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Europe

6 June 2016

Breizh Info (France)

[Translated summary: The President of the Council of Europe aims to propose to the European Parliament the removal of Category D firearms. That would move all the currently unrestricted 'D' guns to the C category, under which arms must be declared. Weapons such as pistols, knives, long guns, airguns and tear gas bombs would have to be registered and their owners licensed.] Au nom de la lutte contre le terrorisme et le crime organisé, la Présidence hollandaise du... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

29 March 2016

BBC News

Children as young as 10 were among hundreds of youngsters arrested for suspected gun crimes in the last three years, new data has revealed. More than 1,500 children were held over alleged firearm offences between 2013 and January 2016. Among the figures, the Metropolitan Police made 679 arrests, while seven children aged under 11 were held in Nottinghamshire. The number of arrests rose by 20% last year, the Press Association said. The data, obtained under the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

15 May 2014

BBC News

Anyone who owns an airgun will need a licence under new measures proposed by the Scottish government. The licensing system is included in a new bill that has been laid with the Scottish Parliament to impose tighter controls on air weapons. The proposals follow a long-running campaign by the Scottish government to crack down on the misuse of airguns. It followed the death of two-year-old Andrew Morton, who was shot in the head with an airgun in Glasgow in 2005. Mark... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand

15 April 2014

Dominion Post (Wellington)

An eight-year-old girl accidentally shot by her brother is in a stable condition in Hawke's Bay Hospital. The girl's 12-year-old brother shot her in the stomach with a low-powered slug gun near Wairoa around 4.45pm on Sunday. The girl suffered minor injuries and was flown to the hospital by the Lowe Corporation rescue helicopter. Wairoa police senior sergeant Tony Bates said the pellet lodged deep within the girl's abdomen. He said the circumstances were still being... (GunPolicy.org)

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

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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Ireland

24 February 2014

Herald (Dublin)

Almost 1,300 firearms, including shotguns and rifles, have been lost or stolen over the past four years. Official figures obtained by the Herald show around 1,134 registered weapons, mainly shotguns and rifles, were stolen in the last four years. Some 159 weapons were lost, most of which were shotguns, but also included in the list are 18 rifles and one airgun, which went missing last year. Last year alone eight firearms were lost or stolen every week. There are... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand

13 December 2013

New Zealand Herald

You can buy real-looking guns for just a fistful of dollars at a $2 shop. The Herald did just that. The cheapest was $45 and looked like a real pistol. It doesn't fire bullets - but when cocked using the same action as a real automatic pistol, it will fire a small, plastic BB sphere. When we took the gun to police, they explained it still had a deadly potential but instead of being potentially fatal for the target, it was the wielder of the weapon who faced the... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand

6 December 2013

Scoop (New Zealand), Media release

Police welcome new laws coming into effect next week that place import restrictions on some airguns and clarify the definition of military style semi-automatic firearms. The Arms (Military Style Semi-automatic Firearms and Import Controls) Amendment Act was passed in 2012 and comes into effect on 11 December 2013. It creates a new category of airgun – the restricted airgun. A restricted airgun is an airgun (with or without any of its attachments) that either: - has... (GunPolicy.org)

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Malaysia

26 November 2013

New Straits Times (Malaysia)

KUALA LUMPUR - All imitation firearms, including those used for sports activities and without licences, must be surrendered to police within a month. Federal police Logistics Department director Datuk Zulkifli Abdullah said all imitation firearms, which resembled genuine ones, must be turned in. He said the public was given until Dec 25 to do so at any district police headquarters. Following their surrender, he said owners could apply for a "use and carry" licence... (GunPolicy.org)

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England & Wales

20 November 2013

News North Wales

Police chiefs have defended Wrexham's gun record after figures revealed 79 firearms have been seized across the county in the past three years. North Wales Police (NWP) said Wrexham "does not have a gun problem" after statistics showed 29 firearms had been seized by officers so far this year, including a haul of 18 shotguns and two handguns. Of those 29 guns confiscated in 2013, 16 were taken by officers at a criminal incident location. The figures come after a major... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

26 October 2013

Bloomberg (USA)

Last weekend, gun rights activists marched at the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, carrying semi-automatic rifles and loaded magazines. Four days later, eighth-grader Andy Lopez was shot to death by Santa Rosa, California police for failing to drop the BB gun he was carrying to a friend's house. Men carrying AR-15s down the street, fine; boy carrying BB gun down the street, fatal? Something does not compute. In fact, the tragic killing in the second case exposes the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

24 October 2013

Vancouver Sun (British Columbia)

Some B.C. residents are capitalizing on the illicit gun trade by making gun parts and even firearms to sell to local criminals. Cpl. Frank Grosspietsch of the RCMP's National Weapons Enforcement Support Team said a "cottage industry" has sprung up in B.C. in recent years among people willing to arm gangsters and other criminals. B.C.-made noise suppressors - which muffle gunshots and are commonly and inaccurately called silencers - have been used in recent murders,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Brunei

24 October 2013

Brunei Times

KUCHING, Sarawak - Three siblings detained by police in Serian, about 60km from here on Monday, are now being investigated for their involvement in crimes using firearms, Serian District police chief DSP MohdJamali Umi said on Tuesday. He said four guns and nine rounds of ammunition were found in the possession of the suspects, aged between 22 and 43, when a police team raided a house at Jalan Kuching-Serian on Monday. Speaking to the media at the Se-rian District... (GunPolicy.org)

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Philippines

17 October 2013

Sun Star (Philippines)

Almost 3,000 firearms and ammunition were confiscated by authorities nationwide in the on-going implementation of the gun ban for the October 28 baranagay elections. Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairperson Sixto Brillantes said that based on the latest assessment from the Philippine National Police (PNP), a total of 2,983 firearms, ammunition and other explosives were seized in various operations and checkpoints placed across the archipelago. Included in these... (GunPolicy.org)

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Scotland

5 September 2013

Herald (Scotland)

Serious doubts have been cast over planned new controls of air guns after Scotland's most senior frontline officers warned licensing would be too expensive and unwieldy. The move is likely to cause embarrassment, coming days after the Scottish Government announced new laws to license air weapons as part of its last programme of legislation before the 2014 independence referendum. The licensing of air weapons was a key part of the SNP's manifesto and for years focused... (GunPolicy.org)

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Indonesia

30 August 2013

Jakarta Globe

Jakarta Police have arrested a man believed to be the alleged kingpin behind the manufacture and sale of illegal weapons in Central Jakarta on Wednesday. This follows the arrest of another suspect by the name of Ramli, also known as Iqbal Hussaini, in Cipayung, East Jakarta on Tuesday night . Ramli is believed to be a gun supplier for terrorists and has served prison terms for plotting to kill cleric and Liberal Islamic Network official Ulil Abshar Abdalla. "The... (GunPolicy.org)

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Scotland

19 July 2013

BBC News

An overwhelming majority of those who responded to a Scottish government consultation on licensing air weapons oppose the plan. Under the proposed new scheme, anyone wanting to own an air gun would need to demonstrate they had a legitimate reason for doing so. A total 87% of respondents rejected the idea - with some describing it as "draconian" and "heavy-handed". A small number of people felt ministers were not going far enough. The Scottish government has... (GunPolicy.org)

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Malaysia

19 June 2013

Star (Malaysia)

PETALING JAYA - Airsoft guns are fast gaining popularity in Malaysia, especially among those who enjoy tactical wargames. Airsoft weapons are new generation BB (bird bullet) guns, a type of air-powered gun designed to shoot projectiles. The AEG (airsoft electric gun) and accessories are sold together with other military-like gears and tactical equipment that come complete with holsters and military-like outfits including boots. They can be easily bought online... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

29 May 2013

Washington Post

Every few hours, in a routine that is sometimes grim but more often mundane, local police take a gun off the streets. Since 2000, nearly 50,000 guns have been recovered by authorities in the District and Prince George's County. That is enough to arm every law enforcement officer in Maryland, the District and Virginia, with a couple of thousand guns to spare. Police confiscate guns after drive-bys, drug raids and traffic stops. They find them tossed on roofs and thrown... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

27 May 2013

Australian (Sydney) / AAP

An anonymous tip-off has led to the seizure of a massive cache of guns and ammunition, including a Chinese assault rifle and a laser-sighted Magnum handgun, in Western Australia. After last week's launch of the nationwide Operation Unification, designed to crack down on illicit firearms, WA detectives raided a hotel in Fremantle where they seized an unlicensed double-barrel shotgun. Further inquiries then led to raids on three properties in Caversham, 14km northeast... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand

24 May 2013

Marlborough Express (New Zealand)

Police have asked a Blenheim shop that sold a plastic gun to a Marlborough Boys' College student to stop selling the item after the teenager was arrested. The 14-year-old boy was arrested and suspended from school on Tuesday after shooting a passing car and other students with the soft air pistol he bought at $2 Fantastic shop in Maxwell Rd. Constable Dean Buckley, of Blenheim youth aid, said because compressed air fired a missile, it was legally classed as a... (GunPolicy.org)

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England & Wales

21 May 2013

Courier (UK)

An airgun club chief has hit back in the row over proposed new licensing. Kathleen Male, chairwoman of Tayside Airgun Club, said they don't have any problem with a fair licensing system but they do object to the Government's proposals. She said: "We still do not agree there should be greater restrictions where airweapon owners can shoot as there are adequate laws, at present, in place, restricting where they may be used, and, on the street of a town or city is not one... (GunPolicy.org)

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Russia,Afghanistan,Israel,Belgium,United States

31 January 2013

EuroGamer

The American confectionery company Victoria Sweets claims to have invented the candy cigarette. A thin stick of chocolate, wrapped in edible paper and designed to impersonate a roll-up, it debuted in 1915 and soon became the accessory of choice for children keen to play grown-up. Hollywood star, GI Joe, team captain: the sweet gave kids the chance try out one of the vogue props of adulthood. Within 20 years it was so popular that cigarette companies began to take... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand

14 January 2013

Radio New Zealand

A post-mortem has revealed an 18-year-old killed in an airgun accident in Auckland was shot through the heart. Shaun Townsley was fatally shot while he and a group of friends were drinking and firing air rifles and air pistols at cans at his home in the South Auckland suburb of Manurewa on Saturday evening. Police say the shooting appeared to be accidental but an investigation is looking at whether charges relating to careless or dangerous use of a firearm should be... (GunPolicy.org)

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Finland

3 December 2012

YLE (Finland)

A Ministry of the Interior working group has proposed stricter conditions and clarifications to current legislation concerning the use of firearms. If the proposals are accepted, all firearms and accessories will be kept under lock and key. Current legislation demands that guns be kept under lock or that gun components should be kept in a separate location than the actual weapon. Owners of particularly dangerous firearms or five individual guns will have to purchase... (GunPolicy.org)

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Indonesia

24 November 2012

Jakarta Post

A gold miner identified as MA, 21, was arrested on a beach in Nabire, Papua, for possessing an illegal firearm, a magazine and 12 bullets during a raid conducted by Papua Police on Friday at around 9:30 a.m. local time. "We are still investigating how he [MA] got the weapon and the reason why he had the gun," said Papua Police deputy chief Brig. Gen Paulus Waterpauw on Friday. This is the second arrest after police nabbed two civilians, HE and AN, in Manokwari, West... (GunPolicy.org)

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Switzerland

2 November 2012

Local (Switzerland)

