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Chile

Chile: 14,000 Fireams Destroyed, Gun Crime Down [ES]

6 October 2016

20 Minutos (USA)

[Translated summary: In recent times 14,000 seized or voluntarily surrendered firearms have been destroyed in Chile. This year, police received a total of 5,264 firearms in an amnesty campaign. Crimes with firearms have reduced 9.3% in relation to 2015.] Un gigantesco horno que ardía a miles de grados centígrados fundió el jueves 14.000 armas decomisadas por las policías o entregadas voluntariamente por sus dueños, en la destrucción masiva de armamento más... (GunPolicy.org)

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Chile

Number of Missing and Stolen Firearms Increases in Chile [ES]

22 August 2016

Notimerica (Spain)

[Translated summary: In 2010 there were 11,751 firearms missing in Chile, a number that increased to 20,200 in 2016. Also, 7,457 arms were reported stolen in 5 years. As at July this year, Chile has 805,564 registered firearms.] SANTIAGO DE CHILE -- Las autoridades chilenas y la Policía están preocupadas por el aumento progresivo del número de armas de fuego, especialmente las que no se encuentran regularizadas y perdidas. Desde el año 2010 se reportaron 642... (GunPolicy.org)

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Chile

Police to Verify Addresses of Gun Applicants in Chile [ES]

8 August 2016

La Tercera (Chile)

[Translated summary: According to Chile's Firearm Control Law, police will now have to verify the address of every new applicant for a gun licence. New regulations also include a psychiatric examination, a skill test, and a check of criminal records. Chile has an estimated 769,000 active firearms registered.] Resolución de la DGMN aumenta medidas de seguridad para la tenencia de armamento y ordena comprobar la dirección del dueño. Además, los instrumentos de fuego... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,Brazil,Ecuador,Russia,Chile

Brazil, Chile, Ecuador Largest LatAmerican Gun Exporters [ES]

6 August 2016

Sputnik News

[Translated summary: Brazil is the main firearms exporter in Latin America, with over 4 million guns sold between 2005 and 2010 and 85 million USD earned in the 2014-2015 period. 54% of these guns were purchased by the US. Chile is the second largest exporter, followed by Ecuador.] El comercio de armamento a nivel internacional es un negocio multimillonario. Mueve unos 76.000 millones de dólares al año. El continente latinoamericano no es ajeno a este negocio. "En... (GunPolicy.org)

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Chile

Registered Guns Up 20% in Chile in 2015 [ES]

19 July 2016

Publimetro (Chile)

[Translated Summary: Firearm registrations increased 20% in Chile in 2015. That year, a total of 8,123 firearms were registered, 1,364 more than in 2014. With this number, the total of firearms registered until 2015 is 804,000.] En el período fueron registradas legalmente 1.364 armas más que en en año 2014, pasando de 6.759 a 8.123. En un 20% creció la inscripción de armas en Chile durante 2015, de acuerdo a lo informado por la Dirección General de Movilización... (GunPolicy.org)

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Chile

Chile's New Firearms Act Increases Penalties Related to Gun Possession

16 May 2015

La Tercera (Santiago de Chile)

[Translated summary: Chile's new Firearms Act increases penalties and requirements on firearm possession. In 2014 there were 763,070 registered firearms, including 397,438 for personal defence. In 2015, 3,618 weapons were surrendered, compared to 2,771 in 2014 and 2,507 in 2013.] Durante el año pasado, 623 personas realizaron trámites y rindieron los exámenes para comprar e inscribir un arma de fuego en el Gran Santiago. Sin embargo, a 84 de éstas se les negó la... (GunPolicy.org)

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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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Chile

NGO Survey Shows 2 Million Unregistered Guns in Chile [ES]

19 January 2014

Terra (Chile)

[Translated summary: NGO Activa says there are around 2 million unregistered firearms in Chile and only 758,593 registered firearms, after a survey done in 2013. The study showed 9.22 weapons on average are seized each day in the country and 3.25 weapons per day in urban areas.] Según la ONG Activa, en el país circularían cerca de 2 millones de armas de fuego no inscritas, frente a las 758.593 que se encuentran registradas por la policía. La directora de la... (GunPolicy.org)

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Brazil,Mexico,South America,Central America,Uruguay,Honduras,Chile,Venezuela,Colombia

Do Stricter Gun Laws Reduce Gun Violence in Latin America?

