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France,Turkey,United Arab Emirates,Netherlands,Switzerland,Algeria,Germany,United Kingdom,South Korea,Saudi Arabia,United States

Germany Defends Its Sudden Leap in Gun, Ammo Exports [ES]

26 October 2016

Deutsche Welle

[Translated summary: Between January and June 2016, Germany exported firearms and military equipment amounting to €4 billion; an increase of 500 million in relation to the same period in 2015. The government defended its firearm export policy, saying that it's restrictive and transparent and assuring that they give a "special relevance" to the respect of human rights.] Entre enero y junio de 2016 Alemania concedió permisos de exportación de armas y equipamiento... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Deutsche Welle

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Saudi Arabia,North Korea,Iran,South Africa,Netherlands,United Kingdom,Germany,Italy,United States,United Arab Emirates

Gun Trade Still Growing at Expense of Development - Study

8 June 2016

Inter Press Service News Agency

UNITED NATIONS - A report released by The Small Arms Survey here Monday shows the alarming rate at which the trade of small arms and light weapons has been increasing. Under Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the UN last September, UN member states have agreed to significantly reduce illicit arms trade flows by 2030. "The Sustainable Development Agenda puts a clear emphasis on arms as one of the elements that will need to be taken into account for... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Arab Emirates,North Korea,Iran,United States,Netherlands,United Kingdom,Germany,Italy,Saudi Arabia

Global Gun Trade Leapt 17 Percent in Aftermath of Arab Spring

7 June 2016

Deutsche Welle

Global trade in small arms hit $6 billion (5.3 billion euros) in 2013, a jump of 17 percent over the previous year, according to a non-profit arms-tracking organization, which released its results at a UN conference in New York on Monday. The report, which was produced by the Swiss-based Small Arms Survey, again found that the United States was, by far, both the largest exporter and importer of small arms and light weapons, exporting a record $1.1 billion worth of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Deutsche Welle

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Netherlands

Netherlands Police Seize 24,000 Guns, Ammunition Since 2013

5 October 2015

NL Times

Police have seized nearly 24,000 illegal guns, fake guns, starter pistols and ammunition over the past two and half years, with an increase in the number of heavy weapons. Police told NOS that they find this very disconcerting. On average, 741 illegal firearms are seized monthly, with rifles, pistols and revolvers making up almost 50 percent of this total. Since 2013 seizure of imitation firearms is approximated to be around 4,300. Hans Vissers from the National... (GunPolicy.org)

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Netherlands

Most Dutch Shop Owners Want Self Defence Weapon Law Relaxed

7 May 2014

Netherlands Times

More than 60 percent of store owners are pleading for a widening of the Weapons Law to allow for them to keep weapons in their shops in defense against the threat of robbers. One in five store owners questioned already has a weapon under the counter. This comes out of research from EenVandaag, who questioned 1000 shop keepers. In most cases, owners want to have less-lethal weapons such as baseball bats, but more elaborate items such as iron bars and chair legs with... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Netherlands Times

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Netherlands

Fewer Gun Licences Being Issued in Netherlands

17 April 2014

Netherlands Times

Police have been issuing fewer gun licenses in recent years and many are being revoked. In 2013 75,000 licenses were issued; this figure includes new licenses and extensions of sports and game firearm owners. It has dropped by 2,000 over 2011. Police say many applications are being denied - 109 in 2013, 75 in 2011 - and even more are being withdrawn - 230 in 2013, 346 in 2012 and 226 in 2011. The declining gun license figures are linked to a more restrictive policy... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Netherlands Times

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Netherlands

Gun Jam Thwarts Latest in String of Dutch Assassinations

31 December 2013

NL Times (Amsterdam)

Gwenette M., a major criminal from Amsterdam, escaped death Friday. An unknown man pointed a gun at him and pulled the trigger several times, in Amsterdam-Zuid. The gun failed. M.'s attorney, Nico Meijering, confirmed the incident. The 39-year-old M. is a key figure in a major investigation into a series of relatively recent assassinations in the Amsterdam criminal environment. One of which is a double murder, with a lot of gun violence, in the Staatsliedenbuurt, a year... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: NL Times (Amsterdam)

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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)

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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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Switzerland,Netherlands

Dutch Police Arrest Former Pupil Over School Shooting Threat

22 April 2013

BBC News

Dutch police have made an arrest following a threat, posted on the internet, to carry out a shooting at a school in the city of Leiden. The suspect is a former pupil of the British School, which has a site in neighbouring Voorschoten. More than 20 schools were told to stay closed on Monday in response to the threat posted on internet forum 4chan. The anonymous writer said they would shoot their teacher "and as many students as I can". He or she said they would be... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom,Italy,Netherlands,Germany

British Queen's Soldiers Jailed After Attempting to Smuggle Guns

25 January 2013

Telegraph (UK)

