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Venezuela

18 November 2016

Entorno Inteligente

[Translated summary: Venezuelans now use social media like Whatsapp, BBM, Snapchat and Instagram to illegally buy and sell guns. A Beretta 92FS pistol can be purchased for 2.7 million Venezuelan bolivars (270,000 USD). Official data from 2012 calculates that the country has between 1.2 and 1.5 million unregistered guns. Until March, 2016, only 48,000 firearms had been destroyed.] Los índices de violencia y criminalidad siguen en un preocupante ascenso. Para completar... (GunPolicy.org)

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Bolivia

18 November 2016

Correo del Sur (Bolivia)

[Translated summary: The Bolivian government has expanded the deadline of its firearm registration program for 180 days. In the last period, 10,982 firearms were registered.] El Gobierno amplió, por segunda vez, el plazo para el registro de armas de fuego, informó ayer el ministro de Gobierno, Carlos Romero. Los que no alcanzaron a registrar su arma de fuego, tienen otros 180 días. "El Decreto Supremo 2977 es el que reglamenta el plazo para este registro. Este... (GunPolicy.org)

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Argentina

16 November 2016

La Nación (Argentina), Agencia DyN

[Translated Summary: Argentina's Chamber of Deputies approved a bill that sets more severe sentences for gun carrying and possession. For illegal possession, sentences can go from six months to eight years if the firearm has been modified from its original condition. And for illegal carrying, sentences can be from four to eight years, depending on the case.] Cámara de Diputados aprobó hoy y giró al Senado un proyecto impulsado por el Frente Renovador y apoyado por... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: La Nación (Argentina), Agencia DyN

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Uruguay

14 November 2016

Espectador (Uruguay)

[Translated summary: Uruguay has registered 604,678 firearms since 1944 and is considered one of the most armed countries in the world. Recent deaths and injures caused by shots in the air generated a debate about which ammunition the police should use. The Interior Ministry advocates for the use of bullets with greater destructive power and less rebound, while the Ministry of Defence thinks it's better to use "full metal jacket" ammunition.] Un joven murió por una... (GunPolicy.org)

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South America,United States,Honduras

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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Mexico,United States,Central America,South America

11 November 2016

La Jornada (Mexico)

[Translated summary: International reports show that with 8% of the global population, Latin America has 33% of the world's firearm homicides. Violent deaths in Mexico, Colombia and Brazil represent 20% of the total, Brazil having the highest numbers. The US has 70 times more homicides and 35 times more suicides than the UK.] Ciudad de México. En el foro "El Control de Armas y su Gestión de la Violencia y la Delincuencia, una Mirada desde Brasil y México", la... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ecuador

9 November 2016

Ecuavisa (Ecuador)

[Translated summary: According to official data, over 40% (376) of the total homicides in Ecuador during 2016 were committed with firearms. The most common guns criminals use are homemade; Police explain that they are easy to acquire and low cost.] El uso de armas de fuego es la principal causa de los homicidios cometidos en Ecuador. Según cifras de la Dirección Nacional de Delitos contra la Vida y Muertes Violentas (Dinased), durante este año en el territorio... (GunPolicy.org)

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Uruguay

4 November 2016

Terra (Argentina)

[Translated summary: The Legal and Social Studies Institute of Uruguay explains that in 2007, Uruguay issued 5 or 6 licences for firearms everyday. In 2012, that daily average increased to 15. The Institute calculates that there 1.1 million firearms in the country, legal and illegal.] El instituto de Estudios Legales y Sociales del Uruguay (Ielsur) se mostró preocupado por el "alto incremento" en los últimos años de la emisión de permisos para portar armas,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Terra (Argentina)

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Guyana

3 November 2016

Demerara Waves (Guyana)

President David Granger on Wednesday said he wants the number of illegal and legal guns to be drastically reduced, leaving firearms mainly in the hands of police and soldiers. "The Minister of Public Security and I are reducing the frequency or the ease or controlling the ease with which some people can get weapons," he said on this week's edition of the television programme, "Public Interest." The President said a corps of wardens, with law enforcement powers, would... (GunPolicy.org)

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40133

Ecuador

1 November 2016

Entorno Inteligente (Venezuela)

[Translated summary: Ecuador's National Police delivered 25,487 firearms that were seized during police operations to the Armed Forces for destruction. Among them there are pistols, revolvers and military equipment. Authorities claimed that there were only 53 violent deaths in October 2016, while the same month in 2015 had 90.] Durante este año, la Policía Nacional ha entregado a las Fuerzas Armadas (FF.AA.) un total de 25 487 armas de fuego incautadas durante... (GunPolicy.org)

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Paraguay

1 November 2016

La Nación (Paraguay)

[Translated summary: In the warehouse of Paraguay's War Material Direction (Dimabel) there are 10,000 seized firearms. Around 50% are revolvers and pistols and the rest are shotguns and machine guns that can pierce armored vehicles. Authorities explain that illicit firearms come from the US disassembled, are re-assembled in the country and then sold at the border.] Una ametralladora capaz de perforar camiones blindados, así como escopetas y pistolas, son algunos de... (GunPolicy.org)

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Argentina

31 October 2016

Noticias y Protagonistas (Argentina)

[Translated summary: There are 1,541,497 registered firearms and 979,508 licensed gun owners in Argentina. The country has four gun factories that manufactured 74,983 firearms between January and August 2016. 13,940 firearms were imported and 45,836 exported in the same period. It is estimated that there are between 1.5 million and 4 million illicit firearms. Between 1997 and 2013 there were 38,002 gun homicides and 13,672 suicides. In 2013, 71.1% of homicides were... (GunPolicy.org)

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Venezuela

31 October 2016

El Nacional (Venezuela)

[Translated Summary: Venezuela's Public Ministry supervised the destruction of 1,868 firearms in Caracas. The cache of firearms had been seized in 11 states nationwide by the police since July this year.] El Ministerio Público, a través de la Fiscalía Superior del Área Metropolitana de Caracas (AMC), supervisó este lunes 31 de octubre el acto de destrucción de 1.868 armas de fuego, las cuales fueron incautadas en 11 estados del país en el segundo semestre del... (GunPolicy.org)

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40108

Argentina

27 October 2016

El Patagonico (Argentina)

[Translated Summary: An Argentine has NGO revealed that eight people are murdered with firearms every day in Argentina. Statistics count more than 1,298,000 registered firearms, and estimates suggest at least 1,300,000 unregistered or illegal firearms in Argentinian households, raising the risk of gun death.] El caso del nene de 13 años que mató a un ladrón con el arma que tenía su papá en su casa, cuando un grupo de delincuentes ingresó a la vivienda, reavivió... (GunPolicy.org)

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40090

Argentina

24 October 2016

Hoy (Argentina)

[Translated summary: Argentina's government extended the deadline for the national disarmament program until the end of 2017. In the country there are 1,200,000 registered firearms, but it's estimated that there are 3 million more undeclared and in the hands of criminals. According to official data, since 2007 the program received 175,000 handguns and shotguns that were disabled and destroyed.] El Gobierno promulgó la ley sancionada en el Congreso que extiende la... (GunPolicy.org)

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Yemen,Brazil

23 October 2016

New York Times, Opinion

RIO DE JANEIRO — As Brazil weathers the worst political and economic crises in living memory, Brazilians can hardly be blamed for being distracted. But there is a subject that the country's politicians — and citizens — are not discussing, even though it risks tarnishing Brazil's international reputation as an advocate of peacebuilding and diplomacy: an unchecked arms industry and its involvement in foreign conflicts around the globe. The fingerprints of Brazil's... (GunPolicy.org)

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Guyana

21 October 2016

Demerara Waves (Guyana)

Former Chief-of-Staff of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), Retired Brigadier Mark Phillips Friday said although the official police statistics show a decline in serious crimes, the feeling of insecurity among Guyanese is very high makes it necessary for collaboration among several stakeholders. "Notwithstanding the statistics that speak to a reduction in crime -- and here I am not hitting at the police force -- it is my firm belief, as a citizen of Guyana, that the high... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia,Afghanistan,Russia,Central Asia,Pakistan,China,Turkey,Brazil

21 October 2016

Age (Melbourne)

As many as 600,000 illegal guns could be circulating in the Australian underworld, but national efforts to control the spread is being hampered by inconsistencies between states, a firearms intelligence report has found. The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission report on guns - to be released on Friday, the same day as state and federal government representatives meet to thrash out a way to combat illegal firearms - also backs a national amnesty. Chris Dawson,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Argentina

13 October 2016

Sputnik News (Russia)

[Translated summary: The Argentine Network for Disarmament denounced the government for its indifference to gun control, despite eight people dying each due to of armed violence. Last year, a bill to establish a new gun control agency was passed, but hasn't yet been implemented.] BUENOS AIRES — Argentina tiene un "flagrante" retroceso en lo que respecta al control de armas de fuego y a las políticas de prevención de los riesgos derivados de su uso, denunció la Red... (GunPolicy.org)

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Peru

8 October 2016

Terra (Peru)

[Translated summary: Peru's Interior Minister announced that he is working on a new law that seeks to punish with a prison sentence of no less than 5 years to anyone who carries a firearm without authorisation. He also said that Peru has a great problem with illegal firearms and with firearms that are rented secretely by police officers.] El ministro del Interior, Carlos Basombrío , anunció que el sector a su cargo está trabajando en una normativa que busca castigar... (GunPolicy.org)

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Chile

6 October 2016

20 Minutos (USA)

[Translated summary: In recent times 14,000 seized or voluntarily surrendered firearms have been destroyed in Chile. This year, police received a total of 5,264 firearms in an amnesty campaign. Crimes with firearms have reduced 9.3% in relation to 2015.] Un gigantesco horno que ardía a miles de grados centígrados fundió el jueves 14.000 armas decomisadas por las policías o entregadas voluntariamente por sus dueños, en la destrucción masiva de armamento más... (GunPolicy.org)

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Brazil

29 September 2016

New York Times, Reuters

Brazil is reviewing its procedures for controlling arms exports, Defense Minister Raul Jungmann said on Thursday, when asked about an investigation into a sale of guns by Forjas Taurus SA that allegedly violated U.N. sanctions. "We are updating the regulations in this area, seeking objectivity and transparency. They need updating," the minister said. Jungmann said the review was part of a "periodic" update of arms export regulations. Taurus, the largest weapons... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times, Reuters

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Venezuela

28 September 2016

Sputnik Mundo (Russia)

[Translated Summary: Over the last 13 years, Venezuela's Government has destroyed 423,000 firearms collected via national security programs. In the last operation, 1,308 firearms were disabled in the context of the "A Toda Vida" social program which aims to reduce the high crime rates in the country.] CARACAS — El Gobierno de Venezuela inutilizó 1.308 armas de fuego en el estado Anzoátegui (norte), como parte del programa social "A Toda Vida", que busca reducir el... (GunPolicy.org)

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Uruguay

26 September 2016

El Espectador (Uruguay)

