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United States,Mexico

New Report on Firearms Trafficking from US to Mexico

11 January 2016

US House of Representatives, Committee on Foreign Affairs - Democrats, Media release

WASHINGTON -- Representative Eliot L. Engel, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today welcomed the release of a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report he commissioned on U.S. efforts to halt illegal firearms trafficking to Mexico. Representative Engel requested the report in May 2014. "With at least 70 percent of firearms recovered at Mexican crime scenes coming from the United States, our Congress has a responsibility to do much more to... (GunPolicy.org)

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Vietnam

Vietnam Seizes 41,300 Firearms

7 January 2016

People's Army Newspaper

Representatives of the Ministries of Public Security and National Defence met in Hanoi on January 7 to review their coordination in national defence and security, and ensuring social order and safety over the past five years. The conference was co-chaired by Deputy Defence Minister and Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People's Army General Do Ba Ty and Permanent Deputy Minister of Public Security Sen. Lieut. Gen. Dang Van Hieu. Under the Government's Decree... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom,Argentina,Brazil,Australia,United States

Australian Gun Expert Critiques America: You've Lost Control

10 December 2015

Washington Post, Opinion

Although we foreigners can offer no immediate solution to America's gun infestation, we can see how you lost control of the plague of armed violence. Outsiders are also perplexed to see that you've done so little to grant your citizens a basic human right — the freedom to live without fear of death by gunshot. Historically, there's little mystery as to how it began. The early laws of each European empire relied on two pillars of gun safety: Firearm owners were... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Most Guns in US Mass Shootings Were Legally Obtained

5 December 2015

NBC News (USA)

The weapons used in this week's massacre in San Bernardino, California, were purchased legally, raising questions about how preventable gun violence is under current U.S. firearm laws. Eighty-two percent of weapons involved in mass shootings over the last three decades have been bought legally, according to a database compiled by Mother Jones magazine that defines a mass shooting as taking the lives of at least four people in a public place. Using that criteria, Mother... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada,New Zealand,United Kingdom,Australia,United States

How a Conservative-Led Australia Ended Mass Gun Killings

4 December 2015

New York Times

In the continuing debate over how to stop mass killings in the United States, Australia has become a familiar touchstone. President Obama has cited the country's gun laws as a model for the United States, calling Australia a nation "like ours." On the campaign trail, Hillary Clinton has said the Australian approach is "worth considering." The National Rifle Association has dismissed the policies, contending that they "robbed Australians of their right to self-defense... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

How Many US Mass Shootings Are There, Really?

3 December 2015

New York Times, Opinion

On Wednesday, a Washington Post article announced that "The San Bernardino shooting is the second mass shooting today and the 355th this year." Vox, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, this newspaper and others reported similar statistics. Grim details from the church in Charleston, a college classroom in Oregon and a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado are still fresh, but you could be forgiven for wondering how you missed more than 300 other such attacks in 2015. At Mother... (GunPolicy.org)

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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... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,Puerto Rico

Gun Laws In Puerto Rico

18 November 2015

Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia (Puerto Rico)

Gun laws in Puerto Rico regulate the sale, possession, and use of firearms and ammunition in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. As Puerto Rico is a commonwealth of the United States, many U.S. federal laws apply, as well as Constitutional rulings and protections. (1) (2) Summary Table Subject/Law? Long guns - Handguns - (Notes) Permit to purchase? No - No - (Firearms purchases are subject to the requirements of US Federal law) Firearm registration? No - No Assault... (GunPolicy.org)

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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... (GunPolicy.org)

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France

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... (GunPolicy.org)

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Norway

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... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

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.... (GunPolicy.org)

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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... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

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... (GunPolicy.org)

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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... (GunPolicy.org)

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Uruguay

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... (GunPolicy.org)

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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... (GunPolicy.org)

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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... (GunPolicy.org)

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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... (GunPolicy.org)

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Jamaica

Jamaica: "Get the Guns Campaign" Launch

20 September 2015

The Jamaica Constabulary Force, Web page

"Get the Guns;" that is the message from Commissioner of Police Dr. Carl Williams as the 'Get the Guns Campaign' was officially launched at the Office of the Commissioner of Police on Thursday, September 17. The campaign, which was first announced in July of this year, is geared towards significantly reducing the number of illegal guns and ammunition in the hands of criminals in Jamaica. "Our intention is to seize illegal guns well above our current average of 600... (GunPolicy.org)

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