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Honduras

2,300 Guns Seized This Year in Honduras [ES]

25 November 2016

La Prensa (Honduras)

[Translated summary: 2,300 guns were seized since the beginning of 2016 in Honduras. Most illegal firearms belong to gangs, including AK47 and AR15 rifles. The majority of homicides are committed with pistols and rifles.] San Pedro Sula -- El tráfico y uso de armas ilegales es uno de los delitos que más afecta al país, la mayoría de homicidios son cometidos con pistolas y fusiles de guerra. El mayor número de armas ilícitas están en manos de grupos criminales... (GunPolicy.org)

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Honduras

Guns Used in 40% of Homicides in Honduras Prisons [ES]

18 November 2016

El Heraldo (Honduras)

[Translated summary: A study revealed that, of 93 prisoners who died between 2011 and 2015 in Honduras, 60% of the deaths were homicides and 40% were committed with a firearm. All the firearms used were industrially produced and for commercial purposes.] Tegucigalpa -- En las cárceles de Honduras la muerte camina impunemente. Basta con ver las cifras para corroborarlo. Un estudio realizado por estudiantes de la primera generación del posgrado de Medicina Legal y... (GunPolicy.org)

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Honduras

Illegal Gun Seizures Rise Amid Ongoing Insecurity in Honduras

15 November 2016

InSight Crime (Bogotá)

Honduran officials say seizures of illegal firearms at border checkpoints are increasing rapidly, as the market for millions of illegal firearms continues to grow and fuel violence in the Central American country. According to Honduras' National Anti-Evasion Force (Fuerza Nacional Antievasión - FNA), customs officers in Honduras are seizing an average of 35 to 40 firearms and ammunition shipments per month. Officers are interdicting shipments from Mexico, the United... (GunPolicy.org)

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Honduras

Honduras Gun Control Law Still Stalled After Two Years [ES]

13 November 2016

La Prensa (Honduras)

[Translated summary: The Possession, Carrying and Control of Firearms, Explosives and Ammunition Law has been stalled for more than two years in Honduras. Deputies explain that the new legislation is stricter than the old law and aims to register all legal guns and remove illegal arms from circulation. Official data indicates that Honduras has 400,000 registered and more than 1 million illegal guns.] Tegucigalpa -- La Ley de Tenencia, Portación y Control de Armas de... (GunPolicy.org)

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South America,United States,Honduras

Firearm Trafficking Soaring in Honduras - Customs [ES]

11 November 2016

La Tribuna (Honduras)

[Translated summary: Every month, Honduran customs seize an average of 35 to 40 firearms of US and South America origin. Among the seized arms are pistols, shotguns, hunting rifles and ammunition. Police say the increase in crime is the reason Hondurans want to arm themselves, and trafficked guns cost one fifth of legal guns.] Un promedio de 35 a 40 armas de fuego o municiones provenientes de Estados Unidos y de Suramérica decomisan al mes funcionarios de Aduanas de... (GunPolicy.org)

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Honduras

2,000 Gun Homicides in Honduras in First Half of 2016 [ES]

23 October 2016

La Prensa (Honduras)

[Translated summary: In Honduras, 2,000 people were murdered with firearms in the first six months of the year, a number that represents 75% of total homicides in the country. Police explain that they are constantly combating crime and illegal gun trafficking and that they have seized a great number of AK-47 and AR-15-pattern rifles.] San Pedro Sula -- Casi a diario las autoridades policiales y militares capturan personas por el delito de portación ilegal de armas,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Honduras

Honduras: 2,038 Firearms Seized for Destruction This Year [ES]

4 October 2016

La Tribuna (Honduras)

[Translated summary: So far this year authorities in Honduras have seized 2,038 firearms, such as rifles (M-16, FAL, R-15, and AK-47 ), UZI machine guns and handguns of different calibres, from commercial and prohibited use. One of the rifles most used by criminal bands is the AK-47.] Las autoridades de Honduras se han incautado en lo que va del presente año de unas 2.038 armas de fuego como fusiles, ametralladoras UZI y pistolas de diverso calibre, entre otras,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Honduras

Police Gun Found Among Honduras Crime Gang Weapons [ES]

29 September 2016

El Heraldo (Honduras)

[Translated summary: Honduras police seized two AK rifles, one Beretta and one Taurus pistol left behind by criminals after an anti-drug raid. They also found grenades and bullets. One of the firearms had a National Police marking.] La Fuerza de Seguridad Interinstitucional Nacional (FUSINA) decomisó este jueves armas y municiones que fueron abandonadas por varios sujetos. El decomiso tuvo lugar la madrugada de este día en la comunidad de Raya, Puerto Lempira,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Switzerland,Honduras

800,000 Guns, Mostly Illegal, Circulate in Honduras [ES]

