Gun Policy News
UK Police Seized Over 320 Firearms in London since April 2013
17 April 2014
Police have seized 30 firearms including assault rifles, sawn-off shotguns, an Uzi sub-machine gun and a Thompson machine gun in one of the largest arms finds recorded in London.
The huge arsenal, which included a large amount of ammunition, was found at an address in Waltham Forest, east London, after Metropolitan police officers executed a search warrant on Wednesday morning.
A 51-year-old man was arrested and remains in custody, the Met said..
Detectives from... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Guardian (UK)
Former New York Mayor Plans $50M Gun Control Network
16 April 2014
Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to spend $50 million this year on a new group that will mix campaign contributions with field operations aimed at pulling 1 million gun-control supporters to the polls, he announced Wednesday, adding a new dimension to his long-running fight for tighter firearms regulation.
The new organization, Everytown for Gun Safety, plans to mobilize voters to back candidates and ballot measures supporting such causes as enhancing... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Associated Press
New Zealand Girl Shot with Airgun by Teen Brother, Police Warn of Risks
15 April 2014
Dominion Post (Wellington)
An eight-year-old girl accidentally shot by her brother is in a stable condition in Hawke's Bay Hospital.
The girl's 12-year-old brother shot her in the stomach with a low-powered slug gun near Wairoa around 4.45pm on Sunday.
The girl suffered minor injuries and was flown to the hospital by the Lowe Corporation rescue helicopter.
Wairoa police senior sergeant Tony Bates said the pellet lodged deep within the girl's abdomen.
He said the circumstances were still being... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Dominion Post (Wellington)
15,000 Guns Taken From Gang in Record Illegal Gun Seizure in China
14 April 2014
GUIZHOU - Police in southwest China's Guizhou Province have seized a record number of illegal guns and knives in a cross-province raid that also captured 15 suspects, China Daily reported on Monday.
The police busted a gang involving in manufacturing and selling weapons and confiscated about 15,000 guns and 120,000 controlled knives.
It was the largest such seizure ever in China, the newspaper said.
The police found out after a four-month investigation that the... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Xinhua
Firearms Amnesty in Martinique Recovers Over 800 Guns [FR]
14 April 2014
Le Monde (France)
[Translated summary: Since the beginning of the year, out of 13 homicides, 10 were committed with firearms. Since the start of the amnesty, over 800 firearms have been recovered. Most firearms circulating in Martinique are shotguns that were diverted during robberies and then altered (sawed-off shotguns).]
Le 26 février, en plein jour, un jeune homme de 29 ans était froidement abattu sous les yeux de sa mère au coeur du quartier Godissard, une cité populaire de... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Le Monde (France)
Questions Raised About Arms Seizures in Cameroon
14 April 2014
Voice of America
YAOUNDE — Cameroon's government says it has seized huge consignments of arms and ammunition destined for Nigerian militant group Boko Haram. Residents in the area of the alleged seizure, however, say they are unaware of any such activity.
"The governor of the Far North Region has congratulated the forces of law and order and administrative authorities of Logone and Chari Division for impounding a huge quantity of arms and ammunition which was being smuggled for... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Voice of America
Gun Rights Advocates or Gun Advocates? US Gun Lobby Digs its Heels In
13 April 2014
The song blasts from two speakers placed either side of a beige canopy: "Guns, whether Remingtons and Glocks / Come on man it ain't like I'm a slingin' 'em on the block / I'm gonna tell you once, and listen son / As long as I'm alive and breathing, You won't take my guns."
Under the canopy is a table full of T-shirts and baseball caps embossed with the words "Open Carry Texas". And gathered around that are a handful of people with AK-47 or AR-15 semi-automatic rifles... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Telegraph (UK)
Study: Guns are Associated With Dramatically Increased Suicide Risk
13 April 2014
Gun ownership laws are a heated topic across the United States due to the constitutional issues involved. From a public health perspective it is however clear that guns are dangerous. With guns, suicide becomes the biggest problem, reports MedPage Today on April 11, 2014. In fact every single day 88 people die from a firearm associated injury and about two-thirds of those deaths are due to suicides.
Researchers have reported a very high proportion of gun associated... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Examiner (USA)
Smuggling of Firearms Up in Nepal
12 April 2014
Himalayan Times (Kathmandu)
KATHMANDU - Smuggling and illegal trade of small arms continues unabated in the Kathmandu Valley despite the law enforcement agency's efforts to curb crimes.
The rise in smuggling of small arms into the valley has resulted in surge of crimes like murder‚ extortion, death threats, abduction and robbery. A team from the Armed Police Force arrested three suspects, including two women, with a USA made automatic pistol, nine bullets and two magazines from Boudhha-based... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Himalayan Times (Kathmandu)
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South African Gun Culture Shown in Art
11 April 2014
Mail & Guardian (Johannesburg)
Best known as the director of the 2008 South African crime film Jerusalema and for his music video work with such top stars as Tony Braxton and Michael Jackson, Ralph Ziman's new art installation Ghosts is a powerful comment on the global arms trade and the worship of guns in South African society.
