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Organization of American States: Firearms Marking Equipment

(July 13, 2012) On June 25, 2012, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that it will donate equipment to mark firearms to the Argentinean government. The equipment is to be utilized by Argentina's Ministry of Security in combating illicit trafficking in firearms. (Press Release, OAS, OEA donará máquina de marcaje de armas de fuego a Argentina (Jun. 25, 2012).)

The donation will be made within the framework of a project called “Promoting the Marking of Firearms in Latin America and the Caribbean,” which is based on the Inter-American Convention Against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms and aimed at strengthening the region's capabilities in marking and controlling firearms. (Id.)

The Convention provides that in order to identify and track firearms, the signatory parties must require that these weapons be marked with certain data, including the name of the manufacturer, place of manufacture, serial number, and the name and address of the importer. (Inter-American Convention Against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Traffickingin Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives, and Other Related Materials (Nov. 13, 1997), art. VI, OAS website.)