Police have issued a warning about the illegal use of replica guns after a teenager used one to shoot plastic bullets at members of the Liberal party in the canton of Valais. The incident occurred on Wednesday evening in Sierre when a youth in a car driven by a friend used an "airsoft" gun to fire on party members assembled outside a restaurant for a meeting, Valais cantonal police said. Four people were injured by the plastic bullets, some in the face and one in the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Indonesia,Taiwan,China

22 October 2012

Jakarta Globe

Jakarta Police arrested two men accused of selling unlicensed airsoft guns on social networking sites last week. The men, identified only as "D" and "A.G.," were stood next to a table of realistic-looking airsoft guns in a press conference on Monday. Police seized 187 airsoft guns, including replicas of pistols and assault rifles, in the raid. "They sold the guns at fairly low prices, from Rp 3 million ($312) to Rp 6 million for the [assault rifles]," Jakarta... (GunPolicy.org)

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Germany

10 October 2012

Local (Germany)

Four children were injured in the eastern German state of Thuringia on Tuesday when air pistol shots were fired into their classrooms from a building opposite. Three suspects have been arrested. Police investigations indicated that the shots had come from a flat in a residential block close to the Johann Gottfried Borlach school in the small town of Artern, where a 21-year-old female tenant and two men were promptly arrested. The main suspect was one of the two men, a... (GunPolicy.org)

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England & Wales

20 September 2012

Daily Mail (UK)

An English landlord who produced a gun after a row with customers at his village pub in Wales when they ordered their drinks in Welsh has escaped jail. Gareth James Sale, 26, had denied possessing a firearm - an air rifle - with intent to cause fear of violence at the Royal Oak, Penrhyndeudraeth in the early hours of June 18 last year, but admitted the lesser charge of possessing a firearm in a public place. Caernarfon Crown Court heard the row started after Sales'... (GunPolicy.org)

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Northern Ireland

23 August 2012

The Detail (Ireland)

As the Department of Justice consults on proposed changes to firearms licensing laws here, The Detail can reveal information about the owners of Northern Ireland's 153,459 legally held guns. Almost 60,000 members of the public own over 146,000 firearms with the remaining 7,018 legally held guns belonging to serving police and prison officers. The Detail has been given rare access to information stored on the PSNI's Shogun firearms database in response to a Freedom of... (GunPolicy.org)

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Indonesia

7 May 2012

Jakarta Globe

Indonesia's National Police will continue to grant civilians gun permits, despite calls from lawmakers for stricter gun regulations after a series of headline-grabbing reports cast doubt on public safety. The National Police have issued more than 25,000 gun permits to civilians since 2009, not counting the 10,154 permits for guns that fire rubber bullets and 5,810 permits for airsoft guns, according to National Police spokesman Ins. Gen. Saud Usman Nasution. Critics... (GunPolicy.org)

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Russia

13 November 2011

Moscow Times

Ammunition for air guns has disappeared from the city's specialized stores, apparently on verbal orders from a police force that has long frowned upon people buying — and often abusing — non-lethal firearms. Although officially blamed on red tape, the disappearance of the ammunition is actually part of an Interior Ministry campaign to ban air guns across the country, Izvestia reported Friday. Such an unofficial ban would amount to abuse of power, a pro-gun... (GunPolicy.org)

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China,Canada

20 October 2011

CBC News (Canada)

The RCMP are racing to track down and seize hundreds of replica AK-47 BB guns imported from China that investigators fear can be easily reconfigured into deadly prohibited weapons. The Mounties launched raids and seizures last week on a number of gun stores in B.C., Ontario, and Quebec. Investigators believe the toys — assembled with authentic parts from the Chinese Type-56 version of the AK-47 semi-automatic assault rifle — can be transformed into weapons with a... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

4 October 2011

Manchester Evening News (UK)

A gun dealer was trapped after police set up a fake shop selling combat clothing. Undercover cops posed as shop workers who were looking for lethal weapons in the elaborate sting. The store was set up after police became concerned at the number of firearms on the streets of Manchester. After weeks at the store on Princess Road, Moss Side, a gang member customer introduced the plain clothes officers to Marc Billingham, who supplied them with two working guns, an air... (GunPolicy.org)

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Cayman Islands

11 July 2011

cayCompass.com (Cayman Islands)

Richard Joseph Parsons, 22, was sentenced on Thursday to nine years' imprisonment for possession of an unlicensed 12-gauge Remington shotgun. Defence Attorney Kerrie Cox told the court Parsons found the gun and kept it because there had been a shooting in his neighbourhood and his own residence had been burgled twice. He submitted there were exceptional circumstances in this case that would not require the court to impose the otherwise mandatory minimum sentence of... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand

23 June 2011

New Zealand Herald

A proposal banning imports of airguns that look like the military weapons will have little impact on the the number available or on criminals using them to intimidate people, parliament has been told. The Arms (Military Style Semi-automatic Firearms And Import Controls) Amendment Bill would ban importing airguns that look like real pistols, military-style semi-automatics (MSSAs) or restricted weapons - unless a police permit is granted. The bill, which is before the... (GunPolicy.org)

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France

14 June 2011

L'Express (France)

[Translated summary: An increasing number of robberies and attacks are committed with imitation guns. One of these even lead to the death of a young man, when police shot the 19yr-old boy thinking that his imitation gun was a real gun. However, amendments to the French Law on this matter keep on being delayed.] Un nombre croissant de braquages et d'agressions sont commis avec des armes factices. Pourtant, la loi tarde à s'adapter à ce phénomène. Le 23 février... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

7 June 2011

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck is proposing that the city require BB-gun replicas of actual firearms to be brightly colored so that police officers don't mistake them for real weapons. The proposal, which the Los Angeles Police Commission will consider Tuesday, comes after two shootings involving officers and people with replica weapons, including one in which a teenager was wounded. Under the new rule, all such toys sold in Los Angeles would have the "entire... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand

14 May 2011

3 News (New Zealand)

The owner of the country's biggest gun store says new rules aimed at restricting imports of airguns which replicate the real thing will do little to reduce crime. An amendment to the Arms Act will mean people who import replica airguns must first obtain a permit from the commissioner of police. David Tipple imports around 10,000 airguns every year and he now fears around 20 percent or 2,000 of those guns will require a permit before he can bring them in. "Under the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 May 2011

Denver Post (Colorado), Column

Now that you have askedand you know who you are — the fourth- grader in Lakewood who this week shot at least six of his classmates with a BB gun while the teacher was looking away deserves the punishment coming to him. That said, kudos to the Lakewood Police Department for not rushing into the school, wrestling the kid to the ground, maybe pepper-spraying him, handcuffing him and hauling him out like so much rough lumber. Instead, the officers arrived calmly and... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

11 May 2011

Washington Post / AP

LAKEWOOD, Colorado — Police in a Denver suburb say a 10-year-old boy accused of shooting six classmates with a BB gun is due in court next month to face misdemeanor charges. Lakewood Police spokesman Steve Davis alleges the fourth-grader at Stein Elementary shot his classmates Monday while the teacher wasn't looking. Davis reported no serious injuries. Davis says the boy was arrested on suspicion of assault and launching dangerous missiles that can cause injury, but... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

2 May 2011

Delaware County Daily Times (Pennsylvania)

PARKSIDE — A proposed gun-control law that was defeated by a 5-2 council vote in September will be on the agenda again for discussion and another vote at the May 25 council session. Under the heading of Ordinance 495, the tabled proposal reads: "It shall be unlawful and it is hereby prohibited for any person or persons to discharge any shotgun, rifle, gun, pistol, revolver, BB gun, or other firearms in the pursuit of game or for the purpose of amusement for himself... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand

15 April 2011

New Zealand Press Association

The Government is to tighten import controls on airguns that look like real pistols, military style semi-automatic firearms (MSSAs) or restricted weapons. Police Minister Judith Collins said replicas were frequently used by criminals as they were easily mistaken for real firearms. "Police estimate that there could be up to one incident a week where a member of the public presents an airgun that looks like a real pistol, MSSA, or restricted weapon requiring an armed... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

28 February 2011

WITN-TV News (North Carolina)

Two children playing with a loaded air rifle has ended with one of them dead. Wilson County deputies say 7-year-old Alejandro Mejia and his younger brother were playing outside their home with the rifle Friday night. Authorities tell WITN News the air rifle in question is a Daisy Powerline 35 and can shoot both BBs or pellets. It is still not known whether BBs or pellets were in the gun. Sergeant Wanda Samuel says the parents knew the children were playing with the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

24 February 2011

News & Observer (North Carolina)

RALEIGH - Police are urging young people and their parents to be careful with firearms after a pellet gun accidentally went off this week, killing an 8-year-old boy. Police are particularly concerned about guns on which the safety mechanism is located next to the trigger. Ty-Rion Jayele Henry's grandfather was attempting to put the safety on a pellet gun when he accidentally hit the trigger, shooting Ty-Rion in the eye Monday. He was pronounced dead Tuesday after he... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

26 November 2010

Daily Mail (UK)

A man has shot and killed his best friend in what police say was an apparent prank that went horrifically wrong. The 23-year-old from Vermont tried to prank his sleeping friend by waking him up with the startling sound of an air rifle. But the alleged shooter mistakenly used a real rifle police said. Nicholas Bell was charged with manslaughter after the incident yesterday. Manchester police said: 'The accused fired the weapon which was loaded with a .22 cal rifle... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand

15 October 2010

New Zealand Press Association

Police have welcomed a law change which means people must have a firearms license to own the type of air rifle used to murder police undercover officer Sergeant Don Wilkinson. The law change comes after the Government moved to reclassify pre-charged pneumatic (PCP) air rifles after they were used in the Auckland murders of Mr Wilkinson in 2008 and Keith Kahi in July this year. Police national coordinator of firearms control, Inspector Joe Green said the law change... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand

11 October 2010

Dominion Post (Wellington)

Replica firearms not covered by a law change coming into effect this week could just as easily cost a life if they appear real, police warn after incidents in Napier. Napier Detective Sergeant Emmet Lynch and his colleagues have dealt with three firearms in the past week that were either replicas or looked like more powerful weapons. One, a rifle that fires slug pellets, was used in a random drive-by shooting in which a man was shot in the stomach while socialising... (GunPolicy.org)

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Philippines

28 September 2010

Philippine Daily Inquirer

Air guns, pellet guns, and airsoft guns are covered by the current gun ban for the Oct. 25 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections, a Commission on Elections official said Tuesday. Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said these guns were included because they fall under the definition of a gun as "any device that propels a projectile or a slug." "For the most part, the slug is chemically propelled. But the definition of a gun also includes weapons that fire... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

24 September 2010

Financial Times (UK)

Kennesaw, Georgia, is Everytown, USA: a mixture of old wooden bungalows and cookie-cutter subdivisions, of seventh-­generation locals and Mexican immigrants. Its quaint, ­cobbled historic centre is lush, with low-hanging trees and chirping cicadas. The civil war museum tells the history of the local Confederate fight against the Yankees. At the suburban malls on a humid Saturday afternoon locals vie to park their SUVs as close as possible to the Target and Best Buy... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom,Scotland

23 September 2010

BBC News

A student at Dundee High School has been caught carrying a BB plastic gun while on a trip to Iceland. It is understood the gun was found by security officials, either at the airport in Iceland, or on return, at Glasgow Airport. The incident happened during a school field trip during the summer holidays. A spokeswoman for the private school said the "individual was no longer at the school" but refused to confirm whether the pupil had been expelled. She added: "A... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

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Indonesia

6 September 2010

International Crisis Group (Brussels), Media release

JAKARTA/BRUSSELS -- The Indonesian government could reduce the circulation of illegal firearms by improving procedures for guarding and monitoring police and military armouries, conducting regular audits of gun importers and enforcing controls over the "airsoft" industry. Illicit arms in Indonesia, the latest briefing from the International Crisis Group, examines four sources of illegal guns in Indonesia: theft or illegal purchase from the security forces, leftover... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand

26 July 2010

Press (Christchurch)

Criminals will be deprived of their "weapon of choice" by a proposed law change, Police Minister Judith Collins says. Collins yesterday announced high-powered airguns would be reclassified so they could only be owned by those with a firearms licence. The proposed change could be implemented by November through an amendment to the Arms Order. However, Collins said there were no plans to try to register all firearms, something that had been an "expensive failure" in... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand

15 July 2010

New Zealand Press Association

Police Minister Judith Collins says the Government is looking seriously at legislation to restrict the sale of powerful air rifles which are being blamed for two slayings in Auckland. Police Sergeant Don Wilkinson died after he was shot with an FX Monsoon airgun while on an undercover drugs operation in 2008. And now it has been revealed that the same type of weapon was used in the slaying of Keith Kahi, 44, in the eastern Auckland suburb of Botany Downs nine days... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand

14 July 2010

New Zealand Herald

Police Minister Judith Collins says the Government is looking seriously at legislation to restrict the sale of high-powered air rifles which are being blamed for two recent slayings in Auckland. Police Sergeant Don Wilkinson died after he was shot with a FX Monsoon air gun while on a undercover drugs operation in 2008. And now it has been revealed the same type of weapon was used in the slaying of Keith Kahi, 44, in the eastern Auckland suburb of Botany Downs nine... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Zealand Herald

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United States

12 May 2010

Explorer (Arizona)

An ordinance the Oro Valley Town Council passed in March has come under fire. The law banned the use of pneumatic guns like paintball, pellet or potato guns. The law also disallows the use of Airsoft guns, a firearm similar to a BB gun that fires plastic projectiles. The ban includes the discharge of such firearms except for target practice on private property. "These things can't even break a window at point-blank range," Lee Souter told the council at the May 5... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

29 March 2010

BBC News

Three boys, aged 12 and 13, have been expelled from school after they were caught on cctv playing with a bb gun. The airgun, which fires plastic pellets, was taken into Heartlands Academy in Birmingham last month. A petition was started to try to get the boys reinstated. One boy's father, Ibrahim Abdillahi, said he "deeply regrets" a gun was taken to school. The academy said it took discipline "extremely seriously", as well as the safety of students and staff. Mr... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

25 February 2010

BBC News

A coroner has urged parents to supervise children using air guns after a 10-year-old boy died after being shot at close range in the heart. Rhys Johnson of Llansamlet in Swansea died in hospital on 27 September. An inquest heard he and a friend were using his father's airgun without his knowledge in a lane behind his home. Recording a verdict of accidental death coroner Philip Rogers was told Rhys's friend did not mean to shoot him as they were taking 'pot shots' at... (GunPolicy.org)

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32227

United States

15 February 2010

Worthington Daily Globe (Minnesota)

WADENA, Minnesota - A 21-year-old man from Wadena was sentenced Feb. 4 to five years in prison for shooting a pellet gun at Wadena-Deer Creek school buses on March 3, 2008. Timothy Erwin Mindermann received the five-year prison sentence for three felony charges of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon. An Otter Tail County jury found Mindermann guilty on all three counts, in addition to a misdemeanor charge of obstructing the legal process after a three-day... (GunPolicy.org)

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32130

United Kingdom

26 January 2010

BBC News

A school teacher who fired an air pistol to scare a gang of youths who attacked him has been struck off. Allan Dickson's actions were deemed "highly irresponsible and reckless" by a panel at the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS). The disciplinary sub-committee said there was no alternative to removing the 33-year-old's name from the teaching register. The decision means that he is banned from teaching. In a written decision, the panel said: "The public... (GunPolicy.org)

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31972

Australia

19 January 2010

Australian Associated Press

Police have uncovered a cache of weapons connected to a man who allegedly shot three people with an air rifle south of Adelaide last Saturday. Police arrested and charged the 51-year-old man from Willunga, where they also uncovered more than 300 assorted firearms from two separate premises. The bailed man will appear in Christies Beach Magistrates Court on February 23 where he faces charges of acts likely to cause harm and aggravated assault. The injuries to the... (GunPolicy.org)

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32001

United Kingdom,Scotland

30 November 2009

Sunday Mail (Scotland)

MSPs will be given the power to ban deadly airguns, we can reveal today. Scottish Secretary Jim Murphy has secured an agreement to transfer authority over the weapons from Westminster to Edinburgh. It means a ban — which has all-party support at Holyrood — is now almost certain. The deal is a massive victory for the parents of tragic toddler Andrew Morton. Sharon and Andy Morton have campaigned relentlessly for the ban since Andrew, two, was gunned down four... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sunday Mail (Scotland)

31536

Philippines

15 October 2009

Business Mirror (Philippines)

Voting 140-3, the House of Representatives, in plenary session, approved on third and final reading on Thursday a bill that imposes stricter gun policies that licensed gun holders and enthusiasts described as the alleged revival of a Marcos-era decree to address the worsening problem on loose firearms. House Bill 6776, authored by Lakas-Kampi-CMD Rep. Pedro Romualdo of Camiguin, seeks to restore the stiff penalties for the illegal possession, manufacture and sale of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Business Mirror (Philippines)

31260

United Kingdom,England & Wales

29 September 2009

Western Mail (Wales)

A 10-year-old who was shot dead with an air rifle was playing a game of Cowboys and Indians at the time of the tragic accident. Rhys Johnson died yesterday morning after being shot in the chest with the gun, which he had found in a garage earlier in the afternoon. The schoolboy, from Llansamlet, Swansea, went out to play with it in fields behind his home with a 12-year-old boy, a close friend. Police yesterday questioned the devastated 12-year-old about what... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Western Mail (Wales)

