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“No questions asked” Falklands firearms amnesty to begin

View of a church and parking lot in Port Stanley, Falkland Islands
View of a church and parking lot in Port Stanley, Falkland Islands, where a firearms amnesty will begin on August 26
A “no questions asked” firearms and ammunition amnesty will begin today in Stanley, Falkland Islands. The islands have some of the highest rate of civilian guns per capita in the world – Photo: Celine Clement-Chastel

A “no questions asked” firearms amnesty will begin today in Stanley, Falkland Islands.

The amnesty period will last until September 3 and applies to all licensed and unlicensed guns and ammunition.

The Falkland Islands—an overseas territory of the United Kingdom—have the second highest number of civilian guns per capita in the world after the United States, with an estimated 62.1 guns per every 100 people. Ruined and abandoned weapons from the 1982 Argentine invasion still litter the landscape and weapons from the British military presence occasionally make their way into circulation on accident.

The amnesty will likely lower the number of guns per capita on the Islands even if it is only modestly successful due to the Islands’ low population. Further amnesties are likely in coming years as more Argentine weapons are uncovered and as British military weapons continue to enter circulation by mistake. Despite these amnesties, the continuing military presence on the Islands and lingering political tensions with Argentina will likely prevent a total disarming of the population.

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