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French Teen Killer Bought Kalashnikov Online
26 April 2013
Global Post (Boston) / Agence France Presse
A French teenager who used a Kalashnikov to shoot three men dead obtained his murder weapon on the Internet, it emerged on Friday, a day after the shooting.
The apparently deranged 19-year-old was arrested shortly after opening fire on motorists and pedestrians in the small town of Istres, near Marseille on Thursday afternoon.
Police sources said the weapons enthusiast had bought the deactivated rifle on the Internet and had been able to get it working. Raids on his... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Global Post (Boston) / Agence France Presse
Gunman Kills Three with Assault Weapon in 'Random' French Shooting
25 April 2013
Three people were killed in the south of France on Thursday when a gunman opened fire apparently at random in the southern town of Istres. French President François Hollande has sent his Interior Minister to the scene of the shooting.
A gunman opened fire with a Kalashnikov rifle in the southern French town of Istres on Thursday killing three people.
A 55-year-old woman was also left slightly injured after a bullet grazed her ear and police found a Kalashnikov... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Local (France)
Murders on the Rise in Corsica as Authorities Crack Down on Corruption
3 April 2013
Herald Sun (Melbourne)
Corsica, the so-called "Island of Beauty" is mired in a wave of violence that has seen dozens killed in recent years. The island's top politician Paul Giacobbi speaks to The Local about the danger posed to his own life and how to put an end to the bloodshed.
With five suspected gangland murders so far this year and 20 similar killings last year, it is easy to see why the Mediterranean Island of Corsica has been dubbed the 'murder capital' of Europe.
One of the men... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Herald Sun (Melbourne)
Turkish Authorities Seize Guns Bound for Syria
29 March 2013
Turkish authorities say they have seized thousands of guns in a warehouse by the Syrian border.
A local news agency said the weapons had been destined for Turkey's war-torn neighbour.
The firearms, including more than 5,000 shotguns and rifles, starting pistols, gunstocks and 10,000 cartridges, were discovered during a raid in a village on the edge of the Turkish town of Akcakale.
The Dogan News Agency said the weapons were being stored on the edge of the border... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: RTÉ (Dublin)
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Armed Violence Kills 66,000 Women and Girls Each Year
20 March 2013
New Zealand Herald, Associated Press
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon has urged the world's nations to agree on a strong UN treaty to regulate the multibillion-dollar global arms trade in the next two weeks, saying it will save lives and make it more difficult for warlords, organised criminals and terrorists to obtain weapons.
Hopes of reaching agreement on what would be a landmark treaty were dashed last July when the United States said it needed more time to consider the proposed accord - a... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: New Zealand Herald, Associated Press
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Fact and Figures: Global Trade in Small Arms
18 March 2013
Diplomats from around the world have gathered at the UN for talks on an international arms trade treaty, in an effort to stop the sale of illegal conventional arms.
Similar talks held last July failed, mainly due to the objections of the US and Russia, the world's two largest arms exporters.
Al Jazeera has compiled a list of facts related to the global production and trading of small arms.
1. Authorised international transfers of small arms, light weapons, their... (GunPolicy.org)
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Three Dead, Two Injured in Swiss Shooting
8 February 2013
DAILLON, Switzerland — On Jan. 3, the day Sandy Hook Elementary students returned to school in Newtown, Conn., Florian Berthouzoz leaned out his window and opened fire on this tranquil Swiss village with an old military carbine and a 12-gauge shotgun.
By the time he finished shooting, three women were killed, apparently at random, and two men were wounded. Berthouzoz was brought down by a police officer's bullet in the chest.
The shooting in Daillon, on a steep... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Washington Post
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Editorial: Three Million Guns In Australia is More Than Enough
15 January 2013
Sydney Morning Herald, Editorial
It should be troubling to Australian governments that since 1988, after more than 1 million guns have been destroyed as a result of government buyback programs, numerous amnesties, voluntary returns, the banning of semi-automatic weapons and the tightening of gun import controls, the number of guns in private hands in Australia is as large as it has ever been.
It's not hard to see why. Since 1988, while governments have been running
a variety of gun control programs,... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Sydney Morning Herald
Teen Accidentally Shot Dead by Brother in France
16 October 2012
A teenage boy has died after his brother accidentally shot him in the head with a handgun in the town of Metz, north east France.
The police were called out to a fourth-floor family apartment in the town just after midnight last night, newspaper Le Parisien reports.
A 17-year-old boy was found shot in the living room, but his brother was missing.
It is thought the boys stayed up late after the rest of their family had gone to bed, and were playing with a 9mm... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Local (France)
French Hunter Loses Hand After Dog Fires Shotgun
17 September 2012
A leaping dog inadvertently shot his master in the hand by catching the trigger of his shotgun during a hunt in the Dordogne, south-western France.
