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Guatemala Authorities say Most Homicides Occur in Just 25 Municipalities

8 April 2013

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Over 80 percent of homicides in Guatemala take place in just 25 of the country's 334 municipalities, according to President Otto Perez Molina, highlighting the concentrated nature of the violence sweeping the country. The violence ridden municipalities are spread across twelve of Guatemala's 22 departments, however, the highest number are found in the vicinity of Guatemala City, where 45 percent of murders take place, said Perez, referring to an unpublished report by... (

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In First Two Months of 2013: One Child Died Everyday in Guatemala [ES]

12 March 2013

Te Interesa (Spain)

[Translated summary: At least one child died every day in Guatemala by the action of a firearm during the first two months of 2013, warned the Human Rights Office of the Archbishop of Guatemala (ODHAG).] Al menos un niño murió cada día en Guatemala por la acción de un arma de fuego durante los dos primeros meses de 2013, advirtió ayer la Oficina de Derechos Humanos del Arzobispado de Guatemala (ODHAG). Nery Rodenas, director de la ODHAG, indicó en rueda de... (

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United States,Guatemala,Mexico

US Alone in 'Right to Bear Arms' Gun Rights Exceptionalism

7 March 2013

Bloomberg (USA)

What do Guatemala, Mexico and the U.S. have in common? They are among the very few countries throughout history whose constitutions have guaranteed the right to bear arms. Our study of constitutions going back to 1789 shows that only a minority has ever included gun rights. What's more, the number has dwindled, leaving a small and motley set of bedfellows. For some, this lonely position is enough to suggest that the U.S. should rethink the current interpretation of... (

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Guatemala,El Salvador,Venezuela,United States,Australia,Jamaica,Russia,Colombia

NRA 'Good Guys With Guns' Theory Already Disproved in Latin America

5 January 2013

New York Times

In the wake of the tragic shooting deaths at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., last month, the National Rifle Association proposed that the best way to protect schoolchildren was to place a guard — a "good guy with a gun" — in every school, part of a so-called National School Shield Emergency Response Program. Indeed, the N.R.A.'s solution to the expansion of gun violence in America has been generally to advocate for the more widespread deployment and... (

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Mexico,Honduras,El Salvador,Guatemala

Guatemala: More Than 4,000 Firearms Seized So Far in 2012 [ES]

20 December 2012

Prensa Libre (Guatemala)

[Translated summary: In 2012, Guatemala Police seized 4,302 firearms and captured 2,185 people for illegal possession and carrying of firearms.] La Policía decomisó desde el 1 de enero al 15 de diciembre recién pasado 4 mil 302 armas de fuego y capturó a 2 mil 185 personas sindicadas de tenencia y portación ilegal. CIUDAD DE GUATEMALA.- Las autoridades informaron que el objetivo del decomiso es evitar la circulación ilegal de armas, pues estas llegan a manos de... (

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United States,El Salvador,Brazil,Philippines,Jamaica,South Africa,Swaziland,Guatemala,Panama,Mexico,Colombia,Honduras

Top 12 Countries for Firearms Related Deaths

17 December 2012

Forbes (USA)

Few major nations have the right to bear arms configured in their Constitution. Even fewer (as in we are the only one) have gun control legislation as a hot button political issue. The U.S. is the most violent core economy in terms of gun related deaths. It is also the leader in gun violence at school campuses. Yet, the U.S. does not lead the world in firearms related deaths. Countries where gangs and drugs are a problem top the list, even where there is strict gun... (

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Costa Rica,Mexico,Honduras,Guatemala,Colombia,Brazil,El Salvador

Study Shows South America Gun Deaths More Likely in Cities [ES]

5 December 2012

Prensa Libre (Guatemala) / EFE News Agency

[Translated summary: A new study found that over 60 percent of gun homicides in Costa Rica, Guatemala and El Salvador occur in large cities. ] GINEBRA - El informe titulado "Violencia urbana armada" señala que las capitales de los países concentran buen parte de la violencia, por ejemplo la Ciudad de Guatemala o Managua, que contabilizan un 42 por ciento del total de los homicidios armados a nivel nacional. El estudio, basado en cifras oficiales, revela también las... (

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Guatemala Boosts Honduras Border Security to Prevent Gun Smuggling

27 November 2012

InSight Crime (Bogota)

The government of Guatemala has announced that it will open a new security checkpoint along its border with Honduras, in an effort to cut down on smuggling along the 256 km-long border. Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina announced on November 26 that the government would set up a new official border crossing into Honduras, in the northeastern province of Izabal. Perez said that the crossing would help bring customs revenue to his country, and added that he was... (

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Honduras,United States,Mexico,Guatemala

Guatemala, US Sign Gun Tracing Deal to Fight Trafficking

8 November 2012

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Guatemala is set to gain access to the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' (ATF) weapons tracing system, to track arms confiscated from criminal groups in the country. Attorney General Claudia Paz y Paz declared that the new agreement would give Guatemala access to the ATF's database, which is also used by Mexico to track the origin of seized weapons, reported Prensa Libre. Paz y Paz also noted that granting access to Guatemala, a key transit... (

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Illegal Gun Arrests Show Lax Regulation of Guatemalan Security Firms

26 October 2012

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Between two and three private security guards are arrested for possession of illegal arms each week in Guatemala City, according to a new report, highlighting concerns over the lack of regulation of the country's numerous private security firms. Public prosecutors in Guatemala City see between two and three cases a week related to the arrest of a private security guards for possession of an unlawful firearm, reported Prensa Libre. The confiscated weapons are turned... (

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Honduras to Review Gun Laws in Effort to Lower Crime, Death Rates

