Citation(s) from the GunPolicy.org literature library
Sánchez, Arabeska, Leyla Diáz and Matthias Nowak. 2014 ‘Firearms Circulating in Honduras.’ Firearms and Violence in Honduras; Research Notes No. 39, pp. 2-3. Geneva: Small Arms Survey, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. 1 March
Firearms Circulating in Honduras
The Honduran National Arms Registry recorded 280,305 registered firearms in the country by the end of 2012 (Díaz, 2013). However, police reports of firearms seizures indicate that an average of 60 per cent of weapons seized are illegal.
By applying this figure to the number of registered firearms in Honduras, approximately 420,000 illegal weapons are estimated to be circulating in the country (Díaz, 2013).
However, according to a 2012 UN Development Programme estimate, approximately one-third (between 800,000 and one million) of the three million firearms circulating in Central America are in Honduras (Agencia EFE, 2012).(5)
5) It is estimated that 2,860,000 firearms are circulating in Central America, two-thirds of which are illegal (UNDP, 2009, p. 169).
Agencia EFE. 2012. 'Abogan por regularizar tenencia de armas en Honduras para reducir la violencia.' 14 November.
Díaz, Leyla. 2013. Tráfico ilícito de armas de fuego en Honduras. Unpublished background paper. Geneva: Small Arms Survey.