Venezuela: Fire at arms storage depot highlights importance of UN PoA

About 10,000 people were evacuated, several were injured and one person was killed by explosions when a firearms depot caught fire in Maracay, Venezuela on 30 January.César Marín of IANSA said this incident highlights the importance of implementing the UN Programme of Action on small arms, which includes provisions for managing stockpiles and destroying surplus arms to avoid diversion and accidents. He continued, “I hope we do not have to wait for another blast of another arsenal to reaffirm the urgent need for a comprehensive gun law, to regulate the entire cycle of use of weapons and ammunition from its manufacture to its destruction”. At least 122 explosions at arms storage depots took place between 2000-2007, resulting in more than 2,200 deaths and 3,628 people injured, according to SEESAC and the Small Arms Survey. More