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Jamaica,United States

10 November 2016

Jamaica Observer

KINGSTON — The United States Embassy says that in light of recent events concerning Jamaica's Firearms Licensing Authority (FLA) they will be reviewing the firearm export licensing approval process. In a release this afternoon, the embassy said that during this review, there will be a temporary pause on firearm exports as they request further guidance from Washington on the long-term status of export licenses for firearms from the US destined for Jamaica. Earlier... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Arab Emirates,Saudi Arabia,Uzbekistan,Finland,Turkmenistan,Yemen

1 November 2016

Modern Tokyo Times

As the global economy continues its slow recovery from the 2008–2009 worldwide recession, armament sales appear to have been one of the few recession-proof export sectors. The greater Middle East has been main emporium for such purchases. While the United States and Russia remain the world's two leading armaments exporters, other countries have also rushed in to fill niche markets, such as small arms, training aircraft and light artillery. Notably, Finland has been... (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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Afghanistan,Iraq,United States

30 October 2016

The Washington Diplomat (US)

The United States has flooded Iraq and Afghanistan with billions of dollars worth of small arms since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and has lost track of millions of them, according to a recently published report on 412 Department of Defense contracts by the London-based advocacy nonprofit Action on Armed Violence. People often associate U.S. military assistance with heavy hardware such as armored fighting vehicles, anti-tank weapons and attack helicopters.... (GunPolicy.org)

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Germany

27 October 2016

Enjeux (France)

[Translated summary: Germany set a new record in firearm and ammunition exportation, mainly to Saudi Arabia, Algeria and Turkey. Total arms sales have gone from €3.5 billion in the first six months of 2015 to €4 billion in the same period of 2016, while total ammunition exports have risen from €27 million to €283.8 million. The government has been accused of hypocrisy for benefiting from armed conflicts.] L'Allemagne vient d'établir un nouveau record dans... (GunPolicy.org)

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Iraq,Yemen,Saudi Arabia,Algeria,France,Germany

26 October 2016

Les Echos (France)

[Translated summary: Germany's arms exports rose to 4.03 billion euros in the first six months of 2016, an increase of 15% in relation to the same period last year. Germany sells to Algeria and Saudi Arabia, a country that is in a controversial war with Yemen, but the Ministry of Economy explains that they have particularly restrictive rules.] Les crises internationales profitent aux industriels allemands de l'armement. Selon les chiffres publiés mercredi par le... (GunPolicy.org)

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

26 October 2016

Deutsche Welle

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

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Iraq,Poland,France,Switzerland,Japan,New Zealand,Australia,Germany

25 October 2016

Mo4ch (US)

Germany's small arms ammunition sales have increased by 10 times in the first 6 months of 2016, while total arms sales have reached €4 billion over the same period and have set a new record, Deutsche-Presse Agentur (DPA) says, citing a government report. The total value of the small arms ammo export contracts has risen from €27 million ($29.3 million) in the first half of 2015 to €283.8 million ($308 million) in the first six months of 2016, the reports says,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Saudi Arabia,United States

18 October 2016

Hispan TV (España)

[Translated Summary: Since 2010, Saudi Arabia has acquired arms worth US$1 billion to be used in the US Middle East proxy war. In 2014, Saudi Arabia became the biggest arms importer by buying military equipment, mainly from the US, with a total value of US$6.4 billion.] Un alto cargo militar iraní dice que la venta de armas a Arabia Saudí se produce en el marco de la guerra subsidiaria de EE.UU. en Oriente Medio. "Desde 2010 hasta hoy, Arabia Saudí ha adquirido... (GunPolicy.org)

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Spain

17 October 2016

El País (Spain)

[Translated summary: Spain has 3 million registered firearms in the hands of 1.1 million citizens, most of them for hunting, sport or collecting. Only 8,000 people have type B licences that allow them to carry concealed guns. Since obtaining this licence is complicated, most people who fear for their safety tend to own guns for sport; they only have to attend a shooting club regularly to keep their licences.] La población española es una de las menos armadas, pero... (GunPolicy.org)

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Somalia

11 October 2016

New York Times, Reuters

Many guns imported by the Somali government with U.N. approval are being resold by arms dealers on the black market in the nation's capital Mogadishu, two Western diplomats said. Such sales violate a three-year-old deal which exempted government weapons imports from a U.N. arms embargo. The U.N. Security Council partially lifted it in 2013 to equip government forces fighting al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab militants. The United Nations imposed a blanket arms embargo on... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

4 October 2016

Guns

A bipartisan group of lawmakers have debuted a proposal that would transfer export oversight for most gunsmiths from the State Department in an effort to curb a possible $2,250 annual fee to stay in operation. The bicameral bill, introduced on Sept. 27 by lawmakers that include two Texas Democrats as House sponsors, would transfer regulatory responsibility on the export of non-military firearms to the U.S. Department of Commerce and comes in response to a change by the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Bulgaria

4 October 2016

Novinite (Bulgaria)

Defense-related equipment production and exports have increased by over sixty percent over two years, Economy Minister Bozhidar Lukarski has said. Key factors for this include "a more active and flexible marketing policy" as well as a widened target of potential buyers. Quality of the products and the appearance of new competitive ones, according to Standart. In July, data on 2015 exports suggested Bulgaria sold 59% more arms abroad in that year compared to 2014,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Brazil

29 September 2016

New York Times, Reuters

Brazil is reviewing its procedures for controlling arms exports, Defense Minister Raul Jungmann said on Thursday, when asked about an investigation into a sale of guns by Forjas Taurus SA that allegedly violated U.N. sanctions. "We are updating the regulations in this area, seeking objectivity and transparency. They need updating," the minister said. Jungmann said the review was part of a "periodic" update of arms export regulations. Taurus, the largest weapons... (GunPolicy.org)

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Spain

21 September 2016

Europa Press (Spain)

[Translated summary: The arms trade market is rising and Spain is the 7th biggest world exporter. In the first semester of 2015, exports in the country reached 1,727.2 million EUR, 25.3% more than the same period in the previous year. Almost 450 million EUR were from sales to Saudi Arabia, followed by the United Kingdom, Malaysia, France, Egypt and Germany.] MADRID -- El comercio de armas está en auge y España es uno de los países que más está aprovechando el... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Arab Emirates,Saudi Arabia,Belgium,Oman

20 September 2016

Brussells Times

Saudi Arabia bought 60% of Walloon weapons sold in 2015. This is per the report of the "Weapons" sub-commission of the Wallonia parliament on export licences granted or refused during the last year. Le Soir is reporting this today (Tuesday). Wallonia has never exported so many arms to Riyadh. Saudi Arabia has only accounted for 34 export licences of the 1,369 delivered from 68 countries across the whole of the year. However, these contracts represent a total of... (GunPolicy.org)

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Iraq,Syria,Turkey,Saudi Arabia,Eastern Europe,China

11 September 2016

Huffington Post (UK)

Islamic State fighters are illegally using guns and other weapons made in Eastern European factories, in a newly-discovered supply chain that is "almost direct", a weapons expert has claimed. James Bevan, the director of Conflict Armament Research (CAR), told The Huffington Post UK that investigations this summer have seen a rapid, frightening change in the source of weapons used by the so-called Islamic State to fight other groups and carry out massacres. These... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,South America,Mexico,Central America

11 September 2016

Americas Quarterly, Letter

Dear Mister / Madam President, As the world's largest arms exporter, the U.S. plays an outsize role in fueling Latin America's insatiable addiction to firearms. To take one example, during most of the 1980s, El Salvador was the largest consumer of U.S. military hardware in the Americas, feeding one of the most vicious civil wars in Latin American history. And while the conflict ended in 1992, the legacy of its arms transfers remains: U.S. officials estimate that almost... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

8 September 2016

New York Times, Reuters

Four U.S. senators introduced a joint resolution on Thursday seeking to block the U.S. sale of $1.15 billion of Abrams tanks and other military equipment to Saudi Arabia, citing issues including the conflict in Yemen. The measure was introduced by Republican Senators Rand Paul and Mike Lee and Democrats Chris Murphy and Al Franken, the latest indication of strong disapproval of the deal among some U.S. lawmakers. "Selling $1.15 billion in tanks, guns, ammunition, and... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

6 September 2016

Daily Caller (USA)

The United Kingdom became the world's second largest small arms exporter this year, all while British citizens are still prohibited from owning or possessing defensive firearms. A large portion of U.K. weapons exports went to war-torn countries, with two-thirds of sales going to the Middle East, a hotbed of terrorism and conflict. The U.K. also sold arms to 22 of the 30 countries on its own human rights watch list. While countries like Libya, Russia and China have... (GunPolicy.org)

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Yemen,Brazil

5 September 2016

Radio Formula (Mexico), Reuters

[Translated summary: Federal prosecutors in Brazil accused two former Forja Taurus executives of sending 8,000 handguns to an active Yemeni arms trafficker in 2013. Forja Taurus is a major gun manufacturer which supplies the Brazilian police and the Army, and is one of the five main gun suppliers to the American market, where it sells three-quarters of its production.] Fiscales federales en el sur de Brasil acusaron en mayo a dos ex ejecutivos de Forjas Taurus de... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Arab Emirates,Turkmenistan,Oman,Belgium,Bahrain,Israel,Yemen,Saudi Arabia,United Kingdom,Ukraine,France,Russia,China

5 September 2016

Sputnik News

[Translated summary: The United Kingdom is the second largest exporter of arms. Between 2010 and 2015, the UK has sold weapons worth 10 million pounds to Oman, Turkmenistan and the United Arab Emirates, countries that are classified as "Non-free" by the Freedom House NGO. Other countries that buy from the UK are Saudi Arabia and Israel.] Le Royaume-Uni est le deuxième plus grand exportateur d'armes du monde sur les 10 dernières années et devant des pays comme la... (GunPolicy.org)

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Yemen,Brazil

5 September 2016

Reuters

Brazil's Forjas Taurus SA, the largest weapons manufacturer in Latin America, sold guns to a known Yemeni arms trafficker who funneled them into his nation's civil war in violation of international sanctions, according to charges in court documents reviewed by Reuters. Federal prosecutors in southern Brazil charged two former executives of Forjas Taurus (FJTA4.SA) in May with shipping 8,000 handguns in 2013 to Fares Mohammed Hassan Mana'a, an arms smuggler active... (GunPolicy.org)

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Peru,Czech Republic

1 September 2016

Radio Praga

[Translated summary: A military company from the Peruvian defence sector has opened an assembly and repair centre for Czech handguns in its plant. The company sold a total of 250,000 weapons in 2015 and most of its production is exported to Europe and US.] Las pistolas de Česká zbrojovka se van a montar en Perú. La empresa militar FAME, con sede en Lima, ha abierto en su planta una zona de montaje y reparaciones de los productos checos. Se trata de la primera... (GunPolicy.org)

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Jordan,Lebanon,Kuwait,Qatar,United Arab Emirates,Bahrain,Yemen,Saudi Arabia,Egypt,European Union,Switzerland,United States

26 August 2016

SwissInfo

[Translated summary: Many countries that have signed the Arms Trade Treaty continue to ignore the rules. Only Portugal, Slovenia and Sweden have been completely transparent about their trade. US, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France and Italy continue to sell arms to Egypt which translates into the torture and death of hundreds of people.] Disposer d'un traité sur le commerce des armes, c'est bien. Encore faut-il qu'il soit respecté. Pour Amnesty International, trop... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,Australia

26 August 2016

Stuff (New Zealand)

Australia's former deputy prime minister, Tim Fischer, has proposed what is surely a world-first plan for shooting down the gun-loving US Republican candidate for president, Donald Trump: a "massacre tax" on US gun exports. In doing so, Fischer has also come out all guns blazing against what he calls the "lethal poison" flowing to Australia from US weapons manufacturers with the assistance of the American gun lobby and what he calls dysfunctional and corrupted US... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Sudan,United States,Ukraine,United Kingdom,Yemen,Libya,Iran,Czech Republic,Syria,Italy,Bulgaria,Afghanistan,Saudi Arabia,France

23 August 2016

IPS Noticias

[Translated summary: Human Rights organisations and military analysts accuse the United States, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France and Italy of violating the Arms Trade Treaty by selling to countries in conflict. Experts say that effectively implementing the treaty could save millions of lives.] NACIONES UNIDAS - Los grandes proveedores de armamento violan el tratado que regula su comercio y que se propone frenar el flujo de armas pequeñas y ligeras hacia las zonas de... (GunPolicy.org)

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Switzerland

23 August 2016

Le Nouvelliste (Switzerland)

[Translated summary: After signing the Arms Trade Treaty, Switzerland provided the first annual report. Experts think it can be improved, for example, by using more exact descriptions of the exported items, which would make them easier to trace. Switzerland softened its control of arms exports in 2014 and is now selling guns to Saudi Arabia]. Suite à la signature du Traité international sur le commerce des armes (TCA), la Suisse doit fournir un rapport annuel sur les... (GunPolicy.org)

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Spain,Germany,Saudi Arabia,United Kingdom,Slovakia,Moldova,Ukraine,Egypt,Italy,France,Czech Republic,Bulgaria,United States,South Sudan,Syria,Yemen

22 August 2016

Amnesty International (London)

- States Parties [countries] still engaging in unscrupulous arms transfers, putting lives and human rights at risk - More than a quarter of States Parties are yet to meet the treaty's reporting obligations - Some States Parties opting to reject public scrutiny of their arms transfers States must ensure the global Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) lives up to its promise to save lives and protect human rights from the devastating effects of the international arms trade by taking... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ukraine,South Sudan,South Korea,Singapore,Turkey,Australia,Pakistan,United Arab Emirates,Saudi Arabia,India,Israel,Italy,Spain,Russia,France,United Kingdom,Germany,China,United States

22 August 2016

Amnesty International (London)

Transfers of heavy conventional weapons The top 10 exporters of conventional arms (excluding small arms/ light weapons – SALW) 2010-15 USA: US$55.006 billion Russia: US$42.404 billion China: US$9.943 billion Germany: US$ 9.467 billion France: US$ 8.932 billion UK: US$ 7.627 billion Spain: US$ 5.310 billion Italy: US$ 4.360 billion Ukraine: US$ 4.156 billion Israel: US$ 3.280 billion The top 10 importers of conventional arms (excluding SALWs) 2010-15 India:... (GunPolicy.org)

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India

15 August 2016

Asia Sentinel

Driven partly by its developing rivalry with China, India is welcoming global gun manufacturers to set up shop to produce small arms including handguns, rifles, carbines, sub-machine guns, light machine guns and grenade launchers. New investment rules allow private players to establish manufacturing units, sell to Indian defense forces and even cater to export orders. Forty-nine per cent foreign ownership will be permitted automatically but up to 100 percent FDI can... (GunPolicy.org)

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India

11 August 2016

India Times

NEW DELHI -- Top small arms manufacturers from across the globe are looking to set up shop in India with a critical tweak in rules by the government that has enabled the private sector to set up manufacturing units and even cater to export orders after due permissions. The revised Arms Rules 2016, which have been notified by the government last month, have brought clarity to the sector, giving clear rules on how private players can set up shop, bring in foreign... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

10 August 2016

Guns (USA)

New data released this week by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives shows FFL numbers rebounding, over 9 million firearms produced and healthy import and export activity. The statistics are part of the agency's 2016 Annual Statistical Update of Firearm Commerce in the United States. The report includes data drawn from ATF's Annual Firearms Manufacturing and Exportation Report (AFMER), which runs a year behind due to protections accorded under the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Arab Emirates,Germany,Turkey,Saudi Arabia,Jordan,Syria,Eastern Europe

9 August 2016

Deutsche Welle

War-torn Syria is full of arms: thousands of AK47 assault rifles, machine guns, mortar shells, rocket launchers and anti-tank weapons, aging T-55 and T-72 tanks. Most are believed to come from the following countries: Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Montenegro, Serbia and Romania. They reach Syria via a circuitous route. First, they are sent by air or sea to Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates or Turkey – then on from there to the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Indonesia

8 August 2016

Jakarta Post

The Pindad SS1-V1 left not only a definite hole in the US Marine Corps' body armor, but also a big impression on participants of the recent Rim of Pacific joint military training in the Kaneohe Bay Marine Corps Base, Hawaii. Admiration for the Indonesian-made assault rifle was sparked during a zeroing test on July 10. A zeroing test, conducted at a range of 25 meters, measures the power of each participating corps before the joint training begins. Major Indra Fauzi... (GunPolicy.org)

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Chile,Russia,Ecuador,Brazil,United States

6 August 2016

Sputnik News

[Translated summary: Brazil is the main firearms exporter in Latin America, with over 4 million guns sold between 2005 and 2010 and 85 million USD earned in the 2014-2015 period. 54% of these guns were purchased by the US. Chile is the second largest exporter, followed by Ecuador.] El comercio de armamento a nivel internacional es un negocio multimillonario. Mueve unos 76.000 millones de dólares al año. El continente latinoamericano no es ajeno a este negocio. "En... (GunPolicy.org)

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Germany

5 July 2016

New York Times, Reuters

BERLIN — German arms exports almost doubled last year to their highest level since the beginning of this century, a German newspaper said on Sunday, citing a report from the Economy Ministry that is due to be presented to the cabinet on Wednesday. Newspaper Welt am Sonntag said the value of individual approvals granted for exporting arms was 7.86 billion euros ($8.75 billion) last year compared with 3.97 billion euros worth of arms exports in 2014. It said the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Brazil,South America,Argentina,Central America,Mexico

30 June 2016

Gestion (Peru)

[Translated Summary: According to a survey by a research team in Geneva, in the past year the three Latin American countries that exported most handguns were Brazil, Mexico and Argentina. The countries that imported most handguns were Mexico, Chile and Colombia. The US was the main buyer.] La encuesta de armas pequeñas del 2015 reveló cifras de los principales países latinoamericanos exportadores e importadores de armas de fuego autorizadas. La encuesta fue... (GunPolicy.org)

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Czech Republic

28 June 2016

Radio Prague

[Translated summary: The value of gun exports from the Czech arms industry passed 550 million Euros last year. The geographic distribution of arms exports has also changed: sales have increased significantly to EU members and the United States.] Les exportations des entreprises tchèques de l'industrie de l'armement et de la défense ont atteint un niveau record l'an passé. C'est ce qu'a fièrement annoncé ce mardi Jiří Hynek, le président de l'Association de... (GunPolicy.org)

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France

24 June 2016

Armer Desarmer (France), Blog

[Translated summary: Countries involved in conflict and where crimes against humanity are committed, currently receive guns originating in France. Under the Arms Trade Treaty, if one country member estimates that the firearms could be used to commit a serious violation of International Humanitarian Law, the exportation will not be authorized.] Depuis le 24 décembre 2014, la France est engagée juridiquement dans l'application du traité sur le commerce des armes (TCA)... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,Switzerland,Qatar,Italy,United Arab Emirates,Spain,Germany,Kuwait,Israel,Croatia,Saudi Arabia,Egypt,Oman,Jordan,Iraq,Lebanon

17 June 2016

Israel Homeland Security

The Small Arms Survey (SAS) released its annual Transfers and Transparency trade update for 2016, which reveals that the world's top and the largest of the smaller arms exporters conducted trade to the tune of $5.8bn in 2013. This represents an increase of 17 percent in small arms trade on 2012, which came in at $5bn flat. The United States alone, the world's largest arms manufacturer and exporter, exported a record breaking $1.1bn worth of small arms in 2013. In a... (GunPolicy.org)

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

8 June 2016

Inter Press Service News Agency

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

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Asia,North Korea

8 June 2016

Korea Times

North Korea has been labeled one of the least-transparent exporters of small arms, along with Iran, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, according to the Small Arms Survey. The Swedish research institute assessed 49 countries that exported small arms and light weapons worth more than $10 million from 2001 to 2013. It gave each country scores between zero and 25 based on seven parameters, including number of legitimate export licenses, clarity of export reports... (GunPolicy.org)

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

7 June 2016

Deutsche Welle

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

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

7 June 2016

SwissInfo

For the first time since 2007, Switzerland gave up the top spot in the Small Arms Survey's latest evaluation of the most transparent small arms exporters. "Its lower score in comparison with previous years reflects less complete reporting to United Nations Comtrade [UN Commodity Trade Statistics Database] and a lack of information on licence denials," the authors said in the 2016 bulletin published on Monday. Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,West Asia,South Asia

6 June 2016

New York Times, Associated Press

Annual sales of small arms and light weapons to Middle Eastern countries nearly doubled in dollar terms in 2013 over the year before, as conflicts heated up across the region, according to a study released Monday. Meanwhile, the U.S. was both the biggest exporter and importer of weapons ranging from pistols and military firearms to hunting rifles, ammunition and anti-tank guns, according to the report. "Trade Update 2016: Transfers and Transparency," a study by the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times, Associated Press

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Africa

6 June 2016

Institute for Security Studies (Pretoria)

This week, from 6-10 June, United Nations (UN) member states are convening in New York for the Sixth Biennial Meeting on the UN Programme of Action on small arms and light weapons (UNPoA). The meeting will review the progress made in implementing the UNPoA, and will also focus on the International Tracing Instrument (ITI), which was adopted in 2005. The UNPoA, adopted in 2001, outlines steps governments must take to prevent, combat and eradicate the illicit trade in... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,Jamaica

6 June 2016

Jamaica Gleaner

A steady stream of guns continues to flow from the United States into Jamaica despite a raft of measures implemented by local law-enforcement authorities. In the last two years, the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has traced the history of 991 guns seized in Jamaica over the period and found that 567, or nearly 60 per cent, were "sourced in the US". The term "sourced in the US" refers to guns manufactured in or legally imported into the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,South America,Central America

27 May 2016

Foreign Affairs (US)

During the 1980s, El Salvador was the single largest recipient of U.S.-issued military hardware in the Western Hemisphere. All manner of weaponry—including over 32,500 M-16s and 270,000 grenades—seeped into the country from 1980 to 1993. Most of it was destined for the military-led government so that it could wage a vicious war against the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front, or FMNL. Although the armed conflict officially ended in 1992, the guns, grenades,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Belgium,Saudi Arabia

6 May 2016

Sud Info (Belgium)

[Translated summary: A report from the EU on firearm exports indicates that Belgium was, in 2014, the largest European exporter of firearms and the second largest exporter of ammunition to the Middle East, specially Saudi Arabia. The country exported 259,9 million Euros worth of firearms and 187,9 million Euros in ammunition during 2014.] Ce classement ressort du rapport annuel de l'Union européenne sur les exportations d'armes. Officiellement, la Belgique se situe... (GunPolicy.org)

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Mauritius

28 April 2016

Government of Mauritius

The Firearms (Amendment) Bill which provides for amendments to the Firearms Act to implement the provisions of the Arms Trade Treaty to which Mauritius is a signatory, was presented by the Prime Minister, Sir Anerood Jugnauth, in the National Assembly. The Bill was voted with amendments on 26 April 2016. In his presentation, Sir Anerood Jugnauth expressed confidence that the accession of Mauritius to the Arms Trade Treaty and the amendments to the Firearms Act will... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa,Israel,Switzerland,Japan,Australia,United Kingdom,Sweden,United States

27 April 2016

Wall Street Journal, Blog

When American Tom Heberlein tried to import his firearms to Sweden, he got as far as his transfer in the U.K. before it started to become complicated. There, despite having the correct paperwork, a U.K. customs official said: "You can't have these guns." And thus began Mr. Heberlein's global gun education. Although Mr. Heberlein did, after a lot of negotiation, finally get his guns through U.K. customs and in to Sweden, the entire experience created a hassle he hadn't... (GunPolicy.org)

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Malaysia

25 April 2016

Malaysia Chronicle

"Malaysia has the best gun control laws in the world", 80-year-old golf legend Gary Player said loudly at a press conference in Miami. That was after I identified myself as a Malaysian journalist before posing my questions. The South African went on: "Malaysia has got it right on gun control. You don't simply issue gun licences to people. Don't tell me guns don't kill people and it is people who kill people…" That was more than six year ago. We will soon manufacture... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

25 April 2016

Open Canada, Opinion

Canada's leadership in banning landmines greatly impacted the international community. As a young adult, Amani Saini witnessed the effect first hand. Now, she asks: can we regain our role in the fight against illicit arms? One August, more than 10 years ago, back when I was in secondary school, I sat on a stage in an auditorium in Kyoto, Japan, as a representative of Canada, at the closing ceremony of the international Ban Landmines! conference. After delivering his... (GunPolicy.org)

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39164

Americas,Asia,Africa,Oceania,Nepal,Europe

21 April 2016

Telegraph (Nepal), Opinion

No doubt, the country is being increasingly inflicted by smuggling and illegal trade of small arms. This fast festering malaise has intensified serious crimes like murder, extortion, death threats, abduction and robbery. Fears are palpable that the growing market of small arms in the country may wreck the social fabric of the country. This is also hampering the efforts towards overcoming the social and economic trauma left by the decade-long armed conflict. However, the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Telegraph (Nepal)

39168

United Kingdom

20 April 2016

Politics Home (UK)

The UK is the sixth largest exporter of arms in the world, and business is booming. As tensions rise around the planet so too has the demand for weapons, with global sales increasing 14% in the last five years. According to SIPRI, the UK's arms exports have risen 26% in the same period, now supplying 4.5% of the total demand. And that's just what we know about. The bulk of these figures are constituted by the sale of so-called 'large weapons,' such as aircraft. The... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Politics Home (UK)

39139

Western Europe,Belgium

20 March 2016

Le Soir (Belgique)

[Translated summary: According to a retired Commissioner, Belgium lacks transparency in terms of gun numbers; Police reports are outdated; the Firearms Act is unreadable; Police and Customs are under-funded and under-equipped to fight arms trafficking.] 1. La Belgique n'a pas de vision, pas de chiffres Personne n'est capable d'estimer aujourd'hui combien d'armes illégales circulent en Belgique. « On a bien une vue sur la détention légale, on n'a absolument aucune... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Le Soir (Belgique)

38965

Mexico

17 March 2016

InSight Crime

Weapons linked to the controversial US anti-gun trafficking operation "Fast and Furious" were found last spring at the scene of a bloody clash between Mexican police and a group of alleged cartel gunmen that left 43 dead, according to documents obtained exclusively by InSight Crime. The previously unpublished documents, obtained through a freedom of information request, show how US and Mexican authorities traced weapons from the shootout in Michoacán to the now... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime

38980

Europe,Oceania,Asia,Americas,Africa,United States,Mexico

1 March 2016

Small Arms Survey (Geneva)

When one thinks of arms traffickers, the image that often comes to mind is of the stereotypical 'Merchant of Death' – ambitious, well-connected, globetrotting entrepreneurs who single-handedly arm warlords and insurgents across the world. While there is some truth to the stereotype, most illicit arms traffickers do not fit this profile. The latest Issue Brief from the Small Arms Survey—Dribs and Drabs: The Mechanics of Small Arms Trafficking from the United... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Small Arms Survey (Geneva)

38951

United States,Canada

2 February 2016

Upfront Ottawa, Opinion

The Arms Trade Treaty was approved by the UN General Assembly on 2 April 2013 United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs – Strengthening Peace and Security through Disarmament Trudeau-Dion Foreign Policy is more than formally agreeing to the UN Arms Treaty or seeking seats on the UN Security Council. It requires principled action on the "World Stage." The United Nations, according to its mandate, is working "worldwide" to try and improve the lives and livelihoods... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Upfront Ottawa

39039

United States

5 October 2015

Washington Post

It's tough to know exactly how many guns we have in the United States. Most estimates of the number of guns in the U.S. use federal tallies of the firearms manufactured, imported and exported by U.S. gunmakers. A 2012 Congressional Research Service report published exactly one month before the Sandy Hook school shooting put the number of civilian firearms at 242 million in 1996, 259 million in 2000, and 310 million as of 2009. If that 310 million number is correct, it... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post

38860

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

Ecuador,Panama,Paraguay,Chile,Argentina,Brazil,Venezuela,Mexico,Colombia,Spain,South Africa,Italy,Germany,Czech Republic,Belgium,Europe,Honduras,El Salvador,Israel,Nicaragua,Russia,United States,Cuba,Caribbean,Central America,South America

13 October 2014

NACLA

Small arms and gun violence present the most dramatic threat to public safety in Latin America and the Caribbean. After decades of uncontrolled proliferation, at least 45 million to 80 million small arms and light weapons—that is, weapons operated by an individual or small group, including handguns, assault rifles, grenades, grenade launchers, and even man portable surface to air missiles—are circulating throughout the region.(1) Gunshots kill between 73,000 and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: NACLA

39011

Papua New Guinea,Solomon Islands,New Zealand,Australia

2 June 2014

Australian (Sydney)

Canberra, A.C.T - Illegally traded conventional weapons claim more than half a million victims every year. These weapons kill, maim and disable, undermine economic prosperity and development, and keep millions of people, especially women and children, trapped in fear. Australia will this week ratify the first legally binding instrument ever negotiated in the UN to establish common standards for the international transfer of conventional arms, the Arms Trade Treaty. In... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Australian (Sydney)

38721

European Union,Guatemala,Austria

5 May 2014

El Periódico (Guatemala), Editorial

[Translated summary: Austria and the European Union see a high risk of corruption and human rights abuse in Guatemala, and so refuse to export Glock pistols for local police.] ¿Armas europeas para cometer hechos criminales?, de ninguna manera dice Austria A la Fábrica Glock Ges. m.b.H, con sede en Deutsch-Wagram, Austria, se le complicó cumplir con un pedido del Ministerio del Interior, luego que el Gobierno austriaco le negara la petición de exportar al país 3... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: El Periódico (Guatemala)

38639

Italy,Austria,Guatemala

3 May 2014

El Periódico (Guatemala)

[Translated summary: Amid allegations of police corruption in Guatemala, a leaked Austrian document denies an export permit for 3000 Glock pistols. The Italian government approved the export of 14,142 Berettas.] Gobierno deberá responder por informe presentado por Austria Dicha nación denegó en marzo pasado la licencia de exportación de armas destinadas a la PNC, por considerar que el uso de estas podría desviarse para fines criminales. Las armas adquiridas... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: El Periódico (Guatemala)

38638

Guatemala

2 May 2014

El Periódico (Guatemala)

[Translated summary - The Austrian government has denied a permit for the export of 3000 Glock pistols due to concerns about the high rate of corruption and crime in Guatemala, and the risk that the firearms could be diverted for criminal purposes.] La decisión fue tomada por dicho país luego de una investigación en la que se concluye que existe un alto índice de corrupción y criminalidad en Guatemala, y que el uso de armas podría desviarse para fines... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: El Periódico (Guatemala)

38620

Norway,Canada,United States,Italy,Kazakhstan,Thailand,Germany,Russia,United Kingdom

28 April 2014

RIA Novosti (Russia)

MOSCOW – The Kalashnikov Concern produced 230 percent more small arms weapons in the first quarter of this year than in the year-ago period, the company's press service told RIA Novosti Monday. "In the first three months of the year we had a record-high volume production of small arms in the amount of 31,000 items, which makes 41 percent of the total output of similar products for 2013," the company said. "The current results are 230 percent higher than those in the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: RIA Novosti (Russia)

38614

Israel

4 April 2014

+972 Magazine, Blog

The Knesset Committee for Advancement of the Status of Women is about to discuss a national action plan, initiated by a wide coalition of feminist NGOs, for the implementation of UN Security Council resolution 1325. The resolution calls for the adoption of a gender perspective in peace and security issues, or simply put – for the consideration of women's special security needs, and of the unique nature of harm they suffer. For the first time, the national action plan... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: +972 Magazine

38532

Slovenia,Malta,El Salvador,Denmark,Croatia,Hungary,Finland,Estonia,France,Spain,Italy,Bulgaria,United Kingdom,Germany,Slovakia,Ireland,Latvia,Romania

3 April 2014

Christian Today

The Methodist Church has praised the government's ratification of the UN's Arms Trade Treaty. The President of the Methodist Conference, the Reverend Ruth Gee, hailed it as a "legal milestone that should help to protect those who are abused and oppressed". Countries that ratify the treaty will be required to establish national arms regulators to control the exporting of conventional weapons and weapons components, and to properly regulate arms brokers. Domestic weapon... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Christian Today

38541

Latvia,European Union,Slovenia,Ireland,Hungary,Finland,Estonia,El Salvador,Denmark,Malta,Croatia,Bulgaria,Spain,France,Romania,Germany,Slovakia,United Kingdom,Italy

2 April 2014

Associated Press

UNITED NATIONS — Eighteen countries, including five of the world's leading arms exporters, ratified a landmark treaty regulating the multibillion-dollar global arms trade on Wednesday, giving a significant boost to the campaign for the treaty's entry into force. The ambassadors of the 18 countries handed over the documents at a U.N. ceremony on the first anniversary of the General Assembly's adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty, which is aimed at stemming the global... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

38525

United States

15 March 2014

Economist

WARRENTON, Virginia - Live fire crackles from the range at Clark Brothers, a gun shop in Virginia. Inside, the most striking things are the enormous gun safes. Some of these metal boxes, which cost over $1,000, can withstand hours of exposure to wildfires and being dropped from 200 feet. They are the result of a shift in gun ownership. Surveys suggest that the proportion of American households that own guns has declined from about 50% in the early 1980s to about 35%... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Economist

38464

Switzerland

7 March 2014

RTS (Switzerland)

[Translated summary: Following approval in the Council of States, the Swiss National Assembly voted 94-93 to weaken export requirements for weapons. Proponents of the measure argued that not approving it would "not bring peace to the world" but would cost Swiss jobs and know-how. Opponents noted ethical issues with arms exports and highlighting the use of Swiss ammunition on Kiev's Maidan Square.] L'ordonnance sur le matériel de guerre sera assouplie. Le National a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: RTS (Switzerland)

38439

United States,Japan

3 March 2014

Japan Times, Editorial

The Abe administration plans to ditch the nation's long-standing three-point weapons-export ban by writing a new three-point principle governing the export of weapons. The new policy would turn Japan into a weapons-exporting country. A departure from Japan's traditional security posture characterized by self-restraint, such a move would damage the international trust and reputation Japan has earned through its strict restriction on weapons exports. Ultimately this step... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Japan Times

38428

Mexico,Russia,Georgia,Libya,United States,Colombia,Germany

1 March 2014

Deutsche Welle

German law prohibits the export of weapons to crisis or conflict regions. But guns sporting the label "Made in Germany" are being sold in war-torn Colombia. Manufacturers have denied any involvement in illegal exports. A person who wants to buy a gun legally in Colombia must be at least 25 years old, provide proof of income and a gun license and possess no criminal record. The arms trade in the South American country is a state monopoly run by the weapons manufacturer... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Deutsche Welle

38422

Croatia,Serbia,Afghanistan,North Africa,Iraq,Bosnia & Herzegovina,Macedonia,Albania,European Union,Europe

24 February 2014

Southeast European Times

Balkan countries are taking measures to support domestic military firms in an effort to improve their economies and develop closer relations with NATO, experts said. Governments pay more attention to the military industry's economic potential, said Blagoja Markovski, president of the Balkan Security Forum in Skopje. "It offers extraordinary opportunities to create jobs and help the development of the economy. Individual countries' earnings range from tens of millions... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Southeast European Times

38438

Tunisia,European Union,Chad,Niger,South America,Caribbean,Algeria,China,Belarus,Russia,United Kingdom,United States,France,Italy,North Africa,Mali,Syria,Egypt,West Asia,Libya

20 February 2014

Fair Observer

In recent years, as order in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) eroded between uprisings and armed conflicts, the desire for arms amongst a wide range of actors became one more destabilizing factor in the complexities of each situation. However, arms proliferation is nothing new to the MENA region. Whether it was through state actors or black market trading, weapons have circulated throughout the Middle East and North Africa for many years. Today, arms... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Fair Observer

38403

China,Australia,United Kingdom,United States,Japan,Russia

16 February 2014

Japan Times

A bill to ratify the Arms Trade Treaty, the first international pact to regulating trade in conventional arms, is scheduled to be submitted to the Diet by the end of this month, government sources said. The measure, coming less than a year after Japan signed the treaty adopted at the U.N. General Assembly last April, underscores Tokyo's eagerness to nudge others to join the framework, the sources said Saturday. However, the move appears incongruous with the stance of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Japan Times

38377

Sierra Leone,Saudi Arabia,South Africa,Germany

15 February 2014

Turkish Weekly / Deutsche Welle / Voice of Russia (Moscow)

With Germany being one of the largest arms exporters, many of the resources are going to the countries where children are used as exploiters in the military. Michael D, one of the former soldiers, who is currently living in Berlin states: "We were mostly deployed for attacks. We were often the first to be sent into combat and had to dodge the flurry of bullets." Since he was a young boy, he was forced to become a soldier in his native country, Sierra Leone, where he... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Turkish Weekly / Deutsche Welle / Voice of Russia (Moscow)

38370

Kazakhstan,Switzerland,India

3 February 2014

20 Minutes (Geneva)

[Translated summary: Swiss gun maker SAN Swiss Arms, supplier of the standard Swiss military assault rifle, faces money woes, staff layoffs and allegations of corruption. SAN's German parent company SIG-Sauer has been raided by police over unauthorised gun deliveries to Kazakhstan, possibly routed via the US to avoid sanctions.] Die SAN Swiss Arms aus Neuhausen SH produziert als Nachfolgerin der SIG das Sturmgewehr 90 der Schweizer Armee und hat derzeit Probleme an... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: 20 Minutes (Geneva)

38429

Saudi Arabia,Libya,France,Egypt,Spain,Italy,European Union,Israel,Myanmar,United Kingdom,Germany,Congo (DRC),China

1 February 2014

Ekklesia (UK)

European Union countries licensed arms exports in 2012 valued at €39.9 billion, according to newly released figures. This included a record €9.7 billion in sales to the Middle East – a 22 percent increase on sales in the previous year. The statistics are revealed in the Fifteenth Annual Report on Control of Exports of Military Technology and Equipment. The European Network Against the Arms Trade (ENAA) says that the figures show little change in arms export... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Ekklesia (UK)

38328

Germany

30 January 2014

Shanghai Daily (China) / Xinhua

BERLIN - Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel said Germany will strengthen the control of arms exports, as he said in a interview with German Stern Magazine on Wednesday. "It's a shame that Germany is amongst the world's largest arms exporters," said Gabriel, "In particular, small arms simply become weapons of the civil war. So something has to change. Therefore, I'm supportive of a restrictive policy regarding arms exports." While he understands the argument that stricter... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Shanghai Daily (China) / Xinhua

38323

Syria,Turkey

17 December 2013

Hürriyet Daily News (Istanbul)

No weapons intended for war have been exported to Syria in 2013, Defense Minister İsmet Yılmaz has said, while acknowledging that weapons "without military uses" for use in sports activities have been exported to Syria, indirectly acknowledging a recent report by daily Hürriyet. Yılmaz, however, declined to elaborate on the addressee of the imported weaponry. Permission for exportation of all weapons from Turkey are issued by the Defense Ministry, Yılmaz said on... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Hürriyet Daily News (Istanbul)

38192

United States

16 December 2013

Washington Post

More than a year after the most significant mass shooting this century, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Congress has failed to curtail the availability of guns in America. But one thing has happened on the federal level - or rather, not happened - that has at least delayed the spread of U.S.-made sporting firearms around the world. For the past four years, the State Department has been working to streamline the process of exporting goods that can be... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post

38199

Bahamas,Germany,Syria,Turkey,Vietnam,Yemen,Egypt,Georgia,India,Libya,Saudi Arabia

16 December 2013

Deutsche Welle

For a long time, arms exports to regions in conflict were taboo for the German government. However, the growing number of arms deals with Middle Eastern countries like Saudi Arabia or Qatar, or with Asian countries like India and Indonesia suggests that these could soon become a pillar of German foreign and security policy. This, at least, is the warning expressed in this year's weapons exports report published in Berlin on Monday (16.12.2013) by the Joint Church and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Deutsche Welle

38196

Europe,Germany,United States

13 December 2013

Deutsche Welle

The father of Joel Mosbacher, a rabbi from New Jersey, was shot dead in a petty robbery in 1999. The anger stayed with his son, but he decided to use it wisely and got involved in the citizens' organizing network Metro IAF. This year, he and other clergy from New Jersey started the "Do not stand idly by" initiative to reduce gun violence. A key demand is to get gunmakers to accept responsibility, and act accordingly. The top manufacturers fueling US gun culture are... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Deutsche Welle

38195

Netherlands,Spain,United Kingdom,Italy,United States,Belgium,Iraq,Algeria,Bahrain,Egypt,Mexico,Pakistan,Canada

8 December 2013

Toronto Star (Ontario) / Canadian Press

OTTAWA — Bahrain, Algeria and Iraq, countries with dubious human rights records or a history of violent internal conflict, have recently become new buyers of Canadian-made guns and ammunition, an analysis of federal data shows. The analysis by The Canadian Press found that Canadian exports to those countries swelled by 100 per cent from 2011 to 2012, the most recent figures publicly available. During the same time period, exports of Canadian weapons also increased... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Toronto Star (Ontario) / Canadian Press

38160

Europe,United States

1 December 2013

OSCE

Like many technological advances that make the headlines, the technique of 3D printing, or additive fabrication as it is more properly called, is not really new. industrial manufacturers have been using it for decades, primarily as a quick way of creating prototypes. What is new, however, is that 3D printers have become inexpensive enough to be readily available to the average person. Nowadays you can get a 3D printer for US$1,000 – although you will still pay a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: OSCE

38188

Canada

22 November 2013

Toronto Star (Ontario)

OTTAWA — The federal government is launching an "in-depth" study of the country's civilian firearms industry as part of a program to combat gun crime and weapons smuggling and trafficking. A request for proposal seeking research bids was posted this week by Public Works. The study, "Characteristics of the Canadian Firearms Industry Supplying the Civilian Market," is to be completed by March 31, 2014. Public Safety Canada wants up-to-date details on who is... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Toronto Star (Ontario)

38120

England & Wales,Sri Lanka

22 November 2013

Guardian (UK)

David Cameron must explain why the government has allowed machine guns and assault rifles to be exported to Sri Lanka despite his recent highlighting of the country's human rights abuses, the head of the Commons weapons watchdog has said. Sir John Stanley, chairman of the arms export control committee, said the government has a "questionable" approach on arms exports to Sri Lanka. The senior Conservative MP said it was "not credible" for ministers to claim the £8m of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (UK)

38102

United States

15 November 2013

USA Today

WASHINGTON — When a decades-old law banning undetectable firearms expires less than a month from now, federal agents say a plastic weapon created on a 3-D printer could emerge as a national security threat. The homemade plastic gun, known as the "Liberator .380" and made with a computer blueprint, a 3-D printer and plastic resin, could pass through security checkpoints without setting off metal detectors. The gun uses only the smallest bits of metal for ammunition... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: USA Today

38081

China,Algeria,Sierra Leone,Russia,United States

17 October 2013

Inter Press Service News Agency

WASHINGTON - On Tuesday, the largest deregulation in the history of U.S. arms exports took place as part of the Barack Obama administration's export reform initiative. But a day after the new reforms came into effect, former government officials and critics from the human rights community are warning of the serious human rights consequences and of the negative long-term impact for U.S. foreign policy. The reforms are part of the Export Control Reform Initiative (ECRI)... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Inter Press Service News Agency

37997

Italy,Sierra Leone,United States,India

13 October 2013

Guardian (UK) / Reuters

India has detained an armed ship operated by a US maritime security company, including the 35 people on board, for failing to produce papers authorizing it to carry weapons and ammunition in Indian waters, the coast guard said on Sunday. Coast Guard Commandant Anand Kumar said the ship was stopped on Friday and was being held in the southern port of Tuticorin along with its 10 crew and 25 armed guards, until required documentation is submitted. The crew and security... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (UK) / Reuters

37965

Oceania,Iran,North Korea,Congo (DRC),Sudan,Syria,Europe,United States,Asia,Africa,Americas

30 September 2013

New York Times, Editorial

Efforts to control the $70 billion a year global market in conventional weapons got a big boost when the United States signed the United Nations arms trade treaty, joining more than 100 other countries in affirming the need to keep these weapons out of the hands of unscrupulous regimes, militants and criminals. But the work is far from done. At least 50 member countries, including the United States, must still carry out the next step and ratify the treaty for it to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

37934

Oceania,China,Europe,Americas,Africa,Russia,United States,Asia

25 September 2013

New York Times

A pioneering United Nations treaty aimed at regulating the global trade in conventional weapons surpassed a symbolically important threshold on Wednesday when 18 countries, most notably the United States, officially signed the document, pushing the total number to more than half of the organization's member states. Proponents of the treaty, which was adopted overwhelmingly by the 193-member General Assembly in April, but still required signing and ratification, said... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

37913

European Union,United Kingdom

12 September 2013

UK Home Office and Ministry of Justice

The Minister of State for Policing and Criminal Justice (Damian Green): The UK has opted into the draft Council Decision to approve, on behalf of the EU, the UN Firearms Protocol against the illicit manufacturing of and trafficking in firearms, their parts and components and ammunition. The Protocol supplements the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organised Crime. The Protocol creates a legal regime for the transnational movement of firearms and contains... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: UK Home Office and Ministry of Justice

37869

Cameroon,Central Africa

2 September 2013

Deutsche Welle

Hardly a day goes by in Cameroon without reports of an armed robbery or pirate attacks off the coast. Residents in Yaounde, the capital, say the region's rising crime rate is making them more and more afraid to go about their everyday lives. Violent crime has gone up 22 percent in the last 10 years according to authorities. And yet, in 2011 a potential solution was in sight. The Economic Community of Central African States had approved a gun control treaty for small... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Deutsche Welle

37817

Nigeria

13 August 2013

Premium Times (Nigeria)

Nigeria has become the first Africa country to sign and ratify the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Olugbenga Ashiru, has disclosed. "Nigeria becomes the first African country to sign and ratify the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). "This landmark event represents our deep commitment to a treaty which establishes common international standards for the import, export and transfer of conventional arms. "We remain resolute and unyielding in our efforts... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Premium Times (Nigeria)

37758

Singapore,Estonia,Brazil,Italy,United States,Germany,Malaysia

8 July 2013

Tribuna Hoje (Brazil)

[Translated summary - A new Small Arms Survey report shows Brazil is ranked the fourth biggest arms exporter in the world. In 2010, Brazil exported $326 million (£736 million) in arms and ammunition, behind the United States of America, Germany, and Italy. Most of the exported weapons go to the United States, Malaysia, Germany, Estonia and Singapore.] O Brasil ocupa a 4ª posição no ranking de maiores exportadores de armamentos do mundo, segundo documento divulgado... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Tribuna Hoje (Brazil)

37641

South Africa

3 July 2013

Independent/IOL Daily News (South Africa) / Star (Johannesburg)

Johannesburg - A popular Joburg gun shop is at the centre of a police investigation into allegations of large-scale police corruption, bribery and creating fraudulent export permits. An employee who worked at the gun dealer alleges that she paid bribes to police officers and lied to clients as part of her job as a sales manager. She cannot be named as she is a State witness. The Star has learnt that the Hawks and forensic consultants Paul O'Sullivan and Associates... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Independent/IOL Daily News (South Africa) / Star (Johannesburg)

37628

Africa,Americas,Oceania,Europe,Asia

2 July 2013

Voice of America

A new report finds only a small percentage of people who die violently are killed as a direct result of war. The Small Arms Survey 2013 reports hundreds of thousands of people die every year as a result of armed violence while going about their daily activities. The news media report daily on people killed by machine gun fire, mortars and other lethal weapons in conflicts such as Syria, Mali, and Afghanistan. But according to the Small Arms Survey, these deaths... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Voice of America

37623

United Kingdom,Bermuda

28 June 2013

Royal Gazette (Bermuda)

Local target shooting enthusiasts are mulling filing a complaint against Government for what they say is a law which discriminates against Bermudians. They are also up in arms over the seizure of pistols valued at more than $70,000 by the Police Commissioner in 2011 for which they have not been compensated. Bermuda's gun control regime began with the Firearms Act 1973, a legislative response to the murders of Police Commissioner George Duckett, the Governor Richard... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Royal Gazette (Bermuda)

37618

Venezuela

5 June 2013

Venezuela Analysis

Venezuela's National Assembly (AN) has approved a new law that restricts access to firearms and provides an amnesty for owners of illegal firearms to surrender their weapons. The Law for the Control of Firearms, Ammunition and Disarmament was passed by the AN on Tuesday, and is set to be enacted into law next week, on June 11. According to the chairperson of the parliamentary committee on domestic policy, Elvis Amoroso, the law is "guaranteed" to save lives. "Every... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Venezuela Analysis

37529

Canada,United States

3 June 2013

CBC News (Canada)

Canada isn't saying whether it will join more than 60 other countries in signing a landmark treaty to regulate the multibillion-dollar global arms trade. The federal government hasn't decided whether it agrees with the UN's arms trade treaty, despite having voted to move it ahead in the first place, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said Monday. "We believe that any treaty regarding the sale of munitions that helps move the international community closer to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CBC News (Canada)

37519

Saudi Arabia,Libya,Mexico,Germany

30 May 2013

Deutsche Welle

Germany prides itself on having "strict, even restrictive regulations" for the export of weapons of war. All the same, German weapons regularly show up in regions they should not be in. For years, every single government coalition in Germany has stated that the country has particularly strict regulations for sales of weapons of war to foreign countries. Regularly, however, weapons used abroad but "made in Germany" get into the news. People are outraged when assault... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Deutsche Welle

37508

Germany

27 May 2013

New Europe (Belgium)

On 27 May, the German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung reported that the German small arms sales reached a new record high in 2012. According to the article, the sales more than doubled compared with 2011. The Süddeutsche reported that approved German small arms exports hit €76.15 million in 2012, compared to €37.9 million in 2011. The second-highest figure dates back in 2009. Then exports sales stood at €70.4 million. Deutsche Welle reported that small weapons are... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Europe (Belgium)

37490

Libya,Mexico,Germany

7 May 2013

InSight Crime (Bogota)

A German arms manufacturer has admitted to illegally selling thousands of rifles to Mexico, where the weapons were reportedly used to commit human rights violations. Heckler & Koch, which produces weapons such as pistols, machine guns, and grenade launchers, is under investigation by German authorities for exporting G36 rifles to several Mexican states where Germany prohibits gun sales, due to human rights concerns. The company previously claimed it had only ever... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

37418

Turkey

6 May 2013

Today's Zaman (Istanbul)

ISTANBUL - Sarsılmaz Firearms Industry, the leading private producer of guns and rifles in Turkey, introduced on Monday the country's first domestically produced infantry rifles as well as new generation pistols, firearms with which the company is targeting to reach the $100 million export mark in the next three years. The 133-year-old company invested TL 14 million in its new products and plans to increase its investment to TL 27 million in line with an expected... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Today's Zaman (Istanbul)

37413

Yemen,Argentina,Costa Rica,Libya,Germany,United States,Brazil,Paraguay,Austria

29 April 2013

Folha de Sao Paulo

BRASILIA - The U.S., currently discussing restrictions on the sale of firearms, purchased 7.9 million guns from Brazil in the past 40 years, and 59% of those were exported during the Lula administration (2003-2010). That is the result of a new study by the Army Command to which Folha had access through the Access to Information Act, with a detailed record of the sellers and buyers of 9.9 million revolvers, pistols, rifles and shotguns, among other weapons, exported... (GunPolicy.org)

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37390

Canada

23 April 2013

CBC News (Canada)

An investigation into an international weapons smuggling operation has led police to raid an Ontario army base and lay more than 30 charges against a Quebec soldier. Ontario provincial police say the raids conducted at CFB Borden and several locations in Quebec netted hundreds of firearms, gun enhancements and parts, including silencers and thousands of rounds of ammunition. They say officers also seized documents related to the production of prohibited firearms parts... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CBC News (Canada)

37362

Syria,North Korea,Iran,United States

11 April 2013

New York Times, Opinion

On April 2, the United States joined an overwhelming majority of countries at the United Nations in voting to adopt a treaty regulating the international trade in conventional weapons — a monumental achievement after seven years of diplomacy, lobbying and out-and-out arm-twisting. The United States pushed for the General Assembly vote last week after securing, in a March conference, the treaty language its negotiators wanted. Yet now, just days after the United... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

37313

Bosnia & Herzegovina,Croatia,Montenegro,Slovenia,Serbia,Macedonia,Romania,Albania,Bulgaria

8 April 2013

SEESAC (Belgrade)

On 3-5 April, the 6th Workshop of the Regional Approach to Stockpile Reduction (RASR) of Conventional Weapons and Munitions Initiative took place in Bled, Slovenia. The focus of the 6th RASR workshop were national legal frameworks regulating import, export and transit of weapons, ammunition and dual-use goods, particularly as they relate to the surplus weapons and munitions. RASR is a regional initiative which aims to coordinate and support countries of South East... (GunPolicy.org)

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37295

Africa

3 April 2013

Institute for Security Studies (South Africa)

An outcome that does not make everyone happy is the hallmark of a successful negotiation process, to paraphrase Australian Ambassador Peter Woolcott, president of the United Nations' Final Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). He and his team certainly achieved that goal. Most states and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) agree that the treaty text does not meet the expectations that were created over the past two decades. However, mitigating this situation is... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Institute for Security Studies (South Africa)

37287

India,Egypt,Russia,China

3 April 2013

South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)

There is no consensus on an international arms trade treaty, major weapons exporter China said on Wednesday, after it abstained as the UN General Assembly passed the measure by 154 votes to three. The only votes against the first treaty on the conventional arms trade were from Syria, North Korea and Iran. The 23 countries abstaining included Russia and China, ranked respectively as the number two and five weapons exporters by the Stockholm International Peace Research... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)

37276

Americas,Asia,Africa,Oceania,Europe

3 April 2013

Washington Post

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. General Assembly voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to create the first treaty regulating the international arms trade, a landmark decision that imposes new constraints on the sale of conventional arms to governments and armed groups that commit war crimes, genocide and other mass atrocities. The vote was hailed by arms-control advocates and scores of governments, including the United States, as a major step in the global effort to put in place... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post

37271

Iran,Syria,United Kingdom,Kenya,North Korea

29 March 2013

Australian (Sydney)

Iran, North Korea and Syria have held up agreement on the first global treaty on the $US80 billion ($A76.97 billion) a year conventional arms trade. The three states twice blocked moves to adopt a treaty by consensus at the end of 10 days of arduous talks at the UN headquarters. Kenya announced that a coalition of countries from around the world would now take the treaty straight to the 193-member UN General Assembly next week for approval. It can be passed with a two... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Australian (Sydney)

37253

India,Pakistan,China

28 March 2013

Times of India

NEW DELHI - New Delhi is set to reject a global arms trade treaty (ATT) since the agreement is heavily loaded against weapons-importing countries like India, and let exporting nations like the US and China call the shots. The treaty, meant to regulate all transfers of conventional arms around the world, is likely to be passed by the UN General Assembly next week. India's inability to establish an indigenous defence production industry may now become a strategic... (GunPolicy.org)

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37251

England & Wales,Germany,Guyana

28 March 2013

Guyana Times International

Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee has lamented that while critical steps are being taken in the international arena to hammer out an Arms Trade Treaty, locally the opposition has voted down a bill that seeks to strengthen this country's fight against illicit arms. Negotiators from around 150 countries gathered in New York at the United Nations for a final push to hammer out a binding international treaty to end unregulated conventional arms sales, a pact that a... (GunPolicy.org)

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37245

Philippines,Austria

26 March 2013

Investvine (Hong Kong)

Austrian gun maker Glock has been accused of supplying the black market in the Philippines with firearms in deals that were originally sealed with the Philippine National Police (PNP). Over the past years, Glock delivered several batches of its highly demanded 9mm pistols to the PNP. The most recent deal was 12,000 pistols worth around $30 million ordered by the country's police forces as a first shipment of the biggest firearms procurement of the PNP so far, delivered... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Investvine (Hong Kong)

37240

Germany,Mexico,United Kingdom,Ghana,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa

26 March 2013

Rappler / Agence France Presse

More than 100 countries complained Monday that talks on a conventional arms trade treaty had gone "backwards" from a vow to conclude a strong accord on the $80 billion a year trade. The major western powers, who expressed confidence that an accord could be reached, face tough criticism over the treaty as talks at the UN headquarters entered the final straight. A group representing 103 countries blasted the latest text as a step "backwards." A statement by the 103,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Rappler / Agence France Presse

37236

Oceania,Asia,Europe,Africa,Americas,United States

25 March 2013

Reuters

Human rights groups on Monday sharply criticized the latest draft of what could become the first international treaty to regulate the $70 billion global conventional arms trade, accusing the United States and others of pushing to dilute it. Several Western delegations, however, played down the complaints of groups like Oxfam, Amnesty International, the World Council of Churches and Control Arms, saying the latest draft showed progress, though improvements were clearly... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Reuters

37234

Oceania,Europe,Africa,Asia,Americas

22 March 2013

Inter Press Service News Agency

The U.N. organ tasked with maintaining international peace and security harbours a serious conflict at its core. The Security Council's five permanent members (P5) – United States, Russia, China, the United Kingdom and France – along with Germany, are the world's six leading arms exporters, often shipping weapons used to perpetuate violence across the globe. Meanwhile, over 150 member states have gathered at U.N. headquarters, from Mar. 18-28, to negotiate an Arms... (GunPolicy.org)

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37223

Philippines,South East Asia,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa

21 March 2013

Philippine Star, Opinion

In the next week or so, the members of the United Nations have an opportunity to agree an historic Treaty that would make a lasting difference to people across the world. It's not front-page news most of the time, but the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) is within our grasp — and, with it, comes a chance to make a major contribution to the security of humankind. It will help to ensure that the uncontrolled movement of arms no longer threatens the security and prosperity of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Philippine Star

37209

Caribbean

20 March 2013

Caribbean 360

GEORGETOWN, Guyana – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries will be pressing for a successful conclusion to the final negotiation session of the United Nations Diplomatic Conference on an Arms Trade Treaty which began at the United Nations on Monday, according to a statement issued by the CARICOM Secretariat. It said such an outcome to the 10-day conference is of vital importance to CARICOM, noting that at the CARICOM Inter-Sessional summit in Haiti last month,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Caribbean 360

37210

South America,Eastern Europe,Thailand,Italy,Canada,United States,Philippines

20 March 2013

BBC News

CEBU, Philippines - A shot rings out from a factory on the outskirts of the Philippines' second-biggest city, Cebu. But this isn't an all-too-frequent drive-by killing or an argument that has become violent. The sound is from a testing range at Shooters Arms, the country's second-largest gun factory. Shooters Arms produces about 20,000 pistols and shotguns every year, 85% of which are sold abroad - mainly to the US, Canada, Italy and Thailand. Operations manager... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

37208

Romania,Burkina Faso,Poland,Russia,Latvia,Tunisia,Guinea,Senegal,Bulgaria,China,Africa,Europe,Côte d'Ivoire

20 March 2013

Amnesty International (London)

Reckless and illegal arms supplies from Europe, Africa and China to the warring parties in Côte d'Ivoire over the past decade continue to fuel grave human rights abuses and violent crime in the country, Amnesty International said in a detailed report launched at the United Nations (UN) headquarters. The 33-page report, Communities shattered by arms proliferation and abuse in Côte d'Ivoire, documents how a handful of states and a network of multinational arms... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Amnesty International (London)

37206

Germany,United Kingdom,France,Mexico,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa,China,Russia,United States

20 March 2013

New Zealand Herald, Associated Press

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon has urged the world's nations to agree on a strong UN treaty to regulate the multibillion-dollar global arms trade in the next two weeks, saying it will save lives and make it more difficult for warlords, organised criminals and terrorists to obtain weapons. Hopes of reaching agreement on what would be a landmark treaty were dashed last July when the United States said it needed more time to consider the proposed accord - a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Zealand Herald, Associated Press

37202

Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa

19 March 2013

Inside Story, al Jazeera, Video

Human Rights groups say one person is killed every minute because of armed violence, through conflict and crime, but no globally agreed standards exist to regulate the international trade in arms, a trade in dangerous and deadly products, designed to kill and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Inside Story, al Jazeera

37200

Congo (DRC),Zimbabwe,Mozambique,Angola,Zambia,Africa

18 March 2013

Times of Zambia

TODAY (March 18, 2013) will be a crunch day of epic proportions when the United Nations Organisation (UN) convenes at its New York Headquarters to start negotiations to conclude an Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) that has the potential to forever regulate the hitherto unregulated trade in conventional weapons. The global trade in conventional weapons - from warships and battle tanks to fighter jets and machine guns - remains poorly regulated. No internationally agreed... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times of Zambia

37197

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

18 March 2013

al Jazeera

Diplomats from around the world have gathered at the UN for talks on an international arms trade treaty, in an effort to stop the sale of illegal conventional arms. Similar talks held last July failed, mainly due to the objections of the US and Russia, the world's two largest arms exporters. Al Jazeera has compiled a list of facts related to the global production and trading of small arms. 1. Authorised international transfers of small arms, light weapons, their... (GunPolicy.org)

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37196

China,Russia,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa,United States

17 March 2013

New York Times

In the shadow of the re-energized gun-control debate in the United States, negotiators at the United Nations will reconvene this week to try to reach a final agreement on a treaty to regulate the global trade in conventional weapons, a lucrative business that rights groups call the main source of illicit arms fueling deadly conflicts around the world. "I am confident that member states will overcome their differences and muster the political will needed to agree on... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

37194

United States,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa

17 March 2013

Guardian (UK)

The National Rifle Association is stepping up its opposition to a UN treaty aimed at halting the illicit trade of guns into conflict zones, after months of silence on the issue believed to be due to its focus on domestic gun control. Human rights campaigners said that the resurgence of the NRA's campaign was designed to "stir up anti-UN panic" ahead of the UN conference on the Arms Trade Treaty, which opens on Monday in New York. The Obama administration indicated in a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (UK)

37193

Russia,China,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa,United States

16 March 2013

Washington Post

The National Rifle Association, which is battling a raft of gun control measures on Capitol Hill, also has an international fight on its hand as it gears up to oppose a U.N. treaty designed to restrict the flow of arms to conflict zones. Negotiations open Monday in New York on the Arms Trade Treaty, which would require countries to determine whether weapons they sell would be used to commit serious human rights violations, terrorism or transnational organized... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post

37191

Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa

15 March 2013

Fox News (USA)

A week before it opens a treaty conference to impose worldwide limitations on arms sales, the United Nations co-hosted and paid for a series of meetings involving 48 African nations and an anti-gun group that espouses much greater national and international control of firearms, including registration of small arms and ammunition. The co-host of the gathering in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa was a multinational "civil society" network known as IANSA, which calls... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Fox News (USA)

37192

India,Egypt,Syria,Russia,United States,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa

12 March 2013

Oxfam International (Oxford), Media release

Draft Arms Trade Treaty text littered with loopholes which need fixing urgently to save lives More than 325,000 people are estimated to have lost their lives through armed violence since negotiations for a treaty to regulate the global arms trade for the first time ground to a halt in July last year, say Oxfam and Saferworld, part of the Control Arms Coalition. The Control Arms Coalition calls on world leaders to urgently adopt robust rules on international transfers... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Oxfam International (Oxford)

37183

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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37179

Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa,Nepal

9 March 2013

Xinhua

KATHMANDU - With the objective of controlling the illegal trade of small arms like pistol, Nepal has decided to endorse the UN small arms convention which is being discussed among the UN members at present. "Nepal supports the bid to regulate and control the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons," the Kathmandu Post quoted a government official, as saying, on Saturday. "It is of prime importance that the small arms do not reach the non-state actors, who may... (GunPolicy.org)

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37174

United States,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa

9 March 2013

Guardian (UK)

The National Rifle Association is so tied up fighting new gun restrictions in the wake of the Newtown shooting that it has failed so far to mount its expected lobbying blitz against a new international arms control control treaty. With just a few weeks to go until the world's first Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) is put to a final vote at a UN conference in New York campaigners have voiced surprise at the NRA's relative silence on the issue. Until the Newtown tragedy, in which... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (UK)

37164

Brazil

8 March 2013

Bloomberg (USA)

Brazil has a gun culture, a gun industry and a gun problem -- much like the U.S. In fact, more Brazilians than Americans died of gunfire in 2010. Yet Brazil's 2010 tally, 34,300 deaths, was significantly lower than its gun fatalities in 2003 (39,284), when the government enacted major gun-control regulation. I asked Brazilian political scientist Antonio Bandeira, who coordinates the arms-control program of Viva Rio, a nongovernmental organization in Rio De Janeiro, how... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Bloomberg (USA)

37166

Azerbaijan,Europe

7 March 2013

Azer News (Azerbaijan)

Turkey has launched production of the first domestic sniper rifle Bora 12, the Sabah newspaper reported. Work on the construction and manufacture of the rifles has taken Turkish engineers almost five years to complete. The rifle's calibre is 7.62 millimetres and the point target of this rifle can be affected to a distance of 1000 metres. The newspaper reports that the sniper rifle made in Turkey will be exported and in particular to the European markets. Creating a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Azer News (Azerbaijan)

37291

Europe,China,Asia,Americas,Oceania,Kenya,Cuba,Côte d'Ivoire,Africa,Central America,Russia,United States

7 March 2013

Amnesty International (London), Media release

It is estimated at least half a million people are killed with guns every year and on average a further 200,000 men, women and children die as an indirect result of armed conflicts and violence that are frequently fuelled by the uncontrolled flow of small arms. And for every person that is killed in an armed conflict, many more are injured and tortured, raped, abused, forcibly disappeared, taken hostage or displaced. Even more have their access to food, water, shelter,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Amnesty International (London)

37175

European Union,Sweden,Myanmar,Syria

7 March 2013

Local (Sweden)

Syrian rebels appear to be using Swedish weapons, visible in a new video that has emerged from the civil war in which an anti-regime fighter cradles a well-known Swedish model of anti-tank rifle. TV4 news found the video in which a rebel fighter emerges with a Carl Gustaf rocket launcher perched on his right shoulder. The report dubs the weapon a "Swedish export success story". It is the second time in the past few months that Swedish weapons have made their way to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (Sweden)

37152

Canada

5 March 2013

Ottawa Citizen (Ontario)

OTTAWA — For nearly two weeks last year, diplomats from Canada and the rest of the world gathered at the United Nations in New York to discuss ways to crack down on the illicit trade in small arms and ammunition. But rather than working to strengthen those efforts, newly released documents show Canadian officials were instructed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government to "play a low-key, minimal role" — and that their main objective was safeguarding Canadian... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Ottawa Citizen (Ontario)

37143

United Arab Emirates,Qatar,Oman,Kuwait,Bahamas,Germany,Saudi Arabia

25 February 2013

RT-TV Novosti (Russia)

German military exports to Persian Gulf nations doubled in 2012 amid repeatedly-voiced international concerns over gross human rights violations in the region. The German government has been fiercely accused of unscrupulousness in arms sales. The latest report published by Munich-based Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper suggests that German arms export to the six nations belonging to the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf has grown two-fold, from 570... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: RT-TV Novosti (Russia)

37110

United States

25 February 2013

Reuters

Three dozen arms control and human rights groups have written to U.S. President Barack Obama ahead of new arms-trade negotiations at the United Nations next month, urging him to back a tough treaty that would end loopholes in international weapons sales. Arms control campaigners say one person every minute dies worldwide as a result of armed violence and a convention is needed to prevent the unregulated and illicit flow of weapons into conflict zones and fueling wars... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Reuters

37109

Sri Lanka,England & Wales

18 February 2013

Belfast Telegraph

Britain is selling millions of pounds worth of arms and ammunition to Sri Lanka despite the country's dire human rights record. Figures taken from the Government's own database show how the authorities in Colombo have gone on a buying spree of British small arms and weaponry worth at least £3m. Some of the items sold to Sri Lanka include pistols, rifles, assault rifles, body armour and combat shotguns – despite the Foreign Office still classifying the South Asian... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Belfast Telegraph

37077

Chile,Brazil,Germany,Libya,Turkey,Denmark,Sweden,Canada

30 January 2013

Deutsche Welle

Critics says the government's report on arms exports lacks transparency: exporting companies are not named, and government sales are merely summarized. Yet the government claims it's in-depth and detailed. How is it that time and again military equipment "made in Germany" shows up in war zones, despite German government claims that it handles its weapon exports "restrictively" and that it maintains a broad ban on exports to countries with questionable track records for... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Deutsche Welle

37017

United Kingdom,Madagascar

27 January 2013

Mongabay / TanaNews (Madagascar)

Britain has authorized the export of thousands of guns to Madagascar, according to TanaNews.com, sparking concerns that the firearms could be used for hunting endangered lemurs. Data from the UK government's Strategic Export Controls website shows that licenses for the export of 3,174 guns to Madagascar were granted between August 2011 and June 2012. Most of the weapons were for anti-piracy activities, but 190 sporting guns — guns specifically intended for hunting... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Mongabay / TanaNews (Madagascar)

36989

Switzerland,Saudi Arabia,Syria,Jordan,United Arab Emirates

23 January 2013

SwissInfo

The Swiss government has vetoed the planned sale by the firearms group KRISS of weapon components to Saudi Arabia, arguing that the weapons made from them could be used to violate human rights. The Swiss group's application for an export licence was for items worth SFr436,000 ($468,000), according to the economics ministry. The ministry said the application was for components for pistols to be sent to the United States for assembly, and then exported to Saudi Arabia... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: SwissInfo

36976

Asia,Europe,Germany,South America,United States,Austria,Italy,Croatia,Belgium

23 January 2013

Deutsche Welle

After each massacre in the US, Europe laments America's gun culture and violence. At the same time, European companies have no problem selling arms to Americans and supporting the NRA's fight against tougher gun laws. It is not widely reported, but European firearms for a long time have played a pernicious role in US mass shootings and Europe's gun makers are among the strongest backers of the National Rifle Association (NRA). Handguns by Austrian arms manufacturer... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Deutsche Welle

36975

Colombia,Paraguay,Brazil,United States

18 January 2013

Latitude News

A man walks into an elementary school with two handguns. Within minutes, more than thirty children are dead or wounded. This isn't Newtown, Connecticut, but Realengo, a neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. On April 7th, 2011, Wellington Oliveira murdered twelve children and wounded twenty others. The tragedy sparked a national conversation on gun violence, a huge problem in Brazil. On Wednesday, in reaction to a different massacre, President Obama proposed a series... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Latitude News

36959

Philippines

12 January 2013

Philippine Daily Inquirer, Opinion

The public agony that often accompanies random acts of violence has plunged policymakers into another orgy of blame, shame and posturing. The shock is magnified by State inaction following a heinous massacre in 2009 that failed to dent the laws and policies governing the ownership and trading of firearms. A powerful clan was accused in that massacre. The targets were other politicians, lawyers and media workers. Much of the violence was selective in nature. Recent... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Philippine Daily Inquirer

38799

Czech Republic,Hungary,Côte d'Ivoire,Iran,Guinea,Niger,Russia,South Sudan,China,Uganda,Afghanistan,Nigeria,Kenya,Iraq,Congo (DRC)

11 January 2013

New York Times

The first clues appeared in Kenya, Uganda and what is now South Sudan. A British arms researcher surveying ammunition used by government forces and civilian militias in 2006 found Kalashnikov rifle cartridges he had not seen before. The ammunition bore no factory code, suggesting that its manufacturer hoped to avoid detection. Within two years other researchers were finding identical cartridges circulating through the ethnic violence in Darfur. Similar ammunition then... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

36931

United States,Finland

4 January 2013

PR Newswire (London), Media release

WASHINGTON - The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will provide eTrace, an electronic system used to trace illegal firearms, to Finland — in an ongoing effort to combat firearms trafficking. The MOU establishes conditions of the partnership regarding the procedures to access and use eTrace services made available to law enforcement agencies in Finland. eTrace is a paperless firearm trace... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: PR Newswire (London)

36907

Africa,United States,Americas,Oceania,Europe,Asia

28 December 2012

Reuters

The leading U.S. pro-gun group, the National Rifle Association, has vowed to fight a draft international treaty to regulate the $70 billion global arms trade and dismissed suggestions that a recent U.S. school shooting bolstered the case for such a pact. The U.N. General Assembly voted on Monday to restart negotiations in mid-March on the first international treaty to regulate conventional arms trade after a drafting conference in July collapsed because the U.S. and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Reuters

36874

Zimbabwe,Pakistan,Colombia,United States,Brazil

25 December 2012

Rio Times, Opinion

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – Last week's slaughter of twenty elementary school children in the United States has tragic echoes with the massacre in Realengo, Rio de Janeiro earlier this year. At 8:30 AM on April 7th, Wellington Oliveira calmly walked into a classroom with two .38 and .32 caliber handguns, and shot twelve children dead. At least sixty shots were fired and twenty boys and girls were critically wounded. It was the worst school massacre in Brazilian history.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Rio Times

36868

United States

29 November 2012

New York Times, Opinion

President Obama's election and recent re-election have apparently fueled a gun-buying craze in this country unlike anything we've seen in modern times. USA Today reported this week: "For the second consecutive year, prospective gun buyers joined Black Friday shoppers in record numbers as firearms dealers swamped the F.B.I. with required buyer background check requests. The F.B.I. fielded 154,873 calls, a roughly 20 percent increase from last year's previous one-day... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

36785

China,United States,Zimbabwe,Sudan,Côte d'Ivoire,South Africa,Somalia

28 November 2012

Global Post (Boston)

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — China's aggressive new strategy to sell weapons in Africa was on clear display at a recent defense exposition here. The pavilion for Chinese manufacturers was among the three largest at the Africa Aerospace and Defense exhibition in September, surpassed only by host South Africa and the United States, the world's largest weapons maker by far. Many of the made-in-China weapons touted by firms such as Norinco and Poly Technologies were... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Global Post (Boston)

36790

European Union

19 November 2012

Europa (European Union), Speech

I am delighted to welcome you all to our conference on the fight against illicit trafficking in firearms, in the EU and beyond. We have in the room today some of the leading experts on the topic – from law enforcement, industry, policy makers, and from civil society. For you, it will not come as a surprise that the Commission puts focus on this issue by organising this conference. Still, it is worth recalling that despite repeated political declarations, at... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Europa (European Union)

36758

Egypt,Niger,Libya,Belgium,Mali,Palestine,Israel

19 November 2012

Foreign Policy

There's one big problem with small arms: They don't come with an expiration date. These reliable killing machines pass from dead soldiers to living insurgents, and from a country's armory to a militia's safe house thousands of miles away. As soon as weapons crates cross international borders, arms-producing countries lose control over where they head next - a fact on full display during recent conflicts across the Middle East, and now in the Gaza Strip. On Nov. 17,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Foreign Policy

36756

United States,Thailand,Austria,Czech Republic

18 November 2012

Bangkok Post

In recent years Thailand has been flooded with illegal firearms and the misery they cause is plain for all to see. Every day there are media reports of shootouts and homicides that begin with domestic quarrels, school rivalries and traffic accidents, and quickly escalate. Law enforcement officials say the root cause is the easy availability of guns, and this is true for teenagers as well as adults. People prefer to buy weapons outside of legal channels because they are... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Bangkok Post

36753

United States,Australia

30 October 2012

Yahoo! 7 News (Australia), Video

Australia and America will be able to exchange weapons and defence technology more easily after Australia passed new trade legislation. The changes apply to licences for arms exports and will facilitate weapons upgrades for the Australian Defence Force. Link to video:... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Yahoo! 7 News (Australia)

36713

Nigeria,England & Wales,China

27 October 2012

Daily Trust (Abuja)

LONDON — A London court yesterday convicted a British arms dealer of organising a big illegal shipment of weapons to Nigeria. Gary Hyde, a 43-year-old retired British volunteer police constable, was found guilty of helping to organise illegal shipment of 40,000 AK47 assault rifles, 30,000 rifles, 10,000 pistols and 32 million rounds of ammunition from China to Nigeria. He was convicted by a jury and will be sentenced on 23 November at the Southwark Crown Court, the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Trust (Abuja)

36690

Serbia

26 October 2012

B92 (Serbia) / Tanjug (Serbia)

KRAGUJEVAC - Serbian weapons manufacturer Zastava Arms (Zastava Oružje) will end the year with a record export performance in the last two decades. This is according to the joint stock company's director, Rade Gromović. Over the first nine months of this year, Zastava Arms has exported USD 20 million worth of products, Gromović said at a ceremony marking 159 years since the establishment of the factory in the central Serbian city of Kragujevac. Under contracts... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: B92 (Serbia) / Tanjug (Serbia)

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Switzerland,North Korea

26 October 2012

20 Minutes (Geneva)

[Translated summary - Swiss Ministry clarifies that $170,000 in weapons allegedly sold to North Korea were sports firearms intended for Olympic athletes.] Dans la première moitié de l'année 2012, la Corée du Nord a importé des armes à feu de la Suisse pour une valeur totale de 170'000 dollars. Les livraisons étaient composées de fusils à air comprimé, de revolvers et de pièces détachées», pouvait-on lire vendredi sur le site de la radio sud-coréenne, KBS... (GunPolicy.org)

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Bahrain,Saudi Arabia,United Kingdom

23 October 2012

Guardian (UK), Blog

MPs have finally recognised what has been blatantly obvious for a long time: human rights and arms exports do not go well together. This conflict always made a nonsense of the Labour government's call for an "ethical dimension" in foreign policy though the late Robin Cook did his best to try and reconcile Britain's role as one of the biggest sellers of weapons with its stated aim of protecting human rights around the world. Now, the House of Commons foreign affairs... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (UK)

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United States,Australia

19 October 2012

Sky News (Australia)

An illegal gun supply route between Nashville, Tennessee and Sydney has been shut down in a joint operation by Australian and US law enforcement officers. Three men have been arrested in Nashville and more arrests were expected in Sydney, NSW Police and Australian Customs and Border Protection said on Friday. Officers from the two services have been working with the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the US Drug Enforcement Administration for several... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sky News (Australia)

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Angola

9 October 2012

United Press International

LUANDA, Angola - Angola's massive arms stocks acquired during its war for independence worry arms proliferation specialists. "Re-export is a problem generally. It can occur decades after the original deliveries," Small Arms Survey researcher Glenn McDonald said from Geneva. "Angola is on the radar at the moment, as it has significant surplus stocks (of weapons)." In the past five months Angolan authorities have collected more than 80,000 small weapons under a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: United Press International

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Angola

9 October 2012

United Press International

LUANDA, Angola - Angola's massive arms stocks acquired during its war for independence worry arms proliferation specialists. "Re-export is a problem generally. It can occur decades after the original deliveries,: Small Arms Survey researcher Glenn McDonald said from Geneva. "Angola is on the radar at the moment, as it has significant surplus stocks (of weapons)." In the past five months Angolan authorities have collected more than 80,000 small weapons under a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: United Press International

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Russia

8 October 2012

Russia Beyond the Headlines / Interfax

Russia has called on the world to agree on selling small arms and light weapons only to authorized dealers of importer countries, Russian Foreign Ministry security and disarmament department head Alexander Deineko said in an interview with Interfax. Russia has suggested a set of measures, which would tighten control over the distribution of small arms and light weapons, primarily in the areas where the risk of an arms leak to the black market is high, he said. "For... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Russia Beyond the Headlines / Interfax

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United States,United Kingdom,Libya,Sweden,Egypt,Bahrain

17 September 2012

Guardian (UK)

British arms exports should be subjected to prior scrutiny by MPs and the risk that the weapons could be used for internal repression must be assessed much more effectively than in the past, two leading members of Labour's shadow cabinet have told the Guardian. A radical shift in Labour's policy on the arms trade, with tougher controls, and greater transparency and accountability, is spelt out by Douglas Alexander and Jim Murphy, the shadow foreign and defence... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (UK)

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Japan

2 September 2012

Japan Times, Editorial

The international trade in small arms more than doubled since 2006, growing into a stunning $8.5 billion a year industry. The latest Small Arms Survey by an independent research group in Geneva found that large-scale government spending and increased purchases by American civilians, in addition to steady sales to developing countries, contributed to the upsurge. The reported increase can also be attributed to better information and more thorough research. The result,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Japan Times

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Peru,Argentina,Dominican Republic,Colombia,Mexico,Russia,United States

28 August 2012

InSight Crime (Bogota)

The lights blanketing the globe on Google's latest foray into data visualization tell a hidden story of the gun trafficking business: that understanding the movement of ammunition is just as important as understanding the movement of weapons. Google says the interactive map, which was a joint initiative between Google Ideas and the Brazil-based Igarape Institute, was pulled together using more than a million data points of small arms, light weapons, and ammunition... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

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Europe,Oceania,Americas,Asia,Africa

27 August 2012

Reuters

UNITED NATIONS - The annual authorized trade in small arms has more than doubled in the past six years to $8.5 billion, driven by Americans buying more guns and ammunition and big military purchases for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a survey found on Monday. The Small Arms Survey 2012, an independent research project, found the top exporters with trade of at least $100 million were the United States, Italy, Germany, Brazil, Austria, Japan, Switzerland, Russia,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Reuters

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Africa,China

26 August 2012

Washington Post

UNITED NATIONS — China's arms exports have surged over the past decade, flooding sub-Saharan Africa with a new source of cheap assault rifles and ammunition and exposing Beijing to international scrutiny as its lethal wares wind up in conflict zones in violation of U.N. sanctions. Weapons from China have surfaced in a string of U.N. investigations in war zones stretching from the Democratic Republic of the Congo to Ivory Coast, Somalia and Sudan. China is by no means... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post

