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: National report on the implementation of PoA, 2010 and 2008 
: 06/05/2011
National Report
: 2008
: Edward S. Togba (Liberia National Commission on Small Arms), Hon. Conmany B. Wesseh, Chairman, LiNCSA
: edwardstogba@yahoo.com, conmanybwesseh1@yahoo.com

National laws, regulations and administrative procedures:

Local manufacture of weapons is illegal. Civilian possession of weapons is totally banned. The Firearms Traffic Act states that any person found with an unregistered firearm shall be fined and be compelled to take out a registration. The possession of unregistered arms poses a serious national and sub-regional threat and as a measure to stem this proliferation is accompanied by criminal sanctions and consequences.



National Marking Practices:

Liberia subscribes to conditions of marking and tracing of weapons in line with the ITI and the ECOWAS Convention on Small Arms and Light Weapons and their Related Materials. However, since the country is under arms embargo, the UN peace keeping force performs the task.

Marking at the time of import:

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

In addition to their original markings, weapons are engraved with special marks before being given out to intended institutions (the Police, the Special Security Service and the National Army).

Measures against the removal or alteration of markings:


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

Before placing imported weapons in armouries, the following records are taken: origin of the weapons, year of manufacture, serial number and the country of manufacturer. All registered firearms are those approved by the UN Security Council for the use of Special Security Services (SSS), the Police and the Military.


Measures taken for undertaking traces and responding to tracing requests

Operational Informaton Exchange:

Needs and Request for Assistance::
Training will be necessary to set up a database for the purpose of recordkeeping.

Implementation challenges and opportunities: