Ecuador is allowing civilians to carry guns in response to growing insecurity, potentially worsening the country’s violence by giving criminals greater access to weapons.
- InSight Crime
President Guillermo Lasso announced a decree on April 1 that lifts a 12-year-old ban on civilians carrying firearms.
“Ecuadorians, we have a common enemy: delinquency, drug trafficking, and organized crime,” he said.
Those who seek to carry a gun must be over 25 and pass a psychological evaluation, a drugs test, and receive a certificate of skill in handling and using firearms.
Anyone with a…