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Dominican Republic; Organization of American States: Donation of Firearms Marking Equipment

(June 30, 2014) The Organization of American States (OAS) recently announced that it had donated equipment to mark firearms, for the second time, to the Government of the Dominican Republic. The donation was made as part of a project called “Promoting Firearms Marking in Latin America and the Caribbean.” (Press Release, OAS Donates Firearms Marking Machine to the Dominican Republic (Apr. 24, 2014), OAS website.)

The project aims to strengthen the capabilities of participant countries in marking and controlling firearms, in order to counter the violence and crime carried out with such weapons. This project will help the Dominican Republic fulfill obligations it undertook under the Inter-American Convention Against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives, and Other Related Materials. (Id.)

The Convention was signed by the Dominican Republic and 24 other countries in the Western hemisphere and provides that, in order to track and identify firearms, the signatory parties must require that this type of weapons be marked with certain data, including the serial number, the place of manufacture, the name of the manufacturer, and the name and address of the importer. (Id.; Inter-American Convention Against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives, and Other Related Materials, art. VI (adopted on Nov. 14, 1997), OAS website.)