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United Kingdom

Cops Without Guns Dominate as London Awaits 'Likely' Attack

22 August 2016

NBC News (USA)

LONDON — Seconds after his police radio crackles into life, Inspector James Beattie kicks the squad car into gear, triggers its siren and roars the wrong way down a busy road. Beattie and his partner, Constable Jill Simpson, are wearing stab-proof vests and carrying batons, canisters of mace and handcuffs. But like the vast majority of London cops, neither of them has a gun. "I've never, ever felt the need to have a firearm," Beattie said while on patrol last week.... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

The AR-15 Will Remain a Restricted Weapon in Canada [FR]

18 August 2016

Ici Radio Canada

[Translated summary: The Trudeau government has officially said no to a petition signed by 25,249 Canadians and sponsored by a conservative party member. The petition demanded the declassification of the AR-15 assault rifle rifle as a restricted weapon in order to be able to use it legally for hunting.] Le gouvernement Trudeau a officiellement dit non aux signataires d'une pétition qui réclamait la déclassification d'un fusil d'assaut semblable à celui qui a été... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

In 'Making a Killing,' Guns Do Slay People, Children Included

18 August 2016

New York Times

Try watching a 4-year-old recount the night when his enraged father shot the little boy's mother and grandfather in front of him. If there's a stronger word than heartbreaking, it would be apt for that story and for the others told in "Making a Killing: Guns, Greed and the N.R.A." "The N.R.A. creates fear in order to sell more guns and make more money for gun manufacturers," says one victim of gun violence. That and other arguments in this documentary are backed up... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Armed and Aging: Should Seniors Face Tighter Gun Controls?

18 August 2016

New America Media

Richard Swift grew up in the era of John Wayne and Gene Autry, cinematic cowboys whose armed antics drove his daydreams. He had a BB gun years before the first whiskers sprouted on his chin. At 12, he got a .22-caliber rifle that he'd lug around the hills and fields of his rural southeastern Pennsylvania burg, shooting targets and learning to hunt. "Mostly, I was just shooting things that were there, like a stick floating down the creek. I'd shoot bumblebees if they... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

Australia: Special Officers to Carry Guns After 10 Wks Training

17 August 2016

West Australian (Perth)

Armed special constables with the power to use "lethal force" will replace fully fledged police as the first line of defence at Parliament and other key State Government buildings. WA Police is advertising for 40 so-called Protective Service Officers for the security role, freeing up highly trained officers who currently do the work to return to frontline duties. The PSOs will wear uniforms similar to those worn by police and carry a full range of accoutrements... (GunPolicy.org)

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Belgium

Police in Belgium Can Now Carry Guns On and Off Duty [FR]

17 August 2016

Radio Télévision Belge Francophone (Belgium)

[Translated summary: A Royal Decree in Belgium will authorize police officers to carry arms in their off-duty hours. This measure will be temporary and in the context of self-defence. Also, in the future, unarmed police officers will not patrol alone.] Les représentants des ministres de la Justice et de l'Intérieur, des polices locales et fédérales ainsi que les quatre organisations syndicales se sont réunis toute la journée. Sur la table de négociations : le... (GunPolicy.org)

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East Asia,Germany

Germany Resumes Gun, Weapon Deliveries to Kurds in Iraq

17 August 2016

New York Times

The German military on Wednesday said it had resumed deliveries of weapons to Kurdistan after the government of the northern Iraqi region vowed to ensure the arms did not end up on the black market. A defense ministry spokesman said Germany had delivered 70 tonnes of weapons, including 1,500 rifles, 100 shoulder-fired rockets and three armored vehicles, to the Kurdistan Regional Government in Erbil on Tuesday. Germany halted weapons deliveries in January after media... (GunPolicy.org)

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Mexico

At Mexico's Lone Gun Store, Even the Boss Discourages Sales

17 August 2016

Times-Union (Florida), Associated Press

MEXICO CITY — There's just one place in all of Mexico where you can legally buy a gun. It's tucked away in an anonymous building on an army base in the capital, staffed by soldiers. Those who enter must surrender any cellphones, tablets or cameras, remove caps and pass through a metal detector. Weapons are kept in locked glass cases, unlike many of the 50,000-plus U.S. gun shops where used-gun racks on showroom floors allow easy access and clerks are happy to let you... (GunPolicy.org)

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Namibia

New Amendments to Toughen Firearm Licensing in Namibia

17 August 2016

New Era (Namibia)

Over the years Namibia has seen a steady escalation in violent crimes ranging from suicide to so-called crimes of passion that have resulted in hundreds of lives lost. Many of these incidents are attributed to the fact that too many people can too easily easily buy guns of their choice. Now proposed new amendments to the Arms and Ammunition Act are expected to make it harder to acquire a firearm license, especially small arms, like pistols. Amongst others, the new... (GunPolicy.org)

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Venezuela

Venezuela Destroys 2,000 Guns, Plans Bullet Registry - NYTimes

17 August 2016

New York Times

Venezuelan police crushed and chopped up nearly 2,000 shotguns and pistols in a Caracas city square on Wednesday, as the new interior minister relaunched a long-stalled gun control campaign in one of the world's most crime-ridden countries. Interior Minister Nestor Reverol said the event marked the renewal of efforts to disarm Venezuelans, through a combination of seizures and a voluntary program to swap guns for electrical goods. Venezuela has the world's second... (GunPolicy.org)