[Translated summary: A regulatory decree proposed for Uruguay would ban civilians from importing and owning automatic rifles, shotguns, handguns, ammunition for these weapons and silencers. Only three guns per person would be permitted. Civilians who previously bought prohibited firearms, or who own more than three, would have to surrender them for destruction.] A efectos de continuar conociendo cómo se encuentra regulada en el derecho uruguayo la tenencia de armas de... (GunPolicy.org)

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39918

Ecuador

22 September 2016

Infodefensa (Spain)

[Translated Summary: Since 1998, Ecuador's Judicial Police has stored over 28,000 firearms recovered in police operations. Now, they are going to deliver them to the National Army for its destruction, together with 43,000 ammunition and 205 cartridges. This cache was kept stored in different Police's Evidence Collection Points around the country.] La Policía Judicial de Ecuador almacena desde 1998 más de 28.000 armas de fuego que ahora ha comenzado a entregar... (GunPolicy.org)

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Venezuela

22 September 2016

El Impulso (Venezuela)

[Translated Summary: 17,014 illegal firearms, which were seized nationwide by the state in the current year, were destroyed in Venezuela. The destruction consisted in the melting on a local city furnace. Since 2003, over 423,000 firearms have been destroyed.] En el marco del Día Internacional de la Paz, el ministro del Poder Popular para Relaciones Interiores, Justicia y Paz, Néstor Reverol Torres, visitó la ciudad de Barquisimeto para encabezar el proceso de... (GunPolicy.org)

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39903

Argentina

22 September 2016

El Intransigente (Argentina)

[Translated summary: The National Agency of Controlled Materials reports that there are 1,295,740 firearms registered in Argentina and 806,539 licensed gun owners. It is estimated that 8 people die by firearm each day. The last disarmament campaign retrieved 174,902 firearms.] Se estima que ocho personas mueren cada día en Argentina por el uso de armas de fuego BUENOS AIRES -- En Argentina hay 1.295.740 armas registradas, según informaron desde la Agencia Nacional... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: El Intransigente (Argentina)

39900

Mexico,Central America,South America

22 September 2016

InSight Crime (Bogotá)

[Translated summary: A series of recent raids and reports highlights the thriving arms trade in Latin America which continues to disrupt countries and entire regions. For example, a report by Prensa Libre found the 9mm pistol has been the weapon most commonly confiscated by Guatemala's National Police.] Una serie de redadas e informes recientes ponen de relieve el floreciente negocio de armas en toda Latinoamérica, lo que sirve tanto para beneficio de los grupos... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogotá)

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Brazil

21 September 2016

Igarapé Insitute (Brazil), Communique

Brazilian society: We are researchers from public and private universities and research institutions across Brazil and around the world. Our goal is to highlight the scientific evidence associated with the Disarmament Statute. Studies on the relationships between the Statute and lethal violence are available in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, and doctoral theses, a sample of which is listed in the Annex. Among other things, these studies refute the hypothesis... (GunPolicy.org)

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Argentina

21 September 2016

Diario Panorama (Argentina)

[Translated summary: 15,000 guns are ready to be destroyed in a province of Argentina. These firearms were discarded by police and security forces, seized in crimes, or voluntarily surrendered by civilians in the last disarmament campaing. According to official data, there are 1.5 million firearms registered and 979,500 owners with licences in the country.] Son las descartadas por las fuerzas de seguridad, las incautadas en delitos y las de usuarios civiles. Según el... (GunPolicy.org)

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Brazil

21 September 2016

Sul 21 (Brazil)

[Translated summary: A group of 57 researchers from Brazil and abroad have published a manifesto against the revocation of the Disarmament Statute. The document aims to inform society of the available scientific evidence confirming the effectiveness of the Statute as a tool to save lives. The evidence refutes the idea that more guns mean less violence.] Um grupo de 57 pesquisadores de instituições públicas e privadas de ensino e pesquisa no Brasil e no exterior... (GunPolicy.org)

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39894

Brazil

21 September 2016

O Globo (Brazil), Editorial

[Translated summary: A manifesto against the revocation of the Disarmament Statute was signed by 50 experts with the support of 13 organisations linked to issues associated with the reduction and prevention of violence in Brazil. The bill to repeal the statute would reduce the minimum age for gun purchases from 25 to 21 and relax the eligibility criteria for a gun licence, among others.] Manifesto contra a revogação da lei, a ser lançado hoje em Brasília, alerta... (GunPolicy.org)

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39893

South America,Central America,Mexico

21 September 2016

InSight Crime (Bogotá)

A series of recent raids and reports highlights the thriving arms trade throughout Latin America, which serves to both profit illicit groups and to facilitate criminal violence in the region. During a recent conference on armed violence in Central America, Ana Yancy Espinoza, academic director of the Costa Rican organization Fundación Arias, presented the results of an investigation on regional arms trafficking. According to a press release from the Foundation for... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogotá)

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Venezuela

20 September 2016

Radio Nacional de Venezuela

[Translated summary: In Venezuela, at least 20,000 firearms from around the country have been disabled in the current year. In the next few days the government will destroy the guns by smelting in a steel plant. Almost 3,000 of these firearms were voluntarily surrendered. ] Al menos 20 mil armas de fuego, provenientes de todos los estados del país, han sido inutilizadas en lo que va del año 2016, como parte del Plan Desarme que impulsa el Gobierno Bolivariano,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Colombia

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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Venezuela

16 September 2016

Aporrea (Venezuela), SENADES

[Translated Summary: According to the General Director of Venezuela's Disarm Service, since 2014, 3,674 firearms and 31,305 ammunition have been surrendered voluntarily by civilians. As well, 52,053 firearms have been seized and will be destroyed. In total, since 2003, 406,534 firearms have been taken off the streets.] La directora general del Servicio Nacional para el Desarme (Senades), Delia Rondón, anunció que del 2014 a la fecha se han recibido 3 mil 674 armas de... (GunPolicy.org)

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Trinidad & Tobago,Venezuela

15 September 2016

Caribbean 360

PORT OF SPAIN – Venezuelans and Trinidadians are bartering on the high seas, selling and/or exchanging arms and ammunition for food and basic commodities. These trades also take place at some of T&T's remote coastal ports, according to Assistant Superintendent of Police Vernly Gift of the Organised Crime, Narcotics and Firearms Bureau (OCNFB). He made the comments yesterday at the police weekly briefing where he said there is a need for greater monitoring of the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Caribbean 360

39847

Argentina

14 September 2016

La Nación (Argentina)

[Translated summary: Italian company Beretta will manufacture two types of guns in Argentina. Police already use these firearms, and the production is for them.] La empresa italiana Pietro Beretta producirá armas en la Argentina. Así lo afirmó el ministro de Defensa, Julio Martínez , que hoy se reunió en Roma con autoridades de la compañía. Según detallaron desde el Ministerio en un comunicado, la empresa producirá en el país dos armas bajo su licencia en... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: La Nación (Argentina)

39849

Peru

14 September 2016

Andina (Lima)

[Translated Summary: The Peruvian gun control agency (Sucamec) explained that from now on, citizens will have to pass a more difficult exam in order to get a licence. They will have five cartridges and a maximum of 45 seconds to hit the target three times. This is to ensure that users are qualified.] La Superintendencia Nacional de Control de Servicios de Seguridad, Armas, Municiones y Explosivos de Uso Civil (Sucamec) decidió optimizar el examen de tiro para la... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,South America,Mexico,Central America

11 September 2016

Americas Quarterly, Letter

Dear Mister / Madam President, As the world's largest arms exporter, the U.S. plays an outsize role in fueling Latin America's insatiable addiction to firearms. To take one example, during most of the 1980s, El Salvador was the largest consumer of U.S. military hardware in the Americas, feeding one of the most vicious civil wars in Latin American history. And while the conflict ended in 1992, the legacy of its arms transfers remains: U.S. officials estimate that almost... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Americas Quarterly

39833

Venezuela

9 September 2016

Huffington Post (FR)

[Translated summary: The Venezuelan government has launched a gun buyback programme, where citizens can exchange firearms for goods such as TVs, microwave ovens, tablets, washing machines and refrigerators. 561 firearms have been collected and destroyed so far.] "Échange arme contre électroménager". Au Venezuela, pour combattre la violence par armes à feu le gouvernement offre des fours micro-ondes, des postes de télévision ou des machines à laver à ceux qui... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Huffington Post (FR)

39831

Ecuador

8 September 2016

El Comercio (Peru)

[Translated Summary: In Ecuador, 10,139 firearms and 43,000 rounds of ammunition were delivered by the National Police to the Army to be destroyed. This cache of arms was seized in patrol and prevention operations. Another cache of 15,000 seized firearms will be delivered soon. In total, 35,000 firearms will be destroyed.] 10,139 armas de fuego y 43,000 municiones fueron entregadas por parte de la Policía Nacional al Comando Conjunto de las Fuerzas Armadas la mañana... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: El Comercio (Peru)

39818

Venezuela

8 September 2016

La Patilla (Venezuela)

[Translated summary: Venezuela's Government is exchanging firearms for microwaves, televisions, washing machines and other appliances in voluntary disarmament operations introduced this month. Over 1,130 citizens have decided to voluntarily surrender their firearms so far. 18,294 guns have been destroyed this year.] El gobierno de Venezuela cambia armas de fuego por hornos microondas, televisores, lavadoras y otros electrodomésticos en operativos de desarme voluntario... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: La Patilla (Venezuela)

39817

Bolivia

8 September 2016

Erbol Digital (Bolivia)

[Translated Summary: Bolivia's National Police registered a total of 10,928 firearms for civilian use from the 1st of September, 2015 to the 4th of September, 2016. Most of this cache, 4,153 (38%), were shotguns and 3,390 (31%) were rifles. 65% were registered for self-defence, 25% for sport and over 20% for hunting.] La Policía registró un total de 10.928 armas de fuego de uso civil en toda Bolivia, durante el periodo de un año que duró el plazo. El jefe de... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Erbol Digital (Bolivia)

39815

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

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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39813

Brazil,Yemen

6 September 2016

Reuters

Brazilian prosecutors said on Tuesday they had charged Forjas Taurus SA, Latin America's largest gun maker, in May for dealing with a known Yemeni arms trafficker in violation of international sanctions, prompting the company's shares to plunge. Taurus confirmed on Monday a Reuters report that two former executives had been charged over a deal in 2013 that allegedly sent arms to Yemen's civil war, but the company said it was only a concerned party in the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Yemen,Brazil

5 September 2016

Radio Formula (Mexico), Reuters

[Translated summary: Federal prosecutors in Brazil accused two former Forja Taurus executives of sending 8,000 handguns to an active Yemeni arms trafficker in 2013. Forja Taurus is a major gun manufacturer which supplies the Brazilian police and the Army, and is one of the five main gun suppliers to the American market, where it sells three-quarters of its production.] Fiscales federales en el sur de Brasil acusaron en mayo a dos ex ejecutivos de Forjas Taurus de... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Radio Formula (Mexico), Reuters

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Yemen,Brazil

5 September 2016

Reuters

Brazil's Forjas Taurus SA, the largest weapons manufacturer in Latin America, sold guns to a known Yemeni arms trafficker who funneled them into his nation's civil war in violation of international sanctions, according to charges in court documents reviewed by Reuters. Federal prosecutors in southern Brazil charged two former executives of Forjas Taurus (FJTA4.SA) in May with shipping 8,000 handguns in 2013 to Fares Mohammed Hassan Mana'a, an arms smuggler active... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Reuters

