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Australia

28 April 2016

Guardian

Malcolm Turnbull has defended the integrity of Australia's gun laws in Hobart ahead of a commemorative service marking the 20th anniversary of the Port Arthur massacre, saying that maintaining a strong stance on firearms was "non-negotiable". Thirty-five people were killed in the massacre which centred around the Port Arthur former convict site on 28 April, 1996. It is the largest massacre by a lone gunman in Australia and prompted a massive overhaul of the country's... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

28 April 2016

New York Times, Associated Press

SMYRNA — Adventure Outdoors is an 80,000-square-foot store with walls lined with long guns, cases packed with handguns and aisles jammed with all the accessories an avid outdoorsman would need: coolers, clothing, ammo. At the customer service counter is a government-issued poster that warns: "Don't lie for the other guy." Store founder Jay Wallace said his staff is diligent about making sure buyers are legitimate and not fronting for someone who is legally prohibited... (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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Australia

28 April 2016

The Conversation

Gun violence has halved in Australia since laws were changed under the National Firearms Agreement adopted in the wake of the 1996 Port Arthur massacre. Before the killing of 35 people by 28-year-old Martin Bryant at Port Arthur in Tasmania, each state and territory had different gun laws. Western Australia had the strongest laws and lowest rates of gun violence; Queensland had the weakest laws and gun violence was high. In 1987, five people in the Northern Territory... (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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New Zealand

27 April 2016

New Zealand Herald

Being a gang member is not enough to stop someone getting a gun licence in New Zealand under current law. The Herald today revealed how a patched Headhunter was able to legally buy $30,000 worth of high powered rifles between 2012 and 2015, before police revoked his firearms licence in January. When police went to revoke the licence, the man had legally on-sold the weapons and they were unable to be retrieved. The case has raised a number of issues with current... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Zealand Herald

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Canada

27 April 2016

Canadian Press, CBC News (Canada)

A new survey conducted for a gun-control advocacy group suggests that two-thirds of Quebecers are in favour of the registration of long guns. Leger's poll for PolySeSouvient comes as provincial lawmakers study Bill 64, which, if passed, would create Canada's only provincial long-gun registry. The survey, a copy of which was provided to The Canadian Press, found that 69 per cent of those polled were in favour of a registry, versus 26 per cent who were opposed. Five per... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Canadian Press, CBC News (Canada)

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Australia

27 April 2016

Terra (Argentina), EFE News Agency

[Translated summary: Twenty years after the massacre of Port Arthur, Australia is determined to maintain "strong and responsible" gun control policy. The government is allowed to regulate private possession, decide who can and cannot have firearm licences and keep a record of each firearm. Nevertheless, Australia has imported more than a million firearms in the last 16 years.] Australia conmemora hoy el vigésimo aniversario de la masacre de Port Arthur, que se saldó... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Terra (Argentina), EFE News Agency

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New Zealand

26 April 2016

New Zealand Herald

Firearms licence holders living in rural areas have been warned by police to review their security in the wake of a spate of firearms and ammunition thefts over the weekend. The call comes after four shotguns were stolen from a residential Ruawai property between Sunday and Monday. The firearms were brand new and were not stored securely. Earlier in the weekend, three firearms and ammunition were stolen from a gun-safe in a garage at a residential Ruatangata West... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Zealand Herald

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Australia

26 April 2016

Sydney Morning Herald

Just six weeks into the job, Prime Minister John Howard was pottering at Kirribilli House when he received a call from his press secretary, Tony O'Leary, alerting him to the tragedy unfolding at Port Arthur. "I turned on the television and within minutes others from my office and the Federal police Commissioner rang me to explain what was happening," Mr Howard recalled this week, on the eve of that fateful day on April 28,1996. Thirty-five people, mostly tourists... (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)

Read More: Malaysia Chronicle

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European Union

20 April 2016

Europarl

[Translated summary: European Union MEPs debated amendments to a proposal to the European Commission regarding the EU Directive on Firearms. During the debate, they discussed arms classification, marking and tracing of firearms, licensing, storage, as well as online sales.] Les amendements déposés par la députée en charge du dossier à la proposition de la Commission européenne sur la révision de la directive de l'UE concernant les armes à feu ont été... (GunPolicy.org)

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Nigeria,North Africa

20 April 2016

This Day (Lagos)

MINNA — The Niger State Police Command has waged a fresh war against Fulani herdsmen in a bid to check kidnapping and cattle rustling. The police have therefore outlawed the carrying of arms and ammunition by the herdsmen under any guise. The decision of the police to ban the carrying of arms by the herdsmen followed an increase in the number of firearms recovered from the pastoralists in the last six months. The state police spokesman, Bala Elikana, told... (GunPolicy.org)

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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)

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United Kingdom

19 April 2016

Daily Caller (USA)

Next time someone tells you how "great" the gun control laws are in the United Kingdom and that "we should look at them," you might want to bring up Albert Patterson. Albert Patterson spent 22 years wearing the uniform of a British soldier. This included service with the Parachute Regiment and with the elite Special Air Service Regiment. The 67-year-old veteran fought in the 1982 Falklands War, and a Browning High Power pistol surrendered to him by an Argentine officer... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Caller (USA)

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United States

19 April 2016

Breitbart News (USA)

On April 19, a bill that could literally ban all Federal Firearm License holders (FFLs) from doing business in the state of California goes before the State Assembly Committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection. The bill – Assembly Bill 2459 – is sponsored by Assembly Member Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento). If passed, it would shackle FFLs with four new requirements, the totality of which could simply force gun stores to close their doors. The NRA-ILA reported the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Breitbart News (USA)

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Australia

18 April 2016

Financial Times (UK)

PORT ARTHUR -- The shell of the Broad Arrow Cafe is seen behind the cross bearing the names of those who lost their lives in the Memorial Garden in the Port Arthur Historical Site on April 18, 2016 in Port Arthur, Australia. The historic town became infamous on April 28, 1996 when Martin Bryant began shooting indiscriminately with a high-powered rifle on people visiting the site. 35 people were killed and a further 23 were injured in what remains the world's worst... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

13 April 2016

SBS (Australia)

How many guns is too many guns? It's not just an academic question. In NSW, the extent of gun ownership tells us something about how the gun laws are working – and where they are failing us. Let's get this straight. Australia has for the most part the kind of gun laws that are the envy of the rest of the world. The law classifies weapons into categories so that more dangerous weapons are prohibited from use or restricted to certain kinds of license, for the most... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

13 April 2016

Sky News (Australia), Australian Associated Press

The Australian Greens have called on the Turnbull government to do more to uphold the spirit of post-Port Arthur gun laws after it emerged firearms dealers are using a loophole to modify a controversial rapid-fire shotgun so it can shoot more rounds. Plans to import the Adler A110 lever-action shotgun, which has a magazine capacity of seven rounds, were halted last July when it was banned by former prime minister Tony Abbott for six months, later extended until August... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sky News (Australia), Australian Associated Press

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Belgium

10 April 2016

RTBF (Belgium)

[Translated summary: In 2006, Belgium tightened its legislation on firearm possession by creating three categories of firearms: A for 'prohibited firearms', B for 'firearms available over the counter', C for 'firearms subject to authorisation'. In 2013, the government prohibited the over-the-counter selling of antique, folk and decorative firearms.] Ce week-end, aux États-Unis, le "National Rifle Association", l'association qui a pour but de promouvoir les armes à... (GunPolicy.org)

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Tanzania,East Africa,Africa

10 April 2016

Citizen (Dar es Salaam)

ARUSHA — No new gun permits will be issued in Arusha until an ongoing exercise to verify ownership is complete, regional authorities have said. Figures on the number of people who legally own firearms in the region are not readily available, but the current verification exercise could help determine that. There are growing concerns over the spate of armed robberies in Arusha. Regional commissioner Felix Ntibenda said last week authorities have stopped accepting... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Citizen (Dar es Salaam)

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Australia

9 April 2016

ABC News (Australia)

A sharp rise in the number of registered guns in Canberra reflects a boom in recreational shooting and should not be seen as a concern, shooting clubs say. There are currently 19,200 registered firearms in the ACT, up from 17,000 in 2013. While gun control advocates have condemned that number as extraordinarily high for a primarily urban area, sporting shooters said they were surprised the figure was so low given a boom in the sport. Sporting Shooters Association of... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

9 April 2016

Washington Post

RICHMOND -- Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who struck a compromise on guns with Republicans this year, has gone on to veto a flurry of gun rights bills that were not part of that deal. In the past week alone, McAuliffe (D) vetoed bills that would have given domestic-violence victims under protective orders the temporary right to carry concealed weapons without applying for permits or getting training. He also nixed measures that would have allowed retired police... (GunPolicy.org)

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Tanzania

8 April 2016

Citizen (Dar es Salaam)

ARUSHA -- With ongoing confiscations of illegal firearms still underway, Ngorongoro District and regional authorities say they will not issue any fresh firearm permits until the verification exercise is completed. Arusha regional commissioner Felix Ntibenda made the announcement during the inauguration of a police station at Tengeru on the outskirts of Arusha. "By virtue of the fact that one is a gemstone dealer is not grounds for one to possess weapons," he pointed... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Citizen (Dar es Salaam)

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Kenya

8 April 2016

Citizen Digital (Kenya)

The High Court sitting in Nairobi has extended orders barring the government from withdrawing Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho's security and firearms. The court before Judge George Odunga further directed that documents be served to respective parties and responses be effected pending hearing of the matter on the 16th of June 2016. The Firearms Licensing Board, Interior Cabinet Secretary Major Gen. (Rtd.) Joseph Nkaissery, Chief Licensing Officer and Inspector... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Citizen Digital (Kenya)

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India

8 April 2016

Times of India

KANPUR -- Eager buyers from Punjab are queueing up to buy 'Nirbheek', the light-weight revolver made by Kanpur's Field Gun Factory exclusively for women. Sales figures reveal that of the total number of applications received for the gun, almost three-fourth were from Punjab. "Nirbheek, meaning 'fearless' in Hindi, is fast becoming popular among Punjab folks. About 70-75% guns are being sold to arms dealers from Punjab. However, Delhi women top the chart in purchase of... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

8 April 2016

San Francisco Chronicle

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana -- Lawmakers are seeking to shape Louisiana's gun laws with more than 40 firearm-related changes proposed this session. But while proposals, including several measures attempting to limit released convicts' access to guns, have come from lawmakers in both parties and within each chamber, disagreements lie in how to best curb the state's high recidivism and crime rates while respecting constitutional rights. Lawmakers have said a number of the... (GunPolicy.org)

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France,United States

5 April 2016

ObjetConnecte.net (France)

[Translated summary: There is a new market of smart guns developing. In France, these guns would belong to the A category, meaning that the only ones allowed to carry them would be police or customs officials. Therefore, smart guns are not going to be available for the general public any time soon.] L'internet des objets fait partie intégrante de notre présent. Les objets connectés sont de plus en plus nombreux et suscitent par leur intérêt et leur efficacité, un... (GunPolicy.org)

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France

5 April 2016

France Soir

[Translated summary: As a consequence of the recent terrorists attacks, the president of the SNCF (National Society of French Railways) has declared that, because of the Savary Law, security agents dressed in civilian clothes will carry guns as a security measure.] Le président de la SNCF Guillaume Pepy a déclaré dimanche que des agents en civil armés seront bientôt déployés dans les trains par mesure de sécurité. Il a également assuré que les portiques de... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

5 April 2016

Institute National de Santé Publique Québec (Canada)

[Translated summary: In Québec, suicide is the leading gun-related cause of death. Between 2009 and 2013, an average of 127 people died annually as a result of gun suicide - most of them men in their own homes. Bill No. 64 aims to make the registration of firearms mandatory again.] Les enjeux liés à l'accès aux armes à feu vont bien au-delà de leur utilisation dans le cadre d'activités criminelles. L'accessibilité aux armes à feu constitue un facteur de... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

1 April 2016

San Francisco Chronicle

JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri -- A House committee has passed a bill that would allow concealed guns on college campuses. The Columbia Daily Tribune (http://bit.ly/1Y3S5Og ) reports that the House Emerging Issues Committee passed the bill with an 8-3 vote Wednesday, winning unanimous support from Republicans. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Jered Taylor, R-Nixa, would repeal the current guns-on-campus ban and replace it with language allowing people with concealed weapon... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: San Francisco Chronicle

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Switzerland

1 April 2016

SwissInfo

In Switzerland, anyone wanting a gun applies to their cantonal police for a permit. A survey by swissinfo.ch shows permit applications were up almost everywhere in 2015. The small canton of Obwalden – a mountainous tourist area with around 36,000 residents - reported the biggest spike in gun permits granted, 149 compared with 100 in 2014. Canton Aargau - one of the most densely populated regions of Switzerland – processed the most: 478 permits more than in... (GunPolicy.org)

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Argentina

31 March 2016

La Nación

[Translated summary: Argentina's Ministry of Health says guns kill eight people each day. The Argentinian Network for Disarmament (RAD) claims that most of these deaths could be prevented if civilians were disarmed. Argentina has over 1.5 million registered weapons, with perhaps an equal number in the illegal market.] El absurdo homicidio de Daniel De Negris, el cerrajero que falleció al ser baleado cuando caminaba por el microcentro, confirma la estremecedora regla:... (GunPolicy.org)

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Micronesia (FSM),United States,Oceania

30 March 2016

Guardian, Agence France Presse

America's heated gun debate has reached a remote Pacific territory, with a court overturning a ban on handguns in the Northern Marianas after ruling it breached the US constitution's second amendment. In a ruling greeted with dismay by the island territory's leaders, the US district court found the right to bear arms enshrined in the second amendment also applied to the commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). "The second amendment … [is] the law of the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian, Agence France Presse

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United States

29 March 2016

TVA Nouvelles (Québec), Agence France Presse

[Translated summary: A Minessota company developed a gun that looks like a smartphone and fits in a pocket. It can be charged with two bullets and it will be on sale in mid 2016.] Les Américains vont bientôt pouvoir acheter un pistolet ayant la forme d'un téléphone intelligent et chargé de deux balles, qui pourra facilement se glisser dans la poche d'un pantalon. «Ingénieusement conçu pour ressembler à un smartphone, il s'ouvre et est prêt à tirer dès... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: TVA Nouvelles (Québec), Agence France Presse

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United States

29 March 2016

The Trace (USA)

In a presidential campaign season where "gun-free zones" have been a favorite target for Republican candidates, a Change.org petition sought to push conservatives on how dearly they hold their Second Amendment principles. The letter called for the Republican Party to allow the open carry of firearms at its nominating convention this July, which will be held in Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena. The arena bans all weapons, which the petition argued put "all attendees at... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: The Trace (USA)

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United States

25 March 2016

San Francisco Chronicle, Associated Press

PALATKA, Florida -- The mother of a 4-year-old boy who shot her as they were riding in a pickup truck should face a misdemeanour charge, authorities said Tuesday as they released details of the shooting for the first time. The mother, 31-year-old Jamie Gilt, put a loaded .45-caliber handgun underneath the front seat of her pickup on March 8 and the weapon slid into the back seat where her son Lane was riding in a child booster seat, Putnam County Sheriff's Capt. Gator... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: San Francisco Chronicle, Associated Press

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United States

24 March 2016

San Francisco Chronicle, Associated Press

RICHMOND, Virginia -- Gov. Terry McAuliffe has vetoed a bill that seeks to undo his executive order that banned guns in state offices. The Democrat also nixed a bill that would prevent most government agencies from prohibiting their employees from keeping firearms in their vehicles. State workers are currently barred from possessing a weapon not required for their job when they are on state premises or conducting state business. McAuliffe and Republican lawmakers... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: San Francisco Chronicle, Associated Press

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Austria

23 March 2016

Local (Austria), Central European News

Austrian Interior Ministry officials are considering a plan to allow all police officers to carry handguns when off duty. The announcement follows the news that gun sales in Austria have been booming, particularly of shotguns which can be sold without a licence. Breakdown of statistics revealed that most of the new buyers of guns were either women or police officers. The revelation that men and women who are on the frontline fighting crime are buying guns is regarded... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (Austria), Central European News

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United Kingdom

23 March 2016

BBC News

The names of 18 men banned from parts of Birmingham for what police say are their links to "gun or gang crime" can be revealed by the BBC. Interim injunctions were obtained by West Midlands Police, but the force had declined to reveal the men's identities until permanent orders were granted. However, details were revealed in County Court documents seen by the BBC. Labour MP Khalid Mahmood criticised police using civil action to tackle gun crime rather than criminal... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

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South Africa

22 March 2016

News24 (Cape Town)

A Johannesburg firearms trainer, who was caught on camera selling a training certificate to an undercover journalist, has been found guilty on three separate charges by the Professional Firearm Trainers Council (PFTC) on Tuesday. A training certificate is a key document used to apply for a license to possess a firearm. Andre van Tonder, who was filmed at his Skopos Firearm Academy in Johannesburg, was charged with selling certificates and statements of results with no... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: News24 (Cape Town)

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United States

17 March 2016

Reuters

If every state in the U.S. had mandatory background checks for gun and ammunition purchases and required traceable bullets, firearms-related deaths might plunge by more than 80 percent, a new study projects. More than 31,600 people died by guns in the U.S. in 2010, a rate of 10.1 deaths for each 100,000 residents. Hawaii had the lowest death rate – 3.21 for each 100,000 people – while Alaska had the highest – 20.3 for every 100,000 residents. Laws that require... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia,Japan,United Kingdom,United States

14 March 2016

Guardian

Thirty people will be shot dead in America today. On average. It could be more. If it's less, then more will die tomorrow. Or the next day. The United States's gun homicide rate is 25 times higher than other high-income countries, according to a recent study. Americans are divided on whether the country's gun deaths could be reduced through tougher laws on gun ownership. Liberals argue that legal restrictions on gun ownership could save lives. Conservatives say that... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian

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Australia

14 March 2016

Guardian

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

Read More: Guardian

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Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa

13 March 2016

GunPolicy.org

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

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United States

13 March 2016

Guardian, Opinion

This week, in my country, considered by some of its more embarrassing denizens to be the "greatest country in the world", an outspoken Florida "gun rights" advocate left a loaded .45 calibre handgun in the back seat of her car and was promptly shot and wounded by her four-year-old child. Truly a pinnacle of human potential, much like the invention of paper in second-century BC China, or Aristotle holding forth in the Lyceum, or whoever first pointed out that Florida... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian

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United States,Australia

9 March 2016

Sydney Morning Herald

Tens of thousands of shooters in NSW can now apply for silencers on their weapons after the NSW government opened permit application forms to hunters and sporting shooters, a move gun control advocates have condemned as dangerous. The Shooters and Fishers Party says it has successfully lobbied the NSW government to expand the reasons which shooters can cite on a form when seeking a permit to use a silencer. Seeking silencers for use in "sport" shooting or recreational... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sydney Morning Herald

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Europe,Germany

8 March 2016

Deutsche Welle

Germany's regional intelligence agencies the Verfassungsschutz have admitted that some 400 neo-Nazis had legal access to firearms in 2014, even though gun laws state that anyone who has actively supported far-right extremism in the past five years should have their licenses withdrawn. As part of a documentary entitled "Terror from the right - the new threat," state broadcaster SWR focused on the story of Thomas B, a neo-Nazi arrested by police in 2009 who was found to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Deutsche Welle

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Belgium

7 March 2016

RTBF (Belgium)

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

Read More: RTBF (Belgium)

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South Africa,Brazil,Australia,United States

7 March 2016

Washington Post, Blog

Gun control works, but you have to be smart about it. That's the takeaway from a major new analysis out this month in the journal Epidemiologic Reviews. Columbia University's Julian Santaella-Tenorio and a team of researchers pored over the results of 130 studies on gun control legislation passed in 10 different countries to find out which policy interventions worked, which ones didn't and on what issues the jury was still out. Big caveat up front: Sussing out cause... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post

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Guam

6 March 2016

Pacific Daily News (Guam)

Almost 600 concealed firearms licenses were issued in Guam in 2014 — a dramatic jump from previous years, when the numbers hovered around 100, according to Guam Police Department data. In 2015, more than 800 licenses were issued. Sen. Tony Ada attributes the dramatic jump to a bill he authored in 2014, which became law that year. "P.L. 32-150 was enacted in May of 2014," Ada said. "It makes sense that any jump in the number of concealed (firearms licenses) issued... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Pacific Daily News (Guam)

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France

3 March 2016

Le Point (France), Agence France Presse

[Translated summary: Following terrorist attacks in France, the National Assembly voted in favour of easing regulations on the use of firearms by law enforcement, .] Empêtré dans la loi travail, le gouvernement a un motif de satisfaction : l'Assemblée nationale a voté mercredi soir l'assouplissement des règles d'usage des armes par les forces de l'ordre, dans le cadre du projet post-attentats de réforme pénale examiné en première lecture. À côté des cas de... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Le Point (France), Agence France Presse