4 September 2013

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Latin America has some of the highest gun homicide rates in the world, despite certain countries having relatively strict gun control laws, raising the question: to what extent, if any, does tighter legislation help to lower homicide rates and violent crime in the region? The short answer to this question is that there is no clear correlation. A look at six countries with widely differing gun legislation and gun homicide statistics - Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Chile

Chilean Authorities Worried After Robbers Use Illegal Assault Weapons

20 June 2013

Santiago Times

Just after 9:30 a.m. Monday, four heavily armed suspects entered a Santander bank in Pudahuel, just seventeen miles northwest of Santiago, in an attempted bank robbery of 60 million pesos (US$121,000). The heist proved unsuccessful as three of the suspects were detained upon fleeing the scene, while the fourth sustained a gunshot wound to the left arm and was admitted to a local hospital under police custody. The four masked gunmen were heavily armed, carrying an M16... (GunPolicy.org)

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Chile,Brazil,Germany,Libya,Turkey,Denmark,Sweden,Canada

Critics Say German Report on Weapons Exports Reveals Little

30 January 2013

Deutsche Welle

Critics says the government's report on arms exports lacks transparency: exporting companies are not named, and government sales are merely summarized. Yet the government claims it's in-depth and detailed. How is it that time and again military equipment "made in Germany" shows up in war zones, despite German government claims that it handles its weapon exports "restrictively" and that it maintains a broad ban on exports to countries with questionable track records for... (GunPolicy.org)

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Colombia,Venezuela,Mexico,Chile,Brazil,Argentina

Gun Laws in Six Latin American Nations Explained

11 January 2013

Americas Society/Council of the Americas

Following a mass school shooting in Connecticut in December 2012, policymakers in the United States began engaging in a renewed debate about gun control. AS/COA Online looks at gun-related legislation in Latin America's six largest economies, identifying regulations for arms licensing. In Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Venezuela, gun possession is legal for civilians, though restrictions tend to be stringent. … Argentina: Gun ownership in Argentina... (GunPolicy.org)

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Colombia,Paraguay,Chile,Brazil,Uruguay,Venezuela

Tough Gun Control Laws in South America

27 December 2012

I Love Chile, Opinion

SANTIAGO — It is interesting to have a look at firearms legislation in South America, where street gangs and violence is commonplace. According to a study done at Universidad de Chile, the number of incidents of handgun use is higher in regions with low levels of education, high poverty and unemployment, and a younger population. It is not surprising that the most vulnerable zones in this matter are Brazil, Colombia, and Venezuela. In Brazil, the minimum age required... (GunPolicy.org)

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Chile

Chile Authorities Undertake New Gun Amnesty Campaign

20 August 2012

Infosurhoy (Chile)

SANTIAGO, Chile – Neighbor, be conscientious. That's the motto of the campaign the Carabineros de Chile police force is carrying out to reduce the number of firearms in the hands of Chileans in response to the growing number of robberies and murders involving guns. There were 11,783 robberies and 93 murders involving firearms last year. In 2010 there were 12,987 armed robberies, but that number should plummet this year, as there were 4,699 armed robberies committed... (GunPolicy.org)

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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... (GunPolicy.org)

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Caribbean,Central America,South America,North America,United States,Uruguay,Colombia,Mexico,Argentina,Brazil,Paraguay,Bolivia,Chile,Ecuador,Peru,Venezuela

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... (GunPolicy.org)

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Chile

Bill to Restrict Registration and Carrying of Firearms in Chile [Es]

21 July 2011

Terra (Chile)

[Translated summary: Deputies, in Santiago, presented a bill that seeks to restrict the registration and the carrying of firearms only to sport professionals and law enforcement and security.] SANTIAGO.- Los diputados René Alinco (PRO), Fernando Meza (PRSD) y Marcos Espinosa (PRSD) presentaron un proyecto de ley que busca restringir la inscripción y porte de armas solamente a prácticas deportivas profesionales y a las fuerzas de orden y seguridad. "Nosotros creemos... (GunPolicy.org)

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Chile

Domestic Arms Race Led by Demand for Guns from Wealthy Chilean Elite

13 April 2011

United Press International

SANTIAGO, Chile - Chile is facing a domestic arms race with the rise in firearms acquisitions by the country's wealthy elite classes, national statical data showed. The upsurge in large-scale purchases of firearms by high net worth households contrasted with an overall decrease in the number of gun owners from 5.3 percent to 4.9 percent, the National Institute of Statistics said in its seventh National Urban Citizen Security Study. Crime is a major problem in some of... (GunPolicy.org)

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Peru,Chile

Chile Denies Arms Build Up as Peru Questions Purchases, Post-Quake

23 June 2010

United Press International

LIMA - Continued Chilean arms purchases put fresh strains on ties with Peru amid signs the quake-hit country would go ahead with military regeneration plans that seemed in jeopardy when an 8.8 magnitude temblor devastated large parts of its infrastructure. Chilean President Sebastian Pinera also faced criticism that his handling of Peru in recent diplomatic contacts lacked a delicate touch and could undermine ties amid a tense series of talks on what Peru denounced as... (GunPolicy.org)

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Chile,Croatia

Chilean Generals Jailed for Pinochet's Gun Trafficking to Croatia in 1991

11 June 2009

Valparaiso Times (Chile)

Chile's high military court on Tuesday sentenced two retired Pinochet-era generals to three years and one day in prison for illegal arms trafficking to Croatia in 1991. At the time of the transaction, Gen. Augusto Pinochet was no longer head of state, but was still in command of the army. In sentencing the men — Gen. Vicente Rodríguez Bustos and Gen. Guillermo Letelier Skinner — the court confirmed the January 2008 verdict given by investigating Judge Alejandro... (GunPolicy.org)

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