39796

Peru,Czech Republic

1 September 2016

Radio Praga

[Translated summary: A military company from the Peruvian defence sector has opened an assembly and repair centre for Czech handguns in its plant. The company sold a total of 250,000 weapons in 2015 and most of its production is exported to Europe and US.] Las pistolas de Česká zbrojovka se van a montar en Perú. La empresa militar FAME, con sede en Lima, ha abierto en su planta una zona de montaje y reparaciones de los productos checos. Se trata de la primera... (GunPolicy.org)

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39777

Bolivia

31 August 2016

El País (Bolivia)

[Translated summary: During a program in Bolivia, civilians registered 7,000 firearms. Any owner with unregistered guns must surrender or register them and obtain a licence. Bolivia divides the registration into four categories: guns for self-defence, for hunting, for collectors and for other activities. Unlicensed citizens could face prison sentences.] A nivel nacional fueron más de 7.000 armas de fuego registradas, de las cuales 495 corresponden a la ciudad de... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: El País (Bolivia)

39759

Chile

22 August 2016

Notimerica (Spain)

[Translated summary: In 2010 there were 11,751 firearms missing in Chile, a number that increased to 20,200 in 2016. Also, 7,457 arms were reported stolen in 5 years. As at July this year, Chile has 805,564 registered firearms.] SANTIAGO DE CHILE -- Las autoridades chilenas y la Policía están preocupadas por el aumento progresivo del número de armas de fuego, especialmente las que no se encuentran regularizadas y perdidas. Desde el año 2010 se reportaron 642... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Notimerica (Spain)

39723

Ecuador

20 August 2016

Ecuador Inmediato

[Translated summary: Ecuador's Arms Control Centre has registered 400 firearms for civilian use and 451 for security companies. In order to receive a firearm licence, Ecuadorians must pass a psychological test, a biometric registration, present a bill in their name and pay a tax. The Center is currently planning to destroy 238 seized arms. 215 were destroyed last year.] Es importante que al vender o en caso de perder un arma, registrar el traspaso o pérdida, por... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Ecuador Inmediato

39726

Venezuela

17 August 2016

New York Times

Venezuelan police crushed and chopped up nearly 2,000 shotguns and pistols in a Caracas city square on Wednesday, as the new interior minister relaunched a long-stalled gun control campaign in one of the world's most crime-ridden countries. Interior Minister Nestor Reverol said the event marked the renewal of efforts to disarm Venezuelans, through a combination of seizures and a voluntary program to swap guns for electrical goods. Venezuela has the world's second... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

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Guyana

14 August 2016

Demerara Waves (Guyana)

Scores of gun licenses are about to be revoked in the coming months, in keeping with a decision by the government to weed out those that had been wrongfully issued, no longer required or are in the hands of mentally unstable persons, Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan said Sunday. "It would be a massive, massive exercise so that is the difficulty but for the sake of the security of this nation I, as minister, will not make the massiveness of the exercise an... (GunPolicy.org)

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39710

Argentina

13 August 2016

El Dia (Argentina)

[Translated Summary: Under the supervision of Justice and Security Ministers, the Argentinian government destroyed over 25,000 firearms seized in police operations in various provinces. Destruction involves crushing, then melting the firearms using a high temperature furnace. ] Bajo la atenta mirada de los ministros de Justicia, Germán Garavano; de Seguridad, Patricia Bullrich, y la titular de la Agencia Nacional de Materiales Controlados (Anmac), Natalia Gambaro, el... (GunPolicy.org)

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39701

Colombia

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)

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39683

Chile

8 August 2016

La Tercera (Chile)

[Translated summary: According to Chile's Firearm Control Law, police will now have to verify the address of every new applicant for a gun licence. New regulations also include a psychiatric examination, a skill test, and a check of criminal records. Chile has an estimated 769,000 active firearms registered.] Resolución de la DGMN aumenta medidas de seguridad para la tenencia de armamento y ordena comprobar la dirección del dueño. Además, los instrumentos de fuego... (GunPolicy.org)

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39663

Chile,Russia,Ecuador,Brazil,United States

6 August 2016

Sputnik News

[Translated summary: Brazil is the main firearms exporter in Latin America, with over 4 million guns sold between 2005 and 2010 and 85 million USD earned in the 2014-2015 period. 54% of these guns were purchased by the US. Chile is the second largest exporter, followed by Ecuador.] El comercio de armamento a nivel internacional es un negocio multimillonario. Mueve unos 76.000 millones de dólares al año. El continente latinoamericano no es ajeno a este negocio. "En... (GunPolicy.org)

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39664

Colombia

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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39675

Bolivia

2 August 2016

Erbol Digital (Bolivia)

[Translated Summary: Local police in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, registered over 4,000 firearms for civilian use in 11 months. In order to register their firearms, owners should not have any police or criminal records and they should submit their equipment to a police examination.] La Policía de Santa Cruz registró cerca a cuatro mil armas de fuego de uso civil en 11 meses, informó el jefe de Laboratorio de la Fuerza Especial de Lucha Contra el Crimen, Christian... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Erbol Digital (Bolivia)

39656

Venezuela

2 August 2016

Noticia Al Dia (Venezuela)

[Translated summary: Venezuela's National Disarmament Service has disabled 416 firearms that were stored in the different security agencies of the entity. 61 of these weapons were voluntarily surrendered. A total of 1,396 firearms have been disabled during 2016.] Desde las instalaciones de la Zona Operativa de Defensa Integral (ZODI) del estado Zulia, el Servicio Nacional para el Desarme (SENADES), inutilizó 416 armas de fuego, provenientes de las salas de resguardo... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Noticia Al Dia (Venezuela)

39638

Venezuela

31 July 2016

El Tribuno (Argentina)

[Translated Summary: Due to the surge of protests in the current year (3,507 so far), Venezuela's Supreme Tribunal of Justice authorised Venezuela's National Armed Force to use guns to control public protests. According to the decree, "firearm use is only permitted in non-pacific public protests."] La Justicia anuló una resolución en donde se regula el uso de armamento por parte de militares en marchas de orden público. El fallo se produce en medio de una escalada... (GunPolicy.org)

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39644

Peru

27 July 2016

Gestion (Peru)

[Translated summary: Peru has enacted new rules for its 242,000 firearm owners. Their licences will last 3 years and each of their firearms will have a permanent registration certificate, eliminating the need to renew it. Any person with criminal records will be banned from getting a licence. It is estimated that there are currently 380,000 firearms in civilian possession.] La tenencia legal de armas de fuego se regía por una ley de 1989, pero esto cambió el 7 de... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Gestion (Peru)

39614

Chile

19 July 2016

Publimetro (Chile)

[Translated Summary: Firearm registrations increased 20% in Chile in 2015. That year, a total of 8,123 firearms were registered, 1,364 more than in 2014. With this number, the total of firearms registered until 2015 is 804,000.] En el período fueron registradas legalmente 1.364 armas más que en en año 2014, pasando de 6.759 a 8.123. En un 20% creció la inscripción de armas en Chile durante 2015, de acuerdo a lo informado por la Dirección General de Movilización... (GunPolicy.org)

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39584

Mexico,Central America,United States,South America

17 July 2016

RT (Moscow)

[Translated Summary: According to a Peruvian journalist, the abundance of firearms in any Latin American country is almost always directly proportional to its proximity to the local superpower. In 2014, over 28,000 American firearms valued at US$21.6 million entered legally to Mexico, but every year an average of 212,000 firearms enter illegally.] En América Latina se registran 76.000 muertes por año vinculadas al uso de armas de fuego. Sobre este total la mayoría... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: RT (Moscow)

39583

Peru

7 July 2016

Peru 21

[Translated summary: With a US$13 million investment, Peruvian government acquired 31,557 firearms manufactured in the United States. These were given to the National Police to fight crime and insecurity. The lot includes 28,707 9x19 mm pistols, 150 assault rifles, 50 sub-machine guns, 5 sniper rifles and 50 pistols for the Police special units.] Con una inversión de 13 millones de dólares, el Gobierno adquirió 31,557 armas de fuego fabricadas en Estados Unidos y... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Peru 21

39564

Brazil,South America,Argentina,Central America,Mexico

30 June 2016

Gestion (Peru)

[Translated Summary: According to a survey by a research team in Geneva, in the past year the three Latin American countries that exported most handguns were Brazil, Mexico and Argentina. The countries that imported most handguns were Mexico, Chile and Colombia. The US was the main buyer.] La encuesta de armas pequeñas del 2015 reveló cifras de los principales países latinoamericanos exportadores e importadores de armas de fuego autorizadas. La encuesta fue... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Gestion (Peru)

39531

Colombia

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)

Read More: El Tiempo (Bogotá)

39505

Venezuela

22 June 2016

Correo del Orinoco (Venezuela)

[Translated summary: Venezuelan authorities have seized a total of 12,772 firearms during the current year in 51 different tactical operations. The Minister for Justice and Peace noted that some firearms were the result of voluntary surrender from civilians who "are tired of being armed and they traded them for domestic appliances, so they can live in harmony."] Un total de 12 mil 772 armas de fuego han sido inutilizadas durante este año por las autoridades... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Correo del Orinoco (Venezuela)

39496

Peru

16 June 2016

Andina (Lima)

[Translated Summary: 18,916 firearm licences were cancelled in Peru after it was determined that their holders were deceased. Heirs or relatives will have to get their own licence or transfer the arms to a licensed person. Another 846 licences belonging to felons were also revoked.] Un total de 18,916 licencias de armas de fuego canceló la Superintendencia Nacional de Control de Servicios de Seguridad, Armas, Municiones y Explosivos de Uso Civil (Sucamec), tras... (GunPolicy.org)

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39449

Bolivia

14 June 2016

Erbol Digital (Bolivia)

[Translated Summary: The Bolivian Government will relaunch the Register of Firearms for Civilian Use to encourage civilians to register their guns. Since the Register was launched, 3,060 firearms have been registered. Civilians with illegal guns could face six months to six years of prison.] El Ministerio de Gobierno a través del Viceministerio de Régimen Interior y Policía realizará el próximo martes 14 de junio, el relanzamiento del Registro de Armas de Fuego de... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Erbol Digital (Bolivia)

39453

Venezuela

6 June 2016

Analitica (Venezuela)

[Translated summary: Since the beginning of Venezuela's Liberation of the People Operation, more than 8,000 firearms were disabled. In 2015, 24,000 firearms had been seized and disabled.] La viceministra del Sistema Integral de Investigación Penal, Katherine Harrington, ofreció un balance el domingo sobre el despliegue de la Operación Liberación del Pueblo (OLP) en el país y precisó que en lo que va de 2016 se han inutilizado más de 8 mil armas de... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Analitica (Venezuela)

39392

Paraguay

31 May 2016

ABC (Paraguay)

