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: National Report on the Implementation of the PoA, 2010 and 2008 
: 06/05/2011
National Report
: 2010
: Arms Control, Disarmament and Global Challenges Dept, MFA
: ozog@mzv.sk

National laws, regulations and administrative procedures:

Act No. 190/2003 on Firearms/Shotguns and Ammunition



National Marking Practices:

Marking of small arms and light weapons is carried out by the producer in accordance with the Decree adopted by the Government of the Slovak Republic No. 397/1999 Coll., Article 15 which requires establishing details on technical requirements and procedures of conformity approval of SALW and ammunition (By: Office of Standardisation, Testing and Metrology of the Slovak Republic; validity: from December 31, 1999; in effect from: January 1, 2000, published in Collection of Laws No.: 159/1999, page 3842). Producers of fire-arms are, in accordance with the international agreements to which the Slovak Republic is a party, required, to use conventional international marks for identification of producer. There is also a weaponry in use which bears domestic military marks and was marked by a representative of individual military production, whereby there used military marks in terms of national legislation in force at that time. In relation to arms for military use, the Ministry of Defence requests that imported and exported arms are marked with the name of the manufacturer, the country of manufacture and the serial number. Marking of additional information such as the year of manufacture, the weapon type/model and the calibre are also needed. Regarding small arms and light weapons each manufacturer in Slovakia is obliged to mark each of them with its name, model, year of manufacture and serial number. The Slovak practices on marking are fully consistent with the best practices established by international instruments, namely: the OSCE Best Practice Guide on Marking, Record Keeping and Traceability of Small Arms and Light Weapons, the Instrument to Enable States to Identify and Trace in a Timely and Reliable Manner Illicit Small Arms and Light Weapons, the UN Firearms Protocol, the Wassenaar Best Practice Guidelines for Exports of Small Arms and Light Weapons.

Marking at the time of import:

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

An information system has been established to facilitate the marking of all 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:

The Ministry of Defence keeps an updated register on exports and transfers of weapons for military use. The Ministry of Interior keeps a register of small arms and light weapons for civil use as well as of weapons owned and stocked by armed and security forces. The Ministry of Interior is responsible for the register of small arms for civil use, which contains information on arms produced, imported, exported and transferred. Each register includes information on the following elements: manufacturer, number, model, calibre and elements of the transaction (date, entities involved, licence).


Measures taken for undertaking traces and responding to tracing requests

Strict export control systems enable the authorities to identify and check weapons anytime and anywhere in the Slovak territory.

Operational Informaton Exchange:

EU level.

Needs and Request for Assistance::

Implementation challenges and opportunities: