The Ministry of the Interior, Customs and the General Directorate of National Mobilization of Chile (DGMN) signed a collaboration protocol with a view to improving control of the entry of illegal weapons into our country.
Initially, the control will be carried out at the Arturo Merino Benítez Airport, to later be extended to other parts of the country, according to what the Interior indicated to Third.
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The Undersecretary of the Interior, Manuel Monsalveexemplified how a weapon can enter our country, pointing out that a rifle can be divided into 240 pieces that are sent in different parcels.
He also indicated that from 2017 to April 2022, Customs has seized more than a thousand firearms, added to 73 thousand ammunition.
The general director of the General Directorate of National Mobilization of Chile, Luis Rojas Edwards, detailed what this collaboration between the entities will be. “We are going to place gunsmiths who are going to train Customs personnel to be able to identify parts and pieces of elements that are controlled by Law 17,798 (on Arms Control) that can, illegally, enter the country.”
For his part, the national director (S) of Customs, Gustavo Pobleteaffirmed that “this is an important advance in the work we want to do in this matter”, adding that the service will now have specialist gunsmiths to identify any weapon or part of it that arrives through “parcels”.
National Security Plan
It should be noted that at the beginning of July two war rifles were seized from Miami at the Antofagasta Airport. Prosecutor’s Office is investigating an alleged crime of arms trafficking.
The president of the Republic, Gabriel BoricAt the end of June, he launched the National Security Plan with the idea of controlling weapons in the population. “Strengthen criminal prosecution, control of weapons and ammunition, creation of traceability systems, improve control of weapons held by the State,” said the President at the time.
He also added that the armed state institutions “will create a registry of the weapons and ammunition in their charge, in addition to a review and update of precautionary protocols and procedures for the disposal of weapons.”