[Translated summary: A bill to control civilian gun use is under review in Deputies, putting seven million Paraguayans on edge. It authorizes police to carry out checks, compels the firearm owner to communicate a change of residence, imposes fines that exceed 5 million Paraguayan Guaranies, and even 10-years in prison.] En Diputados se encuentra en estudio un proyecto de ley de armas de uso civil, que pondrá en vilo a siete millones de paraguayos. Faculta a la... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ABC (Paraguay)

39362

Venezuela

27 May 2016

Noticias 24 (Venezuela)

[Translated summary: In Venezuela, the National Disarmament Service has disabled 10,723 firearms so far this year, since the promulgation of the Law for the Disarmament, Arms and Ammunition Control. More than 400 guns coming from police departments were also disabled.] VALENCIA -- El Servicio Nacional para el Desarme (SENADES), ha inutilizado la cantidad de 10 mil 723 armas de fuego en el país durante el año 2016. Así lo dio a conocer la viceministra del Sistema... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Noticias 24 (Venezuela)

39347

United States,South America,Central America

27 May 2016

Foreign Affairs (US)

During the 1980s, El Salvador was the single largest recipient of U.S.-issued military hardware in the Western Hemisphere. All manner of weaponry—including over 32,500 M-16s and 270,000 grenades—seeped into the country from 1980 to 1993. Most of it was destined for the military-led government so that it could wage a vicious war against the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front, or FMNL. Although the armed conflict officially ended in 1992, the guns, grenades,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Foreign Affairs (US)

39341

Ecuador

26 May 2016

Ecuador Inmediato

[Translated summary: 2016 is the first year in Ecuador in which most of the violent deaths weren't committed with a firearm, due to the ban on the carry and the restricted ownership, as well as the police controls. 1,279 firearms were seized in the first trimester of 2016.] En el primer trimestre del 2016 se decomisaron 1.279 objetos de este tipo 2016 es el primer año en el que la mayoría de muertes violentas no han sido perpetradas con armas de fuego. José Serrano,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Ecuador Inmediato

39348

South America,Brazil

23 May 2016

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Over 30 percent of all weapons belonging to private security firms in Rio de Janeiro end up in the hands of criminals, authorities say, highlighting an important yet often overlooked source of firearms for criminal groups throughout Latin America. A Federal Police report accessed by Globo states that at least 17,662 firearms were diverted or stolen from the stockpiles of private security companies in Rio de Janeiro state over the last 10 years. This figure represents... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

39342

Venezuela

19 May 2016

Radio Nacional de Venezuela

[Translated summary: Only this month, more than 300 confiscated guns were destroyed in Barinas, Venezuela. Yhey included 12 and 16 gauge shotguns, 9mm pistols and home-made weapons.] La Comisionada estadal de la Gran Misión A Toda Vida Venezuela en Barinas, Lidia Rodríguez, destacó que sólo este mes destruyeron más de 300 armas incautadas durante diferentes procedimientos, entre las cuales destacan escopetas calibre 12 y 16, pistolas 9 milímetros y armas de... (GunPolicy.org)

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39298

Brazil

18 May 2016

Metrópoles (Brazil)

[Translated summary: Hidden handguns could become an option for lawyers, who by the risks of the profession may be entitled to be armed. A bill approved by the Public Safety Commission and Combating Organized Crime of the House of Representatives promises to heat up the debate.] O Projeto de Lei nº 704/15, do deputado Ronaldo Benedet (PMDB-SC), ressalta que o porte de armas é para defesa pessoal, condicionado a requisitos do Estatuto do Desarmamento. No cenário... (GunPolicy.org)

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39321

Colombia

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)

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39300

Brazil

17 May 2016

Pravda (Brazil)

[Translated summary: The death of a Military Officer in Rio de Janeiro drew attention to a serious situation: the lack of paper for the issue of Gun Registration Certificates. The difficulty to obtain firearms records in Brazil is not new. After the Disarmament Statute implementation in 2003, restrictive laws sought to make the process bureaucratic and expensive.] A morte de um Policial Militar no inicio deste mês no Morro do Alemão, no Rio de Janeiro, chamou... (GunPolicy.org)

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39322

Brazil

16 May 2016

Agência Senado (Brazil)

[Translated summary: The use of firearms in crimes committed with violence or serious threat to the person may soon attract stiffer penalties. The harmful potential of the firearm will be considered in two ways: if the weapon is of permitted use, the penalty shall be increased in half and it will be doubled if the device used in the crime is of limited use.] O uso de arma de fogo em crimes praticados com violência ou grave ameaça à pessoa poderá ter pena mais... (GunPolicy.org)

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39323

French Guiana

11 May 2016

France Guyane

[Translated summary: In French Guiana there has been ten homicides so far this year, three of them related to domestic violence. Public prosecutor Éric Vaillant proposes the establishment of hunting permits to reduce firearm proliferation.] La première semaine du mois de mai a été marquée par deux meurtres et une tentative d'homicide, avec une victime qui est entre la vie et mort à l'hôpital. Éric Vaillant, le procureur de la République, met sur la table le... (GunPolicy.org)

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39272

Ecuador

11 May 2016

El Tiempo (Ecuador)

[Translated summary: Ecuador national police dismantled a criminal organisation that rented firearms to hitmen, drug dealers and thieves. They found 20 revolvers.] La Policía nacional a través de la Unidad de Inteligencia Antidelincuencial, UIAD, desarticuló una presunta organización criminal que se dedicaba a alquilar armas de fuego para cometer varios delitos. El Ministerio del Interior en su cuenta de Twitter informó que tomó tres meses a los agentes de la... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: El Tiempo (Ecuador)

39261

Argentina

10 May 2016

Sin Mordaza (Argentina)

[Translated summary: An Argentinian minister was ordered to incinerate 700 guns last year. In the next months police found 17 of them in the hands of criminals, indicating that they were diverted to the illegal circuit before arriving at the furnace.] Son unas 700 piezas que el exministro Raúl Lamberto había ordenado incinerar. 17 de ellas aparecieron en manos de delincuentes, y se desconoce cuántas más podrían estar en esa situación. En noviembre del año... (GunPolicy.org)

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39264

Argentina

8 May 2016

Clarín (Argentina)

[Translated summary: The new head of Argentina's National Firearm Registry suspects that some automatic and machine guns were stolen and used in crimes. The National Registry is in charge of storing guns that are evidence in legal cases; it is estimated that it has 40,000 in its deposits.] Tráfico de armas: La titular de ese organismo empezó un inventario. Si confirma faltantes, formulará una denuncia penal. Hoy por hoy el Registro Nacional de Armas (RENAR) -el... (GunPolicy.org)

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39262

Argentina

6 May 2016

Diario La Provincia (Argentina)

[Translated summary: According to a university study, there have been 87,671 firearm deaths between 1983 and 2012 in Argentina. The National Arms Registry's Director thinks the country needs to move forward with the civilian disarmament policy.] Hugo Spinelli, investigador de la Universidad de Lanús (UNLa), realizó un informe en el que detalla que entre 1983 y 2012 hubo 87.671 muertes por armas de fuego en nuestro país. Por su parte, el presidente de la Asociación... (GunPolicy.org)

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39253

Colombia

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)

39192

Uruguay

27 April 2016

InSight Crime (Bogota)

A rise in attempted arms thefts from Uruguay's military barracks in 2016 has sparked debate over the criminal nature of the perpetrators involved, and again drawn attention to the country's role as a source of weapons for regional arms traffickers. During a meeting of the Uruguayan Senate's security commission on April 26, Senator Javier García said 32 attempts to enter barracks and steal weapons have occurred in 2016. Of these, 11 led to exchanges of gunfire,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

39218

Colombia

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]

39129

Venezuela

16 April 2016

Sputnik News

[Translated summary: Construction of Kalashnikov rifle and ammunition plants in Venezuela restarted in April 2016. Construction was halted in 2014 after the discovery of a $15 million embezzlement in Russia. The plants are estimated to be 70% complete.] MOSCÚ -- La construcción de plantas para fabricar fusiles y municiones Kalashnikov se reanudó este abril en Venezuela, comunicó Anatoli Punchuk, subdirector general del Servicio Federal de Cooperación Técnica... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sputnik News

39574

Bolivia

11 April 2016

La Razón (Bolivia), Agencia Boliviana de Información

[Translated summary: Bolivian government is expanding the voluntary registration of firearms in the hopes of guaranteeing security and reducing ilegal possession. It is estimated that there are 7,300 legally registered firearms in the country and another 2,499 have been registered since the implementation of the voluntary registration.] El registro voluntario de armas de fuego se ampliará por 180 días, una vez que el Gobierno emita el decreto, para garantizar la... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: La Razón (Bolivia), Agencia Boliviana de Información

39072

Argentina

8 April 2016

La Nación (Argentina)

[Translated summary: In Argentina, for over twenty years, armament and ammunition coming from the State-owned enterprise Military Industries have been surfacing in different countries such as Ecuador, Croatia and Brazil. New findings show that Military Industries was also using public resources to illegally manufacture and sell armaments.] El descubrimiento de un circuito ilegal en una planta de Fabricaciones Militares indica la urgente necesidad de poner fin a la... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: La Nación (Argentina)

39051

Argentina

31 March 2016

La Nación

[Translated summary: Argentina's Ministry of Health says guns kill eight people each day. The Argentinian Network for Disarmament (RAD) claims that most of these deaths could be prevented if civilians were disarmed. Argentina has over 1.5 million registered weapons, with perhaps an equal number in the illegal market.] El absurdo homicidio de Daniel De Negris, el cerrajero que falleció al ser baleado cuando caminaba por el microcentro, confirma la estremecedora regla:... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: La Nación

39047

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

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

39021

Brazil

28 March 2016

National Public Radio (USA)

At the dilapidated morgue in the northern Brazilian city of Natal, Director Marcos Brandao walks over the blood-smeared floor to where the corpses are kept. He points out the labels attached to the bright metal doors, counting out loud. It has not been a particularly bad night, yet there are nine shooting victims in cold storage. Most were shot with guns that were not legally owned, he says. Almost 60,000 people were murdered in Brazil in 2014, most with guns. While... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: National Public Radio (USA)

39002

Uruguay,Brazil

21 March 2016

El Pais (Uruguay)

[Translated summary: Four people were arrested by the Special Brigade for International Crimes, for trafficking firearms from Uruguay to Brazil. The traffickers paid 'mules' to lawfully buy firearms in Uruguay 'since the sale of firearms in the country is free', a police source said.] La Brigada Especial en Delitos Internacionales detuvo a cuatro personas que traficaban armas desde Río Branco (Cerro Largo) hacia Brasil. El modo de operar de los traficantes era... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: El Pais (Uruguay)

38988

United States,Argentina,Bolivia,Paraguay

10 March 2016

InSight Crime (Bogota)

A raid on a weapons "supermarket" in Paraguay has led officials to offer details of the inner workings of the country's arms trade, depicting a familiar mix of corruption, stolen military arms, and guns legally bought in the United States. On March 9, security forces discovered an arsenal of high powered weaponry in a raid on a house in Paraguay's capital city of Asunción, which included machine guns, assault rifles, and armour piercing weapons, reported ABC. So far,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

