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INTERPOL Illicit Arms Records and tracing Management System (iARMS)

Modules and user access

iARMS data supports better detection and investigation of criminal firearms trafficking and smuggling routes. In addition, the combined analysis of IBIN and iARMS data is likely to increase significantly the ability of law enforcement agencies to detect, prevent and combat firearm-related crime, particularly through the identification of firearms traffickers and other violent criminals.

iARMS can be functionally divided into three components:

1. The Firearm Records Module facilitates international communication on lost, stolen, trafficked and smuggled firearms. The application enables authorized law enforcement agencies to:

  • Create, manage and share records of lost, stolen, trafficked or smuggled firearms rapidly and securely;
  • Notify a country quickly and easily when a recorded firearm is seized;
  • Generate and analyse reporting on lost, stolen, trafficked or smuggled firearms.

2. The Trace Requests Module enables users to create, manage and respond to international firearm trace requests on crime-related firearms. It provides an easy-to-use platform for approved law enforcement agencies to:

  • Submit a Trace Request;
  • Read, monitor and export incoming and outgoing Trace Requests;
  • Respond to or comment on an incoming Trace Request;
  • Update the status of a Trace Request;
  • Generate and analyse reporting on incoming and outgoing Trace Requests.

3. The Statistics and Reports Module supports INTERPOL member countries to analyse national data information on firearm-related crime and tracing, and to generate tailored reports.

User access

Consistent with INTERPOL General Assembly Resolution AG-2011-RES-11, iARMS is designed and recommended for use by all persons and organizations in the law enforcement community that hold responsibility for:

  • receiving and recording information on lost, stolen, trafficked or smuggled firearms; and/or
  • seizing or recovering illicit firearms; and/or
  • seizing or recovering licit firearms that have been involved in the commission of a crime (‘crime guns’).

Such agencies may include, but are not limited to:

  • police services;
  • customs agencies;
  • border protection agencies;
  • regulatory authorities.

In compliance with Article 21 of the INTERPOL Rules for the Processing of Data, INTERPOL National Central Bureaus (NCBs) are required to grant formal approval of any direct access to iARMS by a non-NCB user via the signature of an iARMS User Agreement. NCBs are requested to submit a copy of signed agreements to the INTERPOL General Secretariat.

For more information or questions, please contact the INTERPOL Firearms Programme.