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France

2 March 2016

Zoomdici (France)

[Translated summary: Since the dramatic attacks of 2015 in France, there has been a rising interest in sport shooting, according to clubs, and not only due to the passion for the sports practice.] Depuis les dramatiques événements de 2015 en France et la mise en place de l'état d'urgence, le sujet est tellement tabou que toutes les personnes interrogées ont préféré garder l'anonymat. Selon des membres de la direction de clubs, l'intérêt croissant pour le tir... (GunPolicy.org)

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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)

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Burkina Faso

26 February 2016

Le Pays (Burkina Faso), Transcript

[Translated summary: Gun facts and figures in Burkina Faso: the 2009 Firearms Decree; Consequences of the August 1983 Revolution; Arms trafficking in the region; Importance of the illegal manufacture of home-made guns; In Ouagadougou alone: 1,246 permits to carry firearms were issued in 2015, 1,270 in 2014, and 1,190 in 2013] INTERVIEW Propos recueillis par Michel NANA en collaboration avec Afronline (Italie) Le Colonel Christophe Raoul Tapsoba est le secrétaire... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Le Pays (Burkina Faso)

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United States,Mexico

26 February 2016

Global Post (Boston)

MEXICO CITY — Javier scoots onto a plastic stool in a courtyard. He reaches beneath his shirt and pulls out a shiny Smith & Wesson semi-automatic pistol. He deftly spins it through his hands, ejects the magazine, and holds it out for inspection. "This one's new, straight from its packaging," he says. It will cost 15,000 pesos with a box of ammo, around $810. Javier, who only gave his first name, operates this illicit little gun mart in Tepito market, a famed... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Global Post (Boston)

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Philippines

24 February 2016

Philippine Star

MANILA – The chief of the police Firearms and Explosives Office and 14 others have been relieved and are under investigation after being implicated in the issuance of License to Own and Possess Firearms (LTOPF) for P15,000 even without the required documents. Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ricardo Marquez yesterday approved the relief of FEO head Chief Supt. Elmo Francis Sarona and 14 other policemen and civilian employees linked to the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Philippine Star

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United Kingdom

23 February 2016

BBC News

Gun debate in Britain tends to focus on what is happening in the US, but more than 700,000 firearm owners live in England and Wales. Who are they, and why do some want laws relaxed? "It's frustrating for me that when you tell someone you own a gun you're instantly labelled a weirdo. It's like a secret society," Callum Long-Collins explains from a gun shop in Botley Mills, Hampshire. He owns seven firearms, but did not want to show them in his own home in case it gave... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

39038

United States

23 February 2016

Associated Press

PLAINWELL, Michigan — A man accused of randomly killing six people in Michigan had a personal cache of weapons that included handguns and long guns, but there was nothing in his past that prevented him from owning as many guns as he could afford. Authorities seized the gun collection after the weekend attacks around the Kalamazoo area. With no criminal history or record of mental illness, Michigan residents who follow requirements can legally acquire any number of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

38897

Thailand

19 February 2016

Deutsche Welle

Widely known as a welcoming tourist destination, Thailand is also a country awash with easily obtainable firearms, featuring one of the highest gun homicide rates in Asia. DW examines why gun ownership remains so high. Thailand has the highest reported rate of gun-related deaths in Southeast Asia - almost 50 percent more gun homicides than the Philippines. And with 7.48 registered violent gun deaths per 100,000 people, the figure is also twice as high as that of the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Deutsche Welle

38892

United States,Israel

18 February 2016

The Jerusalem Post

Gun control isn't usually a major political issue here, but it has come up in a big way in recent months, after several terrorists in the current wave of terrorism were subdued by civilians. The debate on gun control came to a head in Monday's inaugural meeting of the Knesset Caucus on Firearms Policy - perhaps the closet Israel has ever gotten to a US-style "gun lobby" - but even those in favor of easing regulations have made it clear that they're not gunning for... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: The Jerusalem Post

38919

United States,Canada

11 February 2016

iPolitics (Canada)

The number of restricted firearms across Canada rose more than 82 per cent while Prime Minister Stephen Harper was in power, with the sharpest increase after the Conservatives formed a majority government. The increase is found in calculations made by iPolitics from statistics found in several reports of the federal Commissioner of Firearms, which released its 2014 report last month. One of the biggest increases was in Alberta, where the number of restricted guns rose... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: iPolitics (Canada)

38908

Canada

23 January 2016

BBC News

Police say a male suspect is now in custody and children have been moved to safety after the shootings at La Loche Community School and another location. Canadian PM Justin Trudeau said earlier that five people had been killed, but this was later corrected. The school shooting was "every parent's worst nightmare", Mr Trudeau said. "The community is reeling." Mr Trudeau, who was speaking in Davos, Switzerland, also praised "the first responders who acted quickly and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

38989

France

17 January 2016

Les Echos (France)

[Translated summary: There are 1,800 firearm deaths in France every year. The country has more guns per capita than most of Europe, primarily for hunting. A permit is required to purchase a gun, and the buyer must not appear in a national register of prohibited people.] Chaque année, on dénombre 1.800 décès par arme à feu en France. Un chiffre qui comprend les suicides. Les homicides oscillent eux entre 400 et 600 par an. La vidéo a fait le tour du monde :... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Les Echos (France)

39079

Australia

12 January 2016

Canberra Times (Australia)

Gun ownership has risen 3 per cent in the past year, with one firearm registered for every 20 residents in the ACT. There are now 583 extra firearms belonging to 197 more licensees in the capital than there were at the start of 2015. ACT Policing figures have revealed 19,200 guns were legally registered to 6083 licensees, about three an owner, at the end of November last year. That was a jump from 18,617 guns that were registered to 5886 licensees in January 2015.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Canberra Times (Australia)

38941

Austria

11 January 2016

Local (Austria)

Austria's gun lobby is up in arms against plans for tougher new EU restrictions on firearms, which are set to be approved next month and would come into effect in July. The terror attacks in Paris in January and November last year have given new urgency to the debate on tougher gun laws, with EU leaders saying in December they would "rapidly examine" the proposals, with the aim of approving them at a summit in February. European officials say gun laws passed in 2008... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (Austria)

39015

Djibouti,Rwanda,Kenya,South Africa,Libya,Algeria,Botswana,United States

11 January 2016

Mail & Guardian (Johannesburg)

In a BBC interview last July, US President Barack Obama admitted that failure to pass "common sense gun safety laws" in the US has been the greatest frustration of his presidency. Since he took office in 2008, there have been repeated mass shootings including the 2011 Tucson Arizona shooting in which Gabrielle Giffords, then a member of Congress and 18 others were shot in a supermarket parking lot. Six people died that day. Another shooting was at Emanuel African... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Mail & Guardian (Johannesburg)

38991

Australia

7 January 2016

News.com.au

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

Read More: News.com.au

39125

Australia

7 January 2016

ABC News (Australia)

More than 400 unregistered, illegal or unwanted firearms have been surrendered to South Australian Police and firearms dealers in the first month of an amnesty. The breakdown of police data shows most of the weapons were taken to police stations with two thirds of the weapons surrendered outside metropolitan Adelaide. The amnesty runs until June 30, 2016. Superintendent Kym Hand said police were pleased with the first month's data. "We know that more than half of all... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ABC News (Australia)

39104

Australia

28 December 2015

Daily Telegraph (Sydney)

Police have raided a well known Sydney gun business which has built a reputation as a major supplier of "theatrical" weapons to popular TV shows and movies. Officers from the NSW Police Firearm Registry seized 180 real pistols and rifles from The Stockade gun shop at Terrey Hills, on the northern beaches. The shop has supplied replica weapons for about 50 TV series and movies, including Water Rats, Australia's Most Wanted and Superman Returns. The registry — which... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Telegraph (Sydney)

39111

Brazil

12 December 2015

Agência Brasil

After twelve years of its introduction, the Brazilian law that tightened the restrictions for owning and carrying firearms in the country is about to be changed by Congress. Since 2003, the Disarmament Statute (Law No. 10,826) has faced repeal threats that may now be carried out with the passing of an amendment bill proposed in 2012 that is ready to be brought to a floor vote at the Chamber of Deputies. Amid controversy and public quarrels in Congress, the changes to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Agência Brasil

39040

United Kingdom,Argentina,Brazil,Australia,United States

10 December 2015

Washington Post, Opinion

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

Read More: Washington Post

38875

Australia

1 December 2015

The Murray Valley Standard

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

Read More: The Murray Valley Standard

39123

Australia

27 November 2015

Launceston Examiner

More than 700 unwanted firearms have been surrendered to Tasmania Police at gun amnesties around the state since September 2013. Police experienced a highly successful amnesty at Longford earlier this month with about 100 guns voluntarily handed over to police, along with 1500 rounds of ammunition. A total of 778 unwanted guns have been collected in the past two years and two months. Another amnesty will take place at Scottsdale on Friday and police have reminded... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Launceston Examiner

39118

Brazil

24 November 2015

Americas Society / Council of the Americas (AS/COA)

A measure that would loosen gun control in Brazil—home to one of the largest absolute number of homicides globally—is wending its way through Congress. Supported by the so-called "bullets, beef, and bible" caucus, the legislation could dismantle the country's landmark 2003 disarmament legislation. Where does the bill stand? On November 3, a congressional committee approved the bill, which now heads to the Chamber of Deputies floor. Called the Gun Control Statute,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Americas Society / Council of the Americas (AS/COA)

38929

United States,Puerto Rico

18 November 2015

Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia (Puerto Rico)

Gun laws in Puerto Rico regulate the sale, possession, and use of firearms and ammunition in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. As Puerto Rico is a commonwealth of the United States, many U.S. federal laws apply, as well as Constitutional rulings and protections. (1) (2) Summary Table Subject/Law? Long guns - Handguns - (Notes) Permit to purchase? No - No - (Firearms purchases are subject to the requirements of US Federal law) Firearm registration? No - No Assault... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia (Puerto Rico)

38871

Norway

13 November 2015

Yahoo News (Norway) / AFP

Oslo (AFP) - Norway's police, who have been authorised to carry firearms for the past year due to a heightened threat of Islamist attacks, will be unarmed again now that the threat level has been lowered, police said Friday. National police chief Odd Reidar Humlegard told reporters the measure would take effect on November 17. The country's 6,000 uniformed police officers will "have to keep their weapons locked in their patrol cars like they did previously," he... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Yahoo News (Norway) / AFP

