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Gang members fix their weapon in Cité Soleil Slum in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday, May 28, 2019. ( Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

The Haitian Times
By Onz Chery and Murdith Joseph

CAP-HAITIEN — In a cafe in Pétion-Ville in 2008, a man was turning an unloaded Glock 47 around to inspect it among a group of friends.

“This is pretty nice, man,” the man said. “[How] about I give you a thousand dollars for it?”

The gun belonged to a Haitian-American U.S. Navy veteran who traveled to Haiti. Taken aback, the veteran refused. The man raised the price to $US 1,500 then to $US 2,500 when the veteran bought the gun for $US 425, the veteran said.

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