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Karp, Aaron. 2012 ‘Country Analyses: Guyana.’ Measurement and Use of Statistical Data to Analyze Small Arms in the Caribbean and Latin America; Section IV, p. 23. Mexico City: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Center of Excellence, National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI). 28 April

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Gun politics became a major issue in Guyanan politics in the 2000s as illicit trafficking brought increasing numbers of unregistered weapons into the country. Dealing with the threat has become a major issue for inter-agency and international cooperation.(59)

By one estimate there are as many as 150,000 illicit firearms in the capital of Georgetown alone.(60) More conservative estimates suggest about 55,000 illicit firearms for the entire country.(61) The number used here averages those alternatives. A related problem is theft of firearms from the armed forces, possibly a result of inside cooperation or poor security.(62)


59) "Agencies should share intelligence to stem illegal arms trade - Rohee," Stabroek News, 12 August 2007; Nigel Williams, "Illegal arms trafficking rampant across Guyana-Brazil frontier," Stabroek News, 2 September 2007.

60) Zoisa Fraser, "YWCA says over 150,000 illegal guns in city", Stabroek News, 11 May 2010.

61) Aaron Karp, Surplus Arms in South America: A Survey; Working Paper, p. 44. Geneva: Small Arms Survey, 2009.

62) "Court-martial over missing AK-47s," Stabroek News, 25 July 2007.

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