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Arms Trafficking

  • Guatemala Arms Trafficking Routes Mirror Drug Trafficking Hot Spots

    Firearms often end up where criminal groups operate

    A new report has provided additional information on arms trafficking routes in Guatemala, showing that they appear to mirror the drug trafficking hot spots utilized by the country's criminal groups.

  • Honduras Police Respond to InSight Crime Firearms Trafficking Investigation

    The vast majority of murders in Honduras are committed with firearms

    As congress debates new legislation regarding firearms, authorities in Honduras have publicly responded to the recent publication of an InSight Crime investigation on firearms trafficking in the country, outlining some of the steps they are taking to improve their weapons control efforts.*

  • Weekly InSight: Special Investigation on Firearms Trafficking in Honduras

    Firearms are used in a large majority of murders in Honduras

    In our August 24 Facebook Live session, Co-director Steven Dudley and Senior Editor Mike LaSusa spoke about InSight Crime's new special investigation on firearms trafficking in Honduras.

  • Closing the Gaps on Firearms Trafficking in Honduras

    As set out in this report, the legal structure around Honduras' arms trade is deeply flawed. The legislation is inconsistent and unclear as to the roles of different institutions, while the regulatory system is insufficiently funded, anachronistic and administered by officials who are overworked or susceptible to corruption.

  • Trafficking Firearms in Honduras

    The weapons trade within Honduras is difficult to monitor. This is largely because the military, the country's sole importer, and the Armory, the sole salesmen of weapons, do not release information to the public. The lack of transparency extends to private security companies, which do not have to release information regarding their purchases and have been granted great leeway with regards to the weapons they can possess. As noted at the onset of this study, the police, who are tasked with registering weapons, have trouble keeping track of what they have confiscated. Police stockpiles are also vulnerable, as will be evident later in this report.

  • Trafficking Firearms Into Honduras

    Honduras does not produce weapons,[1] but weapons are trafficked into the country in numerous ways. These vary depending on weapon availability in neighboring countries, demand in Honduras, government controls and other factors. They do not appear to obey a single strategic logic, other than that of evading detection, although many of them have a single origin.

  • Counting Firearms in Honduras

    Estimates vary widely as to how many legal and illegal weapons are circulating in Honduras. There are many reasons for this. The government does not have a centralized database that tracks arms seizures, purchases, sales and other matters concerning arms possession, availability and merchandising. The laws surrounding guns also have numerous contradictions and place an unfair burden on often powerless and resource-strapped institutions. Inefficiency bolsters the black market. Rather than going through what can be an arduous, bureaucratic process, Hondurans often opt to obtain weaponry and munitions illegally.

  • Firearms Trafficking in Honduras: Introduction and Major Findings

    Honduras has one of the highest homicide rates in the world, and some 75 percent of these homicides are committed using guns.[1] The world average is closer to 50 percent. Honduras is not alone in Central America. Just over 60 percent of El Salvador's homicides and 81 percent of homicides in Guatemala -- Honduras' Northern Triangle neighbors -- involve firearms.[2]

  • New Data Reinforces Link Between Guns, Violence in Latin America

    Pistols were the most common weapon seized from crime scenes

    New US government data tracking the international flow of firearms provides additional evidence that guns remain a driving force behind high levels of violence and insecurity in Latin America.

  • DEA Agents Posed as FARC to Net International Arms Trafficker

    Faouzi Jaber pleaded guilty to US criminal charges on July 25

    A man from the Ivory Coast has pleaded guilty in a US court to offering support to undercover DEA agents posing as members of Colombia's FARC guerrilla group, raising questions about the handling of similar operations in the future in light of the FARC's ongoing demobilization.