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Brokering Control


Sri Lanka
: 14/07/2008
National Report
: Brigadier Ranjan de Silva, National Commission to Combat the Proliferation of Illicit SALW
: ranjan36@eureka.lk

National laws, regulations and administrative procedures:

Firearms Ordinance



National Marking Practices:

Sri Lanka is not a SALW manufacturer. All requirements for SALW are imported from reputable suppliers. They are duly marked at source. Sri Lanka legislation requires a unique mark identifying the countr of manufacture to be made on each weapon manufactured. The Firearms Ordinance in section 18 requires that every gun should bear the name of the manufacturer, together with a serial number engraved on the barrel. Any manufacturer who fails to mark any gun made by him or her shall be guilty of an offence against this Ordinance. However, at present, no licensed manufacture of SALW takes place in Sri Lanka.

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:


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

Comprehensive records are maintained in respect of State holdings of SALW. The licensing authority maintains a register for all gun licences issued. Records have been maintained for 10 years or more. Further improvements are being made with regard to record keeping for example by the adoption of electronic methods.


Measures taken for undertaking traces and responding to tracing requests

In Sri Lanka, a National Firearms Registry Database was developed and installed at the Ministry of Defence, Public Security, Law and Order. The Database Registry which was launched in October 2008 provides the Government of Sri Lanka with a reliable and accountable internet-based weapons management tool that can be used for licensing, control and tracking weapons owned by civilians and private security companies. Training on how to operate the Registry Database was provided to the relevant Ministry personnel.

Operational Informaton Exchange:

Needs and Request for Assistance::
Assistance is required to further improve capacity for recordkeeping

Implementation challenges and opportunities: