Human Rights and Civil Society

Nearly 180,000 weapons have been decomissioned in the last three and a half years

08/19/10 – According to information released by the Secretary of National Defense (Secretaría de la Defensa Nacional – SEDENA), close to 180,000 illegal firearms have been seized in the last three and a half years. About 97,000 of those weapons were handguns while the remaining were mostly made up of semi-automatic and fully automatic rifles.

The two most common rifles seized are the AR-15 and AK-47. When found, many of the weapons have some form of modification implemented to enhance their firepower. For every 1,000 AR-15 rifles seized, nearly three contain modifications; for every 100 AK-47 rifles seized, almost thirty have had some form of upgrade.

The Mexican states that have the highest numbers of weapon seizures are Baja California, Michoacán, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Tamaulipas, and Distrito Federal.


El Ágora de Chihuahua. “Ha destruido Sedena más de 76 mil armas.” El Ágora de Chihuahua. 19 August, 2010.

European Pressphoto Agency. “Autoridades mexicanas han decomisado sofisticadas armas sudafricanas a narcos.” European Pressphoto Agency. 19 August, 2010.

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