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In China, Life Sentence or Even Death for Replica Firearms [ES]

2 November 2016

W Radio (Colombia), EFE News Agency

[Translated Summary: China's strict legislation on firearms can cause firearm replica owners to be accused of trafficking, and go to jail. Even a life sentence or the death penalty are possible in severe cases. The definition of a firearm includes any weapon that can shoot with a force of more than 1.8 joules per square centimetre. This prohibits many replicas.] La estricta legislación china sobre armas de fuego puede provocar que los propietarios de réplicas sean... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia,Afghanistan,Russia,Central Asia,Pakistan,China,Turkey,Brazil

UN Rule of Thumb Suggests 600,000 Illegal Guns in Australia

21 October 2016

Age (Melbourne)

As many as 600,000 illegal guns could be circulating in the Australian underworld, but national efforts to control the spread is being hampered by inconsistencies between states, a firearms intelligence report has found. The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission report on guns - to be released on Friday, the same day as state and federal government representatives meet to thrash out a way to combat illegal firearms - also backs a national amnesty. Chris Dawson,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Iraq,Syria,Turkey,Saudi Arabia,Eastern Europe,China

'Almost Direct' Supply Chain Sells Guns from Europe to ISIS

11 September 2016

Huffington Post (UK)

Islamic State fighters are illegally using guns and other weapons made in Eastern European factories, in a newly-discovered supply chain that is "almost direct", a weapons expert has claimed. James Bevan, the director of Conflict Armament Research (CAR), told The Huffington Post UK that investigations this summer have seen a rapid, frightening change in the source of weapons used by the so-called Islamic State to fight other groups and carry out massacres. These... (GunPolicy.org)

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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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Ukraine,South Sudan,South Korea,Singapore,Turkey,Australia,Pakistan,United Arab Emirates,Saudi Arabia,India,Israel,Italy,Spain,Russia,France,United Kingdom,Germany,China,United States

Killer Facts: The Scale of the Global Arms Trade, Gun Totals

22 August 2016

Amnesty International (London)

Transfers of heavy conventional weapons The top 10 exporters of conventional arms (excluding small arms/ light weapons – SALW) 2010-15 USA: US$55.006 billion Russia: US$42.404 billion China: US$9.943 billion Germany: US$ 9.467 billion France: US$ 8.932 billion UK: US$ 7.627 billion Spain: US$ 5.310 billion Italy: US$ 4.360 billion Ukraine: US$ 4.156 billion Israel: US$ 3.280 billion The top 10 importers of conventional arms (excluding SALWs) 2010-15 India:... (GunPolicy.org)

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China

Yet Again, China Aims to Control, Punish Online Gun Traders

12 August 2016

China.org.cn, Xinhua

Chinese police have launched a nationwide campaign against the selling of guns online, the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) announced Friday. The MPS said police will strengthen the scrutiny of logistics companies that might be involved in gun delivery and crack down on illegal Internet websites, forums, and instant messaging services that facilitate the online gun trade. Police have also taken resolute action against criminal offences such as manufacturing, selling... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: China.org.cn, Xinhua

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China

China Reports Increasing Misuse and Seizure of Crime Guns

30 June 2016

China Christian Daily

The increasing prevalence of guns confiscated in China's drug cases has the government alarmed after a total of 500 firearms were impounded following multiple drug busts all over the country last year. According to data from the China National Narcotics Control Commission, 257 drug cases have been cracked at the city police department levels in 2015, an increase of 52 percent from the previous year. In just those drug cases, 476 guns have been seized, an average of... (GunPolicy.org)

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China,Hong Kong

Man Arrested Smuggling Guns, Parts from Hong Kong to China

16 May 2016

South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)

A man has been arrested at the Lo Wu border checkpoint on suspicion of smuggling firearm parts from Hong Kong to the mainland. Shenzhen police were alerted after a cleaner found a roll of copper wire containing gun parts next to a fence at a checkpoint exit, Guangdong provincial police said on their website. Police later assembled four pistols from the parts. Police soon identified a suspect and arrested him at the border crossing last week. He was carrying two gun... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)

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Switzerland,Germany,Finland,Norway,Israel,United States,South Africa,China,Russia,United Kingdom,Australia,Mexico,Canada,Argentina

Three European Countries Lead US in Mass Shootings: WSJ

3 October 2015

Wall Street Journal

The latest U.S. shooting that ended in the deaths of 10 people at an Oregon college last week is reigniting calls for tighter gun laws and prompting comparisons to gun violence in other countries. President Barack Obama asked why Americans can't follow the example of the U.K. and Australia. They crafted laws that "almost eliminate mass shootings," he said. "We know there are ways to prevent it." Adam Lankford, an associate professor at the University of Alabama... (GunPolicy.org)

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China

Five Injured at Chinese Kindergarten in Police Gun Safety Display

30 May 2014

Standard (Hong Kong)

A policeman's handgun went off accidentally when two officers held a safety demonstration at a kindergarten in China to mark International Children's Day, injuring one child and four parents, authorities said. A gun discharged accidentally and a bullet hit the ground, sending shards of cement flying into the air, wounding five people, said police authorities in Zhengzhou, in the central province of Henan. They had injuries to their arms and legs and were rushed to... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,China

China Claims Most Smuggled Guns Arrive in Courier Packs from US

27 May 2014

China Daily

Cooperation with other countries is being intensified to combat arms smuggling, according to an official at the General Administration of Customs. Last year, Chinese customs officials investigated 50 cases of smuggling involving firearms and ammunition, an increase of 16.3 percent from the previous year. Authorities confiscated 5,916 guns, 882 gun parts and 13,000 rounds of ammunition in these cases. "The smuggling of drugs or firearms poses serious threats to... (GunPolicy.org)

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China

Illicit Gun Trade Remains in Traditional Chinese Village Allowed Firearms

29 April 2014

Japan Times

BIASHA, China – A rifle shot tears the air of a mountain hamlet — met not with terror but cries of delight in China's only remaining village where authorities encourage gun ownership. "We start carrying guns from about 15 years old," said Jia Xinshan, fingering a wooden rifle's trigger as tourists snapped pictures of him in a shiny black coat. "We're the last gun tribe in China." The armaments in Biasha, a village tucked amid the wooded peaks of Guizhou province,... (GunPolicy.org)

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China

Police in China Set to Receive Firearms Training

22 April 2014

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka), Agence France Presse

BEIJING - Police in China are set to receive firearms training as part of a nationwide plan to boost armed patrols, state media said Tuesday, after a string of high-profile violent incidents. China announced last month that it plans to roll out armed patrols across the country following a spate of violence, including a knife attack in the southwestern city of Kunming on March 1 which left 33 people dead. The country's stability-obsessed Communist leadership responds... (GunPolicy.org)

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China

China's No-Questions-Asked Gun-Surrender Drives Netted 150,000 Illegal Guns

14 April 2014

International Business Times (USA)

A raid in southern China resulted in the seizure of over 10,000 illegally owned guns, in addition to thousands of illegal knives. And besides being the largest haul of illegal firearms to date in China, the raid in the city of Guiyang, located in Guizhou province, has brought to the light once more China's evolving, underground gun culture. China's weapons laws are among the world's strictest. The country bans all private gun ownership, with very few exceptions. This... (GunPolicy.org)

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China

15,000 Guns Taken From Gang in Record Illegal Gun Seizure in China

14 April 2014

Xinhua

GUIZHOU - Police in southwest China's Guizhou Province have seized a record number of illegal guns and knives in a cross-province raid that also captured 15 suspects, China Daily reported on Monday. The police busted a gang involving in manufacturing and selling weapons and confiscated about 15,000 guns and 120,000 controlled knives. It was the largest such seizure ever in China, the newspaper said. The police found out after a four-month investigation that the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Mozambique,United States,Russia,China,South Africa

South African Gun Culture Shown in Art

11 April 2014

Mail & Guardian (Johannesburg)

Best known as the director of the 2008 South African crime film Jerusalema and for his music video work with such top stars as Tony Braxton and Michael Jackson, Ralph Ziman's new art installation Ghosts is a powerful comment on the global arms trade and the worship of guns in South African society. The work includes an extraordinary series of photographs showing men dressed in Day-Glo outfits toting wire-and-bead AK-47s, which are exhibited alongside the imitation... (GunPolicy.org)

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China

China Launches Another National Campaign Against Guns, Explosives

28 March 2014

Xinhua

BEIJING - China's Ministry of Public Security (MPS) on Friday launched a campaign against crimes involving guns and explosives. In a videophone conference on Friday, the ministry said the situation of crimes involving guns and explosives in the country is still serious, urging police nationwide to check all leads so as to seize as many guns and explosives as possible. Under Chinese law, members of the public are banned from owning firearms and explosives. The police... (GunPolicy.org)

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Tunisia,European Union,Chad,Niger,South America,Caribbean,Algeria,China,Belarus,Russia,United Kingdom,United States,France,Italy,North Africa,Mali,Syria,Egypt,West Asia,Libya

Post-Uprising Gun Proliferation is Destabilising the Middle East

20 February 2014

Fair Observer

In recent years, as order in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) eroded between uprisings and armed conflicts, the desire for arms amongst a wide range of actors became one more destabilizing factor in the complexities of each situation. However, arms proliferation is nothing new to the MENA region. Whether it was through state actors or black market trading, weapons have circulated throughout the Middle East and North Africa for many years. Today, arms... (GunPolicy.org)

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China,United States,Australia

China Charges Former Mining Magnate with Murder, Gun-Running

20 February 2014

Reuters

China unveiled dramatic details of charges against a former mining magnate on Thursday, accusing him of crimes ranging from murder to gun-running and extortion as part of a "mafia-style" gang he led. In an announcement carried by the official Xinhua news agency, prosecutors in central China said they had laid charges against the former chairman of Hanlong Mining, which had tried to take over Australia's Sundance Resources Ltd. Police last year announced the detention... (GunPolicy.org)

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China,Australia,United Kingdom,United States,Japan,Russia

Japan Set to Ratify Arms Trade Treaty Despite Proposal to Relax Gun Exports

16 February 2014

Japan Times

A bill to ratify the Arms Trade Treaty, the first international pact to regulating trade in conventional arms, is scheduled to be submitted to the Diet by the end of this month, government sources said. The measure, coming less than a year after Japan signed the treaty adopted at the U.N. General Assembly last April, underscores Tokyo's eagerness to nudge others to join the framework, the sources said Saturday. However, the move appears incongruous with the stance of... (GunPolicy.org)

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