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Brokering Control


: Integrated National Report on the Implementation of the ITI and the PoA, 2008 
: 12/07/2008
National Report
: Subdirector General de No Proliferación y Desarme

National laws, regulations and administrative procedures:

Law on Arms



National Marking Practices:

Articel 28 of the Law on Arms regulates the signs and marks which must be borne by all firearms in the possession of the Armed Forces and government security forces. Each firearms must bear the mark of the manfacturer plus a number composed of the number assigned to the producer, the number corresponding to the type of firearm, a serial number beginning with 1, the last two figures of the year of production and, in the case of firearms belonging to the armed or security forces, the mark of the relevant body: army (ET), Navy (FN), Air Force (EA), Ministry of Defence (MD), Guardia Civil (GC), National Police (CNP) and Customs Service (SVA). In addition to these marks, each arm must bear a proofmark recognised by Spain under the Convention for the Reciprocal Recognition of Proofmarks on Small Arms, 1969.

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:

Article 30 of the Law on Arms requires that all marks, numbers and signs should be carried out by stamping or other techniques which ensure permanancy.


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

The Central Register of Firearms is managed by the Guardia Civil.


Measures taken for undertaking traces and responding to tracing requests

Operational Informaton Exchange:

Spain shares information with the states of the European Union as well as thosw with which Spain has international agreements.

Needs and Request for Assistance::

Implementation challenges and opportunities:

Spain annually participates in various international meetings with the objective of harmonsing criteria on the marking of firearms, suggesting tecniques and procedures and giving technical and financial support to Central and South American countries.