Monday, April 28, 2014



Donan 183 weapons and 29 grenades
Alejandro Monjardín

At least four grenades per day delivered to the modules .
Photo: IONSA .

During the first week CULIACÁN._ Campaign Donation and Firearms Registry , citizens gave four grenades and 30 weapons per day for destruction in the municipalities of Ahome and Salvador Alvarado.

Details of the Executive Secretariat of the State System of Public Security indicate that total donation received 183 weapons, including 29 grenades .

In total they donated 82 long firearms and 20 handguns of those allowed by the Federal Firearms and Explosives; of weapons for exclusive use of the armed forces 31 handguns, 20 long guns , 29 grenades and 1 40mm grenade were donated.

In the municipality of Ahome delivered 160, of which 90 are allowed by law to the possession of citizens and 70 are for the exclusive use of the Army and Air Force.

Citizens also went to record 12 short and 14 long guns .

In the municipality of Salvador Alvarado donated 19 weapons and four grenades.

In exchange for the donated weapons SESESP gave 20 citizens a laptop and the others 1000 or 2500 pesos in cash depending on the caliber of the weapon.

The 13 Campaign Donation and Firearms Registration began on April 21 in the affected municipalities , where the receive will remain open until May 2 .

Tomorrow will open modules in the municipalities of Salvador Alvarado and Guasave .

The campaign will be traveling and modules will tour the 18 municipalities until 14 October.

Last year in the 18 municipalities donated 1014 firearms, of which 342 were grenades.


Note: As usual, registration will result in confiscation.

28 April 2014 Last updated at 21:17 ET
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The Mexican army has begun registering the weapons carried by vigilantes in the western state of Michoacan.

The process begins nearly four months after the "self-defence groups" launched an offensive against the Knights Templar drug cartel.

The vigilantes will be allowed to keep their weapons, but will be banned from publicly carrying assault rifles.

Most of the drug cartel leaders in Michoacan have been killed or arrested since the beginning of January.

The vigilantes began the assault on the Knights Templar cartel independently.

They took over several towns before federal police and soldiers were deployed in the area, west of Mexico City.

The vigilantes were eventually allowed to join the official Mexican forces in the operation against the Knights Templar.

Local farmers, shop owners and other residents were victims of extortion, robbery and kidnappings.

This is the first step in a wider process of disarming the vigilantes now that their initial request - the removal of the heads of the Knights Templar cartel - has all but been fulfilled, says the BBC's Will Grant in Mexico City.

The only outstanding Knights Templar leader, Servando Gomez Martinez, alias La Tuta, is being tracked to a region around the western port of Lazaro Cardenas, says our correspondent.

Drug conflict experts say it is only a matter of time before either the authorities or the vigilantes catch up with him.

On Monday, five suspected cartel members were killed in a shootout with vigilantes in the outskirts of Lazaro Cardenas.

The government says the registration process of high-powered rifles and automatic weapons and should be finished by 10 May.

The aim is to set up that a database of the vigilantes' arms, allowing all future use of the weapons by the quasi-legal groups to be traceable.

Vigilantes will also be expected to return to the army illegal weapons, such as grenades and rocket-launchers.

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Vigilantes are having their finger prints registered and their weapons tested for ballistics matches
Alfredo Castillo, government envoy to Michoacan
The Mexican government envoy to Michoacan, Alfredo Castillo, fires into a water barrel in the first day of the weapons registration process in the state
Mexican police and vigilantes in Michoacan
Mexican police and vigilante groups continue to work together in the search for the Knights Templar leader
Residents of Michoacan say the cartel terrorised them.


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