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OAS Member Countries have marked more than 250,000 firearms

Guatemala

Minister of Defense of El Salvador, General David Munguía Payés, accompanies the OAS in the installation of a firearms marking equipment.

The OAS Member States have registered the marking of more than 250,000 firearms, since September 2009, within the Framework of the project “Promoting Firearms Marking in Latin America and the Caribbean”. This project seeks to strengthen national capacities in matters of firearms marking, whether they are imported, exported or confiscated, according to the legal requirements of the Inter-American Convention against the Illicit Manufacturing and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives and Other Related Materials (CIFTA).

Marking is an Essentials step in the fight against the illicit trafficking of firearms, given that marked weapons are easier to trace and can be more accurately linked to related criminal activities, which helps increase law enforcement capabilities. The OAS provides Member States with electronic marking equipment and computers to store marking data, as well as the necessary training for its effective use.

In addition, the OAS has recently presented several proposals to different donors for the expansion of efforts in the field of arms control and the reduction of armed violence in the region. Faced with an increasing phenomenon of armed violence that affects a great number of Member States, these proposals seek to reduce the availability of illicit firearms while also promoting the implementation of community solutions to conflict resolution, rather than firearms use.

To this date, 25 countries of the region have signed a cooperation agreement with the OAS to participate in this program: Argentina, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bahamas, Belize, Costa Rica, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Uruguay, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, San Vicente and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago. The OAS continues to encourage those states that have not done so yet, to join this regional initiative.

The Firearm Marking Program of the OAS has the financial support of the U.S. Government.

 
 
 
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