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China,Hong Kong

16 May 2016

South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)

A man has been arrested at the Lo Wu border checkpoint on suspicion of smuggling firearm parts from Hong Kong to the mainland. Shenzhen police were alerted after a cleaner found a roll of copper wire containing gun parts next to a fence at a checkpoint exit, Guangdong provincial police said on their website. Police later assembled four pistols from the parts. Police soon identified a suspect and arrested him at the border crossing last week. He was carrying two gun... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)

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Switzerland,Germany,Finland,Norway,Israel,United States,South Africa,China,Russia,United Kingdom,Australia,Mexico,Canada,Argentina

3 October 2015

Wall Street Journal

The latest U.S. shooting that ended in the deaths of 10 people at an Oregon college last week is reigniting calls for tighter gun laws and prompting comparisons to gun violence in other countries. President Barack Obama asked why Americans can't follow the example of the U.K. and Australia. They crafted laws that "almost eliminate mass shootings," he said. "We know there are ways to prevent it." Adam Lankford, an associate professor at the University of Alabama... (GunPolicy.org)

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China

30 May 2014

Standard (Hong Kong)

A policeman's handgun went off accidentally when two officers held a safety demonstration at a kindergarten in China to mark International Children's Day, injuring one child and four parents, authorities said. A gun discharged accidentally and a bullet hit the ground, sending shards of cement flying into the air, wounding five people, said police authorities in Zhengzhou, in the central province of Henan. They had injuries to their arms and legs and were rushed to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Standard (Hong Kong)

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United States,China

27 May 2014

China Daily

Cooperation with other countries is being intensified to combat arms smuggling, according to an official at the General Administration of Customs. Last year, Chinese customs officials investigated 50 cases of smuggling involving firearms and ammunition, an increase of 16.3 percent from the previous year. Authorities confiscated 5,916 guns, 882 gun parts and 13,000 rounds of ammunition in these cases. "The smuggling of drugs or firearms poses serious threats to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: China Daily

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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

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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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China

14 April 2014

International Business Times (USA)

A raid in southern China resulted in the seizure of over 10,000 illegally owned guns, in addition to thousands of illegal knives. And besides being the largest haul of illegal firearms to date in China, the raid in the city of Guiyang, located in Guizhou province, has brought to the light once more China's evolving, underground gun culture. China's weapons laws are among the world's strictest. The country bans all private gun ownership, with very few exceptions. This... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: International Business Times (USA)

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China

14 April 2014

Xinhua

GUIZHOU - Police in southwest China's Guizhou Province have seized a record number of illegal guns and knives in a cross-province raid that also captured 15 suspects, China Daily reported on Monday. The police busted a gang involving in manufacturing and selling weapons and confiscated about 15,000 guns and 120,000 controlled knives. It was the largest such seizure ever in China, the newspaper said. The police found out after a four-month investigation that the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Mozambique,United States,Russia,China,South Africa

11 April 2014

Mail & Guardian (Johannesburg)

Best known as the director of the 2008 South African crime film Jerusalema and for his music video work with such top stars as Tony Braxton and Michael Jackson, Ralph Ziman's new art installation Ghosts is a powerful comment on the global arms trade and the worship of guns in South African society. The work includes an extraordinary series of photographs showing men dressed in Day-Glo outfits toting wire-and-bead AK-47s, which are exhibited alongside the imitation... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Mail & Guardian (Johannesburg)

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China

28 March 2014

Xinhua

BEIJING - China's Ministry of Public Security (MPS) on Friday launched a campaign against crimes involving guns and explosives. In a videophone conference on Friday, the ministry said the situation of crimes involving guns and explosives in the country is still serious, urging police nationwide to check all leads so as to seize as many guns and explosives as possible. Under Chinese law, members of the public are banned from owning firearms and explosives. The police... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Xinhua

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

20 February 2014

Fair Observer

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

Read More: Fair Observer

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China,United States,Australia

20 February 2014

Reuters

China unveiled dramatic details of charges against a former mining magnate on Thursday, accusing him of crimes ranging from murder to gun-running and extortion as part of a "mafia-style" gang he led. In an announcement carried by the official Xinhua news agency, prosecutors in central China said they had laid charges against the former chairman of Hanlong Mining, which had tried to take over Australia's Sundance Resources Ltd. Police last year announced the detention... (GunPolicy.org)

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

16 February 2014

Japan Times

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

Read More: Japan Times

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Thailand,Myanmar,Nepal,India,South Asia,Bangladesh,China

4 February 2014

al Jazeera

A recent court verdict in Bangladesh in a case almost 10 years old has brought into focus the continuing scourge of weapons-smuggling from China into South Asia. A judge in the Bangladesh port city of Chittagong last week sentenced 14 men to death for their role in what was an aborted bid to smuggle in 1,500 boxes of weapons that needed ten trucks to carry. Among those sentenced were a prominent Bangladesh opposition leader, Motiur Rahman Nizami, several top... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: al Jazeera

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

1 February 2014

Ekklesia (UK)

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

Read More: Ekklesia (UK)

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China

31 January 2014

Xinhua

KUNMING - A man shot six people dead and wounded three more as he took revenge against his wife's lovers in southwest China's Yunnan Province on Thursday afternoon, local police said on Friday. The suspect, Shao Zongqi, 38, is now wanted by the police of Tengchong county. Shao, who is from the village of Qingkou, is suspected of carrying out the killing with a semi-automatic rifle before escaping in a cross-country vehicle. When Shao discovered that his wife had been... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Xinhua

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China

13 January 2014

Xinhua

SHANGHAI - A man stood trial in a court in east China's Shanghai on Monday for allegedly killing six and injuring four others with guns and an iron pipe in June last year. The defendant, Fan Jieming, 63, was charged with murder, robbery, and forcible seizure, illegal purchase and possession of guns, according to the Shanghai No. 2 Intermediate People's Court. The trial opened at around 9:30 a.m. and continued on Monday afternoon. On June 22, Fan allegedly beat a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Xinhua

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

6 January 2014

Vermelho / El Pais

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

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Turkey,United States,Egypt,China

29 December 2013

Egypt State Information Service

Egyptian customs authorities on Saturday seized firearms and ammunition in containers coming from the United States, Turkey and China. Two Beirut-bound containers were found at the Alexandria port carrying 2,400 rifles of different types, said the head of the Egyptian Customs Authority Mohamed el-Salhawy. Another two shipments of fireworks arrived at Dekheila port. They were imported under a fake request of medical supplies. Meantime, four containers were seized at... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Egypt State Information Service

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China

20 December 2013

Xinhua

GUANGZHOU - A former political advisor of Shenzhen City was sentenced to 14 years behind bars for bribery and holding illegal weapons by a court in south China's Guangdong Province on Friday. Huang Zhiguang, former vice chairman of the Shenzhen Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, took bribes in exchange for promotions, Guangzhou Intermediate People's Court ruled. He also helped Zhan, president of a local company, with his business,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Xinhua

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Morocco,China

18 December 2013

Morocco World News

CASABLANCA - Last August, the police managed to arrest Chinese criminals who attempted to assassinate a Chinese citizen at Casablanca's Derb Omar. Recently, the police announced the dismantling of a mafia network, which is this time originally from Europe. According to MAP, the National Team of Judicial Police managed, with the assistance of the Directorate of Territorial Surveillance (DST), to dismantle criminal networks active in the field of cross-border organized... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Morocco World News

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China,United States

25 November 2013

Global Times (China)

Peng Di (pseudonym), an engineer from Wuhan, Central China's Hubei Province, did not expect to spend the rest of his life in prison or face the death penalty, for a hobby. Despite the fact that China has many gun enthusiasts, the hobby has its risks. Peng went further than simply studying guns and decided to buy 1,300 air gun pellets online from a US vendor in 2011. Peng was charged with smuggling ammunition after he bought over 1,000 non-military bullets from... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Global Times (China)

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China

30 October 2013

Global Times (China)

A police officer was detained on Wednesday for fatally shooting a pregnant restaurant owner because she did not serve milk tea in Guigang, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, the Beijing Youth Daily reported. The police officer, 33, surnamed Hu, came to the victim's restaurant on Monday evening while intoxicated. Hu asked the owner if they had milk tea, and when told that they didn't, he shot her and her husband. The woman and her fetus died after being sent to hospital.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Global Times (China)

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China,Algeria,Sierra Leone,Russia,United States

17 October 2013

Inter Press Service News Agency

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

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China

15 October 2013

Xinhua

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

Read More: Xinhua

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

25 September 2013

New York Times

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

Read More: New York Times

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India,Myanmar,North Korea,Bangladesh,Nepal,China,Thailand

3 September 2013

Nagaland Post (India)

NEW DELHI - In a significant breakthrough that could provide the first evidence of alleged Chinese involvement in supply of arms to Indian insurgent outfits, Thailand on Saturday picked up a key middleman whose identity had been disclosed by arrested NSCN (I-M) operative Anthony Shimray. Indian Express report stated that Willy Naruenartwanicha, referred to as Willy Narue by Shimray, is a Thai national and was picked up at India's request. According to Shimray, Willy... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Nagaland Post (India)

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China

16 July 2013

Global Times (China)

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

Read More: Global Times (China)

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Nigeria,China,England & Wales

2 July 2013

York Press

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

Read More: York Press

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China

27 June 2013

Global Times (China), Opinion

Shanghai witnessed an unlucky and uneasy week with a chemical plant explosion injuring six on Monday, the latest H7N9 bird flu death on Wednesday and a stampede at Tongji University when David Beckham paid a visit there last Thursday. But none of these incidents were as shocking as the Saturday night gun shooting spree in suburban Baoshan district, which claimed six lives in total. Although we hear of shooting rampages in the US from time to time, where gun control is... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Global Times (China)

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China

25 June 2013

Global Times (China)

A shooting spree in Shanghai on Saturday killed six people. This brutal killing once again prompted debates over gun control in China. One day later, the Ministry of Public Security held an urgent conference, vowing to crack down on firearm crimes. The ministry will launch a comprehensive campaign on firearm management and make efforts to solve this problem. Guns are strictly controlled in China. According to related regulations, guns are allocated only to specific... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Global Times (China)

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China

24 June 2013

Shanghaiist

A 62-year-old man is in custody for killing six people at a chemical plant in Shanghai's Baoshan District on Saturday evening. The man, surname Fan, shot and killed five of his victims, and beat one to death. According to Xinhua, the massacre was initiated by "a financial dispute" between Fan and coworker. After beating the coworker to death, He [Fan] then took a hunting rifle hidden in his dormitory and asked a driver to drive him to a different district. He gunned... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Shanghaiist

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United States,China

6 June 2013

Global Times (China)

Shanghai No.1 Intermediate People's Court sentenced a Zhejiang Province man to death with a reprieve Thursday for smuggling of firearms and ammunition from the US into China. The primary defendant, Wang Ting, 33, was one of 17 people sentenced Thursday for smuggling or illegally possessing firearms. The other defendants received prison sentences ranging from 15 years to 19 months. By giving Wang a death sentence with a reprieve, the court will postpone his execution... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Global Times (China)

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Germany,Nigeria,China,United States,United Kingdom

17 May 2013

Democrat and Chronicle (USA)

British arms dealer Gary Hyde has admitted helping smuggle illegal AK-47 magazines into the United States for sale by a Chili-based firearms wholesaler, federal court records show. Hyde signed a plea agreement in late April but it was not filed until this week, records show. Hyde admitted that he had helped alter the markings on the 5,760 magazines so their country of origin — China — would not be known. In the U.S., there is a federal ban on the importation of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Democrat and Chronicle (USA)

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China

16 May 2013

Global Times (China)

Local police in Lufeng, Guangdong Province have detained a number of gun-wielding thugs involved in a gang fight in Songzhu village Sunday, in which more than 10 villagers were injured, including a 14-year-old boy. Four villagers, including Songzhu village chief Liu Changmao, are in criminal detention. Local residents were unhappy with the distribution of compensation from a land acquisition deal, believing that Liu and his younger brothers had schemed to take more... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Global Times (China)

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Canada,China,Germany

1 May 2013

Global News (Canada)

Six years after approving German-made rifles that can be converted to machine guns "in minutes" – guns that by law should have been prohibited to begin with – the federal government will spend up to $260,000 buying them from their owners. In February 2007, the RCMP classified the SSD BD38, a semi-automatic replica of a German Second World War-era sub-machine gun, as a 'restricted' firearm, meaning that it had the same legal status as a handgun. That classification... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Global News (Canada)

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China

24 April 2013

Shanghai Daily (China)

A drug user who shot a man in the leg with a homemade gun after a quarrel was sentenced to 33 months in prison, a local court ruled yesterday. The shooter, Chen Rongbin, 34, was convicted of three crimes including intentional injury, illegal possession of firearms and illegal possession of drugs, Hongkou District People's Court officials said. Prosecutors said Chen was playing a game on a machine in a game room at 710 Tangshan Road at 8pm on December 16. He had a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Shanghai Daily (China)

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Poland,Ukraine,Israel,Côte d'Ivoire,Bulgaria,Belarus,China,Angola,Russia

16 April 2013

IRIN (UN News)

ABIDJAN - Côte d'Ivoire's recent turbulence - including the ouster of president Henri Konan Bédié in 1999, a long-running insurgency and deadly poll unrest in 2011 - has left the country awash in arms, which have contributed to human rights abuses, widespread crime and persistent insecurity. Two years after coming to power in 2000, Laurent Gbagbo's administration faced an army mutiny, which morphed into a full-scale rebellion. In response, the government underwent a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: IRIN (UN News)

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India,Egypt,Russia,China

3 April 2013

South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)

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

Read More: South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)

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India,Pakistan,China

28 March 2013

Times of India

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

Read More: Times of India

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

20 March 2013

Amnesty International (London)

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

Read More: Amnesty International (London)

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

20 March 2013

New Zealand Herald, Associated Press

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

Read More: New Zealand Herald, Associated Press

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

17 March 2013

New York Times

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

Read More: New York Times

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

16 March 2013

Washington Post

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

Read More: Washington Post

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

7 March 2013

Amnesty International (London), Media release

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

Read More: Amnesty International (London)

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China,Africa,Côte d'Ivoire,Somalia,Angola,South Africa,Sudan,Zimbabwe,Kenya

21 February 2013

Star (Kenya), Opinion

Much is being written and said in the media and academic circles about China's increasing engagement with Africa on many economic and other fronts. Some see this as benefiting Africa; others as detrimental to the real needs of African countries and peoples. Some critics have used phrases like "the second scramble for Africa" and "re-colonization of Africa" to describe the new development. The debate goes on. Yet, there is one subject that has not received the serious... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Star (Kenya)

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

11 January 2013

New York Times

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

Read More: New York Times

36931

United States,Russia,China,Mexico

11 January 2013

Inter Press Service News Agency

MEXICO CITY - A lot of attention goes to the U.S.-made weapons in the hands of criminal groups in this Latin American country. But there is little talk of another problem: the large number of light weapons in the hands of civilians. The Mexican Constitution establishes the people's right to "own guns in their homes for their safety and self-defence", with the exception of high caliber weapons, while the 1972 Federal Law on Firearms and Explosives stipulates the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Inter Press Service News Agency

36928

China

5 January 2013

Olympian (Washington)

Want to buy illegal drugs in China? No problem – just go to the wild and woolly Internet here and order a $50 or $100 package of methamphetamines, ecstasy or cocaine. It'll be delivered to your door within hours! "Our company has delivery stations in every part of China," boasts one Chinese-language website, with photos of illegal narcotics it sells. "We offer 24-hour delivery service to your door, and we have long-term and consistent supplies. If you just make one... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Olympian (Washington)

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China,United States,Australia,England & Wales

20 December 2012

Washington Post, Opinion

Announcing Wednesday that he would send proposals on reducing gun violence in America to Congress, President Obama mentioned a number of sensible gun-control measures. But he also paid homage to the Washington conventional wisdom about the many and varied causes of this calamity — from mental health issues to school safety. His spokesman, Jay Carney, had said earlier that this is "a complex problem that will require a complex solution." Gun control, Carney added, is... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post

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United Kingdom,Nigeria,China

5 December 2012

New York Times / Associated Press

LONDON — A British arms dealer who helped ship thousands of assault rifles and millions of rounds of ammunition from China to Nigeria has been sentenced to seven years in jail. Gary Hyde was convicted on two counts of breaching U.K. trade controls and concealing criminal property for moving the weapons without a license and hiding more than 620,000 pounds ($1 million) in commission payments. While the 2006 deal between the Chinese and Nigerian governments was... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times / Associated Press

36798

United States,China

29 November 2012

East Day (China) / Shanghai Daily (China)

Seventeen suspects involved in cross-border weapons smuggling went on trial yesterday at the Shanghai No. 1 Intermediate People's Court. The defendants were charged with part or all of three crimes: illegal smuggling, possession and trade of weapons and ammunition. The suspects were arrested in June after a Sino-US joint law enforcement operation cracked the arms smuggling network. Most of the defendants are gun enthusiasts and shooting fans, authorities said. They... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: East Day (China) / Shanghai Daily (China)

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

28 November 2012

Global Post (Boston)

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

Read More: Global Post (Boston)

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Nigeria,England & Wales,China

27 October 2012

Daily Trust (Abuja)

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

Read More: Daily Trust (Abuja)

36690

China

25 October 2012

Shenzhen Daily (China)

Police in Huai'an City of Jiangsu Province busted a gun-dealing ring and seized seven suspects and more than 6,000 guns from two underground workshops and two warehouses, Xinhua reported yesterday. Police received a tip-off in March that an online dealer was selling model guns, and discovered that the guns were lethal and banned by China's gun-control laws. The dealer, surnamed Chen, was caught March 26 in Shenyang, the capital of northeastern China's Liaoning... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Shenzhen Daily (China)

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Indonesia,Taiwan,China

22 October 2012

Jakarta Globe

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

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36670

China

19 October 2012

People's Daily Online (China)

BEIJING - Chinese police have busted a serious online gun and ammunition-selling network, according to an announcement by the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) on Thursday. Under the direct command of the MPS, 29 provincial police departments recently conducted joint operations in the case, arresting over 530 suspects and confiscating more than 1,000 guns, over 10,000 bullets and a large quantity of accessories, the MPS said. China enforces an extremely strict policy... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: People's Daily Online (China)

36723

China

15 October 2012

Global Times (China)

A drug addict armed with a pistol held a woman hostage in Southwest China's Sichuan Province and opened fire on passersby, in a rare outburst of gun violence that shocked the nation. Police shot the drug-crazed gunman dead on a highway in Guangyuan, northern Sichuan on Sunday after a 12-hour standoff, local police said. One of the passersby was slightly wounded in the abdomen. The hostage was frightened but suffered no injuries, Luo Hong, a publicity official with... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Global Times (China)

36640

China,India,Nepal

27 September 2012

Hindu (Chennai)

Army on Thursday said it has found over 100 assorted weapons of Chinese make near the Line of Control (LoC) in Keran sector of Kashmir. "More than 100 weapons, including 98 pistols, have been seized near the Line of Control in Keran Sector of Kupwara district," an army spokesman said. He said the recoveries included 10 AK rifles and two assault rifles of other makes. "The weapons are of Chinese make and the packing material like newspapers are also Chinese," the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Hindu (Chennai)

36609

China,United States

6 September 2012

New York Times / Reuters

NEW YORK - A former member of the U.S. National Guard on Thursday pleaded guilty to smuggling shipments of firearms from New York City to China, federal prosecutors said. Joseph Debose, 30, formerly a staff sergeant with a unit of the U.S. Special Forces National Guard, was arrested in May in a sting operation by federal agents in North Carolina, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Brooklyn. At the time of his arrest, he was carrying a .45 caliber pistol and 12... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times / Reuters

36534

Africa,China

26 August 2012

Washington Post

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

Read More: Washington Post

36505

China,Russia,United States

29 July 2012

San Francisco Chronicle

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

Read More: San Francisco Chronicle

36409

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

13 July 2012

New Age (Johannesburg) / AFP

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

Read More: New Age (Johannesburg) / AFP

36330

China

11 July 2012

Global Times (China)

Early on July 1, a 48-year-old factory boss surnamed Nan was shot through the head while on the way to do his morning exercise in Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province. He later died in hospital. Police later announced that they found the murderer surnamed Lin who was found dead with a gun beside his body. The two were involved in a dispute over money that resulted in the murder. The case sparked fresh concerns on gun use in China, coming so shortly after the country launched an... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Global Times (China)

36342

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

9 July 2012

IRIN (UN News)

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

Read More: IRIN (UN News)

36317

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

8 July 2012

New York Times, Editorial

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

Read More: New York Times

36316

Oceania,Russia,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa,United States,Syria,Egypt,China,United Kingdom

28 June 2012

Independent (UK) / Press Association (UK)

Britain is to push for ammunition sales to be covered by new international arms trade controls despite strong resistance from the US. The UK sees the inclusion of ammunition as an essential element of the proposed Arms Trade Treaty and will negotiate hard for it when a month-long conference opens at the United Nations in New York next week. But the British delegation faces opposition from a number of countries including China, Egypt and Syria but also its traditional... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Independent (UK) / Press Association (UK)

36286

United Kingdom,Germany,Ukraine,Sudan,China,South Sudan

27 June 2012

Sudan Tribune (France)

JUBA — Amnesty International on Thursday accused China, Sudan and Ukraine of allegedly supplying military weapons to both South Sudanese Armed Forces (SPLA) and opposition groups, triggering scores of indiscriminate attacks in parts of South Sudan. The organization, in its latest report, entitled South Sudan: Arms supplies fueling violations in forgotten conflict, examines the impact of responsible supplies and misuse of weapons, munitions and armaments that resulted... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sudan Tribune (France)

36281

Colombia,Chad,Sudan,Congo (DRC),Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,European Union,Pakistan,India,China,Africa,Russia,Syria

27 June 2012

Le Monde (France), Opinion

[Translated summary: Associations, NGOs and hundreds of members of the global coalition "Control Arms" have set minimum specifications for the future Arms Trade Treaty. It will have to control all types of conventional arms and ammunition used by military as well as by law enforcement, since they can be used for serious human rights violations. ATT will include exports but also imports, transit and all types of transfers and all actors, such as arms brokers, like Viktor... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Le Monde (France)

36280

China,Pakistan

16 June 2012

Pakistan Today

KARACHI - The legal and illegal sale of the light weapons in the violence-hit metropolis is skyrocketing as the target killers appear to have an inclination for using the arms that are lethal but handy. These small-sized deadly arms are: 9MM, 30 bore and .22 pistol. According to police sources, in over 90 percent incidents of targeted killings in the city the killers had used small-size but highly sophisticated weapons during the last five months. The sources said the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Pakistan Today

36252

China

13 June 2012

International Business Times (USA)

In China, gun ownership as a percentage of the total population is very low, and urban shootings are rarely ever heard of. But authorities there are making efforts to combat illegal firearm ownership. That reveals a concern about the flow of weapons and arms to criminal organizations largely unknown to the country in the 1980s and 1990s. Chinese authorities have stepped up efforts to combat organized crime, illicit trade, drug trafficking and border-area lawlessness... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: International Business Times (USA)

36239

United States,China

13 June 2012

China Daily

Police in 150 Chinese cities destroyed more than 100,000 illegal guns on Tuesday, as part of an ongoing crackdown that officials say is dramatically reducing gun-related crime across the country. As Ministry of Public Security officials also prepared to dispose of a further 250 tons of illegal explosives in the next few days, Vice-Minister of Public Security Huang Ming said the incidence of both crimes has been declining rapidly. Gun-related crime has fallen 46... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: China Daily

36234

United States,China

12 June 2012

CBS News (USA)

BEIJING — Chinese police on Tuesday announced the arrests of 23 people as part of a joint U.S.-Chinese investigation into a gun trafficking ring that smuggled dozens of firearms into the country. The arrests announced by the Ministry of Public Security follow the detention of three men in the United States last month in connection with the scheme. They included Joseph Debose of North Carolina, a staff sergeant in a U.S. National Guard special forces unit, along with... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CBS News (USA)

36232

United States,United Kingdom,Russia,Germany,France,China,Africa

11 June 2012

Amnesty International (London)

DOCUMENT 1. China There are few official statistics on the Chinese arms trade but the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute estimates that accounts for around 3 per cent of the global trade in conventional arms. Countries supplied Recipient countries over the past decade have tended to be developing countries with poor human rights records including Algeria, Angola, Bangladesh, DRC, Guinea, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Libya, Myanmar,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Amnesty International (London)

36235

Sierra Leone,Yemen,Syria,Algeria,Iran,Somalia,China,Belarus,Italy,Germany,Bulgaria,Austria,Russia,Tunisia,United Kingdom,United States,Qatar,Sudan,Africa,Libya,Egypt,France

9 June 2012

Eurasia Review (EU/Asia)

The Libyan civil war of early 2011 was one of the bloodiest conflicts in recent history, with an estimated 30,000 killed and 50,000 injured. While Muammar Gaddafi's death marked a watershed moment in Libyan history, the months of frenzied violence that preceded it saw a massive buildup of arms and munitions in the country. In the months leading up to and after his fall, Gaddafi's arms warehouses all across the country became unsecured; such was the level of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Eurasia Review (EU/Asia)

36228

United States,France,United Kingdom,China,Pakistan,Venezuela,Cuba,Iran,Algeria,Egypt,Russia,Syria,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa

29 May 2012

Chicago Tribune / Reuters

LONDON - States must set legally binding global rules on weapon and ammunition sales, aid agency Oxfam said on Tuesday, ahead of a United Nations summit to agree an arms treaty to prevent arms reaching human rights violators. Citing the example of Syria, which has continued to receive arms shipments even as it is accused of killing more than 9,000 civilians in a crackdown on a popular uprising, Oxfam said it is vital that regulations on weapons sales are... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Chicago Tribune / Reuters

36186

South East Asia,China

27 May 2012

South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)

Mainland authorities have broken up a criminal ring that smuggled dozens of firearms into the country from Southeast Asia despite some of the world's toughest gun laws, Xinhua reported yesterday. Police have arrested a 33-year-old Chinese man from Shantou , Guangdong - described by authorities as the ringleader - and another 13 suspects from Guangdong, Guangxi , Heilongjiang , Sichuan and Tianjin , the Ministry of Public Security said. The ringleader was arrested... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)

36174

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

24 May 2012

Guardian (UK)

I often write a reflective piece to accompany the publication of the Amnesty International annual report on the state of the world's human rights, and as a result I have an archive of reflective pieces which read as a chronology of progress and problems charted over the last decade. We shall see whether the 2012 report will be the one that came just months before the world secured a binding, bulletproof arms trade treaty in the negotiations due to take place in July, or... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (UK)

36180

China,United States

24 May 2012

Voice of America

A U.S. federal court Thursday formally charged a Chinese national with taking part in a gun smuggling ring between the United States and China. The court ordered Zhifu Lin to remain in jail until his next court appearance. Another Chinese national, Lilan Li, was arraigned earlier this month. Federal agents also arrested a sergeant in the U.S. National Guard, Joseph Debose, for allegedly supplying the weapons. The three are suspected of altered the serial numbers on... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Voice of America

36169

Brazil,Turkey,China,Pakistan,Central Asia,Russia,Afghanistan

17 May 2012

Express Tribune (Pakistan)

KARACHI - There are an estimated 20 million illegal arms in circulation in Pakistan. This includes serious firepower: law enforcement authorities are increasingly coming under attack from criminals and terrorists armed with heavy weapons such as grenades (including rocket-propelled ones), long-range sniper rifles and machine guns. The volatile situation in Lyari was a case in point, where despite the fact that police were equipped with tank-like armoured personnel... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Express Tribune (Pakistan)

36145

Russia,China,United States,United Kingdom,Congo (DRC),Myanmar,Iran

17 May 2012

Guardian (UK)

The international arms trade has become the greatest threat to development and has to be controlled by a tough treaty to regulate weapons and munitions sales, a government minister warns. In a speech to the Institute for Strategic Studies thinktank, Alan Duncan, the minister for international development, will urge allies such as the US to set aside their concerns and sign up to the comprehensive arms trade treaty (ATT), which will be hammered out during a month-long... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (UK)

36143

Vietnam,China

17 May 2012

South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)

Black market explosives and pistols are advertised openly in the remote, mountainous Yunnan county where a mysterious suicide bomber killed three people and injured 16 last week, the South China Morning Post can reveal. Most advertisers claim they can arrange delivery by car within an hour in central Kunming , the provincial capital, with guns handed over outside supermarkets and post offices. Some advertisers also said they had delivery networks in remote counties.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)

36133

Russia,China,United States

15 May 2012

International Business Times (US)

U.S. Marines at Camp Lejeune, N.C., stole and sold approximately $2 million in guns and combat equipment to streets gangs and to China and Russia, military officials confirmed. The stolen guns and combat gear included assault rifles, night-vision goggles and flashlights. More than 60 people have been implicated in the incident, the Daily News in Jacksonville, N.C., reported. 47 service members and 21 civilians have been charged so far. Several of them have already... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: International Business Times (US)

36134

United States,France,China,Pakistan,Afghanistan,Sweden

30 April 2012

Dawn (Karachi)

On January 25 this year, 32-year-old Waqas, a garment factory employee was hit by a bullet in New Karachi and he died. The bullet was not fired from the gun of a target killer, but by friends of a bridegroom amidst late-night wedding celebrations. Two children aged 10 and 12, died in Sialkot in a similar incident on February 20, when the jubilant brother of a bridegroom unleashed a burst of bullets. Such accidents, almost an every-day affair in Pakistan, never make it... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Dawn (Karachi)

36091

Macao,Hong Kong,China

25 April 2012

Shenzhen Daily (China)

GuangdongG police seized more than 700 guns, 20,000 replica weapons, 500,000 bullets and 6,000 knives in a campaign which took place from March 1 to April 15 targeting gun-related crimes. Police also confiscated more than 300 kilograms of explosives, 200 meters of fuse and 600 detonators during the campaign, according to Zhang Yongqiang, deputy director general of Guangdong Provincial Department of Public Security. "Most of the guns and replica weapons that have been... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Shenzhen Daily (China)

36075

China,Sweden

23 April 2012

Local (Sweden)

Sweden's enterprise minster Annie Lööf has come in for heavy criticism following a blunder about Sweden's arms exports. In an interview broadcast on Saturday on Sveriges Radio (SR), Lööf didn't rule out exporting arms to China – despite an arms embargo having been imposed on the country since 1989. "If we don't export weapons to China, as far as pesticides or other equipment for instance, what consequences would that have," said Lööf on the air. When asked... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (Sweden)

36070

Qatar,East Africa,Russia,North Korea,China,West Asia,North Africa,Syria,Mali,Libya,Belgium,West Africa

11 April 2012

L'Express (France) / AFP

[Translated summary: Notwithstanding risks of proliferation, small arms manufactured in Belgium circulate in Libya, Mali, and maybe tomorrow in Syria? Belgium is the biggest european exporter of small arms: in 2010, 32% of european exports of small arms to Middle East and North Africa came from this country.] Malgré les mises en garde à Bruxelles sur les risques de prolifération, les armes légères fabriquées en Belgique circulent de la Libye au Mali. Et demain,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: L'Express (France) / AFP

36014

United States,China

5 April 2012

China Daily

The number of gun-related crimes is dropping rapidly nationwide, despite a recent spate of armed robberies, police say. In 2000, police dealt with about 5,000 gun-related crimes across the country. The number dropped to about 500 in 2011, down 46 percent from 2010, according to the latest figures from the Ministry of Public Security. The decrease is mainly due to China's strict policy on gun control and tougher policing measures, said Yan Zhengbin, deputy director of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: China Daily

