Find Gun Policy Facts

Armed violence prevention, gun control laws and the small arms trade:

Switch Language

Gun Policy News

Firearm violence, gun control and small arms

El Salvador

4 June 2014

InSight Crime (Bogota)

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

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

38736

El Salvador

23 May 2014

Latin American Herald Tribune (Venezuela)

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

Read More: Latin American Herald Tribune (Venezuela)

38705

Belize

21 May 2014

Breaking Belize News

Earlier this year the Government of Belize indicated interest in revising the gun laws after a series of controversies, including the release of public officer Reynaldo Verde from a mooted firearm charge and the release of Police Corporal Gino Peck after a little-used section of the law was implemented. But planned consultations have not taken place and the People's United Party (PUP) proposed amendments have not been responded to. Today the party said it would... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Breaking Belize News

38694

Belize

7 May 2014

Breaking Belize News

Police have arrested and charged one of their own in connection with the theft of a cache of weapons and ammunition from inside a safe at the San Pedro Police Station over the Labor Day holiday. Constable Yannick Wade, 27, has been arrested and charged for the two counts of kept firearm without a gun license and two counts of kept ammunition without a gun license. PC Wade has been additionally charged for the crime of theft. The charges arose out of the theft of eight... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Breaking Belize News

38642

European Union,Guatemala,Austria

5 May 2014

El Periódico (Guatemala), Editorial

[Translated summary: Austria and the European Union see a high risk of corruption and human rights abuse in Guatemala, and so refuse to export Glock pistols for local police.] ¿Armas europeas para cometer hechos criminales?, de ninguna manera dice Austria A la Fábrica Glock Ges. m.b.H, con sede en Deutsch-Wagram, Austria, se le complicó cumplir con un pedido del Ministerio del Interior, luego que el Gobierno austriaco le negara la petición de exportar al país 3... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: El Periódico (Guatemala)

38639

Italy,Austria,Guatemala

3 May 2014

El Periódico (Guatemala)

[Translated summary: Amid allegations of police corruption in Guatemala, a leaked Austrian document denies an export permit for 3000 Glock pistols. The Italian government approved the export of 14,142 Berettas.] Gobierno deberá responder por informe presentado por Austria Dicha nación denegó en marzo pasado la licencia de exportación de armas destinadas a la PNC, por considerar que el uso de estas podría desviarse para fines criminales. Las armas adquiridas... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: El Periódico (Guatemala)

38638

Guatemala

2 May 2014

El Periódico (Guatemala)

[Translated summary - The Austrian government has denied a permit for the export of 3000 Glock pistols due to concerns about the high rate of corruption and crime in Guatemala, and the risk that the firearms could be diverted for criminal purposes.] La decisión fue tomada por dicho país luego de una investigación en la que se concluye que existe un alto índice de corrupción y criminalidad en Guatemala, y que el uso de armas podría desviarse para fines... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: El Periódico (Guatemala)

38620

El Salvador

22 April 2014

Diario El Mundo (El Salvador)

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

Read More: Diario El Mundo (El Salvador)

38595

Slovenia,Malta,El Salvador,Denmark,Croatia,Hungary,Finland,Estonia,France,Spain,Italy,Bulgaria,United Kingdom,Germany,Slovakia,Ireland,Latvia,Romania

3 April 2014

Christian Today

The Methodist Church has praised the government's ratification of the UN's Arms Trade Treaty. The President of the Methodist Conference, the Reverend Ruth Gee, hailed it as a "legal milestone that should help to protect those who are abused and oppressed". Countries that ratify the treaty will be required to establish national arms regulators to control the exporting of conventional weapons and weapons components, and to properly regulate arms brokers. Domestic weapon... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Christian Today

38541

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

Latvia,European Union,Slovenia,Ireland,Hungary,Finland,Estonia,El Salvador,Denmark,Malta,Croatia,Bulgaria,Spain,France,Romania,Germany,Slovakia,United Kingdom,Italy

2 April 2014

Associated Press

UNITED NATIONS — Eighteen countries, including five of the world's leading arms exporters, ratified a landmark treaty regulating the multibillion-dollar global arms trade on Wednesday, giving a significant boost to the campaign for the treaty's entry into force. The ambassadors of the 18 countries handed over the documents at a U.N. ceremony on the first anniversary of the General Assembly's adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty, which is aimed at stemming the global... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

38525

Costa Rica

28 March 2014

Tico Times (Costa Rica)

President Laura Chinchilla and Public Security Minister Mario Zamora donned safety glasses to bring a circular saw down on the last two firearms destroyed out of tens of thousands Wednesday in what authorities say was the largest single destruction of weapons in Costa Rican history. In total, authorities destroyed 21,318 firearms and incinerated 872,882 small-caliber ammunitions. "One of the most important blows to violence and crime has to do with the destruction of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Tico Times (Costa Rica)

38521

Honduras

14 March 2014

Latin American Herald Tribune (Venezuela)

TEGUCIGALPA – A judge and an attorney were fatally shot Friday in separate incidents in different parts of Honduras, bringing to 75 the number of legal professionals slain in the Central American country since 2010, authorities said. Lenin Castañeda, a justice of the peace, was gunned down in front of his home in Tocoa, a city in the Caribbean coastal province of Colon, army Col. Rene Martinez told Radio America. "We don't know who murdered him," the officer said.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Latin American Herald Tribune (Venezuela)

