815.24/147: Telegram

The Minister in Honduras ( Lay ) to the Secretary of State

28. Department’s telegram No. 8, January 30, 4 p.m. These and other shipments cartridges of same calibre are for sale by importers to general public for revolvers. The Government of Honduras granted licenses for this and former shipments 32 and 38 calibre in consideration of a reduction of its outstanding debts owed these importers for other merchandise. Most of these cartridges are ultimately smuggled to Salvador and Guatemala.

If we raise embargo18 cartridges will be bought in Canada or Europe and I believe advisable continue embargo in order to retain certain check on destination of ammunition especially for rifles.

Lay