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In World's Most Violent Country, 30 New Firearms Registered Daily

InSight Crime (Bogota)

10 March 2016

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[A] report from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) published in 2013, titled "Transnational Organized Crime in Central America and the Caribbean," cited an estimate that some 360,000 military firearms were not turned in after El Salvador's civil war. The same report noted that, in 2011, El Salvador had 600,000 firearms, only 100,000 of which were the property of the government. The remaining 500,000 were unregistered…

In 2014, 76.8 percent of homicides were committed with a firearm…

The UNODC report showed that, in 2011, Guatemala led the region with 1.6 million firearms in the hands of civilians…

In the last six years, with the leftist governments of the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (Frente Farabundo Martí para la Liberación Nacional - FMLN) party in control of the presidency, the country has seen both steep drops and sharp upticks in the total number of homicides. These rises and falls date back to 2012, the year the gang truce was mediated by the government of former president Maurico Funes. 2012 was also the year with the fewest homicides committed with a firearm. The number of crimes conducted with a gun that police reported to the attorney general's office also fell precipitously, from 4,032 in 2009 to 2,536 in 2010, and from 1,145 in 2011 to 557 in 2012. In 2014, the numbers rose again, this time to their highest level in six years…

In 2015, El Salvador registered more than 6,600 homicides, according to police statistics…

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