Friday, June 21, 2013
AZMEX EXTRA 21-6-13
AZMEX EXTRA 21 JUN 2013
Note: Victim disarmament programs accelerate under the PRI govt.
Expect to see the usual collection of junkers. Don't expect to see the cartel types lining up to turn in their weapons.
Remember also that penalties for illegal possession of firearms is very harsh, unless one an associate of organized crime.
Better security for local criminals. Both govt. and NGC ( non govt. criminals )
Courtesy of Nogales, Sonora Mayor's Office
Officials destroy a firearm during an event Tuesday in Nogales, Sonora to kick off a gun buyback program.
Posted: Friday, June 21, 2013 8:42 am
Nogales International | 0 comments
Police in Nogales, Sonora are buying back and destroying firearms in eight of the city's most crime-plagued neighborhoods.
Political leaders and public safety officials gathered in the Fraccionamiento San Miguel on Tuesday to formally kick off the buyback program, which is scheduled to run through Aug. 10.
During that time, police will station a mobile buyback station for a week at a time in each of the eight neighborhoods, which include the sprawling Colonia Buenos Aires that borders the east side of Nogales, Ariz.
Abel Bernal Reyes, the Sonora state public security liaison, said the program will pay up to 2,500 pesos ($195) per gun.
The weapons will then be destroyed and the materials reused as part of an art project by a to-be-determined Sonoran artist, the mayor's office said in a news release.
"All this will be reflected in better security for the city of Nogales," Mayor Ramon Guzman said.
Mexico has much stricter gun laws than the United States – permits must be granted by the Mexican Army and there is only one authorized gun store in the country, and it's run by the military.
Still, gun violence is rampant, and many weapons are smuggled over the border from the United States.
According to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, 54.9 percent of the homicides committed in Mexico in 2010 involved a firearm.
The country's firearm homicide rate per 100,000 people was 9.97, more than three times higher than in the United States.
Gun buybacks have been held in cities around Mexico in recent years, and the newspaper Nuevo Dia reported that the Sonoran cities of Hermosillo, Agua Prieta and Cajeme are conducting programs concurrent with the one in Nogales, Sonora. Another 28 municipalities in the state held gun buybacks last November, the paper reported.
In Arizona, where guns are so revered that in 2011 lawmakers declared the Colt Single Action Army Revolver the official state firearm,
a gun buyback program like the one in Nogales, Sonora that destroys collected weapons would be illegal.
In April, Gov. Jan Brewer signed into a law a measure that requires police to resell weapons collected during buybacks.
The law's supporters said local governments were missing out on a chance to earn revenue from collected guns.
But opponents said it undercuts the central purpose of gun buybacks: reducing the number of firearms on the streets.