The shot blew off part of the huntsman's right hand, which he had to have amputated after being flown to hospital in Bordeaux.
But the victim, whose name was given as Rene, said he had only himself to blame for not applying the safety catch.
"It wasn't the dog's fault - and he's adorable!" he told France Bleu radio.
Read More: BBC News
Gun Control on French Agenda After Rise in Smuggling from East Europe
7 September 2012
Le Cawa d'AdmiNet (France)
Gun control has shot to the top of the political agenda in France in recent years because of massive influx of weapons from Eastern Europe.
Largely un-policed border crossings with countries like Italy have seen thousands of guns pouring into major cities over the past few decades from countries like Serbia and the Ukraine.
This has led to a huge increase in the number of criminals brandishing weapons, especially drugs gangs and ones linked to the Italian and Russian... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Le Cawa d'AdmiNet (France)
Police Suspect Armed Gang Link to Shooting of British Family in France
6 September 2012
Police investigating the slaying of a British family on holiday near Chevaline in the French Alps are looking at links between the shooting and two attempted carjackings by an armed gang last night.
Four masked attackers tried to steal two cars in the Isere region, 50 miles away from the scene where a mother, father and grandmother were gunned down in a BMW.
Two young girls, thought to be their daughters, survived the attack with the younger, a four-year-old, hiding... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Telegraph (UK)
France Promises to Get Tough on Organised Crime Shootings
30 August 2012
The French government rejected calls on Thursday for the army to be sent in to crack down on drug dealers in Marseille, but promised a tough response to a wave of deadly shootings.
The gritty Mediterranean port city, long known as a hotbed of crime, has been struck by a wave of murders with assault rifles in turf wars over the
lucrative illegal drug trade.
The latest on Wednesday night saw Walid Marzouki, a 25-year-old suspected trafficker, riddled with bullets in a... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Local (France)
Toddler Shot Dead During Family Argument in France
21 August 2012
A four-year-old girl died on Monday after being shot in the head during a family argument in an apartment in Toulouse in south-western France.
A man has been taken into custody on suspicion of having fired the deadly shot.
The police were called to the apartment in the Empalot area of Toulouse at around 5.15pm on Monday and arrived to find the girl, named as Shaloma C, bleeding profusely from a head wound, according to a report in the La Dépêche du Midi... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Local (France)
French Man Kills Father, Brother in Shooting Spree
27 July 2012
A 23-year-old man killed his father and 8-year-old brother, and left his 17-year-old brother in a coma after a shooting spree in the village of Bozel in Savoie in eastern France.
The shootings took place late Thursday afternoon at the family home in the quiet Alpine village.
The teenager was hit in the head and was transported in a coma to hospital in Grenoble, according to the Le Parisien newspaper.
The man's mother, who was also subjected to an attack, managed to... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Local (France)
Jeweler Who Killed Armed Thief in Paris, Indicted for Murder [francais]
21 July 2012
RTL (Belgium) / AFP
[Translated summary: Paris, the jeweler who shot dead the armed thief is indicted for first degree murder. The jeweler had a firearm license and stored his firearm properly. The investigation will determine if the jeweler acted in self-defense.]
Le bijoutier parisien ayant tué un homme qui tentait de braquer son commerce jeudi a été mis en examen pour homicide volontaire samedi selon des sources judiciaires. Il a été laissé libre sous contrôle judiciaire.
Read More: RTL (Belgium) / AFP
France: 3,910 Firearms Seized in 2011, 44% More Than in 2010 [Francais]
13 July 2012
Le Monde (France)
[Translated summary: Some 3,910 firearms were seized in 2011, according to Mr. Valls, new French Minister, against 2,710 in 2010, according to figures given at the time by Le Figaro (French newspaper), meaning 44% more. In 2009, according to Hortefeux, previous French Minister, 1,487 firearms were seized. The increase would be of 160% in two years?]
Le nouveau ministre de l'intérieur, Manuel Valls, a récemment voulu faire d'un phénomène "une priorité" : "Comment... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Le Monde (France)
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For Africa, Ammunition Control Deserves Global Gun Trade Treaty Focus
9 July 2012
IRIN (UN News)
JOHANNESBURG — For a couple of hundred dollars or less an arms dealer can illegally source a blank end user certificate with the required signatures and stamps - needed to transfer weapons across international borders - and "if no one checks its authenticity (often the case) he can ship his wares to the world's hotspots with minimal risk, for maximum profit," a report by the Small Arms Survey (SAS) said in 2008.
Since then "not much has changed" Glenn McDonald, based... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: IRIN (UN News)