All About Arms Trafficking

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 18 FEB 2020

Social leaders across Colombia were murdered at an almost unprecedented rate in 2019, and for a wide range of causes. Criminal gangs seeking to protect their illegal economies, such as…

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 31 JAN 2020

Authorities in Panama have ended a nearly decade-long ban on the importation of firearms into the country, a move that could end up benefiting traffickers and corrupt officials at a…

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 31 AUG 2019

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 the tide of deadly…

ARGENTINA / 14 AUG 2019

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 region with Paraguay, the country’s role…

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 12 JUN 2019

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 significant…

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 11 JUN 2019

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 who…

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 13 MAY 2019

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 touted as a…

ARGENTINA / 11 APR 2019

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 of the high-powered weapons were powerful…

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 6 MAR 2019

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 origins of these…

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 22 FEB 2019

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 serious questions about government…

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 14 FEB 2019

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 violent political crisis.

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 18 OCT 2018

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 groups of former FARC…

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