38459

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

Costa Rica

24 February 2014

Costa Rica Star

Even though statistics and public opinion surveys indicate that the administration of President Laura Chinchilla has been able to make good on the campaign promise of a safer Costa Rica, uncomfortable news reports about crimes against persons and property are prompting both Ticos and expats in Guanacaste and other affluent parts of the country to weigh their options with regard to firearms. Gun culture was practically non-existent in Costa Rica until the turn of the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Costa Rica Star

38411

Honduras

13 February 2014

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Two thirds of the 1.8 million guns in Honduras are reportedly circulating illegally, with the country's geography and high perceptions of insecurity fueling gun ownership. According to newspaper La Tribuna, just 600,000 guns are legally registered, leaving 1.2 million guns in undocumented circulation. The total figure, if accurate, equates to nearly one gun for every four people in the country, with La Tribuna reporting their total estimated value to be $1.8... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

38365

Honduras

11 February 2014

La Tribuna (Honduras)

[Translated summary: New figures suggest there are 1.8 million firearms in Honduras, although only 600,000 of these firearms are legally registered. A former police official says that insecurity is a key reason why citizens are purchasing guns, despite a number of laws aimed at restricting gun ownership.] Cortés, Atlántida, Colón, Copán y Francisco Morazán, concentran la mayor cantidad de armas prohibidas, según trascendió hoy martes. Por cada cuatro... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: La Tribuna (Honduras)

38363

El Salvador

14 January 2014

InSight Crime (Bogota)

El Salvador's overall 2013 homicide rate fell slightly in comparison to 2012, but the steady rise of recent months has continued in 2014, undermining the gains made as a result of the truce between the country's main gangs. According to figures released by El Salvador's forensic institute Medicina Legal (IML) there were a total of 2,492 murders in the country in 2013, at an average of 6.83 murders per day. This represents a 4 percent drop on 2012, when IML recorded a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

38279

Belgium,China,South Korea,El Salvador,Honduras,United States,Italy,Russia,Guatemala

6 January 2014

Vermelho / El Pais

[Translated summary: Around 60% of legal guns traced in El Salvador originate in the US according to ATF data. The US has a similar tracing system in place with Honduras and Guatemala. 70% of El Salvador's homicides are committed with firearms. Many of these guns are bought legally in America and trafficked to El Salvador.] Cerca de 60% das armas legais rastreadas em El Salvador têm sua origem nos Estados Unidos. O dado, obtido graças a um programa de colaboração... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Vermelho / El Pais

38247

Honduras

5 January 2014

La Tribuna (Honduras)

[Translated summary: Honduras Police seized over 2,000 last year according to authorities. Firearms offences are subject to penalties of between 6-60,000 lempiras.] JUTICALPA, Olancho - Por diversas causas, los agentes de la Policía Nacional Preventiva decomisaron más de 2,000 armas de fuego el año pasado, confirmó el subcomisionado Gustavo Sánchez, comandante de la Jefatura Departamental Número 115, con asiento en esta ciudad. Agregó que el proceso a seguir... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: La Tribuna (Honduras)

38246

Costa Rica

3 December 2013

Latin American Herald Tribune (Venezuela)

SAN JOSE – Costa Rican authorities have seized more than 8,000 firearms since President Laura Chinchilla took office in May 2010, the Security Ministry announced Tuesday. "It is important to emphasize the planning and preventive work that is being carried out at different places in the national territory and conflict zones, where we are seizing these weapons every day to thus prevent crimes and violent acts," said Security Minister Mario Zamora in a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Latin American Herald Tribune (Venezuela)

38153

United States,El Salvador,Guatemala,Central America

2 December 2013

InSight Crime (Bogota)

A program to track El Salvador's hundreds of thousands of firearms has established that most come from the United States, suggesting civil war era weapons are being replaced through new arms trafficking networks. With training from the US Office on Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), El Salvador's National Police (PNC) has tracked around 34,000 arms in the last two years, reported La Prensa Grafica. The aim is ultimately to track all legal registered arms, which the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

38136

Costa Rica

21 November 2013

Tico Times (Costa Rica)

Jenifer Lizano lives in one of the five most violent places in Costa Rica, the neighborhood of León XIII in the northern San José canton of Tibás. "Guns are used here on a daily basis and there are shootings at any time of the day," she said. In the first 10 months of 2013, 15 people have been murdered in the urban neighborhood. Some victims are children, including Lizano's 14-year-old nephew, who was killed by a stray bullet two years ago. Since then, Lizano... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Tico Times (Costa Rica)

38101

Mexico,United States,Honduras

19 November 2013

New Republic (USA)

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — Nearly everyone in Honduras blames drug trafficking for the Central American country's unfortunate distinction of having the world's highest homicide rate - over 91 per 100,000. But in the same breath, nearly everyone in Honduras will also admit, just days away from a landmark general election, that the proliferation of firearms plays a key role in the tragic triumvirate of corruption, trafficking, and violence that's increased here over the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Republic (USA)

38091

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

Israel,Italy,Guatemala,Australia

7 November 2013

Fox News Latino (USA) / EFE News Agency

The Guatemalan government will invest some $12.6 million to buy new weapons for the National Civil Police, or PNC, a government minister said Wednesday. Interior Minister Mauricio Lopez Bonilla said at a press conference that after 10 "failed bidding processes" to buy the weapons for the PNC held between 2005 and 2011, authorities opted to make the acquisition from three different foreign manufacturers via an "exceptional agreement." The procedure, which is allowed by... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Fox News Latino (USA) / EFE News Agency

