The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) reported that up to 175 criminal gangs across Canada use revenue generated from cigarette smuggling to finance other black market crimes such as human smuggling and arms trafficking.
There are an estimated 1.6 million illegal arms trafficked around Guatemala in 2011. The homicide rate in the country was 52 people per 100,000 in 2011.
Authorities in Mexico seize around 100,000 weapons in the country each year. About 30 percent of the weapons are sent to the United States for analysis, and 80 percent of those are found to have been made in the United States.
Ammunition for firearms in Mexico are strictly regulated, creating a black market smuggling trade from the United States. In Fiscal Year 2007, the six entry ports in the border state of Arizona seized 760 rounds of ammunition from smugglers. In the 2011 Fiscal Year, 95,416 rounds of ammunition was seized by Custom officials.
There are an estimated 850,000 firearms in circulation in Honduras. 258,000 firearms are officially registered with the government, according to a report by the Committee for the Defense of Human Rights.
In 2008, the United Nations estimated that up to 80 percent of all arms, ammunition and supplies that were supplied to the transnational government of Somalia was diverted to the black market. The firearms ended up in the hands of private individuals, opposition groups and arms traffickers.
Between 400,000 to 700,000 illegal guns are traded in the black market in Australia. Most of the guns were stolen from previous owners. In 2011, there were 2,675,785 legitimate owners of firearms in Australia.
In 2005, the average price of an AK-47 sold around the world was $534. The average price of the firearm was $559 in the year 2000, $425 in 1995, and $448 in 1990.
Just across the United States /Mexico border, an AK-47 is sold for $1,200 to $1,600. This price range is in line with previous estimates where AK-47s were reported to be sold on the black market in Mexico at prices $500 higher than the retail price in the U.S. In Southern Mexico, where there is no supply from U.S. gun stores and the quality of arms from Central America is bad, the price range for an AK-47 is between $2,000 to $4,000.
Nearly 20 percent of guns seized in Brazil were produced in foreign countries and trafficked into Brazil through the black market. Authorities identified the ports of Santos and Paranagua, the country’s two largest ports, as the location where the arms are trafficked through.