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Colombia

Gun Trafficking Network Dismantled in Colombia [ES]

20 September 2016

El Tiempo (Bogotá)

[Translated summary: 40 people accused of gun trafficking were captured in Colombia. During the operation, 5 machine guns, 30 rifles, more than 50,000 cartridges, grenades, over 50 handguns and 2 sniper rifles were seized.] Luego de un operativo conjunto entre el Ejército y la Policía fueron capturadas 40 personas, en varias ciudades del país, a las que se les sindica de traficar armas con el Eln y bandas criminales. Los presuntos delincuentes incluso tenían una... (GunPolicy.org)

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El Salvador,South Africa,Nigeria,India,United States,Venezuela,Mexico,Colombia,Brazil

World is Far Less Violent: Global Murders Halving in a Decade

7 September 2016

Foreign Affairs (USA)

The world has never been safer than it is right now. Most forms of violence have dropped precipitously over the past few centuries. Although conflict deaths recently spiked (the war in Syria accounts for one third of all war-related killings today), fewer people are dying from warfare than at virtually any time in human history. Terrorist violence also increased over the past two years—especially in six countries the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia—but it still... (GunPolicy.org)

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Colombia

Bill Touts Gun, Ammo Ballistic Fingerprinting in Colombia [ES]

10 August 2016

El Pueblo (Colombia), Redacción Cali

[Translated summary: In Colombia, 85% of homicides are caused by firearms and 80% of them remain unpunished. Colombia's Senator, Jorge Iván Ospina, will submit a bill that establishes the National Register of Ballistic Identification for firearms. This will allow police to know when legal weapons are used in crimes.] El Senador Jorge Iván Ospina del Partido Alianza Verde presentará el Proyecto de Ley que establece el Registro Nacional de Identificación Balística... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: El Pueblo (Colombia), Redacción Cali

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Colombia

Colombia's FARC Will Have 180 Days to Surrender Guns [ES]

5 August 2016

El Espectador (Colombia)

[Translated Summary: In the Colombian peace process, there is a strict plan for the FARC cease-fire. This agreement includes monitoring and verification, rules for the definitive cessation of bilateral hostilities, and the surrender of firearms which should finish within the next 180 days.] El jefe negociador también señaló que la próxima semana los delegados del Gobierno y las Farc harán recorrerán las zonas veredales que recibirán a la guerrilla para la... (GunPolicy.org)

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Colombia

FARC Guns To Be Melted Into 3 Monuments in Colombia [ES]

23 June 2016

El Tiempo (Bogotá)

[Translated summary: According to the agreement signed by the government and the FARC, their surrendered firearms are going to be collected, stored and melted to make three monuments in Colombia. Once the members of the FARC are completely disarmed, they will be able to rejoin civilian life.] Serán registradas, almacenadas y sacadas de los campamentos. Se fundirán para hacer tres monumentos. Las armas con las que la guerrilla de las Farc le ha hecho la guerra al... (GunPolicy.org)

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Colombia

Blade Weapons and Firearms Surrendered in Colombia [ES]

18 May 2016

El Universal (Colombia)

[Translated summary: Citizens of Santiago de Tolú, Colombia, voluntarily handed over four home-made firearms and 300 knives and blade weapons during a Disarmament Plan.] Cuatro armas de fuego tipo artesanal y alrededor de trescientas corto punzantes, fueron entregadas a las autoridades durante la realización de un 'Plan Desarme' en el municipio de Santiago de Tolú. La estrategia que busca mejorar los niveles de seguridad en sectores conocidos como de alto riesgo... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: El Universal (Colombia)

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Colombia

Active Soldiers Were Trafficking Guns in Colombia [ES]

28 April 2016

RCN Radio (Colombia)

