The funds allocated to the Ministry of Security will be used to acquire guns and vests for the National Police Force.
Of the $7 million authorized by the National Assembly for the Ministry of Public Security 2.4 million will go to the purchase of 5,000 Glock pistols to reinforce the armory of the National Police Force.
The government has announced that the ban on importing firearms will stay in place until August 6, 2015.
From a resolution of the Ministry of Public Security:
It is resolved:
To extend the suspension of the import of weapons allowed in the country by companies duly authorized to apply for licenses from the Ministry for importing such goods. State Security and the security services of state institutions are excepted.
An announcement has been made of a new regulation for the import and sale of weapons while at the same time a ban on imports has been extended for six months.
The regulation being prepared aims to implement new measures such as: understanding what caliber of weapons should be restrictd, the size of the suppliers that may be used, the type of psychological tests to be applied to people, and revocation of permits already issued, among other things.
The Ministry of Government of Guatemala has awarded eight companies with contracts for the purchase of equipment and uniforms for the National Civil Police.
Using the 'By Exception' purchase method and restricted to firms previously invited to bid, the Interior Ministry awarded contracts to eight companies for the supply of computer equipment and telecommunications, electricity, security and armaments, textiles and others items for $37 million.
The Army is evaluating the acquisition of helicopters for strengthening surveillance of aircraft entering the territory illegally.
At a public meeting, the chief of defense, Manuel Lopez, confirmed that the Army is looking at buying helicopters as part of an "aerial platform" that would improve its monitoring of illicit aircraft entering the country. It has also initiated the process in Congress of borrowing the money which will be used to purchase two vessels.
As of July 9 full legislation comes into full effect which seeks to prevent the entry of weapons or contraband into the United States.
From an article by the Costa Rican Foreign Trade Promotion Office (PROCOMER):
On November 25, 2008, the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published the regulations for Importer Security Filing (ISF 10 +2) which requires importers and carriers to submit additional cargo information to the CBP before the goods are shipped to the U.S.
Faced with criticism over multi million dollar direct purchases, the chief of Government justified these measures saying "a bidding tender does not guarantee transparency and honesty."
In interview for Elperiodico.com.gt with Mauricio López Bonilla, Minister of the Interior, the official said that several strategic materials needed for the National Civil Police (PNC by its initials in Spanish) such as weapons, equipment, technology and infrastructure construction, will be some of the purchases made without tender processes.
Guatemala's government plans to buy 10,000 guns for the national police force.
The Ministry of Interior has announced the acquisition of personal weapons for the National Civil Police (PNC), through the Military Industry.
In the month of February, during the graduation of more than 1,600 new police men and women, the interior minister, Mauricio Lopez Bonilla said the deficit in weapons in the institution amounted to 5000 pistols.
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