A post on Stock Market Dish on 24th November is concerned with a case involving a gun shop in Orlando in which the federal authorities accuse 2 brothers of conspiring with a Haiti senator and others to ship firearms and ammunition from the US to Haiti without a licence. Global Dynasty Corp LLC is alleged to have exported 159 semi-automatic single- and double-barrelled 12-gauge shotguns, 5 AR15-type rifles and 2 9mm Glock 17 pistols along with tactical vests, police boots and 30,000 bullets including shells for the shotguns. The post says that the case it highlights the failure of the US arms embargo on Haiti and the lack of political will in that country to suppress the illegal arms trade. Despite the embargo, which was first put in place after the 1991 coup that ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Haiti is awash in illegal weapons, with politicians long accused of funnelling arms to gangs while others are being protected by armed militias. Furthermore, it says that a recent increase in violence by gangs in many Haitian neighbourhoods forced both the US and Canada to revise their travel warnings for citizens wishing to visit the country.
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