31109

United Kingdom,England & Wales

28 September 2009

BBC News

A 10-year-old boy has died after he was shot with an air gun in Swansea. Police were called to the Llansamlet area of the city at 1815 BST on Sunday but the boy died later in intensive care at Morriston Hospital. A neighbour said the grandmother of the boy, named locally as Rhys Johnson, told him he had been involved in an accident. Police are not treating the death as suspicious. A 12-year-old boy, who knew the boy, is helping police inquiries. A lane in Midland... (GunPolicy.org)

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31088

United Kingdom

17 September 2009

BBC News

The case against three men charged over the death of a teenager who was shot in the eye with an air rifle has been dropped after new evidence emerged. Rachel Davies, 18, was shot on 7 December last year in Bury, Greater Manchester. She died two weeks later. The men were charged with possession of a firearm without a certificate. The case collapsed when prosecutors told Bolton Crown Court tests had found the air rifle could not be classified as a banned firearm... (GunPolicy.org)

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30979

United Kingdom

27 August 2009

Sky News (UK)

A five-year-old boy who tragically died after being shot in the head with an air rifle was playing on a shooting range set up by a friend's grandfather, it has emerged. Joe Cooke and his family were on holiday in Wiltshire Jonathan Cooke, known as Joe, was staying at the family friend's home with his mum and two brothers when he was hit. The owner, Bernard Allnutt, had helped Joe's brothers and two grandsons set up the firing range in the grounds of his £700,000... (GunPolicy.org)

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30821

United Kingdom

26 August 2009

Times (UK)

A five-year-old boy has died after being shot with an air rifle while playing with friends in the garden of a country home. Jonathan Cooke, who was hit in what his family called a tragic accident, was airlifted to hospital shortly after the incident but died on Monday afternoon. It was not clear last night whether Jonathan — known as Joe — had mistakenly walked into the line of fire or if the air gun went off accidentally. Wiltshire police are investigating but... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times (UK)

30886

Scotland,United Kingdom

26 June 2009

Scotsman (Edinburgh), Opinion

When two-year-old Andrew Morton was killed four years ago after being shot with an airgun, there were widespread demands for a crackdown on the deadly weapons. Andrew was being carried by his 13-year-old brother in Glasgow's Easterhouse estate when he was hit by a pellet in the head. An unemployed 27-year-old man, who had been taking pot shots from the window of his flat, was later sentenced to life imprisonment for murder. Andrew's parents collected 11,000 signatures... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Scotsman (Edinburgh)

30397

United Kingdom,Scotland

27 March 2009

BBC News

The Scottish Government has said it will not "sit on its hands" in the face of what it claims is Westminster inaction over firearm laws. The justice secretary made the claim as he launched a drive to highlight the penalties for air or replica gun crime. The SNP has called on Westminster to devolve airgun legislation or agree a pilot licensing scheme for air weapons. The Home Office said it had concerns about firearms law in Scotland differing from England and... (GunPolicy.org)

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29638

New Zealand

18 March 2009

New Zealand Herald

Undercover officer Sgt Don Wilkinson said he was "running, running" after a police lookout told him to get away from the place where he and a colleague had been planting a tracking device, a court heard today. Sgt Wilkinson was killed and his colleague shot three times while planting the device on a car in South Auckland on September 11 last year. Iain Lindsay Clegg, 35 and John Ward Skinner, 37 have been jointly accused of Mr Wilkinson's murder and the attempted... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Zealand Herald

29581

United States

4 March 2009

Orange County Register (California)

LAGUNA HILLS — The family of a 15-year-old boy is mourning the loss of a son, brother and grandson as authorities struggle to figure out how the teenager ended up shot in the head with his own BB gun. Michael Chen was pronounced dead at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday at Children's Hospital of Orange County at Mission Hospital, two days after his mother and grandmother found him unconscious in the family's backyard. Chen had been shot in the temple — but how and why are the... (GunPolicy.org)

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29387

United Kingdom,Scotland

15 February 2009

Scotsman / Scotland on Sunday

Control over firearms law is set to be handed from Westminster to Holyrood under a controversial plan that could finally lead to an airgun ban north of the border. A group of experts studying the Scottish Parliament has placed gun control at the top of its list of powers that could be transferred from London to Edinburgh, Scotland on Sunday understands. If the Calman Commission goes ahead and recommends the change it would almost certainly result in SNP ministers... (GunPolicy.org)

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29219

Mexico

11 January 2009

New York Times

MEXICO CITY — Over the Christmas holidays, Othón Cuevas Córdova, a Mexican congressman, had his life threatened, albeit in jest. His young nephew pointed a toy pistol that he had received as a gift at the lawmaker and said, "Tío, I'm going to kill you." Mr. Cuevas was not amused. He talked to the boy's parents about the inappropriateness of giving a child a weapon, even a plastic one, in a country so overrun with violence. And he sped up the introduction in... (GunPolicy.org)

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28972

United States

4 January 2009

Newsday (New York) / Record of Bergen County

WEST MILFORD, New Jersey — A West Milford man has been charged with reckless manslaughter after fatally shooting his wife with a pellet gun. Police say it looks like a "freak accident." Authorities say Frank McDonald used the pellet gun to shoot squirrels in his yard. He called police around 10 a.m. Saturday after his 44-year-old wife, Cheryl, was hit by a pellet. She later died from the wound. Frank McDonald is being held on bail of $150,000. If he's... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Newsday (New York) / Record of Bergen County

28948

China

19 November 2008

Chinadaily.com.cn

A total of 381 people have been arrested and more than 1,000 websites have been shut down for advertising guns for sale on the black market, the Ministry of Public Security said yesterday. Also, about 120,000 related Web pages have been deleted, following a crackdown between August and October, it said on its website. Chinese law forbids any organization or citizen to purchase or trade in guns and ammunition. Such weapons, under license, are permitted only in areas... (GunPolicy.org)

