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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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Ireland,United Kingdom,New Zealand,Iceland,Spain,Finland,Norway,United States

Handling Violence in Countries Where Police Don't Carry Guns

9 July 2016

Quartz (USA)

Another week, another police shooting in the United States. So far this year, 569 people have been killed by US police, according to The Guardian's count. Police brutality is a horrific normality and, in more ways than one, black men being shot by police has become the modern-day equivalent of lynching. But, of course, it doesn't have to be this way. A police officer does not have to shoot to kill and, in several countries, a police officer does not even have to carry... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom,Thailand,Philippines,Finland,Honduras,Mexico,United States

US Gun Smugglers Illegally Sent Firearms to 46 Countries

16 March 2016

Washington Post

Arms trafficking from within the United States, long thought to be relegated to gun-running for Mexican drug cartels, is far more extensive than previously thought, according to a new report by a weapons research group released Wednesday. The report, published by the Geneva-based Small Arms Survey, examines more than 150 court cases involving arms trafficking from within the United States from 2010-2015. Spanning 46 countries and six continents, the report details... (GunPolicy.org)

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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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Serbia,Finland,Switzerland,Yemen,United States

US Has 5% of World's Population, 31% of Mass Shootings

23 August 2015

EurekAlert! The Global Source for the Science News (USA) - American Association for the Advancement of Science

Chicago - Despite having only about 5 percent of the world's population, the United States was the attack site for a disproportionate 31 percent of public mass shooters globally from 1966-2012, according to new research that will be presented at the 110th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA). "The United States, Yemen, Switzerland, Finland, and Serbia are ranked as the Top 5 countries in firearms owned per capita, according to the 2007 Small... (GunPolicy.org)

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Finland

Finnish Police Fired Their Guns Only Six Times in 2013

19 December 2014

YLE (Finland)

Finnish Police fired their guns on duty only six times in 2013, reports the Finnish news agency STT. "The Finnish Police respond to slightly more than one million different kinds of emergency situations per year, so in light of this fact, it is very rare that we resort to using firearms," says Jukka Salomaa, an instructor in the use of force and strategies of engagement at Finland's Police University College. The UK magazine The Economist reported in August that... (GunPolicy.org)

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Finland

Duo Jailed for Plotting Shooting Spree at University of Helsinki

29 June 2014

Helsinki Times

The District Court of Helsinki on Thursday sentenced a 24-year-old man and woman to prison terms for a conspiracy to carry out a killing spree at the University of Helsinki. The male defendant was sentenced to a prison term of three years and one month for the preparation of an aggravated offence against the health and life of others, and the possession of sexually obscene pictures depicting children following the discovery of 28 videos on his computer of minors... (GunPolicy.org)

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Finland

Law Change Sees Fewer Firearm Permits Granted in Finland

15 May 2014

YLE (Finland)

Changing gun ownership laws in Finland have resulted in a decrease in the number of permits issued. Last year just under 60,000 permits were issued, compared with more than 85,000 in 2007. While the Finnish government has recommended changes to firearm ownership laws for this year - a move that the police believe will curb the general public's enthusiasm for applying for firearm permits - the numbers are already down. Last year, 59,324 gun permits were issued whereas... (GunPolicy.org)

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Finland,United Kingdom,United States,Australia

Australia, Scotland and Finland Changed Gun Laws after Mass Shootings

3 April 2014

Global Post (Boston)

The immeasurably tragic school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., which left 20 children and six adults dead in December 2012, horrified the world and briefly ignited a debate about gun control. Nine months later, the debate was held all over again after the mass shooting at a US Navy Yard in Washington, DC that killed 13 people. America's most recent mass shooting took place Wednesday evening at Fort Hood Army base in Texas. The base was also the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Slovenia,Malta,El Salvador,Denmark,Croatia,Hungary,Finland,Estonia,France,Spain,Italy,Bulgaria,United Kingdom,Germany,Slovakia,Ireland,Latvia,Romania

Methodists Welcome 18 Countries Ratifying Arms Trade Treaty Including UK

3 April 2014

Christian Today

The Methodist Church has praised the government's ratification of the UN's Arms Trade Treaty. The President of the Methodist Conference, the Reverend Ruth Gee, hailed it as a "legal milestone that should help to protect those who are abused and oppressed". Countries that ratify the treaty will be required to establish national arms regulators to control the exporting of conventional weapons and weapons components, and to properly regulate arms brokers. Domestic weapon... (GunPolicy.org)

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Latvia,European Union,Slovenia,Ireland,Hungary,Finland,Estonia,El Salvador,Denmark,Malta,Croatia,Bulgaria,Spain,France,Romania,Germany,Slovakia,United Kingdom,Italy

