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Peru

Peru to Tighten Penalties for Illegal Firearm Possession [ES]

8 October 2016

Terra (Peru)

[Translated summary: Peru's Interior Minister announced that he is working on a new law that seeks to punish with a prison sentence of no less than 5 years to anyone who carries a firearm without authorisation. He also said that Peru has a great problem with illegal firearms and with firearms that are rented secretely by police officers.] El ministro del Interior, Carlos Basombrío , anunció que el sector a su cargo está trabajando en una normativa que busca castigar... (GunPolicy.org)

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Peru

Peru Toughens Its Live Shooting Test for Gun Licensing [ES]

14 September 2016

Andina (Lima)

[Translated Summary: The Peruvian gun control agency (Sucamec) explained that from now on, citizens will have to pass a more difficult exam in order to get a licence. They will have five cartridges and a maximum of 45 seconds to hit the target three times. This is to ensure that users are qualified.] La Superintendencia Nacional de Control de Servicios de Seguridad, Armas, Municiones y Explosivos de Uso Civil (Sucamec) decidió optimizar el examen de tiro para la... (GunPolicy.org)

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Czech Republic,Peru

Peruvian Military Company to Assemble #Czech Pistols [ES]

1 September 2016

Radio Praga

[Translated summary: A military company from the Peruvian defence sector has opened an assembly and repair centre for Czech handguns in its plant. The company sold a total of 250,000 weapons in 2015 and most of its production is exported to Europe and US.] Las pistolas de Česká zbrojovka se van a montar en Perú. La empresa militar FAME, con sede en Lima, ha abierto en su planta una zona de montaje y reparaciones de los productos checos. Se trata de la primera... (GunPolicy.org)

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Peru

New Regulations for Firearm Possession in Peru [ES]

27 July 2016

Gestion (Peru)

[Translated summary: Peru has enacted new rules for its 242,000 firearm owners. Their licences will last 3 years and each of their firearms will have a permanent registration certificate, eliminating the need to renew it. Any person with criminal records will be banned from getting a licence. It is estimated that there are currently 380,000 firearms in civilian possession.] La tenencia legal de armas de fuego se regía por una ley de 1989, pero esto cambió el 7 de... (GunPolicy.org)

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Peru

Over 31,500 Firearms Delivered to Peruvian National Police [ES]

7 July 2016

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[Translated summary: With a US$13 million investment, Peruvian government acquired 31,557 firearms manufactured in the United States. These were given to the National Police to fight crime and insecurity. The lot includes 28,707 9x19 mm pistols, 150 assault rifles, 50 sub-machine guns, 5 sniper rifles and 50 pistols for the Police special units.] Con una inversión de 13 millones de dólares, el Gobierno adquirió 31,557 armas de fuego fabricadas en Estados Unidos y... (GunPolicy.org)

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Peru

Peru Finds, Cancels 18,000 Gun Licences of Dead People [ES]

16 June 2016

Andina (Lima)

[Translated Summary: 18,916 firearm licences were cancelled in Peru after it was determined that their holders were deceased. Heirs or relatives will have to get their own licence or transfer the arms to a licensed person. Another 846 licences belonging to felons were also revoked.] Un total de 18,916 licencias de armas de fuego canceló la Superintendencia Nacional de Control de Servicios de Seguridad, Armas, Municiones y Explosivos de Uso Civil (Sucamec), tras... (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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Peru,Colombia,Jordan,Mexico,Guatemala,Honduras,Uruguay,Argentina,Brazil

Gun Thefts From Peru Army Supplies Points to Possible Corruption, Trafficking

3 April 2014

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Authorities in Peru say the majority of arms used by criminal groups are stolen from private owners and security forces, highlighting a common regional phenomenon that is often facilitated by corrupt officials. Specialists consulted by El Comercio said the majority of pistols and shotguns used by criminal groups in Peru were stolen from legitimate owners, rather than acquired through the black market. Authorities reported that 1,767 firearms were declared lost or... (GunPolicy.org)

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Colombia,Peru,Argentina,Mexico,El Salvador

Investigation Shows Colombia Military-Criminal Firearms Trafficking Ties

4 March 2014

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Prosecutors in Colombia have issued a warrant for a high-ranking army official who stands accused of leading a ring that sold military weapons to narco-paramilitary group the Urabeños, highlighting a common source of weapons for armed groups across the region. Lieutenant Colonel Robinson Gonzalez del Rio led a group of four active members of the military, four retired members, two police and several private citizens that acquired guns, munitions and explosives for... (GunPolicy.org)

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Peru

Peru Officials Worried Over Legal Guns Being Stolen for Crime [ES]

