In attempts to rid the streets and homes of dangerous weapons, the State Public Security Secretariat (SSPE) and the Mexican Army have set up modules in Nuevo Leon in where citizens can turn in weapons without fear of criminal investigation.
Citizens are encouraged to take weapons to the modules where they will be received, checked, and classified by soldiers. Once the weapons have been registered, they will be exchanged for vouchers which can be used in grocery stores, convenient stores and gas stations.
In the past six days 23 grenades, 160 handguns, 79 rifles, over 12,000 rounds of live ammunition, 49 magazines of various calibers, 99 BB guns, 120 BB rifles, and 64 toy guns have been turned in.
According to the SSPE spokesman, Jorge Domene Zambrano, authorities are pleased with the amount of weapons recovered so far, but had hoped to receive more grenades.
Rifles and shotguns are exchanged for $3500 peso vouchers, handguns classified for military use are paid $2500, and any others $1500. Additionally, the State will pay $500 pesos for BB guns, $300 pesos for 100 pieces of live ammunition, and toy guns will be exchanged for balls.
Photos: Grupo Reforma
Sources: Milenio, Televisa