In a creative new initiative from José Mujica’s administration in Uruguay, bikes and laptops are being offered in exchange for unregistered guns. Spokesman Fernando Gil says that the ‘Weapons for Life’ campaign aims to “disarm society, on the way to a more harmonious co-existence, where differences are resolved through dialogue and negotiation.”
Gustavo Guidobono, president of the Association for the Fight for Civilian Disarmament, has said that “Uruguay is the most armed country in South America by a long way and is in the top 10 places in the world of arms per person.” It is estimated that the 3.3 million residents possess more than a million firearms, and half of these are unregistered and the most likely to end up in the hands of criminals.
Alongside the amnesty, sentences for the illegal possession of guns will be more severe. Residents have six months to exchange their weapons or have them officially registered. Anyone failing to do so will face prison sentences of up to 12 years.
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