is being planned by which weapons dealers - importers and gunsmiths - will be required to report to the Police Weapons Register on their purchases and sales of weapons.

In addition to the Police Weapons Register the rifle associations are required to have their own weapons registers on all firearms owned by the associations and their members. It is envisaged that the registration information of the rifle associations shall be transferred continuously to the Police Weapons Register.

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