35983

Europe,Asia,South East Asia,China,United States

5 April 2012

China Daily

Police success at border checkpoints forces arms traffickers to change Gun smugglers are using the Internet and express delivery networks for trafficking arms into China, a police officer said. Police broke up 69 gun-smuggling rings nationally last year, and smashed 20 gangs, Yan Zhengbin, deputy director at the public security management bureau under the Ministry of Public Security, told China Daily. Nineteen cases involved fully assembled guns, while the remainder... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: China Daily

35982

China

27 March 2012

China Daily / Xinhua

BEIJING - Police across China have been ordered to step up their war on crimes involving guns and explosives to safeguard social stability and public security. Addressing a national conference on Monday, Huang Ming, deputy minister of public security, said police agencies at all levels must fully bear in mind the extreme importance of fighting gun and explosive-related crimes. Huang urged coordinated efforts involving police in different sectors and regions to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: China Daily / Xinhua

35954

China,Sudan

23 March 2012

Pretoria News (South Africa) / AFP

Guns and ammunition used by a South Sudanese ethnic militia that massacred a rival group earlier this year came from both the army and a rebel group, a report said on Thursday. Beginning late December a marauding column of some 8 000 armed youths from the Lou Nuer people marched on the remote town of Pibor, home to the rival Murle, whom they blame for cattle raiding and have vowed to exterminate. Analysis by the Small Arms Survey, a Swiss-based research group,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Pretoria News (South Africa) / AFP

35946

Sudan,Syria,Russia,China,Papua New Guinea,Fiji,Oceania

19 March 2012

ABC News (Australia), Transcript

Every year illicit trade in small arms results in thousands of deaths. Most of them in developing countries, including the Pacific, where the impact of gun violence has been devastating. Now the international community is to meet at the United Nations to finalise the first ever global arms trade treaty. HELEN HAKENA, WOMEN'S RIGHTS CAMPAIGNER: I was seven months pregnant when gunmen came into our village terrorising the entire village community. My house was burnt to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ABC News (Australia)

35944

Asia,Laos,Thailand,China,India

18 March 2012

Telegraph (India)

NEW DELHI - Northeast outfits are employing crafty financial methods to procure arms worth millions of dollars and make them look like legitimate legal buys. A series of arrests by the National Investigation Agency of militants from various outfits has revealed formulae that take the best financial brains to come up with. A number of such devices tumbled out of the militants' closets after the NIA arrested NSCN (I-M) leader Anthony Shimray and over 20 United National... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Telegraph (India)

35948

Timor-Leste,Thailand,Sri Lanka,Myanmar,Indonesia,South Asia,South East Asia,Israel,Iran,Cuba,United States,Japan,China,Brunei,Philippines,Pakistan,India,Asia

6 March 2012

Jakarta Post

The United Nations is urging all nations in the Asia region to implement concrete solutions to stop illegal trading in small arms and light weapons. "Over the past decades, trade has made this region grow so phenomenally. If you are a region where international trade is what makes you tick, you better also make sure that you are seen as doing trade in the right way," UN disarmament affairs official Daniel Prins told reporters on the sidelines of opening the Asian... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Jakarta Post

35886

Nepal,Myanmar,Sri Lanka,Bangladesh,Mauritius,Libya,Morocco,Saudi Arabia,Iran,Turkey,Thailand,Indonesia,Malaysia,France,China,United States,Pakistan

5 March 2012

Indian Defence Review

After partition, Pakistan did not inherit any military production facilities. In 1951, the Pakistan Ordnance Factory was established at Wah cantonment to produce small arms, ammunition and explosives. After 1965, Pakistan, apart from shifting its overwhelming arms supplies reliance from the US to China and other western countries like France; also began to concentrate on expanding its defence production facilities. In this, it received effusive assistance from... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Indian Defence Review

35895

Philippines,Trinidad & Tobago,Zimbabwe,Zambia,Uganda,Tanzania,Senegal,Congo (DRC),Pakistan,Nigeria,Niger,Namibia,Morocco,Mauritania,Malawi,Madagascar,Côte d'Ivoire,Burkina Faso,Botswana,Egypt,Angola,Algeria,South Africa,Ghana,China,United States,Austria,Russia,Israel,Bahrain,Asia,Africa,Brazil

28 February 2012

Huffington Post (USA)

A small, scratched metal can thrown on the ground created Brazil's first diplomatic embarrassment of 2012. The canister of tear gas had been collected by pro-democracy activists in Bahrain. Stamped across the can in blue was a Brazilian flag and the words 'MADE IN BRAZIL.' One year had passed since Bahrain became the stage for pro-democracy protests by the majority Shiites against the Sunni monarchy commanded by king Hamad bin-Isa Khalifa. The protesters had been... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Huffington Post (USA)

35870

Algeria,India,Iran,North Korea,China,Syria,Russia

21 February 2012

Reuters

MOSCOW/BEIRUT - Russia faces a growing international outcry over its arms sales to Syria but shows no sign of bowing to pressure and has even increased deliveries of arms that critics say are helping keep President Bashar al-Assad in power. The biggest importer of arms to Syria, Russia sold Damascus nearly $1 billion worth of arms including missile systems last year, while shipments of hard-to-track Russian small weapons have risen since the uprising against Assad... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Reuters

35852

Italy,Philippines,United States,Russia,Germany,Czech Republic,China,Botswana,Oceania,Americas,Africa,Asia,Europe,Central Africa,Caribbean,South America,Central America,Zimbabwe,Namibia,Mozambique,Congo (DRC),Angola,Swaziland,South Africa,Southern Africa

19 February 2012

Southern Times (Southern Africa)

WINDHOEK - Young men in Southern Africa are at the greatest risk of cold-blooded murder, while women in the region are more likely than others from around the world to be killed in domestic violence, a UN agency says. The statistics from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) come as the region battles to contain the proliferation of gun-related crimes. Experts have said gun-related crime is a major problem in South Africa and Swaziland, and is on the rise in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Southern Times (Southern Africa)

35844

Egypt,Mexico,Iran,United States,Syria,Russia,China,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa

17 February 2012

Reuters

UNITED NATIONS - Negotiators on Friday narrowly averted the collapse of talks on a world arms trade treaty to regulate the $55 billion global weapons market, agreeing on ground rules for negotiations after days of procedural wrangling. Delegates and advocates for tougher oversight of global arms sales said the agreement set the stage for a monthlong conference in July to draft the treaty. Arms control campaigners say one person every minute dies as a result of armed... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Reuters

35841

Sudan,China,Egypt,Bahrain,Libya,Germany,United Kingdom,Russia,United States,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa

12 February 2012

Independent (Dublin)

The global arms trade, which produces two bullets for every person on the planet every year and the weapons that kill 1,500 people each day, is facing the first worldwide effort to control it. An unprecedented treaty that would attempt to restrict arms sales is expected to be drawn up at talks in the United Nations this week. A campaign for such an agreement, begun six years ago by Nobel laureates, faces attempts by the United States and Russia to water the treaty... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Independent (Dublin)

35825

China

10 February 2012

China Daily

BEIJING - The government is to crack down on the illegal possession of guns and explosives following a recent spate of armed robberies nationwide. "We will concentrate on tackling crimes involving serious violence and other prominent criminal activities in order to strengthen security in cities and maintain social order and overall stability," said Huang Ming, deputy minister of public security, announcing the campaign against gun crime. There has been a series of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: China Daily

35815

Sudan,China,Russia,Syria

9 February 2012

Reuters

LONDON - Russian and Chinese arms are being used to violate human rights in Darfur region in breach of an "ineffectual" United Nations embargo, Amnesty International said on Thursday. Amnesty said Russia and China are supplying weapons to Sudan's government despite evidence they are being used against civilians in Darfur, where the U.N. estimates as many as 300,000 people have died since 2003 from violence, hunger or disease. "China and Russia are selling arms to the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Reuters

35812

Germany,United Kingdom,China,Nigeria

8 February 2012

Daily Trust (Abuja)

British prosecutors recently vowed to pursue a legal case involving the shipment of large cache of weapons, allegedly from China and destined for Nigeria, after a London judge threw it out. Those involved in the trade are said to be British and German arms dealers. Mr Gary Hyde, a 42-year old retired British volunteer police officer, is accused of conspiring with his German business partner Karl Kleber for the illegal shipment of 40,000 Ak47 assault rifles, 30,000... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Trust (Abuja)

35808

China,United States,Ghana,Nigeria

30 January 2012

Nation (Nigeria)

Members of the dreaded insurgent group, Boko Haram, armed robbers and hired assassins have done great havoc with guns acquired illegally. Where are they coming from? OLUKAYODE THOMAS and JOKE KUJENYA examine the sources of illegal arms into the country. The ruins are still visible on the police zonal headquatres in Kano. The offices of the State Security Service (SSS) and the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) testify to the Boko Haram bombing and armed assaults of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Nation (Nigeria)

35782

Germany,Poland,Nigeria,China,United Kingdom

10 January 2012

BBC News

A British-based arms dealer helped organise the shipment of thousands of guns from China to Nigeria without the necessary licence, a court has heard. Gary Hyde partly arranged and organised the shipment in 2007 of 80,000 rifles and pistols and 32 million rounds of ammunition. Southwark Crown Court heard he did not receive permission from the relevant government department. Mr Hyde, from Derwent near York, denies the charges. The court was told the shipment involved... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

35724

China,Europe,United States,Thailand

2 January 2012

CNN

If you have an itchy trigger finger while visiting Thailand it may be difficult to purchase a gun, but wealthy foreigners and Thais who live here can now enjoy their weapon of choice thanks to the recent lifting of a ban imposed in Bangkok last year. Tourists can, however, buy custom-made leather holsters and other accessories at the estimated 80 weapons stores along Burapha Road, just east of the Sala Chalerm Krung Royal Theatre, where the vast majority of Bangkok's... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CNN

35698

Bangladesh,Myanmar,South East Asia,China,India

9 December 2011

Times of India

NEW DELHI - Insurgent groups in the northeast are procuring arms in China and some other South East Asian countries before smuggling them into India through Myanmar and Bangladesh, the government has said. "There are reports that insurgent outfits operating in the northeastern states of India have been procuring arms through smugglers based in the Yunnan province of China, Myanmar and South East Asian countries," minister of state for home Mullappally Ramachandran said... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times of India

35663

China

22 November 2011

China Radio International / Xinhua

Police in south China's Guangdong province have dismantled two gun-making dens in the city of Shanwei, local authorities said Tuesday. Officials with the Guangdong Public Security Department said the raid led to the arrests of six people as well as seizures of seven guns, 107 bullets, a batch of gun parts and gun-making equipment. Gun-related crime has surged in Guangdong this year, as 1,909 suspects in gun-related crimes were arrested during the first 10 months of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: China Radio International / Xinhua

35565

China

17 November 2011

Shanghai Daily (China)

