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Brokering Control


: National Report on the Implementation of the PoA, 2010 and 2008 
: 06/05/2011
National Report
: 2010

National laws, regulations and administrative procedures:

With respect to production, The Firearms Acts, 1925 to 2009 are applicable. In order to produce firearms the company or individual concerned must be registered with the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform. However, no small arms and light weapons are currently manufactured in Ireland. It is an offence to manufacture firearms without being registered to manufacture by the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform. Ireland expects to tranpose the EU Directive 2008/51/EC, which updates Directive 91/477/ECC on the control and acquisition of weapons, by the 2010 deadline.



National Marking Practices:

Ireland does not manufacture SALW. Some older firearms may not be marked, in which case An Garda Siochana (National Police) is responsible for marking them.

Marking at the time of import:

Firearms present in Ireland are to be marked on manufacture outside the State. However, some older firearms may not have been marked in this fashion; the Garda Siochana is responsible for marking in these cases.

Marking of SALW in the possession of government armed and security forces:

All SALW held by the Defence Forces are marked in accordance with the OSCE Handbook of Best Practices. The Defence Forces marks its own SALW as necessary. All SALW procured by the Defence Forces must have serial number engraved into the critical components. This marking is unique to the weapons type in question. All SALW procured by the Defence Forces are proof marked with a unique manufacture’s stamp. Within the Defence Forces’ SALW inventory, no serial number is repeated for any weapon type. Serial number nomenclature is assigned by the Defence Forces and applied by the manufacturer. Serial number in and of themselves do no normally identify the country of manufacture.

Measures against the removal or alteration of markings:


Accurate and comprehensive records for all marked SALW within their territory:

Firearms dealers are required to keep records of each transfer of a firearm for a minimum of 5 years. As long as the SALW remain in service, records of their existence are retained. Details of weapons destroyed are required to be retained for at least seven years. However, in practice records are retained indefinitely either at the Defence Forces Logistics Base or in the Archives.


Measures taken for undertaking traces and responding to tracing requests

Operational Informaton Exchange:

Needs and Request for Assistance::

Implementation challenges and opportunities: