Ecuador’s President Guillermo Lasso authorizes civilians carrying of guns

Apr 19, 2023 | Featured

This is a dramatic move.

Ecuador has authorized the carrying and use of guns by civilians, President Guillermo Lasso said in a televised broadcast, citing rising crime and insecurity in the Andean country.

Lasso, a conservative former banker, has been fighting to tackle rising crime and violence in the streets and in prisons – where hundreds of inmates have been killed – which the government blames on drug trafficking gangs. . . .

“We’ve modified the decree that allows the possession and carrying of guns. In other words, in general terms … the possession and carrying of guns for civilian use in personal defense is authorized, in accordance with the requirements of law and regulations,” he said. . . .

The president also declared a state of emergency in the Pacific port city of Guayaquil and the neighboring towns of Duran and Samborondon, as well as the provinces of Santa Elena and Los Rios. . . .

Staff, “Ecuador’s Lasso authorizes civilian use of guns, citing insecurity,” Reuters, Apirl 2, 2023.

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