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Nowak, Matthias. 2016 ‘Sources of Illicit Small Arms - Domestic Diversion.’ Measuring Illicit Arms Flows: Honduras; Research Notes No. 62, p. 1. Geneva: Small Arms Survey, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. 1 November

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Sources of Illicit Small Arms - Domestic Diversion

Civilian Holdings

Honduran law allows adults over the age of 18 to own up to five firearms each (Honduras, 2000, art. 17).

As of May 2016, officials at the National Arms Registry reported that 450,000 - 500,000 firearms were registered to private citizens. (3)

La Armería (the state armoury), under the Defence Ministry, is responsible for firearms imports and has a monopoly on commercial domestic firearms sales (Díaz, 2013)…

Interviewed police officials estimate that among the firearms they seize in the context of administrative violations, minor offences, and crime scenes, up to 40 per cent were legally registered at some point (Díaz, 2013) (5)…


3) Author interview with director of the National Arms Registry, Tegucigalpa, 20 May 2016. A precise figure was not available, because efforts to register firearms that were previously not recorded were still ongoing at the time of the research.

5) The figure for Honduras is somewhat higher than that of Peru, where one-third of crime-related firearms seized by the National Police in 2014 had a legal origin (SUCAMEC, 2015, p. 24).

Sources cited:

Honduras. 2000. Ley de control de armas de fuego, municiones, explosivos y otros similares. Decreto No. 30-2000. 29 July.

Díaz, Leyla. 2013. Tráfico ilícito de armas de fuego en Honduras. Unpublished background paper. Geneva and Tegucigalpa: Small Arms Survey and CIPRODEH.

SUCAMEC (Superintendencia Nacional de Control de Servicios de Seguridad, Armas, Municiones y Explosivos de Uso Civil). 2015. Armas incautadas: reporte 2014. Lima: SUCAMEC.

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