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Honduras to reevaluate gun control laws: How will it impact violence in the region?

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(Read caption) Honduran soldiers wait for buses at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Tegucigalpa October 9, 2012. As murder rates soar in Honduras, the President of the impoverished Central American nation, Porfirio Lobo, has called on the army and police to patrol bus routes in a move designed to fight spiraling crime in the world's most murderous country.

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The Honduran government is reportedly set to conduct a review of its gun laws in an apparent effort to combat rising violence levels, though equal emphasis will need to be made on addressing endemic corruption and weak institutions to solidify any gains.

Matias Funes, a representative from the independent Commission on Public Security Reform (CRSP), said on Oct. 16 that Honduras’ gun laws are in need of urgent revision if efforts are to be made to combat the country’s endemically high level of violence, reported La Tribuna.

Security Minister Pompeyo Bonilla said the government agreed a review of the law should be undertaken and that President Porfirio Lobo had asked that he begin conducting one.

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Under the existing law, citizens are allowed to own as many as five personal firearms. According to statistics released last month by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Honduras’ homicide rate for 2011 was 92 per 100,000, up from 82 the previous year.

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