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Sánchez, Arabeska, Leyla Diáz and Matthias Nowak. 2014 ‘Firearms and Gangs.’ Firearms and Violence in Honduras; Research Notes No. 39, pp. 2-3. Geneva: Small Arms Survey, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. 1 March

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Firearms and Gangs

The most popular firearms in Honduras are 9 mm handguns, which can be legally purchased and owned. These weapons are banned for civilian use in nearby Mexico, thus creating a regulatory imbalance that encourages illicit weapons flows between the two countries (UNODC, 2012, p. 61)…

The data collected reveals that semi-automatic pistols are most commonly used in homicides in Honduras, closely followed by revolvers, together totaling 64 per cent of all weapons examined. The use of semi-automatic or automatic rifles is also relatively high, at 20 per cent of all weapons analysed by the laboratory. Closely linked to gang violence, the use and prevalence of home-made firearms is reflected by the large number of such weapons examined by the laboratory (8 per cent) (Sánchez, 2013) (see Figure 2)…


Sánchez, Arabeska. 2013. Causas, riesgos y protagonistas de la violencia armada en Honduras. Unpublished background paper. Geneva: Small Arms Survey.

UNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime). 2012. Transnational Organized Crime in Central America and the Caribbean: A Threat Assessment. Vienna: UNODC.

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