Costa Rica Announces Drop in Murders, Increase in Gun Seizures

Costa Rica announced on Thursday a reduction in murders and an increase in the confiscation of illegal weapons as it put into force a law that tightens gun controls. "Up to today we've had 201 murders in the country, which sounds like a lot but if we compare it to last year, we have 47 less," Security Minister Michael Soto said at a ceremony in the capital San Jose. "This is great progress," he said, adding that 67 percent of murders are committed with firearms. The security ministry...

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