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Brokering Control


: 06/01/2009
National Report
: 2008
: Export Control Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
: roey.gilad@mfa.gov.il

National laws, regulations and administrative procedures:

Firearms Act of 1949



National Marking Practices:

The relevant Israeli industries mark SALW as an integral part of the production process. The marking is done by turnery, in accordance with accepted international standards. It includes data such as: the type/name of the weapon, its catalog number, caliber, serial number, the name of the manufacturer, the country of manufacture (for guns marketed in the US, the marking also includes the name and address of the importer). Seized and confiscated SALW, if intended for re-use, will be checked, marked and recorded by Israeli authorities in the same manner as a new weapon.

Marking at the time of import:

Imported SALW are identified and recorded upon entry into Israel. The records include the catalog number, the name of the manufacturer and the country of manufacture. A SALW without marking is marked by turnery, in accordance with accepted international standards, before entering into Israel.

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

SALW in possession of the Israeli armed forces are duly marked and recorded.

Measures against the removal or alteration of markings:


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

All firearms in the private sector are marked and recorded in a data base under close supervision of the Ministry of Interior. An Israeli citizen cannot purchase a firearm other than through a licensed arms agent or dealer. A private license relates only to a specific firearm. There is no general license that allows for the possession of several firearms but rather a license which is specific to each firearm. This way Israeli authorities may be able to trace licensed private firearms. Records are kept permanently by the Ministry of Interior computer system. Israeli SALW manufacturers maintain comprehensive records of manufacture and exports. Recorded information on exported SALW may include the following details: 1) type of weapon; 2) catalog number; 3) serial number (sealed); 4) information on the customer; 5) order number; 6) date of shipment. The type, model, plating, caliber and serial numbers of firearms manufactured are reported to the appropriate authorities. Israeli industries maintain records of their exports of SALW for at least seven years and in many cases for a longer period of time. Inter alia, records are kept permanently by the Ministry of Interior computer system. All the SALW in governmental storage are counted daily and recorded.


Measures taken for undertaking traces and responding to tracing requests

The Israel Police cooperates with the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) in tracing firearms, thus supporting the effective implementation of the ITI. Annual international tracing requests to the Israel Police: In 2005 – 33 tracing requests; in 2006 – 22 tracing requests; in 2007 – 20 tracing requests; in the first 3 months of 2008 – 11 tracing requests.

Operational Informaton Exchange:

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