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Belgium

Firearm Registration Up 100% to 747,888 Guns in Belgium [FR]

22 November 2016

Derniere Heure (Brussels)

[Translated summary: In five years, applications for firearm possession in Belgium increased by 100%. The Walloon region is the most armed with 347,113 firearms, followed by Flanders with 324,580. Brussells has 76,205 registered firearms. According to the authorities, the main reason given by new applicants is sport shooting.] Il y a plus d'armes en Wallonie qu'en Flandre. Phénomène de société, crainte inspirée par le terrorisme, réaction à une législation... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Arab Emirates,Saudi Arabia,Belgium,Oman

Belgium Enjoys Record Year of Arms, Gun Sales to Saudi Arabia

20 September 2016

Brussells Times

Saudi Arabia bought 60% of Walloon weapons sold in 2015. This is per the report of the "Weapons" sub-commission of the Wallonia parliament on export licences granted or refused during the last year. Le Soir is reporting this today (Tuesday). Wallonia has never exported so many arms to Riyadh. Saudi Arabia has only accounted for 34 export licences of the 1,369 delivered from 68 countries across the whole of the year. However, these contracts represent a total of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Brussells Times

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Saudi Arabia,Belgium

Saudi Arabia Main Importer of Guns Made in Belgium [FR]

20 September 2016

RT-TV Novosti (Russia)

[Translated summary: According to a report by the firearms commission of the Walloon parliament, in 2015 Ryad was the main importer of arms manufactured in the Belgian region. Saudia Arabia has purchased a total of 575.8 million EUR in weapons, including firearms, cannons, mortars, ammunition, rockets and armoured vehicles.] Selon un rapport de la commission sur les armes du parlement wallon, Ryad a été, en 2015, le premier importateur d'armes produites dans la... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: RT-TV Novosti (Russia)

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United Arab Emirates,Turkmenistan,Oman,Belgium,Bahrain,Israel,Yemen,Saudi Arabia,United Kingdom,Ukraine,France,Russia,China

UK, Second Largest Gun Exporter, Arms the Middle East [FR]

5 September 2016

Sputnik News

[Translated summary: The United Kingdom is the second largest exporter of arms. Between 2010 and 2015, the UK has sold weapons worth 10 million pounds to Oman, Turkmenistan and the United Arab Emirates, countries that are classified as "Non-free" by the Freedom House NGO. Other countries that buy from the UK are Saudi Arabia and Israel.] Le Royaume-Uni est le deuxième plus grand exportateur d'armes du monde sur les 10 dernières années et devant des pays comme la... (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)

Read More: Radio Télévision Belge Francophone (Belgium)

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Belgium

Legal Gun Ownership Rises Each Year in Belgium [FR]

24 May 2016

Derniere Heure (Brussels)

[Translated summary: Despite strict laws, the number legally owned firearms increases from 1 to 2% every year in Belgium. Applicants must have a clean criminal record, pass a background check and also have a genuine reason to own a gun. Possible reasons are: hunting, sport, personal defence only for people with a specific risk, putting together a historical collection or participating in historical or folkloric activities.] Malgré une législation stricte, le nombre... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Derniere Heure (Brussels)

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Belgium

Belgium Issued 2,959 Licences for Gun Possession in 2015 [FR]

20 May 2016

Le Soir (Belgium)

[Translated summary: At 31 December 2015, 769,120 guns were registered and legally held in Belgium. This number rises about 1% or 2% every year. 2,959 licences were issued in 2015 in Brabant, 67% more than in 2013. Most of them were requested by sport shooters.] Le nombre d'armes à feu augmente de 1 ou 2 % chaque année. En Brabant, 2.959 autorisations de détention ont été délivrées en 2015. Soit 34 % de plus qu'en 2014. Par rapport à 2013, l'augmentation est... (GunPolicy.org)

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Belgium,Saudi Arabia

Belgium Main EU Exporter of Guns to Middle East [FR]

6 May 2016

Sud Info (Belgium)

[Translated summary: A report from the EU on firearm exports indicates that Belgium was, in 2014, the largest European exporter of firearms and the second largest exporter of ammunition to the Middle East, specially Saudi Arabia. The country exported 259,9 million Euros worth of firearms and 187,9 million Euros in ammunition during 2014.] Ce classement ressort du rapport annuel de l'Union européenne sur les exportations d'armes. Officiellement, la Belgique se situe... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sud Info (Belgium)

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Belgium

How Belgium Legislates for Gun Control [FR]

10 April 2016

RTBF (Belgium)

[Translated summary: In 2006, Belgium tightened its legislation on firearm possession by creating three categories of firearms: A for 'prohibited firearms', B for 'firearms available over the counter', C for 'firearms subject to authorisation'. In 2013, the government prohibited the over-the-counter selling of antique, folk and decorative firearms.] Ce week-end, aux États-Unis, le "National Rifle Association", l'association qui a pour but de promouvoir les armes à... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: RTBF (Belgium)

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Western Europe,Belgium

Lax Gun Tracing and Registration in Belgium - Experts [FR]

20 March 2016

Le Soir (Belgique)

[Translated summary: According to a retired Commissioner, Belgium lacks transparency in terms of gun numbers; Police reports are outdated; the Firearms Act is unreadable; Police and Customs are under-funded and under-equipped to fight arms trafficking.] 1. La Belgique n'a pas de vision, pas de chiffres Personne n'est capable d'estimer aujourd'hui combien d'armes illégales circulent en Belgique. « On a bien une vue sur la détention légale, on n'a absolument aucune... (GunPolicy.org)

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Belgium

Still 117,000 Unregistered Firearms in Belgium [FR]

7 March 2016

RTBF (Belgium)

[Translated summary: Ten years after the introduction of the Firearms Act, 647,388 firearms have been registered in the Central Firearms Register. Before the entry into force of the Act, 889,937 firearms had been registered. An Amnesty allowed to collect and destroy 125,000 firearms. 117,000 firearms would thus still be in circulation.] Dix ans après l'introduction de la loi sur les armes, 647 388 d'entre elles ont été enregistrées au registre central des armes,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: RTBF (Belgium)

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Czech Republic,Spain,Belgium,Denmark,Slovakia,France

Charlie Hebdo Killers Bought Their Guns Legally in Europe

18 February 2015

Euronews (France)

The automatic rifles used in the terrorist attacks in Paris last month may have been decommissioned weapons legally bought in Slovakia and reconverted to fire live ammunition, Euronews can reveal. French police are exploring whether weapons used in the deadly assaults on the Charlie Hebdo offices and at a Kosher supermarket were purchased in a shop inside the European Union, according to a joint investigation with the Slovakian Nový čas newspaper. The weapons are... (GunPolicy.org)

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Spain,Italy,Venezuela,Israel,Germany,Czech Republic,Brazil,Colombia,Belgium,Austria,Russia,United States,El Salvador,Turkey,Guatemala,Honduras,Mexico,Cuba,Dominican Republic,Haiti,Peru,Nicaragua

The Latin American Gun Leak

16 January 2015

Los Angeles Times, Opinion

During the 1980s, El Salvador was the single largest recipient of U.S. military hardware and weaponry in the Western Hemisphere. Although the Central American country's civil war ended in 1992, the guns, grenades and bullets linger, as do their murderous effects. In September, a U.S. official from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives estimated that half the weapons available on El Salvador's vibrant black market were made in the United... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Los Angeles Times

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Ecuador,Panama,Paraguay,Chile,Argentina,Brazil,Venezuela,Mexico,Colombia,Spain,South Africa,Italy,Germany,Czech Republic,Belgium,Europe,Honduras,El Salvador,Israel,Nicaragua,Russia,United States,Cuba,Caribbean,Central America,South America

Small Arms Trade a 'Dramatic Threat' to Latin America

13 October 2014

NACLA

Small arms and gun violence present the most dramatic threat to public safety in Latin America and the Caribbean. After decades of uncontrolled proliferation, at least 45 million to 80 million small arms and light weapons—that is, weapons operated by an individual or small group, including handguns, assault rifles, grenades, grenade launchers, and even man portable surface to air missiles—are circulating throughout the region.(1) Gunshots kill between 73,000 and... (GunPolicy.org)

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Belgium

Three Dead After Shooting at Jewish Museum in Belgium

24 May 2014

BBC News

A gunman has shot dead two men and a woman at the Jewish Museum in the Belgian capital Brussels. A fourth person was seriously wounded, emergency services said. The attacker arrived by car, got out, fired on people at the museum entrance, and returned to the vehicle which then sped away, Belgian media report. One person has been arrested and police are hunting a second, officials say. Security has been tightened at Jewish sites across Belgium. Prime Minister Elio Di... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

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Belgium,China,South Korea,El Salvador,Honduras,United States,Italy,Russia,Guatemala

Majority of Legal Guns in El Salvador Traced Back to US [PT]

6 January 2014

Vermelho / El Pais

[Translated summary: Around 60% of legal guns traced in El Salvador originate in the US according to ATF data. The US has a similar tracing system in place with Honduras and Guatemala. 70% of El Salvador's homicides are committed with firearms. Many of these guns are bought legally in America and trafficked to El Salvador.] Cerca de 60% das armas legais rastreadas em El Salvador têm sua origem nos Estados Unidos. O dado, obtido graças a um programa de colaboração... (GunPolicy.org)

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Netherlands,Spain,United Kingdom,Italy,United States,Belgium,Iraq,Algeria,Bahrain,Egypt,Mexico,Pakistan,Canada

Canada Increases Gun Exports to Countries with 'Dubious' Human Rights

8 December 2013

Toronto Star (Ontario) / Canadian Press

OTTAWA — Bahrain, Algeria and Iraq, countries with dubious human rights records or a history of violent internal conflict, have recently become new buyers of Canadian-made guns and ammunition, an analysis of federal data shows. The analysis by The Canadian Press found that Canadian exports to those countries swelled by 100 per cent from 2011 to 2012, the most recent figures publicly available. During the same time period, exports of Canadian weapons also increased... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Toronto Star (Ontario) / Canadian Press

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Luxembourg,United States,Belgium

Belgian Policeman Suspected of Corruption in New Gun Deal

3 September 2013

Flanders News

Brussels examining magistrate Jean-Claude Van Espen has named a federal police commissioner as a suspect in a case of fraud and corruption. The police officer stands accused of influencing the purchase of 20,000 Smith & Wesson guns for the federal police the dailies De Morgen, De Standaard and Het Nieuwsblad report. The officer forms part of the commission that had the job of deciding which arms could be used as regular firearms by Belgium's federal police. Detectives... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Flanders News

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Belgium

60 Guns Disappear From Police College in Belgium [NL]

28 August 2013

Standaard (Belgium)

[Translated summary: Antwerp police recently discovered that 60 police weapons intended for destruction may have disappeared instead, after one was found during a criminal investigation.] Uit het hoofdcommissariaat van de Antwerpse politiezone Minos (Mortsel, Wijnegem, Wommelgem, Boechout en Borsbeek) in Mortsel zijn ongeveer 60 wapens verdwenen. De verdwijning van de wapens werd aanvankelijk niet eens opgemerkt, zo schrijft Gazet van Antwerpen woensdag. Het... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Standaard (Belgium)

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Belgium

Changes Mean Licence Needed for All Firearms in Belgium

9 June 2013

Flanders News

The Belgian Justice Minister Annemie Turtelboom (Flemish liberal) has abolished a list of firearms for which no licence was required. As a result a licence will be needed for the 680 different types of firearm that featured on the list. The list included firearms of historic value or of a decorative or folkloristic nature. Annemie Turtelboom: "We were the only country in the continent of Europe where you could still buy a firearm without the need for a licence. This... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Flanders News

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