20 September 2016

SwissInfo, Reuters

[Translated Summary: The International Committee for Human Rights estimates that between 800,000 and one million firearms circulate in Honduras, while about 282,000 are properly registered. Many of these are used by 60,000 security guards in private companies, while others are illegal or non-registered.] Honduras, con más de 4 000 homicidios por año, es uno de los países más violentos del mundo y los derechos humanos, sector en el que la cooperación helvética... (GunPolicy.org)

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Honduras

New Law Would Curb Gun Numbers, AK-47s in Honduras [ES]

11 September 2016

Tiempo (Honduras)

[Translated summary: A new gun control bill is proposed in Honduras, where 80% of violent crime involves firearms. The new law would reduce from 5 to 1 the number of guns allowed, and would increase from 18 to 21 the minimum age to get a licence. Some guns would be banned from civilian use, such as the AK-47. It is estimated that there are 400,000 legal and 800,000 illicit guns in Honduras.] TEGUCIGALPA -- El Diputado del Congreso Nacional (CN), Osman Aguilar pidió a... (GunPolicy.org)

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Honduras

One Million Illegal Guns, 6,700 Seized in Honduras [ES]

4 August 2016

Radio HRN (Honduras)

[Translated summary: Honduras confiscated 6,700 firearms in the last two years, most of them from gangs. Types include AK-47 and AR-15 rifles, .45, .38 and 9 mm handguns, shotguns and handmade guns. It is estimated that the cost of the arms seized since 2014 exceeds 100 million lempiras (4.38 million USD). About 1 million illegal firearms circulate in Honduras and 400,000 are legally registered.] En lo que va del año van más de 1,400 armas de fuego incautadas lo que... (GunPolicy.org)

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Honduras

In Honduras, 80% of Homicides are Committed with Guns [ES]

28 July 2016

InSight Crime (Bogotá)

[Translated Summary: Firearms are used in about 80% of all the homicides in Honduras. 39,111 of 48,094 registered homicides between 2008 and 2015 were committed with a firearm. In 2014, a Comission of the Congress estimated that there were 1,000,000 firearms in circulation and 700,000 of them were owned without a licence.] Según informes, las armas de fuego son utilizadas en más del 80 por ciento de todos los homicidios en Honduras, casi el doble que el promedio... (GunPolicy.org)

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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)

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United Kingdom,Thailand,Philippines,Finland,Honduras,Mexico,United States

US Gun Smugglers Illegally Sent Firearms to 46 Countries

16 March 2016

Washington Post

Arms trafficking from within the United States, long thought to be relegated to gun-running for Mexican drug cartels, is far more extensive than previously thought, according to a new report by a weapons research group released Wednesday. The report, published by the Geneva-based Small Arms Survey, examines more than 150 court cases involving arms trafficking from within the United States from 2010-2015. Spanning 46 countries and six continents, the report details... (GunPolicy.org)

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Honduras

What's Behind Honduras' 30% Drop in Murder Rates?

19 February 2016

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Honduras' homicide rate has reportedly fallen by 30 percent over the past four years, but there are worrying signs organized crime violence remains widespread in this Central American nation. Honduras' murder rate went from 86.5 per 100,000 residents in 2011 to 60.0 per 100,000 residents in 2015, representing a 30.6 percent decrease, according to statistics recently presented by the National Autonomous University of Honduras (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras... (GunPolicy.org)

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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)

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Honduras

Honduras Seized 4,192 Weapons in 2014 [ES]

28 January 2015

La Prensa Libre (Honduras)

[Translated summary: In 2014, Honduras confiscated 3,392 firearms from criminal gangs.] La Fuerza de Seguridad Interinstitucional Nacional (Fusina) de Honduras informó hoy de que en el último año ha decomisado más de 41 toneladas de drogas, 12,8 millones de dólares y detuvo a 13.649 personas por diversos delitos, informó hoy una fuente oficial. En lo que va del Gobierno de Juan Orlando Hernández, que inicio el 27 de enero pasado, la Fusina se ha incautado de... (GunPolicy.org)

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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)

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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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Honduras

Honduras Homicide Rate in 2013 Was 79 per 100,000 Population [ES]

5 August 2014

La Prensa (Honduras), Agence France Presse

[Translated summary: A country where the homicide rate in 2013 was 79 per 100,000 population, making it the highest in the world. Since 1973, the Military Pension Institute (IPM) has had a monopoly on the import and sale of firearms through its stores called "The Armoury". Between 1975 and 2012, "The Armoury" sold 180,147 firearms.] Honduras, el país con la tasa más alta de homicidios del mundo, requiere un "sistema integral de control de armas" pero "no se logra... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: La Prensa (Honduras), Agence France Presse

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