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A Strategy to Reduce Gun Trafficking and Violence in the Americas

by Shannon K. O'Neil
July 29, 2013

A pink assault rifle hangs among others at an exhibit booth at the George R. Brown convention center, the site for the National Rifle Association's (NRA) annual meeting in Houston, Texas May 5, 2013 (Adrees Latif/Courtesy Reuters).


My CFR colleague Julia Sweig just published a policy innovation memorandum outlining “A Strategy to Reduce Gun Trafficking and Violence in the Americas,” where she argues that lax U.S. gun laws contribute to Latin America’s high rates of gun-related homicide and violence. The recommendations take domestic political challenges into consideration and offer a path for the Obama administration—in line with the Second Amendment—to both diminish the flow of guns and ammo to the south and to enhance the United States’ diplomatic standing in the region.

You can read the full report here.


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  • Posted by Derek

    Can’t access the document; it returns a “401 Authorization Required” response. Is this deliberate, or is there something amiss? Really looking forward to the report. Thanks!

  • Posted by Shannon K. O'Neil

    Thanks for letting me know – it should work now!

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