Do-it-yourself guns appear to be popular

Those who want them seem to have no trouble fabricating a firearm. Fuerza Pública officers detained individuals in two separate cases Monday night in which suspects carried homemade weapons.

One case was in Upala, where police suspect they thwarted robberies. In Pavas, they said they detained three persons and a quantity of drugs.

Making a firearm is not difficult even though a user might risk the loss of a hand. There are many instructions available on the Internet.

Basically a tube of metal serves as the barrel of the weapon, and the firing pin might be as basic as a rubber band. That’s what officers found in Upala. Calibers range from .22 to a hefty 12-gauge.

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