BUENOS AIRES – Authorities in the northeastern Argentine city of Santa Fe announced Wednesday that they were banning sales of guns and ammunition for 90 days amid a surge in violent crime reflected in 117 homicides so far this year.
The measure, which was approved by the city council, requires all gun dealers to be registered with the Argentine government.
Firearms were used in 90 of the 117 murders reported this year in Santa Fe, capital of the province of the same name, according to a statement from Mayor Jose Corral.
Police must keep up the pressure on illegal arms markets and track down stolen weapons, the mayor said.
Licensing requirements for dealers will also be changed to ensure that legal arms and ammunition do not flow to the black market, he said.
The security forces must likewise do a better job of keeping track of their own arsenals, Corral said.
Santa Fe province, especially its largest city, Rosario, has seen a spike in violent crime associated with an influx of drug traffickers.