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Is it easy? by Ivanna Mariel Di Pietro

Have you ever thought how you could get a gun in Argentina? We wanted to know how much effort you had to do to obtain it in a place where insecurity isn’t only acsensation but a reality.

According to the ANMAC, you have to ask for the “Request for Legitimate Individual User Security Agency”, which later could lead you to be authorized to go to an armory. You can imagine it includes things such Fortunately, it isn’t that simple. Of as place and date of the issue, a course, within legal parameters. certification that the applicant is psychologically or psychiatrically Unlike what happens in the United suitable for this possession or States, where buying a gun is the signature and stamp of the rather easy, believe it or not in our treating. country it is very complicated, expensive and also time consuming. In the north country you could get one in four days, compared to here where it can take four or five months. Sounds difficult, doesn’t it? What Firstly, you have to obtain an if I told you that what was enabling license called CLU mentioned before was just a (Legitimate User Certificate in little part of the process? I guess English). It stipulates if you are you are surprised about this, but suitable in terms of medical issues it’s real. Legal terms, gratefully, and it also requires to be are super organised. However, instructed during a month or a the problem is in the black month and a half. market.

Crime in Argentina: as bad as you think? by Agustina Panno

"Inseguridad" is a word that you hear often in Argentina whether it is in the front page of your paper, thrown from the politician’s pulpit or between two grandmothers at a café. Bus driver unions have protested against rising crime by shutting down public transportation. A socalled “lynch mob” beat an 18-yearold almost to death after he stole a purse in Gran Buenos Aires, and ever since the story made the national headlines, reports of these “lynching” incidents have been multiplying all over the country. All the newspapers dedicate several pages to crimes every day. All of these, indicate a public perception of crime that, while it certainly is on the rise, is drifting dangerously far from reality. The reality is that Argentina has a “Europe-like” murder rate that ranks among the lowest in the continent,

according to a report released by the United Nations. At 5.5 murders per 100,000 people, Argentina ranks behind only Chile and Cuba for the lowest murder rate in Latin America.Still think Buenos Aires is too dangerous? The city’s murder rate is ranked third lowest among populous cities in North and South America, falling behind only Toronto and Santiago, and just edging out New York City. Yes, you read correctly, more people are murdered per capita in the Big Apple than in Buenos Aires. The media has taken advantage of this crime hysteria; some would argue they had a large role in creating it.

Sensationalist headlines, make it sound as if Buenos Aires has turned into some kind of post-apocalyptic “Mad Max” showdown. Politicians have also jumped on the paranoia bandwagon. Sergio Massa, the opposition congressman who looks to be a frontrunner in the presidential elections next year, said that, while he opposed their actions, the citizens who had taken justice into their own hands were justified in light of the “absence of the state”. Now, crime is still a serious problem in Argentina and I’m in no way trying to diminish the situation. Lesser crimes such as theft and assault are much more common. In fact, Argentina had the most robberies in Latin America with 973.3 per 100,000 inhabitants the last time statistics were published in a United Nations Development Programme report. Improved police response and judicial competence are needed to reduce these criminal offenses. Is the situation ideal? Far from it. But that doesn’t mean we are living in a post-apocalyptic nightmare.

DESTROY THE DANGER The House of Commons has approved a law in 2017 that invites you to do an anonymous delivery of any guns in exchange of money



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What can I do about my dad´s gun? My dad has a semiautomatic and a shotgun stashed at home and none of them are legal. My mum and I finally convinced him to get rid of them but now we are worried. How can we destroy them without catching the police´s attention? My dad is a good man, he was just being protective when he bought then(we live in a dangerous neigbourhood). So, Backfire editors, can you give me some advice? Sincerely yours, MiKaLover-58

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Dear MiKaLover-58, Don´t worry about your father. You can dispose the guns anonymously in the ANMac thanks to the PEVAF (National Proram of Voluntary Hand Over of Guns and Ammunition, in Spanish). You neither need to use your name nor be +18 to give them away. And here are some good news! You can also get cash for your good deeds if you are +18! If they have no missing parts and still work, you can receive $1200 pesos for the shotgun and $1750 for the semiautomatic! We hope have answered all your questios, thanks for writing! Agustina Panno, (Backfire editor).



The argentinian law establishes that it is legal to own one (in some cases) but it is illegal to use it (in every case).


Katanas, ninja stars, nunchakus and other Eastern culture weapons are considered weapons if taken out to the street


Boxers, karate masters and professional fighters of any kind can face higher sentences than ordinary people.


All sharp-edged objects involved in a crime - whether a murder or just a threat - are aggravating. Hammers, saws and other tools are also aggravatings..

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