Lawmakers want to study the situation with police weapons

The legislature’s security committee has decided to investigate the robbery of some 200 pistols that belong to the Dirección General de Tránsito. The three-person investigative subcommittee also will study other aspects of the use and acquisition of weapons in the country.

The proposal came from lawmakers associated with the Alianza por Costa Rica coalition. The full committee is called the Comisión Permanente Especial de Seguridad y Narcotráfico.

The investigation will be carried out by the committee president, Carlos Góngora Fuentes of Movimiento Libertario, Carmen Muñoz Quesada of Partido Acción Ciudadana and Annie Saborío Mora of Liberación Nacional.

Committee members said they wanted to look into the system
of acquiring weapons for police forces, plans for the purchase, sale and destruction of weapons and technical aspects of the weapons purchased and sold. They also said they plan to look into the private security services that are hired by the government to protect its assets including weapons.

A group of bandits robbed more than 200 firearms from a Policia de Transito temporary storage area early Jan. 30 after subduing two private security contractors assigned to cover the building. A week ago agents recovered 56 of the weapons and made one arrest. But Costa Rica Report said this week that the remainder of the weapons, all Glock 19 pistols, are available for purchase on the street.

The robbery came only weeks after the Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública vowed to get tough on the circulation of elicit and unregistered guns in Costa Rica.

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