As part of its strategic security plan, the Dominican Republic’s Interior Ministry and police will combine the efforts of a ballistics laboratory with a biometric one. This will create a digital registry listing all the country’s legal firearms and the biometric data pertaining to those who carry them.
According to comments made by one of the project’s heads, Antonio Valerio, «The ballistic print is a unique marking that each weapon carries on its cap and projectile. When a cap or bullet is found, it will be possible to determine which weapon it came from, and thanks to biometrics, it will be possible to learn the identity of the weapon’s owner.»
The country’s authorities hope to use this method to combat illegal firearms and easily locate criminals.