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Lack of US Gun Control Provokes Record Bloodshed in Mexico

US firearms have flowed into the hands of corrupt security forces and criminal organizations in Mexico for years, yet the United States is still struggling to stem...
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Argentina’s Evolving Role in the Global Arms Trade

While the seizure of hundreds of high-powered weapons in Argentina and a subsequent investigation offer fresh clues about criminal dynamics in the infamous border...
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Homemade Gun Factories Sell Cheap Weapons to Brazil Criminals

Despite the loosening of gun ownership laws in Brazil, the country is seeing a boom in illegal gun factories, with homemade weapons taking up a...
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Gun Rentals Make Life Easier for Mexico City Criminals

Criminals in Mexico City are increasingly able to rent weapons, use them to commit crimes and then return them, stealing a march on Mexican authorities...
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Brazil’s New Gun Laws Risk Raising Body Count

On May 7, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro signed a decree relaxing gun ownership laws, raising fears that it will worsen violence in the country. The decree is...
Argentina has dismantled a large arms trafficking organization
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Argentina Traffickers Buying US Arms for Sale to Brazil Gangs

Arms traffickers in Argentina bought US AR-15 rifle parts, assembled the firearms, and then transported the arsenal in a military-style truck. The intended buyers...
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Ecuador Arms Trafficking Ring More Complex Than Previously Thought

Organized crime structures are known to be moving entire arsenals from Peru into Ecuador and on to armed groups within Colombia. However, the full details about the...
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Haiti Police, Senator Implicated in US Arms Trafficking Case

A Florida gun shop owner was recently convicted for trafficking firearms to Haiti with the help of a senator and several other top government officials, raising...
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Recent Arms Seizures Underscore Risks of Venezuela’s Political Tension

Three recent seizures of military-grade weapons in Venezuela provide evidence that such arms are circulating and in demand precisely as Venezuela is suffering a...
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Ecuador Soldiers Allegedly Trafficked Weapons to Ex-FARC Mafia

An investigation into several soldiers in Ecuador who are accused of supplying weapons to an ex-FARC mafia network operating in a key border region suggests that...
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Panama Security Officials Implicated in International Arms Trafficking Network

Authorities in Panama are asking the United States for assistance in investigating an international arms trafficking network that may have included the...
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US Easing of Gun Export Controls Could Send New Wave of Arms to LatAm

US President Donald Trump has approved a new reform that will ease firearm export controls for US weapons manufacturers, which could have an adverse effect on the...