OAS Donates Firearms Marking Machine to St. Kitts and Nevis

BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, JULY 21ST 2011 – The Government has received a firearms marking machine from the Organization of American States (OAS).

The equipment was presented to the Ministry of National Security with the objective of improving controls against the illicit trafficking in this type of weapon.

The machine was presented during a ceremony at the Police Training School and was attended by authorities from the Ministry of National Security.

The donation was completed in the framework of the project entitled, “Promoting Firearms Marking in Latin America and the Caribbean,” part of the Inter-American Convention against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives, and Other Related Materials (CIFTA), and seeks to strengthen national capabilities in matters of firearms marking.

Together with the marking machine, the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis also received a computer to facilitate the process of maintaining marked firearms data.

In addition, the Public Security Department of the OAS is scheduled to conduct a training workshop with ten police officials over the course of two days, focusing on the use of firearms marking equipment.

As its primary goal, the OAS seeks the strengthening of the national capacities of its Member States to respond, in an effective and efficient manner, to the increasing levels of crime and violence caused by illicit trafficking in firearms.

In this regard, the OAS will cooperate with the countries of the region so that all its Member States may as quickly as possible establish policies and legislation to mark firearms at the time of manufacture and/or import.

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