38944

South Africa,Brazil,Australia,United States

7 March 2016

Washington Post, Blog

Gun control works, but you have to be smart about it. That's the takeaway from a major new analysis out this month in the journal Epidemiologic Reviews. Columbia University's Julian Santaella-Tenorio and a team of researchers pored over the results of 130 studies on gun control legislation passed in 10 different countries to find out which policy interventions worked, which ones didn't and on what issues the jury was still out. Big caveat up front: Sussing out cause... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post

38909

France,Spain,United States,Brazil,Venezuela,Mexico

23 February 2016

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Mexico's arms imports grew by 331 percent over the last five years, compared to 2006-2010, raising more concerns over the government's reluctance to scale back the militarization of the drug war. The report (pdf), compiled by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), notes that arms imports to the Americas decreased by 6 percent from 2011-2015 versus 2006-2010. Despite this, Mexico, Venezuela, and Brazil all saw a rise in imports. According to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

38945

Brazil

12 December 2015

Agência Brasil

After twelve years of its introduction, the Brazilian law that tightened the restrictions for owning and carrying firearms in the country is about to be changed by Congress. Since 2003, the Disarmament Statute (Law No. 10,826) has faced repeal threats that may now be carried out with the passing of an amendment bill proposed in 2012 that is ready to be brought to a floor vote at the Chamber of Deputies. Amid controversy and public quarrels in Congress, the changes to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Agência Brasil

39040

United Kingdom,Argentina,Brazil,Australia,United States

10 December 2015

Washington Post, Opinion

Although we foreigners can offer no immediate solution to America's gun infestation, we can see how you lost control of the plague of armed violence. Outsiders are also perplexed to see that you've done so little to grant your citizens a basic human right — the freedom to live without fear of death by gunshot. Historically, there's little mystery as to how it began. The early laws of each European empire relied on two pillars of gun safety: Firearm owners were... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post

38875

Brazil

24 November 2015

Americas Society / Council of the Americas (AS/COA)

A measure that would loosen gun control in Brazil—home to one of the largest absolute number of homicides globally—is wending its way through Congress. Supported by the so-called "bullets, beef, and bible" caucus, the legislation could dismantle the country's landmark 2003 disarmament legislation. Where does the bill stand? On November 3, a congressional committee approved the bill, which now heads to the Chamber of Deputies floor. Called the Gun Control Statute,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Americas Society / Council of the Americas (AS/COA)

38929

Brazil

12 November 2015

Time (USA)

Rio de Janeiro - Congressmen in Brazil, one of the most violent countries in the world, are proposing to dramatically loosen restrictions on personal gun ownership, bringing the country much closer to the American right to bear arms. The politicians say the measures are necessary to allow embattled citizens the right to defend themselves from criminals armed with illegal weapons. But opponents say the move will only increase the country's toll of nearly 60,000 murders... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Time (USA)

38930

Uruguay

12 October 2015

La Prensa (USA), EFE News Agency

MONTEVIDEO - Three out of four firearms used in crimes in Uruguay are properly registered with the Defense Ministry, which has documentation for more than 604,000 weapons in a country of 3.3 million people. "That is to say, they (the guns) have been stolen, or purchased legally, but they end up in the hands of criminals," the head of the ministry's National Firearms Registry, Daniel Farias, told EFE. As of July, the registry had records of 604,632 firearms. By... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: La Prensa (USA), EFE News Agency

38846

Switzerland,Germany,Finland,Norway,Israel,United States,South Africa,China,Russia,United Kingdom,Australia,Mexico,Canada,Argentina

3 October 2015

Wall Street Journal

The latest U.S. shooting that ended in the deaths of 10 people at an Oregon college last week is reigniting calls for tighter gun laws and prompting comparisons to gun violence in other countries. President Barack Obama asked why Americans can't follow the example of the U.K. and Australia. They crafted laws that "almost eliminate mass shootings," he said. "We know there are ways to prevent it." Adam Lankford, an associate professor at the University of Alabama... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Wall Street Journal

39221

Chile

16 May 2015

La Tercera (Santiago de Chile)

[Translated summary: Chile's new Firearms Act increases penalties and requirements on firearm possession. In 2014 there were 763,070 registered firearms, including 397,438 for personal defence. In 2015, 3,618 weapons were surrendered, compared to 2,771 in 2014 and 2,507 in 2013.] Durante el año pasado, 623 personas realizaron trámites y rindieron los exámenes para comprar e inscribir un arma de fuego en el Gran Santiago. Sin embargo, a 84 de éstas se les negó la... (GunPolicy.org)

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38835

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

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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38854

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

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

38856

Colombia

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)

38898

Brazil,South Africa

24 November 2014

Huffington Post (USA), Blog

Brazil and South Africa have dramatically expanded their geopolitical influence over the past two decades. But after years of democratic and economic gains, the two countries now find themselves in the doldrums. One of the reasons for this is that they are addicted to violence. Brazil and South Africa lead their respective continents in murder. This is no easy feat: last year the United Nations reported that 8 of the top 10 most violent countries in the world were... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Huffington Post (USA)

38831

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

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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39011

Suriname

26 August 2014

Times of Suriname

The draft of the Firearms Amendment Act has to be discussed in the National Assembly. Currently the attorney‐general is responsible for the firearms policy, says minister Edward Belfort of Justice and Police. After amending the Firearms Act the minister of Justice and Police will be responsible. The amendment has been prepared by the former government. As soon as minister Belfort is entitled to submit firearms licences, he will compose a... (GunPolicy.org)

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38884

Uruguay

24 June 2014

El Pais (Uruguay)

[Translated summary: Authorities are concerned about the use of handguns and other firearms by children in Uruguay. Many of the handguns come from Argentina, because they are cheaper, but it is not clear how youths are obtaining the firearms.] "Que los menores estén bien armados, es la realidad de hoy. En el pasado usaban armas más antiguas y precarias. Ese es su comportamiento", dijo a El País la jueza de Adolescentes, Aída Vera Barreto. Una opinión similar... (GunPolicy.org)

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38782

Ecuador

24 June 2014

El Telégrafo (Ecuador)

[Translated summary: 1,604 handguns were seized in Ecuador during the first quarter of 2014, over half of which were seized in Guayas, Pichincha and Manabi. The Ecuadorian Center for Comprehensive Safety Analysis (Ceasi) this rate has declined in comparison to previous years.] Durante el primer trimestre del presente año Guayas, Pichincha y Manabí acumulan la mayor cantidad de incautaciones y decomisos de armas, según el Centro Ecuatoriano de Análisis de Seguridad... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: El Telégrafo (Ecuador)

38778

Venezuela

12 June 2014

Ultimas Noticias (Venezuela)

[Translated summary: 825 firearms were seized by Venezuelan authorities between September 2013 and June 2014. They will be deactivated in compliance with the 2013 Law on Control of Firearms, Ammunition and Disarmament, to prevent them being diverted to criminals.] Un total de 825 armas de fuego, incautadas por los cuerpos de seguridad del Estado, han sido inutilizadas en el estado Aragua por la Misión A Toda Vida Venezuela, desde septiembre de 2013 hasta junio de este... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Ultimas Noticias (Venezuela)

38759

Americas,Brazil,United States

16 May 2014

Huffington Post (USA), Blog

There is no "silver bullet" to reduce armed violence, a multi-faceted, complex phenomenon with a long list of drivers, risk factors and causal connections. Moreover, the local manifestation of armed violence often reflects unique factors and peculiarities found in a given community, country or culture, but not elsewhere. As once noted about politics, all violence is also local; as such, there are many different interpretations of the best ways to confront this global... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Huffington Post (USA)

38676

Colombia,Ecuador

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)

38664

Australia,United Kingdom,United States,Brazil

6 May 2014

Emergency Management

In the year and a half since 20 children were killed by a gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., a handful of states have passed laws requiring universal background checks, bans on semi-automatic weapons and limits on high-capacity magazines. But the U.S. remains a patchwork of uneven regulations on firearms, ammunition and gun owners. Meanwhile, at least 44 school shootings have occurred since the Newtown tragedy. If state leaders want to curb... (GunPolicy.org)

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38636

Colombia,Brazil,Ecuador

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)

38627

Brazil,Italy

22 April 2014

Globo (Rio de Janeiro)

[Translated summary: Italian national Enrico Telese was hospitalised after he attempted suicide following the fatal shooting of his wife and daughter in Brazil. Telese had 71 guns registered to his name although only the one involved in the crime was found at their home. Officials are searching for the remaining weapons.] RIO - O italiano Enrico Telese, de 58 anos, que tentou suicídio após matar a tiros a mulher e a filha, de 3 anos, no fim da tarde da última... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Globo (Rio de Janeiro)

38594

Argentina

22 April 2014

NTD News (New York City)

BUENOS AIRES - A series of raids west of Buenos Aires yielded 250 arrests and unearthed firearms and drugs, police said Monday, the second such operation in as many weeks. "There were 20 separate related raids in La Matanza, Moreno, Merlo and Moron, in which 250 people were detained, marijuana and cocaine were confiscated, as well as firearms" and 76 vehicles, police chief Daniel Sobrero said. On Saturday, police said around 100 suspects were arrested and 85 weapons... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: NTD News (New York City)

38587

Brazil,Dominican Republic

14 April 2014

Infosurhoy.com

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – The Dominican Republic is following Brazil's lead in an effort to gets weapons off the street as part of a strategy to reduce crime. Under an agreement between the two countries, Brazilian experts will offer technical assistance to help Dominican authorities establish a program to "reduce the number of firearms and ammunition among the civil population," according to a prepared statement from the Ministry of Economy, Planning and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Infosurhoy.com

38811

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

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)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

38530

Paraguay,Brazil

24 March 2014

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Police in Brazil have dismantled a gang dedicated to trafficking arms and drugs between Paraguay and Rio de Janeiro, further evidence of Paraguay's status as South America's contraband hub. The operation, named "Sao Domingos," involved a 10-month investigation and saw the seizure of at least $4 million of drugs (436 kilos of cocaine and 6.5 tons of marijuana) as well as arms (including rifles and ammunition). A total of 21 people were arrested, reported G1. Estadao... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

38495

Brazil

14 March 2014

Bloomberg (USA)

Rio de Janeiro state's security forces occupied another slum today following a surge in crime in the favelas where it has expanded policing. Heavily armed police moved into the Vila Kennedy neighborhood in the west of the city this morning, making it the 38th favela taken over since 2008, according to the state security secretariat. There were no reports of gunfire in what culminated six days of operations in other communities. Brazil's biggest tourist destination is... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Bloomberg (USA)

38460

Uruguay

11 March 2014

Diario UNO de Entre Rios (Argentina)

[Translated summary: One in six people in Uruguay has a gun according to recent figures. There are officially 580,000 registered firearms in Uruguay but there are concerns about an increase in gun sales on the black market amid insecurity in the Latin American region. Citizens must pass a mental health exam and firearms training to own a weapon, while carrying a weapon requires further checks. There is a strong cultural acceptance of the defensive use of a firearm,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Diario UNO de Entre Rios (Argentina)

