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Ecuador

Guns Used in 40% of Homicides in Ecuador [ES]

9 November 2016

Ecuavisa (Ecuador)

[Translated summary: According to official data, over 40% (376) of the total homicides in Ecuador during 2016 were committed with firearms. The most common guns criminals use are homemade; Police explain that they are easy to acquire and low cost.] El uso de armas de fuego es la principal causa de los homicidios cometidos en Ecuador. Según cifras de la Dirección Nacional de Delitos contra la Vida y Muertes Violentas (Dinased), durante este año en el territorio... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ecuador

Ecuador Police Deliver 25,487 Guns to Army for Destruction [ES]

1 November 2016

Entorno Inteligente (Venezuela)

[Translated summary: Ecuador's National Police delivered 25,487 firearms that were seized during police operations to the Armed Forces for destruction. Among them there are pistols, revolvers and military equipment. Authorities claimed that there were only 53 violent deaths in October 2016, while the same month in 2015 had 90.] Durante este año, la Policía Nacional ha entregado a las Fuerzas Armadas (FF.AA.) un total de 25 487 armas de fuego incautadas durante... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ecuador

Ecuador Police Seize, Hold 28,000 Guns for Destruction [ES]

22 September 2016

Infodefensa (Spain)

[Translated Summary: Since 1998, Ecuador's Judicial Police has stored over 28,000 firearms recovered in police operations. Now, they are going to deliver them to the National Army for its destruction, together with 43,000 ammunition and 205 cartridges. This cache was kept stored in different Police's Evidence Collection Points around the country.] La Policía Judicial de Ecuador almacena desde 1998 más de 28.000 armas de fuego que ahora ha comenzado a entregar... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ecuador

Ecuador to Destroy 35,000 Seized Firearms [ES]

8 September 2016

El Comercio (Peru)

[Translated Summary: In Ecuador, 10,139 firearms and 43,000 rounds of ammunition were delivered by the National Police to the Army to be destroyed. This cache of arms was seized in patrol and prevention operations. Another cache of 15,000 seized firearms will be delivered soon. In total, 35,000 firearms will be destroyed.] 10,139 armas de fuego y 43,000 municiones fueron entregadas por parte de la Policía Nacional al Comando Conjunto de las Fuerzas Armadas la mañana... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ecuador

Ecuador Registers 851 Guns for Civilians, Security Firms [ES]

20 August 2016

Ecuador Inmediato

[Translated summary: Ecuador's Arms Control Centre has registered 400 firearms for civilian use and 451 for security companies. In order to receive a firearm licence, Ecuadorians must pass a psychological test, a biometric registration, present a bill in their name and pay a tax. The Center is currently planning to destroy 238 seized arms. 215 were destroyed last year.] Es importante que al vender o en caso de perder un arma, registrar el traspaso o pérdida, por... (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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Ecuador

Ecuador Law Brings 42% Decrease in Crime Gun Use [ES]

26 May 2016

Ecuador Inmediato

[Translated summary: 2016 is the first year in Ecuador in which most of the violent deaths weren't committed with a firearm, due to the ban on the carry and the restricted ownership, as well as the police controls. 1,279 firearms were seized in the first trimester of 2016.] En el primer trimestre del 2016 se decomisaron 1.279 objetos de este tipo 2016 es el primer año en el que la mayoría de muertes violentas no han sido perpetradas con armas de fuego. José Serrano,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ecuador

Ecuador Police Dismantle Gang that Rented Firearms [ES]

11 May 2016

El Tiempo (Ecuador)

[Translated summary: Ecuador national police dismantled a criminal organisation that rented firearms to hitmen, drug dealers and thieves. They found 20 revolvers.] La Policía nacional a través de la Unidad de Inteligencia Antidelincuencial, UIAD, desarticuló una presunta organización criminal que se dedicaba a alquilar armas de fuego para cometer varios delitos. El Ministerio del Interior en su cuenta de Twitter informó que tomó tres meses a los agentes de 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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Ecuador

Most Handguns Seized in Three Areas of Ecuador [ES]

24 June 2014

El Telégrafo (Ecuador)

[Translated summary: 1,604 handguns were seized in Ecuador during the first quarter of 2014, over half of which were seized in Guayas, Pichincha and Manabi. The Ecuadorian Center for Comprehensive Safety Analysis (Ceasi) this rate has declined in comparison to previous years.] Durante el primer trimestre del presente año Guayas, Pichincha y Manabí acumulan la mayor cantidad de incautaciones y decomisos de armas, según el Centro Ecuatoriano de Análisis de Seguridad... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ecuador,Colombia

Crime, Conflict and Illegal Mining Fuel Ecuador Arms Trafficking

13 May 2014

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Illegal mining, Colombian armed criminal groups and common crime are the three main markets for Ecuador's illegal arms trade, according to authorities, as the black market continues to be a headache for both that country and its neighbor Colombia. During 2013 and the first three months of 2014, Ecuador's Armed Forces seized 4,530 illegal firearms, and 457,310 rounds of ammunition, reported El Comercio. An unnamed top police official told the newspaper that some of the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ecuador,Brazil,Colombia

Ecuador Captures Crime Suspects, Seizes Assault Weapons, Handguns

2 May 2014

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Authorities in Ecuador have captured members of what they call the "most dangerous" group dedicated to bank robbery at a national level, in an example of an apparently well-organized and sophisticated homegrown criminal operation. In an operation labeled "Quimera," Ecuadorean police carried out 24 raids in three western cities in which they arrested 10 men and seized weaponry including assault rifles, shotguns, pistols, revolvers, bulletproof vests and an explosive... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ecuador

What is Gun Control Like in Ecuador?