38861

Brazil

12 November 2015

Time (USA)

Rio de Janeiro - Congressmen in Brazil, one of the most violent countries in the world, are proposing to dramatically loosen restrictions on personal gun ownership, bringing the country much closer to the American right to bear arms. The politicians say the measures are necessary to allow embattled citizens the right to defend themselves from criminals armed with illegal weapons. But opponents say the move will only increase the country's toll of nearly 60,000 murders... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Time (USA)

38930

Australia

24 October 2015

ABC News (Australia)

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

Read More: ABC News (Australia)

39102

Australia

23 October 2015

Yahoo! 7 News (Australia)

Victoria has one gun for every eight citizens, with 35,000 new guns flooding into the state in the past year. Gun control groups say the numbers are frightening but shooters say the rise is because more people are appreciating shooting as a safe and fun sport. Victoria had 764,767 registered guns in 2014-15, up from 728,999 the previous year. "It's a startling number and I believe it's a frightening number in terms of the increase of licensed guns in Victoria," Gun... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Yahoo! 7 News (Australia)

38847

Italy

21 October 2015

Local (Italy)

A mayor in northern Italy has announced plans to set up a fund to help his town's citizens buy guns. Gianluca Buonanno, the Northern League mayor of Borgosesia in Piedmont, has promised to pay citizens who wish to buy a firearm towards their purchase – a sum which is around 30 percent of the price of a small pistol in Italy, La Repubblica reported. Buonanno announced his decision on Facebook, writing that the measure was aimed at allowing citizens "to defend... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (Italy)

39024

United Kingdom,Canada,United States,Australia

20 October 2015

Sydney Morning Herald

Asked about Hillary Clinton's suggestion that the United States consider Australian-style gun laws, one of the country's leading gun industry champions laughed. "You've got to ask yourself how much the NRA paid the Clinton Foundation to get her to say that," Richard Feldman​, a former National Rifle Association lobbyist said. "Forget gold, that comment is worth its weight in platinum." Australia has been raised again in the US debate over guns in the wake of the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sydney Morning Herald

38852

South Africa

29 September 2015

ISS Africa

Hlupha was eight when he got his first gun and his neighbour taught him to commit crime. His first robbery was of the post office in the small town where he lived. When Hlupha was 16, he shot a boy at school for flirting with his girlfriend. He committed many more crimes over a number of years until he was arrested and convicted for kidnapping, robbery and assault. When we met him he was in prison. Velabahleke was 10 when he stole his first gun. He found his second gun... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ISS Africa

38992

Australia

9 September 2015

Moonee Valley Leader

ESSENDON - Sixteen firearms were seized after a crackdown on expired licences in Melbourne's northwest. Police, including members of the operations response unit, swooped on unlicensed firearm owners in Moonee Valley, Hume and Moreland over the August 29-30 weekend. Acting Inspector Anthony Brown said it was about ensuring people were complying with their obligations under the Firearms Act. Future operations, expected to take place in the coming weeks, will also... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Moonee Valley Leader

39120

Puerto Rico,United States,Guam

15 July 2015

Pacific Daily News (Guam)

The timing of a recent court ruling from the Commonwealth Court of Puerto Rico could not be better, and may well set in motion a significant ripple effect in other U.S. Island jurisdictions, namely Guam and Hawaii. The Puerto Rican court recently handed down a ruling on a class action lawsuit that was brought by the Ladies of the Second Amendment, or LSA, with 850 individual plaintiffs. The court ruling, confirmed by the Second Amendment Foundation, or SAF, was a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Pacific Daily News (Guam)

38869

United States,Puerto Rico

19 June 2015

Second Amendment Foundation News (Washington)

BELLEVUE, WA - A surprising victory for gun rights in Puerto Rico has eliminated the firearms registry and licensing requirements to purchase and carry in the Commonwealth, the Second Amendment Foundation has confirmed. As of now, according to Sandra Barreras with Ladies of the Second Amendment (LSA), the group that brought the lawsuit, "there is no regulation to purchase or carry (and) all purchases will be handled in accordance with federal firearms regulations." LSA... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Second Amendment Foundation News (Washington)

38870

Australia

26 May 2015

ABC News (Australia)

Tracing the source of guns used in crime across Australia is difficult, and the origins of illegal firearms is the subject of significant disagreement among federal lawmakers. A recent Australian Crime Commission report on organised crime said a new database being developed will track the full life of a gun, something law enforcement agencies have never been able to do. But for now, where illegal guns come from remains a hotly debated topic. A Senate inquiry into... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ABC News (Australia)

38894

Chile

16 May 2015

La Tercera (Santiago de Chile)

[Translated summary: Chile's new Firearms Act increases penalties and requirements on firearm possession. In 2014 there were 763,070 registered firearms, including 397,438 for personal defence. In 2015, 3,618 weapons were surrendered, compared to 2,771 in 2014 and 2,507 in 2013.] Durante el año pasado, 623 personas realizaron trámites y rindieron los exámenes para comprar e inscribir un arma de fuego en el Gran Santiago. Sin embargo, a 84 de éstas se les negó la... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: La Tercera (Santiago de Chile)

38835

France

5 May 2015

L'Humanité (France)

[Translated summary: The French government just authorised, by Decree, mayors to endow municipal police with 357 Magnums, but not all police officers are allowed to carry firearms within the scope of their duties. It depends on the place and nature of the mission. Here are listed the requirements for the carrying of firearms by municipal police officers (for example: need of a genuine reason, training, etc).] Le gouvernement vient d'autoriser, par décret (*), les... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: L'Humanité (France)

38841

United States,Australia

2 April 2015

Daily Telegraph (Sydney)

Firearms squad boss Mick Plotecki has blamed a surprise increase in gun licences in NSW on the influence of popular American gun culture. There are now 215,462 gun licence holders in the state, an increase of over 37,000 in the past five years from 177,675. Detective Superintendent Plotecki said yesterday the American culture was one of the reasons with number of Australians influenced by the US belief in a right to bear arms and the prevalence of guns in movies and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Telegraph (Sydney)

38893

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

18 February 2015

Euronews (France)

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

Read More: Euronews (France)

38862

Australia

24 January 2015

Canberra Times (Australia)

The lure of hunting in NSW national parks has prompted a membership boom at ACT gun clubs. Statistics obtained by the Sunday Canberra Times reveal there are more than 18,000 firearms in the territory, about one for every 20 Canberrans. It's illegal for shooters to hunt vermin in ACT parks, although shooting on private properties is still allowed. Sporting Shooters Association of Australia ACT president David True said they had about 3500 members in the ACT, growing... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Canberra Times (Australia)

38888

France

16 January 2015

Le Figaro (France)

[Translated summary: Only 45% of municipal police officers carry a firearm in France. The authorisation to carry firearms is subject to a very strict procedure. Only mayors may request it to the Prefect. The request must be motivated by the framework of the mission given to police officers.] Le meurtre d'une agent de la circulation par Amedy Coulibaly relance le débat sur l'équipement des policiers municipaux. Mais une généralisation du port d'arme se heurte à... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Le Figaro (France)

38840

Brazil,South Africa

24 November 2014

Huffington Post (USA), Blog

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

Read More: Huffington Post (USA)

38831

Russia

20 November 2014

Business Insider (Australia)

After a change to national gun law on Tuesday, Russians can now carry certain guns in public for the purposes of "self-defence." The new policy allows the use of weapons to "protect their lives, health and property" but not against "women, disabled persons, and minors, unless they attacked you with a group and arms," according to an analysis by Russian media site Arguments and Facts. These weapons include "long-barreled weapons, pistols, revolvers, 'home-made tubeless... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Business Insider (Australia)

38820

Estonia

27 October 2014

Associated Press / Yahoo! News

TALLINN — A 15-year-old student shot and killed his teacher during class Monday in a town in southern Estonia — the first known school shooting in the Baltic nation. Four other students were in the classroom at Paalalinna School in the town of Viljandi, police spokeswoman Tuuli Harson said. She said the shooter was apprehended and no one else was injured in the early-afternoon attack at the school of 450 students. Government officials said the victim was a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press / Yahoo! News

38825

Australia

27 October 2014

The Conversation, Opinion

The recent multiple homicide in a small Victorian township, coming barely a month after a mass shooting in rural New South Wales, may give the impression that firearm-related murders in rural Australia are rampant. It would be easy to attribute this to higher density of gun ownership in country areas relative to cities, particularly where farming is a dominant industry and firearms are "tools of the trade". But understanding gun violence is not that simple. Firearm... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: The Conversation

38824

New Caledonia

22 October 2014

Le Centre pour le Destin Commun (New Caledonia), Blog

Good morning, my name is Daryl Morini. I am delighted to be here today representing the Centre for a Common Destiny, the first think and do tank in New Caledonia, which I founded last year with a team of young New Caledonians. We provide high-quality, non-partisan policy research and advocacy, specialising in conflict prevention reconciliation and arms control in a local context. Today, I will talk about the background of political tensions, small arms issues and the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Le Centre pour le Destin Commun (New Caledonia)

38828

Australia

23 September 2014

Australian Associated Press

Queensland police approved 7,712 new weapons licences in 2011 but this rose to 18,178 by 2013. Some 8,913 new licences for first-time applicants were signed off during the first six months of this year alone, compared with 8,528 approvals for all of 2012. This also includes gun owners applying for a new category of licence. Gun Control Australia blamed promotions from sporting shooters for the sharp increase in new gun licences in Queensland. "These people getting... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Australian Associated Press

38817

Suriname

26 August 2014

Times of Suriname

The draft of the Firearms Amendment Act has to be discussed in the National Assembly. Currently the attorney‐general is responsible for the firearms policy, says minister Edward Belfort of Justice and Police. After amending the Firearms Act the minister of Justice and Police will be responsible. The amendment has been prepared by the former government. As soon as minister Belfort is entitled to submit firearms licences, he will compose a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times of Suriname

38884

Australia

10 August 2014

ABC News (Australia)

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

Read More: ABC News (Australia)

39098

Poland

7 August 2014

Polskie Radio (Warsaw), News from Poland

Despite some of the most draconian laws on gun possession in the European Union, over the past decade the number of firearm permits in Poland has gone up by some 30 percent. Around 500,000 guns are currently registered in Poland, owned by some 340,000 people, latest figures from the central police headquarters reveal. Currently, the number of hunting firearm permits stands at 150,000, a rise of one third in the past decade. Around 44 percent of all permits are... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Polskie Radio (Warsaw), News from Poland

38801

Australia

6 August 2014

ABC News (Australia)

Documents released under Right to Information laws showed a steady increase in gun permit applications with more than 170,124 individual licence holders currently in possession of 566,427 firearms across the state. The figures also show there are 49 people - excluding police, military and dealers - with more than 100 firearms each, up from 32 people in 2013. Last year the number of gun licence applications increased by 30 per cent with 45,870 permits issued. Permits... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ABC News (Australia)

38806

Philippines

21 July 2014

Journal (Manila), Opinion

Philippine National Police operatives implementing the Oplan Katok ordered by Director General Alan LM Purisima have made another startling discovery: more than 18,000 firearms' licenses have not been transferred in the names of their present owners since December 2012. Records from the PNP Firearms and Explosives Office headed by Chief Superintendent Moro Virgilio M. Lazo showed that a total of 18,659 firearms' licenses have not been transferred from December 31,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Journal (Manila)

38796

Australia

2 July 2014

Advertiser (Adelaide)

Tip-offs to CrimeStoppers have led to the arrest of a man for breaching a firearm prohibition and the seizure of 23 firearms in the past fortnight. The Evanston Gardens man, 24, was remanded on bail, after being found with ammunition against a court order, police said. Seven others have been reported for various firearm offences since the launch of Operation Unification – a national campaign to take illegal weapons off the streets. Police visited 60 properties and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Advertiser (Adelaide)

39106

South Africa

27 June 2014

Independent/IOL Daily News (South Africa)

CAPE TOWN - Police have cracked a fake gun licensing racket – arresting three police members and three civilians, one of them alleged to be a senior leader of the 28s gang. National police spokesman Lieutenant-General Solomon Makgale said on Thursday night that the racket involved fraud at every step of the process – "from the initial application to the firearm training facility involved, to the police stations where the applications are lodged and the head office... (GunPolicy.org)

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

38785

Bahrain

26 June 2014

Gulf Daily News (Bahrain)

A Bahraini has been sentenced to death for the vicious murder of a 20-year-old fugitive who allegedly posed as a woman looking for a date. Hussain Ebrahim Hussain died after being shot twice, repeatedly stabbed with a screwdriver, beaten with a metal bar and a wrench and hit with stones. His 40-year-old killer Sayed Haitham Adnan Qahiri was found guilty of premeditated murder and possessing and smuggling an unlicensed firearm by the High Criminal Court yesterday. The... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Gulf Daily News (Bahrain)

38783

France

23 June 2014

Local (France)

A Frenchman shot his son three times after mistaking him for a blackbird raiding the family cherry tree. The story is just the latest in a long line of tragic and freak shooting accidents in France. A Frenchman aged in his 70s noticed some rustling in his cherry tree tree on Saturday night in north-western France and, assuming it was hungry blackbirds pillaging his fruit, he pulled out his shotgun and opened fire. But the movement in the tree was not in fact... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (France)

38780

United States

18 June 2014

New York Times, Editorial

On June 4, a 32-year-old woman tried to get through security at San Antonio International Airport with a loaded .380 caliber Diamondback in her carry-on bag. This wasn't a freak occurrence. Transportation Security Administration officials intercepted 18 guns on that day alone — a single-day record in what looks to be a record-setting year. The T.S.A. found 1,320 guns in 2011, 1,556 in 2012, 1,813 in 2013 — and has found roughly 900 so far in 2014. The steady rise... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

38773

United States

17 June 2014

BBC News, Blog

Shortly after the shooting that killed 20 children in Newtown, Connecticut, National Rifle Association executive vice-president Wayne LaPierre said: "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun". The oft-repeated line has become a rallying cry for proponents of looser firearm regulation as well as being a target of derision for those who believe that "good guys" with guns frequently do more harm than good. The recent shooting spree in Las... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

38766

Australia

16 June 2014

ABC News (Australia)

Tasmania Police has launched a two-week effort to help rid the state of illegal firearms. Operation Unification starts is part of a nationwide campaign that aims to curb the manufacture, importation and use of illegal firearms. According to police, most illegal firearms were once legal and had either been stolen or were unregistered. In the last financial year, 192 firearms were stolen and just 23 recovered. Detective Senior Sergeant Craig Joel said some weapons... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ABC News (Australia)

38764

United States

16 June 2014

USA Today

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court dealt a rare blow to the gun lobby Monday by ruling that purchasers must report when they are buying firearms for other people. The 5-4 decision upheld two lower courts that had ruled against so-called straw purchasers, even though the justices acknowledged that Congress left loopholes in gun control laws passed in the 1960s and 1990s. For gun purchasers to be allowed to buy from licensed dealers without reporting the actual final... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: USA Today

38760

Australia

12 June 2014

ABC News (Australia)

Police are preparing to audit hundreds of gun owners in the Busselton area. They are about to launch Operation Gun Safe, which involves visiting gun owners at their properties to ensure their weapons are properly stored. The five-month long operation comes in response to a number of incidents involving stolen firearms, including a situation where offenders pointed a stolen gun at an officer. Officer in charge Steve Principe says the audit will involve a number of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ABC News (Australia)

38753

United States,India

11 June 2014

Daily Pioneer (India), Opinion

In the US, powerful pro-gun lobbies have repeatedly sabotaged every attempt by lawmakers to make the possession of guns more difficult. In India too, it's not very difficult to secure a gun licence. This is a bad omen Lawmakers in California in the United States are now mulling stricter gun control laws after a young man in the University of California killed six college students and himself. The young man was able to buy three guns and go on a rampage despite warnings... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Pioneer (India)

38768

United States

9 June 2014

New York Times

Lots more of our fellow travelers are packing for the airport, so to speak. So far this year (as of the end of last week), the Transportation Security Administration has found 892 guns in passengers' carry-on bags at security checkpoints. That's a 19 percent increase from the comparable period of last year, when the total was 750 guns. The 2013 gun-tote tally was a record, at 1,813 firearms found, incidentally. As this year's gun haul keeps rolling along, a one-day... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

38749

United Kingdom

7 June 2014

BBC News

The number of registered guns and gun owners in Jersey has fallen since 2012. Police records show there are 1,514 firearm owners which is a 16% drop over the past two years. Between them, the island's gun owners keep 9,328 guns, including air rifles and pistols, which is 4% down since 2012. Gun ownership in Jersey has been in the spotlight since a Glock 9mm pistol went missing from an unlocked car on Friday 30 May. The pistol was handed in two days later by a member... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

38743

Philippines

6 June 2014

Gulf News (Dubai)

Manila - Nineteen top ranking policemen and 10 private businessmen have been accused of facilitating the sale of 1,000 high-powered firearms stolen from the Philippine National Police (PNP) to communist rebels. An investigation is also ongoing for the alleged sale of government-issued firearms and ammunition to a separatist Filipino-Muslim rebel group in the southern Philippines, sources told Gulf News. Chief Supt. Raul Petrasanta, regional director of the Philippine... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Gulf News (Dubai)

38745

Australia

5 June 2014

Time (USA), Opinion

In the decade and a half since Australia initiated the policy, the number of firearms per person has stayed constant, and gun deaths have remained low. Sometimes a tragedy is so awful that it changes the national debate. The 1996 Dunblane school shooting in Scotland and the 2011 Norwegian gun massacre all prompted an outpouring of anguish and a demand for changes in law. In Australia, that moment was the 1996 Port Arthur massacre, in which a gunman killed 35 people at... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Time (USA)

38740

South Africa

5 June 2014

News24 (Cape Town)

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

Read More: News24 (Cape Town)

38737

United States

4 June 2014

New York Times, Opinion

The National Rifle Association is distancing itself from an article on its website that called demonstrations by gun rights advocates who brandished weapons in public "scary" and "weird," and that said such advocates had "crossed the line from enthusiasm to downright foolishness." The article and the subsequent denunciations in the past week are an unusual public disagreement inside the N.R.A. about the tactics of protesters, particularly in Texas, who have shown up... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

38735

United States

4 June 2014

Bloomberg (USA), Opinion

Like the Republican Party, the National Rifle Association has been moving right for more than three decades - ever since radicals calling for maximum gun rights took over the organization's convention in Cincinnati in 1977. And like Republican leaders who keep caving to the demands of Tea Party extremists at virtually every turn, the NRA's national leadership has a big fat Tea Party problem that it cannot solve. NRA leader Wayne LaPierre has proved willing to shout... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Bloomberg (USA)

38734

New Zealand

4 June 2014

Stuff (New Zealand)

Mainlanders are twice as likely to own a firearm than North Islanders. About 8 per cent of South Islanders are standard firearm licence holders, compared to just 4 per cent in the North Island, according to police data. About one in 10 people have a firearm licence in the Tasman police district, an area that runs from Kaikoura, around the top of the South Island and down the West Coast to Haast. In contrast, Auckland City police district has just 6000 licence holders,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Stuff (New Zealand)

38728

United Kingdom

3 June 2014

Inverness Courier (Scotland)

Almost 40,000 rifles and shotguns are in private hands across the Highlands and Islands, it has been revealed. As the debate about the routine arming of local police continues, a new report shows that gun ownership per head in the Highlands is one of the highest in Scotland. In total 39,933 guns are in the possession of 10,853 individuals. Most legally held weapons are owned by farmers and on shooting estates. The figures are contained in a report prepared by Police... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Inverness Courier (Scotland)

38741

Canada

3 June 2014

Toronto Sun (Ontario)

Bruce Montague was a northern Ontario firearms dealer so opposed to Canada's licensing laws that he stopped registering his guns in protest and dared the government to come after him. Be careful what you wish for. Ten years later, the 54-year-old's act of what he saw as "civil disobedience" has resulted in an 18-month jail sentence, a lifetime ban from operating his trade and now he's just been ordered to hand over his $100,000 gun collection — his life savings —... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Toronto Sun (Ontario)

38732

Bhutan

2 June 2014

Kuensel Online

The import of guns and bullets into Bhutan has been banned from this month. The Royal Bhutan Police (RBP) made this announcement in the media and on its website, earlier this month. In its announcement, RBP referred to section 11 of the Fire Arms and Ammunition Act 1990, which bans the import of firearms and ammunition by the general public, for its recent decision. However, section 11 does allow for the purchase and import of ammunition for "authorised... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Kuensel Online

38731

United States

2 June 2014

Talking Points Radio

Gun lovers in Texas are furious at the National Rifle Association right now. In response to the NRA's statement on Friday criticizing Texas activists' recent tactics, members of the pro-gun group Open Carry Texas have been cutting up their NRA membership cards, and the group has issued a statement demanding a retraction of the NRA's "disgusting and disrespectful comments." Or else. "The more the NRA continues to divide its members by attacking some aspects of gun... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Talking Points Radio

