Citation(s) from the GunPolicy.org literature library
Sierra Leone. 2010 ‘Marking, Record Keeping And Tracing.’ National Report of Sierra Leone 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); Section 9, pp. 10-11. New York, NY: Permanent Mission of Sierra Leone to the United Nations. 23 June
Marking, Record Keeping And Tracing
Within the UNPOA Framework marking and tracing of SALW's is a legally binding instrument and Sierra Leone not being oblivious of this, has put in place mechanisms to ensure that all firearms and munitions imported into the country are marked with the appropriate inscriptions and can be traced when necessary.
Records of holdings in the SLP and RSLAF are well documented and the markings valuable to GOSL security service delivery. Currently there is an ongoing SALW's verification ongoing countrywide to compare weapons markings with those documented in the registers. Weapons are only issued to serving personnel using Standard Operating Procedures for the SLP and Force orders of the RSLAF. In instances when there is need to trace an illicit stock of SALW'S the GoSL is amenable to share information with other stake holds as required by the UNPOA and the ECOWAS Convention.
[UNPoA: United Nations small arms Programme of Action; SALW: Small Arms and Light Weapons; SLP: Sierra Leone Police; RSLAF: Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces; GOSL: Government of Sierra Leone; ECOWAS: Economic Community of West African States]