38449

El Salvador,Mexico,Argentina,Peru,Colombia

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)

38432

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

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

38422

Tunisia,European Union,Chad,Niger,South America,Caribbean,Algeria,China,Belarus,Russia,United Kingdom,United States,France,Italy,North Africa,Mali,Syria,Egypt,West Asia,Libya

20 February 2014

Fair Observer

In recent years, as order in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) eroded between uprisings and armed conflicts, the desire for arms amongst a wide range of actors became one more destabilizing factor in the complexities of each situation. However, arms proliferation is nothing new to the MENA region. Whether it was through state actors or black market trading, weapons have circulated throughout the Middle East and North Africa for many years. Today, arms... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Fair Observer

38403

Brazil

16 February 2014

Latin American Herald Tribune (Venezuela)

BRASILIA – A woman died and four other people were wounded Sunday when an armed man fired several shots in a church in the town of Guarulhos, near the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo, police said. The incident occurred during the baptism ceremony for a baby and the woman who died – according to what police commissioner Joao Blase, who is handling the case, told reporters – was the child's mother. Blase confirmed that some witnesses had said the man who fired the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Latin American Herald Tribune (Venezuela)

38382

Argentina

10 February 2014

Diario El Argentino (Argentina)

[Translated summary: 47 guns were registered in the Argentinian region of Entre Rios in January 2014 according to data from the Provincial Weapons Registration Division (Repar). Most buyers are men over the age of 40 and the guns are purchased for hunting or sport shooting. The number of guns registered in the province fell from 645 in 2012 down to 566 in 2013 and it is estimated that there are 1.5 million registered in Argentina overall. Citizens must undergo a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Diario El Argentino (Argentina)

38446

Brazil,Paraguay,Argentina

10 February 2014

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Police in Paraguay have arrested three Brazilians after finding a cache of high-powered firearms, including a heavy machine gun, in a case highlighting both the migration of Brazil's criminals into Paraguay and the escalating conflict in that important trafficking corridor. In a house in Ciudad del Este - located in the country's Triple Frontier region with Brazil and Argentina - Paraguayan police found the Brazilians, one of them an escaped convict, along with 8... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

38350

United States,Brazil,Guyana

30 January 2014

Caribseek News

GEORGETOWN - The Task Force on Narcotic Drugs and Illegal Firearms has recorded a total of 111 firearms seizures for 2012 compared to the 125 in the previous year. This is according to the National Drug Report that was launched yesterday by Minister of Home Affairs, Clement Rohee. These include: 28 pistols, 39 revolvers, 31 shotguns, and 13 rifles; 31.5 percent of the weapons seized originated in the United States of America while a similar number originated in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Caribseek News

38324

Venezuela

28 January 2014

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has announced the creation of "peace zones" and his justice minister said the government should consider stricter gun control, a piecemeal approach in the face of rampant violence. According to El Universal, Maduro said the zones will be enforced through participation from state institutions and citizens, and will be implemented in "public spaces," highways, hospitals, schools and universities. "We have to create a system of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

38318

Brazil

27 January 2014

Jornal do Brazil

[Translated summary: The homicide rate in São Paulo fell in 2013 to 10.49 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. Police seized 18,844 weapons from the street in 2013.] O estado de São Paulo teve em 2013 a segunda menor taxa de homicídios dolosos desde 2001, quando teve início a atual série histórica. O indicador de criminalidade caiu 8,2% no ano passado, com 4.439 casos. A taxa de homicídios, principal indicador internacional de criminalidade, foi de 10,49 casos para... (GunPolicy.org)

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38321

Israel,Venezuela,Russia,Colombia

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)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

38303

Chile

19 January 2014

Terra (Chile)

[Translated summary: NGO Activa says there are around 2 million unregistered firearms in Chile and only 758,593 registered firearms, after a survey done in 2013. The study showed 9.22 weapons on average are seized each day in the country and 3.25 weapons per day in urban areas.] Según la ONG Activa, en el país circularían cerca de 2 millones de armas de fuego no inscritas, frente a las 758.593 que se encuentran registradas por la policía. La directora de la... (GunPolicy.org)

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38301

Guyana

17 January 2014

Kaieteur News (Guyana)

The National Assembly yesterday met for the first time in 2014 and unanimously voted to create a new criminal offence, revamp the admissibility of various types of evidence in criminal and civil trials as well as allow for persons who received tickets for traffic offences to be allowed to make payments in any magisterial district. For several hours at yesterday's sitting, the House voted on and unanimously for the Firearms (Amendment) Bill, the Evidence (Amendment)... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Kaieteur News (Guyana)

38292

Colombia

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)

38281

Brazil

13 January 2014

Latin American Herald Tribune (Venezuela)

SAO PAULO – The Brazilian city of Campinas, the second-largest in Sao Paulo state, on the night of Sunday and Monday registered at least 12 murders, some of which appear to be linked, authorities said. Police told Efe that 10 people were shot to death in two of the city's neighborhoods and at least two others died in hospitals where people wounded in the shootings were taken. The shootings happened within a span of four hours, according to media accounts. At a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Latin American Herald Tribune (Venezuela)

38273

Guyana

9 January 2014

Caribbean Journal

There was a 7 percent increase in serious crimes in Guyana in 2013 compared to 2012, according to data released by the government this week. In the Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 period, there were a total of 4,007 reports of serious crimes under review, compared to 3,760 in the 2012 calendar year. The offences monitored included murder, armed robbery, robbery with violence, larceny and breaking and entering, among others. There were a total of 154 murders in 2013, compared to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Caribbean Journal

38276

Venezuela

8 January 2014

InSight Crime (Bogota)

The murder of the 2004 Miss Venezuela winner has sparked a wave of concern over the country's security situation, forcing the government to confront a major issue it has previously tried to downplay. Monica Spear, a model and actress, was murdered along with her British partner, Thomas Henry Berry, in an apparent robbery attempt on January 6. According to El Universal, the couple's car broke down on the highway as they headed toward Caracas, and they were being... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

38250

Colombia

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)

38241

Brazil

1 January 2014

Latin American Herald Tribune (Venezuela)

RIO JANEIRO – A total of 12 people were wounded, including one who sustained serious wounds, in a New Year's Eve shooting in the Copacabana district, one of the most famous neighborhoods in Rio de Janeiro, minutes before the arrival of the New Year, Agencia Brasil reported Wednesday. The shooting started when a man who had been arguing with a woman grabbed the firearm of a police officer who had responded to the incident. The suspect, identified as Adilson Rufino da... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Latin American Herald Tribune (Venezuela)

38227

Brazil

10 December 2013

Diario De Pernambuco (Brazil)

[Translated summary: A controversial bill is before the Brazilian Parliament to repeal the country's Disarmament Statute and to change rules on the acquisition and circulation of firearms in Brazil. Over 3,700 people support the move to repeal the law.] Uma das propostas mais polêmicas em tramitação na Câmara, o Projeto de Lei 3722/12, do deputado Rogério Peninha Mendonça (PMDB-SC), que revoga o Estatuto do Desarmamento (Lei 10.826/03) e cria novas regras para a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Diario De Pernambuco (Brazil)

38165

Guyana

29 November 2013

Caribbean Elections / Guyana Times

GEORGETOWN, Guyana – President Donald Ramotar has thrown his support behind embattled Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee for a review of the legal ownership and use of firearms. Commenting on the issue during a special interview at the Office of the President on Wednesday, the head of state said in his opinion renewal of gun licences should not be automatic. "The ministry and the police should have a right to review these, and see that the guns are in the hands of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Caribbean Elections / Guyana Times

38132

Venezuela

27 November 2013

Venezuela Analysis

30,000 security cameras will be installed across Venezuela under a scheme inaugurated by President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday, amid ongoing efforts to tackle street crime. "We're establishing a support system at the highest technological level," Maduro stated during the inauguration of the Integrated Monitoring and Assistance System (SIMA). Aimed at reducing crime though the installation of security cameras in public places, SIMA will be rolled out nationwide, "town by... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Venezuela Analysis

38131

Argentina

18 November 2013

Diario La Prensa (Argentina)

[Translated summary: A new report from the Argentinian Supreme Court found that 7 out of 10 intentional homicides in the greater Buenos Aires area during 2012 involved firearms. The study recorded 789 intentional homicides in total for 2012.] El informe elaborado por la Corte Suprema reveló que en Lomas de Zamora el 78% de los crímenes fueron con armas de fuego, en La Matanza el 75% y en San Martín el 67%; mientras que donde menos se utilizó ese instrumento fue en... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Diario La Prensa (Argentina)

38097

Central America,South America,Caribbean,Costa Rica,Mexico

13 November 2013

Tico Times (Costa Rica)

In most of Latin America homicide rates have exceeded 10 per 100,000 inhabitants, a rate that the World Health Organization considers "epidemic," according to a new report released Tuesday by the United Nations Development Program for Latin America. The report came out one day before police leaders from 27 different countries across the Americas, including the United States, gathered in San José for the American Community of Police's (AMERIPOL) annual meeting to share... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Tico Times (Costa Rica)

38078

Guyana

12 November 2013

Stabroek News (Guyana)

A miner died from bullet wounds this afternoon after a two-hour siege in which he shot two policemen and two civilians dead on Middle Street. It is unclear if the miner, Derrick Kanhai died from self-inflicted wounds or from the shoot-out with police during the mass shooting. Policemen descended on the area this afternoon after the reports resulting in an intense gun battle that saw the two lawmen and two others nearby killed. Confirmed dead are Lance Corporal... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Stabroek News (Guyana)

38067

Argentina

3 November 2013

El Litoral (Argentina)

[Translated summary: Police in Santa Fe, Argentina have seized 644 firearms so far this year. This is an increase from 474 seized in 2011 and 523 in 2012.] Sólo en lo que va del año, la policía secuestró 644 armas de fuego de distintos calibres, en intervenciones concretadas en diversos puntos de la ciudad. El número resulta por demás significativo si se tiene en cuenta que supera a las 474 armas secuestradas durante todo el 2011 y a las 523 que se incautaron en... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: El Litoral (Argentina)

38042

Brazil,United States

3 November 2013

Washington Post

When Absalom Jordan hears the crack of gunfire outside his home in Southeast Washington, he reacts in an instant. "You get away from the windows and get down," the 72-year-old said. "I have learned to live with it." Police are listening as well. Rooftop sensors monitor his neighborhood around the clock for the distinctive bang of a gun. The inconspicuous devices have logged hundreds of incidents over the past eight years near his apartment as part of a gunfire... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post

38040

Uruguay

31 October 2013

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Growing drug trafficking in Uruguay has given rise to local criminal groups involved in the trade, a sign the country may battle to maintain the relative tranquility it has historically enjoyed compared to others in the region. According to National Police Director Julio Guarteche, "Uruguayans began as mules but now are the ones who organize large shipments and money laundering," reported Subrayado. Guarteche said there are three main types of criminal groups... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

38035

Argentina

24 October 2013

Action on Armed Violence

The outstanding success of Argentina's National Programme for the Voluntary Surrender of Firearms was today recognised with a Silver Future Policy Award by the World Future Council. The World Future Council cites the Asociación Para Politicas Publicas (APP), a long term partner of AOAV in Argentina and member of SEHLAC, as the key civil society organisation that has helped establish and implement this programme. In collaboration with the APP, AOAV works on a template... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Action on Armed Violence