24 September 2013

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[Translated summary: Peruvian officials have seized 949 crime guns but are concerned that 30% of these were legally owned guns diverted to the illegal market. Between 1,500 and 2,000 guns are listed as lost or stolen each year and approximately 25,000 licenses are granted each year.] Derik Latorre, titular de la Superintendencia Nacional de Control de Servicios de Seguridad, Armas, Municiones y Explosivos de uso civil (Sucamec), reveló que 949 armas de fuego de uso... (GunPolicy.org)

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Peru

More Than 190,000 Guns Have Expired Licences in Peru [ES]

1 September 2013

Peru 21

[Translated summary: There are 190,216 guns with expired licences in Peru according to data from the Superintendencia Nacional de Control de Servicios de Seguridad, Armas, Municiones y Explosivos de Uso Civil (Sucamec). The guns belong to both individuals and companies. Under the current law, there are 43 types of weapons requiring a licence although sports shooting permits differ.] Un total de 190,216 armas de fuego con licencia vencida, de las cuales 152,370... (GunPolicy.org)

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Peru

Thieves Steal 100 Guns, Ammo From Peru Security Company [ES]

8 August 2013

La Republic (Peru)

[Translated summary: A criminal gang stole 43 shotguns, 59 revolvers, 4 boxes of ammunition and a Browning pistol from a security company in Lima, Peru in under ten minutes. Several employees were tied up and injured during the ordeal.] En menos de diez minutos, una banda de delincuentes robó todo un arsenal de armas de fuego y municiones de una empresa de seguridad en el distrito de San Isidro. En el interior del local los asaltantes dejaron a cinco trabajadores... (GunPolicy.org)

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Peru

Special Police Division Created in Peru to Combat Gun Crime [ES]

28 April 2013

RPP News (Peru)

[Translated summary: A new police division will be established to combat gun smuggling and the illegal gun market in Peru. A ballistics information system will record information about guns to identify those used in crimes. Around 150,000 guns in Peru are not registered and a long-barrelled Parabellum gun costs around $700 on the balck market.] Una división especial que estará encargada de investigar los delitos de tráfico ilícito de armas de fuego, municiones y... (GunPolicy.org)

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Peru

Peruvians Feel Unsafe as Gun Crime Rises, Gangs Proliferate

22 February 2013

InSight Crime (Bogota)

A new government survey highlights how there are far more Peruvians afraid of falling victim to crime than actual crime victims, even as the country continues to struggle with thousands of urban street gangs. A recently released survey by government statistics institute the INEI found that 38 percent of those surveyed said they had been a crime victim, with robbery the most common offense. Another 87 percent said they were afraid of falling victim to crime in the near... (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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Bolivia,Peru,United States,Colombia

Bolivia Busts Gun Smuggling Ring as Gun Control Debate Continues

12 December 2012

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Bolivian police dismantled an arms trafficking network reportedly run by a former soldier, just as the government is discussing drafting a law that would increase penalties for smuggling weapons. Police seized 31 weapons as part of the operation, including machine guns, rifles, bazookas, and over 3,600 bullets, reports Bolivian newspaper Los Tiempos. The former soldier who ran the smuggling network trafficked weapons from suppliers in Bolivia, Colombia, and Peru, the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Peru

Peru Authorities Concerned About Gangs with Homemade Guns [ES]

1 November 2012

Peru 21

[Translated summary: Authorities are alarmed at the increasing use of cheap and simple homemade guns by criminals in Peru, including by youth.] Alarmante. Ahora los cientos de pandilleros que generan zozobra en la capital 'fabrican' de manera artesanal sus propias armas de fuego y las utilizan durante sus enfrentamientos. Tal es el caso de un grupo de delincuentes juveniles de Comas al que la Policía le incautó nada menos que nueve armas caseras con sus respectivas... (GunPolicy.org)

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Peru

Gangs in Peru Using Homemade Guns, Weapons

1 November 2012

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Police in Peru's capital seized a cache of guns apparently made out of iron pipes by local street gangs, illustrative of how the intense, highly localized conflict between neighborhood gangs has pushed even the most low-level groups to arm themselves. Lima police reported seizing the nine homemade pistols - iron pipes crudely welded together into 'T' shapes - after breaking up a gang fight in the northern district of Comas. A youth fleeing the scene dropped a backpack... (GunPolicy.org)

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Peru

Peru Authorities Propose More Security Spending to Replace 'WWII' Guns

23 October 2012

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Challenged by a resurgent Shining Path rebel movement and increasing drug crops, Peru's Congressional Defense Commission has set out plans for a 20 percent increase in the military and police budgets, and a doubling of the number of police officers. Jose Urquizo Maggia, head of Congress' Defense Commission, said that the police and armed forces suffer from budget shortfalls, lacking sufficient equipment. He suggested that mining taxes that are not spent by local... (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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