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United States,Dominican Republic

Many More American Guns Seized in Dominican Republic [ES]

4 November 2016

Acento (Dominican Republic)

[Translated summary: 115 firearms, 57,000 rounds of ammunition and military equipment of American origin were seized in the Dominican Republic in the last two months. Among the firearms were pistols, rifles, pellet guns, shotguns, revolvers and one automatic machine gun.] SANTO DOMINGO -- Los esfuerzos de las autoridades de Estados Unidos por frenar el tráfico ilegal de armas de fuego y municiones desde su territorio hacia la República Dominicana hasta el momento han... (GunPolicy.org)

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Dominican Republic

FBI Helps Dominican Republic to Fight Gun Trafficking [ES]

25 October 2016

CDN (Dominican Republic)

[Translated summary: US authorities are helping the Dominican Republic with illegal firearms trafficking investigations, allowing the country to access FBI information. The last shipments of firearms seized in DR consisted of weapons of war, rifles, pistols, revolvers, ammunition, military equipment, bullet making machinery and a grenade. The guns were found in food boxes sent from the US.] SANTO DOMINGO -- El Buró Federal de Investigaciones de Estados Unidos (FBI por... (GunPolicy.org)

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Dominican Republic

Smuggled US Assault Rifles Seized in Dominican Republic [ES]

14 September 2016

Proceso (Dominican Republic)

[Translated summary: A shipment of assault rifles, a shotgun, ammunition and accessories was seized by custom officers of the Dominican Republic. The Sandy Cargo Express ship in which they were found came from Florida. In the last few weeks, Dominican customs seized several guns and ammunition coming from New York, New Jersey, Miami and Puerto Rico.] Un cargamento de fusiles de asalto, municiones, percutores y cargadores, así como una escopeta calibre 22, fueron... (GunPolicy.org)

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Dominican Republic

Law Aims to Reduce Gun Violence in Dominican Republic [ES]

2 September 2016

Al Momento

[Translated Summary: In the Dominican Republic, Deputy Victor Bosonó says that in the 90s there were eight to ten deaths from gunfire per hundred thousand inhabitants. That number has now tripled, with "80% of homicides committed with firearms". A new gun control law tackles illegal possession of all firearms -- home guns, civilian or military guns, modified or stolen from a soldier.] El diputado Reformista, Víctor Bisonó, consideró que la ley para el Control y... (GunPolicy.org)

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Dominican Republic

Dominican Senate Passes New, Tougher Gun Law [ES]

19 July 2016

Al Momento (Dominican Republic)

[Translated summary: The Dominican Senate passed a new Firearm Law that imposes tough sanctions on citizens who own illegal guns, and punishes authorities who comply with this practice. The law bans the carry and use of weapons of war and commands police to resolve cases in which civilians don't surrender illegal guns voluntarily. Licensing will be more rigorous; it will request consent of partners and thorough medical evaluations, among other things.] Santo Domingo... (GunPolicy.org)

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Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic to Renew 125,000 Expired Gun Licences

30 June 2016

Listin Diario (Dominican Republic)

[Translated Summary: The Dominican Ministry of Interior and Police (MIP) granted 232,142 firearm licences since October 1965. Now, 125,036 of those licences must be renewed because they are expired. Licences to possess a firearm are different than licences to carry, and one owner can have more than one firearm registered. Every owner must register their fingerprints and their firearms' ballistic fingerprints in order to receive the licence.] Desde el 26 de octubre de... (GunPolicy.org)

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Dominican Republic

Over 450,000 Dominicans Have Guns Despite Firearm Law [ES]

22 June 2016

Listin Diario (Dominican Republic)

[Translated Summary: 20,455 people have been shot dead in the Dominican Republic in the past 15 years. Guns, parts and ammunition worth US$40.3 million have been imported in the past seven years. Also, there are 878 rifles, 55,360 shotguns and 165,315 handguns held legally by the civilian population, but more than 300,000 illegally.] El auge de la delincuencia, cada vez más violenta y asesina, es uno de los graves problemas que acusa a la sociedad dominicana en estos... (GunPolicy.org)

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Dominican Republic

New Gun Law Aims for Disarmament in Dominican Republic [ES]

8 June 2016

El Nuevo Diario (Dominican Republic)

[Translated summary: In two consecutive sessions the Chamber of Deputies approved the controversial Firearms Carrying and Possession Bill. Focused on preventing the misuse of guns by civilians, military and political parties, the bill aims for gradual civilian disarmament.] La Cámara de Diputados declaró de urgencia y aprobó en dos sesiones consecutivas el controversial proyecto de ley de Porte y Tenencia de Armas de Fuego. Los legisladores acogieron una solicitud... (GunPolicy.org)

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Dominican Republic

Gun Control Law to Curb Civilian Firearms in Dominica [ES]

31 May 2016

El Nuevo Diario (Dominican Republic)

[Translated Summary: Dominica's Firearms Carrying and Possession bill will keep decreasing the number of violent deaths caused by firearms. The number of deaths per 100,000 citizens in the first trimester of 2016 was 16, while between 2012 and 2016 it was 24-25.] SANTO DOMINGO -- El vocero de los diputados del Partido de la Liberación Dominicana (PLD), Elpidio Báez reveló este martes que la comisión de Interior y Policía del organismo legislativo rendirá en la... (GunPolicy.org)

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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)

