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    The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – Costa Rica destroyed a total of 21,318 firearms, the most recorded in history, which were used in crimes and were stored at the National Arsenal as court evidence since 2001.

    “One of the most important reductions in violence and crime has to do with the destruction of weapons. Peace, harmony and concord are our stamps,” said the president of Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla.

    The Assistance Program for the Control of Arms and Munitions Destruction in Central America (PACAM) of the Organization of American States (OAS) was the entity that issued the certificate to be given today to the destruction facility, DG Weaponry, in San Jose.

    According to PACAM, Costa Rica is the country of the region that has certification for the demolition of these weapons.

    The president added that this is a “successful policy in combating violence”.

    Besides the destruction of weapons, authorities destroyed 872,882 small-caliber ammunitions by the method of incineration.

    Data from the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) indicates that from 2011 to 2013 a total of 15,314 weapons were destroyed.

    In the last four years they have destroyed two million bullets and 37,936 weapons, according to official data from Costa Rica, a country that abolished its army in 1948. (ACAN-EFE)

    The Costa Rica News (TCRN)

    San Jose, Costa Rica

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