Promoting Firearms Marking in Latin America and the Caribbean
Fact Sheet (released August 15, 2011)
Within the framework of the Inter-American Convention against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives, and Other Related Materials (CIFTA), and with the financial support of the Government of the United States, the OAS is donating firearms marking equipment to 30 countries in the region and is providing the training necessary for its proper use.
The marking of firearms is a process that permanently marks the weapon with identifiable information such as serial number, name and place manufacturer or importer, model and caliber, which then helps them become more easily traceable by law enforcement agencies and therefore more effectively linked to crimes in which they were used. Marking is an important and effective tool for combating the firearms trafficking in the Hemisphere.
Through this initiative, the OAS is providing participating governments with one dot-peen type marking machine (Styliner Mark 3 by Schmidt Marking Systems) and related training, as well as one laptop computer and software to facilitate record-keeping.
To date, 13 governments of the region have signed a Cooperation Agreement with the OAS to initiate this program: Barbados, The Bahamas, Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Uruguay, Paraguay, Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago.
It is expected that over 50,000 firearms throughout the Hemisphere will be marked during 2011-2012 as a result of this effort.