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United States

US Gun Violence: 'Ordinary' 4-Shot Shootings Alone Killed 462

26 May 2016

New York Times, Editorial

Only in America: A computer algorithm about guns has been created to predict who is most likely to be shot soon, or to shoot someone. The Chicago Police Department, desperate to reduce gun violence by street gangs, authorized this unusual tool three years ago and has been using it to track and caution the most likely offenders. It is a remarkable state of affairs that local governments must resort to such an approach to deal with the reality of gun mayhem. Yet it is... (GunPolicy.org)

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Europe

Europe Should Trace More Crime Guns, Share Data - Report

25 May 2016

International Business Times (UK)

Governments need to improve the way they gather and share information about illegal firearms in order to combat gun crime, a UK-led report has concluded. The 15-month Effect Project found that inconsistencies in the ways European countries register firearms offences means that gun crime was difficult to monitor. It found that legal loopholes could be exploited by criminals to acquire firearms, and recommends the formation of a centralised "firearms focal point" where... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

Armed Police to Patrol Six of London's Gun Crime Hotspots

25 May 2016

BBC News

Armed police patrols will target London's gun crime hotspots such as Hackney, Lambeth and Southwark after a rise in the number of shootings. Met Police chiefs say there are more guns on the streets which have fuelled a "significant" rise in the number of shootings in the past three months. There were 226 shootings in 2015. So far this year there have been 122, with a particular rise since March. Newham, Haringey and Brent were also highlighted as shooting... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

US 3rd-Party Gun Sales Don't Require Background Checks

25 May 2016

WKRN TV Nashville

NASHVILLE – If you buy a hand gun from a gun shop in Tennessee, you need to pass a background check. But if two private citizens buy and sell a gun, that transaction doesn't require a background check—and it is legal. News 2's Andy Cordan was offered a chance to buy a gun on the street the other day from a man who first tried to pawn it. It happened Monday about 5 p.m. when the man left the shop in South Nashville carrying a gun he later identified as a TEC-9, a... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Hawaii Proposes Putting All Gun Owners in Federal Database

25 May 2016

NBC News (USA), Associated Press

Hawaii could break new ground on gun control by entering firearm owners into a federal database that will allow police to find out when any of them get arrested. The proposal, which has passed the state Legislature and is awaiting a signature from Gov. David Ige, has drawn criticism from gun owners and some legal scholars who say it would infringe on owners' rights. But others say it would probably withstand court challenges, since the Supreme Court has backed states'... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Nine US States Have Abnormally High Gun Death Rates - Study

25 May 2016

The Trace (USA)

In public health, there are totals which can give researchers and policy makers a raw sum of cost or human loss. There are per capita counts, which allow for more meaningful comparisons of an issue's frequency across population groups and geographic boundaries. And thanks to a research scientist named Francis Boscoe, there is another metric, known as "distinctive causes of death." Calculating the difference between state and countrywide averages for the same sources of... (GunPolicy.org)

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Algeria

Libya-linked Gun Trafficking Ring Dismantled in Algeria [FR]

23 May 2016

El Watan (Algiers)

[Translated summary: A network specialized in firearm trafficking has been dismantled in Algeria. Police arrested two people and seized 22 American pump-action shotguns, three Turkish shotguns, one handgun and ammunition, all from Libya.] Un réseau spécialisé dans le trafic transfrontalier d'armes à feu a été démantelé en fin de semaine dernière. L'opération, menée par une brigade spécialisée de la sûreté de la wilaya d'Alger (SWA), a permis... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Four Gun Safety Initiatives to Watch in US Election 2016

23 May 2016

Mother Jones (USA)

After a bill to expand background checks for gun buyers stalled in the Washington state legislature in 2013, gun safety advocates tried a different path forward: collecting enough signatures to put the measure on the 2014 ballot. That November they landed a decisive victory, with 60 percent of voters approving the measure. Despite the longtime influence of the National Rifle Association and other pro-gun lobbyists in the nation's statehouses, background checks are... (GunPolicy.org)

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West Africa,European Union

European Union Funds Push to Surrender Guns in West Africa

23 May 2016

Euractiv

A €5.6 million EU funded programme in West Africa is pushing for the voluntary surrender of small and light arms that are in the hands of civilians in exchange for incentives like social amenities and development activities for residents. The Weapons Collection Programme is being chaperoned by the West African economic bloc, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) within the broader context of "Disarmament and Community Development" or "Weapons for... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

US Shootings With 4 Deaths or Injuries Are Invisible - NY Times

22 May 2016

New York Times

CINCINNATI — After the slaughter of nine worshipers at a South Carolina church last June, but before the massacre of eight students and a teacher at an Oregon community college in October, there was a shooting that the police here have labeled Incident 159022597.01. It happened on a clear Friday night at an Elks Lodge, on a modest block of clapboard houses northeast of this city's hilly downtown. Unlike the butchery that bookended it, it merited no presidential... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Trump and Clinton on Guns, Race, Justice and Policing

21 May 2016

Guardian

For years seen as a losing battle, the push for gun control has become a central conflict of the 2016 presidential election, and part of a broader struggle between competing visions of policing, justice and racism in America. Donald Trump, the presumptive nominee of the Republican party, has pledged that if elected he will eliminate "gun-free zones" and make it easier to carry a concealed firearm in all 50 states. National Rifle Association members cheered him on... (GunPolicy.org)

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Belgium

Belgium Issued 2,959 Licences for Gun Possession in 2015 [FR]

20 May 2016

Le Soir (Belgium)

[Translated summary: At 31 December 2015, 769,120 guns were registered and legally held in Belgium. This number rises about 1% or 2% every year. 2,959 licences were issued in 2015 in Brabant, 67% more than in 2013. Most of them were requested by sport shooters.] Le nombre d'armes à feu augmente de 1 ou 2 % chaque année. En Brabant, 2.959 autorisations de détention ont été délivrées en 2015. Soit 34 % de plus qu'en 2014. Par rapport à 2013, l'augmentation est... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ghana

Gun Trafficking, Home Made Firearms Worry Ghana Police

20 May 2016

Joy Online (Ghana)

The Small Arms Commission has warned of possible politically motivated violence during the 2016 elections after observing a trend pointing to stockpiling of weapons. Executive Director of the Commission, Jones Applerh expressed fears that the elections could trigger a heightened demand for arms. A number of arms seizures must have informed the fears of the Commission. There were seizures reported in the Western Region in February, 2016 where the police collected at... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

US Gun Sales Trigger Craze for Secret Furniture Compartments

20 May 2016

Fox News (USA)

Rising gun sales have triggered a new trend in furniture fashion -- coffee tables, cabinets, headboards and hutches with secret compartments for firearms. 'Gun concealment furniture' sales, once the province of solitary craftsmen making custom goods have gone mainstream, allowing firearms owners to maintain easy in-home access to hidden handguns and rifles. "There are a lot of people who don't want a big iron safe," said Dan Ingram, owner of NJ Concealment Furniture,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Botswana

Botswana Police Raffle 50 Pistol Licences to 3,450 Applicants

19 May 2016

Botswana Daily News (Gaborone)

GABORONE — Botswana Police Service issued 50 short-guns licenses at a raffle conducted in Gaborone on Thursday. Speaking at the draw, chairman of the Arms Quota Board, acting commissioner of police, Mr Bruno Paledi, said issues of fire arms made headlines on news around the world. He said small weapons were involved in killing of people and as such, he encouraged those who won the draw to exercise maximum care in handling fire arms at all times. Mr Paledi said... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

Police to Declare Progress on Gun Registration in South Africa

19 May 2016

Parliament of South Africa (Cape Town)

The Portfolio Committee on Police will tomorrow (20 May 2016) receive a status report on the interventions the Central Firearms Registry (CFR) has employed towards improving its processes. In the recent past, the CFR has been criticised for its sluggishness in processing firearm licenses and renewals. In trying to ensure efficiency within the CFR, the Committee demanded a turnaround strategy and quarterly reports on the implementation of the strategy. The meeting will... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

US States With More Gun Owners Have More Gun Suicides

19 May 2016

United Press International

In states where there are more gun owners, there are also more gun-related suicides, a new U.S. study finds. Looking at 33 years' worth of data, the researchers found that states with more gun owners generally had more suicides by firearm among both men and women. Men in those states also had higher overall suicide rates. The findings do not prove that guns lead to more suicides, said lead researcher Dr. Michael Siegel, a professor at the Boston University School of... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Firearm Ownership Closely Tied to Suicide Rates - US Study

19 May 2016

Medical Xpress

States with higher estimated levels of gun ownership had higher incidents of gun-related suicides, with firearm ownership alone explaining 71 percent of the variation in state-level gun suicide rates for males and 49 percent for females, a new study by Boston University School of Public Health researchers shows. The study, published in the American Journal of Public Health, covers 33 years, from 1981 to 2013, and is the most comprehensive analysis of the association... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

US Gun Dealers Lose 12,000 Firearms to Thieves in Two Years

19 May 2016

News Max

More than 12,000 handguns, shotguns, and rifles were stolen from gun stores between 2013 and 2015, an increase of 28 percent, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. More than 1,100 federally licensed gun dealers were robbed, according to ABC News. "We know from experience that as soon as those guns are stolen, we have a very short period of time between when those guns go from the legal market into criminal hands and then are being... (GunPolicy.org)

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Venezuela

Venezuela District Seized, Destroyed 550 Guns in 2016 [ES]

19 May 2016

Radio Nacional de Venezuela

[Translated summary: Only this month, more than 300 confiscated guns were destroyed in Barinas, Venezuela. Yhey included 12 and 16 gauge shotguns, 9mm pistols and home-made weapons.] La Comisionada estadal de la Gran Misión A Toda Vida Venezuela en Barinas, Lidia Rodríguez, destacó que sólo este mes destruyeron más de 300 armas incautadas durante diferentes procedimientos, entre las cuales destacan escopetas calibre 12 y 16, pistolas 9 milímetros y armas de... (GunPolicy.org)

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