Spanish gun deal: A gun deal that could boost Australian gun sales article A deal that has been described as a “spare part” for a long-running Australian gun deal could see the sale of some of Australia’s largest guns to South American gun maker SAIC.
In a deal worth $1 billion, SAIC will buy guns from a company called Mecanil SA in Argentina for an undisclosed amount.
The deal has drawn the ire of Australia-based gun makers who say it would be a significant blow to their global market.
Gun companies such as SAA Group have complained the deal would give South America an unfair advantage over Australia in the gun market.
The Australian Government has defended the deal, saying it would allow SAIC to expand its market share in South America and create jobs in the region.
“This is a significant opportunity for SAIC, and the SAIC Group, to build on its current market share and expand to other emerging markets,” said SAIC managing director Michael Cunliffe.
“The SAIC group is a world-leading manufacturer of precision weapons, and is actively investing in its manufacturing base in Argentina and other key Latin American markets.”
We look forward to continuing to work closely with SAIC in Argentina to further our global reach.
“A spokesman for SAAC, which operates South America’s largest firearms manufacturer, said SAICS is the only global supplier of firearms to the SAAMI (SAAMI-Argentina Arms) group, a global arms exporter that is owned by SAIC and other SAIC subsidiaries.SAIC is a leading firearms manufacturer in Latin America and is part of SAAMI.
The SAAMI-South America group is the largest private arms dealer in South American history.
In recent years, SAICS has been criticised for selling weapons to governments and criminal organisations in countries where gun rights advocates are not respected.
Gun deals involving the group are controversial because of the alleged corruption involved.
A review of weapons deals conducted by the Government watchdog, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), concluded SAIC was not complying with the terms of the arms deal and that it had not been given an opportunity to address concerns about its handling of sensitive information and processes.
But SAIC said the report did not find the issue significant.SAICS was also criticised by the Australian Government for failing to provide details of any foreign buyers of weapons, even when they were under pressure to do so.
SAIC also had to explain why it did not disclose a range of issues with the weapons deal, including the cost of the guns, the export process and the time taken to get the guns.
The report also criticised SAIC for failing in its role as an advocate for human rights in the firearms industry.
It noted SAIC’s work in the United States was criticised for failing “to engage directly with human rights groups, journalists and advocates” in the wake of the Sandy Hook school massacre.”
There was no dialogue with SAICS on the matter, nor any support for SAICS’ position in this regard, despite the fact that SAIC is the world’s largest gun exporter,” the DFAT said in its report.”
Despite this, SAISA has been repeatedly criticised for its actions, including its failure to engage directly and publicly with human right groups, media outlets, NGOs, and advocates in the U.S.