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Jamaica,Venezuela,Honduras,Trinidad & Tobago,Colombia,Belize,Mexico,Brazil,El Salvador,Guatemala,Guyana,Ecuador,Haiti,Panama,Costa Rica,Dominican Republic,Uruguay,Paraguay,Nicaragua,Peru,Chile,Argentina,Bolivia

InSight Crime's 2021 Homicide Round-Up

1 February 2022

InSight Crime

In 2021, most countries in Latin America and the Caribbean experienced a marked increase in murders. Resurgent violence was to be expected after some of the world's longest COVID-19 lockdowns were lifted. Much of the population found themselves sinking deeper into poverty. With schools late to reopen, teenagers returned to the streets with little to do, making them prime targets for recruitment. The pandemic also made law enforcement more difficult. Police were... (GunPolicy.org)

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Jamaica,Venezuela,Haiti,Honduras,Trinidad & Tobago,Mexico,Belize,Colombia,El Salvador,Brazil,Puerto Rico,Guatemala,Pakistan,Panama,Costa Rica,Nicaragua,Uruguay,Dominican Republic,Peru,Ecuador,Paraguay,Argentina,Chile,Bolivia

InSight Crime's 2020 Homicide Round-Up

29 January 2021

InSight Crime

While unrest gripped much of Latin America in 2019, it was the coronavirus that took center stage and ripped through the region in 2020, upending everything from commercial trade to the operations of local gangs and transnational criminal organizations. It's too early to tell with any degree of certainty how exactly the pandemic may have impacted levels of violence, but there were notable developments, including significant reductions in El Salvador, Guatemala,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Paraguay

The Firearms Market in Paraguay

6 July 2020

Indepiendente (Paraguay)

Any person legally residing in Paraguay who does not have a judicial record can purchase a firearm. According to José Maria Amarilla, a specialist in intelligence, people can go to an armoury, pay a part of the cost, and the armoury is in charge of processing the permits so that the client can later pick up the merchandise. "This process takes between three days and a week to collect the weapon registered with the Directorate of War Materiel with a blue card that... (GunPolicy.org)

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Jamaica,Honduras,Trinidad & Tobago,El Salvador,Belize,Mexico,Colombia,Guatemala,Puerto Rico,Brazil,Panama,Costa Rica,Uruguay,Dominican Republic,Peru,Nicaragua,Ecuador,Argentina,Chile,Bolivia,Paraguay

InSight Crime's 2019 Homicide Round-Up

28 January 2020

InSight Crime

Unrest gripped much of Latin America and the Caribbean throughout 2019. From record violence in Mexico that recalled the darkest days of the drug war, to increased fighting among armed groups in Colombia vying for control in the absence of the FARC and a rise in massacres in Honduras, the region was again one of the world's most homicidal last year. In its annual Homicide Round-Up, InSight Crime looks into the country-by-country murder rates and the factors... (GunPolicy.org)

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Paraguay

Paraguay Stores Thousands of Smuggled, Seized Guns [ES]

1 November 2016

La Nación (Paraguay)

[Translated summary: In the warehouse of Paraguay's War Material Direction (Dimabel) there are 10,000 seized firearms. Around 50% are revolvers and pistols and the rest are shotguns and machine guns that can pierce armored vehicles. Authorities explain that illicit firearms come from the US disassembled, are re-assembled in the country and then sold at the border.] Una ametralladora capaz de perforar camiones blindados, así como escopetas y pistolas, son algunos de... (GunPolicy.org)

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Paraguay

Paraguay Considers Strict Gun Control Law for Civilians [ES]

31 May 2016

ABC (Paraguay)

[Translated summary: A bill to control civilian gun use is under review in Deputies, putting seven million Paraguayans on edge. It authorizes police to carry out checks, compels the firearm owner to communicate a change of residence, imposes fines that exceed 5 million Paraguayan Guaranies, and even 10-years in prison.] En Diputados se encuentra en estudio un proyecto de ley de armas de uso civil, que pondrá en vilo a siete millones de paraguayos. Faculta a la... (GunPolicy.org)

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Paraguay,Bolivia,Argentina,United States

Top Paraguay Official Reveals Arms Trafficking Secrets

10 March 2016

InSight Crime (Bogota)

A raid on a weapons "supermarket" in Paraguay has led officials to offer details of the inner workings of the country's arms trade, depicting a familiar mix of corruption, stolen military arms, and guns legally bought in the United States. On March 9, security forces discovered an arsenal of high powered weaponry in a raid on a house in Paraguay's capital city of Asunción, which included machine guns, assault rifles, and armour piercing weapons, reported ABC. So far,... (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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Brazil,Paraguay

Brazil Bust Exposes Paraguay to Rio Gun Trafficking Route

24 March 2014

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Police in Brazil have dismantled a gang dedicated to trafficking arms and drugs between Paraguay and Rio de Janeiro, further evidence of Paraguay's status as South America's contraband hub. The operation, named "Sao Domingos," involved a 10-month investigation and saw the seizure of at least $4 million of drugs (436 kilos of cocaine and 6.5 tons of marijuana) as well as arms (including rifles and ammunition). A total of 21 people were arrested, reported G1. Estadao... (GunPolicy.org)

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Argentina,Paraguay,Brazil

Paraguay Gun Seizure Linked to Brazilian Crime Gangs

10 February 2014

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Police in Paraguay have arrested three Brazilians after finding a cache of high-powered firearms, including a heavy machine gun, in a case highlighting both the migration of Brazil's criminals into Paraguay and the escalating conflict in that important trafficking corridor. In a house in Ciudad del Este - located in the country's Triple Frontier region with Brazil and Argentina - Paraguayan police found the Brazilians, one of them an escaped convict, along with 8... (GunPolicy.org)

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Paraguay,Panama,United States,Costa Rica

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... (GunPolicy.org)

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Colombia,Paraguay

Police Bullets Used in Paraguay Murder

21 June 2013

InSight Crime (Bogota)

The case of a recently murdered rancher in Paraguay has taken an unexpected twist that casts doubt on the theory that leftist guerrillas were responsible, and may prompt suspicions that drug traffickers, political opponents, or even police were behind the killing. Forensic analysis of the murder of Luis Lindstron revealed the bullets used in the attack were from a batch bought by the Paraguayan police from Colombia. Police spokesmen were quick to put forward the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Yemen,Argentina,Costa Rica,Libya,Germany,United States,Brazil,Paraguay,Austria

Most Brazilian Guns Exported to US

29 April 2013

Folha de Sao Paulo

BRASILIA - The U.S., currently discussing restrictions on the sale of firearms, purchased 7.9 million guns from Brazil in the past 40 years, and 59% of those were exported during the Lula administration (2003-2010). That is the result of a new study by the Army Command to which Folha had access through the Access to Information Act, with a detailed record of the sellers and buyers of 9.9 million revolvers, pistols, rifles and shotguns, among other weapons, exported... (GunPolicy.org)

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Colombia,Paraguay,Brazil,United States

What the US Can Learn from Brazil's Epidemic of Gun Violence

18 January 2013

Latitude News

A man walks into an elementary school with two handguns. Within minutes, more than thirty children are dead or wounded. This isn't Newtown, Connecticut, but Realengo, a neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. On April 7th, 2011, Wellington Oliveira murdered twelve children and wounded twenty others. The tragedy sparked a national conversation on gun violence, a huge problem in Brazil. On Wednesday, in reaction to a different massacre, President Obama proposed a series... (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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Uruguay,Brazil,Paraguay

Uruguay Police Suspected of Stealing Guns, Trafficking to Brazil Gangs

14 November 2012

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Uruguay is investigating 20 police officers for the disappearance of some 200 firearms over the past two years, as evidence suggests the officers may have been involved in an arms trafficking ring that sold weapons to Brazilian criminal organizations. The officers, including a former police chief, are suspected of involvement in the disappearance of more than 200 firearms from police headquarters in Treinta y Tres, an eastern province that shares a maritime border with... (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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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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Suriname,Bolivia,Colombia,Brazil,Paraguay,Argentina

Brazil's New Small Arms Smuggling Frontier? The Sea

18 July 2011

Christian Science Monitor, Blog

Brazil has more gun deaths than any other country in the world, and so the phenomenon of arms trafficking is a major concern. Almost 20 percent of guns seized in the country are foreign produced, while those that cannot legally be sold in the country are legitimately produced in Brazil and then exported, before being smuggled back in, according to a study on arms trafficking by NGO Viva Rio, in collaboration with Brazil's Justice Department. According to a recent... (GunPolicy.org)

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Paraguay,Mexico

Paraguay Dedicates World Cup Success to Top Scorer Shot in Mexico

30 June 2010

Associated Press

PRETORIA — Paraguay's players are dedicating their success at the World Cup to Salvador Cabanas, the team's striker who is back home recovering from a gunshot wound to the head. "What we are achieving is for him," said forward Cristian Riveros after a penalty kicks shootout victory over Japan pushed Paraguay into its first World Cup quarterfinal. "We called him from our room last week, and we'll continue to do so." Cabanas was attacked on Jan. 25 in Mexico, and a... (GunPolicy.org)

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