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Gun Policy News Forced to Close for Lack of Resources

7 June 2014

Gun Policy News

After 17 years of delivering daily bulletins, and only with great regret, Gun Policy News must close for lack of resources. My sincere thanks go to all our readers and contributors, to former staff, and to past funders of this service. Our archive of 38,000 mass-media articles, 1996-2014 can still be searched at Philip Alpers,... (

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Australia Proves It: National Gun Buybacks Reduce Mass Shootings

5 June 2014

Time (USA), Opinion

In the decade and a half since Australia initiated the policy, the number of firearms per person has stayed constant, and gun deaths have remained low. Sometimes a tragedy is so awful that it changes the national debate. The 1996 Dunblane school shooting in Scotland and the 2011 Norwegian gun massacre all prompted an outpouring of anguish and a demand for changes in law. In Australia, that moment was the 1996 Port Arthur massacre, in which a gunman killed 35 people at... (

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South Africa

Corrupt South African Cops May Have Sold Guns from Firearm Amnesty

5 June 2014

News24 (Cape Town)

JOHANNESBURG - An investigation into the possible sale of firearms handed to police during an amnesty period is under way, the Hawks said on Wednesday. "There was nothing to investigate before until we came across new information and decided to follow it all up," spokesperson Paul Ramaloko said. The investigation would focus on Gauteng first. The probe followed the arrest of three people at a house in Norwood, Johannesburg, where police found more than 300 firearms,... (

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El Salvador

Army Blocks Gun Trafficking Probe, El Salvador Corruption Suspected

4 June 2014

InSight Crime (Bogota)

An apparent attempt to hinder an investigation into arms trafficking in El Salvador's army has sparked a harsh exchange of words between government officials and raises questions about what the military may have to hide. On May 30, military personnel barred members of the Attorney General's Office from seizing documents as part of a probe into the illegal theft and sale of arms by high-ranking military officials between 2009 and 2013. El Salvador's Attorney General... (

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Malaysian Regional Police Reprimanded Over Missing Firearms

4 June 2014

New Straits Times (Malaysia)

GEORGE TOWN - The Penang police logistics and management division has been directed to buck up. State police chief Datuk Abdul Rahim Hanafi said the division should do more to check on asset management following the discovery of missing firearms and other items between 2010 and last year. He said several firearms and gun magazines have been found missing during the period. Also found missing, he said were handcuffs, motorcycles, holsters and gun pouches. Abdul... (

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New Zealand

Southern New Zealanders Own Twice as Many Guns as Northerners

4 June 2014

Stuff (New Zealand)

Mainlanders are twice as likely to own a firearm than North Islanders. About 8 per cent of South Islanders are standard firearm licence holders, compared to just 4 per cent in the North Island, according to police data. About one in 10 people have a firearm licence in the Tasman police district, an area that runs from Kaikoura, around the top of the South Island and down the West Coast to Haast. In contrast, Auckland City police district has just 6000 licence holders,... (

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Samoa Ratifies Arms Treaty, Calls for Other Pacific Countries to Follow Suit

4 June 2014

Radio New Zealand International (Shortwave)

Regional campaigners against the global arms trade say Pacific Island countries should follow Samoa's lead and ratify a landmark international treaty. Samoa is the first among Pacific Island countries to ratify the Arms Trade Treaty which seeks to thwart the flow of arms to conflict regions. Kiribati, Nauru, Palau, Tuvalu and Vanuatu have signed but ratification is needed in order to be bound by the UN agreement's rules. Samoa's move brings to 40 the number of states... (

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St Vincent & Grenadines,Jamaica

St Vincent, Jamaica Ratify Arms Treaty

4 June 2014

Jamaica Observer

UNITED NATIONS — St Vincent and the Grenadines and Jamaica have ratified the new Arms Trade Treaty as the Caribbean seeks to play an historic role in helping end the irresponsible, lethal global US$85 billion trade in small arms and light weapons and ammunition. The delegations from the two Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries Tuesday attended a special ratification ceremony at the United Nations' Headquarters to mark the event. "It is really positive that two... (

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United States

Google Glass Gun App Would Give Users Ability to Shoot Round Corners

4 June 2014

RT-TV Novosti (Russia)

A new Google Glass application would allow shooters to aim around corners while protecting them from return fire, the app developer claims. Tracking Point, a Texas company that develops precision-tracking technology for firearms, announced via a YouTube video on Thursday that it has combined wearable technology, like Google Glass, with a Precision Guided Firearm (PGF) in a way that allows users to shoot around corners. The new combined system is called ShotView. "When... (

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United States

NRA Retreats from Its Own Article Criticising Gun Carry Advocates

4 June 2014

New York Times, Opinion

The National Rifle Association is distancing itself from an article on its website that called demonstrations by gun rights advocates who brandished weapons in public "scary" and "weird," and that said such advocates had "crossed the line from enthusiasm to downright foolishness." The article and the subsequent denunciations in the past week are an unusual public disagreement inside the N.R.A. about the tactics of protesters, particularly in Texas, who have shown up... (

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United States

Even After Moving Right for 30 Years, NRA Has a Tea Party Problem

4 June 2014

Bloomberg (USA), Opinion

Like the Republican Party, the National Rifle Association has been moving right for more than three decades - ever since radicals calling for maximum gun rights took over the organization's convention in Cincinnati in 1977. And like Republican leaders who keep caving to the demands of Tea Party extremists at virtually every turn, the NRA's national leadership has a big fat Tea Party problem that it cannot solve. NRA leader Wayne LaPierre has proved willing to shout... (

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Rebel Dealer Jailed, Lost Licence, Guns: Agrees Fight Was 'Foolhardy'

3 June 2014

Toronto Sun (Ontario)

Bruce Montague was a northern Ontario firearms dealer so opposed to Canada's licensing laws that he stopped registering his guns in protest and dared the government to come after him. Be careful what you wish for. Ten years later, the 54-year-old's act of what he saw as "civil disobedience" has resulted in an 18-month jail sentence, a lifetime ban from operating his trade and now he's just been ordered to hand over his $100,000 gun collection — his life savings —... (

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Bhutan Police Announce Plans to Enforce Ban on Gun, Ammo Imports

2 June 2014

Kuensel Online

The import of guns and bullets into Bhutan has been banned from this month. The Royal Bhutan Police (RBP) made this announcement in the media and on its website, earlier this month. In its announcement, RBP referred to section 11 of the Fire Arms and Ammunition Act 1990, which bans the import of firearms and ammunition by the general public, for its recent decision. However, section 11 does allow for the purchase and import of ammunition for "authorised... (

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Children in Jamaica Injured, Killed by Guns in Rising Numbers

2 June 2014

Trinidad and Tobago Express

KINGSTON - The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) says 60 children were murdered here during the period January 2013 to May this year. The JCF said, in addition, 99 children were shot and injured by criminals during the same period. According to the statistics released by the JCF, over the last two months, seven children between the ages seven and 17 years were murdered while one was shot and injured. As a result, the police are calling on all citizens to redouble... (

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Papua New Guinea,Solomon Islands,New Zealand,Australia

Why Australia is Gunning for the Illegal Trade in Weapons

2 June 2014

Australian (Sydney)

Canberra, A.C.T - Illegally traded conventional weapons claim more than half a million victims every year. These weapons kill, maim and disable, undermine economic prosperity and development, and keep millions of people, especially women and children, trapped in fear. Australia will this week ratify the first legally binding instrument ever negotiated in the UN to establish common standards for the international transfer of conventional arms, the Arms Trade Treaty. In... (

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United States

Gun Activists Cut Up NRA Member Cards Over 'Disgusting' Criticism

2 June 2014

Talking Points Radio

Gun lovers in Texas are furious at the National Rifle Association right now. In response to the NRA's statement on Friday criticizing Texas activists' recent tactics, members of the pro-gun group Open Carry Texas have been cutting up their NRA membership cards, and the group has issued a statement demanding a retraction of the NRA's "disgusting and disrespectful comments." Or else. "The more the NRA continues to divide its members by attacking some aspects of gun... (

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United States

NRA Slams Texas Gun Group as 'Downright Weird' After Restaurant Rally

2 June 2014

New York Daily News

Even the National Rifle Association thinks some Texas residents are taking public gun toting too far. The notorious gun lobby has slapped members of Open Carry Texas as "downright weird" for their insistence on bringing loaded semi-automatic rifles, including AR-15s and AK-47s, into family-friendly establishments like Chipotle and Starbucks. The statement, released Friday, came one day before a throng of some 150 people, some armed with semi-automatic rifles and... (

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United States

NRA Decides Good Guys with Guns are Weirdos, Suggests Backdown

2 June 2014

Bloomberg (USA), Opinion

"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," said National Rifle Association chieftain Wayne LaPierre. Unless, apparently, the good guy with a gun is in Texas and obeying the state's open-carry law while hunting down some Mexican food or a cup of joe. According to a May 30 post on the NRA website, exercising one's rights in such a manner is, well, a little weird. It's hard to imagine where open-carry advocates got the notion that they... (

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United States

Fearing Rising Backlash, NRA Urges US Gun Activists to Stand Down

2 June 2014

Mother Jones (USA)

The last couple of months have been rough for proponents of open-carry gun laws. No fewer than seven restaurant chains have taken a stand against firearms being brought to their businesses, after activists in Texas conducted provocative demonstrations in which they toted semi-automatic rifles into various eateries. Texas law allows rifles (though not handguns) to be carried on display in public, but some patrons and employees were unnerved and angered by the... (

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Central African Republic

Central African Republic Leader Calls for Voluntary Firearm Disarmament

1 June 2014


DAKAR - Central African Republic's prime minister on Sunday called for voluntary national disarmament next week in a bid to halt a worsening cycle of violence that threatens to drive Muslims from the West of the country. In a televised address, Prime Minister Andre Nzapayeke declared June 8 would be a day for all citizens to hand in their weapons, after a spike in sectarian tensions in the majority-Christian capital Bangui following an attack on a church by Muslim... (

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