Venezuela: Government introduces gun destruction programme

The Attorney General in Venezuela has announced plans to design a protocol for the destruction of seized firearms. The initiative is part of efforts to improve public safety by preventing weapons that have been seized by police from returning to the streets. It will involve several actors including the National Police, the Ministry of Interior and Justice, the Supreme Court and the Armed Forces. An average of 10 people are killed on the streets of Caracas every day, according to a report by International Crisis Group released on 17 August. It warned that crime and violence seriously threatens Venezuela’s long-term stability, and urged the government to “disarm and dismantle criminal groups and implement comprehensive policies to fight impunity and protect the population”.