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Sierra Leone
: National Report on the Implementation of the ITI, 2010 and 2008 
: 06/05/2011
National Report
: Brig.(Rtd) Modibo Leslie Lymon, Director of SALW in Sierra Leone
: briglymon@yahoo.com

National laws, regulations and administrative procedures:

Arms and Ammunition Ordnance, 2006



National Marking Practices:

Guns produced by local gun-smiths jotted in many parts of the Country are guns marked.

Marking at the time of import:

A majority of imported guns are marked. Sierra Leone has put in place mechanism to ensure that all firearms and munitions imported into the country are marked with the appropriate inscription and can be traced when necessary.

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

The Sierra Leone Army, the Sierra Leone Police and the Sierra Leone Prison Service have their unique way of markings as per their Institutions. In general, weapon holdings in the various armouries are recorded – serially, serial number of the weapon, year of manufacture, country of manufacture and origin.

Measures against the removal or alteration of markings:


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

There is no up to date database of SALW information and recording procedures are manual rather than computerised. Before the war recordkeeping of licensed firearms was under the responsibility of the Sierra Leone Police through the Firearms Licensing Bureau. Even though it is difficult to establish the fact that poor recordkeeping has been a problem, this does not mean that proper recordkeeping was being done. The Police are yet to be fully trained and equipped. All firearms procured by the two disciplined forces for service use are recorded in Master Registers with information on the manufacturer's registration number, type and other identification features. The firearms and munitions held at each armory are recorded in separate registers and the registers are kept with the commander for reference. Any permanent or long term transfer is recorded in this register. The registers are checked at least once a month against the holding of the armoury. Records of holding in the SLP and RSLAF are well documented and the marking valuable to GOSL security service delivery. Currently there is an ongoing SALW’s verification countrywide to compare weapons markings with those documented in the registers. Weapons are only issued to serving personnel using Standard Operating Procedure for the SLP and Force orders of the RSLAF. In instances where there is need to trace an illicit stock of SALW the GOSL is amenable to share information with other stake holds as required by the UNPoA and the ECOWAS Convention.


Measures taken for undertaking traces and responding to tracing requests

Operational Informaton Exchange:

Needs and Request for Assistance::
Need for training and capacity building in data collection and input, equipment to process data and training in the use of Interpol's IWETS system.

Implementation challenges and opportunities:

Weapons marking from the Sierra Leone stand point of view is very critical in sourcing the origins of SALW The commitment of Sierra Leone towards this end is unlimited. The political will and Government’s determination in this direction is a clear sign that room now exists for a remarkable improvement in this regard.