38015

Uganda,Somalia,Colombia,Kenya,United States

21 October 2013

ABC News (USA)

Interpol Secretary General Ronald Noble said today the U.S. and the rest of the democratic world is at a security crossroads in the wake of last month's deadly al-Shabab attack at a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya – and suggested an answer could be in arming civilians. In an exclusive interview with ABC News, Noble said there are really only two choices for protecting open societies from attacks like the one on Westgate mall where so-called "soft targets" are hit:... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ABC News (USA)

38005

Argentina

15 October 2013

InSight Crime (Bogota) / La Nacion

Violent deaths among youth in Argentina are at a ten-year high in a pattern that may point to the rise in organized crime in the country. In 2011, the most recent full year statistics are available, 794 people aged 15 to 29 were murdered, reported La Nacion; the total figure of 4,935 violent deaths in that age range is the highest since 2003. The number of intentional homicides could be much higher. As reported by La Nacion, another 1,074 youth deaths were recorded as... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota) / La Nacion

37974

Paraguay,Panama,United States,Costa Rica

1 October 2013

Tico Times

Starting Tuesday, aspiring gun owners in Costa Rica can now obtain their permits online, part of a larger trend by the government to include more services on the web. The head of the Public Security Ministry, Mario Zamora, made the announcement at a Tuesday press conference in the western San José neighborhood of La Sabana. Zamora noted that the system will make it easier for permit-holders and will be a law enforcement tool, tracking the country's firearms. "The new... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Tico Times

37935

Peru

24 September 2013

Peru 21

[Translated summary: Peruvian officials have seized 949 crime guns but are concerned that 30% of these were legally owned guns diverted to the illegal market. Between 1,500 and 2,000 guns are listed as lost or stolen each year and approximately 25,000 licenses are granted each year.] Derik Latorre, titular de la Superintendencia Nacional de Control de Servicios de Seguridad, Armas, Municiones y Explosivos de uso civil (Sucamec), reveló que 949 armas de fuego de uso... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Peru 21

37911

Bolivia

19 September 2013

InSight Crime (Bogota) / El Diario

Bolivia has enacted its first firearms legislation, which may be unlikely to have a dramatic impact on the country's already low murder rate, but will at least provide the state with the tools to tackle arms trafficking. Laying out strict limitations on who can own a weapon, the Firearms, Munitions, Explosives and Other Materials Control Law was passed on September 18 - four years after it was first proposed in 2009 - reported El Diario. The legislation sets a six... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota) / El Diario

37898

Guyana

16 September 2013

Guyana Chronicle

Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister, Anil Nandlall, yesterday observed that while the political opposition is busy voicing deep concern over the recent upsurge in gun-related crimes, they were the ones who recently teamed up against the Government to reject the Firearms Bill in the National Assembly. Speaking at a People's Progressive Party / Civic (PPP/C) press briefing at Freedom House in Georgetown, and in the presence of Home Affairs Minister, Clement... (GunPolicy.org)

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37895

Venezuela,Trinidad & Tobago

12 September 2013

Trinidad and Tobago Express

The police continue to try to rid the streets of illegal firearms. But what happens when they are faced with gangsters bringing in high-tech weapons to perpetuate their life of murder and mayhem? Can they be stopped? A crime boss along the East West corridor who has been in the business for over 20 years agreed to speak to us about his gun-running operations, why the gang war will never end, crooked cops and other nefarious activities. MARK BASSANT: So you are a... (GunPolicy.org)

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37868

Colombia,Mexico,Libya,Guinea-Bissau,Canada,United States,Nicaragua,Caribbean,Trinidad & Tobago,Russia

8 September 2013

Newsday (Trinidad & Tobago)

Trinidad and Tobago is awash with guns. Gang leaders, bandits, drug smugglers are armed and shooting at each other, at citizens, at the police without hesitation. The majority of the weapons are small arms and they are usually "imported" with illegal drugs or there is an exchange of drugs for arms. Drug cartels use their illicit profits to purchase these guns, the two trades being intertwined, according to the latest report from the United Nations Office for Disarmament... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Newsday (Trinidad & Tobago)

37845

Guyana

6 September 2013

Guyana Chronicle, Letter

There is a situation existing in Guyana that has long gone out of control, the consequences of which are dire, I make mention of the dangerous or should I say murderous use, of illegal firearms. Seems the easiest thing to obtain these days is an illegal weapon, go out there and create havoc in society. You can hold up someone and relieve them of their hard-earned possessions among the other myriad of atrocities that go with its use. It is the most fashionable thing to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guyana Chronicle

37848

Brazil,Mexico,South America,Central America,Uruguay,Honduras,Chile,Venezuela,Colombia

4 September 2013

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Latin America has some of the highest gun homicide rates in the world, despite certain countries having relatively strict gun control laws, raising the question: to what extent, if any, does tighter legislation help to lower homicide rates and violent crime in the region? The short answer to this question is that there is no clear correlation. A look at six countries with widely differing gun legislation and gun homicide statistics - Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

37828

Peru

1 September 2013

Peru 21

[Translated summary: There are 190,216 guns with expired licences in Peru according to data from the Superintendencia Nacional de Control de Servicios de Seguridad, Armas, Municiones y Explosivos de Uso Civil (Sucamec). The guns belong to both individuals and companies. Under the current law, there are 43 types of weapons requiring a licence although sports shooting permits differ.] Un total de 190,216 armas de fuego con licencia vencida, de las cuales 152,370... (GunPolicy.org)

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37816

Uruguay

21 August 2013

La Red 21 (Uruguay)

[Translated summary: The Uruguay Government has passed a draft law which bans the possession and carrying of firearms and ammunition that have not been approved by the Ministries of Interior and Defence. Weapons and dealers must be registered with authorities, as unregistered weapons may be seized. The penalties for arms trafficking and altering either weapons or markings have been increased.] El proyecto contó con los votos afirmativos de la bancada del Frente... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: La Red 21 (Uruguay)

37801

Venezuela

15 August 2013

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Though described by many as an important step forward in curbing violence, the gun reform law passed in June came under criticism and scrutiny right out of the gate by opposition members, government supporters, and even police officers. While the opposition's criticism has tended to focus on the government's lack of political will in implementing the law, others worry that the law does not "fit into" the current Venezuelan context where the previous unrestricted flow of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

37765

Brazil

9 August 2013

Globo (Rio de Janeiro)

[Translated summary: Between 2000 and 2010, the rate of gun-related homicides in Brazil rose by 61.4% according to a new study. The research also showed the presence of guns in the home increased the risk of suicide or homicide. There was a total of 29,824 gun homicides during that time and gun suicides fell by 37% after 2003, when the Disarmament Statute came into force. Recent gun deaths have raised concerns about guns.] RIO - Na última década, os casos de... (GunPolicy.org)

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37760

El Salvador,Colombia

8 August 2013

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Revelations that weapons handed over by Mara gangs do not work, combined with rising murder rates, are calling into question the validity of the truce between El Salvador's two main street gangs. Analysis of around 500 weapons handed over by Mara gangs since June 2012, carried out by both Salvadoran and US authorities, revealed that the vast majority were not in working order. The surrender of the weapons was hailed at the time as evidence of the importance and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

37751

Peru

8 August 2013

La Republic (Peru)

[Translated summary: A criminal gang stole 43 shotguns, 59 revolvers, 4 boxes of ammunition and a Browning pistol from a security company in Lima, Peru in under ten minutes. Several employees were tied up and injured during the ordeal.] En menos de diez minutos, una banda de delincuentes robó todo un arsenal de armas de fuego y municiones de una empresa de seguridad en el distrito de San Isidro. En el interior del local los asaltantes dejaron a cinco trabajadores... (GunPolicy.org)

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37744

Venezuela

7 August 2013

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Last month President Nicolas Maduro signed into law a disarmament bill that has gone under various revisions within the National Assembly since 2010. The law signifies an important attempt by the Venezuelan government and legislature to control the flow of arms in the country. In this post we look at the evolution of the law, the conflicts that the law has produced (both between the opposition and the government and within Chavista ranks), and provide a summary of the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

37764

Brazil

7 August 2013

Guardian (UK)

São Paulo police have said that Marcelo Pesseghini was a "sweet child". They are mystified as to why on Sunday evening the 13-year-old pupil seemingly murdered his police officer parents, his grandmother and his aunt before shooting himself. Three of the victims were apparently sleeping in the family home in Brasilândia, north São Paulo, when they were killed. The body of his mother, Andreia, 36, was found slumped on her knees beside a bed, her arms covering her... (GunPolicy.org)

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37736

Suriname

5 August 2013

Xinhua

KINGSTON - The Organization of American States (OAS) will train Suriname police on Tuesday and Wednesday to combat arms trafficking through marking weapons, according to reports reaching here from Paramaribo on Monday. The two-day workshop will take place at police headquarters in Paramaribo where Suriname policemen will be trained in using firearms marking machine donated by OAS. Firearms marking is a process that permanently marks the weapon with unique and... (GunPolicy.org)

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South America,United States,Mexico,Central America,Caribbean,Brazil

31 July 2013

Los Angeles Times

Lax U.S. gun regulations are enabling the international trafficking of high-powered weapons and fueling the spread of gun violence in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Council on Foreign Relations argues in a report urging President Obama to take action on initiatives that have foundered in Congress. More than 70% of the 99,000 weapons recovered by Mexican law enforcement since 2007 were traced to U.S. manufacturers and importers, the council report said, citing... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Los Angeles Times

37722

Venezuela,Honduras,South America

15 July 2013

Lowell Sun (USA)

LIMA, Peru — Besieged by one of the world's highest murder rates, Venezuelans are hoping against hope that new gun controls may finally halt the violent crime wave engulfing their country. The new Disarmament Law will restrict purchases of guns and ammunition to the army, police and the country's booming private security industry. Previously, anyone with a permit could legally buy a gun in Venezuela. Signed into law in June by President Nicolas Maduro and due to... (GunPolicy.org)

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37663

Singapore,Estonia,Brazil,Italy,United States,Germany,Malaysia

8 July 2013

Tribuna Hoje (Brazil)

[Translated summary - A new Small Arms Survey report shows Brazil is ranked the fourth biggest arms exporter in the world. In 2010, Brazil exported $326 million (£736 million) in arms and ammunition, behind the United States of America, Germany, and Italy. Most of the exported weapons go to the United States, Malaysia, Germany, Estonia and Singapore.] O Brasil ocupa a 4ª posição no ranking de maiores exportadores de armamentos do mundo, segundo documento divulgado... (GunPolicy.org)

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37641

Argentina

4 July 2013

Croatian Times

A jealous policeman who shot his estranged wife's new partner 14 times with his service handgun is being held on murder charges after handing himself in. Jilted Antolin Creda, 36, had gone to his nurse wife's hospital to attempt a reconciliation but was furious when he saw her getting into a car with another man, say prosecutors in Neuquen, Argentina. After following them, he challenged his ex and then calmly emptied his gun's entire clip into his rival's chest... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Croatian Times

