All Firearms to Be Marked


KINGSTON — Cabinet has given approval for Jamaica to enter into an agreement with the Organization of American States (OAS) for the provision of machines to provide traceable markings on firearms.

The Dot peen marking machines will impose markings that are not easily erased. The technology is to be used for weapons both privately owned and in the custody of public officials, said National Security Minister, Senator the Hon. Dwight Nelson at yesterday's post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House.

He said the move is in keeping with the small arms policy being developed for Jamaica.

“This is part of that policy to ensure that all arms are properly marked…in such a way that they are traceable,” he said.

Senator Nelson informed that there are 25,000 legal firearms in Jamaica and all firearms should be brought in to be marked.                            

 

By Chris Patterson, JIS Reporter

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