8 May 2013

El Telégrafo

Most guns used by citizens Ecuador are still handmade. Manufacturing guns in Ecuador has been illegal since Feb. 2012. However, most private security companies are still arming their guards with locally-made weapons acquired before February 2012. In recent years, efforts to register and decommission guns that don't meet safety standards have increased. Last year, in most populated province Guayas, 9,958 guns were registered. In Pichincha in 2012: 9,145 guns. In... (GunPolicy.org)

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Mexico,Peru,Ecuador,United States

Criminals Used Mexican Postal Service to Move Drugs, Guns

23 January 2013

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Revelations over how criminal groups used Mexico's public postal service to transport drugs, guns and contraband have highlighted the need for authorities to tighten the country's postal inspection regime. In an interview with El Economista, ex-Sepomex Director Purificacion Carpinteyra described how criminals transported illicit goods in trucks bearing the Sepomex logo and even earned genuine Sepomex contracts through offering discount or even free transportation... (GunPolicy.org)

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Colombia,Ecuador

Ecuador Claims FARC Buying Arms During Peace Talks

16 January 2013

InSight Crime (Bogota) / EFE News Agency

The FARC rebel group has been increasing its arms purchases since the beginning of peace talks with the Colombian government, according to an Ecuadorian general. Army General Fernando Proaño Daza, who commands troops on his country's border with Colombia, told EFE that arms trafficking had increased since the beginning of the peace process, which formally began in October. According to Proaño, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) is "taking advantage of... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ecuador,Peru,Colombia

Police Show Routes Guns Smuggled Through Ecuador, Most from Peru

17 September 2012

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Police investigators in Ecuador, long a source of arms for Colombian guerrillas, say that the routes used by gun runners stretch across the country, with most weapons entering via the southern border with Peru. According to an investigation by El Comercio, Ecuadorean police have identified the main routes used by arms traffickers in the country to smuggle guns to armed groups in Colombia. Although the country has been identified as a major source of weapons and... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ecuador,Colombia

Arrest of Gun Smuggler Points to Illicit Arms Trade in Ecuador

10 August 2012

InSight Crime (Bogota)

The capture of a FARC operative who obtained arms for the guerrilla group in Ecuador is the latest sign that the country is increasing cooperation with authorities in neighboring Colombia to crack down on rebel activity in its territory. Working with Colombian intelligence, Ecuadorian police arrested Edilson Castro Lopez, alias "Chicanero" (pictured) near Quito on August 4. Chicanero is accused of managing arms purchases for the Joint Western Command of the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ecuador,Colombia,Peru

Ecuador Authorities Seize Illegal Gun Shipment on Peru Border

2 August 2012

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Ecuadorian authorities seized an illegal shipment of weapons allegedly destined for the FARC that included anti-aircraft munitions and sub-machine guns, on the border with Peru. The shipment, which was confiscated in the border town of Huaquillas on August 1, also contained mortars, anti-tank weapons, and .50 caliber ammunition, reported El Tiempo. Ecuadorian authorities detained two adults and a minor, one of whom was Colombian. El Pais reported that the shipment... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ecuador,Venezuela,United States,Colombia

Colombia Busts Alleged FARC Arms Dealer

21 June 2012

InSight Crime (Bogota)

A suspected arms trafficker whose network is accused of supplying 500 rifles to the FARC rebels has been arrested in Colombia. Carlos Enrique Pombo was arrested in Cali in a joint operation between Colombia and US law enforcement, and Interpol. US authorities accuse Pombo's network of smuggling some 500 rifles into Colombia for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrilla group, reported El Tiempo. The accused trafficker has been operating since 2003,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ecuador,Paraguay,United States

Ecuadoran Smuggled 46 Boxes of Gun Parts, Minneapolis to Paraguay

5 March 2012

Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St Paul)

An Ecuadoran man who helped smuggle 46 boxes of gun parts from Minneapolis to Paraguay was sentenced Monday in St. Paul to two years in federal prison and faces almost certain deportation upon his release. Fabian Lojano-Lojano, speaking through an interpreter, apologized for his actions and told U.S. District Judge Richard Kyle that he didn't know what he was doing when he shipped AK-47 gun parts to Paraguay without obtaining a proper license. "I made the mistake and... (GunPolicy.org)

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