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Godnick, William and Helena Vasquez. 2003 ‘El Salvador.’ Small Arms Control in Central America: Monitoring the Implementation of Small Arms Control Projects (MISAC); Latin America Series No. 2, p. 16. London: International Alert, Security and Peacebuilding Programme. 1 June
At present there are three government entities that collect homicide data, the Attorney-General, the National Civilian Police (PNC) and the Institute of Legal Medicine (IML), which report homicide rates of 56.6, 37.3, and 42.9 per 100,000 respectively for the year 2000.
While overall homicide figures are down from several years ago, the incidence of firearms in homicides is increasing, with 70% of all homicides committed in the country involving the use of firearms.
According to the Ministry of Public Health, firearm injury rates dropped from 65 per 100,000 to 57 per 100,000 from 2000 to 2001.
While firearms are the instruments used in most homicides, knives and machetes account for the most non-fatal injuries involving weapons, with an incidence of 118 per 100,000 for 2001.