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28661

Japan

11 November 2008

Yomiuri Shimbun (Japan) / AP

The Metropolitan Police Department suspects that a Tokyo-based company's airsoft gun put on sale in July is powerful enough to injure or kill without any modifications to the body, sources familiar with the case have said. It is rare for police to recognize an unconverted airsoft gun as a lethal weapon. The MPD seized 800 units of the type of gun during an inspection of the manufacturer on suspicion of violating the Firearms and Swords Control Law. The MPD plans... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Yomiuri Shimbun (Japan) / AP

28623

New Zealand

24 October 2008

TV3 National News

How dangerous are airguns? Police say they can easily kill people at short range, and they are worried at how easily they can be bought — owners do not even need a firearms licence. The police are not saying what sort of airgun the shot Whangarei woman was armed with, but airguns now range from the benign BB gun to gas-compressed ones with the power to kill. And it was a single shot from an airgun that killed police officer Don Wilkinson six weeks ago as he fled... (GunPolicy.org)

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28496

New Zealand

9 October 2008

Otago Daily Times

Police have warned parents not to be fooled into thinking airguns they give their children are toys. The warning came several weeks after an undercover police officer was shot dead in Auckland with a high-powered air rifle and as the government moved to tighten the law on airguns. Police national manager of firearms licensing and vetting, Inspector Joe Green, said up to 100,000 airguns were in the country which were replicas of real firearms, including rifles and... (GunPolicy.org)

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28394

United Kingdom

2 October 2008

BBC News

A teenager told a friend: "Careful where you're pointing that rifle", moments before he was accidentally shot in the heart, an inquest has been told. The air rifle went off, and Daniel Marsh, 17, was killed. A coroner called it "a terrible tragedy" as he recorded a misadventure verdict at the inquest in Newport. Daniel's cousin Aaron Marsh, 17, and friend Mark Drew, 19, were arrested but no further action is to be taken, the hearing was told. Mr Drew was holding... (GunPolicy.org)

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28372

New Zealand

12 September 2008

New Zealand Press Association

A restriction on airguns similar to the one which killed undercover policeman Don Wilkinson may not have saved the officer, police said today. Legislation which has been before Parliament for three years would have meant the type of airgun used to kill Mr Wilkinson in Mangere, South Auckland, yesterday could only be sold to people with a firearms licence. But Superintendent Ted Cox of Counties Manukau police doubted the speedier passage of the legislation would have... (GunPolicy.org)

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28192

New Zealand

12 September 2008

New Zealand Press Association

Police are to review the firearms laws after it was revealed the gun suspected of killing a police officer yesterday can be bought over the counter or on the internet by anyone over the age of 18. Sergeant Don Wilkinson, 46, is believed to have been shot dead by a powerful, gas operated, rifle which shoots a pellet similar in size to a conventional .22 calibre rifle round. A colleague is in a comfortable condition in hospital after also being shot while the pair were... (GunPolicy.org)

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28191

United Kingdom

2 September 2008

Guardian (UK)

A toddler who was accidentally shot in the head with an airgun by his five-year-old sister died in hospital yesterday. Rashid Ullah had been in a critical condition since the accident on August 24, when the 18-month-old's sister is understood to have shot him with a gun belonging to their father, Bakht Zaman. Zaman, 29, a handyman, had been using the weapon for target practice in their garden in Washwood Heath, Birmingham. Moments before the fatal accident, he is... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (UK)

28105

United Kingdom

27 August 2008

BBC News

The family of an 18-month-old boy who was shot with an airgun in his garden have issued a warning over the weapons. Rashid Ullah has been in a critical condition since Sunday's incident in Washwood Heath, Birmingham. His five-year-old sister accidentally shot him after picking up the airgun, which her father had been using for target practice, his grandfather said. "We hope anyone who has an air weapon realises how dangerous these guns can be," the family said in... (GunPolicy.org)

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28078

United Kingdom

26 August 2008

Birmingham Post (UK)

Campaigners have called for legislation to make airgun owners liable for their misuse after an 18-month-old Birmigham boy was shot in the head. Rashid Rullah is in a critical condition at Birmingham Children's Hospital after what police said appeared to be a "tragic accident" in Washwood Heath on Sunday. The boy's grandfather said that Rashid was accidentally shot by his five-year-old sister when their father, who had been using the rifle for target practice, turned... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Birmingham Post (UK)

28074

United Kingdom

26 August 2008

Guardian (UK)

Campaigners today called for tighter controls on airguns as a toddler who was shot in the head with his father's rifle remained critically ill in hospital. Rashid Rullah was shot by his five-year-old sister, who picked up the gun their father was using for target practice when he turned his back to answer his mobile phone. The family were in the back garden of their home in Washwood Heath, Birmingham, when the accident happened at 7pm on Sunday. Rashid remains... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (UK)

28058

United States

21 June 2008

Washington Post

An alarm went off one night at Potowmack Elementary School in Sterling, and a surveillance camera recorded the scene: five intruders in masks and hoods darting through hallways and corridors, their assault rifles pointed. In minutes, sheriff's deputies arrived, their own guns loaded and drawn. Only after the gunmen were taken into custody did deputies discover that the assault rifles were replicas — so-called "airsoft" guns that shoot lightweight plastic BBs — and... (GunPolicy.org)

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27425

United Kingdom,Scotland

7 May 2008

BBC News

A summit meeting to discuss Scotland's gun laws has ended with calls for Westminster to take action to deal with the problem of air weapons in Scotland. Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said he would be writing to the home secretary pressing for a tightening of the law. Members of the police, gun control lobby and sport-shooting groups attended the Edinburgh meeting. Mr MacAskill described the current law as "inadequate". Speaking after the summit, which he... (GunPolicy.org)

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27039

Canada

3 March 2008

Winnipeg Free Press (Manitoba)

