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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...
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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...
Pistols were the most common weapon seized from crime scenes
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New Data Reinforces Link Between Guns, Violence in Latin America

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...
Faouzi Jaber pleaded guilty to US criminal charges on July 25
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DEA Agents Posed as FARC to Net International Arms Trafficker

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,...
Police and civilians in Rio de Janeiro
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Residents of Rio, Brazil Flee Amid Growing Violence: Report

Residents of Rio de Janeiro are fleeing as rates of lethal violence are increasing, and citizen-led efforts to help people stay out of the crossfire do not address...
José Luis Merino
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US Congress Members Request Investigation of El Salvador Official Linked to Organized Crime

Fourteen members of the US Congress, including Democrats and Republicans, signed a letter on June 21 in which they called upon the Treasury Department to open an...
Mexico's gun seizures have considerably dropped under President Peña Nieto
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Mexico Losing the Fight Against Illegal Firearms

Press reports have raised the alarm on decreasing gun seizures in Mexico and their possible impact on homicides, but the bigger issue may be the sheer size of...
Police review seized rifles
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US Rifles Fuel Brazil Gangs’ Expansion

The recent seizure of 60 sophisticated military rifles originating from Miami in Río de Janeiro's international airport has exposed a massive arms trafficking...
Camilo Barrera, arrested for buying weapons stolen from Venezuela’s military for the EPL
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Colombia Arrest of EPL Middleman Shows Booming Venezuela Arms Market

Authorities in Colombia arrested an alleged intermediary of the EPL rebel group in charge of acquiring weapons from Venezuela's military, a reminder that the...
New report finds missteps by US agencies aided arms traffickers
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US Agencies Botched Gun Running Investigations With Deadly Consequences: Watchdog

A new report from a US government watchdog has found that multiple agencies were at fault in a series of 2010 investigations of Texas arms traffickers, whose...
The MS13 is reportedly selling weapons in San Salvador's historic center
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MS13 Selling Weapons, Seeking New Profits

The street gang MS13 is reportedly selling weapons in El Salvador's capital, a sign that the gang might be seeking new revenue...
Officials promote the "Get the Guns" campaign
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Jamaica Boasts Gun Control Success but Security Challenges Remain

The government of Jamaica has announced a rise in seizures of illegal weapons as part of a long-running gun control initiative, however a more coordinated response...