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El Salvador

Over Two Thousand Firearms Destroyed in El Salvador [ES]

18 November 2016

El Mundo (El Salvador), EFE News Agency

[Translated Summary: El Salvador's Ministry of Defence destroyed 2,864 seized firearms. They also destroyed another cache of firearms that were not claimed by their owners after seizure, and others used in crimes. Among the destroyed firearms were 1,386 handguns, 333 long guns and 156 home-made firearms. Between January and September, 2016, 80% of homicides were committed using a firearm and 1,987 guns were seized.] El Ministerio de la Defensa destruyó 2,864 armas de... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: El Mundo (El Salvador), EFE News Agency

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El Salvador

2,075 Firearms Seized by Police in El Salvador This Year [ES]

4 October 2016

El Mundo (El Salvador)

[Translated Summary: El Salvador Police have seized 2,705 firearms in 2016. In this cache, there were 318 rifles (AK-47 and G3), 279 shotguns, 1,872 handguns and one M 60 machine gun. 474 of them were seized from gangs during police operations. There has been an increase of 77% in the seizure of firearms in relation to last year.] La Policía Nacional Civil (PNC) ha incautado 2,705 armas de fuego en el 2016, de las cuales 318 son fusiles AK 47, M16, G-3 y de otros... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: El Mundo (El Salvador)

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El Salvador,Central America,United States

M16, AK Assault Rifles Often Used By Gangs in El Salvador

12 September 2016

InSight Crime (Bogotá), El Faro

The government of El Salvador's militarized campaign against the country's street gangs has been met by an increasingly heavily armed reaction. El Faro's investigation indicates that the gangs' growing use of assault rifles is an echo of the civil war that ended almost 25 years ago. "Our presumption is that many are from the civil war," responds Mauricio Ramírez Landaverde, the Minister of Public Security, when questioned on the origin of the weapons that Salvadoran... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogotá), El Faro

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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)

Read More: Foreign Affairs (USA)

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United States,El Salvador

El Salvador Criminal Gang Uses Mostly US-Made Rifles [ES]

7 September 2016

El Faro (El Salvador)

[Translated summary: "Maras" gangsters in El Salvador use assault weapons. The authorities, former soldiers, experts and even gang members confirm that most of them come from the civil war of the 80's. Police seize at least one rifle every 3 days and the most common are the M-16, the AK-47 and the Galil.] El gobierno del FMLN combate contra mareros equipados con fusiles de asalto. Autoridades, excomandantes, excombatientes, académicos, expertos y los propios... (GunPolicy.org)

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Central America,Germany,El Salvador

El Salvador Accuses Its Own Ambassador of Gun Trafficking

6 June 2016

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Prosecutors in El Salvador have asked Congress to strip the country's ambassador to Germany and former Defense minister of immunity so they can pursue charges against him related to an alleged arms trafficking ring. The Attorney General's Office is accusing Gen. Jose Atilio Benítez of fraud, illegal possession of weapons, and illegal arms trafficking, La Prensa Grafica reported. The prosecutors alleged that Benítez ordered subordinates to fraudulently register... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

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El Salvador

Should El Salvador Give Out Guns to Fight Crime? [ES]

14 April 2016

La Prensa Gráfica (El Salvador)

[Translated summary: El Salvador's Secretary of Communications for the President sparked controversy when he suggested giving guns to civilians to defend themselves. Social and analyst organisations agreed that each community could organise its own safety, but disapproved of arming citizens.] Organizaciones sociales y analistas muestran su aceptación de que las comunidades organicen sus propias medidas de seguridad, junto a la PNC. Pero sin armas. La controversia... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: La Prensa Gráfica (El Salvador)

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El Salvador

More Than 2,700 Gang Guns Seized in El Salvador [ES]

13 April 2016

Terra (Argentina), EFE News Agency

[Translated summary: El Salvador police seized 2,759 firearms from gangs between 2014 and 2016, 96 of them classified as military weapons. According to official numbers, most of the homicides in El Salvador are inflicted with firearms.] La policía salvadoreña incautó 2.759 armas de fuego a las pandillas entre el 2014 y febrero de 2016, más del 49 % del total de decomisos, de acuerdo con información oficial a la que Efe tuvo acceso hoy. De esa cantidad, 96 fueron... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Terra (Argentina), EFE News Agency

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El Salvador

El Salvador Still Has No Penalty for Gun Trafficking [ES]

7 April 2016

La Prensa Gráfica (El Salvador)