38727

United States

2 June 2014

New York Daily News

Even the National Rifle Association thinks some Texas residents are taking public gun toting too far. The notorious gun lobby has slapped members of Open Carry Texas as "downright weird" for their insistence on bringing loaded semi-automatic rifles, including AR-15s and AK-47s, into family-friendly establishments like Chipotle and Starbucks. The statement, released Friday, came one day before a throng of some 150 people, some armed with semi-automatic rifles and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Daily News

38726

United States

2 June 2014

Bloomberg (USA), Opinion

"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," said National Rifle Association chieftain Wayne LaPierre. Unless, apparently, the good guy with a gun is in Texas and obeying the state's open-carry law while hunting down some Mexican food or a cup of joe. According to a May 30 post on the NRA website, exercising one's rights in such a manner is, well, a little weird. It's hard to imagine where open-carry advocates got the notion that they... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Bloomberg (USA)

38723

United States

2 June 2014

Mother Jones (USA)

The last couple of months have been rough for proponents of open-carry gun laws. No fewer than seven restaurant chains have taken a stand against firearms being brought to their businesses, after activists in Texas conducted provocative demonstrations in which they toted semi-automatic rifles into various eateries. Texas law allows rifles (though not handguns) to be carried on display in public, but some patrons and employees were unnerved and angered by the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Mother Jones (USA)

38722

United States,Fiji

31 May 2014

Fiji Times

An American national who attempted to bring in guns and ammunition into the country had his sentence changed after the High Court reviewed it. Sonny Blake was convicted of bribing a Customs officer and possession of firearms without a license by the Magistrates Court. He was given a 12-month jail term suspended for five years, fined $1000 and conviction not recorded. In his judgment Justice Paul Madigan said in this age where commercial intercourse was paramount and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Fiji Times

38719

United Kingdom

30 May 2014

BBC News

There are about 84,000 guns and more than 141,000 shotguns legally held in Scotland, according to new statistics. The numbers are up on the previous year's figures, with the increase the first seen in five years. However, the rise in the number of certificates for guns is in part due to a change in what is recorded as a "firearm". The number of shotguns held on certificate is the highest for the past 10 years. Firearm and shotgun certificates must be renewed every... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

38717

Ghana

30 May 2014

Spy Ghana

Eight persons were on Wednesday remanded by an Accra Circuit Court for manufacturing firearms without lawful authority and abetment of crime. One of them, Daniel Forfoe, was charged for manufacturing firearms while the remaining seven Andres Nyanney, Richard Armah, Stephen Asamani, Daniel Akakpo, Issac Annor, Samuel Appiah and Emmanuel Armahon, were charged for abetment of crime. Prosecuting, Police Inspector Isaac Agbemehia, told the court that the accused persons... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Spy Ghana

38714

Mexico,United States

28 May 2014

ProPublica

Are Mass Shootings Increasing? Depends on How You Count Them Criminologists have made the same point again and again: the number of mass shootings in America is not increasing. Experts told the Los Angeles Times that mass shootings represent only a small fraction of the annual deaths due to gun violence, and that police data indicate that the overall count of mass shootings per year has not shown any significant increase over time. This conclusion is based on the FBI's... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ProPublica

38716

Australia,United States

25 May 2014

Daily Beast

As a shooting spree leaves seven dead in California, the gun lobby is trying to thwart attempts to study gun deaths and officials who see gun violence as a public health crisis. Yet another massacre occurred last night at an institution of learning, this time the University of California, Santa Barbara. The price we paid for the National Rifle Association's "freedom" was seven people murdered and seven injured at nine different crime scenes. A young man who Santa... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Beast

38703

United States

24 May 2014

Los Angeles Times

Mixed in with prayers and sympathy after the Isla Vista shooting and stabbing rampage in Santa Barbara County were renewed calls Saturday to pass stronger gun control legislation. "Although the circumstances of this attack are under investigation, we do know that real solutions exist to prevent most of the 90 gun deaths that happen in our nation every day, and that those solutions are supported by the overwhelming majority of Americans," said Dan Gross, president of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Los Angeles Times

38706

Australia

23 May 2014

Yahoo! 7 News (Australia)

The Palmer United Party (PUP) has introduced legislation to Queensland Parliament proposing to regulate the creation and possession of 3D printed firearms. If passed, the laws would be an Australian first, making it a punishable offence to make, buy or possess 3D firearms. PUP MP Carl Judge told State Parliament last night he was concerned the new printing method could be used by criminals. Mr Judge said the private member's bill included a licensing scheme, as well... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Yahoo! 7 News (Australia)

38711

United States

22 May 2014

New York Daily News

When Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson put out a 558-count indictment against six firearms traffickers who conspired to sell illegal guns here, all 155 of the weapons recovered by the NYPD came from one place: Georgia. If you think you've heard this story before, you have. Last September, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. indicted an individual who had illegally trafficked a huge stockpile of guns — via the post office — here from Georgia. As... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Daily News

38698

Jamaica

22 May 2014

Jamaica Gleaner

There is to be a 100 per cent increase in the cost for a firearm dealer's licence as Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips has signed a ministerial order approving greater charges for firearm licences, certificates and payments. But retired assistant commissioner Errol Strong, who chaired the board of the Firearm Licensing Authority until 2010, said the increase "will not break the back of the dealers". The ministerial order, dated May 2, which was laid in the House of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Jamaica Gleaner

38691

Belize

21 May 2014

Breaking Belize News

Earlier this year the Government of Belize indicated interest in revising the gun laws after a series of controversies, including the release of public officer Reynaldo Verde from a mooted firearm charge and the release of Police Corporal Gino Peck after a little-used section of the law was implemented. But planned consultations have not taken place and the People's United Party (PUP) proposed amendments have not been responded to. Today the party said it would... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Breaking Belize News

38694

Bulgaria

21 May 2014

Sofia Globe

A gun control check has found that 211,486 people out of Bulgaria's population of 7.3 million have firearm licences, meaning more than 300,500 guns – which officials said means that Bulgaria's civilians are better-armed than the country's army. The Prosecutor-General's office ordered a check-up on firearm licences and possession of firearms after a March incident in which a botched special police operation against a mentally ill man with a stash of firearms led to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sofia Globe

38689

Nigeria

21 May 2014

This Day (Lagos)

The Lagos State Police Command yesterday arrested and paraded a former leader of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, Alhaji Mukaila Lamidi, for stockpiling arms and ammunition. Also, the state Commissioner of Police, Umar Manko, paraded other 10 suspects who specialised in using military uniforms to assault and brutalise innocent citizens, as well as other forms of atrocities. It was gathered that Lamidi was arrested... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: This Day (Lagos)

38686

South Africa

21 May 2014

Independent/IOL Daily News (South Africa)

Durban - A KwaMashu pupil is being investigated for taking a firearm and 16 bullets to school a day after an argument with a teacher. The 15-year-old Grade 9 pupil was arrested at Sivananda High School on Friday and appeared in the Ntuzuma Magistrate's Court on Monday. He was released into his parent's custody, but the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education does not want him back at school. Police spokesman, Captain Thulani Zwane, said on Tuesday the police were... (GunPolicy.org)

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

38685

Germany,United States,Luxembourg

20 May 2014

Wall Street Journal

1. "Owning our product may be hazardous to your health." In the U.S., there are now somewhere between 270 million and 310 million guns, according to the Pew Research Center — that's almost one gun for every person in the nation. Judges and legislators across the political spectrum recognize the constitutional right to bear arms. And gun and ammunition sales to private citizens are a significant part of a nearly $15 billion industry that's seeing plenty of growth: On... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Wall Street Journal

38693

United States

20 May 2014

USA Today

Chipotle is asking customers not to bring firearms into its restaurants after gun-rights advocates brought assault-style weapons into a downtown Dallas store during the weekend. The Mexican fast-food company, based in Denver, said Monday evening that it has traditionally complied with local firearms laws, but that "the display of firearms in our restaurants has now created an environment that is potentially intimidating or uncomfortable for many of our... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: USA Today

38692

Bulgaria

20 May 2014

Sofia News Agency

Nearly 212,000 Bulgarian citizens have gun permits, said Chief Prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov. The total number of registered firearms is 340,000 units, shows the checkup, following the incident with the mentally unstable man in Lyaskovets who killed one police officer during the operation for disarming him. Tsatsarov said he was expecting a considerable number of firearms, but the figures were nevertheless staggering. According to him, this army of armed civilians... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sofia News Agency

38688

Ghana

20 May 2014

Peace FM Online (Ghana)

Suspects found guilty of owning an unregistered gun or a light weapon could soon be handed life sentences. That's according to the National Commission on small arms and light weapons. The commission is currently undertaking consultations to review the existing 1962 legislation to respond to current challenges. For instance, proposals made for consideration includes one can apply to own a weapon at age 21 up from the current age of 18. There is also a proposal to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Peace FM Online (Ghana)

38682

United Kingdom,Samoa

18 May 2014

Daily Record (Scotland)

More than 400 police officers across Scotland have been secretly authorised to carry handguns in a holster while on routine patrol, we can reveal. Permission was given by Police Scotland Chief Constable Sir Stephen House without any requirement for approval by politicians. It means specialist officers are routinely allowed to carry handguns on duty – even though there may be no obvious threat to them or the public. Previously, firearms officers had to collect... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Record (Scotland)

38678

United States

16 May 2014

Portland Press Herald (Maine) / Washington Post

SAN FRANCISCO — It was John Zawahri's failure to pass a background check that prevented him from buying a firearm in California several years ago. So the 23-year-old obtained an "unfinished receiver," the metal piece that holds the critical mechanisms that allow guns to fire, and built an assault rifle himself. Last summer, he went on a rampage at a college in Southern California, firing about 100 rounds and killing five people before police fatally shot... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Portland Press Herald (Maine) / Washington Post

38670

United States

15 May 2014

Mother Jones (USA)

As Jennifer Longdon steered her wheelchair through the Indianapolis airport on April 25, she thought the roughest part of her trip was over. Earlier that day she'd participated in an emotional press conference with the new group Everytown for Gun Safety, against the backdrop of the National Rifle Association's annual meeting. A mom, gun owner, and Second Amendment supporter, Longdon was paralyzed in 2004 after being shot in her car by unknown assailants, and has since... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Mother Jones (USA)

38669

United Kingdom

15 May 2014

BBC News

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

Read More: BBC News

38668

Finland

15 May 2014

YLE (Finland)