38619

Costa Rica

4 November 2013

Inside Costa Rica

A man opened fire after leaving a bar last night, leaving at least twelve people wounded, one of them seriously. The incident took place in La Carpio, a low-income area of San José. According to the Regional Director of the Fuerza Publica in San José, Juan Carlos Arias, a man opened fire and shot indiscriminately at bystanders shortly after leaving a bar. Eleven people were reported to be in stable condition. One person was seriously injured, requiring surgery. That... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Inside Costa Rica

38048

Guatemala,Honduras

23 October 2013

InSight Crime (Bogota)

A new study has found Guatemala's firearm homicide rate is almost twice the global average, with the violence fuelled by the large number of illegal arms circulating in the country. A new report published by the National Economic Research Center (CIEN) found the rate of homicides linked to firearms in Guatemala over the last decade was 82 percent. This is almost double the global average of 42 percent, and above even Central America's relatively high average of 70... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

38012

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

Honduras

26 September 2013

InfoSurHoy (USA)

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras – The Honduran Army on Sept. 25 destroyed about 3,000 firearms it seized from organized crime groups as part of a program supported by the Organization of American States (OAS), according to Col. Jeremías Arévalo, a spokesperson for the Armed Forces. The weapons, which included pistols, AK-47 rifles, rocket launchers and machine guns, were destroyed with chainsaws in a ceremony that was attended by Honduran Defense Minister Marlon Pascua,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InfoSurHoy (USA)

37936

Honduras

9 September 2013

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Authorities in Honduras say recent arrests of women transporting weapons indicate they are now being used by criminal groups for arms trafficking, among other tasks, another illustration that the role of women in organized crime is growing in Latin America. According to a Honduran police spokesperson, six women have been arrested in recent days carrying weapons, reported El Proceso. Two of these women were caught September 2, after authorities stopped a bus northwest... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

37856

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

Guatemala

4 September 2013

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Anybody caught carrying a gun in Guatemala will go straight to jail following an amendment to the criminal code, though it is questionable to what extent this will positively impact citizen security. Guatemala's Congress passed an amendment to Article 264 of the country's Code of Criminal Procedure so that anyone detained on suspicion of major crimes including murder, kidnapping and carrying unregistered guns will automatically go into pre-trial detention. Previously... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

37833

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

Costa Rica

28 August 2013

Costa Rica Star

Less guns, more bullets: According to figures recently reported by Ronny Rojas of news daily La Nacion, there is a clear interest among people in Costa Rica in purchasing firearms of higher round (ammunition) capacity. In 2012, gun dealers in Costa Rica imported 4,540 semiautomatic pistols, double the annual rate since 2010. Revolvers, on the other hand, are losing favor; only 367 were imported in 2012, compared to 7,471 in 2007. Revolvers usually hold up to eight... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Costa Rica Star

37807

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

Honduras

7 August 2013

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Up to 17 people died in a shootout in an isolated drug trafficking hub along Honduras' Mosquitia coast in a clash over 700 kilos of cocaine involving Honduran, Nicaraguan, and Mexican gangs. While the Honduran Ministry of Defense announced they had confirmed the death of four alleged drug traffickers, prosecutors said they had unofficial information showing a total of 17 deaths, among them women and children, reported Proceso Digital. According to the military,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

37750

Nicaragua

31 July 2013

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Experts have attributed a recent increase in violence Nicaragua's semi-autonomous northeast region to the presence of organized crime and arms trafficking, something likely related to the area's status as a stop off on drug trafficking routes. The director of the Violence Prevention Center (CEPREV), Monica Zalaquett, said organized crime and arms trafficking are two factors that may have contributed to a recent rise in homicides in Nicaragua's North Atlantic Autonomous... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

37922

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

Guatemala

25 July 2013

El Semanario (Mexico)

[Translated summary: Over 4,100 people have been arrested in Guatemala for illegal weapons possession since January 2012 as authorities consider law reform to increase penalties. Official data shows 14,090 people are licensed to carry guns while a new strategy to disarm criminal groups is under way. 90% of homicides are gun-related and 80% of victims are between 14 - 24 years old.] Guatemala, Guatemala.- El ministro de Gobernación de Guatemala, Mauricio López... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: El Semanario (Mexico)

37702

Caribbean,Honduras

23 July 2013

Cayman News Service

The Caribbean's ambassador to the United Nations has said the region needs to address the small arms trade which is causing intense violence in its communities. Speaking at the seventh general meeting of CARICOM and the UN in New York Monday, Irwin Larocque, CARICOM's Secretary-General said citizen security was of paramount concern as the "dimensions of the scourge of crime" increased and the region was plagued by the illegal trade in small arms. The Caribbean is a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Cayman News Service

37687

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)

Read More: Lowell Sun (USA)

37663

Guatemala,El Salvador,Honduras

3 July 2013

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Harsh and repressive actions taken against gangs by Central American governments have served to worsen violence, according to the independent research project Small Arms Survey, highlighting the need for policy alternatives. The Small Arms Survey's research director, Anna Alvazzi del Frate, told EFE that attacking gangs and eliminating leaders ends up causing more violence, and that these kinds of "mano dura" - or "iron fist" - policies have failed throughout the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

37639

Central America,Honduras,El Salvador

2 July 2013

Prensa Latina (Havana)

Tegucigalpa - Research director of the organization Small Arms Survey, Anna Alvazzi del Frate, stated today that the policies implemented by some governments in Central America in the fight against drugs generate more violence. She said that anti-gang strategies failed, hence the need to implement peaceful policies to counter crime rates and homicides, which in Honduras and El Salvador are the highest in the world in areas without conflict. In this regard, the expert... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Prensa Latina (Havana)

37624

Guatemala,Belize

20 June 2013

Guardian (Belize City)