Police in Kunming, capital of southwest China's Yunnan Province, have smashed an illegal firearms production and trafficking ring, detaining 84 people and seizing 6,990 guns. In late March, the discovery of three imitation guns during a routine check at a train station in Kunming put police on the trail of the gun-trading network. Within four months they had confiscated 1,612 guns capable of firing live ammunition and 5,378 replicas. On April 21, police found a man... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Shanghai Daily (China)

35549

Germany,China,United States,India

17 November 2011

Express India

PUNE - Failure in identifying and cracking down on criminals involved in manufacturing and selling of illegal firearms is the major reason behind unchecked illegal trade of firearms in the city, police said. And investigation of some of the cases revealed that the quality of illegal firearms has improved, availability has increased while cost has gone down, police said. According to the figures obtained by The Indian Express under the Right to Information Act (RTI)... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Express India

35548

North Africa,China,Ukraine,Chad,Mali,Niger,France,Europe,United States,Libya

15 November 2011

Time (USA)

More than three weeks after Libya's rebels killed Muammar Gaddafi, arms experts say the task of finding and securing the mountain of weaponry abandoned by Gaddafi's forces in their final rout has been complicated by a lack of international funding and coordination, as well as conflicting priorities among Western and African governments about which weapons pose the biggest threat. While U.S. and European officials have sounded the alarm about the threat posted to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Time (USA)

35547

Zimbabwe,China

14 November 2011

Defence Web (South Africa)

Zimbabwe has taken delivery of 20 000 AK-47 assault rifles from China as the country re-equips its army ahead of upcoming elections. The Southern Africa Report, which focuses on political and economic intelligence issues in Africa, reports that the Zimbabwe Defence Force (ZDF) has taken delivery of "the first of several consignments of Chinese small arms and equipment," including AK-47 assault rifles, uniforms, a dozen trucks and 21 000 pairs of handcuffs. The... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Defence Web (South Africa)

35560

Sudan,China

26 October 2011

Sudan Tribune (France)

KHARTOUM – Relatively new Chinese weapons have been seized from rebel groups in South Sudan, according to the Small Arms Survey research organisation. Arms captured from rebel fighters loyal to both Peter Gadet and George Athor included Chinese Type-56-1 assault rifles. South Sudan has repeatedly accused Khartoum of backing southern rebels in an attempt to destabilise the oil-rich nation, which became independent in July. Khartoum denies that it arms rebels in South... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sudan Tribune (France)

35468

China,Canada

20 October 2011

CBC News (Canada)

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

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35441

Myanmar,China

19 October 2011

Reuters

BEIJING - Chinese police have arrested 17 people for running guns into ethnically Tibetan parts of the country from northern Myanmar, and have seized a small number of guns and bullets, state media said on Wednesday. China has long expressed concern that instability in Myanmar could spill over into its border provinces and regions. While the two countries have close economic and political ties, relations have been strained of late after Myanmar suspended the building... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Reuters

35438

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

19 October 2011

al Jazeera

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

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35436

Philippines,Indonesia,China

15 August 2011

China Daily

XIAMEN, Fujian - Three men in East China's Fujian province have been charged with producing and selling imitation guns following a raid on a toy gun factory in Jinjiang city in July. You Zhixian, a publicity officer with Jinjiang public security bureau, said the three suspects surnamed Huang, Ge and Chen had been arrested on suspicion of producing and selling imitation guns that could cause injury. "More than 10,000 imitation firearms were discovered in the factory,"... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: China Daily

35189

Kyrgyzstan,Czech Republic,Pakistan,Afghanistan,Central Asia,Russia,Uzbekistan,China,Kazakhstan,European Union,United States,Colombia,Iran

2 August 2011

Journal of Turkish Weekly (Turkey), Transcript

British intelligence analyst and journalist Richard M. Bennett says the Fergana Valley is extremely vulnerable to the covert smuggling of arms and drugs, despite the official reports of Central Asian governments denying its highlighted status. Mr. Bennett told JTW that Russia has been responsible for an overwhelming amount of illegal arms circulating in ex-Soviet Central Asia. In his view, Russia's military intelligence (GRU) is the mastermind of major trafficking... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Journal of Turkish Weekly (Turkey)

35152

Pakistan,South Asia,China,United States,United Kingdom,Germany,France,India,Nepal

25 July 2011

República (Kathmandu), Opinion

In 2009, I recall visiting a militant camp in India's North East a day before they would surrender. The deputy commander who was in charge and allegedly responsible for the death of at least 200 people brandished his M16 assault rifle and flaunted his bodyguard who was following him with a rocket launcher. He was calm but shifty-eyed and admitted having a personal saving of a few billion INR in his account. Barely 24 hours after his formal surrender, he was in seen in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: República (Kathmandu)

35116

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

18 July 2011

Courrier du Vietnam / AFP

[Translated summary: Member States of the UN "made significant progress" during the week of negotiations in New York for the adoption in July 2012 of the Arms Trade Treaty, said on July 15 Eric Danon, representative of France in the negotiations.] Les États membres de l'ONU ont "beaucoup progressé" pendant une semaine de négociations à New York en vue de l'adoption en juillet 2012 d'un traité sur le commerce des armes, a déclaré le 15 juillet Eric Danon,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Courrier du Vietnam / AFP

35078

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

14 July 2011

Stuff (New Zealand)

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

Read More: Stuff (New Zealand)

35054

Western Europe,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa,United States,China,India,Guatemala

6 July 2011

Sunday Times (UK) / AFP

GENEVA - Private security companies employ up to 25.5 million people across the world, exceeding the number of police officers, and hold up to 3.7 million firearms, a survey said Wednesday. "The global trend towards downsizing government, including public security institutions, has contributed to the growth of the private security sector," said the Geneva Graduate Institute's small arms survey. "In prisons, at airports, along borders and on the street, security... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sunday Times (UK) / AFP

35024

United Kingdom,United States,Europe,India,China,Russia,Libya,France

30 June 2011

Le Point (France) / Reuters

[Translated summary: France acknowledged that it airlifted small arms to Libyan civilians fighting Moammar Gadhafi's forces in a besieged mountain region south of Tripoli. Critics say that this is against the UN arms embargo]. NEW YORK, PARIS - La France a défendu sa décision de parachuter des armes aux insurgés libyens, une opération à laquelle l'Otan n'a pas été associée et qui suscite jeudi une controverse, les Nations unies ayant imposé en février un... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Le Point (France) / Reuters

35000

Germany,China,Nepal,Italy,India,United States

16 June 2011

MSN News / Indo-Asian News Service

KATHMANDU -- As over 70 countries in the world Thursday begin observing the Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence, peace activists rue that even five years after the end of an armed insurrection, Nepal is still wracked by gunfire, thanks to the 1,800-km open border with India. 'There have been 1,013 incidents of violence caused by small arms in the last 17 months,' says Subodh Pyakurel, chief of Informal Sector Service Center (Insec), Nepal's largest NGO that... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: MSN News / Indo-Asian News Service

34975

United States,North Africa,Russia,European Union,East Asia,Indonesia,China

8 June 2011

United Nations News & Commentary

In a three-day meeting organized by the UN Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) the European Union, and the Government of the Republic of Indonesia, representatives of nearly 30 East Asian and Pacific countries are gathering with regional and international organizations to discuss the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). This is the latest in a series of regional meetings UNIDIR is conducting to develop concrete recommendations on the future Treaty and to assist States with... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: United Nations News & Commentary

34919

China

26 April 2011

Associated Press

BEIJING, China - A Chinese state news agency says a man who killed four policemen in a shootout in eastern China has been executed. It was a rare case of gun violence in a country where private firearms ownership is illegal. The official Xinhua News Agency says 51-year-old Liu Jianjun was put to death Tuesday. The Intermediate People's Court of Tai'an city in Shandong handed him the death penalty in March for murder and illegal possession of guns and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

34718

Germany,United Kingdom,Portugal,China,United States,Europe

10 February 2011

Associated Press

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - A sudden plea agreement in a federal prosecution of a trio of international weapons dealers has heightened momentum in a case that could shed light on the illicit global arms trade, including irregularities in U.S.-backed shipments of assault rifles to Iraq. Gun dealer Karl Kleber, a German national who had been living in Portugal, pleaded guilty Wednesday in a U.S. district courtroom, admitting to violating federal arms laws in a scheme to import... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

34372

United Kingdom,Israel,Germany,China,Canada,United States,New Zealand,Australia

11 January 2011

Wrap (California)

While the shootings in Tucson continue to inflame the debate over violent rhetoric in American politics, the international media's reaction to the tragedy is largely focused on alleged killer Jared Lee Loughner's weapon of choice: a gun. In doing so, it's gotten to the debate over gun laws faster than a U.S. media hung up on the politics. "This guy was a nutjob. What he did was sick and evil," a Tucson gunshop owner told Agence France-Presse in a piece entitled,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Wrap (California)

34029

United Kingdom,Switzerland,Russia,Norway,Mexico,Japan,Italy,Germany,Austria,Czech Republic,India,China,Canada,Brazil,Australia,United States

10 January 2011

Guardian (UK)

Australia Ownership is strictly prohibited unless there are "genuine reasons" such as licensed sport, animal control or employment requirements. Brazil If you are over 25 and have registered a weapon, you are free to keep it indoors. The country has the second-highest gun-related death rate after the US. Canada Significantly stricter than the neighbouring US. To acquire a licence, applicants must undertake a safety course, pass a criminal records check and be... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (UK)

34020

China

5 January 2011

New York Times

BEIJING — Two men wielding a shotgun and a homemade pistol fatally shot three police officers and an assistant and staged a series of carjackings in a city in northeastern China, state news media reported Wednesday, a rare example of gun violence in a nation where average citizens are largely barred from owning firearms. The episode in Tai'an, a city in Shandong Province, left five others wounded after officers and assistants of the city public security bureau... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

33964

China

4 January 2011

Associated Press

BEIJING - A pair of murder suspects killed three police officers in a shootout after going on a carjacking spree in eastern China, a news report said Wednesday, a rare case of gun violence in a country where private firearms ownership is illegal. Two civilians and four police officers were also wounded in the shootout in Tai'an city in the eastern coastal province of Shandong. The suspects hijacked four cars in a row, shooting two of the drivers, before they were... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

33960

United States,China,Albania,Afghanistan

3 January 2011

Associated Press

MIAMI - A youthful arms dealer whose company once boasted a $300 million Pentagon munitions contract was sentenced Monday to four years in federal prison for trying to ship millions of rounds of prohibited Chinese-made ammunition to Afghan forces fighting alongside U.S. troops. U.S. District Judge Joan Lenard imposed the sentence on 25-year-old Efraim Diveroli, who faced a maximum of five years behind bars after pleading guilty in 2009 to a fraud conspiracy charge.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