18 October 2012

Christian Science Monitor / InSight Crime

The Honduran government is reportedly set to conduct a review of its gun laws in an apparent effort to combat rising violence levels, though equal emphasis will need to be made on addressing endemic corruption and weak institutions to solidify any gains. Matias Funes, a representative from the independent Commission on Public Security Reform (CRSP), said on Oct. 16 that Honduras' gun laws are in need of urgent revision if efforts are to be made to combat the country's... (

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Guatemala Police Allege Failed Extortions Cause of Bus Driver Shootings

27 September 2012

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Three bus drivers were shot to death in a single day in Guatemala, illustrating the threat that the country's transport workers are under from criminal groups who demand extortion payments. The first victim, Mario Augusto Salazar, was killed by three gunmen who were traveling as passengers in a bus he was driving between between two towns in southwestern Guatemala. Authorities are investigating whether he was killed for failing to pay extortion fees, reported La Prensa... (

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Gun Homicide Rate in Guatemala Unchanged at 77 per cent

14 August 2012

InSight Crime (Bogota)

While Guatemala saw a significant drop in homicides in the first seven months of 2012 compared to the previous year, the country continues to face a serious problem of violence and insecurity. Guatemala's national forensic institute, INACIF, registered 3,410 homicides between January and July of this year. This statistic is down 7.7 percent from the same period in 2011, when there were 3,695 murders, reports EFE. Seventy-seven percent of these crimes were committed... (

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7,987 Guns Registered under Women's Names in Guatemala [ES]

18 June 2012

Prensa Latina (Havana)

[Translated summary: Responding to the increase of violence Guatemalans turn to firearms, as shown by the increase of licence applications.] Guatemala - Las guatemaltecas encuentran en las armas de fuego una forma de defenderse de la violencia y aumentó el número de las que solicitaron licencia o ya las registraron para portarlas, afirma hoy una publicación.(RadioPL) Ese incremento fue confirmado por la Dirección General de Control de Armas y Municiones, en tanto... (

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Guatemala Reported 149 Women Killed with Firearms [ES]

23 May 2012

Prensa Libre (Guatemala)

[Translated summary: A total of 227 women were murdered in Guatemala, most of them with firearms (149), in the first quarter of 2012, representing 16.74% less than the same period of 2011, said an official source.] Un total de 227 mujeres fueron asesinadas en Guatemala, la mayoría de ellas con armas de fuego, en en el primer cuatrimestre de 2012, lo que representa un 16,74 % menos que el mismo periodo de 2011, reveló hoy una fuente oficial. CIUDAD DE GUATEMALA -... (

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United States,Mexico,Central America,Honduras,Guatemala,El Salvador

El Salvador Soldiers Accused of Selling Guns to Guatemala, Honduras Gangs

2 April 2012

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Prosecutors in El Salvador ordered the arrest of eight soldiers and one civilian linked to an arms trafficking network that may have supplied thousands of weapons to drug gangs in Guatemala and Honduras. On March 30, the office of El Salvador's Attorney General (FGR) ordered the arrest of the nine suspects, alleging that they had participated in a scheme which involved siphoning off weapons that were slated to be destroyed, and selling them to drug trafficking... (

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1/3 of Femicides Committed With Gun in Latin America and Caribbean [ES]

2 March 2012

RT-TV Novosti (Russia)

[Translated summary: Nearly a third of crimes against women are committed with a firearm and in Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras this indicator is 60% - Small Arms Survey.] El mayor nivel de feminicidios se registra en Latinoamérica y el Caribe. Catorce países latinoamericanos aparecen entre los 25 del mundo con la tasa más elevada de crímenes contra la mujer. El informe de la organización de investigaciones independientes Small Arms Survey,... (

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Thailand,Malaysia,Indonesia,Kuwait,Qatar,Mexico,Peru,Venezuela,Colombia,Bolivia,Somalia,Nepal,Oman,Latvia,Mauritius,Guyana,Congo (DRC),Bosnia & Herzegovina,Saudi Arabia,Liberia,Kazakhstan,Singapore,Dominican Republic,Jordan,Trinidad & Tobago,United Arab Emirates,Guatemala,Honduras,Chile,Ecuador,Argentina,Zimbabwe,Zambia,Uganda,Tanzania,Senegal,Congo (ROC),Nigeria,Niger,Namibia,Morocco,Mauritania,Malawi,Côte d'Ivoire,Egypt,Burkina Faso,Brazil,Tunisia,Sri Lanka,Pakistan,Philippines,Yemen,United States,Italy,Germany,Israel,Austria,Russia,Africa,Americas,Asia,Europe,South Africa,Algeria,Angola,Botswana,Ghana,Guinea,Madagascar

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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Guatemala,Mexico,United States

Texas Gun Shop Sold 'Infantry Squad' Weapons to Mexican Cartel Smugglers

8 December 2011

Guardian (UK)

It was nothing more than a routine inspection for federal agents. But as they browsed the records of Carter's Country gun shop in Houston, investigators picked up on a series of big sales. For cash. Federal agents were alerted not only by the number of guns involved – sometimes a dozen at a time – but the type. Time and again buyers walked out of Carter's Country clutching assault rifles, semi-automatic pistols with armour-piercing bullets and powerful sniper... (

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San Benito, Guatemala: 131 Gun Homicides per 100,000 Inhabitants in 2010

7 December 2011

InSight Crime (Bogota)

A disturbing new report by elPeriodico shows how the Internet is being used to target alleged criminals in Guatemala. As with Anonymous' threats to "out" Zetas in Mexico, the case illustrates how cyber justice can get ugly fast. The investigation says that four websites have identified 39 alleged members of street gangs or other criminal groups in San Benito, a municipality in Peten, Guatemala's most violent state, over the past three years. At least 10 of these were... (

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