Which Latin American countries produce homemade guns?
Chile and Colombia have a very large hand-crafted gun market. The Chilean gun market is much smaller since it does not sell guns to civilians, and borders are tightly controlled, which has lead to a tradition of handmade guns that are called, “hechizas.” The same practice is quite common in Colombia where the handmade guns go by the name “changones.” Why isn’t this market as important in Brazil? Since the 1960s, factory produced arms have been widely available on the open market because they are affordable. Criminals didn’t have to make their own because they were always available. The legal market, in one way or another, always fed the criminal market. In Rio de Janeiro, for example, 30% of the weapons used in a crime have been registered previously to third parties. This data is probably true of other States. What are the characteristics of the illegal industry in Brazil? What’s surprising about Brazil is that it is experiencing a movement towards illegal arms production, like what y