Find Gun Policy Facts

Armed violence prevention, gun control laws and the small arms trade:

Gun Policy News

Turkey,Serbia,Montenegro,Macedonia,Kosovo,Greece,Croatia,Bulgaria,Bosnia & Herzegovina,Albania,European Union

European Commission Tightens Gun Control Across the EU

18 November 2015

European Commission - Press release

The European Commission today adopted a package of measures to make it more difficult to acquire firearms in the European Union, better track legally held firearms, strengthen cooperation between Member States, and ensure that deactivated firearms are rendered inoperable. The proposals presented today were foreseen in the European Security Agenda adopted in April 2015, but have been significantly accelerated in light of recent events. The Commission is hereby supporting... (

Read More: European Commission - Press release


Serbia,Montenegro,Macedonia,Kosovo,Croatia,Bosnia & Herzegovina,France

How Did the 13 November Paris Killers Get Their Guns?

17 November 2015

Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)

How Did the 13 November Paris Killers Get Their Guns? Full details of the arms used in the 13 November massacres will emerge in time. This post provides some information on illicit automatic weapons, such as the Kalashnikov, in France, and how they reach illicit markets. Overall, it appears that there is a pool of several thousand illicit military style firearms in France and relatively small numbers are trafficked in from abroad. Such quantities mean that terrorists... (

Read More: Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)



France Unveils Plan Against Firearms Trafficking

13 November 2015

Radio France Internationale

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve unveiled on Friday a plan to fight proliferation and arms trafficking in France. Cazeneuve announced the plan in an interview with the daily newspaper Le Parisien. Cazeneuve told Le Parisien, "arms trafficking feeds and supports various form of criminality such as score-settling and narcotics smuggling," adding that arms trafficking also interconnects with terrorism. Among the measures, Cazeneuve announced targeted controls... (

Read More: Radio France Internationale



Norwegian Police to Stop Carrying Guns Once Again

13 November 2015

Yahoo News (Norway) / AFP

Oslo (AFP) - Norway's police, who have been authorised to carry firearms for the past year due to a heightened threat of Islamist attacks, will be unarmed again now that the threat level has been lowered, police said Friday. National police chief Odd Reidar Humlegard told reporters the measure would take effect on November 17. The country's 6,000 uniformed police officers will "have to keep their weapons locked in their patrol cars like they did previously," he... (

Read More: Yahoo News (Norway) / AFP



Spike in Handgun Crimes Reveals Australia's Secret Problem

10 November 2015

The New Daily (Australia)

The black market for guns is bigger than previously understood and crimes involving handguns are rising sharply, shows never-before-seen data published today by The New Daily. Australians may be more at risk from gun crime than ever before with the country's underground market for firearms ballooning in the past decade. Previously unseen police statistics show that the number of pistol-related offences doubled in Victoria and rose by 300 per cent in New South Wales.... (

Read More: The New Daily (Australia)


United States

Maryland (US) Handgun Ballistic Records Scrapped

10 November 2015

Hot Air (USA)

For gun control advocates, it sure sounded like a great idea. Why not force gun purchasers to fire a round at the police station so that the ballistic "fingerprint" of the firearm could be catalogued? That way, police could find the perpetrator every time a gun was used in a crime. What could go wrong? Plenty, according to the Baltimore Sun's Erin Cox. Fifteen years, millions of dollars, and 340,000 shell casings later, Maryland decided last week to scrap the system... (

Read More: Hot Air (USA)



One Gun for Every Eight Citizens in Victoria, Australia

23 October 2015

Yahoo! 7 News (Australia)

Victoria has one gun for every eight citizens, with 35,000 new guns flooding into the state in the past year. Gun control groups say the numbers are frightening but shooters say the rise is because more people are appreciating shooting as a safe and fun sport. Victoria had 764,767 registered guns in 2014-15, up from 728,999 the previous year. "It's a startling number and I believe it's a frightening number in terms of the increase of licensed guns in Victoria," Gun... (

Read More: Yahoo! 7 News (Australia)


United Kingdom,Canada,United States,Australia

US Political Debate About Australian-Style Gun Laws

20 October 2015

Sydney Morning Herald

Asked about Hillary Clinton's suggestion that the United States consider Australian-style gun laws, one of the country's leading gun industry champions laughed. "You've got to ask yourself how much the NRA paid the Clinton Foundation to get her to say that," Richard Feldman​, a former National Rifle Association lobbyist said. "Forget gold, that comment is worth its weight in platinum." Australia has been raised again in the US debate over guns in the wake of the... (

Read More: Sydney Morning Herald



Most Guns Used in Crime in Uruguay Are Legally Owned

12 October 2015

La Prensa (USA), EFE News Agency

MONTEVIDEO - Three out of four firearms used in crimes in Uruguay are properly registered with the Defense Ministry, which has documentation for more than 604,000 weapons in a country of 3.3 million people. "That is to say, they (the guns) have been stolen, or purchased legally, but they end up in the hands of criminals," the head of the ministry's National Firearms Registry, Daniel Farias, told EFE. As of July, the registry had records of 604,632 firearms. By... (

Read More: La Prensa (USA), EFE News Agency


United States

There are Now More Guns than People in the United States

5 October 2015

Washington Post

It's tough to know exactly how many guns we have in the United States. Most estimates of the number of guns in the U.S. use federal tallies of the firearms manufactured, imported and exported by U.S. gunmakers. A 2012 Congressional Research Service report published exactly one month before the Sandy Hook school shooting put the number of civilian firearms at 242 million in 1996, 259 million in 2000, and 310 million as of 2009. If that 310 million number is correct, it... (

Read More: Washington Post


United States

America Has More Guns in Fewer Hands Than Ever Before

5 October 2015

Washington Post

You've probably heard by now that the Obama administration has been a boon to the U.S. firearm industry. Gun manufacturers boosted production by 31 percent between 2011 and 2012. National tragedies from Newtown to Ferguson are accompanied by stories of surging gun sales. But data released this week from the General Social Survey, widely regarded as the gold standard for social science survey research, shows that in 2014, the number of American households owning guns... (

Read More: Washington Post


United States

Most US Mass Shooters Get Their Guns Legally

3 October 2015

New York Times

Grant Duwe, a criminologist with the Minnesota Department of Corrections, has studied more than 1,300 mass murders that took place from 1900 to 2013. Of them, he classifies 160 as mass public shootings, ones in which at least four people were shot and killed in a concentrated period, excluding those in family settings or involving other crimes… Those who study these types of mass murderers have found that they are almost always male (all but two of the 160 cases... (

Read More: New York Times



Only Six Gun-related Deaths in 2014 for Japan

16 September 2015


TOKYO - Last month, Japan's largest crime group, the Yamaguchi-gumi, split into two main factions, potentially creating a gang war that may ultimately involve all 21 designated crime groups in Japan. The new group, which was formally created in early September, is calling themselves the Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi and is already setting up alliances with other organized crime groups. The National Police Agency says they have had an emergency meeting to discuss how to handle... (

Read More: CNN


Turkey,Australia,United States

Weakening Australia's Gun Laws a 'Huge Mistake' - Ex-PM

10 September 2015

ABC News (Australia)

The Federal Government has agreed to allow the importation of the Adler lever-action shotgun in a year's time, pending a review into the system. Gun control advocates say the rapid-fire weapon from Turkey should be permanently banned because of its fast firing rate and its eight-round capacity. Mr Howard, who introduced a ban on automatic and semi-automatic weapons following the 1996 Port Arthur massacre, said he did not believe Australians wanted to see weaker... (

Read More: ABC News (Australia)


Serbia,Finland,Switzerland,Yemen,United States

US Has 5% of World's Population, 31% of Mass Shootings

23 August 2015

EurekAlert! The Global Source for the Science News (USA) - American Association for the Advancement of Science

Chicago - Despite having only about 5 percent of the world's population, the United States was the attack site for a disproportionate 31 percent of public mass shooters globally from 1966-2012, according to new research that will be presented at the 110th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA). "The United States, Yemen, Switzerland, Finland, and Serbia are ranked as the Top 5 countries in firearms owned per capita, according to the 2007 Small... (

Read More: EurekAlert! The Global Source for the Science News (USA) - American Association for the Advancement of Science



Law Abiding Shooters Not the Problem - Leyonhjelm

20 August 2015

ABC News (Australia)

"…Law abiding shooters are not the problem." [said Senator David Leyonhjelm] He said there were 800,000 shooters in Australia and they were sick of being blamed for the criminal actions of a few. "It's a simple policing matter. There are some people who shouldn't have guns. The police know who they are and it's their job to ensure they don't have guns," he said. "Everybody else who is a law-abiding person, they're not a... (

Read More: ABC News (Australia)



Ban on Firearms Imports Extended in Panama

9 July 2015

From a resolution of the Ministry of Public Security: It is resolved: To extend the suspension of the import of weapons allowed in the country by companies duly authorized to apply for licenses from the Ministry for importing such goods. State Security and the security services of state institutions are excepted. This Resolution is legally binding for a period of one (1) calendar month. IT IS ADVISED that appeals in opposition to this resolution Resolved may appeal... (

Read More:



Sydney Siege Inquest: Gunman Secretive, Defiant Narcissist

25 May 2015

Washington Post / Associated Press

SYDNEY — The man who took 18 people hostage at a Sydney cafe last year was educated and erratic, secretive about his own life and public about his many grievances, and a self-obsessed fabulist whose life was spiraling downward in the lead-up to his deadly attack, lawyers told an inquest Monday. The details of Man Monis' life and death are being examined at a coroner's inquest into December's siege at the Lindt Cafe, in which a shotgun-wielding Monis took customers... (

Read More: Washington Post / Associated Press



Australia New National Firearms Database by 2015

21 May 2015

Age (Melbourne)

A national firearms database has been fast-tracked in the wake of concerns about how Martin Place shooter Man Haron Monis had access to guns. The tracking system will aim to stop the trafficking of firearms across Australia, with authorities convinced that the vast majority of weapons used in organised crime are circulated across the country, rather than imported from overseas. A meeting of the Law, Crime and Community Safety Council on Friday will be told that the... (

Read More: Age (Melbourne)



Chile's New Firearms Act Increases Penalties Related to Gun Possession

16 May 2015

La Tercera (Santiago de Chile)

[Translated summary: Chile's new Firearms Act increases penalties and requirements on firearm possession. In 2014 there were 763,070 registered firearms, including 397,438 for personal defence. In 2015, 3,618 weapons were surrendered, compared to 2,771 in 2014 and 2,507 in 2013.] Durante el año pasado, 623 personas realizaron trámites y rindieron los exámenes para comprar e inscribir un arma de fuego en el Gran Santiago. Sin embargo, a 84 de éstas se les negó la... (

Read More: La Tercera (Santiago de Chile)