National laws, regulations and administrative procedures:
National Marking Practices
Thailand agrees that an eective marking system will help the tracing process. However, Thailand is of the view that the main responsibility for arms marking should be borne by arms producing and arms exporting countries.
Marking at the time of import:
The Ministry of the Interior of Thailand has its own system of gun marking for imported guns. The system is locally developed and sufficiently accurate for tracing purposes.
Marking of SALW in the possession of government
armed and security forces:
All SALW in the possession of government armed and security forces in Thailand are duly marked. Weapons used by agencies under the Ministry of Defence are marked and numbered by producers
Measures against the removal or alteration of markings:
Accurate and comprehensive records for all marked SALW
within their territory:
Thailand has adequate measures to ensure that accurate and comprehensive records are established for all marked SALW within its territory. For example, the Navy Force of Thailand has developed a good system of recordkeeping of arms used by the Navy, which makes it easier to trace. Currently, more that 90,000 pieces of arms used in the army have been recorded.
Thailand has a comprehensive system for compulsory registration of SALW and licensing of arms owners. The authorities concerned maintain tight control of this issue.
On the issue of arms registration, the Department of Provincial Administration under the Ministry of Interior is at present developing an online database of guns. The central information database is updated whenever an arms possession and transfer permit is authorised and registered. This system will enable agencies concerned to assess more accurately the level of gun ownership in the country. However, there are limitations as to the information about the types of weapons which can be registered. Thailand has no time limit for keeping records.
Measures taken for undertaking traces and responding to tracing requests:
Operational Informaton Exchange:
Thailand welcomes cooperation on the issue of illicit weapons tracing.