Changing gun ownership laws in Finland have resulted in a decrease in the number of permits issued. Last year just under 60,000 permits were issued, compared with more than 85,000 in 2007. While the Finnish government has recommended changes to firearm ownership laws for this year - a move that the police believe will curb the general public's enthusiasm for applying for firearm permits - the numbers are already down. Last year, 59,324 gun permits were issued whereas... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: YLE (Finland)

38667

Bahrain,Saudi Arabia

14 May 2014

Gulf Daily News (Bahrain)

A man who pulled out a gun in a Manama bar will avoid prison. The 59-year-old Saudi was "showing off" his newly purchased firearm to a Bahraini in April 2012. He told him he had just bought the 6.5mm Italian handgun from a man in the street outside. However, the 29-year-old customer he showed it to alerted hotel security guards, who called police. The High Criminal Court convicted him of possessing an unlicensed weapon and ammunition, but handed him a suspended... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Gulf Daily News (Bahrain)

38680

New Zealand

11 May 2014

New Zealand Herald

A string of hunting accidents is proof New Zealand's firearms laws need to be reviewed, a leading gun control advocate says. In the past 10 years, 19 people have died and 57 have been injured by firearms. A 44-year-old duck hunter suffered serious injuries after being shot in the elbow last Saturday. Another man, also 44, has been charged with careless use of a firearm causing injury and released on bail. Kevin Clements, chairman of Peace and Conflict Studies at... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Zealand Herald

38655

Guam

10 May 2014

Guam PDN

Residents could soon be able to get a concealed firearms permit if they meet certain qualifications, if the governor signs a bill that was passed into law by the Legislature yesterday. Bill 296 would align Guam's firearms law with other jurisdictions and require the police department to issue concealed firearms permits to residents who meet certain requirements. The bill was one of many that senators voted to pass during the last day of session yesterday. The bill... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guam PDN

38654

United States

8 May 2014

Chicago Tribune

South Dakota lawmaker Steve Hickey has 17 guns, a National Rifle Association card and a faith that pistol-packing residents make public places safer — except for the one where he works. "We have the most contentious issues being debated in public policy, affecting people in irate, angrily ways and affecting millions and millions of dollars," Hickey said of the copper-domed capitol in Pierre, where he sponsored a law allowing teachers to carry firearms in schools.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Chicago Tribune

38673

Canada

7 May 2014

Toronto Star (Ontario)

There are no safeguards in Canadian firearms legislation to prevent people from purchasing a large number of handguns and then illegally transferring them to potential criminals. It's an area of the law that gun control advocates say needs to be strengthened, and was recently highlighted after a Toronto man was sent to prison for legally purchasing 47 handguns from two stores over five months and then illegally transferring 43 of them to an acquaintance, who acted as a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Toronto Star (Ontario)

38644

Belize

7 May 2014

Breaking Belize News

Police have arrested and charged one of their own in connection with the theft of a cache of weapons and ammunition from inside a safe at the San Pedro Police Station over the Labor Day holiday. Constable Yannick Wade, 27, has been arrested and charged for the two counts of kept firearm without a gun license and two counts of kept ammunition without a gun license. PC Wade has been additionally charged for the crime of theft. The charges arose out of the theft of eight... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Breaking Belize News

38642

United Kingdom

7 May 2014

BBC News

A pilot to carry out more health checks on people applying for a firearms licence has revealed some people who would otherwise have been allowed one, police say. Applicants can volunteer to let their GP give Durham Police relevant details about their mental and physical health. Ch Insp Steve Ball said it was clear some had not been "particularly candid" about medical conditions in the past. The force used to rely on people self-declaring such issues. It is now... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

38641

South Africa

6 May 2014

Independent (Dublin)

On the same day Oscar Pistorius shot Reeva Steenkamp, young mother Astheera Jagessar reported her boyfriend for holding a handgun to her forehead after she spoke to another man. It all started when an electrician arrived at her boyfriend's house when she was alone there. She wasn't sure why he turned up, so she called her partner and told him to come home. When he arrived back after having a few drinks, he was furious and jealous that Astheera was speaking to a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Independent (Dublin)

38657

Spain

6 May 2014

La Opinión de Murcia

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

Read More: La Opinión de Murcia

38633

United States

5 May 2014

Bloomberg (USA)

Presented with an opportunity to expand gun rights, the U.S. Supreme Court took a powder today. It refused to hear a challenge to gun regulation in New Jersey, repeating a pattern of declining every such opportunity since it decided major gun-rights cases in 2008 and 2010. It wasn't supposed to go this way - not in the world according to gun-rights advocates. The New Jersey case arose from a decision by an appeals court panel, which had upheld the state's ban on... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Bloomberg (USA)

38630

South Africa

4 May 2014

Independent/IOL Daily News (South Africa)

DURBAN - Security at the police ballistics testing centre in Amanzimtoti has been called into question following the theft of seven firearms, which was only discovered last week. The guns, some of which are the property of the Durban metro police, disappeared from the centre after a shooting in Lamontville. There are indications that police officers were involved in the theft as the weapons, which were confiscated for testing, had been signed out and have since... (GunPolicy.org)

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

38648

United States

4 May 2014

Examiner (Denver)

Scores of bullying victims are bringing weapons to school, says new research offered in a presentation today. A recent study shows adolescents who are harassed in multiple ways most likely to carry gun or knife on campus, says the new study, "Exponential, Not Additive, Increase in Risk of Weapons Carrying by Adolescents Who Themselves Are Frequent and Recurrent Victims of Bullying." The abstract of the research is online. Bullying can take many forms. Students who have... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Examiner (Denver)

38632

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

United States

3 May 2014

Washington Post, Opinion

When Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed his state's so-called guns everywhere law, it marked the latest in a string of legislative defeats for gun-control activists. Since the December 2012 Sandy Hook murders, 20 states have loosened gun laws. Georgia has now upped the ante with a bill that allows people to carry concealed weapons into bars, churches, schools and airports and prohibits law enforcement from requiring someone to show their gun owner's license . To be sure,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post

38623

United States

2 May 2014

Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence

In April of this year, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed HB 60, a bill which expands the ability to carry firearms in public spaces such as bars and airports. The media was quick to report that this bill is evidence of a backlash against the many significant gun violence prevention laws enacted in the states last year, despite the media's predominant narrative from last year that, after Newtown, more states weakened gun laws and the gun lobby "won". The truth is that... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence

38666

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

China

29 April 2014

Japan Times

BIASHA, China – A rifle shot tears the air of a mountain hamlet — met not with terror but cries of delight in China's only remaining village where authorities encourage gun ownership. "We start carrying guns from about 15 years old," said Jia Xinshan, fingering a wooden rifle's trigger as tourists snapped pictures of him in a shiny black coat. "We're the last gun tribe in China." The armaments in Biasha, a village tucked amid the wooded peaks of Guizhou province,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Japan Times

38611

New Zealand

29 April 2014

New Zealand Herald

An unemployed Auckland man spent $50,000 on firearms then sold them to gang members and other criminals. Peter James Edwards purchased 74 rifles and shotguns in just 18 months, then "pimped" the weapons by cutting down the barrel or stock and adding pistol grips and silencers. The pistol-sized firearms, which are easily carried and concealed, are highly prized in the criminal fraternity and the case has highlighted how easily guns can fall into the wrong... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Zealand Herald

38605

United States

28 April 2014

Washington Post, Opinion

Have we gone stark raving mad? The question is brought to mind by the gun law signed last week in Georgia by Gov. Nathan Deal. You might have thought that since the United States couldn't possibly have more permissive firearms laws than it does now, nothing more could be done to coddle the gun lobby and tip the balance of our statutes away from law enforcement. Alas, you would be wrong. The creativity of the National Rifle Association and other organizations devoted... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post

38603

Australia

27 April 2014

Sydney Morning Herald, Opinion

Eighteen years ago today, a lone gunman brandishing semi-automatic firearms shot dead 35 people and wounded 23 others at Port Arthur in Tasmania. Most of us would remember where we were when we first heard that news. But nearly two decades on, there are young people who may have never have heard of this massacre. Tighter gun laws in Australia have meant no gun mass killings in their lifetimes. Recent statistics on gun ownership from Gun Control Australia reveal that... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sydney Morning Herald

38613

United States

27 April 2014

New York Times

BEVERLY HILLS, California — Belinda Padilla does not pick up unknown calls anymore, not since someone posted her cellphone number on an online forum for gun enthusiasts. A few fuming-mad voice mail messages and heavy breathers were all it took. Then someone snapped pictures of the address where she has a P.O. box and put those online, too. In a crude, cartoonish scrawl, this person drew an arrow to the blurred image of a woman passing through the photo frame.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

38602

United States

26 April 2014

Guardian (UK)

After Congress failed to pass gun reform last year, the debate over gun violence and Second Amendment rights has largely moved from Washington DC to state capitals. That debate heated up after the December 2012 shooting tragedy at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. Last year, lawmakers in Connecticut and Colorado – another state rocked by a mass shooting in 2012 – passed sweeping new gun-control measures. In January 2013, New York enacted a law... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (UK)

38601

United States

26 April 2014

New York Times

SANTA ANA, California — Pete Alexander celebrated the news that a federal court in California had thrown out this state's strict requirements for obtaining a concealed-handgun permit — among the toughest in the nation — by calling the Orange County Sheriff's Department to apply for a permit he had long wanted. "I'm a gun enthusiast," said Mr. Alexander, a construction contractor who lives in Fullerton. "Crime is encroaching on our neighborhood, and I don't feel... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

38600

United States

26 April 2014

Seattle Times

BURLINGTON, Skagit County — For more than 65 years, Kesselring Gun Shop has been a firearms fixture in the Northwest, arming hunters, target shooters and police from one of the largest inventories on the West Coast. Until surrendering its federal firearms license last October, the family-owned gun store also may have been the worst gun retailer in America. It was nearly a decade ago when inspectors with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Seattle Times

38599

Turkey

23 April 2014

Today's Zaman (Istanbul), Opinion

Earlier this week, Turkey saw two terrifying incidents in which stray bullets caused injury and, in one case, the death of a 24-year-old. Erkan Bektaş, a waiter who was leaving work at a café in İstanbul's Beşiktaş district at 5 a.m., was shot in the head by a stray bullet when he was walking down the street. The individual who shot him was caught up in a bar fight. The dispute, which the young waiter was not involved in, had reportedly erupted among a group of men... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Today's Zaman (Istanbul)

38606

United States

23 April 2014

CNN

ELLIJAY, GA - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed a wide-ranging gun bill into law Wednesday that has critics howling and proponents applauding. House Bill 60, or the Safe Carry Protection Act of 2014 - which opponents have nicknamed the "guns everywhere bill" - specifies where Georgia residents can carry weapons. Included are provisions that allow residents who have concealed carry permits to take guns into some bars, churches, school zones, government buildings and... (GunPolicy.org)

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El Salvador

22 April 2014

Diario El Mundo (El Salvador)

[Translated summary: 107 firearms were seized by the El Salvador police over an eight day holiday period in April, including handguns, shotguns, rifles and two machine guns. Over 80% of crimes in El Salvador are committed with guns.] La Policía Nacional Civil, (PNC) decomisó 107 armas de fuego durante el periodo vacacional de Semana Santa, comprendido entre el 12 al 20 de abril. Según el reporte, la mayoría de las incautaciones fueron pistolas 9 milímetros,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Diario El Mundo (El Salvador)

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United Kingdom

22 April 2014

Guardian (UK)

An internal coalition battle over a taxpayer subsidy for cheap gun licences spilled into the open on Tuesday when a Liberal Democrat Home Office minister said that he will attempt to force through reforms despite being blocked by the prime minister, David Cameron. Norman Baker, who has responsibilities for shotgun certificates, said he has been frustrated by the decision to block plans to raise the cost of gun licences, forcing police services to find more than £17m... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (UK)

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China

22 April 2014

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka), Agence France Presse

BEIJING - Police in China are set to receive firearms training as part of a nationwide plan to boost armed patrols, state media said Tuesday, after a string of high-profile violent incidents. China announced last month that it plans to roll out armed patrols across the country following a spate of violence, including a knife attack in the southwestern city of Kunming on March 1 which left 33 people dead. The country's stability-obsessed Communist leadership responds... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sunday Times (Sri Lanka), Agence France Presse

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Liberia

21 April 2014

The New Dawn (Monrovia)

Deputy Police Director for Operation Colonel Abraham Kromah, has called for the trust-worthiness of police officers that are expected to be armed at various police stations and depots across the country. "They have to be trusted and trained before we give them arm, and we will ensure that, the public should not worry," he said. Col. Kromah disclosed that officers who will be armed will go through thorough training like the Police Support Unit (PSU) and the Emergency... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: The New Dawn (Monrovia)

38579

St Vincent & Grenadines

20 April 2014

I-Witness News (St Vincent & Grenadines)

A gun in the hands of an untrained person is like a weapon of mass destruction, Commissioner of Police Michael Charles said last week, adding that the completion of the Coastguard base in Canouan can help to stem the flow of illegal guns into this country. Guns were used in eight of the nine murders recorded here this year, and police have also taken 15 illegal guns off the street. One was handed in to the police and the others were seized during stop and searches and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: I-Witness News (St Vincent & Grenadines)

38586

Netherlands

17 April 2014

Netherlands Times

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

Read More: Netherlands Times

38647

United States

16 April 2014

CBC News (Canada), Opinion

Three days after Frazier Glenn Miller tried to kill some of the Jews he has spent his life despising (the self-styled paramilitary warrior actually wound up gunning down three Christians instead), the National Rifle Association's website remains silent about the attacks. Instead, the site features, among other things, a Fox News appearance by the NRA's chief legislative lobbyist about the need to defeat Barack Obama's nominee for surgeon general. The nominee, a doctor... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CBC News (Canada)

38574

Pakistan

15 April 2014

Central Asia Online

ISLAMABAD – Gul Sher, 31, is busy cleaning his unlicenced AK-47 rifle. He is at his home in the outskirts of Mianwali, Punjab Province. "Keeping rifles or other small weapons is part of our culture here," Gul said. "Our elders say, 'Weapons are men's jewellry'. Without them we feel alone and insecure." Keeping unlicenced weapons is illegal, but Gul isn't alone. Many in his small town do so as well. Illegal trade, but law goes unenforced Keeping prohibited or... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Central Asia Online

38616

New Zealand

15 April 2014

Dominion Post (Wellington)

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

Read More: Dominion Post (Wellington)

38566

Martinique

14 April 2014

Le Monde (France)

[Translated summary: Since the beginning of the year, out of 13 homicides, 10 were committed with firearms. Since the start of the amnesty, over 800 firearms have been recovered. Most firearms circulating in Martinique are shotguns that were diverted during robberies and then altered (sawed-off shotguns).] Le 26 février, en plein jour, un jeune homme de 29 ans était froidement abattu sous les yeux de sa mère au coeur du quartier Godissard, une cité populaire de... (GunPolicy.org)

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38570

United States

13 April 2014

USA Today

WASHINGTON — The push and pull over the Second Amendment right to bear arms is heating up again, thanks in part to a former Supreme Court justice's new book. Friday, the high court will consider whether to hear a challenge to a New Jersey law restricting the right to carry guns in public. If the court grants the petition, it would be the most important gun control case since the justices upheld the right to keep handguns at home for self-defense in 2008. While the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: USA Today

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United States

13 April 2014

Telegraph (UK)

The song blasts from two speakers placed either side of a beige canopy: "Guns, whether Remingtons and Glocks / Come on man it ain't like I'm a slingin' 'em on the block / I'm gonna tell you once, and listen son / As long as I'm alive and breathing, You won't take my guns." Under the canopy is a table full of T-shirts and baseball caps embossed with the words "Open Carry Texas". And gathered around that are a handful of people with AK-47 or AR-15 semi-automatic rifles... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Telegraph (UK)

38565

Philippines

9 April 2014

Philippine Star

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines – Police were stopped yesterday from enforcing a new firearms licensing system provided under Republic Act 10591, the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act of 2013. Issuing the temporary restraining order (TRO) in Baguio City, the Supreme Court (SC) stopped all centralized gun regulatory processes, including requirements, testing and licensing in Camp Crame, Quezon City. SC spokesman Theodore Te said the TRO is effective... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Philippine Star

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

9 April 2014

Stars and Stripes (USA)

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

Read More: Stars and Stripes (USA)

38545

Mexico

7 April 2014

Frontera NorteSur / Mexidata

More Mexicans are acquiring arms to defend their families and property. According to a university researcher, the number of firearms legally possessed in Mexico increased 53 percent from 2009 to 2012, jumping from 2,033,749 to 3,118,592 guns. Ernesto Villanueva, a researcher for the National Autonomous University of Mexico's Institute of Legal Research, based his findings on data from the Mexican Defense Ministry (Sedena), which is in charge of registering firearms.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Frontera NorteSur / Mexidata

38536

Australia

7 April 2014

Perth Now / Herald Sun (Melbourne)

Suburban schoolchildren as young as 12 years old are applying for and getting gun licences in their hundreds, new figures show. The approved youngsters, including pre-teens, can legally shoot rifles, shotguns and handguns under supervision. Victoria Police approved 1028 licences in metropolitan areas last year — more than 270 were granted to children aged 12 to 14. Junior gun owners live in some of the state's most exclusive suburbs including Prahran and span as... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Perth Now / Herald Sun (Melbourne)

38535

United Kingdom,Cyprus

4 April 2014

Manchester Evening News (UK)

A man convicted of firearms offences who went on the run after being released on licence has been arrested in Cyprus. Louis Larsson, 29, from Bolton, was arrested in Paphos, the popular holiday resort in the south of the island, after a joint operation by Greater Manchester Police and the National Crime Agency. It is understood armed Cypriot police were also involved in the arrest. In 2010, Larsson, admitted a series of firearms offences after he mail-ordered gun... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Manchester Evening News (UK)

38537

Brazil,Argentina,Uruguay,Honduras,Guatemala,Mexico,Jordan,Colombia,Peru

3 April 2014

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Authorities in Peru say the majority of arms used by criminal groups are stolen from private owners and security forces, highlighting a common regional phenomenon that is often facilitated by corrupt officials. Specialists consulted by El Comercio said the majority of pistols and shotguns used by criminal groups in Peru were stolen from legitimate owners, rather than acquired through the black market. Authorities reported that 1,767 firearms were declared lost or... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

38530

United States

3 April 2014

Washington Post

An Iraq war veteran who was grappling with mental health issues opened fire at Fort Hood, Tex., in an attack that left four people dead and 16 wounded Wednesday afternoon, according to preliminary law enforcement and military reports. The gunfire sent tremors of fear across a sprawling Army post still reeling from one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history. Many basic details about the shooting remained unclear in the chaotic hours after the first calls for help... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post

38526

Guam,Oceania,United States

2 April 2014

ABC Radio Australia (Shortwave)

More residents in Guam may soon be able to carry concealed firearms if a bill introduced into its legislature is passed. The bill, which has bipartisan support, was introduced into Parliament by Senator Tony Ada. Co-sponsor of the bill, Senator Aline Yamashita, has told Pacific Beat that at present 50 per cent of residents in the US territory who apply for a permit to carry a concealed firearm are unsuccessful. She says the Second Amendment to the US Constitution... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ABC Radio Australia (Shortwave)

38523

India

2 April 2014

Channel NewsAsia (Singapore)

NEW DELHI - While gun laws in India are strict, local police are battling a growing problem of illegal firearms. It is a major concern in the lead-up to the general elections, along with illicit liquor. Firearms made in the countryside are bought in bulk by local political workers. Ahead of the general elections which are due in a fortnight, the guns are used for protection in clashes, or to intimidate rural voters. The police and the Election Commission maintain a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Channel NewsAsia (Singapore)

38522

Yemen

1 April 2014

Yemen Times (Sana'a)

Facebook increasingly used to sell arms Sitting among friends inside the arms shop he owns in the well-known Jahana arms market, Ali Awla busily posts photos of newly-arrived arms on his Facebook page. Several types of weapons are carefully hung inside the shop to attract customers. The Jahana arms market, which is located about 25 kilometers from Sana'a, is home to over 40 stores selling an impossibly wide range of weapons and body armor, including rocket-propelled... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Yemen Times (Sana'a)

38519

Australia

1 April 2014

Guardian (UK)

Rose Tattoo drummer Paul DeMarco has been charged over a gun sales syndicate in NSW. Former bikie boss Sam Ibrahim and his younger sister Maha Sayour were also arrested over the alleged syndicate during a series of dawn raids in Sydney and the Illawarra region on Tuesday morning. DeMarco, 55, was arrested by officers from NSW's heavily armed tactical operations unit at Windsor about 6.15am. He is due to appear at Blacktown local court on Tuesday afternoon, with... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (UK)

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