33951

China

24 December 2010

Xinhua

Chinese police have cracked a serious case of Internet-enabled gun selling and said they are monitoring the new crime method. The Ministry of Public Security revealed Thursday that police began their investigation of the case in May. They said the owner of the Internet gun shop, Zhou Zhaoping, and four other suspects were arrested on June 8 in Wuxi City in east China's Jiangsu Province. Zhou, a 31-year-old man from Yixing City, Jiangsu, had produced and sold shotguns,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Xinhua

33895

China,India,Nepal

27 November 2010

Kantipur (Nepal)

KATHMANDU - Laxman Shah's (name changed) life seemed routine to his neighbours, until the day the police arrested him. His wife and children were shocked, as they were kept in the dark about his real profession. Shah has been a dealer of firearms for the past decade — an arms mule who regularly procured small arms from the Indian towns of Sitamarhi, Sursand, Basopatti, and Ladniya to send them to the Capital. Shah was released a few months ago from Jaleshwor Jail,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Kantipur (Nepal)

33717

Iran,North Korea,China,Thailand,New Zealand

12 November 2010

Stuff (New Zealand)

New Zealand's role in allowing easy shell company creation has been revealed by a UN Security Council report as a key component in efforts by North Korea to break international arms trading sanctions. A 75-page report on North Korea's sanctions busting efforts was released by the council in New York today after its publication was blocked for six months by China, a key ally for North Korea. Written by a panel of experts it also reveals some new details about a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Stuff (New Zealand)

33618

China

20 October 2010

People's Daily (China)

The Beijing police force has closed six illegal websites to concentrate on cleaning up 3 million pieces of harmful information and cracking down on dangerous firearm goods since the launch of a special action to strike illegal online trafficking in firearms and ammunition in March of this year. Tan Quan, a senior official from the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau, said that the police force has discovered harmful information involving firearms, ammunition,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: People's Daily (China)

33508

India,Myanmar,Bangladesh,South Asia,China

3 August 2010

BBC News

South Asia's illegal arms market is full of "Chinese-made weapons" - but many of them may not actually be made in China. Anti-arms campaigners say that the rifles and machine guns which South Asia's rebel armies buy are manufactured under "an informal franchise" that Burma's rebel United Wa State Army (UWSA) has managed to secure from Chinese ordnance factories. The UWSA is an ethnic left-wing rebel militia, with an estimated 30,000 fighters. It is accused of being... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

33154

Nepal,China,India

2 July 2010

BBC News

The central Kathmandu tourist district of Thamel has become a centre for illegal trade in guns and small arms. Kathmandu's police chief said the area was becoming increasingly violent because of its popularity with the city's drug dealers and criminals. With cheap restaurants, backpacker hostels and shops, Thamel has long been the tourist capital of Nepal. Most tourists spend at least a day here before heading out into the country to go trekking or rafting. But in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

32948

China

23 June 2010

Inter Press Service News Agency

BEIJING - China and guns have a long history. The country invented gun power and developed one of the world's first guns, known as the "fire spear." Rifles played a major role in China's modern history, from the fight against the Japanese army to the Communist's victory over the Nationalists. In 1938, Mao Zedong famously said that "political power grows out of the barrel of a gun." That comment perhaps foreshadowed the gun control laws later implemented by Mao and the... (GunPolicy.org)

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32861

China

1 June 2010

Xinhua

YONGZHOU, Hunan - A man killed himself after shooting three judges dead and injuring another three judges in a local court office Tuesday in central China's Hunan Province, said local authorities. The incident happened at about 10:05 a.m. at Lingling District People's Court in Yongzhou City, said the city's public security department. The gunman, Zhu Jun, barged into an office on the fourth floor of the court building. He shot the judges in the office before killing... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Xinhua

32762

China

14 May 2010

San Francisco Chronicle

Chinese police may use firearms to prevent more attacks on schoolchildren, the official Xinhua News Agency said, citing a government spokesman, after a series of assaults left more than a dozen students dead. "If offenders dare to attempt such crimes again, the police will enforce the law firmly without hesitation, in line with the Criminal Law and police code of using guns and other weapons," Wu Heping, spokesman for the Ministry of Public Security, was cited as... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: San Francisco Chronicle

32677

India,Nepal,China

14 January 2010

Hindustan Times (Delhi)

Alarmed by the continuous seizure of huge quantities of arms and explosives, the Bihar police has decided to approach neighbouring state agencies to unravel the inter-state network of arms and ammunition peddlers and crime syndicate active on the Indo-Nepal border. "A meeting chaired by Director General of Police Anand Shankar decided to approach neighbouring state agencies to eliminate the inter-state network of peddlers of arms, ammunition and explosive materials,"... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Hindustan Times (Delhi)

31841

Russia,China,Pakistan

16 November 2009

United Press International

HONG KONG, China — At a press conference held during an international exhibition of defense equipment in Turkey last summer, a Russian military delegation harshly criticized the Pakistan Ordnance Factories Company for copying Russian weapons systems. The Russians claimed that the POF's RPG-7P anti-tank rockets, 122-mm D-30 howitzer ammunition and PK-10 assault guns were 100-percent imitations of Russian systems. The PK-10 assault gun is a Pakistani version of the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: United Press International

31477

India,China,South Asia

9 November 2009

Times of India / TNN

NEW DELHI — The government on Sunday indicated that China might be a source of small arms for naxalites who may be procuring them through smugglers. "Chinese are big smugglers… suppliers of small arms. I am sure that the Maoists also get them," home secretary G K Pillai said when asked if the naxals had links with China. He, however, made it clear that the government had no information that the Maoists had any links with China except getting arms. "I do not... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times of India / TNN

31435

India,United Nations,Russia,China

2 November 2009

Times of India / TNN

NEW DELHI — Even as the crucial global arms trade and transfers (ATT) treaty, which seeks to regulate the $55 billion arms trade and promote democracy, found overwhelming support from 153 member countries at the UN on Friday, India was among the 19 who abstained from the meet. These 153 countries — including top arms suppliers like US, Britain, Germany and France — supported a UN disarmament committee resolution which will lead into negotiations for the treaty... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times of India / TNN

31433

Germany,United Nations,Russia,China

31 October 2009

Deutsche Welle

Germany, along with other key United Nations members, has backed talks on a global treaty to regulate the global trade of weapons. Two major arms suppliers, Russia and China, refused to support the measure. The United Nations resolution calls for talks aimed at agreeing a treaty to police the world's $55-billion (37-billion-euro) arms trade. The UN General Assembly's first committee on disarmament and peace passed the resolution calling for a treaty by 153 votes to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Deutsche Welle

31432

Russia,China

22 October 2009

RIA Novosti (Russia)

KLIMOVSK — Russia is working to reach an agreement with China on copyright protection of Kalashnikov assault rifles, the head of Russia's state arms exporter Rosoboronexport said Thursday. "We have received China's national patent for Kalashnikov products. The documents have been handed to the Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation to prepare and conclude an intergovernmental agreement in the field," Anatoly Isaikin told journalists. Isaikin said the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: RIA Novosti (Russia)

31358

India,China,Myanmar,Laos,Cambodia,Thailand

19 October 2009

Hueiyen Lanpao (India)

DIMAPUR — Small arms wielded by Northeast militants and Maoists invariably find their way in from Yunan province of southern China through the Chin people in Myanmar. But forces handling security this side of the India-Myanmar border have "no reasons yet" to suspect Beijing's official involvement in the gun-running racket. Chinese copies of weapons such as the American M-16 rifles and Russian Kalashnikovs — AK-47s and AK-56s — are cheaper but almost as... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Hueiyen Lanpao (India)

31306

China

17 September 2009

China Daily / Xinhua

BEIJING — Chinese police have confiscated close to 53,000 guns by the end of August in a nationwide crackdown started in March this year, and 9,849 suspects involved in gun-related crimes were punished, the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) said Thursday. The ministry started the special crackdown on explosives and gun-related crimes in March, and said it would continue till China's October 1 National Day celebration. The crackdown is part of the ministry's campaign... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: China Daily / Xinhua

30997

United Arab Emirates,India,China

8 September 2009

Times of India

KOLKATA — After trying to fob off Indian officials and investigators all of Sunday night, one of the pilots of the United Arab Emirates air force aircraft detained at Kolkata airport since Sunday finally admitted to the plane carrying a consignment of weapons. The C-130 Hercules among the biggest transport aircraft in the world was on its way to Xiangyang, China, from UAEAF's Western Air Command base in Abu Dhabi. Although the UAE government had the necessary... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times of India

30893

China

20 July 2009

Xinhua

BEIJING — Chinese police have confiscated 19,000 guns and close to 500 tonnes of explosives in a crackdown on explosive and gun-related crimes in the last four months, the Ministry of Public Security announced here Monday. More than 5,200 people in connection with illegal production and sales of explosives and gun-related crimes were arrested during the campaign, which started in March and ends on Oct. 31, the ministry said on its Website. The crackdown on... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Xinhua

30591

Eastern Europe,China,Ethiopia

14 April 2009

Agence France Presse

ADDIS ABABA — Ethiopia will boost arms production to cut weapons imports and save its dwindling foreign exchange, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has said. "Our main objective is to reduce our defence expenditure and its pressure on availability of foreign exchange," Meles told reporters late Monday, without giving details. "In order to do that, we have to reduce our imports and improve our exports. The objective is to take care of our defence requirements, primarily in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Agence France Presse

35009

China

24 March 2009

Xinhua

China has launched a crackdown on gun crimes to ensure social stability, the Ministry of Public Security said Tuesday in an online statement. The campaign, which started March 20 and will end Oct. 31, includes confiscating illegal weapons, preventing gun crimes and supervising the use of guns. The ministry urged public security departments to confiscate illegally traded guns "and seize groups or individuals illegally making guns." The statement said the ministry... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Xinhua

29617

China

10 February 2009

Information Week (USA)

Huang Heping, the Chinese man reported to have been killed Jan. 30 when his cell phone exploded, now appears to have been done in by a gun of his own making. Initial police reports, as conveyed by the Chinese press, attributed the man's death to severe arterial bleeding following the explosion of his mobile phone in an electronics store. But last week, Richard Spencer, reporting from Beijing for The Telegraph, said police have concluded that the man died as a result... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Information Week (USA)

29195

United States,Albania,Afghanistan,China,Iraq

3 February 2009

New Times (Florida)

On March 15, 2008, a fireball shot into the midday sky over Albania's capital of Tirana. The blast echoed 100 miles away in Macedonia and Kosovo. Its force was comparable to that of a small nuclear weapon. But this wasn't atomic. It was an accident at an arms depot, where poor villagers had been hired to handle old ammunition and artillery shells. The explosion killed up to 26 people and injured hundreds. The village of Gerdec was obliterated. Three men were arrested... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Times (Florida)

