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Australia

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,... (GunPolicy.org)

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China

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... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sunday Times (Sri Lanka), Agence France Presse

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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... (GunPolicy.org)

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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... (GunPolicy.org)

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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... (GunPolicy.org)

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Liberia

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... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: The New Dawn (Monrovia)

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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... (GunPolicy.org)

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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... (GunPolicy.org)

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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... (GunPolicy.org)

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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... (GunPolicy.org)

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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... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Dominion Post (Wellington)

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China

15,000 Guns Taken From Gang in Record Illegal Gun Seizure in China

14 April 2014

Xinhua

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)

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Martinique

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)

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Nigeria,Cameroon

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)

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United States

Gun Rights Advocates or Gun Advocates? US Gun Lobby Digs its Heels In

13 April 2014

Telegraph (UK)

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)

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United States

Study: Guns are Associated With Dramatically Increased Suicide Risk

13 April 2014

Examiner (USA)

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)

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Nepal

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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Mozambique,United States,Russia,China,South Africa

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)

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Oceania,Liberia,South Sudan,Europe,Africa,Asia,Americas,Haiti

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)

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United States

US Doctors Say Gun Violence a Public Health Issue

10 April 2014

Washington Post

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

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