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: National Report on the implementation of the PoA, 2010 and 2008 
: 06/05/2011
National Report
: 2010
: Section for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation, Royal Ministry of Foreign Affairs
: s-nedr@mfa.no

National laws, regulations and administrative procedures:

Firearms Act, 1961



National Marking Practices:

Norway supports the establishment of an international system for marking all weapons and ammunition, and is ready to engage in establishing such a system. In the absence of international standards, ammunition produced in Norway for export is marked with a lot number, in addition to the markings that the purchaser will require.

Marking at the time of import:

Marking of SALW in the possession of government armed and security forces:

All arms procured by the armed and the police forces have unique identification markings (in accordance with the OSCE document on SALW) applied by the producers. This forms part of the production specifications. It is a general prerequisite for licensing and registration that SALW have a unique serial number and a marking indicating Norway (the country of manufacture, however, is not neessarily reflected). Detailed requirements on markings may be introduced by police authorities. All ammunition belonging to the armed forces is identified by its lot (batch) production number. The lot number identifies what production batch the ammunition stems from, what year the ammunition was produced and by whom. Colour coding is also applied to identify the filling of the ammunition if any, and its main characteristics, e. g. armour piercing, incendiary, high explosive etc Ammunition procured over the last few years and in the future hold/will hold text specifying the type of ammunition in the Norwegian language.

Measures against the removal or alteration of markings:


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

Export records of SALW are kept for 10 years. The armed forces hold complete inventory lists of all weapons in its possession. This identifies the exact location of each stored weapon, or the individual holding the weapon. The police authorities maintain a similar system. All SALW that require licensing and registration remain in the weapons register after being exported, decommissioned or destroyed, thereby maintaining their traceability.


Measures taken for undertaking traces and responding to tracing requests

Operational Informaton Exchange:

Norway participates in the Schengen Information System, and uses that system regularly to trace SALW.

Needs and Request for Assistance::

Implementation challenges and opportunities: