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Spain

24 November 2016

Vanguardia (Colombia), EFE News Agency

[Translated Summary: After establishing that firearms used in terrorist attacks came from the black market, Spain's Congressional Defence Commission will enforce tighter controls so firearms cannot be modified for use in terrorist attacks. In collaboration with EU states, Spain will standardise techniques to permanently disable guns.] La Comisión de Defensa del Congreso ha aprobado una iniciativa del grupo popular por la que, previa trasposición de una directiva... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Vanguardia (Colombia), EFE News Agency

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Mexico

23 November 2016

Expreso (Mexico)

[Translated summary: The Mexican Army has seized 24,000 firearms in the state of Tamaulipas since January 2011, most of them in an operation that involved civilians with pistols, semi-automatic guns and assault weapons. In the same period, 2,871 guns were destroyed and 10,611 new firearms were registered.] CIUDAD VICTORIA -- El Ejército ha asegurado 24 mil armas de fuego en Tamaulipas de enero de 2011 a octubre de este año, la mayoría en operativos que involucraban... (GunPolicy.org)

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Uganda

21 November 2016

K FM (Uganda)

In an effort to reduce the amount of illicit arms, the government has today destroyed 6000 small arms and weapons collected by police in a nationwide exercise. In his speech during the exercise in Bukasa, Wakiso District, the state minister for internal affairs Mario Obigo Kania said such arms pose a major security threat if poorly managed and stored. He also added that improving human security shouldn't be a responsibility of only the security agencies but also... (GunPolicy.org)

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El Salvador

18 November 2016

El Mundo (El Salvador), EFE News Agency

[Translated Summary: El Salvador's Ministry of Defence destroyed 2,864 seized firearms. They also destroyed another cache of firearms that were not claimed by their owners after seizure, and others used in crimes. Among the destroyed firearms were 1,386 handguns, 333 long guns and 156 home-made firearms. Between January and September, 2016, 80% of homicides were committed using a firearm and 1,987 guns were seized.] El Ministerio de la Defensa destruyó 2,864 armas de... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: El Mundo (El Salvador), EFE News Agency

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Venezuela

18 November 2016

Entorno Inteligente

[Translated summary: Venezuelans now use social media like Whatsapp, BBM, Snapchat and Instagram to illegally buy and sell guns. A Beretta 92FS pistol can be purchased for 2.7 million Venezuelan bolivars (270,000 USD). Official data from 2012 calculates that the country has between 1.2 and 1.5 million unregistered guns. Until March, 2016, only 48,000 firearms had been destroyed.] Los índices de violencia y criminalidad siguen en un preocupante ascenso. Para completar... (GunPolicy.org)

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Kenya

15 November 2016

Africa News

[Translated summary: Kenya has burned 5,250 firearms as part of a campaign to fight poaching and robberies and to eliminate terrorism. The destroyed firearms were seized in police operations or recovered in disarmament exercises. Citizens have also been urged to register their firearms.] Le vice-président kenyan, William Ruto, a incité ce mardi les autorités à brûler 5.250 armes légères. Ceci s'inscrit dans le cadre des efforts déployés pour lutter contre... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Africa News

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Kenya

15 November 2016

Washington Post, Associated Press

NAIROBI — Kenya's deputy president on Tuesday set ablaze more than 5,250 firearms seized by authorities to discourage the circulation of illegal weapons in a country battling extremist violence. Deputy President William Ruto presided over the burning of rifles and pistols in three stacks about 15 feet high. They were recovered in this East African country over the past nine years, Ruto said. Most of the firearms were collected through voluntary surrender, others... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post, Associated Press

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Switzerland

12 November 2016

24 Heures (Switzerland)

[Translated summary: 180 firearms were surrendered to the authorities in the Swiss municipality of Hinwil during a gun amnesty. Among the firearms were rifles, assault weapons, pistols, revolvers and 60 kilos of ammunition.] Une action contre la circulation des armes à feu et des munitions a eu lieu samedi matin à Hinwil (ZH). Chacun pouvait remettre les pièces en sa possession à la police zurichoise. Au total, 180 armes à feu ont été transmises aux autorités.... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ecuador

1 November 2016

Entorno Inteligente (Venezuela)

[Translated summary: Ecuador's National Police delivered 25,487 firearms that were seized during police operations to the Armed Forces for destruction. Among them there are pistols, revolvers and military equipment. Authorities claimed that there were only 53 violent deaths in October 2016, while the same month in 2015 had 90.] Durante este año, la Policía Nacional ha entregado a las Fuerzas Armadas (FF.AA.) un total de 25 487 armas de fuego incautadas durante... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Entorno Inteligente (Venezuela)

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Panama

31 October 2016

Noticias Terra (Argentina)

[Translated summary: Authorities in Panama have destroyed 2,226 firearms so far this year. The guns were seized during police operations or obtained in buyback programs. Among the firearms were pistols, revolvers, shotguns, rifles, sub machine guns, carbines, pellet and homemade guns.] Las autoridades panameñas han destruido un total de 2.226 armas de fuego en lo que va de año, que han sido decomisadas mediante requisas, hallazgos e intercambios por comida, informó... (GunPolicy.org)

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Argentina

31 October 2016

Noticias y Protagonistas (Argentina)

[Translated summary: There are 1,541,497 registered firearms and 979,508 licensed gun owners in Argentina. The country has four gun factories that manufactured 74,983 firearms between January and August 2016. 13,940 firearms were imported and 45,836 exported in the same period. It is estimated that there are between 1.5 million and 4 million illicit firearms. Between 1997 and 2013 there were 38,002 gun homicides and 13,672 suicides. In 2013, 71.1% of homicides were... (GunPolicy.org)

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Venezuela

31 October 2016

El Nacional (Venezuela)

[Translated Summary: Venezuela's Public Ministry supervised the destruction of 1,868 firearms in Caracas. The cache of firearms had been seized in 11 states nationwide by the police since July this year.] El Ministerio Público, a través de la Fiscalía Superior del Área Metropolitana de Caracas (AMC), supervisó este lunes 31 de octubre el acto de destrucción de 1.868 armas de fuego, las cuales fueron incautadas en 11 estados del país en el segundo semestre del... (GunPolicy.org)

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Panama

31 October 2016

La Prensa (Panama)

[Translated summary: Authorities from Panama destroyed 1,036 firearms of different calibres on October 31. The general director of the National Police said that these guns were seized in different police operations to dismantle gangs, or because they were illegally owned by civilians.] Las autoridades panameñas procedieron este lunes 31 de octubre con la destrucción de mil 36 armas de diverso calibre. El director general de la Policía Nacional, Omar Pinzón, dijo... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: La Prensa (Panama)

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United States

31 October 2016

CNN, Opinion

It's impossible to run for President without having a firm position on gun control. For every candidate in every election campaign, it inevitably becomes a dividing line. And 2016 is no different. At various stages, Donald Trump has held differing positions on the matter, but has been sufficiently in favor of protecting the second amendment to secure the support of the NRA. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton, while claiming to respect the second amendment, has made clear that... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

29 October 2016

Prensa Latina (Havana)

[Translated summary: Around 23,000 seized, illegal firearms have been destroyed by South African police. It is estimated that 9,200 of these guns were related to crime. Each day, an average of 18 people die by gunshot in South Africa. The minimum age to own a firearm is 21. The number of guns per person is limited and a firearm licence must be periodically renewed.] Pretoria -- Unas 23 mil armas de fuego ilegales confiscadas por la Policía sudafricana fueron... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Prensa Latina (Havana)

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United States

26 October 2016

El Diario (US)

[Translated summary: The New York Police Department announced a plan to melt and recycle thousands of firearms seized from crime. Chief of Department Carlos Gomez says that each gun represents a potential victim. In 2015, they destroyed around 7,000. The NRA protested, arguing that seized firearms should be resold on the legal market and that police could use the money for new equipment.] Este miércoles el comisionado del Departamento de Policía de Nueva York... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: El Diario (US)

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United States

26 October 2016

New York Post

This mountain of nearly 2,000 guns was amassed by the NYPD during a collection of street stops, gang takedowns, search warrants and other forms of old-fashioned police work. The heaving pile of pistols, rifles and shotguns that cops showed off Wednesday at One Police Plaza represents just a fraction of the approximately 15,500 firearms seized or confiscated since 2013. "To my left is obviously a lot of guns," Police Commissioner James O'Neill said at a press... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Post

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Argentina

24 October 2016

Hoy (Argentina)

[Translated summary: Argentina's government extended the deadline for the national disarmament program until the end of 2017. In the country there are 1,200,000 registered firearms, but it's estimated that there are 3 million more undeclared and in the hands of criminals. According to official data, since 2007 the program received 175,000 handguns and shotguns that were disabled and destroyed.] El Gobierno promulgó la ley sancionada en el Congreso que extiende la... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Hoy (Argentina)

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South Africa

21 October 2016

La Revue de l'Afrique

[Translated summary: South African police have destroyed 22,999 firearms, most of them seized from criminals. 3,156 were police guns that were no longer operational. Among them were revolvers, pistols, hunting rifles and assault rifles. Police are sure that destruction will contribute to the security of the country, which sees an average of 16 gun deaths each day.] La police sud-africaine a conduit hier une opération médiatisée de destruction massive d'armes à feu.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: La Revue de l'Afrique

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Mexico

19 October 2016

La Jornada (Mexico)

[Translated Summary: In the last five years in the State of Mexico, over 10,100 firearms have been collected, mainly from exchange programs. These firearms were surrendered peacefully, voluntarily and anonymously. The mayor explained that 400 children die in suicides, homicides and accidents caused by guns in Mexico every year and that 73.2% of violent deaths among the youth are caused by guns.] En los últimos cinco años, en el Estado de México se han logrado... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: La Jornada (Mexico)

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United States

17 October 2016

WFMY News

GREENSBORO -- Some police departments across the state are facing a gun dilemma and it's not what you might think. The recent uptick in violent crimes and more aggressive police initiatives to curb it, means some, like the Greensboro Police Department, are taking a lot of guns off the streets. But a state law is presenting a dilemma where some of those departments can't decide what to do with the guns once a case is over and they no longer need the gun for... (GunPolicy.org)

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Argentina

13 October 2016

Sputnik News (Russia)

[Translated summary: The Argentine Network for Disarmament denounced the government for its indifference to gun control, despite eight people dying each due to of armed violence. Last year, a bill to establish a new gun control agency was passed, but hasn't yet been implemented.] BUENOS AIRES — Argentina tiene un "flagrante" retroceso en lo que respecta al control de armas de fuego y a las políticas de prevención de los riesgos derivados de su uso, denunció la Red... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sputnik News (Russia)

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Chile

6 October 2016

20 Minutos (USA)

[Translated summary: In recent times 14,000 seized or voluntarily surrendered firearms have been destroyed in Chile. This year, police received a total of 5,264 firearms in an amnesty campaign. Crimes with firearms have reduced 9.3% in relation to 2015.] Un gigantesco horno que ardía a miles de grados centígrados fundió el jueves 14.000 armas decomisadas por las policías o entregadas voluntariamente por sus dueños, en la destrucción masiva de armamento más... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: 20 Minutos (USA)

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Spain

6 October 2016

La Información (Spain), Europa Press (Spain)

[Translated summary: Police from Lleida, Spain, destroyed 2,123 firearms by smelting. Most of them were shotguns surrendered because they were in poor condition or because their owners don't hunt anymore. Among the firearms there were also rifles, carbines, pistols, revolvers and airguns.] La Guardia Civil de Lleida ha destruido 2.123 armas de fuego convirtiéndolas en chatarra, la mayoría depositadas en la Comandancia por sus propietarios por mal estado o porque ya... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: La Información (Spain), Europa Press (Spain)

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Ghana

5 October 2016

Pulse (Ghana)

Ghana is now safe after a successful registration of almost 1,800 illicit weapons across the country, Minister of the Interior Prosper Bani has said. "Today, I can say citizens of this country are safer by way of having 1,796 weapons being registered or re-registered. It means that the security agencies have a record of these legal firearms in circulation in this country," Mr Bani said. The registration of the 1,800 illicit weapons means that a little fewer than 1.1... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Pulse (Ghana)

