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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)

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South Korea,Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea Seizes Undeclared Guns Intended for Police

13 October 2016

Pacific Islands Report

PORT MORESBY – Chief Secretary Isaac Lupari, pictured, says a shipment of police firearms sent from South Korea to Port Moresby was impounded in Lae by Customs because they were not properly declared. Lupari, the National Security Advisory Council chairman, was commenting yesterday on the 280 semi-automatic guns seized by Customs in Lae and locked up at the Defence Force's Igam Barracks. "Those were ordered by police through the private sector," Lupari told The... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Korea

South Korea: Surge in Gun Smuggling Worries Politician

10 October 2016

Yonhap News Agency (South Korea)

SEOUL -- A lawmaker from the ruling Saenuri Party said Monday the customs office detected 246 attempts to smuggle guns and related items into the country though August this year, adding South Korea can no longer be considered safe from firearms. According to the data compiled by Rep. Park Myung-jae, the Korea Customs Office caught seven shipments of fully functioning guns, as well as 171 other imitation firearms, which could potentially be used for crimes this... (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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South Korea

South Korean Soldier Captured After Shooting Five Others Then Himself

23 June 2014

Bloomberg (USA)

A South Korean soldier besieged by troops after gunning down five of his compatriots shot himself in the chest and was captured, a Defense Ministry official said. The soldier was in a hospital in the border county of Goseong after a day long standoff with Korean troops, Defense Ministry spokesman Kim Min Seok said at a televised briefing in Seoul. The soldier had been surrounded by hundreds of troops, with military personnel trying to convince him to surrender when he... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,Italy,United Kingdom,Japan,South Korea,Bahrain,Germany

Local Gun Control Laws Make Overseas US Military Bases 'Safer'

9 April 2014

Stars and Stripes (USA)

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Strict gun laws in foreign countries mean many in America's overseas military communities feel safer than they would at home, although they're divided over whether tougher rules would reduce gun violence in the U.S. "For the most part, I feel safer over here because we're not allowed to bring guns," Sgt. Roseann Baena, a 26-year-old soldier assigned to Europe Regional Dental Command in Sembach, Germany, said Tuesday. Her comment was typical... (GunPolicy.org)

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Belgium,China,South Korea,El Salvador,Honduras,United States,Italy,Russia,Guatemala

Majority of Legal Guns in El Salvador Traced Back to US [PT]

6 January 2014

Vermelho / El Pais

[Translated summary: Around 60% of legal guns traced in El Salvador originate in the US according to ATF data. The US has a similar tracing system in place with Honduras and Guatemala. 70% of El Salvador's homicides are committed with firearms. Many of these guns are bought legally in America and trafficked to El Salvador.] Cerca de 60% das armas legais rastreadas em El Salvador têm sua origem nos Estados Unidos. O dado, obtido graças a um programa de colaboração... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada,Thailand,Scotland,South Korea

Drunk Thai Student Shoots, Injures Three at Restaurant After Rejection

23 June 2013

Bangkok Post

Three foreign tourists were injured by gunshots in Chiang Mai after a drunk university student opened fire at a restaurant because a waitress rejected him, police said. Chiang Mai police on Saturday arrested Don Praweenmeth, a 27-year-old sixth year medical student at a university in Bangkok. Police said Mr Don confessed that he fired five shots from a 9mm handgun in a busy restaurant on Nimmanahaemin Road at about midnight. The suspect said he was flirting with the... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Korea

Concerns Grow Over Korean Gun Violence

21 April 2013

Korea Herald

Calls for more stringent regulations on guns are mounting in the wake of four shooting incidents within a month in a nation that many believed to be free from the dangers of firearms. On Tuesday, a 42-year-old man shot a 38-year-old man who had an affair with his wife with an air gun in Cheonan, South Chungcheong Province. He had held the weapon for years to fend off wild animals. The three other cases involved unauthorized guns. On the previous day, a man in his 30s... (GunPolicy.org)

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Africa,Americas,Asia,Europe,Oceania,United States,Russia,Italy,Germany,Brazil,Switzerland,Israel,Austria,South Korea,Belgium,Spain,Turkey,Norway,Canada,United Kingdom,Australia,France,Pakistan,Yemen,Honduras,El Salvador,Jamaica

Fact and Figures: Global Trade in Small Arms

18 March 2013

al Jazeera

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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United States,South Korea

US Could Learn from South Korea's Gun Control

25 January 2013

Korea Times

The recent shooting tragedies in the United States and ensuing debates on gun control are shocking and almost incomprehensible to South Koreans because they don't face such issues pertaining to firearms. There are strict laws here regarding the possession of hand guns. Citizens can only buy hunting guns and air rifles after obtaining a license from the police. They are only allowed to use guns for a limited period of time, usually during the hunting season. At other... (GunPolicy.org)

