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Brokering Control


: National Report on the Implementation of the PoA, 2010 and 2008 
: 04/05/2011
National Report
: Petio Petev, Director, NATO and International Security Directorate, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
: int.security@mfa.government.bg

National laws, regulations and administrative procedures:

Law on the control on explosives, firearms and ammunition (promulgated in the State Gazette No 133/11.11.1998 , as amended in 2007)



National Marking Practices:

Small arms and light weapons (SALW) manufactured in Bulgaria are marked at the point of manufacture with a unique, user-friendly alphanumeric identifier that allows for their easy, reliable and timely identification. Licensed SALW manufacturers are obligated to mark every firearm in an appropriate and reliable way. The different manufacturers are also to be identified through the marking. The two major manufacturers of SALW in Bulgaria - "ARSENAL" AD-Kazanlak and "ARKUS" AD - Liaskovetz use the following systems: 1. "ARSENAL": Registered trade mark of the manufacturer; Code of the year, quarter of the year, the month of manufacturing (alpha-numeric code); Serial number (numeric combination) 2. "ARKUS": Code of the year of manufacture (numeric code); Code of the month of manufacture (alphabetic combination); Modification and number of the item (numeric combination) "ISD –Bulgaria", Ltd produces semi-automatic rifles for the needs of the US market and those weapons are marked according to the US requirements.

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:


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

The firearm and the marking are recorded in the possession permit, which enables the competent authorities to identify and to trace the firearm when necessary. All companies keep records of all manufactured SALW which allow for their identification.


Measures taken for undertaking traces and responding to tracing requests

Operational Informaton Exchange:

Needs and Request for Assistance::

Implementation challenges and opportunities: