National laws, regulations and administrative procedures:
Firearms Act 10:09
National Marking Practices
Zimbabwe does not remark or put a unique marking on firearms, parts and components, even on transfer of Government stocks to permanent civilian possession: the manufacturer’s marking is sufficient for registration. The Police on approval by the Controller mark all SALW which need additional markings beside that of the manufacturer. The police are mandated to mark home made weapons upon registration.
Marking at the time of import:
Zimbabwe does not remark firearms at point of entry into the country.
Marking of SALW in the possession of government
armed and security forces:
Army and police weapons have additional departmental markings supplied by the respective quartermasters but the manufacturer’s serial number should not be obliterated. It should remain clear and easily readable.
Measures against the removal or alteration of markings:
Accurate and comprehensive records for all marked SALW
within their territory:
Zimbabwe uses the manufacturer’s serial number to register all firearms in the
country. The manufacturer’s record and all other records including records of import and export are kept permanently at the Firearms Registry as long as the weapon is in service. Gun dealers are also required to keep import records including the manufacturer’s record and the year of import as long as the firearm is active. When a weapon has become obsolete or destroyed the weapon history file is transferred to the National Archives for safe keeping. Small arms and light weapons in possession of Government armed and security forces are remarked by the respective departments and the records are kept there, the police have access to the records when the need arises.
Measures taken for undertaking traces and responding to tracing requests:
Zimbabwe will co-operate with any state on information relating to tracing though we have not yet received any requests. Zimbabwe has and will always use the Interpol Weapons Electronic Tracing System when the tracing need arises.
Operational Informaton Exchange:
The National Point of Contact is in place. Bilateral and regional co-operation exists
within the framework of the Southern African Police Chiefs Co-operation organization (SARPCCO). Zimbabwe is a member of Interpol and enjoys full use of the Interpol database and will co-operate with all member states.
Needs and Request for Assistance:: We would greatly appreciate assistance in the form of computerization of the Central Firearm Registry as presently it is manually done. Training of personnel in records management is also a necessity. All our ports of entry need to be computerized and have proper X-ray machines and scanners to detect hidden weapons.