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18 Dec 2023

'Frankenstein' Guns Empower Gangs Against Police in Latin America

Unregulated parts for constructing AR-15-style rifles in the U.S. [have become key tools](https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2023-us-made-gun-exports-frankenstein-gun-parts/?embedded-checkout=true) for Latin American gangs, contributing to criminal organizations and drug cartels like Brazil's PCC and Red Command being more heavily armed than local authorities. These DIY 'Frankenstein' guns - nicknamed by cops - provide untraceable and powerful weaponry, fueling violence and outgunning law enforcement in the region.

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