Two Guatemalans were arraigned at the Belmopan Magistrate's Court on Tuesday of this week, five days after their encounter with a Belizean patrol. Last Friday, the Friends for Conservation and Development, the Belize Defense Force and the Special Patrol Unit were on a joint patrol on the Caracol Road when they encountered two Guatemalans. The Caracol Road is about 2.2 kilometers from the Tapir Camp and 8.5 kilometers from the Belize Guatemala Border. In the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (Belize City)

37602

Honduras

13 June 2013

al Jazeera

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras - It's almost sundown and a small sport utility vehicle glides through one of the most dangerous cities in the world which has been overrun by rival gangs and organised crime. During the drive, dozens of Hondurans are seen making their way home, wary of the time to ensure they get there before dark. The SUV crosses a bridge and parks on the sidewalk, just two blocks away from the capital Tegucigalpa's red-light district. It is here where Urban... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: al Jazeera

37564

Honduras

21 May 2013

InSight Crime (Bogota)

According to a Congressional committee that handles public security issues, some 80.5 percent of all crimes in Honduras are committed with unregistered guns, as the country prepares to debate a new set of gun reform laws. A member of the committee told El Heraldo that only 23 percent of the weapons circulating in Honduras are registered. This is slightly lower than a previous estimate released by the Honduran government's human rights commission (CONADEH), which... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

37475

Guatemala

8 May 2013

Prensa Libre (Guatemala)

A ballistics report prepared by the National Forensic Science Institute (Inacif) established that 32 firearms, which were held by members of the Mara Salvatrucha, have been used in 238 homicides, according to the Public Ministry. PM have evidence against the leaders of Mara Salvatrucha. This scientific evidence presented by Inacif was obtained through the Integrated Ballistics Identification System (Ibis, in English), which consists of a database that stores images and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Prensa Libre (Guatemala)

37511

Guatemala

8 May 2013

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Forensic analysis has revealed that the MS-13 gang in Guatemala used 32 guns to allegedly commit 238 murders, offering insight into the gang's modus operandi and highlighting some of the difficulties of tackling organized crime with gun control. Members of Guatemala's National Institute of Forensic Sciences (Inacif) used the Integrated Ballistics Identification System (Ibis) to identify 1,133 guns that had been used in multiple crimes, reported Prensa Libre. Of those... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

37424

United States,Mexico,Guatemala

8 May 2013

InSight Crime (Bogota)

A new report sheds light on a little-studied subject: the trafficking of US weapons into Guatemala, a relatively limited phenomenon that could be far bigger than suggested by the available data and may play a role in the continuing violence and criminality in that Central American nation. The report (pdf), from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, reviews an analysis that the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) conducted of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

37423

El Salvador

2 May 2013

InSight Crime (Bogota)

The number of murders in El Salvador so far in 2013 is 45 percent lower than the previous year, providing a reminder of the benefits of the country's gang truce at a time when the agreement is coming under increasing pressure. From January to April this year, there were 694 recorded murders, according to the National Police (PNC), 530 less than the same period in 2012. January saw the highest number of murders with 191, while April had the lowest with 148, reported El... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

37401

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)

Read More: Folha de Sao Paulo

37390

Costa Rica

15 April 2013

Inside Costa Rica

Citing ongoing concerns about crime in the country, some 30 Costa Ricans now apply each day for permission to carry a firearm. The fact that Costa Ricans are arming themselves at a faster rate than before is evident from the long lines that form early each morning outside the Department of Arms and Explosives of the Ministry of Security, where permits are requested. "You choose to arm yourself because of so many things you see on the street. Where I live is peaceful... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Inside Costa Rica

37326

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

Guatemala

8 April 2013

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Over 80 percent of homicides in Guatemala take place in just 25 of the country's 334 municipalities, according to President Otto Perez Molina, highlighting the concentrated nature of the violence sweeping the country. The violence ridden municipalities are spread across twelve of Guatemala's 22 departments, however, the highest number are found in the vicinity of Guatemala City, where 45 percent of murders take place, said Perez, referring to an unpublished report by... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

37294

El Salvador,Honduras,Jamaica

1 April 2013

Gleaner (Jamaica)

Seeking to take the monster of crime by the scruff, the Jamaican police have proposed radical legislative changes that would provide, among other things, lengthy prison sentences for gun-related crimes. The recommendation forms the linchpin of the Jamaica Gun Project, an initiative conceptualised by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) to stem the hundreds of gun-related crimes the island records each year. "Gun offenders give us the equivalent in Jamaica of one 9/11... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Gleaner (Jamaica)

37260

Austria,Costa Rica

28 March 2013

Inside Costa Rica

An Austrian citizen in Guanacaste shot his partner twice before turning the gun on himself Tuesday night, according to the Judicial Investigation Organization (OIJ). The murder-suicide occurred in the couple's home in Villa Margarita, 400 meters north of the main traffic lights in Liberia, Guanacaste, where the couple had lived for about five years. The Judicial Police identified the man by the last name Ladstetter, 71, and his partner by the last name of Achio,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Inside Costa Rica

37250

Honduras

21 March 2013

InSight Crime (Bogota)

More than 50 lawyers were murdered in Honduras between 2010 and 2012, according to a government report, with almost total impunity for their killers. In the first three years of President Porfirio Lobo's rule 53 lawyers were murdered, yet only two people have been convicted in the cases, according to a report submitted to the Honduran Congress by the country's National Human Rights Commission. The lawyers, 43 of whom were men, worked not only in criminal law, but also... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

