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Panama manages purchase of 13,000 automatic Glock pistols from Austria.

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Panama’s government manages the purchase of 13,000 automatic weapons at the Austrian Glock pistols factory.

The objective of the government of panama is to provide security forces with modern weapons to fight drug trafficking and other crimes, local media reported friday, quoting official sources .

Panama’s Security Minister, Jose Raul Mulino, told the newspaper La Prensa that they will buy 13,000 9-millimeter pistols at a cost of $ 7.9 million.

The minister said the deal with Glock also includes training in the repair of these pistols, maintenance of weapons, the change in  plastic and metal covers, and the provision of spare parts.

“We are negotiating with the factory Glock and we want to buy from them as soon as possible, because our weapons are relics, ” he said.

He explained that the guns will be distributed to the National Police, State Border Service, National Air Force and other main security state institutions.

He justified the decision to buy these weapons in the fact that, according to him, members of the security forces are at a disadvantage compared to the underworld, so that “modernization gun regulation is urgent. “