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In his final year in office, President Obama has put guns in center stage announcing last week a set of executive actions designed to curb gun violence. While the president contends these measures are designed to keep Americans safe, many critics say the president has overstepped his authority. Others say the president hasn’t done enough.

From smart guns, to permits for sellers, background checks, and the right to bear arms: VICE News wants to hear what you think about guns.

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Rebranding the AK-47: A Weapon of Peace

With sales of Kalashnikov’s firearms severely impacted by sanctions imposed by the US last summer against the Russia-based company, the gunmaker has since rebranded its firearms as “weapons of peace.”

VICE News traveled to Kalashnikov’s headquarters in Moscow to speak with its new CEO Alexey Krivoruchko about the impact of sanctions on his company. We also met with the public relations agency heading up the campaign to find out more about the rebranding of its famous assault rifles.

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Read “Inside the Makeshift Weapons Workshop That Keeps Libya’s Militias Armed” – http://bit.ly/1RzZ3Iq

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AK-47: The Weapon of Peace (Trailer)

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With sales of Kalashnikov’s firearms severely impacted by sanctions imposed by the US last summer against the Russia-based company, the gunmaker has since rebranded its firearms as “weapons of peace.”

VICE News traveled to Kalashnikov’s headquarters in Moscow to speak with its new CEO Alexey Krivoruchko about the impact of sanctions on his company. We also met with the public relations agency heading up the campaign to find out more about the rebranding of its famous assault rifles.

Watch “Guns in Puerto Rico: Locked and Loaded in the Tropics” – http://bit.ly/1y862Ct

Read “As Arms Sales to the Middle East Increase, Exporters Compete to Make a Killing “ – http://bit.ly/1KFbylh

Read “Inside the Makeshift Weapons Workshop That Keeps Libya’s Militias Armed” – http://bit.ly/1RzZ3Iq

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Testing Illegal Weapons in the Jungle (Excerpt from ‘Locked and Loaded in the Tropics’)

At 91 per cent, Puerto Rico has the world’s highest overall percentage of homicides by firearms. But this statistic hasn’t stopped the NRA from setting up shop, establishing their 51st chapter in Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico’s sky-high murder rates and extremely strict gun laws have only encouraged the association to fight for their constitutional rights, and arm the island with more and more guns. In 2014 alone, gun permit applications doubled, possession of guns tripled, and licenses for shooting ranges quadrupled the previous year’s numbers.

In this excerpt, VICE News correspondent Kaj Larsen meets up with one of Puerto Rico’s top assassins in the jungle outside Río Piedras to learn more about the illegal gun market.

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Gunshot Wounds in the ER (Extra Scene from ‘San Pedro Sula Nights’)

San Pedro Sula, Honduras, has made it to the top of the list of the world’s most dangerous cities (outside of war zones) for three consecutive years, with an annual homicide rate of 187 per 100,000 people. Reporting crime in Honduras is considered a high-risk job — according to the Honduran National Human Rights Committee, at least 47 journalists and media executives have been murdered between 2003 and 2014.

In this extra scene, VICE News spent the night in an overcrowded emergency room of the Mario Catarino Rivas hospital in San Pedro Sula, where cases of bullet wounds are all too common.

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Crime Reporting in the Murder Capital: San Pedro Sula Nights

San Pedro Sula, Honduras, has made it to the top of the list of the world’s most dangerous cities (outside of war zones) for three consecutive years, with an annual homicide rate of 187 per 100,000 people. Reporting crime in Honduras is considered a high-risk job — according to the Honduran National Human Rights Committee, at least 47 journalists and media executives have been murdered between 2003 and 2014.

VICE News spent four nights alongside Orlin Castro, a young reporter who covers the crimes that occur in the streets of San Pedro — which often result from the never-ending turf war between the 18th Street and MS-13 gangs, two of the city’s most notorious criminal groups.

Read “A Camera, Microphone, and Gun: At Night With A Crime Reporter In San Pedro Sula” – http://bit.ly/1BJ0M7I

Read “US Border Patrol Caught More Non-Mexicans Than Mexicans for the First Time Ever in 2014” – http://bit.ly/1w3twBu

Read “Honduras Is Combating Its Homicide Epidemic With Militarization” – http://bit.ly/1xJhW3K

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Guns in Puerto Rico: Locked and Loaded in the Tropics

At 91 per cent, Puerto Rico has the world’s highest overall percentage of homicides by firearms. But this statistic hasn’t stopped the NRA from setting up shop, establishing their 51st chapter in Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico’s sky-high murder rates and extremely strict gun laws have only encouraged the association to fight for their constitutional rights, and arm the island with more and more guns. In 2014 alone, gun permit applications doubled, possession of guns tripled, and licenses for shooting ranges quadrupled the previous year’s numbers.

Vice News traveled to Puerto Rico to look at the rising tide of firearms that are changing the commonwealth and the culture. We met up with street thugs, the Puerto Rican SWAT team, pro-gun advocates, a gun control politician, and a women’s gun group, to find out how the NRA’s 51st and newest testing ground is working out.

Read “A Former Marine Is Being Prosecuted on Kidnapping and Gun Charges — and the NRA Is Taking His Case” – http://bit.ly/1xmv7Hy

Read “‘Rambo’ Has PTSD: The Strange Case of an International DEA Murder-For-Hire Drug Sting” – http://bit.ly/1EUC5Je

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Guns in Puerto Rico: Locked & Loaded in the Tropics (Trailer)

Puerto Rico has the world’s highest overall percentage of homicides by firearm, with an estimated more than 90 percent of murders caused by guns. This statistic hasn’t stopped the NRA from setting up shop, establishing their 51st chapter in the tropical US territory.

Puerto Rico’s sky-high murder rates prevail, despite its extremely strict gun laws, which have only encouraged the association to fight harder for their constitutional rights and arm the island with more and more guns. In 2014, gun permit applications doubled while possession of guns tripled, and licenses for shooting ranges quadrupled from the previous year.

In the upcoming feature, VICE News travels to Puerto Rico to look at the exploding rate of firearms that is changing the culture of the Commonwealth outpost. We meet up with street thugs, the Puerto Rican SWAT team, pro-gun advocates, a gun control politician, and a women’s gun group, to find out how the NRA’s newest testing ground is working out.

Watch the full length “Locked and Loaded in the Tropics” – http://bit.ly/13XCJVg

Read “A Former Marine Is Being Prosecuted on Kidnapping and Gun Charges — and the NRA Is Taking His Case” – http://bit.ly/1xmv7Hy

Read “‘Rambo’ Has PTSD: The Strange Case of an International DEA Murder-For-Hire Drug Sting” – http://bit.ly/1EUC5Je

Watch “Peru: The New King of Cocaine (Full Length)” – http://bit.ly/1AiOHUh

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