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United States,Russia

14 August 2012

New York Times

IZHEVSK, Russia — The nickname of this town, home of the factory that makes Kalashnikov rifles, is the "Armory of Russia." Over the years, it has armed a good number of other countries, too, as the lathes and presses of the Izhevsk Machine Works clanged around the clock to forge AK-47s and similar guns for insurgents and armies around the world. But these days, many of Izhevsk's weapons are headed somewhere else: the United States. Despite the gun's violent history... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

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Europe,European Union

1 August 2012

European Law Monitor

On the 31st May the Commission proposed legislation to combat illicit arms trafficking through improved tracing and control of imports and exports of civilian firearms from and to the EU territory. The adoption of the proposal by the European Parliament and the Council of the EU would bring the European Union legislation in line with Article 10 of the UN Firearms Protocol. "Combating illicit trafficking of firearms is crucial in our fight against organised crime. That... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: European Law Monitor

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Europe,European Union

1 August 2012

European Law Monitor

On the 31st May the Commission proposed legislation to combat illicit arms trafficking through improved tracing and control of imports and exports of civilian firearms from and to the EU territory. The adoption of the proposal by the European Parliament and the Council of the EU would bring the European Union legislation in line with Article 10 of the UN Firearms Protocol. "Combating illicit trafficking of firearms is crucial in our fight against organised crime. That... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: European Law Monitor

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Africa,Canada,United States,Americas,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Mexico

1 August 2012

Globe & Mail (Toronto)

Lost in the hoopla of the opening ceremony of the Olympics, a vital international marathon of another kind ended Friday with a race suspension just before the finish line. At the United Nations in New York, a month of intensive multilateral negotiations on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) to regulate international transfers of conventional weapons concluded without agreement, largely because the United States called for more time on the final day. The U.S. announcement was... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Globe & Mail (Toronto)

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China,Russia,United States

29 July 2012

San Francisco Chronicle

When a global treaty to limit shady weapons sales gets swept up in the gun-control debate, it's clear that this country has a problem. A bloc of U.S. senators, chiefly Republicans with a sprinkling of Democrats, has managed to derail a U.N. treaty to restrict weapons sales between countries. The reasoning is spurious and shameful, a political play on distrust of the United Nations and unfounded fears about a loss of domestic gun rights. But the threat was enough to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: San Francisco Chronicle

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United States,Australia,Philippines

28 July 2012

Reuters

MANDAUE CITY, Philippines - In the Philippines, they vote with their trigger fingers. Elections mean big business for illegal gunsmiths, who are looking forward to 2013 mid-term polls. With election-related violence commonplace, the Philippines imposes a ban on the carrying of guns for six months, from campaigning to the proclamation of winners. With legal access denied, Filipinos simply turn to the many illegal gunsmiths who ply their trade in back alleys and on the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Americas,Africa,Australia,Europe,Oceania,Asia

28 July 2012

ABC News (Australia)

A UN deal to regulate the international arms trade has suffered a serious setback. The Australian-sponsored draft treaty was blocked by the United States, Russia, North Korea, Cuba and Venezuela, who all asked for more time. Under the proposed UN treaty, signatories would have had to evaluate if any conventional weapons they exported could be used to violate human rights or fall into the hands of organised-crime gangs. United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon said he was... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ABC News (Australia)

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United States,Africa,Americas,Asia,Europe,Oceania

28 July 2012

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Negotiators at the United Nations are working to put final touches on a treaty cracking down on the global, $60 billion business of illicit trading in small arms, a move aimed at curbing violence in some of the most troubled corners of the world. In the United States, gun activists denounce it as an attack on their constitutional right to bear arms. "Without apology, the NRA wants no part of any treaty that infringes on the precious right of lawful... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

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Americas,Africa,United States,Asia,Europe,Oceania

26 July 2012

Globe & Mail (Toronto) / AP

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of 51 senators on Thursday threatened to oppose a global treaty regulating international weapons trade if it falls short in protecting Americans' constitutional right to bear arms. In a letter to President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the senators expressed serious concerns with the draft treaty that has circulated at the United Nations, saying that it signals an expansion of gun control that would be... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Globe & Mail (Toronto) / AP

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Somalia

24 July 2012

Somaliland Sun (Somalia)

Using data from several weapons policy and prevention surveys we were able to extract key information about weapons policy and proliferation in Somalia. We hope it is of use to those looking to get general information about small arms throughout Somalia and if there are policies regulating their usage. The surveys were taken between 2002 and 2011. Numbers - There are between 550,000 to 750,000 privately-owned firearms in Somalia - 9.1 out of every 100 Somalis own a... (GunPolicy.org)

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Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa

24 July 2012

CBS News (USA) / AP

The first draft of a new U.N. treaty to regulate the multibillion dollar global arms trade sparked criticism Tuesday from campaigners seeking to keep illegal weapons from fighters, criminals and terrorists - and demands for changes before Friday's deadline for action. Peter Herby of the Geneva-based International Committee of the Red Cross said that every element in the draft has "major loopholes," and he warned that if it's adopted there's "a very high risk" the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CBS News (USA) / AP

36385

Italy,Germany,Austria,Europe,United States,Brazil

24 July 2012

Washington Post, Opinion

Americans mourn the victims in Aurora, Colo. In Europe, too, there is grief — mingled with incomprehension. The media chorus: How many more massacres before the United States adopts European-style gun control? Christoph Prantner of Austria's Der Standard bemoans American insistence on Second Amendment rights, "even when this freedom occasionally has a very high price and, in a bloody perversion, fatally impairs the freedom of others." I can't disagree. I just wish... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post

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Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa,Canada

18 July 2012

Embassy Magazine (Canada)

The Harper government is trying to fudge efforts to craft an effective international treaty to govern the global arms trade by adding oversight "loopholes" into the agreement, the NDP says. NDP trade critic Don Davies says the Tories are trying to water down the global push for a United Nations arms trade treaty to score domestic political points with red-meat conservatives. He and other treaty supporters point to the Harper government's desire not to include the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Embassy Magazine (Canada)

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Syria,Lebanon,Iran,China,United States,Liberia,Africa

13 July 2012

New Age (Johannesburg) / AFP

Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said on Thursday that Africa will face more conflict like her country's devastating civil war unless arms trade treaty negotiators produce a tough accord. The Nobel Peace Prize winning president told envoys negotiating a deal that they had "a once in a lifetime opportunity to agree tough controls on the arms trade." "The Liberian experience and other experiences in Africa and other parts of the world show that without such a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Age (Johannesburg) / AFP

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Falkland Islands,Argentina,Bahrain,United Kingdom

13 July 2012

Al Arabiya / AFP

Britain must exercise more caution in granting licenses for the export of arms to authoritarian regimes such as Bahrain in light of the Arab Spring uprisings, a parliamentary report has urged. A Commons select committee review of export controls also revealed that Britain's Foreign Office (FCO) is concerned about the sale of equipment to Argentina amid tensions over the Falkland Islands, the Guardian reported Friday. Select committee chairman John Stanley said the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Al Arabiya / AFP

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Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa,United States

11 July 2012

Arms Control Today (USA)

The ongoing conflict in Syria - like recent wars in Burma, Congo, Liberia, Sudan, and Sierra Leone - underscores the urgent need for common standards for international transfers of conventional weapons and ammunition, as well as legally-binding requirements for all states to review exports and imports - particularly for arms transfers that could lead to human rights abuses or violate international arms embargoes. While the United States and a few other countries have... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Arms Control Today (USA)

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Angola,Africa,West Africa,Venezuela,Iran,Egypt,Algeria,South Sudan,Liberia,Germany,France,China,United Kingdom,Russia,United States,South Africa

9 July 2012

IRIN (UN News)

JOHANNESBURG — For a couple of hundred dollars or less an arms dealer can illegally source a blank end user certificate with the required signatures and stamps - needed to transfer weapons across international borders - and "if no one checks its authenticity (often the case) he can ship his wares to the world's hotspots with minimal risk, for maximum profit," a report by the Small Arms Survey (SAS) said in 2008. Since then "not much has changed" Glenn McDonald, based... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: IRIN (UN News)

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Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa,United States

9 July 2012

US News & World Report

Delegations from almost 200 countries convened at the United Nations this month to come up with a new treaty that would regulate international trade in conventional weapons. The effort, supported by the Obama administration, has very vocal opposition: the American gun lobby. Proponents of the Arms Trade Treaty argue that inadequate controls over the international arms market result in armed violence against civilians by human rights violators, criminals, gangs,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: US News & World Report

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Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa,United States,Pakistan,Cuba,Iran,China,Russia

8 July 2012

New York Times, Editorial

The world is awash in conventional weapons, like tanks, firearms and aircraft, with the market valued at $40 billion to $60 billion a year. Far too many of these arms are fueling conflicts and atrocities in Syria, Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and beyond. They have been used to kill countless innocent civilians, and they will be used against countless more if the international community does not find a way to keep them out of the hands of unscrupulous regimes,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

36316

Nepal

7 July 2012

Himalayan Times (Kathmandu)

KATHMANDU - Permanent Representative of Nepal to the United Nations Gyan Chandra Acharya yesterday reminded that millions of lives and livelihoods have perished, and serious violations of fundamental human rights have occurred due to irresponsible and illicit transfer of weapons and munitions around the troubled parts of the world. Delivering his statement at the UN Conference on Arms Trade Treaty in New York, the Nepali envoy emphasized that a robust Arms Trade Treaty... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Himalayan Times (Kathmandu)

36309

United States,India,Russia

6 July 2012

Voice of Russia (Moscow)

Russia has one of the most well developed arms control systems in the world and we have only one arms exporting nongovernmental agency which controls all arms trade. Interview with Sergey Denisentsev – expert of the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies from Moscow, Russia. What is the position of Russia on IATT? Well, the key difference between the Russian approach towards IATT and the approach of countries of the EU is the matter of goals of IATT.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Voice of Russia (Moscow)

36307

Caribbean,Trinidad & Tobago

6 July 2012

Bernama (Malaysia) / Prensa Latina (Havana)

UNITED NATIONS - Trinidad and Tobago Thursday stressed the need to achieve an Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) that is comprehensive and mandatory. The Foreign Minister of Trinidad and Tobagos, Winston Dookeran, addressed the high level segment of the Conference of the United Nations (UN) on the subject, which will be held until next July 27 at the headquarters of the international organisation. Dookeran referred to the negative impact of illegal trade in arms and ammunition... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Bernama (Malaysia) / Prensa Latina (Havana)

36304

Israel,Taiwan,United States,Sweden,Germany,France,United Kingdom,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa

4 July 2012

Associated Press

UNITED NATIONS — The world's nations began a final push Tuesday for the first legally binding global treaty that would regulate the international arms trade and try to prevent the transfer of weapons to armed groups and terrorists. The 193-member U.N. General Assembly is expected to approve the treaty, which has been in the works since 2006, when the U.S. voted against the resolution that launched the process. The Obama administration later reversed the George W.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

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Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa

3 July 2012

New York Times, Blog

LONDON — One person dies every minute somewhere in the world as a result of armed violence, according to activists behind a global arms control treaty that was being negotiated at the United Nations on Tuesday. Month-long talks to draw up an international Arms Trade Treaty got off to a false start on Monday in traditional U.N. fashion, with a dispute over the status of the Palestinian delegation. That prompted appeals for negotiators to stay on-topic, as Anna... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

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Somalia,Congo (DRC),Caribbean,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa,Liberia,Australia

2 July 2012

Sydney Morning Herald, Opinion

Ten years ago, tens of thousands of Kalashnikov assault rifles were transported into the West African country of Liberia. It was a violation of the UN arms embargo. The weapons were used by forces loyal to Charles Taylor to commit the most terrible crimes. Boys, some as young as 11, were handed these weapons and told to kill. In the farms and villages of places such as Bong County on the border with Guinea, these Kalashnikovs became weapons of massive destruction. The... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sydney Morning Herald

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