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Central America,South America,United States

Latin America's Fatal Gun Addiction Fuelled by US Arms Dealers

27 May 2016

Foreign Affairs (US)

During the 1980s, El Salvador was the single largest recipient of U.S.-issued military hardware in the Western Hemisphere. All manner of weaponry—including over 32,500 M-16s and 270,000 grenades—seeped into the country from 1980 to 1993. Most of it was destined for the military-led government so that it could wage a vicious war against the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front, or FMNL. Although the armed conflict officially ended in 1992, the guns, grenades,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Costa Rica

More than 100 Guns Seized Each Month in Costa Rica [ES]

18 April 2016

Diario Extra (Costa Rica)

[Translated summary: In Costa Rica, more than 100 guns are being seized each month. The Ministry of Public Safety announced it had confiscated 412 firearms in just the first three months of 2016.] Uno de los trabajos más comunes por parte de las autoridades de la Fuerza Pública es la incautación de armas ilegales en el país, cifras que según el Ministerio de Seguridad Pública superan las 100 por mes. La información fue revelada por la Sección de Análisis y... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Diario Extra (Costa Rica)

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Panama

Panama Gun Owners Say Import Ban Incites Smuggling [ES]

18 April 2016

Telemetro (Panama)

[Translated summary: The Panama Firearm Owners Association claims that the current firearm import ban encourages smuggling. They say that after five years of the ban, illegal firearms are still being seized in the streets, even military weapons.] A dos meses para que culmine la prórroga que ordenó el Ministerio de Seguridad para la suspensión de importación de armas de fuego, la Asociación de Propietarios expresó este lunes, una vez más su malestar por esta... (GunPolicy.org)

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El Salvador

Should El Salvador Give Out Guns to Fight Crime? [ES]

14 April 2016

La Prensa Gráfica (El Salvador)

[Translated summary: El Salvador's Secretary of Communications for the President sparked controversy when he suggested giving guns to civilians to defend themselves. Social and analyst organisations agreed that each community could organise its own safety, but disapproved of arming citizens.] Organizaciones sociales y analistas muestran su aceptación de que las comunidades organicen sus propias medidas de seguridad, junto a la PNC. Pero sin armas. La controversia... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: La Prensa Gráfica (El Salvador)

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El Salvador

More Than 2,700 Gang Guns Seized in El Salvador [ES]

13 April 2016

Terra (Argentina), EFE News Agency

[Translated summary: El Salvador police seized 2,759 firearms from gangs between 2014 and 2016, 96 of them classified as military weapons. According to official numbers, most of the homicides in El Salvador are inflicted with firearms.] La policía salvadoreña incautó 2.759 armas de fuego a las pandillas entre el 2014 y febrero de 2016, más del 49 % del total de decomisos, de acuerdo con información oficial a la que Efe tuvo acceso hoy. De esa cantidad, 96 fueron... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Terra (Argentina), EFE News Agency

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El Salvador

El Salvador Still Has No Penalty for Gun Trafficking [ES]

7 April 2016

La Prensa Gráfica (El Salvador)

[Translated summary: In El Salvador, there is no penalty for arms trafficking. District attorney Douglas Meléndez is proposing a reform to include arms trafficking and other felonies in the Salvadoran legislation. Meléndez explained that 90% of crimes involve trafficked firearms.] Fiscal dijo que también busca se castigue con prisión a los que impidan la libre circulación a las personas. Propone reformar Ley contra Terrorismo porque no está apegada a realidad... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: La Prensa Gráfica (El Salvador)

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El Salvador,Honduras,South America,Mexico,Venezuela,Central America

Different Approach to Reduce Violence in Latin America

29 March 2016

Americas Quarterly, Opinion

Reducing violence is not about controlling violent neighborhoods or even about controlling violent people. It is about inducing people to control themselves. That's it. The best policing comes when no police are required. The question is how to achieve this in Latin America, the most violent region in the world and home to countries like El Salvador, Honduras and Venezuela, each with homicide rates similar to war zones. The answer may be unsettling. Many instances of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Americas Quarterly

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El Salvador

Gang Members Linked to 26% of El Salvador Homicides

21 March 2016

Insight Crime

Just over 26 percent of people convicted of murder in El Salvador in 2015 were gang members, according to new statistics that undermine the government's assertions about what is driving violence in the country. According to Public Ministry figures obtained by EFE, a total of 739 people were convicted of murder in 2015, 650 of them on aggravated charges. Of these, 193 people, were recognized as gang members, of which 172 were convicted of aggravated homicide. In... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Insight Crime

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United States,Mexico,Honduras,Finland,Philippines,Thailand,United Kingdom

US Gun Smugglers Illegally Sent Firearms to 46 Countries

16 March 2016

Washington Post

Arms trafficking from within the United States, long thought to be relegated to gun-running for Mexican drug cartels, is far more extensive than previously thought, according to a new report by a weapons research group released Wednesday. The report, published by the Geneva-based Small Arms Survey, examines more than 150 court cases involving arms trafficking from within the United States from 2010-2015. Spanning 46 countries and six continents, the report details... (GunPolicy.org)

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Central America,El Salvador

World's Most Violent Country Registers 30 New Guns a Day

10 March 2016

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Between 2010 and 2015, Salvadorans were registering firearms at a rate of 11,000 per year. This suggests 30 new firearms were registered every day in a country where the vast majority of crimes are committed with guns. In a market that had sales of almost $2 million in 2014, four firms dominated gun imports. The inhabitants of the world's most violent country have been spending more than $1.5 million on guns annually. Although the market's total size and the number of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

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Honduras

What's Behind Honduras' 30% Drop in Murder Rates?

