The Organization of American States (OAS) today donated a firearms marking machine to the Government of Honduras to be used by its Secretary of Security with the objective of combating the illicit trafficking of firearms. This initiative, which is currently being implemented in various countries of the region, forms part of the efforts outlined by the Secretary General of the OAS, José Miguel Insulza, and serves to exemplify the Organization as a strategic actor in the fight against crime.
The machine was presented during a ceremony held at the Cuartel de Casamata of the Security Secretariat, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and was attended by Secretary of State for Security, Pompey Bonilla, and Commissioner General of Police, Jose Ricardo Ramirez.
The donation—done by the United States Government—was made in the framework of the project, “Promoting Firearms Marking in Latin America and the Caribbean,” which supports 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 Honduras 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, focusing on the use of firearms marking equipment.
As its primary goal, the OAS seeks to strengthen the national capabilities 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 of its Member States may as quickly as possible establish policies and legislation to mark firearms at the time of manufacture and/or import.
For more information, please visit the OAS Website at www.oas.org.