Ministry goes high tech to put identification marks on guns

A technician demonstrates how the new device functions. Photo: Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública

The security ministry now has a device that can cut numbers into its inventory of weapons.

The device is from Schmidt Marking Systems in Niles, Illinois. The machine uses a tungsten pin to deeply etch metal and then it stores the information in an attached computer.

The device provides a sequence of numbers that are in addition to the numbers placed by gun manufacturers on their products.

The device also is capable of etching bar codes, dates or unique designs, according to the manufacturer’s Web page. The device will be used by the ministry’s Dirección de Armamento to keep track of the weapons.

The device came from the Organization of American States. In the past, ministry workers used a metal scribe to etch numbers by hand. The new machine makes a deeper cut, officials said.

Technicians of the Organization of American States will train six ministry employees in the use of the device.

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