29134

Russia,Africa,China

29 January 2009

Inter Press Service News Agency

MOSCOW — Russia's state arms exporter, Rosoboronexport, plans to grow the volume of Russian armament and military equipment to Africa over the next four to five years. This comes on top of allegations that Russia is selling arms to smuggling and contraband rings, thereby contributing to conflict on the war-torn continent. "We have revived our contacts with all African countries that used to be traditional buyers of Soviet weaponry," Rosoboronexport general director... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Inter Press Service News Agency

29104

United States,Afghanistan,China

26 January 2009

Miami Herald

A Miami Beach munitions dealer accused of defrauding the federal government is $4.2 million richer. Actually, the money already belonged to 23-year-old Efraim Diveroli. But the government froze it after Diveroli, his business, AEY Inc., and three co-workers were indicted last summer on charges of selling banned Chinese-made machine-gun rounds to the U.S. Army to supply allied forces in Afghanistan. Prosecutors recently agreed to unfreeze the money — as well as... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Miami Herald

29074

China

15 January 2009

China Daily

Chongqing has become a passageway for illegal firearms trafficking through which guns can spread throughout the southwest or even the entire country unless action is taken, a senior police officer said. Deputy director of the Chongqing criminal police squad Wu Lixun told the Chongqing Times yesterday his team had learned online and inter-provincial gun trading were on the rise. The weapons included standard, knockoff and homemade firearms, Wu said. Wu was site... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: China Daily

29075

Myanmar,China

17 December 2008

Irrawaddy (Thailand)

The United Wa State Army (UWSA), an armed ethnic ceasefire group based in Shan State, northern Burma, is manufacturing arms and ammunition for use by its own battalions and to sell to other armed groups in the region, according to sources close to armed groups in Shan State. Speaking to The Irrawaddy on Tuesday, Sai Sheng Murng, the deputy spokesman of the rival Shan State Army-South (SSA) said, "For more than one year now, the UWSA has been manufacturing AK-47 rifles... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Irrawaddy (Thailand)

28838

India,Bangladesh,Myanmar,Thailand,China

27 November 2008

United News of India

MYANMAR SHILLONG — Security agencies have expressed concern on the increasing number of illegal arms markets in Bangladesh and Myanmar, a top official said today. "The arms markets in both countries have been thriving with the proliferation of new arms and explosives in China after Beijing's decision to dispose of obsolete weapons. Not only in Bangladesh and Myanmar, but these illegal arms market are also flourishing in China, Thailand and Cambodia," Intelligence... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: United News of India

28728

China

19 November 2008

Chinadaily.com.cn

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

Read More: Chinadaily.com.cn

28661

Pakistan,Iraq,China

24 October 2008

Australian (Sydney)

Anti-Taliban tribal fighters in Pakistan's border region will be given tens of thousands of AK-47 assault rifles bought from China in a bid to replicate the success of the "Sunni Awakening" movement in Iraq. The deal to buy the weapons and other small arms was negotiated by Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari when he was in Beijing this month, reports said yesterday. The Washington Post said the weapons would go to the so-called tribal lashkars (armies) that are... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Australian (Sydney)

28490

China

13 October 2008

Wall Street Journal

SHANGHAI — China's weapons laws are among the world's toughest. Its blanket ban on private ownership of rifles, pistols and even gun replicas is a core tenet of social policy. Still, a gun culture is taking hold. China may be freer from gun crime than many nations, and official statistics show overall crime on a continuous down trend. Yet, these days, reports about gun crimes turn up as often as several times a week even in the tightly controlled state-run media. The... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Wall Street Journal

28417

China

13 October 2008

Wall Street Journal

China boasts one of the world's strictest gun-control regimes. But the restrictions are increasingly being undermined by criminals, hobbyists, hunters and enthusiasts (See related article.) Timeline: 10th-12th century: Among world's first guns are Chinese-made "fire spears," an armament that employs gunpowder, an earlier Chinese invention. 19th century: Guns become more prevalent as China goes through decades of warfare and revolution. 1938: Mao Zedong declares... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Wall Street Journal

28416

United States,Afghanistan,China,Albania

16 August 2008

New Zealand Herald

When historians assess the Bush Administration's scandals, there is one that — even by the era's exacting standards — will amaze with its sheer chutzpah. The figure in the spotlight is Efraim Diveroli, 22. His Miami-Dade Police Department mug shot depicts a rather dazed, tussle-haired youth who looks like he might have spent a night clubbing. Instead, as the beneficiary of a US$298 million ($426 million) United States Army contract, Diveroli, president of Miami... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Zealand Herald

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United Nations,China,Sudan,Zimbabwe,Myanmar

6 August 2008

Inter Press Service News Agency

UNITED NATIONS — As China tries to boost its international image, playing host to a summer Olympic games, the government in Beijing is being singled out as a key arms supplier to some of the world's worst human rights abusers, according to a new study released here. Although China controls only 2 percent of the global arms market, Beijing's impact "is measured less by the value of its sales than by the character of its clients," says William D. Hartung, director of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Inter Press Service News Agency

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China,Sudan

6 August 2008

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — China has been the "most egregious violator" of a worldwide arms embargo, providing Sudan with the vast majority of its small arms and weapons used for mass murder in Darfur province, a private study group is charging. The arms and also political support are being swapped for access to the African country's oil reserves, according to a report issued on the eve of the Summer Olympics in Beijing. A copy of the report, due to be released on Wednesday, was... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

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China

19 July 2008

Agence France Presse

BEIJING — Three journalists were injured in southwest China when a gun went off at a news conference called by Chinese police to highlight the success of a gun-control campaign, state media said Friday. The incident took place in Nanchong in Sichuan province to publicize the results of a campaign by the city's police to seize illegal weapons, the Beijing News reported. According to Zheng Chongjun, deputy head of the political division of Nanchong police, some of the... (GunPolicy.org)

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China

18 July 2008

BBC News

Three Chinese reporters attending a police briefing on the success of an anti-gun campaign were accidentally shot, media reports say. An officer picked up one of the weapons on show — a confiscated home-made gun — but it went off in his hand. A reporter needed surgery for injuries to his ankle, crotch and chest, after being hit by what appeared to be pebbles fired by the gun. Two others were slightly injured in the incident in Nanchong, southern China.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

27733

Zimbabwe,China,Southern Africa

1 June 2008

Arms Control Today (USA)

In April, South African dockworkers refused to unload a Chinese cargo ship carrying more than 70 tons of small arms destined for Zimbabwe. The refusal set off international reactions that led to the recall of the shipment and calls for stronger international arms trade measures, such as a global arms trade treaty. The shipment, including three million rounds of ammunition for AK47s and 1,500 rocket-propelled grenades, was meant to be unloaded at Durban, South Africa,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Arms Control Today (USA)

27285

China

29 May 2008

Reuters

BEIJING — A gun-toting Chinese official who owned two Ferraris and liked driving around in an amoured personnel carrier has been jailed for life for illegal weapons possession and fraud, state media reported on Friday. Yang Shukuan, a former member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference for the northern city of Tangshan and the head of an organized crime ring, was arrested for extortion last year. "The prosecutor said Yang and other gang members... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Nations,United States,France,Canada,Germany,Angola,Thailand,Australia,Colombia,South Africa,Turkey,Pakistan,Russia,Brazil,United Kingdom,India,China

30 April 2008

Economist

An estimated 875m small arms are in circulation worldwide: one for every seven people on the planet. Nearly three-quarters of these are owned by civilians. And about 80% of those guns in civilian hands are found in just 30 countries, according to the Small Arms Survey, a research group. Although America accounts for 40% of firearms in civilian ownership, people put them to more deadly use elsewhere. The gun murder rate in Colombia and South Africa, for example, is... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Economist

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Zimbabwe,China

28 April 2008

Sunday Times (UK)

The boycott of a Chinese ship laden with weapons for Zimbabwe has cast new light on the connections between the African country's president, Robert Mugabe, and a secretive Chinese arms-trading firm with a controversial track record from the Congo to Darfur. The ship steamed towards China last week after dock workers in Durban refused to unload it and a South African court blocked the transit of its cargo of mortar and small arms ammunition. The 15,000-tonne An Yue... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sunday Times (UK)

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Zimbabwe,China

25 April 2008

Associated Press

BEIJING — A shipment of Chinese weapons headed for troubled Zimbabwe will be returned to China because there is no way to deliver it to the landlocked country in southern Africa, China said Thursday. Countries neighboring Zimbabwe refused to allow the Chinese freighter An Yue Jiang to dock at their ports. That followed heavy pressure from African unions, churches and human rights groups, bolstered by behind-the-scenes pressure from the United States. Critics argue... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

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Zimbabwe,Zambia,United Kingdom,Canada,China,United Nations

24 April 2008

Toronto Star (Ontario)

When the Chinese freighter An Yue Jiang pulled into the South African port of Durban last week loaded with weapons bound for crisis-ridden Zimbabwe, it seemed to be just one more day in the lucrative arms trade that has engulfed the continent with deadly results. Instead the ship ran into a storm of protest — with dock workers joining union leaders, church officials and the High Court to block the shipment — until the vessel left the port. British Prime Minister... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Toronto Star (Ontario)

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Zimbabwe,South Africa,Mozambique,Zambia,China

24 April 2008

Los Angeles Times, Editorial

It's a rare moment when three African nations, in an effort to forestall violence, block a shipment of weapons to a neighboring country in political turmoil. It's perhaps even a historic development when those weapons were sold by a great power and were bound for a government that is not under United Nations sanctions and has every legal right to buy arms — though no moral right to do so. So let us praise the courageous peoples of South Africa, Mozambique and Zambia... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Los Angeles Times

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Zimbabwe,China,South Africa,United States,Mozambique,Angola,Namibia

22 April 2008

Associated Press

HARARE, Zimbabwe — A shipment of weapons to Zimbabwe may be returned to China, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said Tuesday, after the troubled southern African nation's neighbors prevented the cargo from being unloaded. The Chinese freighter arrived in South Africa last week, and human rights groups and others said they feared the mortar grenades and bullets onboard could be used by President Robert Mugabe's regime to clamp down on its opposition. Zimbabwean church... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

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Zimbabwe,China,South Africa,United States,Mozambique,Angola,Namibia

22 April 2008

Washington Post

JOHANNESBURG — A Chinese ship carrying weapons and ammunition for Zimbabwe's military may be headed back home, reports said, after repeated attempts to deliver its cargo were frustrated by a coalition of legal activists, union workers and human rights groups. The region's resistance to the shipment, which drew praise from the United States on Tuesday, marks a dramatic turn from southern Africa's traditional embrace of Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe and its... (GunPolicy.org)

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Zimbabwe,China,South Africa,Mozambique,Angola,Namibia,Zambia

22 April 2008

IRIN (UN News)

