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Karp, Aaron. 2009 ‘Country Summaries - Uruguay.’ Surplus Arms in South America: A Survey; Working Paper 7, p. 55. Geneva: Small Arms Survey, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. 1 August

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Country Summaries - Uruguay

Civilian firearms: The chief of the national arms registry says that Uruguay has 593,023 registered firearms. Officials believe that around 500,000 more are owned illegally; this figure appears to be an informed guess, based on police seizures.

Official statistics show that from May 2005 to May 2006, for example, more than 48 per cent of the arms in judicial deposits were not registered. With at least one million firearms, one for every three residents, Uruguay has the highest per capita gun ownership in the region.

Destruction policies: Compared to other countries in the region, Uruguay has exceptionally complete destruction policies. Data provided by the national arms registry shows that between April 1998 and August 2006, a total amount of 19,697 guns were destroyed, of which 14,822 were handguns and 4,875 were long arms. In addition, further destruction is scheduled within the framework of a recently approved small arms law, which will eliminate another 7,100 small arms.

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