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Schroeder, Matt. 2013 ‘Illicit Small Arms in Mexico.’ Small Arms Survey 2013: Everyday Dangers; Chapter 12 (Table 12.2), pp. 287-288. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press and the Small Arms Survey, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. 2 July

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Data provided by the Government of Mexico indicates that authorities recovered more than 306,000 illicit firearms and 26 million rounds of ammunition in Mexico from late 1994 to mid-2012. These figures include seizures by the military and police forces, and weapons voluntary surrendered as part of an amnesty programme sponsored by SEDENA. Seizures account for most of the recovered weapons (see Table 12.2)…

[T]he data suggests that the 20,000 to 30,000 weapons seized annually in recent years represent only a fraction of illicit weapons in Mexico, and that firearms trafficked into Mexico from abroad equal or exceed the number of weapons seized by Mexican authorities each year.

[SEDENA = Secretaría de la Defensa Nacional]

Table 12.2: Illicit firearms and ammunition recovered by the Mexican government, 1994-2012


Seized by military and police:
Long guns*: 133,579
Handguns: 119,660
Total: 253,239

Voluntary forfeited: 53,115

Total of firearms: 306,354


Seized by military and police: 25,601,297

Voluntary forfeited: 485,246

Total of ammunition: 26,086,543

Note: * Long guns include sub-machine guns, shotguns, rifles, carbines, and machine guns.

Source: written response from the Government of Mexico to questions submitted by the Small Arms Survey, September 2012

ID: Q8489

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