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OAS Organized Workshop on Firearms Marking in El Salvador

  March 21, 2013

As part of the project "Promoting Firearms Marking in Latin America and the Caribbean," the Organization of American States (OAS), through its Program of Assistance for the Control of Arms and Destruction of Munitions, held a training workshop on using firearms marking machines for the members of the Ministry of Defense of El Salvador.

The training took place in the city of San Salvador and was directed at military and civilian staff from the departments of Santa Ana, San Miguel and San Salvador that are directly involved in the work of marking weapons.

In 2011, the OAS, with the support of the United States government, donated four marking machines and tools, as well as four computers to facilitate the process of storing data on marked weapons. This time, participants were trained to use the machines for micro-percussion marking, including calibration, data configuration, storage and technical procedures related to the marking.

With this initiative, the OAS continues the effort of cooperation and technical support to the national authorities of the different countries in the region in order to combat illicit arms trafficking, as established in the Inter-American Convention Against the Illicit Illicit Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives and Other Related Materials (CIFTA).

For more information, please visit the OAS Website at

Reference: E-111/13