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Godnick, William and Helena Vasquez. 2003 ‘Venezuela.’ Small Arms Control in Latin America: Monitoring the Implementation of Small Arms Control Projects (MISAC); Latin America Series No. 1, p. 22. London: International Alert, Security and Peacebuilding Programme. 1 March
In 2001 Venezuela initiated steps to procure the 5.56 mm assault rifle with the aim of replacing the FAL 7.62 rifle which had been part of the national arsenal for 40 years.
The new rifle will be introduced in 2003 and will result in the decommissioning of over 100,000 FAL rifles, which will be warehoused for export in the future.
Thefts and diversion from Venezuelan arsenals are common occurrences and it is likely that some of those rifles will, through negligence, wind up in the hands of the Colombian guerrillas.