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Spain

One Gun for Every Eight Inhabitants in Ourense, Spain [ES]

14 November 2016

Faro de Vigo (España)

[Translated Summary: There are almost 3 million firearms circulating in Spain. In the city of Ourense there are over 37,000 firearms registered, an average of one gun for every eight inhabitants. Most of them, over 31,000, are shotguns and rifles for hunting. There are 26,000 licences on issue, but 10,000 more registered firearms.] España no es, ni de lejos, Estados Unidos, cuya Segunda Enmienda de la Constitución brinda el derecho a portar armas y donde un lobby... (GunPolicy.org)

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Switzerland

180 Firearms Surrendered in Gun Amnesty in Swiss Town [FR]

12 November 2016

24 Heures (Switzerland)

[Translated summary: 180 firearms were surrendered to the authorities in the Swiss municipality of Hinwil during a gun amnesty. Among the firearms were rifles, assault weapons, pistols, revolvers and 60 kilos of ammunition.] Une action contre la circulation des armes à feu et des munitions a eu lieu samedi matin à Hinwil (ZH). Chacun pouvait remettre les pièces en sa possession à la police zurichoise. Au total, 180 armes à feu ont été transmises aux autorités.... (GunPolicy.org)

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Western Europe,Serbia,Bosnia & Herzegovina

Bosnia, Serbia Try to Curb Illegal Flow of Guns to Europe [ES]

10 November 2016

Terra (Argentina)

[Translated summary: Bosnia and Serbia want to stop the illegal flow of Balkan firearms to Europe. In the 2015 Paris attacks the terrorists used Balkan firearms. It is estimated that there are between 3.6 to 6.2 million firearms in the Balkans, 900,000 in Serbia alone. Serbian organised crime has been linked to a third of all investigations into illegal arms trafficking conducted in France.] Las armas procedentes de los Balcanes equipan desde hace tiempo a los... (GunPolicy.org)

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Western Europe,Serbia,Bosnia & Herzegovina

Bosnia, Serbia Try to Curb Flow of Illegal Guns to Europe [FR]

10 November 2016

Libe (Montenegro)

[Translated summary: Bosnia and Serbia expressed concern about the flow of Balkan firearms to Western Europe. The jihadist terrorists involved in the Paris attacks of 2015 used firearms trafficked from the Balkans. It is estimated that there are between 3.6 and 6.2 million firearms among the 25 million citizens of the Balkan countries.] Les armes des Balkans équipent depuis longtemps les voyous d'Europe mais les jihadistes qui ont semé la mort à Paris en 2015 en... (GunPolicy.org)

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France

Shooting Clubs Show 38% Membership Growth in France [FR]

4 November 2016

BFMTV (France)

[Translated summary: Amid fear of terrorist attacks in France, membership of shooting clubs jumped from 145,365 to 201,450 between 2011 and 2016, an increase of 38%. Firearm seizures also increased: there were 5,000 in 2014, 6,000 in 2015 and 5,000 so far this year. Nowadays, France has 4.4 million declared guns, and, depending on the source, between 1 and 8 million illegal firearms.] D'après une enquête de L'Obs, de plus en plus de Français se dotent d'armes à... (GunPolicy.org)

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Russia,United States,Philippines

Philippines Will Buy Guns from Russia if US Won't Oblige [FR]

3 November 2016

TRT (Turkey)

[Translated summary: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says he'll turn to Russia if the United States refuses to sell M-16s to his country. The declaration was made after the US cancelled an order of assault rifles intended for Philippine Police, citing concern about violations of human rights.] Le président philippin Rodrigo Duterte a déclaré, mercredi, qu'il solliciterait la Russie si les Etats-Unis refusent de vendre des armes à son pays. La déclaration de... (GunPolicy.org)

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Russia,United States,Philippines

Philippines Will Turn to Russia if the US Won't Sell Them Guns

2 November 2016

CNN

Outspoken Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte had a blunt message for the United States after reports emerged of a potentially blocked arms sale. "They're blackmailing me that they won't sell weapons? We have lots of explosives here," Duterte said, according to CNN Philippines. And suggested, the country would turn to Russia for its weapons. "[I] remember what the Russian diplomat said: Come to Russia, we all have here anything you need." The comments were in... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Arab Emirates,Saudi Arabia,Uzbekistan,Finland,Turkmenistan,Yemen

Finland Under Scrutiny for Rising Arms Exports to Conflict Zones

1 November 2016

Modern Tokyo Times

As the global economy continues its slow recovery from the 2008–2009 worldwide recession, armament sales appear to have been one of the few recession-proof export sectors. The greater Middle East has been main emporium for such purchases. While the United States and Russia remain the world's two leading armaments exporters, other countries have also rushed in to fill niche markets, such as small arms, training aircraft and light artillery. Notably, Finland has been... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

British Police Fear Stolen Guns May Fuel Terrorist Attacks [ES]

31 October 2016

ABC News (Spain)

[Translated summary: British Police fear a terrorist attack with firearms in the UK. With 800 licensed firearms lost each year, these guns could be sold by gangs to Jihadist terrorists. During the last two years, police disrupted 10 attempted attacks, and in half of them terrorists were going to use firearms.] La policía británica, en una rara declaración, ha reconocido que teme un ataque islamista con armas de fuego en ciudades del país, al modo de los que sufrió... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

Guns-and-Terrorism Links Worry British Police, Crime Authority

31 October 2016

East Lothian Courier (UK), Press Association (UK)

Half the foiled terror plots in the UK in the past two years involved a plan to buy guns, police have said, amid a surge in the number of weapons found in major British cities. Concerns about firearms falling into terrorist hands are running high after a record level of gun seizures in London and similar spikes in Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds and Liverpool. Authorities fear that links between street gangs and terrorists could give extremists access to weapons and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: East Lothian Courier (UK), Press Association (UK)

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United Kingdom

UK County Launches Gun Amnesty - Essex Police

31 October 2016

East Anglian Daily Times (UK)

Essex Police today launched a two-week firearms amnesty where members of the public can surrender unlicensed or unwanted guns or ammunition without fear of prosecution. The amnesty will run from 8am today until 5pm on Friday, November 11, and during this time people are encouraged to hand in firearms, ammunition, imitation firearms and air or gas-powered weapons to one of eight police stations in the county. Anyone surrendering firearms during this period will not... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

UK Border Security Gaps Could Let Terrorists Bring in Guns

28 October 2016

Guardian

Weaknesses in Britain's border security may allow terrorists to get the guns they need to attack London, a report has warned. The report, for London mayor Sadiq Khan, warns of rising firearms use in the capital over the summer, with the potential for weapons smuggled in by organised criminals being acquired by terrorists. The study by Lord Toby Harris says that a major terrorist attack could inflict a severe casualty toll on London, and makes 127 recommendations to... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

Fewer Than 1 in 20 British Police Officers Carry Firearms [FR]

27 October 2016

France TV Info

[Translated summary: In Great Britain, less than 5% of police officers carry a firearm. In 2015-16 they used their guns only seven times. To be able to carry a firearm, officers must volunteer and pass very strict tests, as well as psychological monitoring.] Alors que 250 millions d'euros vont, en France, être affectés à moderniser le matériel des policiers, coup de projecteur sur la situation en Grande-Bretagne. Outre-Manche, la tradition historique du bobby non... (GunPolicy.org)

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Germany

German Gun Exports Explode: €4 Billion Arms Sold in 2016 [FR]

27 October 2016

Enjeux (France)

[Translated summary: Germany set a new record in firearm and ammunition exportation, mainly to Saudi Arabia, Algeria and Turkey. Total arms sales have gone from €3.5 billion in the first six months of 2015 to €4 billion in the same period of 2016, while total ammunition exports have risen from €27 million to €283.8 million. The government has been accused of hypocrisy for benefiting from armed conflicts.] L'Allemagne vient d'établir un nouveau record dans... (GunPolicy.org)

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Iraq,Yemen,Saudi Arabia,Algeria,France,Germany

Germany's Arms Exports Rise to 4.03 Billion Euros [FR]

26 October 2016

Les Echos (France)

[Translated summary: Germany's arms exports rose to 4.03 billion euros in the first six months of 2016, an increase of 15% in relation to the same period last year. Germany sells to Algeria and Saudi Arabia, a country that is in a controversial war with Yemen, but the Ministry of Economy explains that they have particularly restrictive rules.] Les crises internationales profitent aux industriels allemands de l'armement. Selon les chiffres publiés mercredi par le... (GunPolicy.org)

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France,Turkey,United Arab Emirates,Netherlands,Switzerland,Algeria,Germany,United Kingdom,South Korea,Saudi Arabia,United States

Germany Defends Its Sudden Leap in Gun, Ammo Exports [ES]

26 October 2016

Deutsche Welle

[Translated summary: Between January and June 2016, Germany exported firearms and military equipment amounting to €4 billion; an increase of 500 million in relation to the same period in 2015. The government defended its firearm export policy, saying that it's restrictive and transparent and assuring that they give a "special relevance" to the respect of human rights.] Entre enero y junio de 2016 Alemania concedió permisos de exportación de armas y equipamiento... (GunPolicy.org)

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Russia

Police Raid Illegal Gun Makers in Moscow, 24 Russian Regions

25 October 2016

Tass (Russia)

MOSCOW -- Operatives of the Russian Interior Ministry's Main Criminal Investigation Department have liquidated a workshop of illegal arms producers in southwest Moscow, the ministry's press office told TASS on Tuesday. "Operatives of the Russian Interior Ministry's Main Criminal Investigation Department and the Federal Security Service have carried out searches in Moscow and the Moscow Region at the places of residence of four lawbreakers to find and seize 22 pistols... (GunPolicy.org)

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Spain

Spain Licences 8,000 Civilians to Carry Hidden Handguns

25 October 2016

El País (Colombia)

Sitting on a terrace having breakfast, Fernando glances around, and then opens his jacket to reveal a small pistol in a brown leather holster. It is a Glock 9mm and he carries it for protection. A jeweler by trade, he was the target of a number of violent attacks several years ago, and was subsequently declared "at risk" and issued a B license by Spanish police – a license that allows him to carry a firearm for self-defense. Fernando is not particularly pleased to be... (GunPolicy.org)

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Iraq,Poland,France,Switzerland,Japan,New Zealand,Australia,Germany

German Ammo Sales Up Tenfold, €4 Billion Arms Sales in 2016

25 October 2016

Mo4ch (US)

Germany's small arms ammunition sales have increased by 10 times in the first 6 months of 2016, while total arms sales have reached €4 billion over the same period and have set a new record, Deutsche-Presse Agentur (DPA) says, citing a government report. The total value of the small arms ammo export contracts has risen from €27 million ($29.3 million) in the first half of 2015 to €283.8 million ($308 million) in the first six months of 2016, the reports says,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Luxembourg

Shipment of War Weapons to Luxembourg Was "Normal" [FR]

21 October 2016

L'essentiel (Luxembourg)

[Translated summary: A shipment of 200 weapons of war (pistols and Kalashnikovs) heading to Luxembourg was detained in the Germany-Austria border. However, after 14 hours, authorities concluded that the shipment was perfectly legal. Gun dealers explain that several collectors and sport shooters are interest in semi-auto rifles.] LUXEMBOURG -- La police et les vendeurs d'armes l'assurent: intercepter un camion transportant plus de 200 armes de guerre potentiellement... (GunPolicy.org)

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