37217

Africa,Americas,Asia,Europe,Oceania,United States,Russia,Italy,Germany,Brazil,Switzerland,Israel,Austria,South Korea,Belgium,Spain,Turkey,Norway,Canada,United Kingdom,Australia,France,Pakistan,Yemen,Honduras,El Salvador,Jamaica

18 March 2013

al Jazeera

Diplomats from around the world have gathered at the UN for talks on an international arms trade treaty, in an effort to stop the sale of illegal conventional arms. Similar talks held last July failed, mainly due to the objections of the US and Russia, the world's two largest arms exporters. Al Jazeera has compiled a list of facts related to the global production and trading of small arms. 1. Authorised international transfers of small arms, light weapons, their... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: al Jazeera

37196

Guatemala

12 March 2013

Te Interesa (Spain)

[Translated summary: At least one child died every day in Guatemala by the action of a firearm during the first two months of 2013, warned the Human Rights Office of the Archbishop of Guatemala (ODHAG).] Al menos un niño murió cada día en Guatemala por la acción de un arma de fuego durante los dos primeros meses de 2013, advirtió ayer la Oficina de Derechos Humanos del Arzobispado de Guatemala (ODHAG). Nery Rodenas, director de la ODHAG, indicó en rueda de... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Te Interesa (Spain)

37190

Europe,China,Asia,Americas,Oceania,Kenya,Cuba,Côte d'Ivoire,Africa,Central America,Russia,United States

7 March 2013

Amnesty International (London), Media release

It is estimated at least half a million people are killed with guns every year and on average a further 200,000 men, women and children die as an indirect result of armed conflicts and violence that are frequently fuelled by the uncontrolled flow of small arms. And for every person that is killed in an armed conflict, many more are injured and tortured, raped, abused, forcibly disappeared, taken hostage or displaced. Even more have their access to food, water, shelter,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Amnesty International (London)

37175

Costa Rica

6 March 2013

Inside Costa Rica

At least three in ten armed robberies in Costa Rica are committed using a toy gun, according to the Judicial Investigation Organization (OIJ). This week, authorities destroyed 487 such toy guns that were being held in evidence in the National Arsenal. Among toy guns confiscated by officers are replicas of revolvers, shotguns, AK47's, and pistols of different calibers, according to authorities. Costa Rican authorities also warned, "the use of replica toy guns is a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Inside Costa Rica

37146

Honduras

1 March 2013

El Heraldo (Honduras)

[Translated summary: The right for a person to be licensed to carry up to five guns will be reversed in the new Firearms Control Act and is to be debated in Honduras Congress.] La propuesta de reducir a un arma por persona es una recomendación de las Naciones Unidas. ¿Está de acuerdo? TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras - La tendencia de que una persona puede obtener licencia para portar hasta cinco armas será revertida en la nueva Ley de Control de Armas que está por... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: El Heraldo (Honduras)

37134

Honduras

20 February 2013

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Honduran officials have announced that confiscated firearms will be redistributed among the security forces, boosting ill-equipped agencies, and diverting the arms away from the black market. Officials estimate the police currently have 4,000 weapons stored as evidence. Those that are legal in Honduras, for the most part handguns, will be distributed to police, military and Justice Department officials. The illegal guns, including AK-47s and carbines, will be... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

37093

Costa Rica

18 February 2013

Inside Costa Rica

A replacement text submitted by the Ministry of Public Security aims to create an interagency committee which would regulate the possession of firearms and ammunition in Costa Rica, as well as introduce a series of measures aimed at reducing homicides. The commission would be composed of one member from the Ministry of Security, another from the Ministry of Justice, as well as a representative from the Foreign Ministry, the Ministry of Labor, and the Health Ministry,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Inside Costa Rica

37082

Nicaragua

6 February 2013

InSight Crime (Bogota)

A report from a Nicaraguan think-tank analyzing crime and violence in one of the semi-autonomous zones on Nicaragua's Caribbean coast highlights the influence of the drug trade in the region, which helped bring about the country's highest incidence of crime in 2011. The Nicaragua-based Institute of Strategic Studies and Public Policy (IEEPP) released the report analyzing crime rates in the municipality of Bilwi, the main city of the North Atlantic Autonomous Region... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

37062

Costa Rica

25 January 2013

Tico Times (Costa Rica)

Two years ago, 32 women, 48 children and 172 men were killed by firearms in Costa Rica. Those statistics glow from backlit posters on Avenida Escazú, southwest of the capital, and overlook highways in Curridabat, east of the city, emblazoned on giant billboards. "The goal is to inform people that firearms in general have a negative effect," said Randal Arias, director of the governance and justice program at Costa Rica's Peace and Democracy Foundation and manager of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Tico Times (Costa Rica)

36982

El Salvador

23 January 2013

InSight Crime (Bogota)

The first "peace zone" has been inaugurated in El Salvador, launching the second phase of the gang truce, which could prove critical in determining whether the initiative is sustainable. Gang leaders and mediators named Ilopango, a town near the capital, a violence-free area where no crimes will be committed. Gang members will hand in weapons and stop all crimes, including extortion, kidnapping, theft, and murder. Some 18 municipalities in the country may eventually... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

36983

Honduras,Mexico

8 January 2013

InSight Crime (Bogota)

In a clear sign of Honduras' worsening security crisis, statistics show that more than 100 massacres took place inside the country in 2012, with half of the deaths attributed to organized crime. The Honduran Observatory on Violence, a program at Honduras' largest public university, used fieldwork and media monitoring to count 432 people dead in 115 massacres between January 1 and December 14 last year, reported newspaper El Heraldo. Firearms were used in 85 percent... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

