National laws, regulations and administrative procedures:
Firearms Act 2006
National Marking Practices
Section 5 of the Firearms Act 2006 provides that no Firearm Licence will be issued in respect of a firearm if it does not bear the manufacturer's serial number or any other mark by which it can be identified. All such weapon should also bear the identification mark of the manufacturer. Whenever markings are defaced, arrangements are made by the Police Central Authority for remarking after verification.
Marking at the time of import:
Marking of SALW in the possession of government
armed and security forces:
Biannual inspections are carried out to check the serial numbers of arms in the possession of the police against records.
Measures against the removal or alteration of markings:
Any person who erases, alters or in any manner tampers with identification marks or has in his or her possession such types of firearms is liable to prosecution.
Accurate and comprehensive records for all marked SALW
within their territory:
Firearms and ammunition are closely monitored by the Central Firearms Index (CFI), as provided for in the Firearms Act 2006. The CFI maintains a database of information on the following:
(c) game licence holders;
(f) governmental departments;
(g) hunting and gaming associations.
Measures taken for undertaking traces and responding to tracing requests: