All About Arms Trafficking

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 23 MAY 2016

Over 30 percent of all weapons belonging to private security firms in Rio de Janeiro end up in the hands of criminals, authorities say, highlighting an important yet often overlooked…

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 27 APR 2016

A rise in attempted arms thefts from Uruguay's military barracks in 2016 has sparked debate over the criminal nature of the perpetrators involved, and again drawn attention to the country's…

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 17 MAR 2016

Weapons linked to the controversial US anti-gun trafficking operation “Fast and Furious” were found last spring at the scene of a bloody clash between Mexican police and a group of…

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 10 MAR 2016

A raid on a weapons "supermarket" in Paraguay has led officials to offer details of the inner workings of the country's arms trade, depicting a familiar mix of corruption, stolen…

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 10 MAR 2016

Between 2010 and 2015, Salvadorans were registering firearms at a rate of 11,000 per year. This suggests 30 new firearms were registered every day in a country where the vast…

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 29 FEB 2016

Cooperation between Mexican and U.S. authorities on arms trafficking has dropped off in recent years, even as traffickers continue to move huge quantities of arms across the border while taking…

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 24 FEB 2016

Police investigations into two gun rental outlets in a Colombian border city highlight how rented firearms benefit criminal groups in the nation.

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 23 FEB 2016

Mexico’s arms imports grew by 331 percent over the last five years, compared to 2006-2010, raising more concerns over the government’s reluctance to scale back the militarization of the drug…

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 16 FEB 2016

A recent report points once again to the role high-ranking El Salvador military officials play in driving that nation's illicit arms trade, helping fuel rampant gang violence and bloodshed.

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 3 FEB 2016

Colombia has extended a nationwide ban on carrying firearms until the end of 2016, an attempt to reduce violent deaths at a time the nation is attempting to consolidate peace.

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 28 JAN 2016

High ranking members of the Dominican Republic security forces have been arrested for arms trafficking in a case that reveals how corrupt networks of officials allegedly use US gun suppliers…

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 21 JAN 2016

Amid ongoing concerns about gun violence in the United States and Mexico, a new report highlights several bureaucratic obstacles hampering US efforts to stem the flow of illicit arms to…

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