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Albania

5 October 2016

SEESAC (Belgrade), Media release

The Albanian Ministry of Defence (MoD), with support of SEESAC, began the destruction of 2,199 weapons on 3 October 2016. On the first day, 100 pieces of small arms and light weapons (SALW) were destroyed. The weapons are being disposed of at the Uzina Mekanike Gramsh (UM Gramsh) facility during the month of October. The destruction of SALW is supported by the European Union, through the EU Council Decision 2013/730/CFSP, in Support of SEESAC Disarmament and Arms... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: SEESAC (Belgrade)

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Mexico

2 October 2016

Jornada (Mexico)

[Translated Summary: In 2 years of the "Firearms Exchange" campaign in Ecatepec, Mexico, 328 rifles and handguns, 59 grenades and 874 cartridges have been exchanged and destroyed .The exchange is voluntary, pacific and anonymous and the State pays an estimate in cash or electronic devices. Every year 400 children die by accidents, suicides and homicides caused by guns, and 72.2% of deaths are caused by firearms among young people.] A dos años de las campañas de... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Jornada (Mexico)

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Venezuela

28 September 2016

Sputnik Mundo (Russia)

[Translated Summary: Over the last 13 years, Venezuela's Government has destroyed 423,000 firearms collected via national security programs. In the last operation, 1,308 firearms were disabled in the context of the "A Toda Vida" social program which aims to reduce the high crime rates in the country.] CARACAS — El Gobierno de Venezuela inutilizó 1.308 armas de fuego en el estado Anzoátegui (norte), como parte del programa social "A Toda Vida", que busca reducir el... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sputnik Mundo (Russia)

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Costa Rica

28 September 2016

Teletica (Costa Rica)

[Translated summary: 1,340 illegal firearms were seized by Costa Rica police so far this year, or five guns each day. San José is the province where most of these seizures occurred. The guns are sent to the Security Ministry to be destroyed. Last year, 1,712 firearms were confiscated, most of them from organized crime.] San José es la provincia donde se decomisan más armas en condición irregular. Según el Ministerio de Seguridad, solo de enero a setiembre de... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Teletica (Costa Rica)

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Moldova

27 September 2016

SEESAC (Belgrade)

Over 35 firearms experts from South East Europe are meeting in Chisinau, Moldova on 27 – 28 September for the 5th Regional Meeting of the South East Europe Fire Arms Experts Network (SEEFEN). Funded by the European Union (EU), the meeting is gathering prosecutors, police and customs officials from the region to discuss their experiences, good practices and most effective ways in combating illicit trafficking of firearms. "The threats we face are greater than... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: SEESAC (Belgrade)

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Uruguay

26 September 2016

El Espectador (Uruguay)

[Translated summary: A regulatory decree proposed for Uruguay would ban civilians from importing and owning automatic rifles, shotguns, handguns, ammunition for these weapons and silencers. Only three guns per person would be permitted. Civilians who previously bought prohibited firearms, or who own more than three, would have to surrender them for destruction.] A efectos de continuar conociendo cómo se encuentra regulada en el derecho uruguayo la tenencia de armas de... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: El Espectador (Uruguay)

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Ecuador

22 September 2016

Infodefensa (Spain)

[Translated Summary: Since 1998, Ecuador's Judicial Police has stored over 28,000 firearms recovered in police operations. Now, they are going to deliver them to the National Army for its destruction, together with 43,000 ammunition and 205 cartridges. This cache was kept stored in different Police's Evidence Collection Points around the country.] La Policía Judicial de Ecuador almacena desde 1998 más de 28.000 armas de fuego que ahora ha comenzado a entregar... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Infodefensa (Spain)

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Venezuela

22 September 2016

El Impulso (Venezuela)

[Translated Summary: 17,014 illegal firearms, which were seized nationwide by the state in the current year, were destroyed in Venezuela. The destruction consisted in the melting on a local city furnace. Since 2003, over 423,000 firearms have been destroyed.] En el marco del Día Internacional de la Paz, el ministro del Poder Popular para Relaciones Interiores, Justicia y Paz, Néstor Reverol Torres, visitó la ciudad de Barquisimeto para encabezar el proceso de... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: El Impulso (Venezuela)

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Argentina

21 September 2016

Diario Panorama (Argentina)

[Translated summary: 15,000 guns are ready to be destroyed in a province of Argentina. These firearms were discarded by police and security forces, seized in crimes, or voluntarily surrendered by civilians in the last disarmament campaing. According to official data, there are 1.5 million firearms registered and 979,500 owners with licences in the country.] Son las descartadas por las fuerzas de seguridad, las incautadas en delitos y las de usuarios civiles. Según el... (GunPolicy.org)

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Venezuela

20 September 2016

Radio Nacional de Venezuela

[Translated summary: In Venezuela, at least 20,000 firearms from around the country have been disabled in the current year. In the next few days the government will destroy the guns by smelting in a steel plant. Almost 3,000 of these firearms were voluntarily surrendered. ] Al menos 20 mil armas de fuego, provenientes de todos los estados del país, han sido inutilizadas en lo que va del año 2016, como parte del Plan Desarme que impulsa el Gobierno Bolivariano,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Venezuela

16 September 2016

Aporrea (Venezuela), SENADES

[Translated Summary: According to the General Director of Venezuela's Disarm Service, since 2014, 3,674 firearms and 31,305 ammunition have been surrendered voluntarily by civilians. As well, 52,053 firearms have been seized and will be destroyed. In total, since 2003, 406,534 firearms have been taken off the streets.] La directora general del Servicio Nacional para el Desarme (Senades), Delia Rondón, anunció que del 2014 a la fecha se han recibido 3 mil 674 armas de... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Aporrea (Venezuela), SENADES

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Venezuela

9 September 2016

Huffington Post (FR)

[Translated summary: The Venezuelan government has launched a gun buyback programme, where citizens can exchange firearms for goods such as TVs, microwave ovens, tablets, washing machines and refrigerators. 561 firearms have been collected and destroyed so far.] "Échange arme contre électroménager". Au Venezuela, pour combattre la violence par armes à feu le gouvernement offre des fours micro-ondes, des postes de télévision ou des machines à laver à ceux qui... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Huffington Post (FR)

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Ecuador

8 September 2016

El Comercio (Peru)

[Translated Summary: In Ecuador, 10,139 firearms and 43,000 rounds of ammunition were delivered by the National Police to the Army to be destroyed. This cache of arms was seized in patrol and prevention operations. Another cache of 15,000 seized firearms will be delivered soon. In total, 35,000 firearms will be destroyed.] 10,139 armas de fuego y 43,000 municiones fueron entregadas por parte de la Policía Nacional al Comando Conjunto de las Fuerzas Armadas la mañana... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: El Comercio (Peru)

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Venezuela

8 September 2016

La Patilla (Venezuela)

[Translated summary: Venezuela's Government is exchanging firearms for microwaves, televisions, washing machines and other appliances in voluntary disarmament operations introduced this month. Over 1,130 citizens have decided to voluntarily surrender their firearms so far. 18,294 guns have been destroyed this year.] El gobierno de Venezuela cambia armas de fuego por hornos microondas, televisores, lavadoras y otros electrodomésticos en operativos de desarme voluntario... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: La Patilla (Venezuela)

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Mexico

25 August 2016

Televisa (Mexico)

[Translated Summary: In Sinaloa, Mexico, 5,204 firearms, 3,293 rifles, 1,911 handguns and 125,000 cartridges (among them 100,000 for AK-47 and AR-15 rifles) were destroyed by Mexican Army as part of a Firearms Exchange campaign. This cache of arms to be destroyed is part of a program to destroy over 20,000 in different parts of the country.] En las instalaciones de la Novena Zona Militar de la Secretaría de la Defensa Nacional en Culiacán, Sinaloa, fueron destruidas... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Televisa (Mexico)

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Congo (DRC)

24 August 2016

Radio Okapi (Kinshasa)

[Translated summary: Authorities of the province of Haut-Katanga (Congo) have destroyed 429 firearms of different calibres. These arms were recovered in three months during an on-going civilian disarming operation on which the owners were rewarded with motorcycles, bikes and other goods.] Les autorités de la province du Haut-Katanga ont détruit, mardi 23 août, environ 429 armes à feu de différents calibres, dans la cité de Kilwa, située à plus de 350 km de... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ecuador

20 August 2016

Ecuador Inmediato

[Translated summary: Ecuador's Arms Control Centre has registered 400 firearms for civilian use and 451 for security companies. In order to receive a firearm licence, Ecuadorians must pass a psychological test, a biometric registration, present a bill in their name and pay a tax. The Center is currently planning to destroy 238 seized arms. 215 were destroyed last year.] Es importante que al vender o en caso de perder un arma, registrar el traspaso o pérdida, por... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Ecuador Inmediato

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Venezuela

17 August 2016

New York Times

Venezuelan police crushed and chopped up nearly 2,000 shotguns and pistols in a Caracas city square on Wednesday, as the new interior minister relaunched a long-stalled gun control campaign in one of the world's most crime-ridden countries. Interior Minister Nestor Reverol said the event marked the renewal of efforts to disarm Venezuelans, through a combination of seizures and a voluntary program to swap guns for electrical goods. Venezuela has the world's second... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

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Argentina

13 August 2016

El Dia (Argentina)

[Translated Summary: Under the supervision of Justice and Security Ministers, the Argentinian government destroyed over 25,000 firearms seized in police operations in various provinces. Destruction involves crushing, then melting the firearms using a high temperature furnace. ] Bajo la atenta mirada de los ministros de Justicia, Germán Garavano; de Seguridad, Patricia Bullrich, y la titular de la Agencia Nacional de Materiales Controlados (Anmac), Natalia Gambaro, el... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: El Dia (Argentina)

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Colombia

5 August 2016

El Espectador (Colombia)

[Translated Summary: In the Colombian peace process, there is a strict plan for the FARC cease-fire. This agreement includes monitoring and verification, rules for the definitive cessation of bilateral hostilities, and the surrender of firearms which should finish within the next 180 days.] El jefe negociador también señaló que la próxima semana los delegados del Gobierno y las Farc harán recorrerán las zonas veredales que recibirán a la guerrilla para la... (GunPolicy.org)

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Venezuela

2 August 2016

Noticia Al Dia (Venezuela)

[Translated summary: Venezuela's National Disarmament Service has disabled 416 firearms that were stored in the different security agencies of the entity. 61 of these weapons were voluntarily surrendered. A total of 1,396 firearms have been disabled during 2016.] Desde las instalaciones de la Zona Operativa de Defensa Integral (ZODI) del estado Zulia, el Servicio Nacional para el Desarme (SENADES), inutilizó 416 armas de fuego, provenientes de las salas de resguardo... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Noticia Al Dia (Venezuela)

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Uganda,Burundi,Tanzania,Kenya,Rwanda

26 July 2016

New Times (Rwanda)

East African Community (EAC) member countries are meeting in Kigali for a validation workshop on the study by the Regional Centre on Small Arms (RECSA) on the status of armed crimes in Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. The report dubbed 'Analysis of Armed Crime Rates' released yesterday, in Kigali was conducted between 2010 and March 2016 with the support of African Development Bank (AfDB). According to the report, Rwanda registered 421 cases related to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Times (Rwanda)

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United States

21 July 2016

La Opinión (USA), EFE News Agency

[Translated Summary: Over 7,044 firearms which had been collected, seized or voluntarily surrendered, were destroyed in California. According to Los Angeles' Sheriff the firearms were melted and turned into steel bars that are going to be used in the construction of highways and bridges. This melting operation has been the biggest in the current 23 year-program, with a total of over 160,000 destroyed firearms.] El Sheriff de Los Ángeles presidió hoy una ceremonia en... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: La Opinión (USA), EFE News Agency

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Guatemala

21 July 2016

Wradio (Colombia), EFE News Agency

[Translated Summary: Specialized personnel from the Guatemala's Ministry of Defence destroyed 5,409 firearms from different calibres. These had been confiscated in different criminal acts. The firearms (pistols, revolvers, assault rifles, shotguns and rifles) were cut using a circular saw.] GUATEMALA - Personal especializado del Ministerio de Defensa de Guatemala destruyó hoy 5.409 armas de fuego de distintos calibres que habían sido decomisadas en diferentes hechos... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Wradio (Colombia), EFE News Agency

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New Caledonia,Vanuatu,Tuvalu,Tonga,Solomon Islands,Samoa,Papua New Guinea,Kiribati,Marshall Islands,French Polynesia,Micronesia,Fiji,Cook Islands,Nauru,Northern Mariana Islands,Palau,Niue,American Samoa,Caribbean

15 July 2016

The Diplomat (Japan)

"The seas bring us together, they do not separate us." –Constitution of the Federated States of Micronesia The Caribbean and the Pacific each offer a unique and contrasting perspective toward addressing armed violence. Despite sharing similar challenges as Small Island Developing States (SIDS), each region faces very different circumstances on the ground. In light of this, each region has taken a different approach toward addressing armed violence. The Pacific stands... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

14 July 2016

The Orange County Register (USA)

ANAHEIM – They ran out of gift cards. An Anaheim Police Department gun buyback program was so wildly successful that officers had to hand out $48,000 in IOUs to those who turned in weapons. Police were set to give out 190 $100 gift cards to Kohl's, Wal-Mart or Target for each weapon turned in Saturday, but the cards ran out in the first two hours of the event at La Palma Park. The department is buying more cards, which it will distribute in the next 10 days, Anaheim... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: The Orange County Register (USA)

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Ghana

11 July 2016

Graphic Online (Ghana)

The National Small Arms Commission (NSAC) last Saturday destroyed 1,300 illegal guns in the country but warned that there were still more than 1.1 million of such firearms and light weapons that might be in wrong hands. The guns, which were marked and broken before being set on fire, included locally made single- and double-barrelled shotguns, locally made and imported pistols, pump action guns and local mortars. The number of illegal firearms in wrong hands means that... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Graphic Online (Ghana)

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Angola

10 July 2016

Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

NAMIBE — Sixty-seven thousand of 102,027 fire arms so far collected from the civil population countrywide have been destroyed, said Saturday in southwest Namibe province the second general commander of National Police chief commissioner, Paulo de Almeida. Also coordinator of National Technical Sub-Commission for Civilian Disarmament, Paulo de Almeida was speaking at the central event of the International Small Arms Destruction Day, on July 9. The senior police... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

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Montenegro

9 July 2016

SEESAC (Belgrade)

Montenegro destroyed 1140 pieces of small arms and light weapons (SALW) at a smelter in Niksic to mark the International Gun Destruction Day on 9 July, 2016, including 752 guns and one revolver, 7 automatic weapons, 381 rifles and 214 different part of weapons. Minister of Internal Affairs Goran Danilovic, Head of European Union (EU) Delegation to Montenegro Mitja Drobnic, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative Fiona McCluney and... (GunPolicy.org)

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39755

Bosnia & Herzegovina

9 July 2016

SEESAC (Belgrade)

Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) destroyed 1,008 pieces of small arms and light weapons (SALW) at the Jelsingrad Smelter in Banja Luka to mark 9 July, International Gun Destruction Day. The destroyed SALW included 234 long barrels, 337 short barrels and 437 other weapons and belonging equipment. Weapons destroyed have been confiscated by five police agencies of BiH over the course of the last several months as part of their law enforcement activities. Their destruction was... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: SEESAC (Belgrade)

39754

Kosovo

7 July 2016

SEESAC (Belgrade)

Kosovo* joined the annual International Gun Destruction Day on 7 July 2016 by destroying over 2382 pieces of small arms and light weapons (SALW), including 888 short firearms and 1494 long firearms. The weapons marked for destruction have been confiscated by the Kosovo Police during their crime investigation work. The destruction is conducted with support from the German Foreign Office and United Nations Development Programme. The event was also used to launch social... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: SEESAC (Belgrade)

39756

France

1 July 2016

Liberté Bonhomme (France)

[Translated summary: Caen police seized four ancient war weapons, one M16 rifle, 53 handguns and more than 120 kg. of ammunition. Eight people are involved, but they don't belong to the criminal community, they practice sport shooting. The guns were seized because they were not declared. The owners could face 5 years in prison. All the arms and ammunition seized were destroyed.] Les gendarmes de la section de recherches ont procédé à une saisie record d'armes et de... (GunPolicy.org)

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39552

United States

30 June 2016

Washington Times

The Seattle City Council has voted unanimously to melt down the Seattle Police Department's old firearms instead of selling them, the latest step in Mayor Ed Murray's push to reduce gun violence in the city. The measure was introduced by the mayor and Councilwoman Sally Bagshaw as a step to reduce the number of guns in the country, a local CBS News affiliate, KIRO 7, reported. "We're going to take the guns and destroy the guns," Mr. Murray told the station. "They're... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Times

39532

Colombia

23 June 2016

El Tiempo (Bogotá)

[Translated summary: According to the agreement signed by the government and the FARC, their surrendered firearms are going to be collected, stored and melted to make three monuments in Colombia. Once the members of the FARC are completely disarmed, they will be able to rejoin civilian life.] Serán registradas, almacenadas y sacadas de los campamentos. Se fundirán para hacer tres monumentos. Las armas con las que la guerrilla de las Farc le ha hecho la guerra al... (GunPolicy.org)

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39505

Venezuela

22 June 2016

Correo del Orinoco (Venezuela)

[Translated summary: Venezuelan authorities have seized a total of 12,772 firearms during the current year in 51 different tactical operations. The Minister for Justice and Peace noted that some firearms were the result of voluntary surrender from civilians who "are tired of being armed and they traded them for domestic appliances, so they can live in harmony."] Un total de 12 mil 772 armas de fuego han sido inutilizadas durante este año por las autoridades... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Correo del Orinoco (Venezuela)

39496

Australia

22 June 2016

Science Daily

Since gun law reform and the Firearms Buyback program 20 years ago, Australia has seen an accelerating decline in intentional firearm deaths and an absence of fatal mass shootings, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reports in a landmark study. "The absence of mass shootings in Australia in the past two decades compares to 13 fatal mass shootings in the 18 years prior to these sweeping reforms," says the University of Sydney's Emeritus Professor... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Science Daily

39491

Australia

22 June 2016

Los Angeles Times

Gun-control advocates in the U.S. often point to Australia as proof that Americans would be safer with a ban on semiautomatic weapons. In the land down under, there has been a total of zero mass shootings since rapid-fire guns were outlawed in the 1990s. But a new analysis of crime in Australia stops short of giving gun-control laws the credit for this remarkable run. The reason: Although homicides involving guns have declined over the past 20 years, homicides... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Los Angeles Times

39485

United States,Australia

22 June 2016

Guardian

A new study from Australia shows how the country's sweeping gun law reform was followed by a decline in mass shootings, homicides and suicides in the last two decades – changes that researchers said could inform US gun policy. Since 49 people were killed in the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, gun control advocates have again presented Australia as an example of successful gun reform. After the April 1996 shooting in Australia where one man killed 35 people and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian

39476

Canada

16 June 2016

CTV News (Toronto)

For one month this fall, British Columbians are being given a chance to turn in old guns – including restricted and prohibited firearms – to ensure they never make it into the hands of criminals. The province-wide amnesty program was announced Thursday by the Ministry of Public Safety, which said people will be welcome to unload any unwanted guns, other weapons and ammunition for the entire month of October. "Stemming the flow of illegal weapons to gangs and the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CTV News (Toronto)

39446

European Union,Switzerland

10 June 2016

SwissInfo

European Union countries agreed on Friday on new measures to tighten gun controls in the wake of the deadly attacks in Paris last year. Switzerland has gained a special clause to allow its militia army soldiers to keep their guns at home. Although not an EU-member, the Swiss are obliged to follow the move as they have signed up to the cross-border Schengen agreement. This allows for passport-free travel within its 26 signatories, and thus potentially for the... (GunPolicy.org)

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39433

European Union

10 June 2016

EUObserver (Belgium)

EU interior ministers agreed on Friday (10 June) to tighten gun control rules in the aftermath of the Paris and Brussels terror attacks. The proposal, which still needs to be ratified by the European Parliament, includes an EU-wide regime on deactivated firearms. Deactivated arms can be restored for use by criminals, but some member states had said the new requirements would harm collectors and hunters. The new rules aim to make it easier to track down illegal guns... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: EUObserver (Belgium)

39432

Nigeria,Niger

6 June 2016

Today (Nigeria)

The rising cases of armed struggles, including militancy championed by the Niger Delta Avengers, have been blamed on the poor implementation of the Presidential Amnesty Programme and proliferation of Small Arms and Lights Weapons in the country. This was disclosed in Abuja at the weekend by the Chairman of the Presidential Committee on Small Arms and Light Weapons, Ambassador Emmanuel Imohe, during the Inter-Ministerial Roundtable on the ATT in Nigeria organised in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Today (Nigeria)

39405

Venezuela

6 June 2016

Analitica (Venezuela)

[Translated summary: Since the beginning of Venezuela's Liberation of the People Operation, more than 8,000 firearms were disabled. In 2015, 24,000 firearms had been seized and disabled.] La viceministra del Sistema Integral de Investigación Penal, Katherine Harrington, ofreció un balance el domingo sobre el despliegue de la Operación Liberación del Pueblo (OLP) en el país y precisó que en lo que va de 2016 se han inutilizado más de 8 mil armas de... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Analitica (Venezuela)

39392

United States

2 June 2016

Ammoland

Under Michigan law, the Michigan State Police (MSP) are required to publish a list of the firearms that they intend to dispose of each month. Agencies in Michigan are required to turn over to the State Police firearms that have been forfeited or confiscated from prohibited possessors. The firearms are checked to see if they have been reported stolen. If they have not been reported stolen, the MSP are required to dispose of them. Before they are disposed of, the list of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Ammoland

39370

Venezuela

27 May 2016

Noticias 24 (Venezuela)

[Translated summary: In Venezuela, the National Disarmament Service has disabled 10,723 firearms so far this year, since the promulgation of the Law for the Disarmament, Arms and Ammunition Control. More than 400 guns coming from police departments were also disabled.] VALENCIA -- El Servicio Nacional para el Desarme (SENADES), ha inutilizado la cantidad de 10 mil 723 armas de fuego en el país durante el año 2016. Así lo dio a conocer la viceministra del Sistema... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Noticias 24 (Venezuela)

39347

Venezuela

19 May 2016

Radio Nacional de Venezuela

[Translated summary: Only this month, more than 300 confiscated guns were destroyed in Barinas, Venezuela. Yhey included 12 and 16 gauge shotguns, 9mm pistols and home-made weapons.] La Comisionada estadal de la Gran Misión A Toda Vida Venezuela en Barinas, Lidia Rodríguez, destacó que sólo este mes destruyeron más de 300 armas incautadas durante diferentes procedimientos, entre las cuales destacan escopetas calibre 12 y 16, pistolas 9 milímetros y armas de... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Radio Nacional de Venezuela

39298

Spain

11 May 2016

La Tribuna de Toledo (España)

[Translated summary: The Guardia Civil in Spain auctioned 377 guns that had been deposited by their owners because they lost their licenses or because they wanted to discard them. Most of the firearms were shotguns, but there were also rifles, carbines, handguns and airguns. 106 were allocated, 45 were returned to their owners and 232 are going to be destroyed.] La Comandancia de la Guardia Civil subastó el lunes un total de 377 armas depositadas previamente por sus... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: La Tribuna de Toledo (España)

39263

Argentina

10 May 2016

Sin Mordaza (Argentina)

[Translated summary: An Argentinian minister was ordered to incinerate 700 guns last year. In the next months police found 17 of them in the hands of criminals, indicating that they were diverted to the illegal circuit before arriving at the furnace.] Son unas 700 piezas que el exministro Raúl Lamberto había ordenado incinerar. 17 de ellas aparecieron en manos de delincuentes, y se desconoce cuántas más podrían estar en esa situación. En noviembre del año... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sin Mordaza (Argentina)

39264

Argentina

8 May 2016

Clarín (Argentina)

[Translated summary: The new head of Argentina's National Firearm Registry suspects that some automatic and machine guns were stolen and used in crimes. The National Registry is in charge of storing guns that are evidence in legal cases; it is estimated that it has 40,000 in its deposits.] Tráfico de armas: La titular de ese organismo empezó un inventario. Si confirma faltantes, formulará una denuncia penal. Hoy por hoy el Registro Nacional de Armas (RENAR) -el... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Clarín (Argentina)

39262

Mali,Burkina Faso,West Africa,Nigeria,Niger

2 May 2016

Daily Trust (Nigeria)

The ECOWAS Commission, European Union (EU) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are jointly working on a strategy to check the prevalence of small arms and light weapons [SALW] in the hands of non-state actors and its implication for peace and security in the region. At the third steering committee meeting of the ECOWAS-EU small arms project held recently, the ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security (PAPS), represented by the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Trust (Nigeria)

39211

Australia

28 April 2016

The Conversation

The proud claim of some Australians that their country has "solved the gun problem" might only be a temporary illusion. In recent years, arms dealers have imported more guns than ever before. And last year we crossed a symbolic threshold: for the first time in 20 years, Australia's national arsenal of private guns is larger than it was before the Port Arthur massacre. This increase must be seen in context. Australia's population grew by 5 million in the same period, so... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: The Conversation

39183

Canada

27 April 2016

Le Reflet (Canada)

[Translated summary: Between 2010 and 2015, Roussillon police seized 700 firearms. Most of them were seized as a preventive action, in cases where the owner might be a danger to themselves or to others. In Québec, there are 1,654,239 non-restricted firearms and 420,737 license holders.] Entre 2010 et 2015, la Régie intermunicipale de police Roussillon a saisi 700 armes, révèlent des données obtenues par Le Reflet en vertu de la Loi d'accès à... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Le Reflet (Canada)

39247

Australia

27 April 2016

The Conversation

The proud claim that Australia may have "solved the gun problem" might only be a temporary illusion. In recent years, arms dealers have imported more guns than ever before. And last year we crossed a symbolic threshold: for the first time in 20 years, Australia's national arsenal of private guns is larger than it was before the Port Arthur massacre. This increase must be seen in context. Australia's population grew by five million in the same period, so per-capita... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: The Conversation

39206

Mexico

26 April 2016

Cambio de Michoacán (Mexico)

[Translated summary: Between 2010 and 2014 2,366 firearms, 80 grenades and 77,080 cartridges were destroyed in a buyback campaign in Michoacán, Mexico. However, between 2011 and 2015, 42,069 arms were registered in the same region.] MICHOACAN - En el periodo 2010-2014 fueron destruidas en Michoacán dos mil 366 armas de fuego (mil 549 cortas y 817 largas), 80 granadas de fragmentación y 77 mil 080 cartuchos, obtenidos por la Secretaría de la Defensa Nacional... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Cambio de Michoacán (Mexico)

39182

United Kingdom

22 April 2016

Lancashire Evening Post

Thousands of rounds of ammunition have been taken off the streets as part of a county-wide firearms surrender. A total of 3,737 pieces of ammo were handed over to police in Lancashire Police's Western Division which includes Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre. Officers in the division also received three live rifles, six live handguns, six shotguns and a total of 15 air powered weapons. The ammunition handed over in the west of the county made up almost 90 per cent of the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Lancashire Evening Post

39167

Côte d'Ivoire,West Africa

20 April 2016

China Radio International, Xinhua

[Translated summary: A regional conference that gathers the National Commissions to Combat the Proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons of countries of West Africa is being held in Abidjan. Its mission is to reinforce control over arms and management of weapon stocks. In Côte d'Ivoire, since 2011, 9,661 were voluntary surrendered and more than 8,000 firearms destroyed.] Une conférence régionale réunissant les commissions nationales de lutte contre la... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: China Radio International, Xinhua

39205

Colombia

19 April 2016

Notimérica, Colprensa [Colombia]

[Translated summary: According to an estimate by the Ministry of Defense, the FARC owns almost 25,000 small arms and more than 4,000 'support' guns. Peace talks in Havana are now discussing this number, and what to do with them.] El destino final de las armas que convirtieron a las Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) en la organización ilegal más tenebrosa de Colombia es una de las decisiones que más tensión genera en la mesa de diálogos de La... (GunPolicy.org)

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39129

Angola

17 April 2016

Agência Angola Press

[Translated summary: The coordinator of an on-going disarmament programme in the province of Cuanza Sul, Angola, claimed that this government strategy contributes to the consolidation of peace and development. Since the beginning of the programme, more than 100,000 firearms have been recovered.] Sumbe - Le coordinateur de la Sous-commission Technique Nationale pour le Désarmement de la Population Civile, le commissaire chef Paulo de Almeida, a considéré comme très... (GunPolicy.org)

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39135

Mexico

11 April 2016

Plano Informativo (Mexico)

[Translated summary: More than 75,000 firearms have been surrendered by civilians to the Ministry of National Defence (SEDENA), in coordination with States' Governors, private initiatives, in the framework of the Federal Act on Firearms and Explosives. These firearms were immediately destroyed.] De 2013 a la fecha, tan sólo en San Luis Potosí, se han retirado 524 armas de fuego. San Luis Potosí -- Más de 75 mil armas de fuego han sido retiradas y canjeadas a la... (GunPolicy.org)

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39073

Côte d'Ivoire

9 April 2016

L'Infodrome (Côte d'Ivoire)

[Translated summary: The National Police School of Abidjan has organised a ceremony where they marked and destroyed small arms and light weapons. 26,324 guns have been marked; among these, 8,000 have been destroyed along with 6,336 rounds of ammunition.] Une importante cérémonie de marquage et de destruction d'armes légères de petit calibre a eu lieu, jeudi 7 avril, à l'Ecole nationale de police d'Abidjan. Organisée par le Comité de lutte contre la... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: L'Infodrome (Côte d'Ivoire)

39082

Cambodia

8 April 2016

Phnom Penh Post (Cambodia)

More than 200 homemade rifles were destroyed by Pursat provincial police on Wednesday, the DIY firearms having been seized as part of a campaign spanning the past five years, provincial police chief of staff Hieng Sitha explained. "These were a kind of homemade air gun," he said, but noted that some "use bullets, such as those fired by AK-47s, or other improvised ammunition". He said the rifles had been used by local people for hunting and home protection. "We... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Phnom Penh Post (Cambodia)

39066

Sierra Leone

29 March 2016

Voice of America (Africa), Agence France Presse

[Translated summary: Sierra Leone destroyed around 5,000 firearms on Saturday, including AK-47s, M16s, hunting shotguns and home-made firearms, some of which were seized starting from 2002 at the end of the civil war.] La Sierra Leone a entamé samedi la destruction de quelque 5.000 armes, une opération menée pour améliorer la sécurité dans ce pays qui a connu une guerre civile meurtrière entre 1991 et 2002. L'opération a débuté dans deux dépôts militaires... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Voice of America (Africa), Agence France Presse

38983

United States

20 March 2016

Albuquerque Journal

When a computer check on the loaded 9mm Ruger pistol found near the body of 23-year-old Edgar Camacho-Alvarado after he was shot and killed by a deputy U.S. marshal came back showing it was stolen from a car almost a year ago, police were not surprised. Nor were they shocked when a computer check on the handgun found near the body of 19-year-old Jose Rodriguez, who was shot by Albuquerque police officers in December, showed it was stolen from a car parked in the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Albuquerque Journal

38981

United Kingdom,Eastern Europe,Germany,Slovakia,France

18 March 2016

Black Sea, Der Spiegel, Le Soir

The trafficking of Communist-era weapons leads from a Slovakian website to last year's ISIS terror attack in Paris and new regulations have failed to stop the sale of deadly weapons to criminals, we can reveal. 7 January 2015. Chérif Kouachi and his brother Said leave a bloodbath in the newsroom of magazine Charlie Hebdo. Two days later, Kouachi's close contact, Amedy Coulibaly, assaults the kosher supermarket Hyper Cacher in Paris. When Coulibaly takes the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Black Sea, Der Spiegel, Le Soir

38961

Australia

14 March 2016

Guardian

On Sunday 28 April 1996 a security guard, Ian Kingston, stood in the doorway of the Broad Arrow cafe at the historic site of Port Arthur in southern Tasmania. He stared at the body of a man lying on the floor, then looked up into the barrel of a semi-automatic rifle. He dived back out the door as Martin Bryant pulled the trigger. Bryant killed 12 people in 15 seconds. On the gravel path outside the cafe Kingston tried to herd people who thought the gunshots were part... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian

38940

Australia

13 March 2016

CBS News (USA)

In the wake of a deadly shooting rampage back in 1996, the Australian government reacted quickly and decisively to ban certain guns. So did it make a difference? Seth Doane takes a look: "It's said that when you lose your parents, you lose your past. When you lose your child, you lose your future," said Carolyn Loughton. She'd flung herself on top of her daughter when a gunman started shooting, but it was not enough to save Sarah's life. "She had just turned 15,"... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CBS News (USA)

38936

Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa

13 March 2016

GunPolicy.org

With apologies for being absent so long, Gun Policy News bulletins are back. At least for now. Beginning in 1997, our dozens of regional E-mail and RSS news feeds delivered daily bulletins of small arms-related mass media articles up to June, 2014. From today we'll try to do so again, at least until the end of 2016.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: GunPolicy.org

38931

Belgium

7 March 2016

RTBF (Belgium)

[Translated summary: Ten years after the introduction of the Firearms Act, 647,388 firearms have been registered in the Central Firearms Register. Before the entry into force of the Act, 889,937 firearms had been registered. An Amnesty allowed to collect and destroy 125,000 firearms. 117,000 firearms would thus still be in circulation.] Dix ans après l'introduction de la loi sur les armes, 647 388 d'entre elles ont été enregistrées au registre central des armes,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: RTBF (Belgium)

38972

United States

25 February 2016

Fox News (USA)

It's the place where military weapons go to die. Once a weapon is marked for destruction, it is sent to Anniston Army Depot where it will more than likely spend its final moments being chomped apart by the military's Grim Reaper for guns: "Captain Crunch." The massive metal shredder has been in operation since the early 1990s and has used a pair of intertwined blades to chop up more than a million weapons during that time. "There were days when approximately 2,500... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Fox News (USA)

38895

Australia

7 January 2016

News.com.au

Almost 450 firearms have been surrendered to South Australian police and firearms dealers in little more than a month under the state's gun amnesty. Superintendent Kym Hand, from the SA police firearms branch police were pleased with the 444 handed in since the amnesty began on December 1, the first month of the seven-month amnesty. "This is a very positive outcome, he said. We know that more than half of all firearms stolen come from rural areas, so we are... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: News.com.au

39125

United Kingdom,Argentina,Brazil,Australia,United States

10 December 2015

Washington Post, Opinion

Although we foreigners can offer no immediate solution to America's gun infestation, we can see how you lost control of the plague of armed violence. Outsiders are also perplexed to see that you've done so little to grant your citizens a basic human right — the freedom to live without fear of death by gunshot. Historically, there's little mystery as to how it began. The early laws of each European empire relied on two pillars of gun safety: Firearm owners were... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post

38875

Australia

1 December 2015

Murray Valley Standard

An amnesty for owners of unregistered and unwanted firearms has begun and will continue for the next seven months. State Police Minister Tony Piccolo said the amnesty would make the community safer for everyone. "In a first for South Australia, participating firearms dealers will play a significant role in the amnesty, with people able to surrender firearms at participating licensed dealers," Mr Piccolo said. 'More than 45 dealers will join with SAPOL to receive... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Murray Valley Standard

39123

Australia

24 October 2015

ABC News (Australia)

WA police are hailing a firearms amnesty which began almost three months ago a great success. More than 1,000 unlicensed firearms and more than 60,000 rounds of ammunition have been surrendered so far. The Deputy Police Commissioner Chris Dawson says the firearms include more than 100 handguns and two submachine guns. The amnesty began on August 1 and finishes at the end of October. Mr Dawson says it is the biggest surrender of unlicensed firearms for some... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ABC News (Australia)

39102

United States

21 October 2015

CNN

Every year, police officers seize tens of thousands of rifles, shotguns, machine guns and other firearms from criminals across the country. While many agencies destroy these weapons, a growing number of police departments are selling them instead. And it's not always by choice. Since 2009, at least 11 states have passed laws that either encourage or require police departments to sell seized or recovered guns -- with some banning police from destroying guns altogether,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CNN

40068

Australia

10 September 2015

Bay Post, Australian Associated Press

An old man who littered his Dapto home with hidden firearms – some of them prohibited weapons – left no clues to explain the mystery cache before he died, police say. Twenty never-registered guns were found late last week stuffed inside unlocked cupboards or barely concealed underneath beds. Among the haul were four self-loading rifles, two pump-action shotguns, a self-loading and one shortened firearm. Police also found several thousand rounds of ammunition... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Bay Post, Australian Associated Press

39232

Czech Republic,Spain,Belgium,Denmark,Slovakia,France

18 February 2015

Euronews (France)

The automatic rifles used in the terrorist attacks in Paris last month may have been decommissioned weapons legally bought in Slovakia and reconverted to fire live ammunition, Euronews can reveal. French police are exploring whether weapons used in the deadly assaults on the Charlie Hebdo offices and at a Kosher supermarket were purchased in a shop inside the European Union, according to a joint investigation with the Slovakian Nový čas newspaper. The weapons are... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Euronews (France)

38862

Spain,Italy,Venezuela,Israel,Germany,Czech Republic,Brazil,Colombia,Belgium,Austria,Russia,United States,El Salvador,Turkey,Guatemala,Honduras,Mexico,Cuba,Dominican Republic,Haiti,Peru,Nicaragua

16 January 2015

Los Angeles Times, Opinion

During the 1980s, El Salvador was the single largest recipient of U.S. military hardware and weaponry in the Western Hemisphere. Although the Central American country's civil war ended in 1992, the guns, grenades and bullets linger, as do their murderous effects. In September, a U.S. official from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives estimated that half the weapons available on El Salvador's vibrant black market were made in the United... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Los Angeles Times

38856

Sweden

30 December 2014

Local (Sweden)

Thirty-six tonnes of ammunition and over 15,000 weapons were given up in the first nationwide weapons amnesty for seven years. Sweden's National Police Board carried out the three-month drive early last year, but officers only released the final results on Tuesday. Sweden has only had two other amnesties, the most recent in 2007 - when 13,000 firearms were handed over by the public together with 14 tonnes of ammunition - and in 1993, when there were 17,000 firearms... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (Sweden)

39023

Brazil,South Africa

24 November 2014

Huffington Post (USA), Blog

Brazil and South Africa have dramatically expanded their geopolitical influence over the past two decades. But after years of democratic and economic gains, the two countries now find themselves in the doldrums. One of the reasons for this is that they are addicted to violence. Brazil and South Africa lead their respective continents in murder. This is no easy feat: last year the United Nations reported that 8 of the top 10 most violent countries in the world were... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Huffington Post (USA)

38831

Australia

10 August 2014

ABC News (Australia)

A spike in gun thefts from rural properties prompts a WA police blitz on illegally stored weapons. A spike in gun thefts from rural properties has prompted a West Australian police crackdown on the storage of firearms by licensed owners. During the two-week blitz, officers visited 400 properties, seizing more than 150 illegally stored guns. Police had earlier warned 16,500 gun owners in the Great Southern they would be facing random checks on their firearms storage... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ABC News (Australia)

39098

Honduras

29 July 2014

Diaro Digital (Honduras)

[Translated summary: The Armed Forces of Honduras destroyed 5,000 seized firearms on July 29, 2014.] Las fuerzas armadas de Honduras destruyeron este martes 29 de julio más de cinco mil armas de fuego decomisadas a capturados de crimen organizado en ese país. El comandante Elvin Noé Corea indicó que estas pistolas y fusiles representan un peligro y ayudan a prevenir el crimen y brindar seguridad a la... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Diaro Digital (Honduras)

38866

Dominican Republic

29 July 2014

New Zealand Herald, Associated Press

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic - Authorities destroyed roughly 2,000 firearms Monday and plan to use the mangled metal to build a monument promoting peace. The Dominican Republic's attorney general, Francisco Dominguez, and other officials gathered in the capital of Santo Domingo to watch a steamroller destroy the haul of guns seized by police over the years. The metal from the destroyed weapons will be given to sculptor Jose Ignacio Morales, who has been... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Zealand Herald, Associated Press

38812

Australia

24 July 2014

Examiner Newspaper

Tasmania Police says unusual firearms such as a Boer War rifle and some World War II machine guns that turned up as part of an amnesty will be destroyed. Inspector John Ward of Firearm Services said the intent of the amnesty was to take guns out of the system. In a Launceston amnesty last year, rifles from the Boer War and Afghanistan were handed in. During last month's two week Operation Unification to take illegal firearms off the streets, two 9mm sub-machine guns... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Examiner Newspaper

39137

Thailand

15 July 2014

National News Bureau of Thailand (NNT)

BANGKOK - The Royal Thai Police destroyed 34,000 guns today under the exacting watch of an Inspector General who gave assurances that none of the confiscated weapons will again be used to commit any crimes. Pol Lt Gen Chaiya Siriamphankul, Deputy Chief of the Inspector General's Office, oversaw the inspection and destruction of the weapons in a process that was finalized today. Over 34,350 guns that were seized in cases judged by the courts from year 2000 to 2013,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: National News Bureau of Thailand (NNT)

38802

El Salvador

16 June 2014

InSight Crime (Bogota)

El Salvador's street gangs have been ambushing police with military-grade weapons, leading to fears the gangs, for the first time, have police outgunned. Is the Salvadoran military the source of their firepower? In recent months, gangs have shot at police with M-16 and AK-47 assault rifles in multiple lethal attacks, raising questions about the source of their weaponry. Now, an investigation has unearthed evidence that the military itself is trafficking guns, and El... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

38762

Malawi

13 June 2014

Star Africa

Malawi Police has destroyed over 3,000 illegal firearms confiscated from people across the country.Inspector General Lot Dzonzi said in Lilongwe during the destruction exercise that Malawi is vulnerable to firearms smuggling because of a number of reasons including its geographical position, lack of scanning machines at its border posts and use of unchartered routes by foreigners. "This has led to the smugglers bringing in firearms into the country which can lead to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Star Africa

38757

Venezuela

12 June 2014

Ultimas Noticias (Venezuela)

[Translated summary: 825 firearms were seized by Venezuelan authorities between September 2013 and June 2014. They will be deactivated in compliance with the 2013 Law on Control of Firearms, Ammunition and Disarmament, to prevent them being diverted to criminals.] Un total de 825 armas de fuego, incautadas por los cuerpos de seguridad del Estado, han sido inutilizadas en el estado Aragua por la Misión A Toda Vida Venezuela, desde septiembre de 2013 hasta junio de este... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Ultimas Noticias (Venezuela)

38759

South Africa

5 June 2014

News24 (Cape Town)

JOHANNESBURG - An investigation into the possible sale of firearms handed to police during an amnesty period is under way, the Hawks said on Wednesday. "There was nothing to investigate before until we came across new information and decided to follow it all up," spokesperson Paul Ramaloko said. The investigation would focus on Gauteng first. The probe followed the arrest of three people at a house in Norwood, Johannesburg, where police found more than 300 firearms,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: News24 (Cape Town)

38737

Australia

8 May 2014

Sporting Shooters' Association of Australia / Burnie Advocate

Tasmania Police needs to tighten controls on the disposal of guns and ammunition forfeited voluntarily or seized from criminals, an independent audit has recommended. The state's Auditor General has reviewed the process used to get rid of more than 1000 firearms each year and found gaps in records of the amount of ammunition held. Auditor-General Mike Blake said police complied with disposal requirements for guns, but needed to keep better records on the amount of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sporting Shooters' Association of Australia / Burnie Advocate

38662

Australia,United Kingdom,United States,Brazil

6 May 2014

Emergency Management

In the year and a half since 20 children were killed by a gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., a handful of states have passed laws requiring universal background checks, bans on semi-automatic weapons and limits on high-capacity magazines. But the U.S. remains a patchwork of uneven regulations on firearms, ammunition and gun owners. Meanwhile, at least 44 school shootings have occurred since the Newtown tragedy. If state leaders want to curb... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Emergency Management

38636

Spain

6 May 2014

La Opinión de Murcia

[Translated summary: The Civil Guard in Murcia auctioned 441 guns from private or commercial companies to the public, although in the past some seized guns have been sold at auction. Civilians with gun licenses are able to purchase the firearms, for as little as 50 euros, while those left unsold are destroyed.] Conseguir un arma nunca había sido tan fácil, ni barato. La Guardia Civil de Murcia saca a subasta 441 lotes de armas que se podrán conocer durante cinco... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: La Opinión de Murcia

38633

Costa Rica

28 March 2014

Tico Times (Costa Rica)

President Laura Chinchilla and Public Security Minister Mario Zamora donned safety glasses to bring a circular saw down on the last two firearms destroyed out of tens of thousands Wednesday in what authorities say was the largest single destruction of weapons in Costa Rican history. In total, authorities destroyed 21,318 firearms and incinerated 872,882 small-caliber ammunitions. "One of the most important blows to violence and crime has to do with the destruction of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Tico Times (Costa Rica)

38521

Australia

27 March 2014

The Conversation (Australia), Blog

Revelations of the theft of firearms from Victorian MP Peter Crisp's farm draws attention to a genuine but often overlooked link between farm crime and criminal events in urban communities. Discussions with farm communities and Victoria Police over recent months show there is a growing trade in firearms stolen from farms across rural and regional areas by criminal elements. Police in Western Australia are also aware of the link between guns stolen from rural properties... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: The Conversation (Australia)

38501

Mozambique,Mexico,Liberia,Cambodia,United States,United Kingdom

6 March 2014

Guardian (UK)

Art of War - Picture gallery captions: Non-Violence, or the Knotted Gun, by Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd. The bronze replica of a 45-calibre revolver, a gift from Luxembourg to the United Nations, was sculpted in memory of the Swedish artist's longtime friend John Lennon. Though not created from recycled munitions, the sculpture has been cited as one of the inspirations behind the arms-to-art movement. Sculptor Gonçalo Mabunda recycles weapons recovered from... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (UK)

38441

United States,South Africa

18 February 2014

Health24 (Cape Town)

Guns are 85% more lethal than any other means used to commit suicide. Gun Free South Africa urges gun owners to be responsible during Teen Suicide Prevention Week (16-22 February 2014) and hand in their guns to the police for destruction. Gun Free South Africa's spokesperson, Adle Kirsten, "There are different ways to help prevent suicides, but one step is clear; reducing a suicidal person's access to a lethal weapon helps save lives." Just a week ago a double tragedy... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Health24 (Cape Town)

38380

Switzerland,Canada,Sweden,Bosnia & Herzegovina,Austria,Moldova,Germany

17 February 2014

Österreich Journal

[Translated summary: Austria has sent experts to Moldova to advise on small arms and ammunition storage and management under the OSCE framework. Sweden, Canada, Germany and Switzerland will participate in the programme by 2017, which aims to prevent smuggling of stolen ammunition.] WIEN (bmlvs) - Insgesamt zehn Experten des Bundesheeres unterstützen ab dem 05.03. die OSZE-Mission in der Republik Moldau. Dort werden vorerst vier Angehörige der Heereslogistikschule und... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Österreich Journal

38383

Australia,Canada

11 February 2014

Huffington Post (USA)

Conservative MP Blaine Calkins believes the Trudeau Liberals want to take away his firearms. And to that, the Alberta native says they must pry them from his "cold, dead hands." Calkins rose in the House during members' statements on Monday to highlight that Liberals will debate a resolution at their biennial convention later this month calling on any future Grit governments to reduce the number of firearms in Canada. And to Calkins, who represents the Alberta riding... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Huffington Post (USA)

38357

United States

9 February 2014

Reuters

Boston plans to launch a gun buyback program in a bid to reduce shootings following the death last week of a 9-year-old boy who was shot by his 14-year-old brother in an apparent accident, Mayor Marty Walsh said. Walsh, who took office last month, said he was still developing a specific plan, including how much would be paid and how collection would work, with the city's newly appointed police commissioner, William Evans. "It's a short-term solution," Walsh told... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Reuters

38348

Nigeria

8 February 2014

Leadership (Abuja)

In his renewed move to curb the proliferation of arms and thuggery, the inspector-general of police (IGP), Mr Mohammed Abubakar, has banned the issuance of new firearms licences to individuals. This was disclosed to journalists in Lagos yesterday by force police public relations officer Frank Mba, at the pull-out ceremony of some top police officers at the Police College, Ikeja, Lagos, yesterday. Mba said that arms proliferation and thuggery were among security... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Leadership (Abuja)

38349

Mexico,United States

1 February 2014

National Catholic Reporter (Kansas City)

Mexico, a state with highly restrictive gun laws, minimal arms manufacturing, and only one gun shop in the entire country, is awash in firearms, many of them from the United States. A study published last year by the Trans-Border Institute at the University of San Diego estimates that upward to a quarter-million weapons are purchased in the U.S. and smuggled into Mexico annually. Amid the hyperviolence of Mexico's war on drugs, this southward flow of illicit arms has... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: National Catholic Reporter (Kansas City)

38331

South Africa,United States

14 January 2014

Canoe (Québec)

Sean Penn is putting down his pistols. It's reported that a new relationship with South African actress Charlize Theron has prompted Sean Penn to surrender his weapons. Penn — who some of us cannot look at without immediately thinking of Yosemite Sam — has declared that he has changed his mind about keeping guns at home and will have them turned into art. According to E!, the diminutive thespian has 65 guns; one can only hope that's a typo. Penn famously fired on... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Canoe (Québec)

38282

Tajikistan

9 January 2014

Times of Central Asia

DUSHANBE – On Wednesday January 8, the OSCE Office in Tajikistan began overseeing the destruction of more than a thousand of small arms and light weapons units, including firearms collected from the local population and arms found in caches across various regions of Tajikistan. According to the OSCE Office, the operation is taking place at the Tajik Interior Ministry's Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) Storage and Destruction Facility. The OSCE provided special... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times of Central Asia

38257

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

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)

Read More: Vermelho / El Pais

38247

Mongolia

5 January 2014

Post (Ulan Bator)

Crimes and murders committed involving firearms have increased in recent years. Thus, the controls on firearms users are being tightened with amendments to the Law on Firearms. Mongolia currently observes a law on firearms enacted in 2001. The Law on Firearms regulates the ownership, privatization and use of firearms not designated for battle, which belong to justice system bodies, the intelligence agency, police, and the armed forces. As of 2013, a total of 46,982... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Post (Ulan Bator)

38245

United States

21 December 2013

New York Times, Series

Last April, workers at Middlesex Hospital in Connecticut called the police to report that a psychiatric patient named Mark Russo had threatened to shoot his mother if officers tried to take the 18 rifles and shotguns he kept at her house. Mr. Russo, who was off his medication for paranoid schizophrenia, also talked about the recent elementary school massacre in Newtown and told a nurse that he "could take a chair and kill you or bash your head in between the eyes,"... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

38214

Australia,United States

14 December 2013

Guardian (UK), Opinion

The mass murder in Newtown Connecticut a year ago caused shock and sorrow all around the world. In Australia it also revived memories of our own horror on a similar scale, when dozens of people innocently going about their day were gunned down by a disturbed young man. Our tragedy occurred in 1996 at the Port Arthur historic site in Tasmania, one of Australia's most popular tourist destinations. The dead numbered 35, with more than 20 others injured. The victims ranged... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (UK)

38189

Guadeloupe

13 December 2013

France-Antilles

[Translated summary: 346 firearms were destroyed by authorities in Guadeloupe this week, as part of the 'Drop your weapons' campaign. In addition, 892 more weapons were seized this year and it is hoped this will reduce the risk of crime.] Cut into small pieces. This is the fate that was booked, Friday noon, 346 firearms recovered over months by the gendarmerie and the police. The massacre at the crocodile shears was held in the new Recovery Company (SNR) in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: France-Antilles

38253

Australia,United States

12 December 2013

Sydney Morning Herald

As America prepares to mark the first anniversary of the murder of 20 children and six staff at the Sandy Hook elementary school, Australia has again become a focus of the increasingly bitter debate over gun control in the United States. At issue for activists on both sides is the decision by former prime minister John Howard to ban a range of gun types in Australia following the Port Arthur massacre, in particular semi-automatic rifles. To gun control advocates in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sydney Morning Herald

38170

United States,Côte d'Ivoire,Liberia

11 December 2013

New Dawn (Monrovia)

Details emerging from the latest UN Panel of Experts report on Liberia have unveiled some chilling and staggering information as to how government officials and or political appointees are secretly acquiring firearms. The UN Panelists appointed to monitor the arms embargo and other military related activities here in pursuant to UN resolution 2079 (2012), said most of the firearms were either purchased from returning mercenaries from the Ivory Coast or through other... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Dawn (Monrovia)

38168

Costa Rica

3 December 2013

Latin American Herald Tribune (Venezuela)

SAN JOSE – Costa Rican authorities have seized more than 8,000 firearms since President Laura Chinchilla took office in May 2010, the Security Ministry announced Tuesday. "It is important to emphasize the planning and preventive work that is being carried out at different places in the national territory and conflict zones, where we are seizing these weapons every day to thus prevent crimes and violent acts," said Security Minister Mario Zamora in a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Latin American Herald Tribune (Venezuela)

38153

United States,El Salvador,Guatemala,Central America

2 December 2013

InSight Crime (Bogota)

A program to track El Salvador's hundreds of thousands of firearms has established that most come from the United States, suggesting civil war era weapons are being replaced through new arms trafficking networks. With training from the US Office on Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), El Salvador's National Police (PNC) has tracked around 34,000 arms in the last two years, reported La Prensa Grafica. The aim is ultimately to track all legal registered arms, which the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

38136

United States,Europe

1 December 2013

OSCE

In 2010 the United Kingdom's National Ballistic Intelligence Service (NBIS) received a request to research the origin of three Glock pistols recovered in the North West of England. Within days, it had established that the weapons had been purchased from a weapons manufacturer in North Carolina, United States. This was possible thanks to close collaboration with the American Bureau for Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (AtF) and the use of eTrace, its online tracing tool,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: OSCE

38187

Venezuela

27 November 2013

Venezuela Analysis

30,000 security cameras will be installed across Venezuela under a scheme inaugurated by President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday, amid ongoing efforts to tackle street crime. "We're establishing a support system at the highest technological level," Maduro stated during the inauguration of the Integrated Monitoring and Assistance System (SIMA). Aimed at reducing crime though the installation of security cameras in public places, SIMA will be rolled out nationwide, "town by... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Venezuela Analysis

38131

Australia

20 November 2013

Examiner (Tasmania)

Eighty per cent of guns handed in at the weekend's firearm amnesty in Launceston had never been registered, Tasmania Police estimated yesterday. The mobile amnesty, held at the Silverdome, received nearly 200 firearms over two days. Tasmania had some of Australia's weakest firearm laws before the 1996 Port Arthur massacre including no requirement to register longarms. Following the toughening of gun laws, including compulsory registration, Tasmanians registered about... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Examiner (Tasmania)

38108

Central America,South America,Caribbean,Costa Rica,Mexico

13 November 2013

Tico Times (Costa Rica)

In most of Latin America homicide rates have exceeded 10 per 100,000 inhabitants, a rate that the World Health Organization considers "epidemic," according to a new report released Tuesday by the United Nations Development Program for Latin America. The report came out one day before police leaders from 27 different countries across the Americas, including the United States, gathered in San José for the American Community of Police's (AMERIPOL) annual meeting to share... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Tico Times (Costa Rica)

38078

Angola

30 October 2013

Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

At least 86,000 firearms were collected by Angolan National Police from 2008 to 2013, as part of the voluntary disarming process, it was announced on Wednesday by police chief commissioner, Paulo de Almeida. According to the coordinator of national technical sub commission for civil population disarming, despite of voluntary hand over by the citizens, the national police has the main goal of keeping the public order and tranquility, by sensitizing the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

38034

Denmark,Southern Europe,Eastern Europe,Norway,Sweden,Croatia,Kosovo,Albania,Montenegro,Serbia

25 October 2013

Southeast European Times

Increasing police co-operation and raising public awareness about the danger from firearms is the key to limiting the trafficking of illegal weapons in the Balkans, experts said. Civil society groups estimated there are millions of small and light arms that are widely available. "The significant number of circulating small and light weapons creates a fertile ground for the general sense of insecurity, vulnerability of citizens to armed violence and serious crime, with... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Southeast European Times

38017

Argentina

24 October 2013

Action on Armed Violence

The outstanding success of Argentina's National Programme for the Voluntary Surrender of Firearms was today recognised with a Silver Future Policy Award by the World Future Council. The World Future Council cites the Asociación Para Politicas Publicas (APP), a long term partner of AOAV in Argentina and member of SEHLAC, as the key civil society organisation that has helped establish and implement this programme. In collaboration with the APP, AOAV works on a template... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Action on Armed Violence

38015

Solomon Islands

21 October 2013

Scoop (New Zealand), Media release

Cabinet has approved a limited reintroduction of firearms into the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force. Minister for Police, National Security and Corrections Chris Laore announced the Cabinet decision at the signing of the 5 year RAMSI Drawdown Strategy at the Rove Police Headquarters last Thursday. Minister Laore said the limited reintroduction of firearms is a capacity development program within the 2013-2017 RAMSI Drawdown Strategy for the Royal Solomon Islands... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Scoop (New Zealand)

37999

China

15 October 2013

Xinhua

BEIJING - Chinese police in 164 cities have destroyed hundreds of thousands of confiscated guns, knives and detonators, a statement from the Ministry of Public Security said on Tuesday. About 130,000 illegal shotguns and air guns, 670,000 replica guns, 460,000 forbidden knives and many illegally stored detonators have been destroyed as part of an annual nationwide campaign, the statement said. Crimes related to guns and explosives continued to fall by 41.4 percent and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Xinhua

37976

Philippines

2 October 2013

Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines — Over 50 persons were arrested for violating the gun ban which took effect last Friday, police said Wednesday. Police Senior Superintendent Wilben Mayor, PNP spokesman, said that as of 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, 58 persons, mostly civilians, were apprehended for carrying firearms. Of the total number of arrested persons, 54 were civilians, while two others were police officers, one government official and a security guard, Mayor said. With these... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Philippine Daily Inquirer

37938

Honduras

26 September 2013

InfoSurHoy (USA)

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras – The Honduran Army on Sept. 25 destroyed about 3,000 firearms it seized from organized crime groups as part of a program supported by the Organization of American States (OAS), according to Col. Jeremías Arévalo, a spokesperson for the Armed Forces. The weapons, which included pistols, AK-47 rifles, rocket launchers and machine guns, were destroyed with chainsaws in a ceremony that was attended by Honduran Defense Minister Marlon Pascua,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InfoSurHoy (USA)

37936

Portugal

25 September 2013

TVI 24 (Portugal)

[Translated summary: Portuguese authorities destroyed 3,125 guns today, in the fourth official destruction this year. A total of 11,179 guns have been destroyed this year.] O Departamento de Armas e Explosivos da Polícia de Segurança Pública (PSP) destruiu um total de 3.125 armas, sendo 2.800 de fogo e 325 classificadas como brancas, comunicou hoje a força de segurança. Esta ação de destruição de armas, em estado de degradação, foi a quarta realizada este... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: TVI 24 (Portugal)

37912

Honduras

24 September 2013

RPP Noticias (Honduras)

[Translated summary: Honduras Armed Forces destroyed 3,000 seized firearms, through a Programme of the Organization of American States (OAS).] El Ejército hondureño destruyó armas de fuego decomisadas al crimen organizado, en el marco de un programa apoyado por la Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA). El Ejército hondureño destruyó unas 3.000 armas de fuego decomisadas al crimen organizado, en el marco de un programa apoyado por la Organización de Estados... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: RPP Noticias (Honduras)

38867

Mexico

13 September 2013

Opposing Views (Los Angeles), Video

The sound of a firearm can be one of the most unsettling, terrifying sounds in the world. One Mexican artist is aiming to change that. He is taking weapons and using them to make sweet music. Pedro Reyes has done several installations in which he takes weapons seized by Mexican authorities, turns them into instruments and has people play music with them. Reyes and his team take different firearms seized from drug cartels in Mexico, and turn them into instruments... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Opposing Views (Los Angeles)

37880

Belgium

28 August 2013

Standaard (Belgium)

[Translated summary: Antwerp police recently discovered that 60 police weapons intended for destruction may have disappeared instead, after one was found during a criminal investigation.] Uit het hoofdcommissariaat van de Antwerpse politiezone Minos (Mortsel, Wijnegem, Wommelgem, Boechout en Borsbeek) in Mortsel zijn ongeveer 60 wapens verdwenen. De verdwijning van de wapens werd aanvankelijk niet eens opgemerkt, zo schrijft Gazet van Antwerpen woensdag. Het... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Standaard (Belgium)

37820

United States

24 August 2013

New York Times / Texas Tribune

For decades, weapons confiscated by the police in Texas were supposed to be used for law enforcement purposes — or else destroyed. Starting next month, police departments across the state will be allowed to sell some of them. Some local departments have already been selling confiscated weapons, operating under a gray area of existing law, said T. Edwin Walker, president of Texas Law Shield, which provides legal services to Texas gun owners. House Bill 1421, which... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times / Texas Tribune

37798

Nepal

22 August 2013

Global Times (China)

The government of Nepal has collected over 6,700 illegal arms used by the citizens as well as criminals after issuing public notices to surrender the weapons, Nepal's Ministry of Home Affairs confirmed on August 22. "As of Thursday, the number of arms brought under the government's control has reached 6,745 units," Uddab Bhattarai, a Ministry spokesperson, told Xinhua. The arms include rifle, homemade gun, pistol and revolver, said Bhattarai, adding that they were... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Global Times (China)

37797

Jamaica

18 August 2013

Gleaner (Jamaica)

The national security minister's push to eliminate the potentially dangerous practice of stockpiling seized guns at police stations has jammed. The Sunday Gleaner has learnt that an islandwide audit, which is the first phase of moving the guns out of the stations, has stalled, leaving dozens of weapons close to the hands of cops, who have long been accused of planting illegal weapons to make cases against suspects. In 2012, National Security Minister Peter Bunting... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Gleaner (Jamaica)

37781

Australia

10 August 2013

Tasmanian Examiner

Tasmanian gun owners are arming themselves with more registered firearms than ever before. Seventeen years after Australia's worst mass killing, Tasmania has the highest number of firearms since registration laws were tightened in 1996. Following the Port Arthur massacre the state's registered gun population has increased by nearly 40 per cent. In real terms the 94,470 firearms in 1998 rose to more than 130,000 firearms this May. Based on the 2011 census, that's... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Tasmanian Examiner

37746

Germany,East Africa,Tanzania

3 August 2013

Tanzania Daily News

A high percentage of firearms in the country are currently in the hands of wrong people and President Jakaya Kikwete has issued a directive for culprits to surrender weapons immediately or face the full force of the law. Addressing residents in Biharamulo District, Mr Kikwete issued a two week ultimatum for culprits to comply, warning that a major operation is underway to recover these weapons. "We cannot allow Tanzanians to be terrorised by a few criminals," warned... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Tanzania Daily News

37726

Portugal

2 August 2013

RTP, Video

[Translated summary: It is estimated that one in three Portuguese citizens has a gun at home, with 1.5 million legal guns registered with authorities. It is not known how many illegal guns exist. Police seized over 3,300 weapons in 2012.] Em cada três portugueses um possui uma arma em casa. A Polícia apreendeu mais de 3300 armas em 2012. De acordo com o Diário de Notícias estão registados no Departamento de armas e explosivos da PSP quase milhão e meio de armas... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: RTP

37773

South Africa

30 July 2013

South African Police Service, Media release

VEREENIGING – Today, many South Africans will be safer. Many businesses have been spared from potential robberies. Many homes have been spared from potential break-ins AND schools have been spared from disruptions – all these as a result of removal in circulation of thousands of illegal firearms. This was a sentiment expressed by the police leadership and management during the destruction of illegal firearms at an event held at the Arcellor Mittal Steel Factory... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: South African Police Service

37710

China

16 July 2013

Global Times (China)

Police destroyed more than 300 confiscated firearms Tuesday outside a steel plant in Baoshan district. The seized weapons were the fruit of a citywide campaign to reduce crimes with dangerous weapons, according to a press release from the Shanghai Municipal Public Security Bureau. Police also confiscated about 13,000 bullets, 2,200 controlled knives and blades, and 340 pellet guns. "We seized some of the guns at security inspection points, like the ones at train... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Global Times (China)

37667

Nigeria,China,England & Wales

2 July 2013

York Press

A judge has ordered the destruction of nearly 13,000 AK47 rifles associated with jailed York arms dealer Gary Hyde – after turning down a request for them to be deactivated for use in films. Former special constable Hyde, 42, was jailed for seven years last December for overseeing an £800,000 consignment of rifles, 9mm pistols, rifles and bullets, from China to Nigeria in 2007. The businessman, from Newton-on-Derwent, east of York, "put two fingers up" to strict... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: York Press

37622

Australia

28 June 2013

Chronicle (Australia)

A simple gesture of gratitude from police has taken on a deeper meaning for the Toowoomba-based secretary of the Shooter's Union of Queensland. Rob Harrold said the certificate of appreciation presented to him by the manager of this year's Firearms and Weapons Amnesty Inspector Peter Assfalg showed great cooperation between the two parties. "To me the important thing is that it establishes to the shooters that we can work with the police," Mr Harrold said. The union... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Chronicle (Australia)

38562

Canada

18 June 2013

Vancouver Sun (British Columbia)

A handgun with a laser sight was among 32 firearms turned over to the Vancouver police department during the first half of the province's firearms amnesty program. At the halfway point of the amnesty, residents of Vancouver have turned in 22 rifles, six handguns, and four shotguns. As well, six replica guns and / or pellet or air guns along with almost 700 rounds of ammunition have been collected. "The idea of the program is to provide an opportunity for the general... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Vancouver Sun (British Columbia)

37578

Venezuela

16 June 2013

al Jazeera

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro signed a gun control bill into law in a bid to rein in the country's runaway violent crime. "I hereby sign into law this gun control law, for peace in our nation," Maduro said on Friday in an address in Vargas state. The bill will allow sentences of up to 20 years in prison for any civilian convicted of illegally carrying or selling a firearm. It also restricts the sale of ammunition to civilians, and bans weapons from being shown... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: al Jazeera

37574

St Kitts & Nevis

6 June 2013

ZIZ Radio (St Kitts)

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - From 27 to 31 May 2013, the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC) supported the destruction of close to 400 seized and obsolete weapons and 0.67 tonnes of small arms ammunition and time-expired CS gas in Basseterre. All weapons and ammunition destroyed were documented in accordance with international standards and UNLIREC's standard operating procedures. UNLIREC also... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ZIZ Radio (St Kitts)

37534

South Africa

5 June 2013

Citizen (South Africa)

The destruction of thousands of confiscated and surrendered firearms and knives is aimed at making society safer, Gauteng police said yesterday. Speaking at a briefing at ArcelorMittal in Vereeniging, Gauteng Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant-General Mzwandile Petros said he was happy that the weapons had been permanently removed from the public. "The confiscations were largely due to the community who provided tip-offs to police," he said. More than 4,000 firearms... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Citizen (South Africa)

37536

England & Wales

5 June 2013

BBC News

More than 280 weapons have been handed in at police stations in Derby during a month-long amnesty. A Derbyshire Police spokesman said the weapon amnesty will help to make the city's streets safer. Among the weapons recovered were illegal handguns, a World War II firearm and a crossbow. All of the weapons will be destroyed, police said, except the World War II weapon which will be offered to a museum. Fourteen swords, eight machetes and 230 knives were surrendered at... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

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Dominican Republic

1 June 2013

UNLIREC Newsletter N°12, April-June 2013

A series of destruction initiatives in the Dominican Republic resulted in over 30,000 firearms and 30 tonnes of ammunition being destroyed in a collaborative effort between UNLIREC and the Ministry of the Armed Forces of the Dominican Republic. These achievements demonstrate the success in the implementation of a national action plan for stockpile management and firearms and ammunition destruction - jointly developed by UNLIREC and the Ministry of Armed Forces in 2010 -... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: UNLIREC Newsletter N°12, April-June 2013

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Trinidad & Tobago,Caribbean,Barbados,Jamaica

31 May 2013

Barbados Advocate

This island's top cop has revealed steps are being taken – not only on the local front, but regionally – to arrest the problem of gun crimes. Speaking during the hand-over of a hydraulic shears at the Central Police Station from the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC), Commissioner Darwin Dottin noted that there were countries in this region where more than 80 per cent of all homicides... (GunPolicy.org)

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Caribbean,Barbados,Canada,Trinidad & Tobago,Jamaica

31 May 2013

Barbados Advocate

This island's top cop has revealed steps are being taken – not only on the local front, but regionally – to arrest the problem of gun crimes. Speaking during the hand-over of a hydraulic shears at the Central Police Station from the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC), Commissioner Darwin Dottin noted that there were countries in this region where more than 80 per cent of all homicides... (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)

Read More: Washington Post

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Australia

28 May 2013

Great Lakes Advocate

NSW Police have joined their interstate counterparts in launching Operation Unification, a unique hotline to allow authorities to further target and seize illegal firearms. The two-week police operation will conclude on Friday June 7. Anyone with information about the possession, supply or whereabouts of illegal firearms is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. NSW State Crime Commander, Mark Jenkins, has instructed his officers to follow up every piece of... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

24 May 2013

Northern Daily Leader

Police across the New England North West will unite with their interstate counterparts as part of a crackdown to target and seize illegal firearms before they end up in the wrong hands. Operation Unification was launched yesterday as a means to try and smash the illegal guns black market. New England police are on board as part of the two-week operation, stepping up their operations especially on the New England Highway as part of the crackdown. Armidale duty officer... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Northern Daily Leader

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Australia

24 May 2013

Tasmania Police, Media release

Police jurisdictions around the country are targeting illicit firearms as part of Operation Unification. Illicit firearms are weapons that are illegally imported or manufactured in Australia, stolen from registered owners and/or may be used in criminal activities. Operation Unification – Illicit Firearms will be conducted Australia-wide between Friday, 24 May and Friday, 7 June 2013, and aims to increase community awareness about the dangers of illicit... (GunPolicy.org)

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Venezuela

22 May 2013

Entorno Inteligente (Venezuela)

[Translated summary: 70 guns were seized and destroyed in the parish of El Recreo, in accordance with Decree 9,194.] Este procedimiento de inutilización consiste en el aplastado del cañón de cada arma. 70 armas de fuego, que fueron incautadas en diferentes procedimientos realizados por efectivos de la Policía del municipio Libertador, fueron inutilizadas este miércoles. La actividad se realizó detrás de la Plaza Andrés Bello, en la parroquia El Recreo, y... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Entorno Inteligente (Venezuela)

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Brazil

11 May 2013

Globo (Rio de Janeiro)

[Translated summary: The number of Brazilians who have been granted permission to own guns has risen to record levels in 2012, with 60% of the 31,500 permits granted being issued to civilians for that year. Between 2002-2012, citizens in the states of Rio Grande do Sul, Rio de Janeiro and Santa Catarina registered the most guns, with an estimated 8 million legal guns in Brazil overall despite the high cost of registering them. There are calls for stricter enforcement of... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ecuador

