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.