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Violent Gun Crime Down in Canada in 2012, Most Gun Homicides Gang-Linked

23 April 2014

Globe & Mail (Toronto)

New data from Statistics Canada show the rate of firearms-related crime in Canada and the number of victims are declining. Incidents involving firearms accounted for 2 per cent of all victims of police-reported violent crime in 2012, Statscan reported. Police reported approximately 5,600 victims of violent crime where a firearm was present in 2012, about 1,800 fewer victims of firearm-related violent crime than 2009. Quebec is excluded from the report due to... (

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Russia,United States,Japan

Japanese Parliament Approves Bill to Ratify Arms Trade Treaty

23 April 2014

RIA Novosti (Russia)

MOSCOW – Japan's upper house of parliament, the House of Councillors, unanimously approved Wednesday a bill providing for the country's accession to the UN Arms Trade Treaty, the NHK channel reported. The Japanese government now expects a fast ratification of the treaty, although no specific date on its implementation has yet been announced. The Arms Trade Treaty, adopted at the UN General Assembly last year, is the first international pact regulating commerce in... (

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Guns, Drugs Seized in Argentina Amid Crime Surge

22 April 2014

NTD News (New York City)

BUENOS AIRES - A series of raids west of Buenos Aires yielded 250 arrests and unearthed firearms and drugs, police said Monday, the second such operation in as many weeks. "There were 20 separate related raids in La Matanza, Moreno, Merlo and Moron, in which 250 people were detained, marijuana and cocaine were confiscated, as well as firearms" and 76 vehicles, police chief Daniel Sobrero said. On Saturday, police said around 100 suspects were arrested and 85 weapons... (

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Online Gun Sales, 3D Printing Pushes Firearms Into Hands of Australian Criminals

22 April 2014

ABC News (Australia)

His name is ReadySetGo, and for $250 he can get you a gun straight out of a James Bond movie. It is an easily concealed plastic handgun that fires a plastic - but lethal - bullet and cannot be detected by X-rays and metal scanners. Or there is OzGun, who for $3,950 can source a single Glock 17s, the gun favoured by Australian law enforcement. OzGun can also get you ammunition, while ReadySetGo will provide barrels for his firearms in a variety of calibres: 9mm, .380,... (

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Police in China Set to Receive Firearms Training

22 April 2014

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka), Agence France Presse

BEIJING - Police in China are set to receive firearms training as part of a nationwide plan to boost armed patrols, state media said Tuesday, after a string of high-profile violent incidents. China announced last month that it plans to roll out armed patrols across the country following a spate of violence, including a knife attack in the southwestern city of Kunming on March 1 which left 33 people dead. The country's stability-obsessed Communist leadership responds... (

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Swaziland,South Africa,Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe Homicide Rate Among the Lowest in the World

22 April 2014

Herald (Zimbabwe)

Zimbabwe's homicide rate is among the lowest globally making it one of the world's most peaceful and safest places to live in. Even though Zimbabwe's figures were not captured in a new study by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on global homicide rates, police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi, told The Herald they recorded between 30 and 45 murders per month countrywide. This gives an average of 420 murder cases per annum, which roughly... (

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United Kingdom

Pheasant-shooting UK PM Blocks Lifting of 13-year Shooters' Subsidy

22 April 2014

Guardian (UK)

An internal coalition battle over a taxpayer subsidy for cheap gun licences spilled into the open on Tuesday when a Liberal Democrat Home Office minister said that he will attempt to force through reforms despite being blocked by the prime minister, David Cameron. Norman Baker, who has responsibilities for shotgun certificates, said he has been frustrated by the decision to block plans to raise the cost of gun licences, forcing police services to find more than £17m... (

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United States

NRA Quietly Backs Down on Some Domestic Violence and Guns

22 April 2014

Huffington Post (USA)

WASHINGTON - For nearly a decade, the National Rifle Association successfully blocked a bill in Washington state that would have required alleged domestic abusers to surrender their firearms after being served with a protective order. Only those actually convicted of felony domestic violence, the nation's largest gun lobby argued, should be made to forfeit their gun rights. This past year, the NRA changed its tune. As the bill, HB 1840, once again moved through the... (

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Cops Who Carry Guns Should Be Trustworthy, Says Liberia Police Boss

21 April 2014

The New Dawn (Monrovia)

Deputy Police Director for Operation Colonel Abraham Kromah, has called for the trust-worthiness of police officers that are expected to be armed at various police stations and depots across the country. "They have to be trusted and trained before we give them arm, and we will ensure that, the public should not worry," he said. Col. Kromah disclosed that officers who will be armed will go through thorough training like the Police Support Unit (PSU) and the Emergency... (

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St Vincent & Grenadines

Hopes New Coastguard Base Will Lower Gun Smuggling in St Vincent & Grenadines

20 April 2014

I-Witness News (St Vincent & Grenadines)

A gun in the hands of an untrained person is like a weapon of mass destruction, Commissioner of Police Michael Charles said last week, adding that the completion of the Coastguard base in Canouan can help to stem the flow of illegal guns into this country. Guns were used in eight of the nine murders recorded here this year, and police have also taken 15 illegal guns off the street. One was handed in to the police and the others were seized during stop and searches and... (

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Europe,United Kingdom

Gangs Use 'Antique' Guns Loophole to Import Banned Guns into UK

17 April 2014

London Evening Standard

Criminals are using a legal loophole to import guns into Britain for use in street shootings and robberies, the Standard can reveal. They are exploiting legislation allowing people to own firearms legally if the weapons are classified as "antiques", according to police and officials. The guns — which detectives say are lethal weapons — are brought from Europe, where they are easily and legally bought at antique arms fairs. Police say they are also being traded in... (

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United Kingdom

UK Police Seized Over 320 Firearms in London since April 2013

17 April 2014

Guardian (UK)

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... (

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United States,Bahamas

Major Haul of Smuggled Guns Seized in Bahamas

16 April 2014

Tribune (Bahamas)

FREEPORT – Following a major firearm seizure in Exuma, a Bahamas Customs official expressed concerns about the new smuggling techniques that are being employed by gun smugglers in the Bahamas. The illegal importation of firearms is a major challenge for Bahamian law enforcement authorities. Guns are used in about 60 per cent of violent crimes in the country. In the Bahamas, the annual rate of firearm homicide per 100,000 population was 22.2 in 2010, according to an... (

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United States

The 'Public Health Crisis' That Is US Gun Culture – Analysis

16 April 2014

CBC News (Canada), Opinion

Three days after Frazier Glenn Miller tried to kill some of the Jews he has spent his life despising (the self-styled paramilitary warrior actually wound up gunning down three Christians instead), the National Rifle Association's website remains silent about the attacks. Instead, the site features, among other things, a Fox News appearance by the NRA's chief legislative lobbyist about the need to defeat Barack Obama's nominee for surgeon general. The nominee, a doctor... (

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United States

Former New York Mayor Plans $50M Gun Control Network

16 April 2014

Associated Press

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... (

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New Zealand

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... (

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United States

Reuters Falls for a Very Misleading 'Florida Gun Deaths' Chart

15 April 2014

Mirror (UK)

Bad charts make us really sad. Here's the original, with an inverted Y-axis. Business Insider fixed it like this. But we prefer our version, with Piers Morgan bravely fighting for gun control in the States in the face of The Terminator. It makes more sense that way. The original point of the graphic was to show the effect of a change in the gun laws in Florida. After the "stand your ground" laws were enacted in 2005 the number of deaths rose almost... (

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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... (

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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... (

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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... (

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