Citation(s) from the GunPolicy.org literature library
Sweden. 2010 ‘Implementation of the International Tracing Instrument - Record Keeping.’ National Report of Sweden 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. 2-3. New York, NY: Permanent Mission of Sweden to the United Nations. 1 January
Implementation of the International Tracing Instrument - Record Keeping
The National Police Board is responsible for record-keeping on firearm permits given in accordance with the Firearms Act. Separate records on firearms in the police authorities' possession are kept in every county. The National Police Board also keeps three central records:
1) record of firearms given a possession permit;
2) record of persons and organizations given a possession permit; and
3) record of persons and organizations given a trade permit.
The record of firearms given a possession permit also includes stolen, missing and found firearms. The records are in principle kept indefinitely.
The Swedish Police Service holds regional records for all SALW in its possession.
The National Police Board (Swedish National Criminal Police) is also responsible for tracing firearms. Any missing or stolen weapon is to be reported to the National Police Board and its central record of missing and stolen firearms is used to identify and trace firearms.
The Swedish Armed Forces holds a central register for all SALW in its possession. It is possible to ascertain the year and country of manufacture through verifying the records kept by the Armed Forces on SALW procurement. The Swedish Armed Forces and its intelligence and security service closely monitor any potential loss of SALW using a database, which includes the national registration number, name, unit, place of delivery and latest location with regard to weapons systems procured by the Armed Forces. The records are in principle kept indefinitely .
The Swedish Coast Guard has its own register for SALW in its possession. Similar measures are valid for the Swedish Customs Service.
The Swedish Agency for Non-Proliferation and Export Controls keeps records of exports of all military equipment. These records are in principle kept indefinitely. Records of manufactured weapons are retained by the manufacturer. The ISP continuously monitors the marketing and export of military equipment from Sweden.
[ISP = Swedish Agency for Non-Proliferation and Export Controls; SALW = Small arms and light weapons]