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Panama Destroyed 2,226 Firearms in 2016 [ES]

31 October 2016

Noticias Terra (Argentina)

[Translated summary: Authorities in Panama have destroyed 2,226 firearms so far this year. The guns were seized during police operations or obtained in buyback programs. Among the firearms were pistols, revolvers, shotguns, rifles, sub machine guns, carbines, pellet and homemade guns.] Las autoridades panameñas han destruido un total de 2.226 armas de fuego en lo que va de año, que han sido decomisadas mediante requisas, hallazgos e intercambios por comida, informó... (

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Police Destroy 1,036 Seized Firearms in Panama [ES]

31 October 2016

La Prensa (Panama)

[Translated summary: Authorities from Panama destroyed 1,036 firearms of different calibres on October 31. The general director of the National Police said that these guns were seized in different police operations to dismantle gangs, or because they were illegally owned by civilians.] Las autoridades panameñas procedieron este lunes 31 de octubre con la destrucción de mil 36 armas de diverso calibre. El director general de la Policía Nacional, Omar Pinzón, dijo... (

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Panama Police Have Seized 1,387 Guns Since January [ES]

26 October 2016

Panamá America (Panama)

[Translated Summary: From January to October, Panama's National Police seized 1,387 firearms and 18,692 rounds of ammunition. In this cache were 15 sub-machine guns, 60 shotguns, 49 automatic rifles, 448 handguns, 347 revolvers, 37 rifles and 57 other firearms (pellet and home-made).] De enero a octubre la Policía Nacional ha decomisado unas mil 387 armas de fuego y 18 mil 692 municiones de diversos calibres. El informe de la Policía destaca que entre las armas de... (

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Over 900 Firearms Seized in Panama So Far This Year [ES]

3 October 2016

Crítica (Panama)

[Translated summary: Panama's National Police seized 916 firearms and 16,714 pieces of ammunition so far this year. Among the firearms there are pistols, revolvers, shotguns, rifles, pellet guns, sub-machine guns and homemade guns.] La Policía Nacional y el Ministerio Público (MP) de Panamá decomisaron un total de 916 armas de fuego y 16.714 municiones de diverso calibre en lo que va del año, indicó hoy una fuente oficial. Entre las armas recuperadas y sacadas de... (

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Panama Police Lose 100 Military Guns, Grenades to Theft [ES]

28 September 2016

Panamá América

[Translated summary: At least 100 assault rifles, machine guns and grenades were allegedly stolen from the Institutional Protection Service, as reported by a lawyer with the Firearm Owners Association of Panama. The Association also noted that they receive between 15 and 30 gun theft complains each year, but that the police seize 1,500 in the same time.] La supuesta pérdida de al menos un centenar de fusiles de asalto M4, ametralladoras y granadas dentro de los... (

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400 Detained for Illegal Possession of Guns in Panama [ES]

6 June 2016

El Siglo (Panama)

[Translated Summary: Panama Police confiscated 535 firearms and arrested 400 persons for illegal possession of these firearms in the first five months of 2016. ] La Policía de Panamá decomisó 535 armas de fuego y detuvo a 400 personas por el delito de tenencia ilícita de este armamento en los primeros cinco meses de 2016, indicó hoy una fuente oficial. Entre los pertrechos hay pistolas, revólveres, escopetas, rifles, fusiles, sub-ametralladora y otras armas de... (

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Panama Gun Owners Say Import Ban Incites Smuggling [ES]

18 April 2016

Telemetro (Panama)

[Translated summary: The Panama Firearm Owners Association claims that the current firearm import ban encourages smuggling. They say that after five years of the ban, illegal firearms are still being seized in the streets, even military weapons.] A dos meses para que culmine la prórroga que ordenó el Ministerio de Seguridad para la suspensión de importación de armas de fuego, la Asociación de Propietarios expresó este lunes, una vez más su malestar por esta... (

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Ban on Firearms Imports Extended in Panama

9 July 2015

From a resolution of the Ministry of Public Security: It is resolved: To extend the suspension of the import of weapons allowed in the country by companies duly authorized to apply for licenses from the Ministry for importing such goods. State Security and the security services of state institutions are excepted. This Resolution is legally binding for a period of one (1) calendar month. IT IS ADVISED that appeals in opposition to this resolution Resolved may appeal... (

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Small Arms Trade a 'Dramatic Threat' to Latin America

13 October 2014


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... (

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Costa Rica Puts Gun Permit Applications Online

1 October 2013

Tico Times

Starting Tuesday, aspiring gun owners in Costa Rica can now obtain their permits online, part of a larger trend by the government to include more services on the web. The head of the Public Security Ministry, Mario Zamora, made the announcement at a Tuesday press conference in the western San José neighborhood of La Sabana. Zamora noted that the system will make it easier for permit-holders and will be a law enforcement tool, tracking the country's firearms. "The new... (

