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More Than 10,000 Firearms Destroyed by Argentina Govt [ES]

16 May 2012

United Press International

[Translated summary: In the framework of the National Programme of Voluntary Surrender of Firearms, Argentina Ministry of Justice proceeded to the destruction of 10,745 pieces. ] BUENOS AIRES - En el marco de Programa Nacional de Entrega Voluntaria de Armas de Fuego, el Ministerio de Justicia procedió, por resolución publicada en el Boletín Oficial, a la destrucción de 10.745 piezas. La cartera de Justicia, por Resolución 732/2012 publicada hoy en el Boletín... (

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Brazilian Gun Industry Seeks New Markets: Africa and Asia [PT]

27 January 2012

Publica (Brazil)

[Translated summary: With the support of the Ministries of Defence and Foreign Affairs, Brazilian gun manufacturers seek new markets in countries with a history of human rights violations: Tunisia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Philippines and Yemen. Brazil is among the six countries in the world with annual exports exceeding $ 100 million, according to recent research from Small Arms Survey. According to the Army, responsible for supervising and controlling exports from 2005 to... (

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Latin American Governments Target Gun Runners, Countries Making Guns

28 November 2011

United Press International

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay - Latin America's increasingly ambitious Mercosur regional bloc is aiming to focus on small arms suppliers who are seen as being behind the region's endemic and seemingly insurmountable problem of violent crime. The area's disparate armed groups, guerrillas with political agenda and drug-related gangs have drawn attention from Mercosur's watchdog committees as senior officials explore ways of containing organized crime, rooting out myriad networks... (

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Major Campaign of Small Arms Destruction in Argentina [ES]

9 November 2011

Missiones Online (Argentina)

[Translated summary: The National Arms Registry (RENAR), under Argentina's Ministry of Justice and Human Rights, held the destruction of 16,354 firearms. Around 17,000 other arms, voluntarily surrendered or from various warehouses, will also be destroyed.] El próximo sábado se destruirán 9.804 armas que fueron entregadas de manera anónima y voluntaria (Ley 26.261) en las bocas del Renar y en los puestos Móviles Municipales de la Provincia de Buenos Aires, en el... (

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Guns Used in 68% of Murders, 30% of Suicides in Argentina [ES]

31 August 2011

Los Andes (Argentina)

[Translated summary: Guns were used in 68% of a total of 40,318 homicides and 30.5% of 37,170 suicides in Argentina between 1997 and 2009, according to Asociación para Políticas Públicas (APP). Most of the victims were between 15 and 29 years old.] Sólo en los últimos cuatro meses murieron 16 chicos por disparos. Alientan los programas de desarme. "A las armas las carga el diablo" reza un viejo proverbio, casi tan viejo como la pólvora. Es que las consecuencias... (

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Gun Links 8 Suspects in Argentina Rape, Shooting of French Women

16 August 2011

Washington Post / AP

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Argentine investigators have DNA and ballistics evidence that implicates some of the eight suspects under arrest in last month's slayings of two French tourists, a court spokesman said Tuesday. Investigators believe Cassandre Bouvier, 29, and Houria Moumni, 20, were raped and killed July 15 by a group of men who followed the academics from Sorbonne University up a popular hiking trail, the Quebrada de San Lorenzo, outside the provincial... (

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Argentina Launches Second Phase of Gun Amnesty, Buyback [ES]

10 August 2011 (Argentina)

[Translated summary: The second phase of the National Programme for the Voluntary Surrender of Firearms, launched in 2007, was presented this week in the form of a buyback. According to the Argentinian Minister of Security, the first phase of the amnesty recovered 107,761 firearms and 774,679 rounds of ammunition. En la primera etapa de este programa, creado en julio de 2007, se recuperaron en todo el país 107.761 armas y 774.679 municiones, de las cuales 10.158... (

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Canada Gun Lobby Influence on Foreign Policy: Arms Trade Treaty

3 August 2011

Embassy Magazine (Canada), Opinion

Canada has never been a strong supporter of international efforts to negotiate an effective Arms Trade Treaty. But in mid-July, it reversed its previous low-key but constructive role at the United Nations ATT preparatory meetings to become a potential treaty spoiler. All indications point to this change of heart arising from the domestic gun lobby's influence on Canadian foreign policy. After years of preparation, member states of the United Nations will devote a month... (

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Brazil's New Small Arms Smuggling Frontier? The Sea

18 July 2011

Christian Science Monitor, Blog

Brazil has more gun deaths than any other country in the world, and so the phenomenon of arms trafficking is a major concern. Almost 20 percent of guns seized in the country are foreign produced, while those that cannot legally be sold in the country are legitimately produced in Brazil and then exported, before being smuggled back in, according to a study on arms trafficking by NGO Viva Rio, in collaboration with Brazil's Justice Department. According to a recent... (

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Survey: South American Security Firms Carry More Guns Than Elsewhere

29 March 2011

United Press International

RIO DE JANEIRO - Private security firms in Latin America are the most armed with the largest weapons arsenals in that category of security industry companies worldwide, a new survey report said. An added problem was that many of the weapons carried by employees of private security firms weren't registered under companies' names. Instead, the weapons had private registrations that made the task of evaluating the firms' arsenals more difficult, said an advance research... (

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Popular Gun Amnesty, Buyback Destroyed 100,000 Firearms in Argentina