19 February 2016

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Honduras' homicide rate has reportedly fallen by 30 percent over the past four years, but there are worrying signs organized crime violence remains widespread in this Central American nation. Honduras' murder rate went from 86.5 per 100,000 residents in 2011 to 60.0 per 100,000 residents in 2015, representing a 30.6 percent decrease, according to statistics recently presented by the National Autonomous University of Honduras (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

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El Salvador

El Salvador Govt Turned Blind Eye to Official's Arms Trafficking

16 February 2016

InSight Crime (Bogota)

A recent report points once again to the role high-ranking El Salvador military officials play in driving that nation's illicit arms trade, helping fuel rampant gang violence and bloodshed. Since 2010 El Salvador's National Civil Police (Policía Nacional Civil - PNC) and several other state institutions bought over $500,000 worth of guns, munitions, and bulletproof vests from the arms businesses of retired army major Miguel Ángel Pocasangre Escobar, reported La... (GunPolicy.org)

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Panama

Ban on Firearms Imports Extended in Panama

9 July 2015

CentralAmericaData.com

From a resolution of the Ministry of Public Security: It is resolved: To extend the suspension of the import of weapons allowed in the country by companies duly authorized to apply for licenses from the Ministry for importing such goods. State Security and the security services of state institutions are excepted. This Resolution is legally binding for a period of one (1) calendar month. IT IS ADVISED that appeals in opposition to this resolution Resolved may appeal... (GunPolicy.org)

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Colombia,Brazil,Honduras,El Salvador,Venezuela,United States,Belize

Latin America Leads World on Murder Map

6 May 2015

Guardian (Latin America)

Latin America may be the most murderous continent on Earth, but huge improvements in public safety have been achieved in several major cities, according to a new homicide map of the world that is being launched this week. Several metropolises that were once bywords for violent death – such as Medellín, Bogotá, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro - have seen murder rate declines of more than 60% over the past two decades thanks to improved living standards, better... (GunPolicy.org)

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Honduras

Honduras Seized 4,192 Weapons in 2014 [ES]

28 January 2015

La Prensa Libre (Honduras)

[Translated summary: In 2014, Honduras confiscated 3,392 firearms from criminal gangs.] La Fuerza de Seguridad Interinstitucional Nacional (Fusina) de Honduras informó hoy de que en el último año ha decomisado más de 41 toneladas de drogas, 12,8 millones de dólares y detuvo a 13.649 personas por diversos delitos, informó hoy una fuente oficial. En lo que va del Gobierno de Juan Orlando Hernández, que inicio el 27 de enero pasado, la Fusina se ha incautado de... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: La Prensa Libre (Honduras)

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Nicaragua,Peru,Haiti,Dominican Republic,Cuba,Mexico,Honduras,Guatemala,Turkey,El Salvador,United States,Russia,Austria,Belgium,Colombia,Brazil,Czech Republic,Germany,Israel,Venezuela,Italy,Spain

The Latin American Gun Leak

16 January 2015

Los Angeles Times, Opinion

During the 1980s, El Salvador was the single largest recipient of U.S. military hardware and weaponry in the Western Hemisphere. Although the Central American country's civil war ended in 1992, the guns, grenades and bullets linger, as do their murderous effects. In September, a U.S. official from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives estimated that half the weapons available on El Salvador's vibrant black market were made in the United... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Los Angeles Times

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South America,Central America,Caribbean,Cuba,United States,Russia,Nicaragua,Israel,El Salvador,Honduras,Europe,Belgium,Czech Republic,Germany,Italy,South Africa,Spain,Colombia,Mexico,Venezuela,Brazil,Argentina,Chile,Paraguay,Panama,Ecuador

Small Arms Trade a 'Dramatic Threat' to Latin America

13 October 2014

NACLA

Small arms and gun violence present the most dramatic threat to public safety in Latin America and the Caribbean. After decades of uncontrolled proliferation, at least 45 million to 80 million small arms and light weapons—that is, weapons operated by an individual or small group, including handguns, assault rifles, grenades, grenade launchers, and even man portable surface to air missiles—are circulating throughout the region.(1) Gunshots kill between 73,000 and... (GunPolicy.org)

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Honduras

Honduras Homicide Rate in 2013 Was 79 per 100,000 Population [ES]

5 August 2014

La Prensa (Honduras), Agence France Presse

[Translated summary: A country where the homicide rate in 2013 was 79 per 100,000 population, making it the highest in the world. Since 1973, the Military Pension Institute (IPM) has had a monopoly on the import and sale of firearms through its stores called "The Armoury". Between 1975 and 2012, "The Armoury" sold 180,147 firearms.] Honduras, el país con la tasa más alta de homicidios del mundo, requiere un "sistema integral de control de armas" pero "no se logra... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: La Prensa (Honduras), Agence France Presse

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Honduras

Seized Weapons Are Destroyed in Honduras [ES]

29 July 2014

Diaro Digital (Honduras)

[Translated summary: The Armed Forces of Honduras destroyed 5,000 seized firearms on July 29, 2014.] Las fuerzas armadas de Honduras destruyeron este martes 29 de julio más de cinco mil armas de fuego decomisadas a capturados de crimen organizado en ese país. El comandante Elvin Noé Corea indicó que estas pistolas y fusiles representan un peligro y ayudan a prevenir el crimen y brindar seguridad a la... (GunPolicy.org)

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El Salvador

El Salvador's Military Suspected of Dealing Firearms to Gangs

16 June 2014

InSight Crime (Bogota)

El Salvador's street gangs have been ambushing police with military-grade weapons, leading to fears the gangs, for the first time, have police outgunned. Is the Salvadoran military the source of their firepower? In recent months, gangs have shot at police with M-16 and AK-47 assault rifles in multiple lethal attacks, raising questions about the source of their weaponry. Now, an investigation has unearthed evidence that the military itself is trafficking guns, and El... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

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