18 Countries Ratify UN Arms Trade Treaty

2 April 2014

Associated Press

UNITED NATIONS — Eighteen countries, including five of the world's leading arms exporters, ratified a landmark treaty regulating the multibillion-dollar global arms trade on Wednesday, giving a significant boost to the campaign for the treaty's entry into force. The ambassadors of the 18 countries handed over the documents at a U.N. ceremony on the first anniversary of the General Assembly's adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty, which is aimed at stemming the global... (GunPolicy.org)

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Finland

Finnish Police Worried as Gangs Amass Guns

9 January 2014

YLE (Finland)

According to Finnish police local underworld groups appear to be amassing more firepower each year and seem to be placing more emphasis on arming their members. Detective Inspector Tapio Kalliokoski of the National Bureau of Investigation said that the development is worrying. "Firearms aren't toys. They are acquired for a certain purpose, whether it be self defence against other gangs or then as a precaution. For years police have been concerned about whether we are... (GunPolicy.org)

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Finland

Five Injured After 'Chaotic' Shooting in Finland

14 December 2013

Xinhua

HELSINKI - Five people were shot and wounded in the Finnish capital city of Helsinki on Friday night, local media reported on Saturday. Four men and one woman were among the wounded and were sent to hospital. Reports said that no one's life was in danger. The shooting happened at midnight in Malminkartano Square in northern Helsinki as several gun shots were heard. The police received the first emergency call around 1:00 a.m. Saturday. Preliminary investigation... (GunPolicy.org)

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Denmark,Finland,Netherlands,Switzerland,Germany,Europe,United States,France,Israel,Spain,Austria,England & Wales,European Union

Authorities Worry 3-D Printers May Undermine Europe's Gun Laws

17 October 2013

New York Times

PARIS — The gun fired four shots into a gelatin block. Each nine-millimeter bullet punched deep into the substance, which was meant to mimic the density of a human body. For the experts at the Austrian Interior Ministry performing the test, it was a clear sign: This was a deadly weapon. But it was no ordinary gun. The officials had downloaded the gun's digital blueprints from the Internet and "printed" the weapon on a type of 3-D printer that any person could buy... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom,Netherlands,Switzerland,Finland,South Africa,England & Wales,Japan,United States

Around the World, Gun Ownership and Firearms Deaths Go Together

18 September 2013

National Public Radio (USA), Blog

A study on guns, violence and mental health, long scheduled to be published this week, finds that gun ownership is a bigger factor than mental illness when it comes to firearms deaths. But the data suggest that both play roles. Earlier research has found that places with high rates of gun ownership have more firearms deaths, but critics of those findings say that it could be that people living in dangerous places are apt to buy firearms to protect themselves. And the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Finland

Tighter Gun Laws in Finland Halve Permits Granted, New Storage Rules Planned

6 September 2013

YLE (Finland)

Interior Minister Päivi Räsänen says she's satisfied with new proposals for even tighter restrictions on gun ownership in Finland. Räsänen told Yle that a previous raft of measures introduced in 20011 [sic] has already borne fruit, halving the number of gun permits granted. According to Räsänen the number of firearms licenses issued has declined, partly because of age limits and in other cases due to a requirement to prove a reasonable case for owning a firearm,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Finland

Panel Urges Tougher Gun Laws in Finland

5 September 2013

YLE (Finland)

A panel set up to reconsider Finland's gun laws is calling for tighter restrictions on the procurement, transport and storage of weapons. The committee says that doctors should be required to inform police of individuals whom they consider unfit for gun ownership. This should take place, for instance, when someone is deemed to be a danger to him or herself by a forensic psychiatrist, or when a patient institutionalised against his or her will is considered to be... (GunPolicy.org)

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Finland

Legal Weapons Used in Every Second Gun Killing in Finland

15 July 2013

YLE (Finland)

In 45 percent of homicides in which a gun was used, the weapon was licensed and legally held. In killings where a hunting weapon was used, 52 percent of the weapons were legal. The figures are based on statistics from the National Research Institute of Legal Policy covering 1,091 homicides between 2003 and 2011. There are around 1.6 million legally licensed firearms in... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estonia,Finland

Finnish Man Shoots, Kills Wife then Self After Allegedly Stalking Her

16 June 2013

YLE (Finland)

Police have sketched out a clearer picture of events leading up to an apparent murder-suicide that took place at Helsinki's west harbour Saturday afternoon. Officers interviewed eye witnesses as well as relatives of the Finnish-Estonian couple. Helsinki police say that they have for the most part been able to piece together a narrative of events preceding a deadly shooting incident at Helsinki's west harbour Saturday, in which a Finnish man shot and killed his Estonian... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Australia,Finland,Africa,Germany

More Than 65 Countries Sign Arms Trade Treaty

3 June 2013

Time (USA)

More than 65 countries signed the landmark treaty regulating the multibillion-dollar global arms trade Monday and the United States announced it will sign soon, giving a strong kickoff to the first major international campaign to stem the illicit trade in weapons that fuel conflicts and extremists. The announcement by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that the U.S. — the world's largest arms dealer — will sign is critical, but the treaty's ultimate strength rests... (GunPolicy.org)

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