[Translated summary: Active soldiers in Colombia had a gun trafficking network where they sold parts of machine guns and ammunition stolen from military armouries.] Un suboficial, dos soldados profesionales y un civil al servicio del Ejército conformaban una red encargada de comercializar armas y partes para las mismas, así quedó evidenciado en medio de un operativo que las autoridades señalaron como una acción de contrainteligencia coordinada con el CTI de la... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: RCN Radio (Colombia)

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Colombia

Havana Peace Talks Discuss the Future of FARC Guns [ES]

19 April 2016

Notimérica, Colprensa [Colombia]

[Translated summary: According to an estimate by the Ministry of Defense, the FARC owns almost 25,000 small arms and more than 4,000 'support' guns. Peace talks in Havana are now discussing this number, and what to do with them.] El destino final de las armas que convirtieron a las Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) en la organización ilegal más tenebrosa de Colombia es una de las decisiones que más tensión genera en la mesa de diálogos de La... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Notimérica, Colprensa [Colombia]

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Belize,United States,Venezuela,El Salvador,Honduras,Brazil,Colombia

Latin America Leads World on Murder Map

6 May 2015

Guardian (Latin America)

Latin America may be the most murderous continent on Earth, but huge improvements in public safety have been achieved in several major cities, according to a new homicide map of the world that is being launched this week. Several metropolises that were once bywords for violent death – such as Medellín, Bogotá, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro - have seen murder rate declines of more than 60% over the past two decades thanks to improved living standards, better... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (Latin America)

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Spain,Italy,Venezuela,Israel,Germany,Czech Republic,Brazil,Colombia,Belgium,Austria,Russia,United States,El Salvador,Turkey,Guatemala,Honduras,Mexico,Cuba,Dominican Republic,Haiti,Peru,Nicaragua

The Latin American Gun Leak

16 January 2015

Los Angeles Times, Opinion

During the 1980s, El Salvador was the single largest recipient of U.S. military hardware and weaponry in the Western Hemisphere. Although the Central American country's civil war ended in 1992, the guns, grenades and bullets linger, as do their murderous effects. In September, a U.S. official from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives estimated that half the weapons available on El Salvador's vibrant black market were made in the United... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Los Angeles Times

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Colombia

Colombia on Track for Least Violent Year in 3 Decades

8 January 2015

InSight Crime (Bogota)

While the official number of homicides hasn't yet been released by authorities, the statistics available thus far indicate that conflict-ridden Colombia may have just registered its most peaceful year in decades. However, the data doesn't tell the whole story. According to police statistics accessed by El Tiempo, between January and December 1, 2014, Colombia saw over 11,600 murders. Added to more recent police figures showing 1,155 murders in the month of December,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

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Ecuador,Panama,Paraguay,Chile,Argentina,Brazil,Venezuela,Mexico,Colombia,Spain,South Africa,Italy,Germany,Czech Republic,Belgium,Europe,Honduras,El Salvador,Israel,Nicaragua,Russia,United States,Cuba,Caribbean,Central America,South America

Small Arms Trade a 'Dramatic Threat' to Latin America

13 October 2014

NACLA

Small arms and gun violence present the most dramatic threat to public safety in Latin America and the Caribbean. After decades of uncontrolled proliferation, at least 45 million to 80 million small arms and light weapons—that is, weapons operated by an individual or small group, including handguns, assault rifles, grenades, grenade launchers, and even man portable surface to air missiles—are circulating throughout the region.(1) Gunshots kill between 73,000 and... (GunPolicy.org)

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Colombia,Ecuador

Crime, Conflict and Illegal Mining Fuel Ecuador Arms Trafficking

13 May 2014

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Illegal mining, Colombian armed criminal groups and common crime are the three main markets for Ecuador's illegal arms trade, according to authorities, as the black market continues to be a headache for both that country and its neighbor Colombia. During 2013 and the first three months of 2014, Ecuador's Armed Forces seized 4,530 illegal firearms, and 457,310 rounds of ammunition, reported El Comercio. An unnamed top police official told the newspaper that some of the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