36918

Guatemala,El Salvador,Venezuela,United States,Australia,Jamaica,Russia,Colombia

5 January 2013

New York Times

In the wake of the tragic shooting deaths at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., last month, the National Rifle Association proposed that the best way to protect schoolchildren was to place a guard — a "good guy with a gun" — in every school, part of a so-called National School Shield Emergency Response Program. Indeed, the N.R.A.'s solution to the expansion of gun violence in America has been generally to advocate for the more widespread deployment and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

36904

Mexico,Honduras,El Salvador,Guatemala

20 December 2012

Prensa Libre (Guatemala)

[Translated summary: In 2012, Guatemala Police seized 4,302 firearms and captured 2,185 people for illegal possession and carrying of firearms.] La Policía decomisó desde el 1 de enero al 15 de diciembre recién pasado 4 mil 302 armas de fuego y capturó a 2 mil 185 personas sindicadas de tenencia y portación ilegal. CIUDAD DE GUATEMALA.- Las autoridades informaron que el objetivo del decomiso es evitar la circulación ilegal de armas, pues estas llegan a manos de... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Prensa Libre (Guatemala)

36850

Honduras,Colombia,Mexico,Panama,Guatemala,Swaziland,South Africa,Jamaica,Philippines,Brazil,El Salvador,United States

17 December 2012

Forbes (USA)

Few major nations have the right to bear arms configured in their Constitution. Even fewer (as in we are the only one) have gun control legislation as a hot button political issue. The U.S. is the most violent core economy in terms of gun related deaths. It is also the leader in gun violence at school campuses. Yet, the U.S. does not lead the world in firearms related deaths. Countries were gangs and drugs are a problem top the list, even where there is strict gun... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Forbes (USA)

36832

Costa Rica,Mexico,Honduras,Guatemala,Colombia,Brazil,El Salvador

5 December 2012

Prensa Libre (Guatemala) / EFE News Agency

[Translated summary: A new study found that over 60 percent of gun homicides in Costa Rica, Guatemala and El Salvador occur in large cities. ] GINEBRA - El informe titulado "Violencia urbana armada" señala que las capitales de los países concentran buen parte de la violencia, por ejemplo la Ciudad de Guatemala o Managua, que contabilizan un 42 por ciento del total de los homicidios armados a nivel nacional. El estudio, basado en cifras oficiales, revela también las... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Prensa Libre (Guatemala) / EFE News Agency

36801

Guatemala,Honduras

27 November 2012

InSight Crime (Bogota)

The government of Guatemala has announced that it will open a new security checkpoint along its border with Honduras, in an effort to cut down on smuggling along the 256 km-long border. Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina announced on November 26 that the government would set up a new official border crossing into Honduras, in the northeastern province of Izabal. Perez said that the crossing would help bring customs revenue to his country, and added that he was... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

36775

Honduras,United States,Mexico,Guatemala

8 November 2012

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Guatemala is set to gain access to the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' (ATF) weapons tracing system, to track arms confiscated from criminal groups in the country. Attorney General Claudia Paz y Paz declared that the new agreement would give Guatemala access to the ATF's database, which is also used by Mexico to track the origin of seized weapons, reported Prensa Libre. Paz y Paz also noted that granting access to Guatemala, a key transit... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

36740

Mexico,Belize

1 November 2012

Diario De Quintana Roo (Mexico)

[Translated summary: Belize authorities have revealed a Mexican man was arrested after a raid at a casino, which resulted in the seizure of unlicensed assault weapons and drugs.] La Fuerza de Defensa de Belice (BDF) reveló que el mexicano detenido durante un operativo realizado en el casino Las Vegas, ubicado en la Zona Libre, es identificado como Zurisadey Villaseñor Méndez, de oficio taxista y comerciante de Chetumal. Durante el operativo se confiscaron armas... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Diario De Quintana Roo (Mexico)

36724

Guatemala,Honduras

26 October 2012

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Between two and three private security guards are arrested for possession of illegal arms each week in Guatemala City, according to a new report, highlighting concerns over the lack of regulation of the country's numerous private security firms. Public prosecutors in Guatemala City see between two and three cases a week related to the arrest of a private security guards for possession of an unlawful firearm, reported Prensa Libre. The confiscated weapons are turned... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

36686

Honduras,Colombia,Mexico,Guatemala

18 October 2012

Christian Science Monitor / InSight Crime

The Honduran government is reportedly set to conduct a review of its gun laws in an apparent effort to combat rising violence levels, though equal emphasis will need to be made on addressing endemic corruption and weak institutions to solidify any gains. Matias Funes, a representative from the independent Commission on Public Security Reform (CRSP), said on Oct. 16 that Honduras' gun laws are in need of urgent revision if efforts are to be made to combat the country's... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Christian Science Monitor / InSight Crime

36655

El Salvador

10 October 2012

La Prensa Gráfica (El Salvador)

[Translated Summary - El Salvador military to destroy stockpile of 28,000 weapons collected by authorities, after a court order.] El ministro de Seguridad, David Munguía Payés, aseguró ayer que más de 28,000 armas de fuego de diferente calibre se encuentran en los almacenes de la Fuerza Armada de El Salvador (FAES) a la espera de que los juzgados ordenen su destrucción, como lo establecen los artículos 75 y 76 de la Ley de Control y Regulación de Armas,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: La Prensa Gráfica (El Salvador)

