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Botswana
Source
: National Report on the Implementation of the PoA, 2010 and 2008 
Date
: 04/05/2011
National Report
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Contact
: Commissioner of Police
Email
: kkapinga@gov.bw
 
 
 
 


National laws, regulations and administrative procedures:

Arms and Ammunition Act, 1981 (currently there is no specific legisation on marking). The new Act will outline provisions governing production of arms in the country's territory. These include the need for manufacturers to engrave on all intems internationally agreed markings, the company registered logo/name and the country code.

 

 
 
 


National Marking Practices:

In addition to the manufacturer's marking, most arms within the jurisdiction of Botswana are marked in such a manner that allows tracing to a particular unit within a Government department. The choice of method for marking arms within a particular unit is a departmental prerogative.

Marking at the time of import:

Weapons imported into the country are unambiguously marked and bear the following information: 1. manufacturer’ name 2. country of manufacture 3. date of manufacture 4. model number 5. weapon calibre and 6. unique serial number.

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


Measures against the removal or alteration of markings:

Unmarked weapons found within the country’s territory are surrendered to the state without claim and destroyed accordingly.

 
 
 


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

The Central Arms registry maintains records of all firearms in private ownership, together with those in possession of some government entities. The records are kept manually. Efforts to source funds to computerise the registry are on going. Records are kep on the following areas in accordance with the details outlined under destruction and stockpile management recommendations: licences, gunsmiths, brokers, dealers, manufacturers, theft & loss, destruction, recoveries, surrenders/forfeitures, decativations, transfers, state owned SALW. Currently, there are no time limits for keeping and destroying records with the central arms registry. Records are kept indefinitely. The new policy calls on records to be kept for a minimum of 10 years in hard copy and 25 years in electronic format. Transaction Records of all sales and transfers are submitted to the Central Arms Registry every three months. Dealers/manufacturers going out of business are to dispose all the available stock and thereafter submit records to CAR for permanent retention.

 
 
 


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

Needs and Request for Assistance::
Assistance is needed to acquire both the hardware and software to improve the country’s stockpile management - currently record keeping is done manually.

Implementation challenges and opportunities:

There are fundamental challenges facing the country's efforts to effectively and effciently accelerate the implementation of the National Strategy on Small Arms: Manual record keeping of firearms in civilian and government possession. Assistance is needed to acquire both the hardware and software to improve the country's stockpile management. Botswana attended the Workshop on the International Tracing Instrument to Enable States Identify and Trace in a Timely and Reliable Manner Illicit SALW, 10 -11 December 2007 in Nairobi, Kenya