10 March 2011

Press TV (Iran)

Argentina's gun buy-back program is to be extended and amended to maintain its popularity in preventing violent crime and controlling the underground gun market. "The plan is being implemented in collaboration with the general public and representatives of provinces and religious groups. In the first stage of the plan, in 2007, we destroyed more than 100,000 registered guns," says Andres Meiszner, the director of the Arms Registry Office. The plan is so popular that... (

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Government of Argentina Destroyed 140,000 Guns in 3 Years, 2007-2010

29 December 2010

Ministerio de Justicia (Buenos Aires), Media release

Translated summary: 20,168 guns were melted down and destroyed in Campana, Argentina on 11 December 2010 as part of a government plan for nationwide voluntary disarmament. According to the Ministry of Justice, more than 140,000 guns have been collected and destroyed since 2007. This is equivalent to 10% of the total number of firearms registered in the country. Further gun destructions are planned for 2011. The Argentinean Disarmament Network has been highly involved in... (

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Argentina Gun Buyback 'Wildly Successful,' 102,000 Firearms Destroyed

3 February 2010

Inter Press Service News Agency

BUENOS AIRES - As a disarmament campaign launched 17 months ago in Argentina nears its end, the government and civil society groups involved in the initiative announced that it has far exceeded even the most optimistic projections, despite the lack of publicity. The Interior Ministry reported that the programme, in which people voluntarily swap their firearms for cash, has so far collected over 102,000 guns and 721,000 munitions, all of which were destroyed. During... (

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Global Gun Control Expert Pablo Dreyfus Killed in Air Crash [Es]

22 June 2009

El Clarin (Buenos Aires), Obituary

[Translated summary: World-renowned and respected gun control expert Pablo Dreyfus and his wife died in the recent crash of Air France 447]. Mensajes de todo Brasil llegan sin cesar, en homenaje al argentino Pablo Dreyfus, desaparecido en el accidente del avión de Air France. Son militares, diplomáticos, policías, curas, gobernadores, parlamentarios, ONGs y ciudadanos comunes, que envían agradecimientos por todo lo que ese porteño ha hecho por los... (

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Former Argentinian President On Trial for Smuggling 6,500 Tons of Guns

16 October 2008

Inter Press Service News Agency

BUENOS AIRES — Although he did not show up at court, former Argentina president Carlos Menem began to be tried Thursday in Argentina for his alleged involvement in smuggling arms to Ecuador and Croatia, the biggest corruption scandal during his years in office (1989-1999). According to his lawyer, Omar Daer, the 77-year-old Menem did not attend the first session because "he is not in any state to stand trial" as he is suffering from "stress, severe anemia, diabetes... (

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Guyana,Trinidad & Tobago,Caribbean,Brazil,Argentina

Women's Groups Demand to Know Where Caribbean Gangs Get Their Guns

5 March 2008

Stabroek News (Guyana)

A two-day meeting for parliamentarians and NGOs to review the impact and "responses to small arms diffusion and violence in the Caribbean" is set for Trinidad today and a women's group is asking where the gangs are getting guns and ammo for killings like those at Lusignan and Bartica . According to a press release the Women's Institute for Alternative Development (WINAD) said the meeting hopes to explore a Caricom instrument to support implementation of the UN... (

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Argentina Destroys 70,000 Guns Under Buyback, Civilian Disarmament Plan

27 December 2007


BUENOS AIRES — The Argentine government has destroyed 70,000 guns collected from civilians as part of the National Voluntary Gun Handover Plan, local media reported Wednesday. Andres Meiszner, director of the National Arms Register with the justice ministry, said the plan offered up to 150 U.S. dollars per gun in reward and guaranteed the anonymity for those who handed over the guns, starting from July 10. He said that authorities had received on average 500 guns... (

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Argentina Launches Voluntary Buyback of Firearms [Es]

26 July 2007

La Nacion (Argentina), Editorial

La posesión de armas de fuego por la población mayor de edad es objeto de particular preocupación para una ciudadanía consternada ante trágicos episodios de honda repercusión. Esos hechos demostraron una vez más que la tenencia de medios ofensivos y defensivos, como los aludidos, constituye un peligro latente que se convierte en real cuando obran la imprudencia, el descontrol o la súbita descarga agresiva. Para reducir esos riesgos, organismos estatales y no... (

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Buenos Aires Shootings, Gun Law Changes Prompt Debate in Argentina

1 July 2007

Buenos Aires Herald

If there is one point over which the National Rifle Association in the United States and the maverick documentary-maker Michael Moore are essentially in agreement, it is over the NRA slogan: "Guns don't kill people; people kill people" — at precisely a time when the government is launching a campaign to disarm the civilian population, various recent news items have brought this slogan and the issue of gun control to the fore. It was shocking enough to have a deranged... (

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Argentina Launches National Firearm Buyback to Slow Rising Gun Violence

15 June 2007

Inter Press Service News Agency

BUENOS AIRES — With strong support from peace and disarmament groups and the families of shooting victims, the Argentine government launched a programme Friday that encourages people to voluntarily swap their legal or illegal firearms for cash. The disarmament campaign, similar to one that was carried out in Brazil in 2004, forms part of a comprehensive violence prevention policy, which includes stricter controls on both the legal and black market for guns. In... (

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