Dominican Republic signs agreement with OAS to promote firearms marking

On April 20, the Organisation of American States (OAS) and the Government of the Dominican Republic signed an agreement to work together on a project to promote firearms marking and arms control in Latin America and the Caribbean. As part of the agreement, the Dominican government will receive a firearms marking machine from the US. Steven Costner, Deputy Director of Weapons Removal and Abatement at the U.S. State Department, said “One of the most important ways to address illicit trafficking of small arms and light weapons is to be able to effectively trace the weapons. Of course, to effectively trace the weapons you need to mark them, that’s why this is a very important step... not just in the hemisphere, but at a global level”. The project is part of efforts to implement the Inter-American Convention against Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms (CIFTA). A press release on the signing event is available here.