The Queen's Royal Hussars soldiers, based in Sennelager, Germany, attempted to smuggle five guns worth £18,000 on the black market and cocaine worth £72,000 into the UK by car via the Channel Tunnel, Woolwich Crown Court heard. Lemar Loveless 26, of Brydon Walk, Kings Cross, was arrested with former colleague Trave Dyce, 22, in Folkstone as they left a Euroshuttle from Calais in two BMWs on January 25 last year. Officers, who had received intelligence about the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada,Japan,Switzerland,Germany,Spain,United Kingdom,Netherlands,Denmark,European Union,France

Firearms Worldwide: Really Different Laws Across Countries [FR]

18 December 2012

JOL Press (Paris)

[Translated summary: France: follows European policies - Denmark and Netherlands: total ban - United Kingdom: almost all firearms are prohibited - Switzerland: a more liberal legislation - the Japanese model: no firearm at all - Canada: the stormy debate on the right to carry firearms] La récente tuerie de Newton a relancé une fois de plus le débat sur le port d'armes aux États-Unis. Mais quelle est la réglementation dans d'autres pays du monde ? Petit tour... (GunPolicy.org)

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Netherlands,Germany,Austria,Hungary,Serbia,Eastern Europe,Belgium

Belgian Authorities Disband International Gun Trafficking Ring [FR]

17 April 2012

RTL (Belgium)

[Translated summary: Brussels Police and the Federal Prosecutor have dismantled an international gun trafficking network in cooperation with Serbian, Austrian, Hungarian and German authorities.] La police judiciaire fédérale de Bruxelles et le parquet fédéral ont démantelé un réseau international de trafic d'armes. Huit personnes ont été arrêtées en Belgique et des armes à feu ont été saisies, des kalachnikovs et des explosifs destinés à... (GunPolicy.org)

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Switzerland,Finland,Germany,United Kingdom,Netherlands,Norway,Europe

Gun Attacks in Europe and Their Effect on Gun Control Laws

14 December 2011

BBC News

As more details emerge of the shooting spree and grenade attack in Belgium in which five people died, the BBC News website takes a look at other recent incidents in Europe - and the effect they have had on each country's laws. Norway Seventy-seven people were killed in twin attacks on 22 July 2011 in Norway. Anders Behring Breivik has admitted that he planted a car bomb that exploded close to government offices in the capital Oslo, killing eight people. He then drove... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

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Netherlands

Gun Possession, Licensing Control Study in Netherlands Never Published

1 December 2011

Radio Netherlands

A study into gun ownership in the Netherlands showing inadequate supervision of gun permits was submitted to the justice ministry in August 2010, almost nine months before the Alphen aan den Rijn mall shooting in which seven people were killed. The study showed that gun permits were being routinely issued and pointed to inadequate police supervision of gun owners. Police officers reportedly lack the expertise to properly evaluate gun permit applications and most police... (GunPolicy.org)

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Sweden,European Union,Netherlands,Finland

Murder in Finland, Sweden, Netherlands: Drunk Friends v Criminals - Study

6 October 2011

Helsingin Sanomat (Finland)

Finland rightly appears rather high on the statistics for violent crime in Europe, but as so often behind the statistical data there lie a number of caveats and a lot of small print. There are, for instance, large differences between different EU nations when it comes to the reasons for homicides and the methods used in such crimes. In Finland, a typical person to commit a homicide is a middle-aged heavy consumer of alcohol and the victim is his drunken contemporary.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Helsingin Sanomat (Finland)

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Norway,Netherlands

Gun Licence Applicants May Have to Prove Mental Health in Netherlands

4 October 2011

Auburn Journal (California)

A majority of Members of the Netherlands Parliament are supporting a recommendation from the public security council that applicants for a gun ownership license prove they are psychologically healthy before they can obtain a license. In the Netherlands gun ownership is not a right but a privilege, with hunting and target shooting the only two legitimate reasons for owning a gun. Self-defense is not considered a legitimate reason for owning a gun and only the police may... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Auburn Journal (California)

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Netherlands

Security and Justice Minister to Ban Semi-auto Rifles in Netherlands

11 September 2011

Radio Netherlands

Security and Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten says he is going to ban semi-automatic rifles. Minister Opstelten referred to the massacre in the Dutch town of Alpen aan den Rijn in April of this year, when a man used a semi-automatic rifle as well as a pistol and a revolver to kill six people and injure 17 others before killing himself. "Such weapons", the security minister said, "are not intended for use at a shooting club. They're made to hit moving targets. It's... (GunPolicy.org)

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Netherlands

Dutch Mall Shooter Should Not Have Had Gun Permit

11 July 2011

Associated Press

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — A gunman who shot and killed six people in a shopping mall before committing suicide should not have been granted a permit for the three weapons he used, police and prosecutors said Monday. The April 9 shooting shocked this nation where gun ownership is tightly regulated and mass shootings are a rarity, and sparked a review of weapon permit regulations. Investigations into the shooting spree concluded that the shooter, 24-year-old Tristan... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

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