SAN SALVADOR – A total of 1,295 firearms seized this year in El Salvador have been destroyed, an armed forces spokesman said on Wednesday.
The firearms were transported by military personnel to a private iron company, where they were melted down, one of the “most secure” methods for destroying firearms, Col. Jose Blanco said.
The majority of the weapons were used to commit crimes and had been altered, while a few firearms were surrendered by owners for destruction, Blanco said.
Several methods are used to destroy firearms, such as cutting them, but melting down arms is the most effective way to ensure they can never be used again, the military spokesman said.
The weapons were destroyed under the provisions of Articles 75 and 76 of the Firearms, Munitions and Explosives Control and Regulation Law, and Article 56 of that law’s Special Regulations, Blanco said.
Defense Ministry officials, National Civilian Police (PNC) officers, Attorney General’s Office representatives and Organization of American States (OAS) officials verified the destruction of the firearms.