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Guatemala Gun Homicide Rate Double World Average: Report

Guatemala Gun Homicide Rate Double World Average: Report
A new study has found Guatemala’s firearm homicide rate is almost twice the global average, with the violence fuelled by the large number of illegal arms circulating in the country. A new report published by the National Economic Research Center (CIEN) found the rate of homicides linked to firearms in Guatemala over the last decade was 82 percent. This is almost double the global average of 42 percent, and above even Central America’s relatively high average of 70… [InSight Crime (Bogota), via GunPolicy.org]

‘Cottage Industry’ Feeds Illegal Gun Trade in Canada
Some B.C. residents are capitalizing on the illicit gun trade by making gun parts and even firearms to sell to local criminals. Cpl. Frank Grosspietsch of the RCMP’s National Weapons Enforcement Support Team said a “cottage industry” has sprung up in B.C. in recent years among people willing to arm gangsters and other criminals. B.C.-made noise suppressors – which muffle gunshots and are commonly and inaccurately called silencers – have been used in recent murders,… [Vancouver Sun (British Columbia), via GunPolicy.org]

US Cops Shoot Youth with BB Gun, Guns Still ‘Anything But Normal’
Last weekend, gun rights activists marched at the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, carrying semi-automatic rifles and loaded magazines. Four days later, eighth-grader Andy Lopez was shot to death by Santa Rosa, California police for failing to drop the BB gun he was carrying to a friend’s house. Men carrying AR-15s down the street, fine; boy carrying BB gun down the street, fatal? Something does not compute. In fact, the tragic killing in the second case exposes the… [Bloomberg (USA), via GunPolicy.org]

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