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Dominican Republic

Dominican Officials Destroy 2,000 Seized Guns

29 July 2014

New Zealand Herald, Associated Press

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic - Authorities destroyed roughly 2,000 firearms Monday and plan to use the mangled metal to build a monument promoting peace. The Dominican Republic's attorney general, Francisco Dominguez, and other officials gathered in the capital of Santo Domingo to watch a steamroller destroy the haul of guns seized by police over the years. The metal from the destroyed weapons will be given to sculptor Jose Ignacio Morales, who has been... (GunPolicy.org)

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Dominican Republic

220,553 Legally Registered Guns in Dominican Republic

10 July 2014

Dominican Today

SANTO DOMINGO - Dominican Republic's population has 220,553 legally registered guns, most of them pistols of various calibers, but instead of defense for their owners, they also make them a target of thugs who sell them, but often commit murder. An example of this is the arrest of Juan Carlos de la Cruz (El Menor), 24, over the weekend, carrying a 9mm pistol stolen from a Police major. The detainee said he got the gun from "Ronny" in exchange for two grams of cocaine,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic Minister Says Gun Import Ban Ineffective [ES]

29 June 2014

Listin Diario

[Translated summary: The Defence Minister of the Dominican Republic says the ban on importing firearms has done more harm than good, adding that 98% of firearm deaths and injuries are caused by illegal weapons.] SANTO DOMINGO - El ministro de Defensa aseguró que la prohibición de la importación de armas de fuego ha hecho más mal que bien al país. El almirante Sigfrido Pared Pérez reveló que el 98 por ciento de las muertes y heridas que se cometen son producidas... (GunPolicy.org)

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Dominican Republic,Brazil

Dominican Republic to Launch Disarmament Campaign

14 April 2014

Infosurhoy.com

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – The Dominican Republic is following Brazil's lead in an effort to gets weapons off the street as part of a strategy to reduce crime. Under an agreement between the two countries, Brazilian experts will offer technical assistance to help Dominican authorities establish a program to "reduce the number of firearms and ammunition among the civil population," according to a prepared statement from the Ministry of Economy, Planning and... (GunPolicy.org)

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Dominican Republic

Bibles for Guns Program in Dominican Republic Nets 1300 Weapons

10 December 2013

Global Dispatch (Florida)

Dominican Republic officials and evangelicals are asking residents of violent DR neighborhoods to trade in their weapons for a Bible. Santo Domingo authorities recovered more than 1,300 firearms, knives, and machetes in communities known for corruption and violence, in a guns-for-Bibles program, aimed at reducing the country's crime rate. Church leaders went into some dangerous neighborhoods to spread the word of God to gangsters and other criminals as part of the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic Raises Gun Licence Costs [ES]

28 October 2013

Etorno Inteligente (Venezuela)

[Translated summary: The cost of applying for a firearms licence in the Dominican Republic has increased to RD$9917.01, to cover the added taxes and ballistics testing required. Authorities are recording information about each owner and their guns, including biometric details, and some gun owners have complained about the cost and time involved. An amnesty is being granted to allow people time to afford the increased costs but critics are worried that more citizens will... (GunPolicy.org)

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Dominican Republic

12,793 Murders Make Guns Dom Republic's Main Instrument of Death

17 September 2013

Dominican Today

SANTO DOMINGO - Guns have in the last eight years, an average of 133 people per month, while gunshots account for six of every 10 people who die violently, making firearms Dominican Republic's main instrument of death. The use of guns significantly increase fatalities, for which sectors favor a general disarmament as a way to cut the violence considered alarming. The study "the arms race and its effects on violence in Dominican Republic" found that guns account for... (GunPolicy.org)

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Dominican Republic

UN Assists Dominican Republic in the Destruction of more than 30,000 Firearms

1 June 2013

UNLIREC Newsletter N°12, April-June 2013

A series of destruction initiatives in the Dominican Republic resulted in over 30,000 firearms and 30 tonnes of ammunition being destroyed in a collaborative effort between UNLIREC and the Ministry of the Armed Forces of the Dominican Republic. These achievements demonstrate the success in the implementation of a national action plan for stockpile management and firearms and ammunition destruction - jointly developed by UNLIREC and the Ministry of Armed Forces in 2010 -... (GunPolicy.org)

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Dominican Republic

Over 700 Guns Destroyed in Dominican Republic [ES]

22 February 2013

El Nuevo Diario (Dominican Republic)

[Translated summary: The Dominican Republic's Ministry of Interior and Police, with the help of the United Nations, has destroyed 706 guns to combat trafficking. Many of the weapons were not registered or their markings had been altered.] El Ministerio de Interior y Policía (MIP), por disposición del ministro José Ramón Fadul y con la colaboración del Programa de Acción de Desarme de la Organización de las Naciones Unidas (ONU), destruyó 706 armas de fuego de... (GunPolicy.org)

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Dominican Republic

Military Counts Guns in Dom Republic as Police Give Them Away

30 January 2013

Dominican Today

Santo Domingo - Justice minister Francisco Domínguez on Tuesday slammed criticized [sic] that for more than 20 years law enforcement agencies' policy of "cronyism" for giving weapons to politicians and businesspersons, to befriend them and get favors in return. He said even when many of those weapons are used for protection, it's also the military and police's method to gain their acceptance. Dominguez said the weapons handed out range from pistols to machine guns.... (GunPolicy.org)

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