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Germany

Germans Arrest Suspected Supplier of Mass Shooter's Gun

16 August 2016

New York Times

BERLIN — The police have arrested a 31-year-old German man suspected of selling a gun and bullets to a teenager who killed nine people in a rampage last month in Munich, which sent the city into a panicky lockdown amid fears of a terrorist attack. The man was detained on Tuesday in the central German city of Marburg after being lured into a weapons deal with investigators and boasting that he had supplied the gun and ammunition in the Munich rampage, the authorities... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ghana

Expert Says Yet Another Gun Amnesty Will Fail in Ghana

16 August 2016

Joy Online (Ghana)

A Security Analyst says a 32-day amnesty granted by government to persons in possession of unlicensed weapons to voluntarily turn in the weapons would not yield the desired result. Dr Kwesi Aning, who is with the Kofi Annan Peace Keeping Training Center, said just like two similar initiatives undertaken by government in the past, the current intervention will also fail. "It is not going to make any difference. What is the basis for the amnesty? The people who smuggled... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ghana

Ghana Launches 32-day Amnesty for Unregistered Guns

16 August 2016

Joy Online (Ghana)

In a bid to control arm possession by individuals as the country heads to the 2016 general election, the government has declared a 32- day amnesty to help retrieve all unlicensed guns in the country. The intervention which spans from August 22 to September 23 would afford Ghanaians in possession of unregistered arms to either get them registered or turn them in to the police. This decision was announced by the Interior Minister, Prosper Bani when he addressed a news... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Machine Guns, Hand Grenades Found in Chicago Storage Unit

16 August 2016

Chicago Sun-Times

Authorities found hand grenades and machine guns inside a northwest suburban man's storage unit in Elgin Friday night, police said. About 9 p.m., Elgin police and federal immigration officers executed a search warrant inside the unit in the 600 block of Big Timber Road, according to a statement from Elgin police. A bomb squad from the Kane County sheriff's office was called after investigators found a cache of automatic weapons and hand grenades, police said. The... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Want to Reduce Gun Violence? Halt the War on Drugs

16 August 2016

Newsweek (USA), Opinion

Every December 5, American beer, wine and spirit enthusiasts celebrate Repeal Day. It was on this day in 1933 that the United States officially passed the 21st Amendment, effectively ending the failed "noble experiment" known as Prohibition. This was not only a good day for liberty and libations; it also marked the end of a violent era in American history. The transport and sale of illicit booze became a prolific criminal enterprise backed by well-armed, violent... (GunPolicy.org)

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India

India Relaxes Regulations, Now Welcomes Global Gun Makers

15 August 2016

Asia Sentinel

Driven partly by its developing rivalry with China, India is welcoming global gun manufacturers to set up shop to produce small arms including handguns, rifles, carbines, sub-machine guns, light machine guns and grenade launchers. New investment rules allow private players to establish manufacturing units, sell to Indian defense forces and even cater to export orders. Forty-nine per cent foreign ownership will be permitted automatically but up to 100 percent FDI can... (GunPolicy.org)

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Mexico

Mexico Counts Another 180,000 Guns Bought, Destroyed [ES]

15 August 2016

Cancun Mio (Mexico)

[Translated Summary: Mexico's National Government has launched a new Firearms Exchange 2016 program, where citizens can exchange guns for cash. This program has successfully collected over 180,000 firearms in the present administration. Only in Cozumel in 2015, 4 rifles, 6 handguns and 3,030 different cartridges have been collected.] El Gobierno Municipal en coordinación con la Secretaría de la Defensa Nacional (Sedena) a través de la Guarnición Militar, puso en... (GunPolicy.org)

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Mexico

More Guns Acquired Legally by Civilians in Mexican State [ES]

15 August 2016

La Jornada (Mexico)

[Translated Summary: According to a recent study Aguascalientes, Mexico registered an acquisition rate of 799.18 firearms per 100,000 households in 2015. This indicates a surge of 5.55% in comparison with 2014. According to the Federal Registry, there are currently in this state 4,727 licences to own firearms but only for sport and hunting.] - Crecen mortalidad por arma de fuego en el ámbito estatal - Ningún civil cuenta con licencia de portación ante la Sedena; hay... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Gays Against Guns Campaign Targets US Funds, Gun Makers

15 August 2016

Guardian

Hundreds of gay activists will begin a campaign of civil disobedience and direct action against gun companies and their supporters on Monday, to demand an end to the epidemic of gun violence blighting the US. Members of Gays Against Guns, a group formed in the wake of the massacre of 49 people at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando earlier this summer, said they would "no longer stand by and watch the gun industry profit from death". Organizers of the collective, which... (GunPolicy.org)

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Guyana

Scores of Gun Licences to Be Revoked in Guyana

14 August 2016

Demerara Waves (Guyana)

Scores of gun licenses are about to be revoked in the coming months, in keeping with a decision by the government to weed out those that had been wrongfully issued, no longer required or are in the hands of mentally unstable persons, Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan said Sunday. "It would be a massive, massive exercise so that is the difficulty but for the sake of the security of this nation I, as minister, will not make the massiveness of the exercise an... (GunPolicy.org)

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