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: National Report on the Implementation of the PoA, 2008 and 2010 
: 06/05/2011
National Report
: Royal Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
: um@um.dk

National laws, regulations and administrative procedures:

Weapons and Explosives Act; Order on Weapons and Ammunition



National Marking Practices:

The Minister of Justice is authorised to lay down provisions to the effect that weapons etc. shall have identification numbers on them (section 3(1) of the Weapons and Explosives Act). Accordingly, the Minister of Justice has authorised the local Chief Constable to order any holder of weapons to apply identification numbers on the weapons (section 42 of the Order on Weapons and Ammunition).

Marking at the time of import:

Small arms and light weapons imported by the Danish Armed Forces after 30 June 2001 are required to be marked with unique identification of the country of manufacture. Small arms and light weapons held by the Danish Armed Forces that are insufficiently marked when imported are noted by the Danish Acquisition And Logistics Organization.

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:

Since 1996 the Danish Armed Forces has kept complete, electronic records of all its small arms and light weapons. The Danish police has a central electronic register called the Police Weapons Register in which all persons authorized to possess firearms are registered on the basis of applications received for firearms licences and registrations of purchases of smooth-bore shotguns. Furthermore, the Police Weapons Register contains information on all reports on losses and findings of weapons. In the Police Weapons Register all relevant information may be registered, including category and type of weapon, manufacture, model, marking (number), calibre and special characteristics. At the registration of small arms and light weapons each weapon is registered under a specific identification number in the Register. The police authority may demand that the weapon be marked with this registration number in case the weapon does not have a number from its manufacturer. In case the owner or user of a weapon changes, a record of the former owner(s) is kept. All weapons purchased by the Danish police are registered under a specific number and description in an electronic inventory system containing personal information on all employees in the Danish police force including their weapons. Transfers to and from stocks are also registered. An arrangement is being planned by which weapons dealers - importers and gunsmiths - will be required to report to the Police Weapons Register on their purchases and sales of weapons. In addition to the Police Weapons Register the rifle associations are required to have their own weapons registers on all firearms owned by the associations and their members. It is envisaged that the registration information of the rifle associations shall be transferred continuously to the Police Weapons Register.


Measures taken for undertaking traces and responding to tracing requests

In case of a report on the loss of a firearm marked with a number a report is made through the Schengen Information System (SIS) as well as in the National Registers.

Operational Informaton Exchange:

Denmark is participating in cooperation within a number of international fora on identification and tracing. Among the Nordic countries a common weapons tracing system has been established which makes it possible to trace weapons directly through a common database. Information on missing weapons may also be provided to the Schengen Information System (SIS). At the European level Denmark is also cooperating under the European Network of Forensic Science Institutes (ENFSI) that has developed common standards for exchange of information on tracing of weapons. Furthermore, the Danish police applies Interpol´s International Weapons and Explosives Tracking System.

Needs and Request for Assistance::

Implementation challenges and opportunities:

To improve national measures for criminal investigation, the Danish police took the initiative in 2006 to develop a national SALW-project, “Project Firearms”, regarding the tracing, updating and registration of arms