The work includes an extraordinary series of photographs showing men dressed in Day-Glo outfits toting wire-and-bead AK-47s, which are exhibited alongside the imitation... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Mail & Guardian (Johannesburg)
Over 400,000 People Murdered Worldwide in 2012, 40 Percent Caused by Guns
10 April 2014
UN Dispatch (New York)
Almost half a million people across the world lost their lives in 2012 as a result of intentional homicide, with the highest murder rates logged in the Americas and Africa, and the lowest in Europe, Asia and Oceania, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) reports.
"Too many lives are being tragically cut short, too many families and communities left shattered. There is an urgent need to understand how violent crime is plaguing countries around the world,... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: UN Dispatch (New York)
US Doctors Say Gun Violence a Public Health Issue
10 April 2014
With last month's controversy over Vivek Murthy's nomination for surgeon general still fresh, the nation's second-largest physicians group reaffirmed Thursday that it considers firearm violence a public health issue and issued a wide-ranging set of recommendations to address the deaths and injuries caused by guns.
The timing appears to be coincidental. But like Murthy — whose nomination was blocked in large part by a National Rifle Association offensive over his... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Washington Post
Doubts Over Cameroonian Claims of Arms Cache Find in Nigeria
9 April 2014
The announcement of the discovery in Cameroon of a large cache of arms and ammunition intended for Boko Haram insurgents in Nigeria is regarded in some quarters as government propaganda.
There was alarm in northern Cameroon when it was announced in early April that two Italian priests and a nun had been kidnapped by suspected members of the Islamist sect Boko Haram, which is waging an insurgency in neighboring Nigeria.
The whereabouts of the three are still unknown.... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Deutsche Welle
Gun-Related Homicides Rising in Uganda - Report
9 April 2014
The number of cases of murder by shooting in Uganda rose by 14 per cent last year, the annual police report has shown.
The 2013 Crime, Traffic and Road Safety report, which was released in Kampala on Monday, shows that the police investigated 131 cases of gun-shot murder, compared to 115 the year before. Some 192 people were shot dead last year, the report said. Of these, 163 were men, 20 were women, six were boys and three were girls.
Releasing the report, Inspector... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Observer (Kampala)
IRA Florida Gun-Running Case is Reopened
9 April 2014
Police are to reinvestigate claims that the Provisional IRA bought guns from America and smuggled them into Northern Ireland in the late 1990s.
It follows a BBC Spotlight programme that alleged a senior member of Sinn Féin was involved in a gun-running operation from Florida.
A self-confessed gun-runner told the programme Sean 'Spike' Murray was involved in smuggling guns before and after the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.
Mr Murray has denied the allegations.
Read More: BBC News
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Local Gun Control Laws Make Overseas US Military Bases 'Safer'
9 April 2014
Stars and Stripes (USA)
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Strict gun laws in foreign countries mean many in America's overseas military communities feel safer than they would at home, although they're divided over whether tougher rules would reduce gun violence in the U.S.
"For the most part, I feel safer over here because we're not allowed to bring guns," Sgt. Roseann Baena, a 26-year-old soldier assigned to Europe Regional Dental Command in Sembach, Germany, said Tuesday.
Her comment was typical... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Stars and Stripes (USA)
Ghost Boat Smuggles Weapons into India from Pakistan
8 April 2014
Daily Mail (UK)
A large consignment of weapons has reportedly been smuggled into India from Bangladesh after being shipped from Pakistan, backing the Home Ministry's apprehensions that sea routes could be used for arms trafficking ahead of the polls.
Indian intelligence agencies tracked a boat named Padma that was docked at Kutubdia port in Bangladesh about two weeks ago.
The vessel was used to transport the consignment of weapons, which was offloaded at the port before being... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Daily Mail (UK)
Two Days of Gunfights Leave 24 Dead in Mexico's North
8 April 2014
New Straits Times (Malaysia)
MEXICO CITY - The death toll from two days of gunfights in Mexico's northern state of Tamaulipas rose to 24 on Monday after authorities reported six more slayings in the drug violence-plagued region.
Authorities said 15 men and two women were killed on Sunday in a series of shootings between criminal groups in the towns of Tampico and Ciudad Madero, on the Gulf of Mexico coast.
A man's body was found on a bench and two others on a street in Tampico early Monday,... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: New Straits Times (Malaysia)
Seven Guns Stolen from New Zealand Home, Second Recent Gun Theft
8 April 2014
Radio New Zealand International (Shortwave)
Seven firearms were stolen from a Hamilton property during the weekend.
Police say the owner had his weapons hidden and locked up in a garage but left the keys in his unlocked car after going to bed.
The offenders used tools found inside the garage to force entry into the gun cabinet.
It is the second theft of firearms in the region in recent weeks. In March, eight weapons were stolen from a rural property at Opoutere on the Coromandel Peninsula.
Police say it is... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Radio New Zealand International (Shortwave)
Increasing Rate of Gun Ownership in Mexico
7 April 2014
Frontera NorteSur / Mexidata
More Mexicans are acquiring arms to defend their families and property. According to a university researcher, the number of firearms legally possessed in Mexico increased 53 percent from 2009 to 2012, jumping from 2,033,749 to 3,118,592 guns.
Ernesto Villanueva, a researcher for the National Autonomous University of Mexico's Institute of Legal Research, based his findings on data from the Mexican Defense Ministry (Sedena), which is in charge of registering firearms.... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Frontera NorteSur / Mexidata