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Honduras Police Respond to InSight Crime Firearms Trafficking Investigation

Honduras Police Respond to InSight Crime Firearms Trafficking Investigation

As congress debates new legislation regarding firearms, authorities in Honduras have publicly responded to the recent publication of an InSight Crime investigation on firearms trafficking in the country, outlining some of the steps they are taking to improve their weapons control efforts.*

Weekly InSight: Special Investigation on Firearms Trafficking in Honduras

Weekly InSight: Special Investigation on Firearms Trafficking in Honduras

In our August 24 Facebook Live session, Co-director Steven Dudley and Senior Editor Mike LaSusa spoke about InSight Crime's new special investigation on firearms trafficking in Honduras.

Firearms Trafficking in Honduras: Introduction and Major Findings

Firearms Trafficking in Honduras: Introduction and Major Findings

Honduras has one of the highest homicide rates in the world, and some 75 percent of these homicides are committed using guns.[1] The world average is closer to 50 percent. Honduras is not alone in Central America. Just over 60 percent of El Salvador's homicides and 81 percent of homicides in Guatemala -- Honduras' Northern Triangle neighbors -- involve firearms.[2]

Counting Firearms in Honduras

Counting Firearms in Honduras

Estimates vary widely as to how many legal and illegal weapons are circulating in Honduras. There are many reasons for this. The government does not have a centralized database that tracks arms seizures, purchases, sales and other matters concerning arms possession, availability and merchandising. The laws surrounding guns also have numerous contradictions and place an unfair burden on often powerless and resource-strapped institutions. Inefficiency bolsters the black market. Rather than going through what can be an arduous, bureaucratic process, Hondurans often opt to obtain weaponry and munitions illegally.

Trafficking Firearms Into Honduras

Trafficking Firearms Into Honduras

Honduras does not produce weapons,[1] but weapons are trafficked into the country in numerous ways. These vary depending on weapon availability in neighboring countries, demand in Honduras, government controls and other factors. They do not appear to obey a single strategic logic, other than that of evading detection, although many of them have a single origin.

Firearms Trafficking in Honduras

Texto para el banner: In Honduras, most homicides are committed using a firearm. This special investigations tracks how those weapons get into the hands of the killers that make this country one of the most murderous in the world.