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Colombia,Brazil,Ecuador

Ecuador Captures Crime Suspects, Seizes Assault Weapons, Handguns

2 May 2014

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Authorities in Ecuador have captured members of what they call the "most dangerous" group dedicated to bank robbery at a national level, in an example of an apparently well-organized and sophisticated homegrown criminal operation. In an operation labeled "Quimera," Ecuadorean police carried out 24 raids in three western cities in which they arrested 10 men and seized weaponry including assault rifles, shotguns, pistols, revolvers, bulletproof vests and an explosive... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

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Brazil,Argentina,Uruguay,Honduras,Guatemala,Mexico,Jordan,Colombia,Peru

Gun Thefts From Peru Army Supplies Points to Possible Corruption, Trafficking

3 April 2014

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Authorities in Peru say the majority of arms used by criminal groups are stolen from private owners and security forces, highlighting a common regional phenomenon that is often facilitated by corrupt officials. Specialists consulted by El Comercio said the majority of pistols and shotguns used by criminal groups in Peru were stolen from legitimate owners, rather than acquired through the black market. Authorities reported that 1,767 firearms were declared lost or... (GunPolicy.org)

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El Salvador,Mexico,Argentina,Peru,Colombia

Investigation Shows Colombia Military-Criminal Firearms Trafficking Ties

4 March 2014

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Prosecutors in Colombia have issued a warrant for a high-ranking army official who stands accused of leading a ring that sold military weapons to narco-paramilitary group the Urabeños, highlighting a common source of weapons for armed groups across the region. Lieutenant Colonel Robinson Gonzalez del Rio led a group of four active members of the military, four retired members, two police and several private citizens that acquired guns, munitions and explosives for... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

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Mexico,Russia,Georgia,Libya,United States,Colombia,Germany

Banned German Firearms Being Sold in Colombia

1 March 2014

Deutsche Welle

German law prohibits the export of weapons to crisis or conflict regions. But guns sporting the label "Made in Germany" are being sold in war-torn Colombia. Manufacturers have denied any involvement in illegal exports. A person who wants to buy a gun legally in Colombia must be at least 25 years old, provide proof of income and a gun license and possess no criminal record. The arms trade in the South American country is a state monopoly run by the weapons manufacturer... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Deutsche Welle

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Israel,Venezuela,Russia,Colombia

'Lord of War' Arrest Shines Light on Colombia Arms Trade

22 January 2014

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Police in Colombia have captured an arms dealer whose operations reached across continents and whose criminal contacts spanned the spectrum of Colombian armed groups. According to police, Gustavo Velasquez, alias "El Señor de la Guerra" (the Lord of War) sourced assault rifles through contacts in Israel and Russia and moved them through Venezuela and into the department of Norte de Santander in Colombia. Police say the arms were then sold on to the narco-guerrilla... (GunPolicy.org)

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Colombia

Over 19,000 Colombians Arrested for Illegally Carrying Weapons

13 January 2014

Prensa Latina (Havana)

BOGOTA - More than 19,000 Colombians were recently arrested for illegal carrying of weapons, which was described by the national police chief, Rodolfo Palomino, as a blow against illegal gangs involved in murders and theft. Palomino said they seized 34,155 guns without licenses and 18 percent of the detainees claimed that the seized weapon was not theirs. Palomino explained that early this year, 17 minors and 15 women were arrested for that offense (in 2013 the figure... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Prensa Latina (Havana)

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Colombia

Colombian Armoury Missing Half Its Weapons as Count Begins

6 January 2014

InSight Crime (Bogota)

An arms inspection at a military barracks in Cali, Colombia, has found 500 weapons missing out of 1,000 counted, with another 15,000 still to be checked, as a major investigation into weapons trafficking between security forces and criminal groups begins. The inventory check at the barracks of the Colombian Army's Third Brigade, where weapons recovered by security forces in the country's third-largest city are stored, is being carried out by the country's Prosecutor... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

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