[Translated summary: In El Salvador, there is no penalty for arms trafficking. District attorney Douglas Meléndez is proposing a reform to include arms trafficking and other felonies in the Salvadoran legislation. Meléndez explained that 90% of crimes involve trafficked firearms.] Fiscal dijo que también busca se castigue con prisión a los que impidan la libre circulación a las personas. Propone reformar Ley contra Terrorismo porque no está apegada a realidad... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: La Prensa Gráfica (El Salvador)

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Central America,Venezuela,Mexico,South America,Honduras,El Salvador

Different Approach to Reduce Violence in Latin America

29 March 2016

Americas Quarterly, Opinion

Reducing violence is not about controlling violent neighborhoods or even about controlling violent people. It is about inducing people to control themselves. That's it. The best policing comes when no police are required. The question is how to achieve this in Latin America, the most violent region in the world and home to countries like El Salvador, Honduras and Venezuela, each with homicide rates similar to war zones. The answer may be unsettling. Many instances of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Americas Quarterly

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El Salvador

Gang Members Linked to 26% of El Salvador Homicides

21 March 2016

Insight Crime

Just over 26 percent of people convicted of murder in El Salvador in 2015 were gang members, according to new statistics that undermine the government's assertions about what is driving violence in the country. According to Public Ministry figures obtained by EFE, a total of 739 people were convicted of murder in 2015, 650 of them on aggravated charges. Of these, 193 people, were recognized as gang members, of which 172 were convicted of aggravated homicide. In... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Insight Crime

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Central America,El Salvador

World's Most Violent Country Registers 30 New Guns a Day

10 March 2016

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Between 2010 and 2015, Salvadorans were registering firearms at a rate of 11,000 per year. This suggests 30 new firearms were registered every day in a country where the vast majority of crimes are committed with guns. In a market that had sales of almost $2 million in 2014, four firms dominated gun imports. The inhabitants of the world's most violent country have been spending more than $1.5 million on guns annually. Although the market's total size and the number of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

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El Salvador

El Salvador Govt Turned Blind Eye to Official's Arms Trafficking

16 February 2016

InSight Crime (Bogota)

A recent report points once again to the role high-ranking El Salvador military officials play in driving that nation's illicit arms trade, helping fuel rampant gang violence and bloodshed. Since 2010 El Salvador's National Civil Police (Policía Nacional Civil - PNC) and several other state institutions bought over $500,000 worth of guns, munitions, and bulletproof vests from the arms businesses of retired army major Miguel Ángel Pocasangre Escobar, reported La... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

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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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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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El Salvador

El Salvador's Military Suspected of Dealing Firearms to Gangs

16 June 2014

InSight Crime (Bogota)

El Salvador's street gangs have been ambushing police with military-grade weapons, leading to fears the gangs, for the first time, have police outgunned. Is the Salvadoran military the source of their firepower? In recent months, gangs have shot at police with M-16 and AK-47 assault rifles in multiple lethal attacks, raising questions about the source of their weaponry. Now, an investigation has unearthed evidence that the military itself is trafficking guns, and El... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

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El Salvador

Army Blocks Gun Trafficking Probe, El Salvador Corruption Suspected

4 June 2014

InSight Crime (Bogota)

An apparent attempt to hinder an investigation into arms trafficking in El Salvador's army has sparked a harsh exchange of words between government officials and raises questions about what the military may have to hide. On May 30, military personnel barred members of the Attorney General's Office from seizing documents as part of a probe into the illegal theft and sale of arms by high-ranking military officials between 2009 and 2013. El Salvador's Attorney General... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

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El Salvador

Six Killed, Four Injured in Bus Ambush, Shooting in El Salvador

23 May 2014

Latin American Herald Tribune (Venezuela)

SAN SALVADOR – Six people were killed and four others wounded early Friday when armed men opened fire on an intercity bus in the central province of La Paz, Salvadoran police said. The attackers were apparently wearing uniforms of Fondo Vial, the government agency responsible for road maintenance, media accounts said. The shooting took place near the town of San Luis Talpa as the bus was making a regularly scheduled run from the eastern province of Usulutan to San... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Latin American Herald Tribune (Venezuela)

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El Salvador

El Salvador Police Seize Over 100 Guns in Holiday Sting [ES]

22 April 2014

Diario El Mundo (El Salvador)

[Translated summary: 107 firearms were seized by the El Salvador police over an eight day holiday period in April, including handguns, shotguns, rifles and two machine guns. Over 80% of crimes in El Salvador are committed with guns.] La Policía Nacional Civil, (PNC) decomisó 107 armas de fuego durante el periodo vacacional de Semana Santa, comprendido entre el 12 al 20 de abril. Según el reporte, la mayoría de las incautaciones fueron pistolas 9 milímetros,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Diario El Mundo (El Salvador)

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