Citizens of Argentina surrender firearms, state destroys 11,000 guns.

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Image: Argentine National Congress, located in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The legislative branch of the government of Argentina works inside it. It is composed by a deputies chamber and a senate chamber. Jacobo Tarrío/Wikipedia

Nearly 11,000 firearms surrendered by their owners were destroyed by the government as part of a programme to reduce the number of weapons in Argentina, officials said.

“We have now reached the figure of 160,531 firearms taken out of circulation,” said Justice Minister Julio Alak, who supervised the destruction of the weapons Saturday at a steel mill in Campana.

The firearms destroyed were the latest lot gathered under the National Voluntary Surrender Program, the Justice Ministry said in a statement.

The disarmament of civilians “is a priority goal for the national state because it is a tool for reducing the level of violence in society”, Alak said.

Source: IANS/EFE/Twocirciles.net

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