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European Union,China,Germany,South Korea,Switzerland,Serbia,France,United Kingdom,Syria,Yemen,Bulgaria,Belgium,Libya,Italy,Bahrain,Egypt,United States,Russia,West Asia,North Africa,Finland,Austria,Sudan,North Korea,Spain

Tracing the Middle East Weapons Flow

19 October 2011

al Jazeera

Earlier this year, as mass popular uprisings spread through the Middle East and audiences across the world sat transfixed by images of unarmed citizens confronting iron-fisted security forces in the streets of Arab capitals, powerful governments from Russia to the United States were forced to begin accounting for the weapons they had for decades sold to the very rulers they now found themselves abandoning. In Egypt and Bahrain, protesters held up tear gas canisters... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,Indonesia,New Zealand,South Korea,China,Russia,South Africa

New Zealand Police Promise Gun Ban for Rugby World Cup Bodyguards

14 July 2011

Stuff (New Zealand)

Foreign bodyguards will be banned from carrying weapons when protecting overseas dignitaries at this year's Rugby World Cup. New Zealand police will assume full responsibility for the protection of visiting heads of state and VIPs at the tournament, which starts two days before the 10th anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks. Visiting security agents were permitted to carry weapons to protect foreign leaders during the 1999 Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Korea,United States

US Reconsiders, Bans Import of a Million Military Rifles from South Korea

1 September 2010

Fox News (USA)

The South Korean government, in an effort to raise money for its military, wants to sell nearly a million antique M1 rifles that were used by U.S. soldiers in the Korean War to gun collectors in America. The Obama administration approved the sale of the American-made rifles last year. But it reversed course and banned the sale in March – a decision that went largely unnoticed at the time but that is now sparking opposition from gun rights advocates. A State... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Korea,United States

South Korea to Sell 108,000 US Rifles Received for WWII - Back to USA

23 September 2009

BBC News

South Korea has come up with a novel way to boost its defence budget — by selling a vast stockpile of old Korean-war rifles to collectors in the US. The guns were originally sent to Korea as military aid, and some were also used during the war in Vietnam. For more than five decades, they have been kept mothballed in warehouses. Most of those on offer are M1 rifles — a weapon once described by US General George S Patton as "the greatest battle-implement ever... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Korea,United States

South Korea to Make Millions Selling US WWII Rifles to Gun Enthusiasts

23 September 2009

ABC News (Australia)

South Korea is planning to raise tens of millions of dollars by selling vintage US combat rifles to gun enthusiasts in the United States. The ageing M1 and carbine rifles were used by US troops in the Korean and Vietnam wars before being donated to the South Korean military. The rifles have been mothballed for years in military warehouses, but were occasionally used in drills by reserve soldiers. The defence ministry in Seoul says it has won approval to sell more... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Korea

Gun Control Enforcement, Crossbow Shooting Spark Debate in South Korea

17 January 2007

Korea Times (Seoul)

Concerned voices are rising over poor gun control as crimes using guns, rifles and crossbows recently hit the news. A man who shot his ex-girlfriend last December over her change of heart and a bank robber threatening people with guns last October alarmed many people, but the government has not yet come up with a way to control the illegal possession or misuse of weapons. A former university professor, who shot the presiding judge in the stomach on Monday claiming... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Korea

Shooting Rampage Was Premeditated: Military

20 June 2005

Korea Times

The Defense Ministry said yesterday that the shooting rampage, which claimed the lives of eight soldiers on Sunday, was planned two days ahead of the incident. A 22-year-old private soldier, Kim Dong-min, told investigators that he plotted the shooting rampage last Friday after he was bullied by his senior soldiers for months, Brig. Gen. Park Chul-soo, who heads a military investigation team, said in a media briefing at the ministry in Seoul. In an initial report on... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Korea

Military Discipline, Culture Queried in 8-dead Shooting Spree

20 June 2005

Korea Times, Editorial

The horrible firearms incident at a front-line platoon early Sunday morning was shocking for two main reasons. What drove an Army PFC to attack his commander and senior comrades? And how could he desert his guard post on duty and go on a shooting rampage, stalking the entire unit with little resistance? The military has long been accused of poor management and discipline, but this is inconceivable. Most seriously, the Army camp where the shooting took place was inside... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Korea

South Korean Soldier Shoots Eight Colleagues

19 June 2005

BBC News

A South Korean soldier has killed eight of his fellow soldiers and injured two others during a shooting rampage. The incident took place near the heavily-militarised border with North Korea. A spokesman for the South Korean Defence Ministry said the 22-year-old soldier had been bullied by senior officers. "Private Kim remembered that he had suffered verbal violence and molesting from his seniors when he saw their faces and he got angry," the spokesman said. "Then... (GunPolicy.org)

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