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Staff writer. 2013 ‘What Is Gun Control Like in Ecuador?.’ El Telégrafo. Guayaquil: El Telégrafo. 8 May
Most guns used by citizens Ecuador are still handmade…
In Ecuador, there are 167,102 registered weapons as of 2012.
Gun control in Ecuador is carried out by the Gun Control Unit of the Armed Forces. They handle the registry, and they certify gun holders.
In Pichincha, 200 guns are examined a week by the gun control unit. A gun must pass inspection, after which the person or institution that presented it is granted a permit to own and carry the gun. There are two varieties of permit: an ownership permit (for having a gun at home. These guns can be transported unloaded, inside a box or bag in the trunk of a vehicle) and a carry permit, (permits the holder to openly wear the loaded weapon within specified boundaries)…
Guns are destroyed twice a year. Most of the guns that get melted down are surrendered voluntarily.