There are an estimated 1.8 million guns circulating in Honduras. Out of the total number of guns, 600,000, or one-third, are legally registered., according to media in Honduras.
80 percent of all crimes in Honduras is committed with an unregistered gun.
The areas where the highest number of illegal guns are circulating is reportedly in Cortes, Atlantida, Colon, Copan, and Francisco Morazan, according to Insight Crime.
Back in 2011, there were an estimated 850,000 total guns in Honduras, with only 258,000 legally registered.
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Source: Michael Lohmuller, “Insecurity Fuels Honduras Illegal Gun Ownership of Over 1 Mn,” Insight Crime, February 13, 2014.
A review of arms trafficking convictions and arms embargo violations conducted by Reuters found that the median jail sentence for an arms trafficker convicted in the United States was 21 months. Reuters reviewed 185 arms trafficking convictions that took place between 2005 and 2013.
In comparison, the average sentence for a convicted bank robber is over 5 years.
The review found that that there is a difference in the type of punishment handed out between companies that violated arms embargoes versus individuals. Generally, companies who violate arms embargoes typically pay fines as high as millions of dollars. When it was an individual who sold the arms, the person is generally criminally prosecuted and faces jail time.
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Source: Reuters, “Arms smugglers get lighter sentences than bank robbers,” Yahoo News, December 18, 2013.
Security forces in Jordan seized 300 percent more weapons and firearms on its border with Syria in 2013 when compared to 2012.
900 weapons, 24 vehicles, and 6 million illegal drug pills were seized while attempting to be smuggled into Jordan.
Along with the black market items, nearly 1,600 people were caught attempting to illegally enter Jordan from Syria in 2013.
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Source: IANS, “Smuggling of weapons rises sharply at Jordan borders,” Yahoo News India, December 6, 2013.
Latest figures by security agencies on the illegal arms trade in Brazil estimate that there are between 16 to 17 million firearms in circulation in the country.
Out of the total number of firearms, 5.4 million guns are legally licensed to citizens, 2.2 million are held by security forces, and 9.5 million guns are illegally trafficked and held.
Previously, it was reported that 7.6 million guns in Brazil were illegally held.
There are around 35,000 annual firearm homicides that take place in Brazil each year. Intelligence officials state that the vast majority of these killings are done by pistols and handguns that were illegally trafficked and bought in Brazil.
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Source (PDF): Robert Muggha and Gustavo Diniz, “Securing the border: Brazil’s “South America First” Approach to Transnational Organized Crime,” Igarape Institute, Strategic Paper 5, October 2013, page 6-7.
Security officials in Brazil report that there are 15 million weapons and firearms in circulation within the country. Roughly half, or 7.6 million guns, are illegally held.
In 2011, the murder rate in Brazil was 27.4 murders per 100,000 residents. The rate was 134 percent higher than the 11.7 per 100,000 in 1980.
1.2 million people were murdered in the country between 1980 and 2011. Nearly 39 percent of those murdered was between the ages of 14 to 24.
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Source: Jeremy Armstrong and Ben Rossington, “The dark side of World Cup hosts Brazil: Drug cartels, murders and civil unrest,” Daily Mirror, October 17, 2013.
According to an investigation by NBC News, supplies from the United States military are being sold in street markets in Kabul, Afghanistan. Along with whey protein powder, Oakley sunglasses and lemon-scented Pledge, hardware from US security forces are openly sold.
Based on the report, high-tech night vision goggles were being sold for $1,500. Firearm scopes are sold in the stalls for $200, and U.S. military issued infrared sights sell for $250.
Military uniforms of the Afghan National Army are also sold at these stalls. For a national army uniform, a customer would have to pay $50. For the entire uniform including boots and badges, a customer would pay $125.
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Security officials with the United States Defense Department are concerned that these uniforms and supplies allow insurgents to gain access to US bases and to commit insider attacks.
Source: Kiko Itasaka, “In Afghanistan, insider attacks begin with a trip to the market,” NBC News, October 6, 2013.
Over the span of 10 years, thousands of people have been killed due to religious and ethnic violence in the Central Nigerian region known as the Middle Belt.
Contributing to the violence is an estimated 5,000 firearms that were illegally trafficked into the area. Out of those illicit arms, about 3,500 are AK-47s that were produced in France and Ukraine and smuggled to Nigeria. The remaining 1,500 are locally produced firearms.
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Source: Alexis Okeowo, “The Arms-Trade Treaty and the Gun Seller,” New Yorker, September 9, 2013.
There are over 700 legitimate private security companies in Honduras that are staffed with over 70,000 security guards. In comparison, there are 16,00 police officers and 14,000 army soldiers in the country.
There are around 300 illegal security companies operating in the country. Government security officials claim that organized crime groups create security companies in order to illegally traffic firearms into the country.
650,000 of the 800,000 firearms that circulate within Honduras are illegal unlicensed weapons. Between 2011 and 2013, roughly 100,000 weapons were believed to have been trafficked into Honduras.
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Source: Rene Novoa, “Honduras: Organized crime infiltrates security companies,” Infosurhoy, September 4, 2013.
Law enforcement officials in the US State of Oregon have identified at least 69 drug trafficking organizations operating in the state.
In 2011, police were able to seized $4 Million in drug proceeds from the traffickers.
Between 2005 and 2012, security officials in Mexico traced 800 guns that were found and used in Mexico back to Oregon.
Source: Les Zaitz, “Drug cartels in Oregon: How traffickers operate,” Oregonian, June 21, 2013.
Between 2006 and 2012, the Canadian Border Services Agency seized over 65,000 illegal weapons along the border with the United States. Firearms made up approximately one third of all illegal weapons seized at the border.
Security experts believe that most guns entering Canada are able to pass through the border with ease. The CBC reported that in 2011, Border agents seized 673 guns at Canadian entry ports such as airports, mail centers and land border crossing. In comparison, police across the country seized 33,727 firearms during 2011.
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Source: “Border agents want more resources to stop gun smuggling,” CBC News, June 14, 2013.