JOHANNESBURG — There were conflicting reports about the whereabouts of a Chinese ship, laden with a cargo of small arms destined for Zimbabwe, after it was turned away from South Africa's port city of Durban. According to some reports, the 150-metre multipurpose cargo vessel, the An Yue Jiang - registered in China and one of 600 vessels owned by the China Ocean Shipping Company (COSCO), dubbed by South African media as the "Ship of Shame" — is now en route to the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: IRIN (UN News)

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Zimbabwe,China,South Africa,Mozambique,Angola,Namibia

22 April 2008

News24 (Cape Town)

HARARE — Zimbabwe bristled at criticism for buying arms from China on Tuesday, as pressure mounted on its neighbours to keep a load of weapons from reaching their destination. China said a Chinese ship carrying the shipment might return home without offloading its cargo. The ship arrived in South Africa last week carrying Chinese weapons for landlocked Zimbabwe. South African human rights, union and others groups objected, saying the weapons should not be allowed... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: News24 (Cape Town)

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United States,Zimbabwe,South Africa,Mozambique,Zambia,Angola,China

22 April 2008

Los Angeles Times / Chicago Tribune

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Public outcries have forced a rusty Chinese cargo ship to avoid South Africa, Mozambique and Angola, leaving it at sea Tuesday with 77 tons of munitions bound for Zimbabwe, where an election crisis has reportedly turned violent. The An Yue Jiang was carrying about 3 million rounds of Chinese ammunition, 1,500 rockets and 3,000 mortar shells. The State Department's top Africa envoy, who is to arrive in the region today, will urge... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Los Angeles Times / Chicago Tribune

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Zimbabwe,South Africa,Namibia,China

22 April 2008

SW Radio Africa (London)

A controversial arms shipment from China, meant for crisis torn Zimbabwe, might have been recalled back to China following pressure from African countries that refused to allow it to dock at their ports. On Tuesday the China Ocean Shipping Company, owners of the An Yue Jiang ship, announced their vessel was coming back home. Despite Chinese claims that the delivery was 'normal military product trade,' Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa led the chorus of disapproval that... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: SW Radio Africa (London)

26934

United States,Zimbabwe,Mozambique,Namibia,Angola,South Africa,China

22 April 2008

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The Bush administration is intervening with governments in southern Africa to prevent a Chinese ship carrying weapons for Zimbabwe's security forces from unloading its cargo, The Associated Press has learned. At the same time, the State Department's top Africa hand, Jendayi Frazer, plans to visit the region this week to underscore U.S. concerns about the shipment. Frazer also will try to persuade Zimbabwe's neighbors to step up pressure on President... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

26927

Zimbabwe,South Africa,Namibia,China

22 April 2008

New Era (Windhoek)

WINDHOEK — The Legal Assistance Centre (LAC) yesterday called on all Namibians to raise their voices in protest against the docking of the Chinese ship, An Jue Jiang, at a Namibian harbour. The ship is carrying arms bound for Zimbabwe, including three million rounds of ammunition and desperately trying to find a way to deliver the cargo to that country. After the International Action Network on Small Arms, IANSA, a global movement against gun violence, won a court... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Era (Windhoek)

26924

Namibia,Zimbabwe,Angola,China

22 April 2008

Namibian (Windhoek)

A Chinese ship carrying six containers of ammunition for Zimbabwe has applied to take on fuel at Walvis Bay this morning. The An Yue Jiang is carrying three million rounds of AK-47 ammunition, 1 500 rocket-propelled grenades and more than 3 000 mortar rounds and mortar tubes. Attempts to get comment from Government yesterday were unsuccessful. Messages were left for Minister of Information, Joel Kaapanda, but he had not returned them by the time of going to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Namibian (Windhoek)

26918

Zimbabwe,South Africa,China

21 April 2008

Mail & Guardian (Johannesburg) / SAPA

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — A campaign to prevent arms currently aboard a Chinese ship from reaching Zimbabwe gained momentum on Monday with trade unions calling on their counterparts not to allow the vessel to dock at any African port. The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) called for an international boycott of the vessel. "Cosatu is doing everything possible to alert the international trade-union movement to the danger to the workers of Zimbabwe if... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Mail & Guardian (Johannesburg) / SAPA

26926

Zimbabwe,South Africa,Angola,China

20 April 2008

Scotland on Sunday

Dockyard workers in Africa are refusing to unload a Chinese ship laden with weapons for Zimbabwe. The whereabouts of the vessel, the An Yue Jiang, were not known last night, although it was believed to be heading to Angola. Sources say the ship is carrying three million rounds of AK-47 ammunition along with 1,500 rocket-propelled grenades and several thousand mortar rounds. Dock workers in the region are expected to refuse to have any dealings with the deadly cargo,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Scotland on Sunday

26898

Italy,Libya,Chad,Sudan,China

13 April 2008

Associated Press

PERUGIA, Italy — The Libyan officer tried to cloak the purpose of his call to the Italian arms dealer. "A friend," he said, wanted to buy 1 million "pieces" and 50 million items of "food." But when that phone call was placed in 2006, Italian police were listening. They knew the meaning. Libya was shopping for guns — lots of them. Authorities shadowed the negotiations between Libyan officials and a group of black-market dealers from across Italy for a year before... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

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China

10 April 2008

Reuters

BEIJING — Police facing emotional strains due to financial or romantic problems could be stripped of their department-issued handguns in China's Jiangxi province, a newspaper reported on Thursday. The public security bureau in the province will begin inspections this month to make sure officers who have received administrative punishments, or are under investigation, will not be able to carry firearms, the Southern Metropolis Daily said. Guns would also be... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Reuters

26806

United States,Afghanistan,Iraq,China

28 March 2008

New York Times

When the United States Army decided this week to suspend the main supplier of munitions to Afghan security forces from future federal work, it did so after a field investigation documented what it called an act of fraud. Last Nov. 25, the president of the company, Efraim E. Diveroli, signed papers certifying that 28 pallets of ammunition for Afghanistan had been manufactured by MFS 2000, a Hungarian company, according to the investigators' memorandum. Acting on a tip,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

26632

United States,Afghanistan,China

28 March 2008

CNN

WASHINGTON — U.S. investigators are looking into accusations that a company hired by the U.S. military supplied corroded and decades-old Chinese ammunition to the Afghan Army and police. The U.S. government has suspended AEY Inc. of Miami, Florida for violating its contract, according to U.S. Army documents obtained by CNN. And the House Oversight Committee plans to hold a hearing into the matter on April 17. "The hearing will examine the company's financial... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CNN

26629

United States,Afghanistan,China,Albania,Iraq

27 March 2008

New York Times

Since 2006, when the insurgency in Afghanistan sharply intensified, the Afghan government has been dependent on American logistics and military support in the war against Al Qaeda and the Taliban. But to arm the Afghan forces that it hopes will lead this fight, the American military has relied since early last year on a fledgling company led by a 22-year-old man whose vice president was a licensed masseur. With the award last January of a federal contract worth as... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

26625

Lebanon,Iraq,Iran,China

18 March 2008

BBC Worldwide Monitoring / Al-Hayat (London), Transcript

BEIRUT — The Lebanese are talking these days about the phenomenon of the spread of weapons and the increasing trade in them. Many say this is a prelude to the ignition of rounds of warfare with the looming shadows of the sharp political and sectarian split seen on the Lebanese arena. Al-Hayat prepared a report on this phenomenon. It met weapons merchants, political activists, and civilians who revealed that the weapons market in Lebanon suffers a crunch however... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC Worldwide Monitoring / Al-Hayat (London)

26589

China,Sudan

14 March 2008

Associated Press

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — A U.S.-based human rights group said China dramatically boosted small-arms sales to Sudan as violence escalated in Darfur. Beijing denied the group's report on Friday. The report released Thursday by Human Rights First said China is the biggest supplier of small arms to Sudan. It provided 90 percent of all the African nation's small arms acquisitions between 2004 and 2006, totaling more than $50 million. China ramped up its small-arms... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

26480

China,Sudan

13 March 2008

Agence France Presse

BEIJING — China is the biggest supplier of small arms to Sudan following three years of increased sales that helped fuel violence in the African nation's Darfur region, a US-based rights group has said. From 2004 to 2006, China sold over 55 million dollars worth of small arms to the Sudanese government, which then armed the Arab militias accused of genocide in Darfur, Human Rights First said in a report released on Thursday. "While other countries were decreasing... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Agence France Presse

26463

United States,China

13 March 2008

China View (Beijing)

BEIJING — The Information Office of China's State Council issued "The Human Rights Record of the United States in 2007" on Thursday, revealing about 30,000 people die from gun wounds every year in the United States. The United States has an estimated 250 million privately-owned firearms, the largest number in the world, according to the Chinese report. "Frequent gun violence poses a serious threat to people's life and property security," said the report. On... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: China View (Beijing)

26439

Sudan,China,Chad,Austria

22 February 2008

Mother Jones (USA)

My first glimpse into the flow of small arms into Darfur began at 4:45 on a February morning in 2006. The lights were off in the first-class Sudan Airways lounge at Khartoum International Airport. Sitting to my left was Abdallah, resplendent in white robes, sporting spectacles and a sharply trimmed goatee. Back then, Abdallah's younger brother, Mahamat Nour, was the leader of an 8,000-man rebel force sworn to overthrow the government of Chad. The Sudanese government,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Mother Jones (USA)

26202

China

24 January 2008

China Daily (Beijing)

Twelve members of a notorious crime gang went on trial yesterday in the Guangdong provincial capital. Reading aloud from an 11-page indictment, the prosecution accused Deng Weibo and Gong Nanmin, the two leaders of the gang, and their cohorts of organizing secret societies, illegally producing, owning and trading weapons, gathering to engage in fights, injuring and blackmailing people and other serious crimes between the second half of 2004 and the first half of last... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: China Daily (Beijing)

25932

China

12 January 2008

Reuters

YUQUAN, China — In a frigid forest in northeastern China, sub-zero temperatures and thick snow aren't enough to dampen tourists' enthusiasm for firing a few rounds at farm-raised animals let loose in the wild. Yuquan International Hunting Field in Heilongjiang province draws more than 100,000 domestic tourists a year, many traveling thousands of miles to get their hands on a rifle or shotgun for the first time in a country where gun ownership is strictly... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Reuters

25824

China

7 December 2007

China Daily (Beijing)

SHANGHAI — The death of a skeet shooter who was shot by a teammate during a training session on Monday prompted authorities to hold an emergency meeting on Thursday, calling for stricter management in the civilian use of guns and bullets in the city. The death of Chen Zejun, 20, a member of Shanghai's skeet shooting reserve team, is believed to be the first case of its kind in the country since 1949. Chen was heard shouting "I've been shot!" by teammates during the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: China Daily (Beijing)

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