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: National Report on the Implementation of the ITI 2008 
: 15/07/2008
National Report
: Dirección de Material Bélico (DIMABEL)

National laws, regulations and administrative procedures:

Law No. 1910/02 on Firearms, Ammuntion and Explosives (and its regulations in Decree No. 3625/4)



National Marking Practices:

Paraguay is not a SALW manufacturer.

Marking at the time of import:

Imported firearms must bear basic markings identifying the manufacturer, the serial number and country of manufacture in order to allow the identification and tracing of each firearm.

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:

Under the Law on Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives, the Office of War Material (DIMABEL) is responsible for National Arms Register and National Bank of Proofmarks. A database of arms in civilian use records, for the maximum possible time, accurate information on the manufacture, possession and transfer of SALW within the national territory. The national arms registers are set up in such a way as to allow the relevant national authorities quickly to recover and collate reliable information on the path of a firearm from its entry into the country, including transfers, final destination Government armed and security forces must record SALW in their possession and each institution must maintain a register containing information on the chracteristics, numberings, models, calibres and types of arms. In 2007 the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces mandated a Special Commission to carry out an overall and individual inspection of all SALW in order to set up a Inventory and Information System.


Measures taken for undertaking traces and responding to tracing requests

DIMABEL is the National Point of Contact charged with receiving or initiating tracing requests, and, if neessary, with engaging the cooperation of other relevant institutions. The Government is to establish a National Centre for Tracing Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives and Related Materials which will be supported by the infrastructure already set up by DIMABEL, as well as with technical equipement provided by UNLiREC. This Tracing Centre will coordinate the collection of data, information and knowledge generation on firearms etc. As well as compiling national data the Centre will facilitate information exchange with other similar centres in the region and beyond. The IWETS National Central Office receives information requests from various member countries, especially Brazil and Colombia. These tracing requests concern firearms seized in armed robberies and which are suspected to have been imported in Paraguay. These requests are channelled to DIMABEL and importers and once information is received it is transmitted to the requesting countries. In some cases this has not been achieved with the sufficient speed due to the fact that the firms involved have not registered as companies which deal in arms or do not have the accounting records which could provide the information required.

Operational Informaton Exchange:

Paraguya has a agreement with Brazil on information exchange for the purposes of tracing. Paraguay also coopertates within Mercosur (Decree No. 8258/06). Nationally, the InterInstitutional Working Group, created by Decree No. 13973/01 coordinates the work of member institutions in the fight against illicit arms trafficking, including information exchange and joint operations.

Needs and Request for Assistance::
Paraguay requests technological assistance, including special equipment for firearms tracing, and capacity building in order to support the setting up of the new Tracing Centre.

Implementation challenges and opportunities: