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Botswana

Botswana Police Raffle 50 Pistol Licences to 3,450 Applicants

19 May 2016

Botswana Daily News (Gaborone)

GABORONE — Botswana Police Service issued 50 short-guns licenses at a raffle conducted in Gaborone on Thursday. Speaking at the draw, chairman of the Arms Quota Board, acting commissioner of police, Mr Bruno Paledi, said issues of fire arms made headlines on news around the world. He said small weapons were involved in killing of people and as such, he encouraged those who won the draw to exercise maximum care in handling fire arms at all times. Mr Paledi said... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Botswana Daily News (Gaborone)

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Djibouti,Rwanda,Kenya,South Africa,Libya,Algeria,Botswana,United States

7 African Nations More Effective at Gun Control than the US

11 January 2016

Mail & Guardian (Johannesburg)

In a BBC interview last July, US President Barack Obama admitted that failure to pass "common sense gun safety laws" in the US has been the greatest frustration of his presidency. Since he took office in 2008, there have been repeated mass shootings including the 2011 Tucson Arizona shooting in which Gabrielle Giffords, then a member of Congress and 18 others were shot in a supermarket parking lot. Six people died that day. Another shooting was at Emanuel African... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Mail & Guardian (Johannesburg)

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Botswana

Top Botswana Cop in Gun Licence Scam

30 August 2013

Mmegi (Botswana)

A top ranking police officer (name known to this publication) has been implicated in a gun licencing scandal after he allegedly obtained firearm licence unprocedurally. A suspended officer at the Arms and Registry Department implicated the officer, alleging that he unofficially obtained the gun licence using his authority. The suspended sergeant, who is now facing charges of official corruption through abuse of office, had been at the time in charge of issuing approved... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Mmegi (Botswana)

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Philippines,Trinidad & Tobago,Zimbabwe,Zambia,Uganda,Tanzania,Senegal,Congo (DRC),Pakistan,Nigeria,Niger,Namibia,Morocco,Mauritania,Malawi,Madagascar,Côte d'Ivoire,Burkina Faso,Botswana,Egypt,Angola,Algeria,South Africa,Ghana,China,United States,Austria,Russia,Israel,Bahrain,Asia,Africa,Brazil

Brazil Arms Exports: Country Preaches Peace, Sells Tons of Arms

28 February 2012

Huffington Post (USA)

A small, scratched metal can thrown on the ground created Brazil's first diplomatic embarrassment of 2012. The canister of tear gas had been collected by pro-democracy activists in Bahrain. Stamped across the can in blue was a Brazilian flag and the words 'MADE IN BRAZIL.' One year had passed since Bahrain became the stage for pro-democracy protests by the majority Shiites against the Sunni monarchy commanded by king Hamad bin-Isa Khalifa. The protesters had been... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Huffington Post (USA)

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Italy,Philippines,United States,Russia,Germany,Czech Republic,China,Botswana,Oceania,Americas,Africa,Asia,Europe,Central Africa,Caribbean,South America,Central America,Zimbabwe,Namibia,Mozambique,Congo (DRC),Angola,Swaziland,South Africa,Southern Africa

High Gun Death Risk for Young African Men, Women at Home - UN Study

19 February 2012

Southern Times (Southern Africa)

WINDHOEK - Young men in Southern Africa are at the greatest risk of cold-blooded murder, while women in the region are more likely than others from around the world to be killed in domestic violence, a UN agency says. The statistics from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) come as the region battles to contain the proliferation of gun-related crimes. Experts have said gun-related crime is a major problem in South Africa and Swaziland, and is on the rise in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Southern Times (Southern Africa)

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Madagascar,Guinea,Ghana,Botswana,Angola,Algeria,South Africa,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa,Russia,Austria,Israel,Germany,Italy,United States,Yemen,Philippines,Pakistan,Sri Lanka,Tunisia,Brazil,Burkina Faso,Egypt,Côte d'Ivoire,Malawi,Mauritania,Morocco,Namibia,Niger,Nigeria,Congo (ROC),Senegal,Tanzania,Uganda,Zambia,Zimbabwe,Argentina,Ecuador,Chile,Honduras,Guatemala,United Arab Emirates,Trinidad & Tobago,Jordan,Dominican Republic,Singapore,Kazakhstan,Liberia,Saudi Arabia,Bosnia & Herzegovina,Congo (DRC),Guyana,Mauritius,Latvia,Oman,Nepal,Somalia,Bolivia,Colombia,Venezuela,Peru,Mexico,Qatar,Kuwait,Indonesia,Malaysia,Thailand

Brazilian Gun Industry Seeks New Markets: Africa and Asia [PT]

27 January 2012

Publica (Brazil)

[Translated summary: With the support of the Ministries of Defence and Foreign Affairs, Brazilian gun manufacturers seek new markets in countries with a history of human rights violations: Tunisia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Philippines and Yemen. Brazil is among the six countries in the world with annual exports exceeding $ 100 million, according to recent research from Small Arms Survey. According to the Army, responsible for supervising and controlling exports from 2005 to... (GunPolicy.org)

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Botswana

Botswanan Soldier Shoots Wife and Step-Mother, Captured

11 January 2010

AllAfrica.com

Francistown — A Botswana Defence Force (BDF) soldier, who allegedly shot and wounded his girlfriend and her mother, appeared briefly before Chief Magistrate Mokwadi Gabanagae on two counts of attempted murder on Friday afternoon. He was charged with the attempted murder of Nametsegang Stewart and her mother, Cecilia Mphathiwa last Tuesday. Tonota police station said that Batsile Kesupile, 35, a lance corporal based at Area S BDF camp, was brought in by his... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: AllAfrica.com

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Botswana

Botswana Soon 'Inundated With Firearms' from South Africa, Says MP

28 February 2007

Mmegi / The Reporter (Gaborone)

If the Attorney General's Chambers does not stiffen sentences for illegal gun possession, Botswana will soon be inundated with firearms, Specially Elected Member of Parliament (MP), Botsalo Ntuane, has warned. Debating the budget for the AG's Chambers in Parliament yesterday, Ntuane said that he is concerned about the proliferation of firearms obtained illegally from South Africa. "It so happens that young people, especially those who study in South Africa, are... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Mmegi / The Reporter (Gaborone)

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Botswana

Armed Robberies Prompt Call to Legalise Self Defence Guns in Botswana

4 May 2006

Mmegi / The Reporter (Gaborone)

FRANCISTOWN — Botswana's mounting armed robberies are pulled off with illegal firearms, say security workers. They believe that locals in cahoots with foreigners do most. Although the possession of small arms in Botswana is illegal, more and more criminals are now using guns to rob and threaten to shoot those who attempt to foil their efforts, the security people say. In most cases, the robbers were involved in gun battles with the police. Recently, a security... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Mmegi / The Reporter (Gaborone)

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Botswana

Ministry Aims to Tighten Gun Laws, Penalties in Botswana

5 April 2006

Daily News / Botswana Press Agency

PARLIAMENT — Presidential affairs and public administration minister Phandu Skelemani says government is working on a policy document on the management of small arms and light weapons. Answering a question in Parliament, he said it was his ministrys objective to tighten up penalties for those guilty of unlawful possession of firearms. He said the stiff penalties would not only control the wanton use and the unlawful possession of fire arms but would also go a long... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily News / Botswana Press Agency

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Africa,Angola,Botswana,Congo (DRC),Lesotho,Malawi,Mozambique,Namibia,South Africa,Swaziland,Tanzania,Zambia,Zimbabwe

Tighter Gun Control on Southern African Borders

30 September 2005

Independent (South Africa)

Twenty-six police members of Southern African Development Community member countries have completed special training in the cross-border control of illegal firearms and ammunition. The group received their certificates of competence on Friday after completing a month-long course, the SA Police Service said in a statement. The training was aimed at equipping police members to take part in exercises to combat and eradicate the illicit manufacturing of firearms and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Independent (South Africa)

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Botswana

Botswana Acts Against Spread of Weapons

30 June 2005

Botswana Press Agency

KASANE — The dangers posed by small arms and light weapons can no longer be taken lightly says principal district officer, Oganne Gontse. Officiating at a workshop on small arms and light weapons held in Kasane, Gontse said Botswana and the international community were now more concerned about the dangers posed by the proliferation of such arms and weapons more than ever before. He said in this regard Botswana took a proactive approach in addressing the issue of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Botswana Press Agency

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Botswana

Council Wants Obsolete Fire-Arms Compensation

18 September 2003

Botswana Press Agency

Kgatleng District Council has called for the amendment of the Arms and Ammunitions Act to provide for the compensation of people who surrender firearms. Artesia West Councillor Solly Ruele, who tabled a motion to that effect, accused government of making money out of surrendered firearms while the original owners do not benefit. He said it was not enough that those who surrendered firearms stood a good chance of being issued with licences to purchase new firearms.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Botswana Press Agency

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Botswana

Make Smuggling of Firearms Criminal, Govt Urged

20 May 2003

Botswana Press Agency

Government has been urged to make the smuggling and possession of illicit firearms and weapons of war a criminal offence. This is one of the recommendations of the first Govt Consultative Conference on Firearms Control, Ownership and Administration in Botswana held in Gaborone from May 13 to15. The conference, held under the theme "Towards a safe and secure nation," sought, among others, to develop a consultative process with civil society on firearms regulations in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Botswana Press Agency

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Botswana

Govt Tightens Arms Controls

15 May 2003

Botswana Press Agency

President Festus Mogae has expressed concern that despite proactive measures introduced to meet criminal challenges, crime involving guns continue to afflict the nation. "This phenomenon has moreover been taking place notwithstanding the long standing fact that the existing laws and regulations governing the registration and control of firearms in our country are among the most restrictive in the world," he lamented. It is against this backdrop that he told the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Botswana Press Agency

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Botswana

Police Issue Gun Permits

17 May 2002

Mmegi / The Reporter (Gaborone)

The arms quota raffle was held at the Broadhurst Police Station on Monday. The applications for acquisition of firearms for 2002 totalled 34 848. This included 12 680 applicants for shotguns and 22 168 for rifles, an increase of 5 470 in total from last year's 29 378 firearms applicants. Police Deputy Commissioner, Edwin Batshu said that most serious crimes were committed mainly with handguns, which are not legal in Botswana. "These applications only grant the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Mmegi / The Reporter (Gaborone)

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Botswana,New Zealand

Botswana's Gun-Free Streets Impress NZ Deputy PM

6 February 2002

Daily News (Botswana)

The visiting New Zealand foreign minister Phil Goff has told President Mogae that he was pleasantly surprised that unlike in other countries where security was always tight, in Botswana there are no guns in the streets. He said Botswana has "a very relaxed and stable political and social climate" that spurred him to visit the country. He said his visit was aimed at cementing the sound relations between Botswana and New Zealand, more so that the two countries share... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily News (Botswana)

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Africa,South Africa,Namibia,Botswana,Zimbabwe,Swaziland,Lesotho,Tanzania,Malawi,Zambia

SADC Countries Can Control Illicit Arms Trafficking

6 December 2001

South African Press Association (SAPA)

Southern African Development Community member countries have the potential to control illicit arms trafficking and reduce stockpiles of weapons, the SA Police Services head of detective services Commissioner Johan de Beer said on Thursday. Speaking at the week-long 2nd World Conference on Modern Criminal Investigation, Organised Crime and Human Rights in Durban, de Beer said that last year more than 2400 guns, more than 100000 rounds of ammunition and 1639 mortars and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: South African Press Association (SAPA)

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