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Argentina

2 July 2013

Ansa Latina (Buenos Aires)

[Translated summary: Argentinian lawmaker María José Lubertino has introduced a controversial bill to ban the sale of guns in Buenos Aires, in an attempt to reduce violence. Last month, Argentina signed the Arms Trade Treaty in New York.] BUENOS AIRES - La legisladora María José Lubertino, de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires, presentó un polémico proyecto de ley que propone la prohibición de venta de armas de fuego en el ámbito de la capital argentina. El proyecto de... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Ansa Latina (Buenos Aires)

37626

Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa,Colombia,Somalia,Yemen,Oceania

26 June 2013

International Committee of the Red Cross (Geneva), Media release

Geneva – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the World Medical Association (WMA) signed a memorandum of understanding in Geneva today, in which the two organizations agree to join forces in a worldwide effort to combat violence against patients and health-care workers. The memorandum of understanding brings the WMA on board as a partner in the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement's "Heath Care in Danger" project, a four-year... (GunPolicy.org)

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37608

Brazil

26 June 2013

Xinhua

RIO DE JANEIRO - At least nine people were shot dead and another nine injured Tuesday in a shoot-out between police and drug traffickers at a slum in Brazil's northern city of Rio de Janeiro, official sources reported. Among the victims is Sgt. Ednelson Jeronimo dos Santos Silva, 42, a deputy officer of Rio's Military Police Special Operations Unit (BOPE). The shooting occurred in the Da Mare housing complex in the Nova Holanda favela (slum) in northern Rio, which has... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Xinhua

37605

Colombia,Paraguay

21 June 2013

InSight Crime (Bogota)

The case of a recently murdered rancher in Paraguay has taken an unexpected twist that casts doubt on the theory that leftist guerrillas were responsible, and may prompt suspicions that drug traffickers, political opponents, or even police were behind the killing. Forensic analysis of the murder of Luis Lindstron revealed the bullets used in the attack were from a batch bought by the Paraguayan police from Colombia. Police spokesmen were quick to put forward the... (GunPolicy.org)

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37594

Chile

20 June 2013

Santiago Times

Just after 9:30 a.m. Monday, four heavily armed suspects entered a Santander bank in Pudahuel, just seventeen miles northwest of Santiago, in an attempted bank robbery of 60 million pesos (US$121,000). The heist proved unsuccessful as three of the suspects were detained upon fleeing the scene, while the fourth sustained a gunshot wound to the left arm and was admitted to a local hospital under police custody. The four masked gunmen were heavily armed, carrying an M16... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Santiago Times

37593

Venezuela

16 June 2013

al Jazeera

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro signed a gun control bill into law in a bid to rein in the country's runaway violent crime. "I hereby sign into law this gun control law, for peace in our nation," Maduro said on Friday in an address in Vargas state. The bill will allow sentences of up to 20 years in prison for any civilian convicted of illegally carrying or selling a firearm. It also restricts the sale of ammunition to civilians, and bans weapons from being shown... (GunPolicy.org)

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37574

Brazil

13 June 2013

InSight Crime (Bogota)

The murder of the director of a Rio de Janeiro newspaper provides yet another example of the violence facing journalists in Brazil, although the motive behind his killing remains unclear. Jose Roberto Ornelas de Lemos, who is also the son of the owner of the daily "Hora H," was shot at least 44 times by a group of gunmen in the city of Nova Iguaçu, just outside Rio de Janeiro, reported EFE. Lemos' father said his son was the subject of death threats prior to his... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

37563

Venezuela

5 June 2013

Venezuela Analysis

Venezuela's National Assembly (AN) has approved a new law that restricts access to firearms and provides an amnesty for owners of illegal firearms to surrender their weapons. The Law for the Control of Firearms, Ammunition and Disarmament was passed by the AN on Tuesday, and is set to be enacted into law next week, on June 11. According to the chairperson of the parliamentary committee on domestic policy, Elvis Amoroso, the law is "guaranteed" to save lives. "Every... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Venezuela Analysis

37529

European Union,Uruguay

4 June 2013

Xinhua

MONTEVIDEO - Uruguay has the world's highest per capita rate of gun ownership, with one out of three Uruguayans owning a firearm, according to figures released Tuesday by the Institute of Legal and Social Studies (IELSUR), a non-governmental organization (NGO). Up to December 2012, 584,112 guns were registered in Uruguay, and the number of unregistered firearms is expected to double, in a country of just 3.4 million people, the NGO's Luis Pedernera told a local radio... (GunPolicy.org)

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37522

Venezuela

22 May 2013

Entorno Inteligente (Venezuela)

[Translated summary: 70 guns were seized and destroyed in the parish of El Recreo, in accordance with Decree 9,194.] Este procedimiento de inutilización consiste en el aplastado del cañón de cada arma. 70 armas de fuego, que fueron incautadas en diferentes procedimientos realizados por efectivos de la Policía del municipio Libertador, fueron inutilizadas este miércoles. La actividad se realizó detrás de la Plaza Andrés Bello, en la parroquia El Recreo, y... (GunPolicy.org)

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37478

Brazil,Iceland,United States,United Kingdom,Denmark

16 May 2013

BBC News

Even though I grew up in New England, there was something novel about seeing an Icelandic blizzard. It was paralysing, with epic wind gusts that made snowflakes feel like razors. As I dragged my bags along Reykjavik's snowy pavement, an older man in a Jeep pulled alongside me. "You want to get in?" he asked. It sounded crazy. Why would I ever get in a stranger's car? Despite everything I was taught about riding in cars with strangers, I climbed in the backseat. And... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

37457

Brazil

13 May 2013

News Track India (Delhi)

RIO DE JANEIRO - The number of new guns legally sold in Brazil shot up in the last eight years, growing from 5,161 in 2004 to a record 31,500 in 2012, a media report said. Figures from the Brazilian Federal Police showed a total of 183,722 new guns were registered in the country between 2002 and 2012, which equals two every hour, reported Xinhua citing O'Globo. Among those sold in 2012, 60 percent of the weapons were purchased by policemen. The newspaper said the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: News Track India (Delhi)

37433

Brazil

11 May 2013

Globo (Rio de Janeiro)

[Translated summary: The number of Brazilians who have been granted permission to own guns has risen to record levels in 2012, with 60% of the 31,500 permits granted being issued to civilians for that year. Between 2002-2012, citizens in the states of Rio Grande do Sul, Rio de Janeiro and Santa Catarina registered the most guns, with an estimated 8 million legal guns in Brazil overall despite the high cost of registering them. There are calls for stricter enforcement of... (GunPolicy.org)

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37759

Ecuador

8 May 2013

El Telégrafo

Most guns used by citizens Ecuador are still handmade. Manufacturing guns in Ecuador has been illegal since Feb. 2012. However, most private security companies are still arming their guards with locally-made weapons acquired before February 2012. In recent years, efforts to register and decommission guns that don't meet safety standards have increased. Last year, in most populated province Guayas, 9,958 guns were registered. In Pichincha in 2012: 9,145 guns. In... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: El Telégrafo

37422

Yemen,Argentina,Costa Rica,Libya,Germany,United States,Brazil,Paraguay,Austria

29 April 2013

Folha de Sao Paulo

BRASILIA - The U.S., currently discussing restrictions on the sale of firearms, purchased 7.9 million guns from Brazil in the past 40 years, and 59% of those were exported during the Lula administration (2003-2010). That is the result of a new study by the Army Command to which Folha had access through the Access to Information Act, with a detailed record of the sellers and buyers of 9.9 million revolvers, pistols, rifles and shotguns, among other weapons, exported... (GunPolicy.org)

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37390

Peru

28 April 2013

RPP News (Peru)

[Translated summary: A new police division will be established to combat gun smuggling and the illegal gun market in Peru. A ballistics information system will record information about guns to identify those used in crimes. Around 150,000 guns in Peru are not registered and a long-barrelled Parabellum gun costs around $700 on the balck market.] Una división especial que estará encargada de investigar los delitos de tráfico ilícito de armas de fuego, municiones y... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: RPP News (Peru)

37396

Argentina

14 April 2013

Diario El Argentino (Argentina)

[Translated summary: Argentina has introduced a new procedure to allow citizens to object to others' access to firearms, based on solid reasons. Authorities say a voluntary disarmament campaign, under law 26 216, has also reduced the availability of guns.] Rige en el país el denominado Procedimiento de Participación Ciudadana por Oposición para la Autorización de Tenencia o Portación de Armas de Fuego. El procedimiento permite a cualquier ciudadano la posibilidad... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Diario El Argentino (Argentina)

37325

Portugal,Libya,United States,Guinea-Bissau,Colombia

12 April 2013

InSight Crime (Bogota)

An international police operation has dismantled a network in which Colombian rebel group the FARC allegedly attempted to exchange cocaine for weapons from the West African nation of Guinea-Bissau. The investigation, involving US, Colombian, Portuguese, and Guinea-Bissau authorities, lasted over a year, reported EFE. Colombian police arrested two men in Bogota who are accused of serving as as the FARC's intermediaries for the West Africa-based weapons suppliers. On... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

37314

South America,South Asia,East Africa,North Africa,Western Europe,Southern Europe,East Asia,Central America,Southern Africa,Oceania,Africa,Americas,Asia,Europe,Liberia,Sierra Leone,South Sudan,Haiti,South Africa

10 April 2013

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Media release

VIENNA - Almost half a million people (437,000) across the world lost their lives in 2012 as a result of intentional homicide, according to a new study by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Launching the Global Study on Homicide 2013 in London today, Jean-Luc Lemahieu, Director for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs, said: "Too many lives are being tragically cut short, too many families and communities left shattered. There is an urgent need to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

38560

Guyana

2 April 2013

Demerara Waves (Guyana)

A policewoman has admitted to burning two firearm licence books with intent to defeat justice. Lance Corporal Edon Greene pleaded guilty to the charge and was fined $160,000 or 24 months imprisonment. The prosecution told the court that the 44-year-old mother of three was attached to the registry of the Brickdam Police Station in the firearms section where she was in charge of issuing license books on behalf of the State. The prosecutor said that checks revealed that... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Demerara Waves (Guyana)

37286

Venezuela

2 April 2013

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Venezuela's interim president and socialist party presidential candidate Nicolas Maduro has blamed the country's crime and violence problems on capitalism, and his rival Henrique Capriles led a march calling for improved security, as the country's security issues increasingly come to the fore in the presidential campaign. United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) candidate Maduro echoed his predecessor, the recently deceased Hugo Chavez, in blaming the country's... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

37270

Argentina

1 April 2013

Deutsche Welle

Argentina's Santa Fe province is one of the richest in the country. A focal point of the vast farming sector, hundreds of thousands of tons of soya leave the ports surrounding its main city, Rosario, every year. Despite the glossy facade, the province - and in particular the metropolis - is becoming known for something far more unsavory: an out-of-control drugs market and a spiraling murder rate. The poor neighborhoods of Rosario, some 300 kilometers (185 miles)... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Deutsche Welle

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