8 May 2013

El Telégrafo

Most guns used by citizens Ecuador are still handmade. Manufacturing guns in Ecuador has been illegal since Feb. 2012. However, most private security companies are still arming their guards with locally-made weapons acquired before February 2012. In recent years, efforts to register and decommission guns that don't meet safety standards have increased. Last year, in most populated province Guayas, 9,958 guns were registered. In Pichincha in 2012: 9,145 guns. In... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

8 May 2013

My Sunshine Coast (Australia), Media release

Queenslanders have surrendered more than 556 kilograms of sporting small arms ammunition during the first quarter of 2013. Natural Resources and Mines Minister Andrew Cripps visited the Queensland Government explosives reserve at Helidon today to view the disposal of part of a large cache of unwanted ammunition handed in across the State. "On average, approximately 500,000 rounds of sporting small arms ammunition is surrendered each year by the public as part of an... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: My Sunshine Coast (Australia)

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Australia

5 May 2013

Courier-Mail (Brisbane)

"Our message to anyone in possession of an illegal firearm is to act now while no penalties apply " - Assistant Commissioner Mike Condon Seventy-five guns a day on average are being handed in under Queensland's firearms amnesty but police admit they are probably only a fraction of the illegal weapons on the state's streets. About 200 of the more than 4500 guns handed in under the amnesty so far were destroyed yesterday at Nerang police station on the Gold Coast. The... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Courier-Mail (Brisbane)

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Australia

1 May 2013

ABC News (Australia)

Weapons ranging from hand guns, stun guns and cross bows have been netted in Queensland's three month amnesty. The time to hand in your weapons has passed. Queensland's gun amnesty has ended, unearthing over 8,500 firearms over the prosecution-free period. According to police, 2,000 of the weapons were surrendered to be destroyed, with a large majority of the weapons surrendered to be registered properly before being returned to their owners. Over 200 of the weapons... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

27 April 2013

Cairns Post

Simplifying the registration process has led to the most successful gun amnesty in recent memory according to a Cairns weapons dealer. The general firearms and weapons amnesty ends on Tuesday after which strict penalties for unlicensed weapons will come into effect. Owners are able to hand in weapons at either licensed dealers or police station and CRM Gunsports dealer nominee Shane Green said he'd been rushed off his feet this week as people tried to get in before... (GunPolicy.org)

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European Union,Congo (ROC)

25 April 2013

Global Times (China)

More than 2.6 million rounds of unexploded ammunition have been neutralized by a non-governmental organization in Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of Congo, to avoid a repetition of the deadly blast in the city last year. The action was taken in Brazzaville's Mpila district, where an explosion occurred at an arms depot on March 4, 2012, the European Union (EU) said in a statement released here on Wednesday. "The evaluation of the clearing and clean-up... (GunPolicy.org)

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Antigua & Barbuda

23 April 2013

Caribarena Antigua

ANTIGUA ST JOHN'S - Minister of National Security and labour Dr. Errol Cort issued a stern warning to persons in possession of illegal firearms and ammunition. Cort made the threat on Monday as he addressed law men during a hand-over ceremony where representatives from the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace delivered two vital pieces of equipment over to the police. The equipment, hydraulic shears and a burning tank, both integral in the reduction of illegal... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

5 April 2013

Daily Mercury

Central Queensland police stations and gun shops have been inundated with hundreds of weapons as the Queensland firearm amnesty enters its final month. And a flash stun grenade was one of more than 4000 weapons handed in statewide. In the central region, which covers Mackay, Rockhampton and Gladstone, about 550 guns have been handed in under the amnesty running until the end of this month. After eight weeks of allowing unregistered gun owners to come forward to have... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

4 April 2013

ABC News (Australia)

Police will today destroy some of the thousands of guns they have collected in a firearms amnesty. More than 4,000 unregistered weapons have been surrendered in the past eight weeks, with a month on the amnesty still to go. Crime Stoppers chief executive officer Trevor O'Hara says it is important illegal firearms are taken out of harm's way. "There is just so much crime happening these days with illegal firearms and the community has had enough," he said. "They are... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia,United States

3 April 2013

Reuters

Former Australian Prime Minister John Howard wore a bullet proof vest under his suit when he addressed an angry crowd of gun owners in 1996, telling them he was going to ban automatic and semi-automatic weapons for the safety of all Australians. At other rallies, effigies of his deputy prime minister Tim Fischer were hanged by opponents of gun control. The battle for gun control in Australia, after the country's worst massacre in which 35 people were shot dead, was... (GunPolicy.org)

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Croatia,Bosnia & Herzegovina

29 March 2013

SEESAC (Belgrade)

On 26 and 27 March, at Vlašić, UNDP Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) hosted a meeting of the representatives of the Ministry of Interior (MoI) of Republika Srpska, MoI of Sarajevo Canton, MoI of the Central Bosnia Canton, MoI of the Zenica-Doboj Canton, MoI of the Bosnian Podrinje Canton, MoI of the Canton 10, MoI of the County of West Herzegovina, Police of Brčko District, MoI of the Hercegovacko-Neretvanski Canton, and the representatives of the international... (GunPolicy.org)

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37280

Central Africa,East Africa,Ghana

26 March 2013

Spy Ghana (Ghana)

Ghana has played a major role in stopping the illicit trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) and has destroyed over 2,500 weapons since 2001, according to the Member of Parliament for Nadowli-Kaleo Constituency, Hon. Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin. Addressing Parliamentarians from 12 countries in Africa on the strides Ghana has made in dealing with the illegal trade in guns, Hon. Bagbin stated that Ghana is an active member of the global efforts to control illicit... (GunPolicy.org)

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37238

Australia

22 March 2013

Gladstone Observer (Australia)

More than 3500 firearms have been handed in as Queensland's gun amnesty reached the half-way mark. Almost 700 have been surrendered for destruction with the remaining firearms registered. The three-month amnesty, which ends on April 30, began as the government introduced new firearm laws involving mandatory jail terms, even a year for possessing an illegal firearm in a public place. Police Minister Jack Dempsey is urging Queenslanders to take advantage of the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Gladstone Observer (Australia)

37219

Tanzania,Germany

20 March 2013

IPP Media

German Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) and the Tanzanian Police have agreed to strengthen their cooperation in the fight against organised crime and international terrorism. "The fight against international terrorism, piracy, organized crime and also everyday crime remains the essential task of the security authorities throughout the world … therefore, international cooperation is crucial …," stated the German Ambassador Klaus-Peter Brandes. He emphasised... (GunPolicy.org)

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Sweden,Uruguay,Finland,Iraq,Saudi Arabia,Cyprus,Switzerland,Yemen,Serbia,United States

12 March 2013

SiliconIndia

Bangalore: "Force and mind are opposites; morality ends where a gun begins," said novelist Ayn Rand. In an era where the misuse of guns and ammunitions are leading to massacres, it is no more a place of nonviolence. Arms and ammunitions leave bitter memories and scar the human race for ages to come. Here are the 10 countries with highest gun ownership, as listed by yahoo.com. USA: USA tops the list of countries with highest gun ownership and this no surprise! The... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,Australia

12 March 2013

American College of Physicians - Annals of Internal Medicine

Australia and the United States share many characteristics. Both are English-speaking democracies of multicultural immigrants. The 2 nations have been allies for nearly a century. Australians and Americans consume similar diets of movies, video games, popular music, recreational drugs, and alcohol. Both have vast interiors, early histories of armed European settlers mistreating native populations, plenty of feral pests to shoot, and many firearm enthusiasts. Yet the 2... (GunPolicy.org)

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37168

South Africa

9 March 2013

News24 (Cape Town), South African Press Association

PORT ELIZABETH - A total of 2 065 firearms were destroyed in Port Elizabeth on Saturday morning, Eastern Cape police said. "At least 848 of these have been voluntarily surrendered. The other 1 217 were confiscated by the state and had been used in criminal activities," said Lieutenant-Colonel Sibongile Soci. The firearms included rifles, shotguns and handguns. Nearly 40 000 firearms have been destroyed by police in the province since 2004, said... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

9 March 2013

News24 (Cape Town), South African Press Association

PORT ELIZABETH - A total of 2 065 firearms were destroyed in Port Elizabeth on Saturday morning, Eastern Cape police said. "At least 848 of these have been voluntarily surrendered. The other 1 217 were confiscated by the state and had been used in criminal activities," said Lieutenant-Colonel Sibongile Soci. The firearms included rifles, shotguns and handguns. Nearly 40 000 firearms have been destroyed by police in the province since 2004, said... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: News24 (Cape Town), South African Press Association

37167

Costa Rica

6 March 2013

Inside Costa Rica

At least three in ten armed robberies in Costa Rica are committed using a toy gun, according to the Judicial Investigation Organization (OIJ). This week, authorities destroyed 487 such toy guns that were being held in evidence in the National Arsenal. Among toy guns confiscated by officers are replicas of revolvers, shotguns, AK47's, and pistols of different calibers, according to authorities. Costa Rican authorities also warned, "the use of replica toy guns is a risk... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Inside Costa Rica

37146

England & Wales

4 March 2013

BBC News

A police officer who illegally sold guns to the public played a part in granting a gun licence to a man who shot three members of his family. Michael Atherton, 42, shot his partner Susan McGoldrick, Alison Turnbull, her daughter Tanya and then himself, in County Durham on New Year's Day 2012. Former Durham PC Damien Cobain was convicted of misconduct in a public office in 2010 and left the force. An inquest heard he was part of a team that dealt with Atherton's... (GunPolicy.org)

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37138

Dominican Republic

22 February 2013

El Nuevo Diario (Dominican Republic)

[Translated summary: The Dominican Republic's Ministry of Interior and Police, with the help of the United Nations, has destroyed 706 guns to combat trafficking. Many of the weapons were not registered or their markings had been altered.] El Ministerio de Interior y Policía (MIP), por disposición del ministro José Ramón Fadul y con la colaboración del Programa de Acción de Desarme de la Organización de las Naciones Unidas (ONU), destruyó 706 armas de fuego de... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: El Nuevo Diario (Dominican Republic)

37112

South Africa

19 February 2013

South Africa Info

The arrest of Olympic and Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius following the shooting of his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, at Pistorius' home in Pretoria last week has focused considerable attention, in the local and international media, on gun laws and gun ownership in South Africa. In 2004, new legislation came into force in South Africa, in the form of the Firearms Control Act of 2000, that brought in significantly tougher controls on the ownership, possession... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: South Africa Info

37088

East Africa,Tanzania,Germany

17 February 2013

Tanzania Daily News (Dar Es Salaam)

The Vice-President, Dr Mohamed Gharib Bilal, has said that recovery of more than 500,000 small arms and light weapons presently in wrong hands in the East African region would be possible through shared information among the member states. Speaking at the destruction of illicit small arms and light weapons, the event held at Ukonga Prisons Ground on the outskirts of Dar es Salaam, and witnessed by delegates to the East African Community (EAC) Joint Meeting of the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Tanzania Daily News (Dar Es Salaam)

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Australia

14 February 2013

Home Hill Observer

A firearms amnesty has been launched over three months to allow those with unregistered firearms to surrender or register the weapons. Residents from across the Burdekin are being encouraged to hand in their unlicensed weapons, or register them at their local firearms dealer. Ayr Police Senior Sergeant, Steve Barton, said the amnesty was a good opportunity for people to safely and consciously destroy their unregistered or unlicensed firearms. "People have the option... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Home Hill Observer

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Mexico

13 February 2013

New York Times / Associated Press

MEXICO CITY — The guns that have caused so many deaths in northern Mexico are now making music. Mechanical hammers ping against ammunition magazines from assault rifles. Gun barrels cut to different lengths ring like marimbas. Pistol parts strike metal plates, like cymbals, to create rhythmic, syncopated sounds. "It's important to consider that many lives were taken with these weapons, as if a sort of exorcism was taking place," sculptor Pedro Reyes said in a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times / Associated Press

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