Police May Destroy More Captured Guns

September 15, 2006

When President Oscar Arias sliced an assault rifle with a power saw Aug. 16 during a ceremony marking 100 days since his inauguration (TT, Aug. 18), he helped wrap up the first stage of a program to reduce the number of confiscated weapons in government stockpiles.

The assault rifle cut by Arias was among the last of 3,521 firearms destroyed with technical support and tools provided by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Each weapon was cut into three pieces with an electric saw, said Jose Manuel Hermida, the Costa Rica representative for UNDP. Between 8,800

and 9,000 more guns are being processed

for possible destruction.

Police spokesman Jesús Ureña said it is “very probable” that the remaining confiscated weapons will be destroyed eventually, but no official decision has been made on the subject, and no date has been set. No action has yet been taken on Security Minister Fernando Berrocal’s June suggestion that in addition to confiscated weapons, many “military weapons”in the police arsenal should also be destroyed.

Hermida said the Ministry of Public Security has done an excellent job expediting the complicated processes necessary to demolish the guns.

“They have organized it very well,” he said.

The arms destruction program is part of an ongoing UNDP effort to improve security in Costa Rica at the canton level.

 

Facebook Comments

You may be interested

Jaguars: a symbol of Costa Rica
Pic of the Day
175 views
Pic of the Day
175 views

Jaguars: a symbol of Costa Rica

Alissa Grosskopf - October 17, 2018

Jaguars represent an important part of Latin America's indigenous heritage. For its strength, grace and mysterious aura, it is a…

Nicaragua calls Carlos Alvarado’s statements “disrespectful” and “intrusive”
News
1194 views
News
1194 views

Nicaragua calls Carlos Alvarado’s statements “disrespectful” and “intrusive”

AFP / The Tico Times - October 16, 2018

The Nicaraguan government described statements by Costa Rican president Carlos Alvarado about Nicaragua's “internal affairs” as “disrespectful” and “intrusive.” The…

Transformational travel in Costa Rica: Turning the flat world round
Costa Rica
912 views
Costa Rica
912 views

Transformational travel in Costa Rica: Turning the flat world round

Alissa Grosskopf - October 16, 2018

The sound of roaring water and the fear in my body drown out the encouraging shouts of my group behind…