oa Arms Control : Africa - Possibilities of pinstamping : benefits and challenges of marking weapons in Southern Africa



From 21 to 22 February 2011, representatives from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states attended a two-day workshop in Pretoria, South Africa, on weapons marking. The workshop, hosted by the Southern African Police Chiefs Cooperation Organisation (SARPCCO) and the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), introduced participants to the principles of "pinstamping", the process of physically marking firearms with a unique identification code that allows for easier tracking and tracing of weapons.


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