36634

Puerto Rico,Mexico,Honduras,Barbados,United States,Colombia

8 October 2012

Kansas City Star (Missouri) / Miami Herald

A sensational election-season report into the botched Operation Fast and Furious gun-tracking operation has cast new light on a simultaneous Florida firearms investigation linked to violence in Colombia, Honduras and Puerto Rico. Called Operation Castaway, the Florida case has received far less attention than Fast and Furious. The latter became an embarrassing distraction for Obama's administration when it was implicated in the death of a federal agent and Mexico... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Kansas City Star (Missouri) / Miami Herald

36635

Costa Rica

3 October 2012

France 24

Costa Rica is set to be the first country in the American continent to ban recreational hunting after the country's legislature approved the popular measure by a wide margin. The bill, which bans hunting for sport but still allows culling and subsistence hunting, was approved late Tuesday by a 41-5 vote. Congress will revisit the issue on Thursday, but the second round is seen as just a formality. President Laura Chinchilla, who supports the measure, is expected to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: France 24

36614

United States,El Salvador

1 October 2012

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Salvadoran prosecutors have accused a retired army coronel once in charge of its weapons stockpile of illegally selling arms, the latest such charge against the country's military. An investigation by the Prosecutor General's organized crime unit found that retired Colonel Alberto Gonzalez Quezada sold two semi-automatic rifles to people who did not meet legal requirements to own them. Gonzalez served as head of El Salvador's military's Logistics Division in 2010... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

36606

Guatemala

27 September 2012

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Three bus drivers were shot to death in a single day in Guatemala, illustrating the threat that the country's transport workers are under from criminal groups who demand extortion payments. The first victim, Mario Augusto Salazar, was killed by three gunmen who were traveling as passengers in a bus he was driving between between two towns in southwestern Guatemala. Authorities are investigating whether he was killed for failing to pay extortion fees, reported La Prensa... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

36597

Costa Rica

19 September 2012

Costa Rica News

One of the goals of the Ministry of Public Security (MSP) this year has been to ensure greater control of private security companies and agents who currently operate in the country. Last Thursday, September 13th, the Minister of Public Security, Mario Zamora Cordero, and the Director of Private Security Services of the MSP, Andres Olsen Villegas, presented a report about the actions that have been implemented this year to regulate private security operations. The... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Costa Rica News

36568

South America,Central America,Caribbean

28 August 2012

InSight Crime (Bogota)

According to a recent report by European research project Small Arms Survey, 21 out of 23 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean exceed the global average for the number of homicides committed with firearms. The report, released on August 27, shows that firearms homicides in Latin America and the Caribbean are far higher than the global average of 42 percent. Firearms were found to be used in 60 percent of homicides in South America, 61 percent in the Caribbean,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

36507

Guatemala

14 August 2012

InSight Crime (Bogota)

While Guatemala saw a significant drop in homicides in the first seven months of 2012 compared to the previous year, the country continues to face a serious problem of violence and insecurity. Guatemala's national forensic institute, INACIF, registered 3,410 homicides between January and July of this year. This statistic is down 7.7 percent from the same period in 2011, when there were 3,695 murders, reports EFE. Seventy-seven percent of these crimes were committed... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

36472

Honduras

3 August 2012

InSight Crime (Bogota)

A new decree banning the public possession and transportation of weapons in northern Honduras, a key drug trafficking region, is intended to cut violence in the area though critics argue it will prevent farmers involved in a violent land struggle from arming themselves in self-defense. The decree passed August 1 and prevents civilians from carrying weapons in public or in vehicles in Honduras' northern Colon province. La Tribuna published the full text of the law,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

36425

Mexico,Canada,United States,Central America,North America,Caribbean

25 July 2012

Time (USA)

Looming over the aftermath of the Aurora shooting is the long-standing and largely fruitless American debate over gun control. My colleague Alex Altman wrote lucidly about the paralysis that grips many U.S. politicians on both sides of the aisle when forced to account for a tragedy of this magnitude. More stringent controls could have thwarted the shooting suspect from spending months undetected while he amassed an arsenal of assault weapons, heavy ammunition and body... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Time (USA)

36387

Honduras

23 July 2012

La Prensa (Honduras)

[Translated summary: 25,649 people were killed in Honduras, victims of firearms, between 2005 and 2011. At least eight out of ten homicides are committed with firearms, according to a study by the National Commissioner of Human Rights.] 25,649 personas perdieron la vida, víctimas de las armas de fuego, entre años 2005 y 2011. SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras - Al menos ocho de cada diez homicidios que ocurren en Honduras son cometidos con armas de fuego, revela un informe... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: La Prensa (Honduras)

36372

Honduras

18 June 2012

La Tribuna (Honduras)

[Translated summary: According to the Center of Investigation and Promotion of Human Rights, Honduras current legislation is outdated, since there is no real control: 84 percent of deaths involve the use of firearms, and 74 percent of seized firearms are illegal, ie that people are not allowed to carry arms.] SAN PEDRO SULA - Con el propósito de socializar el anteproyecto de "Ley de Control de Armas de Fuego, Municiones, Explosivos y Materiales Relacionados", este... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: La Tribuna (Honduras)

36276

Guatemala

18 June 2012

Prensa Latina (Havana)

[Translated summary: Responding to the increase of violence Guatemalans turn to firearms, as shown by the increase of licence applications.] Guatemala - Las guatemaltecas encuentran en las armas de fuego una forma de defenderse de la violencia y aumentó el número de las que solicitaron licencia o ya las registraron para portarlas, afirma hoy una publicación.(RadioPL) Ese incremento fue confirmado por la Dirección General de Control de Armas y Municiones, en tanto... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Prensa Latina (Havana)

36275

Guatemala

23 May 2012

Prensa Libre (Guatemala)

