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Almost 13,000 Firearms Went Missing from Mexican Law-Enforcement Agencies between 2006 and 2016

LADB Article ID: 80003
Category/Department: Mexico
Date: 2016-06-15
By: Carlos Navarro

According to statistics compiled by the Defense Ministry (Secretaría de la Defensa Nacional, SEDENA), law-enforcement agencies in Mexico misplaced or suffered the theft of almost 13,000 weapons over the past decade, contributing to the increase of firearms that are circulating around the country.The SEDENA data, which the daily newspaper Milenio obtained through a freedom-of-information request via the Instituto Nacional de Transparencia, Acceso a la Información y Protección de Datos Personales (INAI), indicated that 12,878 handguns, rifles, and other weapons have gone missing since 2006 from federal, state, and municipal agencies. Among federal agencies, the attorney general’s office (Procuraduría General de la República, PGR) reported the disappearance of 1,171 weapons during the 10-year period, and the federal police (Policía Federal) suffered the theft of 1,054 firearms. The national security agency (Centro de Investigación y Seguridad Nacional, CISEN) had 102 weapons stolen between 2006 and 2016, while the Servicio de Protección Federal (SPF), which is the equivalent of the US Secret Service, reported the theft of 15 weapons.The remaining 12,878 missing guns, handguns, and rifles were lost or stolen from law-enforcement agencies in all 31 states and Mexico City. The majority of the thefts occurred in Mexico City, México state, Chihuahua, Guerrero, and Jalisco. The latter three states are strongholds of several criminal organizations and splinter groups, said Milenio.

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