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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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Anti-piracy Security Firms Keep Guns in Floating Armouries to Avoid Law

22 March 2012

Associated Press

NAIROBI, Kenya — Private security firms are storing their guns aboard floating armories in international waters so ships that want armed anti-piracy guards for East Africa's pirate-infested waters can cut costs and circumvent laws limiting the import and export of weapons, industry officials say. Companies and legal experts say the operation of the armories is a "legal gray area" because few, if any, governments have laws governing the practice. Some security... (

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Costa Rica Police Lost 215 Guns to Thieves, Some Found in Panama

18 February 2012

Inside Costa Rica

A total 17 of the 215 firearms stolen from the Policia de Tránsito warehouse almost two weeks ago were recovered by Panamanian police. Jorge Rojas, director of Cost Rica's Organismo de Investigacion Judicial (OIJ) said in a press conference on Friday that Panamanian police found the guns in a house and two unidentified suspects were in custody. Police also said they found us$11.000 in cash and empty bullet clips. Rojas said that Costa Rican authorities are in contact... (

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Most Guns Seized in Guatemala 'Come from Honduras' [Es]

19 July 2011

La Prensa (Honduras), Editorial

[Translated summary: Most guns seized in Guatemala come from Honduras, claims Public Ministry. Assault rifles, hand grenades, semi-automatic weapons, large caliber rifles as unconventional Barrett .50 caliber and AK-47, were part of the weaponry confiscated from the Zetas (dug cartel) operating in Central America.] Fusiles de asalto, armas automáticas y granadas buscan los criminales mexicanos en países centroamericanos para continuar la guerra que libran con la... (

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Israeli Gun Dealer Indicted in US, Smuggling Bosnian AK-47s to Somalia

29 June 2010

Ha'aretz (Tel Aviv)

Foreign Ministry and Defense Ministry sources adamantly denied yesterday that they were in any way involved in arms shipments to Somalia. Spokesmen for both ministries were responding to news of the arrest in the U.S. of Hanoch Miller, an Israeli arms merchant, for allegedly illegal arms sales to Somalia, forging documents, money laundering and violating the UN arms embargo on Somalia. A Defense Ministry spokesman said there is a ban on arms sales to Somalia and... (

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New Panama Gun Law Would Curb Sales of Handguns, 'Weapons of War'

22 August 2006

Prensa Latina (Havana)

PANAMA — To fight the wave of violence gripping Panama, currently 340 cases a year in a population of 3.19 million, legislators plan to announce details of a bill Tuesday to control handguns and weapons of war in the country. It is necessary to regulate the sale of light arms, which affect the security of all countries of the world, where over 1,700 people die daily at the hands of criminals who use them, legislator Juan Hernandez said. Hernandez said further that... (

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Report Blames Nicaragua for Guns Diverted to Colombian Paramilitary

21 January 2003

Associated Press

PANAMA CITY, Panama — An Organization of American States report released Monday accused Nicaragua of negligence for authorizing a deal that allowed 3,000 Kalashnikov rifles meant for Panama to go to a Colombian paramilitary militia. The Washington-based OAS faulted Nicaragua for not doing more to verify the authenticity of falsified Panamanian purchase orders it used to go ahead with the sale. "To base this deal on only one purchase order not verified by any... (

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US Ambassador Knew of Arms Deal

23 November 2002

Panama News

The latest twist to the scandal over a large shipment of AK-47 assault rifles that on paper went from the Nicaraguan police to the Panamanian police, but actually went to Colombia's AUC paramilitary, is that the US ambassador to Nicaragua knew about the deal, or at least part of it. Nicaraguan government officials say that they cleared the transaction with American Ambassador Oliver Garza before purportedly selling the weapons to Panama via Israeli-owned and... (

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Israeli Businessman Arrested for Suspected Arms Dealings With FARC

22 November 2002

Agence France Presse

PANAMA CITY — Panamanian authorities have detained an Israeli businessman, Simon Yelinek, who is suspected of arms dealings with Colombia, his lawyer said Friday. Yelinek was arrested Thursday night at Panama's Tocumen international airport, said the lawyer Sidney Sitton. He is under questioning for arms trafficking, one police official said. Yelinek is suspected of being linked to an arms deal uncovered last April by Colombian daily El Tiempo. According to the... (

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Panamanians Turn in Guns for Food

29 August 2002

Associated Press

Guillermo Bonilla turned his illegal .38-caliber pistol over to authorities Thursday in exchange for food coupons worth $180 — no questions asked. Behind Bonilla, a man who identified himself only as Miguel turned in several grenades he said he found following the U.S. invasion of Panama in 1988. He received $250 in coupons. With crime increasing in this town of 300,000 people near Panama City, residents were allowed to turn in their weapons Thursday at a tent set... (

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