Peruvian Congress Approves New Gun Bill

latinamericajrtrnghnt4evr112113In a landslide vote, the Peruvian Congress approved the new gun bill, which is landmark for grassroots organizations in the region, as it is the first time a firearms civil rights association has been able to completely revert a gun control situation in a country.

J.Thomas Saldias, Regional Representative for SCI and Executive Director of CALL (Latin American Coalition for Legal Firearms) led the efforts in Peru.

“Taking the government pre-published gun bill, we worked out our own gun bill that was introduced in Congress by Congressman Juan Carlos Eguren in March 2014,” Saldias said. “By August, the Executive Government sent its own gun bill to Congress, which had priority over other proposals.”

After weeks of debate within the Defense Committee in which J.Thomas Saldias had direct access to participate, the Committee approved a favorable opinion, which was finally debated and approved by the Peruvian Congress on Dec. 11.

The gun bill is awaiting signature by President Ollanta Humala.

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