[Translated summary: A total of 227 women were murdered in Guatemala, most of them with firearms (149), in the first quarter of 2012, representing 16.74% less than the same period of 2011, said an official source.] Un total de 227 mujeres fueron asesinadas en Guatemala, la mayoría de ellas con armas de fuego, en en el primer cuatrimestre de 2012, lo que representa un 16,74 % menos que el mismo periodo de 2011, reveló hoy una fuente oficial. CIUDAD DE GUATEMALA -... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Prensa Libre (Guatemala)

36164

Honduras

9 May 2012

Prensa Latina (Havana)

[Translated Summary: Honduran social organisations are pushing for the approval of the Law for the control of firearms, munitions, explosives and related materials, so as to stop criminality in the most violent country in the world.] TEGUCIGALPA - Organizaciones sociales hondureñas impulsan la aprobación de la Ley de Control de Armas de Fuego, Municiones, Materiales Relacionados y Explosivos, para frenar la criminalidad en el país más violento del mundo. El... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Prensa Latina (Havana)

36117

United States,Mexico,Central America,Honduras,Guatemala,El Salvador

2 April 2012

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Prosecutors in El Salvador ordered the arrest of eight soldiers and one civilian linked to an arms trafficking network that may have supplied thousands of weapons to drug gangs in Guatemala and Honduras. On March 30, the office of El Salvador's Attorney General (FGR) ordered the arrest of the nine suspects, alleging that they had participated in a scheme which involved siphoning off weapons that were slated to be destroyed, and selling them to drug trafficking... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

35984

Panama,Liberia,Oman,Yemen,Egypt,Saudi Arabia,Mauritius,Seychelles,Mongolia,Djibouti,Madagascar,United Arab Emirates,United Kingdom,Somalia,Kenya

22 March 2012

Associated Press

NAIROBI, Kenya — Private security firms are storing their guns aboard floating armories in international waters so ships that want armed anti-piracy guards for East Africa's pirate-infested waters can cut costs and circumvent laws limiting the import and export of weapons, industry officials say. Companies and legal experts say the operation of the armories is a "legal gray area" because few, if any, governments have laws governing the practice. Some security... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

35956

El Salvador

22 March 2012

La Prensa Gráfica (El Salvador)

[Translated summary: The Civil National Police (PNC) of El Salvador seized 901 firearms in 2012. According to Police, these firearms are linked to 56 homicides, 22 injuries, 27 robberies, 2 extortions and 6 thefts.] La Policía Nacional Civil (PNC) reportó el decomiso de 901 armas de fuego y la captura de 11,667 personas entre el 1.º de enero y el 19 de marzo en todo el país, según el subdirector de Seguridad Pública, comisionado Howard Cotto. "Esto es el... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: La Prensa Gráfica (El Salvador)

35942

Jamaica,El Salvador,Honduras,South America,Venezuela

12 March 2012

El Tiempo (Bogotá) / AFP

[Translated summary: 93% of homicide victims recorded in 2011 in Venezuela were males aged between 15 and 24 years. The vast majority died by gunshot.] CARACAS - Homicidios y secuestros no dan tregua; así lo reveló un estudio divulgado este lunes en Caracas. De acuerdo con este informe, el año pasado fue el más sangriento en la historia reciente de Venezuela, con la mayor tasa de homicidios y secuestros, a la vez que la violencia en las cárceles se cobró un... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: El Tiempo (Bogotá) / AFP

35904

Estonia,Dominican Republic,Ecuador,Ukraine,Kyrgyzstan,Moldova,Kazakhstan,Belize,Latvia,Venezuela,Belarus,Lithuania,Bahamas,Bolivia,Azerbaijan,Russia,Antigua & Barbuda,Guyana,South Africa,Jamaica,Honduras,Guatemala,El Salvador,South America,Colombia,Brazil,Central America,Caribbean

2 March 2012

RT-TV Novosti (Russia)

[Translated summary: Nearly a third of crimes against women are committed with a firearm and in Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras this indicator is 60% - Small Arms Survey.] El mayor nivel de feminicidios se registra en Latinoamérica y el Caribe. Catorce países latinoamericanos aparecen entre los 25 del mundo con la tasa más elevada de crímenes contra la mujer. El informe de la organización de investigaciones independientes Small Arms Survey,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: RT-TV Novosti (Russia)

35882

Italy,Philippines,United States,Russia,Germany,Czech Republic,China,Botswana,Oceania,Americas,Africa,Asia,Europe,Central Africa,Caribbean,South America,Central America,Zimbabwe,Namibia,Mozambique,Congo (DRC),Angola,Swaziland,South Africa,Southern Africa

19 February 2012

Southern Times (Southern Africa)

WINDHOEK - Young men in Southern Africa are at the greatest risk of cold-blooded murder, while women in the region are more likely than others from around the world to be killed in domestic violence, a UN agency says. The statistics from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) come as the region battles to contain the proliferation of gun-related crimes. Experts have said gun-related crime is a major problem in South Africa and Swaziland, and is on the rise in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Southern Times (Southern Africa)

35844

Costa Rica,Panama

18 February 2012

Inside Costa Rica

A total 17 of the 215 firearms stolen from the Policia de Tránsito warehouse almost two weeks ago were recovered by Panamanian police. Jorge Rojas, director of Cost Rica's Organismo de Investigacion Judicial (OIJ) said in a press conference on Friday that Panamanian police found the guns in a house and two unidentified suspects were in custody. Police also said they found us$11.000 in cash and empty bullet clips. Rojas said that Costa Rican authorities are in contact... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Inside Costa Rica

35843


For earlier articles, use the Search News feature above