Peru: IANSA member calls for debate on national gun law

More than 200,000 illegal guns are in civilian hands in Peru, according to IANSA member Red Peruana para el Desarme Civil, la Cultura de Paz y la Seguridad Ciudadana (REPEC). John Charles Torres Vasquez of REPEC said this demonstrates the need for more comprehensive action from government in dealing with the issue. He said, ”The current law and practice of having temporary gun amnesties does not deal with the problem of illicit trafficking”. In 2010, Congress began debating a draft firearms law that would comply with international standards and principles on arms trafficking as established by the Latin American Parliament, but this process has stopped. REPEC calls for this debate to be revived in order to develop a law that can help promote disarmament and reduce the rate of gun crime.