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Latin America Armed to the Teeth With 80 Million Guns [Es]

3 July 2004

La Opinión (USA), Opinion

GINEBRA — Con una población conjunta de 464 millones de habitantes, 11 países — Argentina, Bolivia, Brasil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, México, Paraguay, Perú, Uruguay y Venezuela —, poseen hasta 80 millones de armas de fuego, según revelan los resultados de la Encuesta de armas pequeñas 2004: derechos en riesgo, realizada por el Instituto de Posgrado de Altos Estudios Internacionales, dados a conocer en Ginebra la semana pasada. Exceptuando a Ecuador, todos... (

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Gun Imports Suspended in Attempt to Reduce Crime Rate

24 April 2004

Associated Press

Plain clothes police officers subdue two suspects of a bank robbery outside a bank in the Chacao municipality of Caracas The Venezuelan government is suspending gun imports in a bid to reduce the nation's soaring crime rate. Defense Minister Jorge Garcia Carniero made the announcement Friday. He also said the government will freeze firearms licenses until the national registry of legal gun owners can be updated. He went on to say that Venezuelans who already have gun... (

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Up-In-Arms Venezuelan State Bans Toy Guns

22 August 2001

Agence France Presse

CARACAS — Frustrated by spiraling violent crime and robbers who frequently use plastic pistols in holdups, Venezuela's Miranda state has banned the sale of toy guns. Authorities in the state just next to the crime-plagued capital, Caracas, banned the "production, sale, distribution and use" of such toys, "given that the high technology used by makers of toy weapons to achieve their similarity to genuine firearms has been taken advantage of by common criminals to... (

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