This chapter addresses the record-keeping requirements under article 7 of the Protocol. The Protocol requires States to “ensure the maintenance” of certain information pertaining to firearms and, where feasible, their parts and components and ammunition. However, the Protocol does not specify whether suchrecords should be kept by the State itself or by persons and entities engaged in manufacturing, importing, exporting and so on. It is up to each State to determine whether records should be kept by the State and/or by persons and entities engaged in firearms-related activities. Annex I (Additional considerations) provides further suggested text that drafters can consider for inclusion in their national legislation.

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