The shooting death of 13-year-old Cody Shuya has sparked renewed concern about the hazards of pellet guns and whether they should be controlled by federal gun laws. Wendy Cukier, president of the Coalition for Gun Control, said people underestimate the severe injuries air guns can cause and pointed to a 2005 Canadian Pediatric Society report, Youth and Firearms, which calls for air rifles to be regulated by federal law. The report cited 11 deaths from pellet guns,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Winnipeg Free Press (Manitoba)

26288

United Kingdom,Scotland

3 March 2008

Herald (Glasgow)

Gun law reform as demanded by Holyrood ministers has been ruled out by Home Secretary Jacqui Smith. The move prompted her Scottish counterpart, Kenny MacAskill, to accuse her of complacency yesterday after she declined an invitation to co-host a summit on the subject in Scotland. Mr MacAskill, the Justice Minister, said: "I'm disappointed our invitation has been rejected and concerned that the Home Secretary says a review isn't needed now. "The most recent figures... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Herald (Glasgow)

26280

Germany

22 February 2008

Deutsche Presse-Agentur

BERLIN — The German parliament approved tighter gun-control laws on Friday in a move designed to stop the spread of violent crime. The new legislation bans the carrying of replica firearms and so-called airsoft guns as well as certain types of knives. "The change to the gun control laws will ensure greater security … and counter threatening situations in public places," said Reinhard Grindel, a domestic affairs spokesman for Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Deutsche Presse-Agentur

26198

United States

18 February 2008

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

When deputies arrived, Sgt. Duane Hendrix's children were in the street outside the Seattle police officer's Pierce County home. Neighbors had spotted them running around, playing with what, to any casual observer, looked to be handguns. The deputies approached with their own weapons holstered, checked the children's guns and found them to be airsoft pistols, an increasingly popular type of replica gun that fires oversize plastic BBs. Hendrix says his children have a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

26167

United Kingdom

31 January 2008

BBC News

During 2007, nine young people lost their lives in shootings, including the killing of 11-year-old Rhys Jones in Liverpool. According to Home Office figures, there were 59 firearms-related homicides in 2006-07 compared with 49 in the previous year. That is an increase of 18% in just one year. There were 507 serious injuries from firearms — more than one incident a day. But at the same time, the trend in gun crime overall has been going down. Overall firearms... (GunPolicy.org)

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25997

United Kingdom

12 November 2007

BBC News

Police say the death of a 17-year-old boy who was shot with an air rifle seems to have been a "tragic accident". Two teenagers, aged 18 and 16, who were arrested after the death of Danny Marsh in Newport, have been released on bail, pending further inquiries. Gwent Police are not looking for anyone else in connection with the shooting in Maesglas on Sunday evening. Danny's relatives called him an "adored son and brother" who was "loved by all his family".... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

25306

United Kingdom,Scotland

23 October 2007

BBC News

The number of people injured by guns in Scotland has reached a 10-year high, according to new figures. The number of incidents rose from 197 to 247, with the number of people injured up by 26% from 189 to 239. The annual statistics showed that guns killed eight people last year, the same death toll as in each of the previous two years. Air weapons accounted for 144 of those injury cases recorded by police, according to the official figures. Justice Secretary... (GunPolicy.org)

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25082

United Kingdom

15 October 2007

Eastbourne Herald (UK)

Recent law changes regarding the supply of airguns and imitation guns are threatening the future of an independent business in Eastbourne. Battle Orders in Lower Willingdon specialises in replica guns and has been trading in the town for more than 33 years. But on October 1 the government introduced a number of changes to the Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006, with an aim to resolve the ever-prevalent issue of gun crime in Britain. Battle Orders' owner Graham Barton... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Eastbourne Herald (UK)

24996

United Kingdom

1 October 2007

BBC News

New powers to crackdown on gun and knife crime have come into effect in England and Wales. The government says the new legislation promises harsher punishments and tougher restrictions on the ownership and sale of guns and knives. Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said tackling gun and knife crime was a "top priority", and said weapons on the street would not be tolerated. The powers were introduced as part of the Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006. The home secretary... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

24836

United Kingdom

30 September 2007

BBC News

Retailers across the UK who sell airguns must now be registered firearms dealers, under a change in the law. Dealers must conduct face-to-face sales and record buyers' names and addresses, plus details of the weapons sold. The Scottish Government said communities had been "crying out for action" to take weapons off streets. Sharon McMillan's son Andrew Morton, two, died after being hit in the head with an airgun pellet in Glasgow. She said the new law was... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

24835

United Kingdom

25 September 2007

Daily Post (North Wales)

Police yesterday warned North Wales airgun traders to register as firearm dealers or face prosecution. Anyone selling air weapons in North Wales must register with police by next Monday or face the consequences under tough new laws. Calls were made for a crack down on airguns after a series of incidents across the region in recent years where people and animals were hurt or killed. But one gun shop owner said he had not been told of the changes to the law, despite... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Post (North Wales)

24791

United States

22 August 2007

Chillicothe Gazette (Ohio)

When discussions turn to gun control, they usually involve weapons that are supposed to pack a deadly punch. But as a children's hospital in the Dayton area has learned during the summer, BB guns placed in the hands of young children can sometimes create dangerous situations as well. Children's Medical Center of Dayton has treated five children in the past month for BB gun injuries — nearly half the total annual BB or pellet gun injuries the center saw over the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Chillicothe Gazette (Ohio)

24450

Australia

3 August 2007

Australian Associated Press

Police are hunting two men they believe are responsible for a robbery at the Gold Coast Pistol Club on Tuesday night. Eight Feinwerkbau (FWB) model 65, .177 calibre pistols and two laptops were stolen during the robbery of the club shortly before midnight on Edmond Rice Drive, Southport. A police spokeswoman said officers now had descriptions of two men believed to have been involved in the robbery. They are described as having olive skin and in their late 20s to... (GunPolicy.org)

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