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Austria
Source
: National Report on the Implementation of the PoA, 2008 and 2010 
Date
: 09/05/2011
National Report
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Contact
: Alexander Benedict
Email
: alexander.benedict@bmeia.gv.at
 
 
 
 


National laws, regulations and administrative procedures:

Trade and Industrial Code, 2002 Arms Act

 

 
 
 


National Marking Practices:

In Austria the marking of weapons is governed by the Trade and Industrial Code, Section 145. Small arms and weapons must be marked with the sign of the manufacturer and a serial number in order to be sold commercially in Austria. If such weapons were manufactured in other countries, they may be sold in Austria on a commercial basis only if they also bear the sign of the Austrian business that has sold the weapon in Austria for the first time. This marking is unique.

Marking at the time of import:

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


Measures against the removal or alteration of markings:

In the course of the proof firing test, the marks are checked. In this context, the competent Austrian Proof Houses have to examine whether the following marks are placed in a visible and permanent manner on at least one of the heavy-duty parts of the weapon: 1. name, firm or officially known identifying mark of the manufacturer or applicant, 2. serial number or repair number, 3. bore size (e.g. 7x64, .243 Win, 12/70) on each barrel. Arms that have been subjected to this test bear a proof mark if no weakness has been found. Such proof marks must be placed on the tested heavy-duty parts of small arms in a clearly visible manner. Moreover, the month and year must visibly be indicated once beside the proof mark on each small arm, on each barrel submitted and in the case of revolvers on the frame.

 
 
 


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

All SALW stockpiled by the police are registered by serial number. A separate data sheet exists for each individual weapon held by security forces, with information about services, changes or repairs and keeping a track record of all consecutive owners. Businesses authorized to manufacture, process or repair or to trade small arms and light weapons must keep records (“arms books”) which show, among others, when arms were received, sold or returned. There is no time limit as to how long such arms books must be kept. They must either be returned to the authority after expiry of a business license or may be returned to the authority after expiry of ten years after the last entry. Businesses authorized to manufacture, process or repair or to trade small arms and light weapons must keep records (“arms books”) which show, among others, when arms were received, sold or returned. There is no time limit as to how long such arms books must be kept. They must either be returned to the authority after expiry of a business license or may be returned to the authority after expiry of ten years after the last entry.

 
 
 


Measures taken for undertaking traces and responding to tracing requests
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Operational Informaton Exchange:

Within the framework of regional cooperation, Austria supplies the relevant information on SALW to the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and its member countries.

Needs and Request for Assistance::

Implementation challenges and opportunities: