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Brazil

21 September 2016

Sul 21 (Brazil)

[Translated summary: A group of 57 researchers from Brazil and abroad have published a manifesto against the revocation of the Disarmament Statute. The document aims to inform society of the available scientific evidence confirming the effectiveness of the Statute as a tool to save lives. The evidence refutes the idea that more guns mean less violence.] Um grupo de 57 pesquisadores de instituições públicas e privadas de ensino e pesquisa no Brasil e no exterior... (GunPolicy.org)

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Brazil

21 September 2016

O Globo (Brazil), Editorial

[Translated summary: A manifesto against the revocation of the Disarmament Statute was signed by 50 experts with the support of 13 organisations linked to issues associated with the reduction and prevention of violence in Brazil. The bill to repeal the statute would reduce the minimum age for gun purchases from 25 to 21 and relax the eligibility criteria for a gun licence, among others.] Manifesto contra a revogação da lei, a ser lançado hoje em Brasília, alerta... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

21 September 2016

The Trace (USA)

ATLANTA — Landen Boyd parked his Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck at a construction site south of downtown Atlanta and went to work, leaving his black Smith & Wesson 9mm in a case underneath the center console. It was the fall of 2006, and Boyd, a 37-year-old construction superintendent, was overseeing the development of an apartment complex across the train tracks from Mechanicsville, a high-crime neighborhood. When noon came, Boyd hitched a ride to eat lunch with... (GunPolicy.org)

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39889

United States

21 September 2016

Guardian

Landen Boyd parked his Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck at a construction site south of downtown Atlanta and went to work, leaving his black Smith & Wesson 9mm in a case underneath the center console. While Boyd was eating lunch at a nearby rib joint, someone chucked a brick through his truck's back window, crawled inside, grabbed his weapon, and fled. The Smith & Wesson vanished into Atlanta's underworld for more than two years. The handgun resurfaced when police... (GunPolicy.org)

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39886

Australia

21 September 2016

Huffington Post (Australia)

It's been 20 years since the Port Arthur massacre, and the landmark gun control legislation introduced by the Howard government soon after. Two decades on from the buy back scheme which saw 700,000 guns taken off streets and destroyed, the Australian Greens have named senator Lee Rhiannon as their new gun control spokesperson. It is a new portfolio for the party, and Rhiannon herself said she wasn't sure if any other party had named a specific gun control portfolio... (GunPolicy.org)

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39876

United States

19 September 2016

Guardian

Americans own an estimated 265m guns, more than one gun for every American adult, according to the most definitive portrait of US gun ownership in two decades. But the new survey estimates that 130m of these guns are concentrated in the hands of just 3% of American adults – a group of super-owners who have amassed an average of 17 guns each. The unpublished Harvard/Northeastern survey result summary, obtained exclusively by the Guardian and the Trace, estimates that... (GunPolicy.org)

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39862

Morocco

18 September 2016

Le 360 (Morocco)

[Translated summary: To face an increase in crime, Moroccan police will be required to use their firearms more often. Police sources explain that this is a right they haven't employed until now because the level of crime in Morocco was not as high as in other countries. Morocco has around 50,000 police officers and most of them carry Beretta pistols and HK machine guns.] Pour faire face à la montée de la criminalité, la police marocaine serait désormais appelée à... (GunPolicy.org)

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39879

Australia

14 September 2016

Sydney Morning Herald

Justice Minister Michael Keenan says he expects that at least "thousands" of illegal guns to be handed over in a planned national firearms amnesty. But the nature of the illicit market meant it was hard to know how many owners of illegal guns would actually be prepared to give them up, as opposed to serious criminals who will want to hang onto their weapons, he said. Mr Keenan has confirmed Fairfax Media reports on Wednesday that the federal government will soon nail... (GunPolicy.org)

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39888

United States

14 September 2016

Bangor Daily News (Maine), Editorial

If the point of requiring background checks before selling guns is to keep firearms out of the hands of people who aren't supposed to have them, Maine, along with most other states, is failing. That's because an estimated 40 percent of gun sales take place online or through other venues that do not require background checks. Federal and Maine law prohibits the sale of firearms to felons, domestic abusers and others deemed too dangerous to own them. But without... (GunPolicy.org)

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39848

Mexico,United States

14 September 2016

Mi Morelia (Mexico)

[Translated Summary: Over 13 million illegal firearms are circulating in Mexico, and 10 million of those are presumed to be in hands of organized crime. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs points out that in four US states on the border with Mexico, there are at least 9,000 legal gun shops and over 23,000 licences to sell them over the Internet and at gun shows.] La violencia que ha asfixiado al país en los últimos 15 años tiene uno de sus orígenes en la laxitud... (GunPolicy.org)

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39841

Australia

14 September 2016

Guardian

The Turnbull government will begin a national gun amnesty after a wave of gun-related crime across the country. It also plans to increase penalties for gun smuggling. The justice minister, Michael Keenan, said the gun amnesty had the support of the Nationals and would allow Australians to hand in illegal guns without penalty. It would not be a buyback. He said the details of the amnesty were yet to be worked out but had in-principle support from his state and... (GunPolicy.org)

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39837

Canada

13 September 2016

La Presse (Montréal)

[Translated summary: Reporters asked Canadian Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale if he is going to act to ban certain firearms, especially one Beretta rifle that resembles the CX4 Storm but is slightly modified to fit the non-restricted category, making it available to anyone with a regular licence. Goodale stated that he will present in the next few weeks new propositions to reinforce gun laws.] Alors que la journée de mardi marque les 10 ans depuis la fusillade au... (GunPolicy.org)

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39866

Canada

13 September 2016

National Post (Toronto)

OTTAWA — The drafting of tougher gun laws has begun, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said Tuesday on the day marking the 10th anniversary of the rampage at Montreal's Dawson College by a man firing a semi-automatic assault carbine still sold legally today. Pressed by reporters as he headed into a cabinet meeting, Goodale deflected questions about the continued sale in Canada of the Beretta Cx4 Storm semi-automatic carbine, the restricted weapon used by Kimveer... (GunPolicy.org)

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39865

United States

13 September 2016

Hoy Los Angeles

[Translated summary: In the days after 49 people were fatally shot at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, the LGBT gun group Pink Pistols started to receive more attention, with new locations opening across the US and Canada. Members believe that owning guns will make their community safer, while the vast majority of LGBT activists say becoming armed is not the answer.] Jonathan Fischer nunca sabe quién se sorprenderá más cuando -como a él mismo le gusta decirlo-... (GunPolicy.org)

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39864

Australia

13 September 2016

Age (Melbourne)

He was 22 years old the first time he got caught with a gun. Police chased him down on foot and recovered a stash of drugs and a revolver. He was charged and released on bail. Five months later, he would be caught with more drugs and another gun - this time a .22 calibre semi-automatic pistol. For these crimes, he got nine months jail and a community corrections order. Angelo's* next run in with the law - five months after his release from prison - would see the now... (GunPolicy.org)

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39830

Australia

13 September 2016

Age (Melbourne)

State and federal ministers and attorney-generals requested an amnesty be considered by senior officials in the National Justice and Policing Senior Officials Group last year. These officials gave a unanimous in-principle support for an amnesty last month. State ministers must agree to proceed, however, support for an amnesty is strong and it is understood the timing will be settled before the end of the year. Victoria's Police Minister Lisa Neville said the state... (GunPolicy.org)

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39829

Australia

12 September 2016

Age (Melbourne), Editorial

"Melbourne is in the grip of an unprecedented wave of gun violence." With these words, The Age this week began a three-day investigative series that should concern every citizen of a metropolis that has repeatedly snared the accolade of "world's most liveable city". Our comprehensive package is about more than liveability; it is a matter of life and death. As gun-related crime has surged, innocent people have been killed in the crossfire, and more will be unless... (GunPolicy.org)

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39828

Australia

12 September 2016

ABC News (Australia)

Police have been asked to investigate footage of a man shooting and setting alight an effigy of Gun Control Australia leader Sam Lee. The YouTube video shows two gun enthusiasts customising and demonstrating a controversial Adler lever action shotgun. The video then cuts to a blonde doll, dubbed "Sham Leigh from Fun Control Australia". The doll is shot multiple times until the head blows apart, which is then replayed in slow motion. The effigy is then set... (GunPolicy.org)

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39827

United States,South America,Mexico,Central America

11 September 2016

Americas Quarterly, Letter

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

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39833

Honduras

11 September 2016

Tiempo (Honduras)

[Translated summary: A new gun control bill is proposed in Honduras, where 80% of violent crime involves firearms. The new law would reduce from 5 to 1 the number of guns allowed, and would increase from 18 to 21 the minimum age to get a licence. Some guns would be banned from civilian use, such as the AK-47. It is estimated that there are 400,000 legal and 800,000 illicit guns in Honduras.] TEGUCIGALPA -- El Diputado del Congreso Nacional (CN), Osman Aguilar pidió a... (GunPolicy.org)

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39826

United States

9 September 2016

Atlantic (USA)

After several years during which fights to expand background checks dominated the agenda of the gun reform movement, advocates are encouraging sympathetic state legislators to also consider more targeted strategies that they say could prevent shootings by people deemed at risk of harming themselves or others. About a dozen states appear poised in their upcoming legislative sessions to consider bills that would create "risk-based" gun-removal laws. Such measures allow... (GunPolicy.org)

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39810

Canada

9 September 2016

CBC News (Canada)

Former public safety minister Steven Blaney issued a secret directive in the dying days of the Conservative government that opened the door for firearms to be classified according to a gun manufacturer's suggestion, CBC News has learned. Responding to complaints from firearms advocates and the industry, Blaney's directive gave the RCMP 180 days to evaluate a gun, decide its classification and issue the Firearms Reference Table (FRT) number needed to import that model... (GunPolicy.org)

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39805

United States

8 September 2016

Los Angeles Times, Editorial

When police recover a gun from a crime scene, they usually check with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to determine the weapon's history — who made it, who bought it from whom and when. But because of ludicrous restrictions that Congress has placed on the agency, a gun trace that should take minutes instead takes days, wasting precious time and millions of taxpayer dollars. The problem is rooted in the gun lobby's fear that the federal... (GunPolicy.org)

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39803

United States

7 September 2016

Actualidad RT

[Translated summary: A US law makes sure that the government can't create a searchable database of all firearm owners. According to the NRA, registering all the firearms in a single place will allow the government to easily confiscate them. Thus, the National Tracing Center has to look for records manually, and a search that could take seconds, takes more than a week.] A diferencia de lo que muestran las películas, en EE.UU. no existe ningún sistema íntegro de... (GunPolicy.org)

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39808

United States

7 September 2016

Washington Post

An appeals court ruled last week that a federal law prohibiting medical marijuana cardholders from purchasing guns does not violate their Second Amendment rights, because marijuana has been linked to "irrational or unpredictable behavior." The ruling came in the case of a Nevada woman who attempted to purchase a handgun in 2011, but was denied when the gun store owner recognized her as a medical marijuana cardholder, according to court documents. S. Rowan Wilson... (GunPolicy.org)

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39802

Slovakia

7 September 2016

Terra (Argentina)

[Translated summary: Slovakia has become one of the main suppliers of guns to the black market. Until last year, companies were allowed to sell old weapons that had been disabled. However, it was very easy to make the weapons operational again. New regulations ban online sales and demand companies to use other methods for disabling.] Un agujero legal, la falta de controles y la búsqueda de beneficio económico han hecho de Eslovaquia uno de los principales... (GunPolicy.org)

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39801

United States

6 September 2016

Fusion (USA)

As America's elected representatives returned from their nearly two-month-long summer break on Tuesday, they were met with a stark number awaiting their arrival: 4,500. That's how many people the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence says were killed by firearms since Congress broke for its summer recess on July 18. "Congress is in for a rude awakening today if they thought seven weeks of vacation would wipe the slate clean," Dan Gross, President of the Brady... (GunPolicy.org)

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39798

France

5 September 2016

Le Figaro (France)

[Translated summary: A new decree will allow security agents to carry firearms while wearing civilian clothes in the trains of France. The State Council will finish reviewing the decree in October, but it's going to take more time to equip the agents and train them in the handling of these weapons. The agents are already allowed to perform identity checks and search the baggage of travellers.] A la suite de l'attentat du Thalys, la SNCF avait prévu que les agents de... (GunPolicy.org)

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39821

United States

5 September 2016

Huffington Post (USA), Opinion

For the first time since 2000, the Presidential election promises to be pivotal for the politics of gun control. Both for supporters of stronger gun laws, and for "gun rights" partisans, the stakes could not be higher. It was not long ago that the political death of gun control was accepted as an incontestible truth by pundits of every ideological stripe. For the Democratic Party, although much was made of the alleged impact of the gun issue on the Gingrich takeover of... (GunPolicy.org)

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39791

Namibia

5 September 2016

Namibian (Windhoek)

Gun owners who lose their weapons in a negligent manner will not get their licences back easily, police Inspector General Sebastian Ndeitunga said last week. Announcing a firearms amnesty in Windhoek on Friday, Ndeitunga said the government and the safety ministry are concerned over the proliferation of illegal firearms, ammunition and armaments discovered by the police during operations conducted nationwide. The firearms amnesty gives those with illegal firearms,... (GunPolicy.org)

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39786

United States

3 September 2016

Christian Science Monitor

HOOKSETT — As the longtime owner of a gun store, Ralph Demicco is passionate about his firearms. At the modest ranch house he built himself outside this rural New Hampshire town, he keeps a collection of rifles, shotguns, pistols, and antique weaponry, including two cast-iron cannons that he stores in the barn beneath an oval wooden wall plaque inscribed with the Second Amendment. On special occasions, he wheels out his beloved cannons – replicas of Dutch and... (GunPolicy.org)

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39785

Canada

2 September 2016

Ici Radio Canada

[Translated summary: The increase in the amount of restricted firearms (handguns and semi-automatic rifles) last year in Canada is particularly pronounced in Newfoundland and Labrador. According to the expert A. J. Somerset, Canadian owners are purchasing more of these firearms in fear of terrorism.] La hausse du nombre d'armes à feu à autorisation restreinte en Atlantique est particulièrement prononcée à Terre-Neuve-Labrador, selon les données 2015 du... (GunPolicy.org)

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39858

Canada

2 September 2016

Huffington Post (Canada)

The number of restricted guns in Canada shot up 9.5 per cent last year, bringing the number of restricted firearms registered across the country to its highest point in more than a decade. Since 2004, the number of restricted firearms such as semi-automatic rifles and handguns in Canada has doubled. According to the latest report of Canada's Commissioner of Firearms, there were 795,854 restricted firearms registered to Canadian owners in 2015 compared with 384,888 in... (GunPolicy.org)

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39795

Dominican Republic

2 September 2016

Al Momento

[Translated Summary: In the Dominican Republic, Deputy Victor Bosonó says that in the 90s there were eight to ten deaths from gunfire per hundred thousand inhabitants. That number has now tripled, with "80% of homicides committed with firearms". A new gun control law tackles illegal possession of all firearms -- home guns, civilian or military guns, modified or stolen from a soldier.] El diputado Reformista, Víctor Bisonó, consideró que la ley para el Control y... (GunPolicy.org)

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39789

United States,Australia

2 September 2016

ABC News (Australia)

Police in Victoria and New South Wales have seized 300 weapons and gun parts in a haul they say has cracked down on a major crime syndicate importing weapons from the United States. The international operation has led to firearms charges being laid against two men. Police said there might be further arrests as their investigations continue. The joint federal, state and international operation was sparked 15 months ago in Victoria when a military-style assault rifle... (GunPolicy.org)

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39784

United States

1 September 2016

San Diego Red (USA)

[Translated summary: After a woman was denied a gun purchase because she had a medical marijuana card, a Federal Appeal Court agreed that the the drug 'increases the risk of irrational or unpredictable behavior' and should not be associated with the use of guns. Some think that the prohibition violates the Second Amendment.] Después del caso de una mujer en Nevada a la que se le negó la venta de una pistola para defensa propia por tener una tarjeta para marihuana... (GunPolicy.org)

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39776

Czech Republic

1 September 2016

Radio Praga

[Translated summary: According to a survey, Czechs believe that the recent increase of 39% in gun ownership could lead to a decline in security and to more armed robberies. The increase is a consequence of licensed gun owners buying more weapons. An amendment to the Firearms Law has been approved recently, allowing Police to confiscate legal guns if they suspect the owner might harm himself or others.] Un gran porcentaje de checos opina que la incrementada presencia... (GunPolicy.org)

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39775

Japan

31 August 2016

The Blaze (USA)

The right to "keep and bear arms" in America is expected to be a hot topic for both Republicans and Democrats leading up to the election, as the debate rages between those who see America as a great place to own a gun and those who believe we are a country with too many guns and seek to get rid of the Second Amendment. But what about gun rights other countries? Last weekend, Fareed Zakaria's "Global Public Square" on CNN spent an entire hour sharing "lessons" about... (GunPolicy.org)

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39781

United States

31 August 2016

New York Times, Associated Press

A federal ban on the sale of guns to medical marijuana card holders does not violate the Second Amendment, a federal appeals court said Wednesday. The ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals applies to the nine Western states that fall under the court's jurisdiction, including California, Washington and Oregon. It came in a lawsuit filed by S. Rowan Wilson, a Nevada woman who said she tried to buy a firearm for self-defense in 2011 after obtaining a medical... (GunPolicy.org)

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39780

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

31 August 2016

Stimson Center (USA)

In a meeting that symbolized a stark contrast between the humanitarian crises occurring around the world and the comfortable and scenic gathering of governments committed to stopping irresponsible arms transfers, more than 500 people representing Arms Trade Treaty States Parties, signatories, industry, and civil society representatives met in Geneva from August 22-26 for the Second Conference of States Parties (CSP2) to the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). The ATT is the first... (GunPolicy.org)

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39771

United States

31 August 2016

NY Mag (USA)

Despite the fact that the United States has a very, very high rate of gun deaths compared to other developed countries, we actually know very little about the public-health threat posed by firearms. That's because Congress, working closely with the NRA, passed legislation in the 1990s barring the Centers for Disease control from spending money on any research that could be seen as pro-gun-control, and the CDC has interpreted this ban in a broad manner — the NRA's... (GunPolicy.org)

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39764

Bolivia

31 August 2016

El País (Bolivia)

[Translated summary: During a program in Bolivia, civilians registered 7,000 firearms. Any owner with unregistered guns must surrender or register them and obtain a licence. Bolivia divides the registration into four categories: guns for self-defence, for hunting, for collectors and for other activities. Unlicensed citizens could face prison sentences.] A nivel nacional fueron más de 7.000 armas de fuego registradas, de las cuales 495 corresponden a la ciudad de... (GunPolicy.org)

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39759

United States

30 August 2016

Chicago Tribune

[Translated summary: Chicago registered at least 78 homicides and 400 shootings in August, making it the most violent month in 20 years. 487 homicides have been committed so far this year, while 2015 had a total of 491. Authorities blame the constant flow of illegal firearms and fights between gangs for the increase in violence.] CHICAGO — En las semanas después de que Tavon Tanner fuera herido de bala en la espalda, el niño de 10 años de edad ha sido sometido a... (GunPolicy.org)

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39857

United States

30 August 2016

GQ (USA)

Say there's a murder. Blood everywhere, a dead guy on the floor. The cops come in with their yellow tape, chalk line, the little booties, cameras, swabs, the fingerprint dust. One of them finds a gun on the floor. The gun! He lifts it with his pinkie, examines it, takes note of the serial number. Back at the station, they run a trace on the gun. A name pops up. It's the wife! Or: It's the business partner! It's somebody's gun, and this is so exciting because now they... (GunPolicy.org)

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39762

Vietnam

30 August 2016

Voice of America

The recent shooting deaths of two Vietnamese officials, allegedly committed by a lone forest ranger in the remote northern province of Yen Bai, have drawn public attention to rising cases of gun violence in the Southeast Asian nation. One high-ranking lawmaker was quoted by local media as saying during a meeting convened by the parliamentarian Committee on Defense and Security following the deadly shootings that, "there seems to be loopholes in gun control in... (GunPolicy.org)

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39760

United States,Mexico

29 August 2016

Mexidata, InSight Crime (Bogotá)

Mexico's foreign minister has blamed lax US gun control laws for the flood of illegal weapons into the country, in an unusually frank assessment of the impact of US domestic policy on violence and organized crime in Mexico. Speaking at the Second Conference of States Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty, Foreign Minister Claudia Ruiz Massieu said loose gun control laws in the United States have undermined Mexico's own restrictions on gun sales and ownership. "[Mexico's]... (GunPolicy.org)

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39763

United States

27 August 2016

New York Times

As classes began here at the University of Texas this past week amid a new law allowing concealed handguns on college campuses in the state, an accounting student quietly strapped on a pistol and headed to class. A pre-med sophomore joined a raucous protest against the law. A professor who had sued to stop the law resigned herself to teaching with handguns in the classroom. And the college president sought out ways to safeguard the campus culture that he cherished... (GunPolicy.org)

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39767

United States

27 August 2016

Guardian

Even as the partisan divide on gun rights widens in the US, an overwhelming majority of both Clinton and Trump supporters say they support several of the gun control reform proposals that have failed to pass Congress over the past few years, according to a new national survey from the Pew Research Center. Seventy-five percent of Trump supporters said they favor background checks on private gun sales and sales at gun shows, as did 90% of Clinton supporters. And 82% of... (GunPolicy.org)

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39745

New Zealand

26 August 2016

Scoop (New Zealand)

Millions of Tax Payers Money Spent on Gun Registration Will Not Affect Criminals The Council of Licenced Firearms owners are disappointed at the comments suggested in Parliament to enact registration of all firearms. COLFO's Chairman Paul Clark has previously advised the Law & Order Select Committee that registration of firearms will not stop criminals using them. "People that do not own firearms must be asking how can listing a firearm on a database stop criminal use?... (GunPolicy.org)

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39749

Russia,Germany

25 August 2016

New York Times, Reuters

Germany's foreign minister has called for a new arms control deal with Moscow to avoid an escalation of tensions in Europe, where intensified military exercises by Russia and NATO have raised concerns that a war could inadvertently be triggered. In an apparent reference to Russia's annexation of the Crimea region of Ukraine, Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Russia had violated basic, non-negotiable principles of peace, breaking delicate bonds of trust built up over... (GunPolicy.org)

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39753

United States

25 August 2016

Sputnik News

[Translated Summary: Starting with the new school year in September, high schools in three districts of California can employ up to five armed personnel. In case of a shooting, teachers will be authorized to use the guns before police arrive. Only trained personnel with a hidden handgun permit are allowed to carry firearms.] A partir del año escolar que arranca en septiembre de 2016, en varios institutos de secundaria del estado norteamericano de California, los... (GunPolicy.org)

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39751

United States

25 August 2016

Psychiatric Times (US)

Dr. Forman: Unfortunately, your new book Gun Violence and Mental Illness could not be timelier. Is there one thing that you see the media or politicians consistently getting wrong with respect to mental illness and mass shootings? Dr. Gold: Well, there are multiple things they get wrong—but my area of expertise is mental health, and from a mental health perspective, they could not be more wrong when they continue to repeat that the problem with gun violence in this... (GunPolicy.org)

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39748

United States

25 August 2016

Outdoor Hub (US)

One thing can be said about the firearms community as a whole: there is plenty of fascination with new possibilities. Whether it is the hot gun du jour, or another promising new trend, our curiosity is often piqued and many of us want a piece of the pie. 3D printed guns are no exception. As the possibility of a 3D printed gun hit the internet a few years ago, it was met with immediate attention. It was almost as if an electrically charged hush fell over the pro-gun... (GunPolicy.org)

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39747

Australia

25 August 2016

ABC News (Australia)

Canberra shooting groups are calling for a change to ACT laws that allow firearm permits to be refused based on the appearance of a gun, rather than its function. A Canberra man this week had a permit refused for a large hunting rifle as it resembles a military weapon. The ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal (ACAT) ruled the Barrett M98B .338 Lapua Magnum bolt-action rifle met technical specifications for a permit, but too closely resembled a weapon designed for... (GunPolicy.org)

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39744

European Union,Switzerland

24 August 2016

Tribune de Genève

[Translated summary: Switzerland is going to toughen its firearm legislation, introducing psychological and medical tests for the owners. The goal is to prove that owners are not a danger for society and that they have to be supervised. Anyone that is not on active service or a member of a shooting club will not have the right to own a firearm.] Suisse -- Bruxelles va durcir sa législation sur les armes à feu, introduisant notamment des tests psychologiques et... (GunPolicy.org)

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39735

United States

24 August 2016

The Trace (USA)

The trace starts with a call or fax to the National Trace Center in Martinsburg, West Virginia. A police department has recovered a gun at a crime scene that was bought at a dealer that has since gone out of business. The inquiring officer turns to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives to find out who purchased it, and when. Federally licensed gun dealers are required to submit sales records to the ATF when they close up shop. The ATF has acquired a... (GunPolicy.org)

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39734

Saudi Arabia,Yemen,United Kingdom

24 August 2016

al Jazeera

An international aid organisation has accused British politicians of being in "denial and disarray" over the selling of arms to Saudi Arabia for potential use in the war in Yemen. Oxfam said on Tuesday that the UK was violating the International Arms Trade Treaty, which regulates the transfer of conventional arms to ensure there are no violations of international humanitarian law. "UK arms and military support are fuelling a brutal war in Yemen, harming the very... (GunPolicy.org)

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39728

Switzerland

23 August 2016

Le Nouvelliste (Switzerland)

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

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39779

Mexico

23 August 2016

Milenio (Mexico)

[Translated Summary: According to a Mexican Chancellor, between December 2012 and July 2016, Mexico has seized over 40,000 guns, 23,000 high-calibre guns, 4,000 grenades and 5.6 million ammunition. 70% of these firearms come from American buyers or suppliers, and 60% of them are manufactured in that country. Over the US border there are at least 9,000 legal gun shops and over 23,000 licensed gun dealers who can sell over the internet and fairs, even in... (GunPolicy.org)

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39742

Eastern Europe,Spain

23 August 2016

El País (Colombia)

[Translated summary: Approximately 20% of the 2,250 seized firearms in Spain in the last five years are weapons of war. Also, in the current year, about 1,073 firearms have been seized, 152 people have been arrested, at least four sweatshops have been shut down; there, assault rifles and semiautomatic guns were reactivated and ended up in countries at war.] Los investigadores calculan que, en los últimos dos años, un pequeño negocio ubicado en el sótano de un... (GunPolicy.org)

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39738

France,United States,United Kingdom,Czech Republic,Austria,Switzerland,Germany

23 August 2016

Reuters

Europeans in a number of countries are seeking to arm themselves with guns and self-defence devices in growing numbers following a series of attacks by militants and the mentally ill. Here are some figures. - In Germany, permits for scare devices including blank guns and those that fire pepper spray rose 49 percent to 402,301 in the year to June, federal statistics show. However, the number of certificates to possess firearms dipped marginally to 1,894,283 from... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Reuters

39730

Yemen,United Kingdom,France,Saudi Arabia,United States

23 August 2016

France 24

As a UN conference on the arms trade kicked off in Geneva on Monday, France, Britain and the United States came under fire from NGOs for selling weapons to Saudi Arabia, which is waging a controversial campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemen. The Swiss city is hosting the second conference on the UN-backed Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), which came into force in 2014 to lay out new rules governing the international arms trade. Advocacy groups are urging signatories to keep... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: France 24

39729

Canada,United States

22 August 2016

CBC News (Canada)

Dear Americans; You're more than welcome to visit Canada, but for goodness sake, leave your guns at home. That's the message from the Canada Border Services Agency on Monday as it launched a firearms awareness campaign, reminding U.S. travellers coming to Canada that their northern neighbour's firearms laws are strict. Canadian laws are different than U.S. ones, the agency reiterated in a news release. The CBSA says most firearms seized at land border crossings are... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CBC News (Canada)

39719

United Kingdom

22 August 2016

NBC News (USA)

LONDON — Seconds after his police radio crackles into life, Inspector James Beattie kicks the squad car into gear, triggers its siren and roars the wrong way down a busy road. Beattie and his partner, Constable Jill Simpson, are wearing stab-proof vests and carrying batons, canisters of mace and handcuffs. But like the vast majority of London cops, neither of them has a gun. "I've never, ever felt the need to have a firearm," Beattie said while on patrol last week.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: NBC News (USA)

39715

Germany

20 August 2016

Express (UK)

The AFD has won growing support partly due to the European migrant crisis, which has seen more than one million arrive in the country over the past year. The chairwoman for the party, Frauke Petry, said: "Many people are increasingly feeling unsafe. Every law-abiding citizen should be in a position to defend themselves, their family and their friends. "We all know how long it takes until the police can get to the scene, especially in sparsely populated... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Express (UK)

39718

United States

18 August 2016

New York Times

Try watching a 4-year-old recount the night when his enraged father shot the little boy's mother and grandfather in front of him. If there's a stronger word than heartbreaking, it would be apt for that story and for the others told in "Making a Killing: Guns, Greed and the N.R.A." "The N.R.A. creates fear in order to sell more guns and make more money for gun manufacturers," says one victim of gun violence. That and other arguments in this documentary are backed up... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

39712

Canada

18 August 2016

Ici Radio Canada

[Translated summary: The Trudeau government has officially said no to a petition signed by 25,249 Canadians and sponsored by a conservative party member. The petition demanded the declassification of the AR-15 assault rifle rifle as a restricted weapon in order to be able to use it legally for hunting.] Le gouvernement Trudeau a officiellement dit non aux signataires d'une pétition qui réclamait la déclassification d'un fusil d'assaut semblable à celui qui a été... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Ici Radio Canada

39711

Belgium

17 August 2016

Radio Télévision Belge Francophone (Belgium)

[Translated summary: A Royal Decree in Belgium will authorize police officers to carry arms in their off-duty hours. This measure will be temporary and in the context of self-defence. Also, in the future, unarmed police officers will not patrol alone.] Les représentants des ministres de la Justice et de l'Intérieur, des polices locales et fédérales ainsi que les quatre organisations syndicales se sont réunis toute la journée. Sur la table de négociations : le... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Radio Télévision Belge Francophone (Belgium)

39714

Namibia

17 August 2016

New Era (Namibia)

Over the years Namibia has seen a steady escalation in violent crimes ranging from suicide to so-called crimes of passion that have resulted in hundreds of lives lost. Many of these incidents are attributed to the fact that too many people can too easily easily buy guns of their choice. Now proposed new amendments to the Arms and Ammunition Act are expected to make it harder to acquire a firearm license, especially small arms, like pistols. Amongst others, the new... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Era (Namibia)

39706

United States

12 August 2016

ThinkProgress (USA)

The United States seems to be in a perpetual cycle mourning mass shootings in the country. This year alone, there have already been 233 mass shootings, where four or more victims were shot, leaving 310 dead and 930 injured. But every time another shooting happens, advocates pop up arguing that more guns don't actually lead to more violence and stall the much-needed conversation about gun control. John Lott is, if not the most influential, certainly the most prolific... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ThinkProgress (USA)

39685

Nigeria

11 August 2016

Daily Trust (Abuja), Editorial

At the National Consultation on Physical Security and Stockpile Management (PSSM) in Abuja, organized by the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa (UNREC) and the Presidential Committee on Small Arms and Light Weapons (PRESCOM), it was revealed that Nigeria hosts 350 million or 70 per cent of the 500 million illegal arms in West Africa. UNREC's director, Ms Olatokunbo Ige, provided the statistics during the consultation in Abuja and said... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Trust (Abuja)

39696

India

11 August 2016

India Times

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

Read More: India Times

39671

Colombia

10 August 2016

El Pueblo (Colombia), Redacción Cali

[Translated summary: In Colombia, 85% of homicides are caused by firearms and 80% of them remain unpunished. Colombia's Senator, Jorge Iván Ospina, will submit a bill that establishes the National Register of Ballistic Identification for firearms. This will allow police to know when legal weapons are used in crimes.] El Senador Jorge Iván Ospina del Partido Alianza Verde presentará el Proyecto de Ley que establece el Registro Nacional de Identificación Balística... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: El Pueblo (Colombia), Redacción Cali

39683

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

9 August 2016

Deutsche Welle

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

Read More: Deutsche Welle

39676

Chile

8 August 2016

La Tercera (Chile)

[Translated summary: According to Chile's Firearm Control Law, police will now have to verify the address of every new applicant for a gun licence. New regulations also include a psychiatric examination, a skill test, and a check of criminal records. Chile has an estimated 769,000 active firearms registered.] Resolución de la DGMN aumenta medidas de seguridad para la tenencia de armamento y ordena comprobar la dirección del dueño. Además, los instrumentos de fuego... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: La Tercera (Chile)

39663

Colombia

5 August 2016

El Espectador (Colombia)

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

Read More: El Espectador (Colombia)

39675

United States

5 August 2016

New York Times, Associated Press

DALLAS — A Texas county sued a gun-rights activist who has complained that county officials were unlawfully barring firearms from being brought into a public building. The lawsuit filed by Waller County, which extends into the suburbs of Houston, takes aim at Terry Holcomb Sr., the executive director of a gun-rights organization called Texas Carry. Holcomb has sent letters to more than 75 local governments and other public entities across the state complaining of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times, Associated Press

39666

United Kingdom,United States

4 August 2016

MRC Tv (USA)

Late Wednesday, a woman was killed and five others were injured when a terrorist went on a stabbing spree in London, tragically proving yet again that evildoers bent on hurting a boatload of people aren't dissuaded by gun laws or a lack of access to firearms. But those same gun restrictions that don't stop bad people from doing bad things sure as heck make it harder for the good guys. Mere hours after the attack, the Wall Street Journal reported this fun fact about... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: MRC Tv (USA)

39652

United States

4 August 2016

Guardian

Gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson has donated $500,000 to the US's largest gun industry trade body to help its fightback against the Massachusetts attorney general's ban on the sale of assault rifles to civilians. Smith & Wesson, whose shares this week hit a record high on the back of increasing demand for its assault rifles and other guns, said it had donated the money to the National Shooting Sports Foundation's (NSSF) battle against "arbitrary government action that... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian

39650

France,Germany,Europe,Czech Republic

3 August 2016

New American (USA)

Reflecting a startling change of heart, Czech Republic President Miloš Zeman (shown), once opposed to private civilian ownership of firearms for self-defense, told local Czech newspaper Blesk: "Earlier I spoke often about limiting the ability [of citizens] to have large quantities of weapons. But after the terrorist attacks [in France], I have changed the idea." He is now pushing the Czech parliament to adopt a new law that would allow citizens to purchase, keep, and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New American (USA)

39658

United States

1 August 2016

New York Times, Reuters

A new law went into effect in Texas on Monday that allows certain students to bring guns into classrooms, with supporters saying it could prevent mass shootings and critics saying the measure will endanger safety on campuses. The so-called state "campus carry" law allows people 21 and older with a concealed handgun license to carry pistols in classrooms and most buildings throughout public universities, including the University of Texas system, one of the nation's... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times, Reuters

39646

Spain

1 August 2016

El Correo (Spain)

[Translated Summary: According to data from the Spanish military police, 105,315 firearm licences exist in the Galician community. 169,208 registered firearms are linked to those licences, most of them shotguns used for hunting. This number does not include blank firing guns, whose owners must be older than 18 and show ID at purchase.] En Galicia existen más de cien mil personas con licencia para poseerlas // La mayor parte son escopetas de caza, cuyo número duplica... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: El Correo (Spain)

39645

France

1 August 2016

Sputnik News (France)

[Translated summary: Most municipal police officers in France don't carry firearms, but now the terrorist threat suggests it's necessary to arm them. In order to do so, each officer needs to pass theory and practical tests. The Mayor must then request authorisation.] La menace accroît et la majorité des polices municipales n'ont toujours pas d'armes. Quel avenir pour les policiers municipaux? Eclairage dans une interview du policier Alain Dal accordée à... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sputnik News (France)

39640

Virgin Islands (US)

1 August 2016

The Virgin Islands Consortium

Governor Kenneth Mapp has signed into law a measure requiring all guns coming into the territory be registered at ports of entry — including sea and land. The bill's sponsor, Senator Tregenza A. Roach, says it was forged based on complaints by Virgin Islands Police Department officials, who argued that weapons that are not registered eventually fall into the wrong hands and cannot be tracked. Mr. Roach, who said he has a "growing concern" for the escalation of gun... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: The Virgin Islands Consortium

39636

Australia

1 August 2016

Guardian

An extended government ban on the Adler A110 shotgun won't stop use of "DIY kits" to enhance the firepower of similar weapons that have been approved, leading to renewed calls for the ban to be broadened. Last week the justice minister, Michael Keenan, announced an extension of a one-year ban on the importation of the Adler A110 shotgun. The ban was initiated in 2015 amid growing concerns about rapid-fire weaponry into Australia, as the state and federal governments... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian

39633

India

1 August 2016

Washington Post

NEW DELHI — As mass shooting incidents in the United States rise, India has tightened its firearms regulations, making it even more difficult for common citizens to own a gun. India already had one of the strictest gun laws in the world, a vestige of British colonial rule, which aimed to disarm its subjects. India law allows citizens to own and carry guns, but it is not a right enshrined in the constitution. Getting a gun license in India is a difficult task that can... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post

39632

United States

28 July 2016

EurekAlert (US)

NEW YORK -- Researchers from Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) and New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI) have found that legislation reducing access to firearms has lowered firearm suicide rates in other countries. This finding is based on evidence from around the world on the relationship between firearm ownership and firearm suicide rates. The report was published recently in the American Journal of Psychiatry. To reduce firearm suicide rates in the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: EurekAlert (US)

39631

India

28 July 2016

Hindustan Times (Delhi)

In a country where gun ownership laws influenced by the British are considered extremely prohibitive and firearms legitimately owned by citizens and sportspersons are dangerously outnumbered by weapons in the hands of criminals and terrorists, the Centre has made gun laws all the more stringent. On July 15, the Union home ministry brought into force Arms Rules 2016 through a gazette notification that not only make getting a firearm licence under the existing Indian... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Hindustan Times (Delhi)

39625

Spain

27 July 2016

La Voz de Galicia (Spain)

[Translated summary: Applicants for firearm licences in Spain must prove good physical and mental health and the necessary knowledge to store and handle them. Some firearms with historic or artistic value are exempt from licences. Minors between 14 and 18 years of age can obtain special authorizations to own some types of firearms, but only for hunting and sport.] La legislación que regula el uso de armas en España tiene muy en cuenta que la persona que las utiliza... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: La Voz de Galicia (Spain)

39616

Peru

27 July 2016

Gestion (Peru)

[Translated summary: Peru has enacted new rules for its 242,000 firearm owners. Their licences will last 3 years and each of their firearms will have a permanent registration certificate, eliminating the need to renew it. Any person with criminal records will be banned from getting a licence. It is estimated that there are currently 380,000 firearms in civilian possession.] La tenencia legal de armas de fuego se regía por una ley de 1989, pero esto cambió el 7 de... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Gestion (Peru)

39614

Uganda,Burundi,Tanzania,Kenya,Rwanda

26 July 2016

New Times (Rwanda)

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

Read More: New Times (Rwanda)

39619

United States

25 July 2016

Digital Trends (USA)

Signed into law last week by California Governor Jerry Brown, anyone that attempts to create a homemade firearm with technology like a 3D printer will be required to apply for a serial number from the state's Department of Justice. This new law is also designed to close a loophole that's allowed gun enthusiasts to sell "unfinished receivers;" items like the core frame of a firearm as well as ammunition feeders and firing pins. The serial number, or another form of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Digital Trends (USA)

39641

Germany,European Union

24 July 2016

Telegraph (UK)

The German government has called for EU-wide gun controls in the wake of the Munich shootings, as it emerged the teenage attacker bought a gun on the "dark web". One of the mysteries of the attack has been how Ali Sonboly managed to get hold of a Glock handgun and the 300 rounds of ammunition police found in his backpack. Police now believe he bought the gun on the so-called "dark web", an area of the internet not accessible without special software, used by criminals... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Telegraph (UK)

39597

Germany

23 July 2016

Daily Mail (UK)

BERLIN/FRANKFURT - An 18-year-old German-Iranian believed to have acted alone killed nine people in a shooting spree with a pistol at a busy shopping centre in Munich on Friday evening. Here are some facts about acquiring and owning a gun in Germany. 1. Germany has some of the "most stringent" rules around gun control in Europe, according to the U.S. Library of Congress. (https://www.loc.gov/law/help/firearms-control/germany.php#t1) 2. To own a gun in Germany, it is... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Mail (UK)

39595

United States

21 July 2016

The Trace (USA)

The day after Philando Castile was shot dead by a police officer during a traffic stop, his girlfriend Diamond Reynolds spoke at a march on the Minnesota governor's mansion. Reynolds, who filmed the aftermath of the shooting, made an unusual first demand for an African-American protester decrying police violence: She insisted police treat concealed carriers with respect. Reynolds says Castile, who held a concealed weapons permit, told the officer that pulled him over... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: The Trace (USA)

39610

Dominican Republic

19 July 2016

Al Momento (Dominican Republic)

[Translated summary: The Dominican Senate passed a new Firearm Law that imposes tough sanctions on citizens who own illegal guns, and punishes authorities who comply with this practice. The law bans the carry and use of weapons of war and commands police to resolve cases in which civilians don't surrender illegal guns voluntarily. Licensing will be more rigorous; it will request consent of partners and thorough medical evaluations, among other things.] Santo Domingo... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Al Momento (Dominican Republic)

39605

United States

19 July 2016

Guardian

US police officers, on the front lines of gun violence every day, have particular reason to be on edge in the presence of civilians carrying guns, after 11 days in which eight officers were killed in two planned shootings. With Cleveland's open-carry law now also in the spotlight as many fear violence around the Republican national convention, the Cleveland police union went so far as to ask Governor (and former Republican presidential candidate) John Kasich to suspend... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian

39594

United States

19 July 2016

Breitbart

Gun store owners in California say the demand for AR-15s has skyrocketed in the wake of the new gun controls signed by Governor Jerry Brown on July 1. Among those controls is a law that will enhance the state's ban on "assault weapons." According to KION, Ray Parga, owner of Marina's Del Valle Gunsmithing, said "California compliant rifles" sold so fast they are now "now-existent" on store shelves. Moreover, he said, demand is so great that the incoming shipments of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Breitbart

39593

United States

19 July 2016

Nation (USA)

Cleveland —The National Rifle Association sent its top lobbyist, Chris Cox, onto the stage at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday night. Keeping with the theme of the proceedings—scary people are coming to kill you—Cox told a little parable: Imagine a young mother at home with her baby, when a violent predator kicks the door in. He's a three-time loser who was released from prison early because some politician wanted to show their compassion. What's she... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Nation (USA)

39592

United States

18 July 2016

Guardian, Opinion

The tragic shootings in Baton Rouge on Sunday are yet another reminder that the second amendment, which grants Americans a constitutional right to be armed, is an extreme danger to police officers. It always was and it always will be. The right to bear arms means that police operate in an environment in which members of the public can purchase, store and practice with weaponry similar to that of police and military. Some of this weaponry can send pieces of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian

39586

United States

18 July 2016

New York Times

What does it mean to consider gun violence a public health problem, especially when it comes to children? The American Academy of Pediatrics announced the development of a new initiative last week reacting to the violence in St. Paul, Baton Rouge and Dallas, an attempt as pediatricians to find ways to protect children, adolescents and young adults. This isn't a new issue for the academy; the existing policy on firearm injuries in children emphasizes the importance of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

39585

Mexico,Central America,United States,South America

17 July 2016

RT (Moscow)

[Translated Summary: According to a Peruvian journalist, the abundance of firearms in any Latin American country is almost always directly proportional to its proximity to the local superpower. In 2014, over 28,000 American firearms valued at US$21.6 million entered legally to Mexico, but every year an average of 212,000 firearms enter illegally.] En América Latina se registran 76.000 muertes por año vinculadas al uso de armas de fuego. Sobre este total la mayoría... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: RT (Moscow)

39583

Philippines

15 July 2016

Philippine Daily Inquirer

Getting a gun permit just became easier, with the Philippine National Police reducing the number of requirements needed and streamlining the application process to shorten the wait for its release. PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa said the 10 requirements for a license to own and possess firearms (LTOPF) have been reduced to just four: the neuro-psychiatric screening, drug test, police clearance and the RTC/MTC or NBI clearance. "As we are streamlining the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Philippine Daily Inquirer

39581

Ghana

14 July 2016

Graphic (Ghana)

The National Small Arms Commission (NSAC) says it is working with the security agencies to consider offering amnesty to people who possess unlicensed guns as part of a strategy to mop up the 1.1 million illicit arms in the country. "The records suggest that when people have their weapons legally registered, they normally don't use them in committing crime and always keep an eye on them," the Executive Director of the commission, Mr Jones Applerh, told the Daily... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Graphic (Ghana)

39582

European Union

13 July 2016

New Europe (Belgium)

EU countries will have to introduce stronger controls on "blank-firing" guns, to prevent them being converted to fire live ammunition, under Internal Market Committee amendments, voted on Wednesday, to a draft update of the EU firearms directive. The changes approved by MEPs ensure that any firearm which has been converted to firing blanks continues to be covered by EU gun control rules. This closes a legal loophole which became evident in the aftermath of last year's... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Europe (Belgium)

39575

Ghana

11 July 2016

Graphic Online (Ghana)

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

Read More: Graphic Online (Ghana)

39570

United States

11 July 2016

Los Angeles Times

Remember this drivel? "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun." Well, that gun lobby rubbish was again disproved in Dallas. Twelve good guys — law enforcement men and women trained to shoot — were stopped by one bad guy. Five officers were killed and seven wounded. Two civilians also were injured before the bad guy was finally stopped by a bomb-carrying robot. How many good guys with guns were there trying to subdue this bad... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Los Angeles Times

39558

New Zealand

10 July 2016

Radio New Zealand

An internal review of how the police administer and monitor firearms is likely to lead to changes in the law, including allowing people to apply for a gun licence online. The review was being carried out in parallel to the Parliamentary Select Committee inquiry into illegal gun possession, sparked by the shooting of four police officers in Kawerau and the seizure of a cache of illicit firearms in Auckland earlier this year. Police national manager for police response... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Radio New Zealand

39572

United States

10 July 2016

New York Times

DALLAS — As a demonstration against police shootings made its way downtown here on Thursday, it differed from others around the country in one startling way: Twenty to 30 of the marchers showed up with AR-15s and other types of military-style rifles and wore them openly, with the straps slung across their shoulders and backs. In Texas, it was not only legal. It was commonplace. The state has long been a bastion of pro-gun sentiment and the kind of place where both... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

39562

Italy

9 July 2016

Corriere Milano (Italy)

[Translated summary: A recent homicide with a legally carried 9mm pistol brings back the central issue of gun carrying permits and the spread of weapons. There are currently 774,679 permits to carry firearms for hunting purposes in Italy, along with 471,000 licences for sports purposes (in 2007, there were half as many). Figures from the Ministry of the Interior show an increase of 12.4% for hunting licences and 18.4% for sports shooting.] Il recente omicidio a Dorno... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Corriere Milano (Italy)

39557

United States

8 July 2016

National Observer (USA)

Five police officers were killed in a Dallas mass-shooting Thursday night, blocks away from where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated 53 years ago. Twelve police officers and two civilians were shot during the attack that saw one sniper — who targeted white police — open fire on officers working a peaceful protest in response to police shootings in Minnesota and Louisiana. In Dallas, the shooter, 25-year-old Micah Johnson, was trained in the military and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: National Observer (USA)

39565

United States

6 July 2016

Dallas Morning News (Texas)

AUSTIN — Three professors at the University of Texas at Austin have sued the state over a new law that will allow the carrying of concealed handguns on campus starting Aug. 1. Jennifer Lynn Glass, Mia Carter and Lisa Moore filed the lawsuit Monday in federal court. They've named Attorney General Ken Paxton, UT-Austin President Greg Fenves and the nine members of the UT System Board of Regents as defendants. They noted that the law takes effect on the 50th anniversary... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Dallas Morning News (Texas)

39563

United States

1 July 2016

New York Times, Editorial

It's a good thing Congress passed a law in 1996 barring people convicted of domestic violence from buying or owning guns. Today, despite horrifyingly frequent mass shootings and yearly gun deaths topping 30,000, lawmakers, nearly all of them Republican, stand in lock-step formation against even modest gun-control efforts — like preventing people suspected of terrorist ties from easily buying firearms. Twenty years ago, in a somewhat less warped political universe,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

39529

Laos,United States

30 June 2016

Los Angeles Times

Spurred by outrage over recent mass shootings, California lawmakers on Thursday sent Gov. Jerry Brown a sweeping package of gun control bills, including a ban on the sale of semi-automatic rifles with detachable magazines, background checks for those buying ammunition and new restrictions on homemade firearms. The flood of bills was introduced in response to the December terrorist attack in San Bernardino that killed 14 people at a holiday party, but momentum for... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Los Angeles Times

39526

Nigeria

29 June 2016

Nation (Nigeria)

The National Task Force on Illegal Importation of Small Arms, Ammunition and Light Weapons has urged the Federal Government to curb the proliferation of arms. This followed attacks in Ogun State and other parts of the country by suspected militants. It said the first step towards tackling insecurity was to enforce an effective mopping up of illegally imported arms, ammunition and light weapons. The Southwest Coordinator of the organisation, Col. Anthony Awote (rtd),... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Nation (Nigeria)

39523

United States

28 June 2016

Weekly Standard (USA)

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer used logic frequently employed by pro-gun advocates to help justify his majority opinion in the Texas abortion clinic case decided Monday. As John McCormack reported, the Court struck down a Texas statute that compelled, in part, abortion clinics to upgrade their facilities to match the standards of surgical centers. Such a requirement calls to mind the story of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell, who operated a squalid... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Weekly Standard (USA)

39538

Canada

28 June 2016

CBC News (Canada)

Weapons like the AR-15 are more difficult to obtain in Canada than in the U.S., according to P.E.I.'s director of public safety. "I think the gun culture in Canada is much different than the gun culture in the U.S. from what we see in media and what's reported," said Aaron Campbell. "The interest in the safety of the public is something that is well-considered under the federal Firearms Act to ensure that communities are safe." There are 1,297 restricted firearm... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CBC News (Canada)

39537

United States

28 June 2016

MSNBC News (USA)

A bipartisan group of senators recently endorsed a bill to limit suspected terrorists from buying guns. "I hope we can pass this," Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told reporters seven days ago. "Let's put it this way: If we can't pass this, it truly is a broken system." A week later, it's getting easier to say it really is a broken system. Last week, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) presented a compromise bill, which would make it "illegal for anyone on the federal "no-fly... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: MSNBC News (USA)

39536

South Africa

27 June 2016

Rand Daily Mail (South Africa)

Fewer people are being shot dead in South Africa thanks to stricter gun legislation, according to a 17-year study drawing on mortuary data. SA Medical Council researcher Richard Matzopoulos, writing in this month's edition of SA Medical Journal, said this is proof that gun control works. The gun-related deaths dropped from about 9540 a year between 1997 and 2000 to 3793 around 2007, a decrease of more than 60%. This coincided with the gradual implementation of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Rand Daily Mail (South Africa)

39539

Australia

26 June 2016

Herald Sun (Melbourne)

Walter Mikac has warned more people would have died in the Lindt Cafe terror attack if the perpetrator had been able to access rapid-fire shotgun now flooding the Australian market. The gun control campaigner, whose wife and two girls died in the Port Arthur massacre, said gun manufacturers had built a shotgun which deliberately exploited loopholes in tough Australian laws. More than 7000 Adler A110 lever-action shotguns have been sold into Australia, categorised... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Herald Sun (Melbourne)

39495

United States

25 June 2016

Time (USA)

Hawaii passed a law making it the first state to put gun owners on a federal criminal record database and monitor them. Hawaii Governor David Ige signed the bill Thursday, which allows police to enroll firearms applicants and individuals who are registering their firearms into "Rap Back," a Federal Bureau of Investigation database that monitors criminal activities by people under investigation or in positions of trust, Reuters reported. The law takes effect... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Time (USA)

39503

United States,Australia

24 June 2016

Medpage Today (USA)

Does Australia's gun control policy -- a government buy back of civilian-owned guns and strict laws limiting access to guns -- offer useful insights for the U.S.? No, according Timothy Wheeler, MD, a retired Los Angeles head and neck surgeon, who played a role in Congress's decision to withhold funding for CDC studies of gun violence, who termed Australia's buyback "a full-fledged mass confiscation." "The 1996 National Firearms Agreement's so-called 'buyback' of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Medpage Today (USA)

39494

United States

23 June 2016

Newshub (New Zealand)

Chaos in the US House of Representatives has stretched into a second day after Republicans refused demands by Democrats, who staged a "sit-in", to bring up gun control legislation in the wake of the nation's worst mass shooting in modern history. Scores of Democrats flooded the chamber for more than 14 hours, sitting on the floor and chanting in a "sit-in" protest, taking over the House even as the Republican leadership shut off television cameras and microphones as... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Newshub (New Zealand)

39511

United States

23 June 2016

Sputnik News (Russia)

WASHINGTON — By a vote of 46-52, the Senate agreed not to table the amendment offered by Senator Susan Collins. Now the entire Senate will have to vote on her amendment. The bill would enable US citizens and individuals with permanent residence status who are on the no-fly list to appeal to the US government for redress. In addition, US law enforcement would be informed for a period of five years of firearm purchases by anyone who is placed on the government's watch... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sputnik News (Russia)

39510

United States

23 June 2016

Time (USA)

In the wake of the Senate's defeat of gun control legislation earlier this week, many Democrats are savoring the opportunity to bash Republicans for blocking efforts to deny guns to "suspected terrorists." With polls showing that 90% of Americans favor such restrictions, the defeat is a propaganda coup: a chance to convince Americans that Republicans will obstruct gun control restrictions even when those restrictions appear to be no-brainers. Meanwhile Republicans, who... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Time (USA)

39509

United States

23 June 2016

Vox (USA)

The National Rifle Association donates millions of dollars every year to Republican lawmakers in Congress. And those same Republicans line up uniformly to block proposed gun control legislation. The implication of these two facts appears obvious: Politicians are refusing to stem the bloodshed of gun violence because they're getting what amounts to a legal bribe from lobbyists. Indeed, this familiar refrain was widely echoed again after a 15-hour Senate filibuster to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Vox (USA)

39508

United States,Australia

23 June 2016

RT-TV Novosti (Russia)

Gun control legislation introduced by Australia 20 years ago has not only stopped mass shootings from happening, but also led to a fall in gun-related fatalities, a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows. Rapid fire weapons were banned in Australia in 1996 following a mass shooting, which killed 35 people. A year later, the government introduced a buy-back scheme. Over the next few years, over 700,000 semi-automatic weapons, pump... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: RT-TV Novosti (Russia)

39484

Australia

23 June 2016

Guardian

Since major gun law reforms were introduced in Australia, mass shootings have not only stopped, but there has also been an accelerating reduction in rates of firearm-related homicide and suicides, a landmark study has found. It has been two decades since rapid-fire long guns were banned in Australia, including those already in private ownership, and 19 years since the mandatory buyback of prohibited firearms by government at market price was introduced. A handgun... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian

39469

United Kingdom

22 June 2016

Guardian

Hard-pressed GPs lack the resources to deal with new firearm licensing arrangements designed to keep guns out of the hands of those medically unfit to have access to them, doctors have warned. The British Medical Association annual conference in Belfast on Wednesday comfortably passed a motion expressing its concerns over the changes in gun licensing introduced in April. The motion said the changes place undue burden on practices to report on every application for a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian

39502

Dominican Republic

22 June 2016

Listin Diario (Dominican Republic)

[Translated Summary: 20,455 people have been shot dead in the Dominican Republic in the past 15 years. Guns, parts and ammunition worth US$40.3 million have been imported in the past seven years. Also, there are 878 rifles, 55,360 shotguns and 165,315 handguns held legally by the civilian population, but more than 300,000 illegally.] El auge de la delincuencia, cada vez más violenta y asesina, es uno de los graves problemas que acusa a la sociedad dominicana en estos... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Listin Diario (Dominican Republic)

39497

Australia

22 June 2016

Science Daily

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

Read More: Science Daily

39491

Australia

22 June 2016

Los Angeles Times

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

Read More: Los Angeles Times

39485

Australia,United States

22 June 2016

Wall Street Journal

The changes were also associated with an accelerated reduction in total firearm-related deaths from homicide and suicide, according to the study, published online Wednesday in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association. Mass shootings like the one in Orlando, Fla., have come to a halt in Australia in the two decades since the country adopted sweeping changes to its gun laws, researchers reported in a new study. The changes were also associated with an... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Wall Street Journal

39482

United States

22 June 2016

NBC News (USA)

American doctors should join the increasingly bitter battle on gun control, the influential New England Journal of Medicine said Wednesday. The medical journal's editorial board joined a growing group of medical professionals taking side in the highly politicized gun debate, even as Democrats staged a sit-in on the floor of Congress and the Senate voted against four proposed firearms measures. "The devastation wrought by firearms is not inevitable, and to consider... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: NBC News (USA)

39479

United States,Australia

22 June 2016

Guardian

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

Read More: Guardian

39476

Australia

22 June 2016

USA Today

WASHINGTON — Major gun law reforms in Australia enacted 20 years ago have eliminated fatal mass shootings there, according to a study published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Before Australia enacted the reform, it had 13 mass shootings in the span of 17 years. The study, conducted by three Australian university researchers, was released two days after the Senate rejected four measures that would increased background checks for... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: USA Today

39475

Australia

22 June 2016

Washington Post

In the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, the Senate failed to pass four bills to shore up background checks, despite public support for the measures hovering around 90 percent. The status quo is deeply unpopular, but it remains the law. The American mass shooting experience, which tends to follow a predictable cycle of tragedy -> outrage -> finger-pointing -> inaction, stands in sharp contrast to what happened in Australia in 1996. There, a horrified... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post

39473

United States,Australia

22 June 2016

Discover Magazine

Gun deaths dropped in Australia following a massive buyback program and tighter gun laws, according to a new study published Wednesday. However, the scientists say they can't decisively prove a connection. Researchers from the University of Sydney compared firearm deaths both before and after the 1996 Port Arthur Massacre, when a gunman killed 35 people and wounded 23 others. That mass shooting prompted Australian legislators to take action, launching a firearm buyback... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Discover Magazine

39472

Australia

22 June 2016

NBC News (USA)

Strict new gun laws passed after a mass shooting in Australia 20 years ago appear to have prevented any more such attacks there, researchers reported Wednesday. And overall deaths from firearms have fallen since the 1997 law, which banned certain semi-automatic and pump-action weapons and forced owners to sell them back to the government, the team reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association. "Following enactment of gun law reforms in Australia in 1996,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: NBC News (USA)

39470

United States

21 June 2016

New York Times

At one time, military-style assault rifles like the ones used at a nightclub in Orlando, Fla., and in other mass shootings represented a relatively small segment of sales for gun manufacturers. But in recent decades, such guns serve as one of the two financial pillars of the firearms industry, along with smaller handguns that are designed to be concealed, which have been the biggest driver of sales. Together, the popularity of the assault rifles and small handguns... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

39501

United States

21 June 2016

Guardian

A disturbed man with an AR-15-style rifle walked through a popular historic site in 1996, shooting up the cafe and gift shop. He left 35 people dead and 19 seriously injured. The country's conservative leader pushed through immediate, sweeping changes to gun laws. Chief among them was a ban and mandatory buyback of more than 600,000 semiautomatic rifles and other long guns, which were then melted down. In all, one researcher estimates, the government ultimately... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian

39471

United Kingdom

20 June 2016

The Conversation (UK)

How it is possible to get hold of weapons in Britain despite tough laws that restrict their ownership and use? This strict firearm legislation, enacted chiefly through the Firearms Act 1968 and amendments following the 1987 Hungerford mass shooting and 1996 Dunblane mass shoting, has reduced the number of purpose-made firearms in circulation. This has contributed to the number of firearms offences (including those using airguns and air rifles) falling from a high of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: The Conversation (UK)

39874

Slovakia,United Kingdom

20 June 2016

The Conversation (USA)

How it is possible to get hold of weapons in Britain despite tough laws that restrict their ownership and use? This strict firearm legislation, enacted chiefly through the Firearms Act 1968 and amendments following the 1987 Hungerford mass shooting and 1996 Dunblane mass shooting, has reduced the number of purpose-made firearms in circulation. This has contributed to the number of firearms offences (including those using airguns and air rifles) falling from a high of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: The Conversation (USA)

39600

United States

20 June 2016

Teen Vogue

The monstrous shooting at Pulse, an LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando, Florida, two Sundays ago has brought America's lax gun laws back into tragic focus. The killer, 29-year-old Omar Mateen, used a 9mm Glock 17 and a Sig Sauer MCX assault rifle that he purchased legally — despite investigations in 2013 and 2014 by the Federal Bureau of Investigations for his potential ties to terrorism. The U.S. has the highest rate of gun ownership in the world, according to data... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Teen Vogue

39490

United States

20 June 2016

New York Times

WASHINGTON — They are members of the Club Nobody Wants to Be a Part Of. And their numbers are growing. With every mass shooting in America, a somber scene replays itself here. Victims' families and survivors of massacres — Columbine, Virginia Tech, Aurora, Tucson, Sandy Hook, Charleston, San Bernardino — traipse up to Capitol Hill. They knock on lawmakers' doors, attend news conferences and bear witness to Senate votes on gun measures that almost never pass. So... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

39489

United States

20 June 2016

Guardian

The US Senate failed to advance new restrictions aimed at curtailing gun violence on Monday, as lawmakers voted down four separate measures just one week after a terrorist attack in Orlando marked the deadliest mass shooting in the nation's history. Democrats and Republicans had put forth competing amendments to both strengthen background checks and prevent suspected terrorists from purchasing firearms. But all four bills fell short of the 60 votes needed to clear a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian

39487

United States

19 June 2016

Telegraph (UK)

Karen McCloud and her girlfriend fired round after round, the bullets hitting the human shaped silhouette down range in the head and chest. A former soldier, Ms McCloud was a straight shot. Her hands steady, her breathing calm, she squeezed the trigger of her 9mm handgun, the hot casings falling to the floor. "Bad people have guns, and the only people who can stop them are the good people with guns," she said, reloading her weapon. "And that's exactly what went wrong... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Telegraph (UK)

39488

Australia

18 June 2016

Les Nouvelles Calédonies (Nouméa)

[Translated summary: Australia is the sixth biggest importer of rifles, handguns and ammunition, according to a report by the Small Arms Survey. Australia doesn't manufacture many firearms, so they must be imported. Most are used for hunting, farming and sport.] D'après le rapport de Small Arms Survey, l'île-continent serait le sixième plus gros importateur de fusils, de revolvers, de pistolets et de munitions. L'Australie est le sixième pays importateur d'armes... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Les Nouvelles Calédonies (Nouméa)

39440

United States

17 June 2016

Science/AAAS (USA)

Four days after a mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, left 49 people dead and 53 injured, California's state legislature voted yesterday to establish a $5-million firearm violence research center within the University of California (UC)—the first such publicly charted center in the country. "Acts of firearm violence like Sunday's horrific mass shooting in Orlando leave us searching for answers. California made finding those answers a priority,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Science/AAAS (USA)

39442

United States

17 June 2016

Wired (San Francisco)

Scientists have been collecting data on car crash deaths and casualties for decades. Studies of the dangers of tobacco number in the many hundreds. But the US government has never funded a research center to study gun violence. Yesterday, the California legislature approved a budget allocating $5 million to establish the California Firearm Violence Research Center. This information really wants to be free. What scientists don't know about the public health impact of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Wired (San Francisco)

39441

United Kingdom

17 June 2016

CNN

The United Kingdom is famous for its tight firearm laws and low rates of gun-related violence. Its measures on owning guns are so strict, the shooting death of parliament member Jo Cox on Thursday left the nation stunned. Those who want to own firearms go through an onerous process that includes an application through the local police department, a cover letter, references and in some cases, doctor visits. Unlike the United States, which has an estimated 101 guns per... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CNN

39439

United Kingdom

16 June 2016

Washington Post

Four days after the horrific mass shooting in Orlando sparked a fresh debate about gun control in the United States, a fatal attack on a politician in Britain is bringing attention to that country's gun control policies. Jo Cox, a member of the British Parliament for the center-left Labour Party, was shot and stabbed while meeting with constituents near the northern city of Leeds on Thursday. According to police, the 41-year-old has died of her injuries. Any physical... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post

39474

Germany

16 June 2016

Local (Germany)

1. Germany has some of the strictest gun laws in Europe The US Library of Congress defines the German gun control system as "one of the most stringent in Europe". And professor Christian Pfeiffer of Criminology Research Institute of Lower Saxony also told The Local that Germany's laws were some of the toughest worldwide. Germans do not have fundamental rights to bear arms, unlike Americans do under the Second Amendment, and the country's violent past including the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (Germany)

39452

Australia,Germany,United Kingdom,United States

16 June 2016

Washington Post

In the wake of the massacre in Orlando, which killed 49 people, Americans are feeling frustrated about the prevalence of gun violence in the United States and are wondering what must be done to stop it. This has renewed the debate about whether stricter gun control laws could prevent mass shootings. Perhaps there's something to be learned from countries such as Australia, Britain and Germany. After enacting stricter gun control legislation, those countries have seen a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post

39451

United Kingdom

16 June 2016

Time (USA)

Jo Cox, a Member of Parliament for the Batley and Spens constituency in the north of England was shot and stabbed to death on Thursday, shocking Britain. and provoking an outpouring of sympathy from citizens and politicians from across the globe. The killing, which police are still investigating, would have been jarring anywhere in the world. But in Britain, where guns are tightly controlled and gun violence is a rare event, the attack is all the more appalling. Even... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Time (USA)

39444

Canada

16 June 2016

Washington Post

OTTAWA – The timing for Canadian gun enthusiasts couldn't have been much worse. Just a few weeks ago, they presented an online petition to Canada's Parliament urging the government to loosen its severe restrictions on the AR-15 rifle. More than 25,000 Canadians signed the petition from a group calling itself the Lawful Firearm Owners of Canada urging the government to take the AR-15 off the list of officially "restricted" firearms and allow it to be used for hunting.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post

39443

United States

16 June 2016

New York Times

WASHINGTON — It didn't happen after a congresswoman was shot in the head at an official event. It didn't happen after 20 children were gunned down in their elementary school classrooms. It didn't happen after terrorists fired on a holiday party at an agency that provided services for people with disabilities in Southern California. Now, after the worst mass shooting in American history, major new gun control legislation is still not likely to pass in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

39437

United States

16 June 2016

ABC News (USA)

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention studies a variety of public health threats every year, from infectious diseases to automobile safety. But for 15 years, the CDC has avoided comprehensive research on one of the top causes of death in the U.S.: firearms. While the CDC keeps surveillance data on gun injuries and deaths, it has not funded a study aimed at reducing harm from guns since 2001. The CDC estimates that firearms are one of the top five causes... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ABC News (USA)

39436

Australia

16 June 2016

9News (Australia), Australian Associated Press

Emotion must be stripped away from public debate around Australian gun controls, a national policing summit has heard. Samara McPhedran, a Griffith University senior researcher and chair of Women in Shooting and Hunting (WiSH), says emotions have muddied the crafting of firearm regulations. "Unfortunately, many decisions in this area seem driven by emotion rather than informed debate," Dr McPhedran told police forces and counter-terror experts in Sydney on... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: 9News (Australia), Australian Associated Press

39435

United States

16 June 2016

Lois Wolk News, Media release

SACRAMENTO — California's State Legislature voted late yesterday to establish a firearm violence research center at the University of California, filling the gap left by Congressional restrictions on firearms research, four days after the deadliest mass shooting in American history. "Acts of firearm violence like Sunday's horrific mass shooting in Orlando leave us searching for answers. California made finding those answers a priority, taking leadership once again... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Lois Wolk News

39422

Australia

15 June 2016

4BU (Australia)

Issues surrounding rapid-fire shotguns on the Australian market must be dealt with but illegal firearms remain Australia's biggest gun problem, NSW Deputy Premier Troy Grant says. Mr Grant, who is also the state's police minister, says the classification and capacity of the controversial Adler shotgun need to be addressed once the federal election is out of the way. "We have to make sure that if they're allowable that they're classified in the right way so they're... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: 4BU (Australia)

39430

United States

15 June 2016

The Conversation

The Second Amendment to the Constitution is a touchstone for the many people who identify with American society's enduring affinity for firearms. And every time there is an atrocity, such as the mass shooting in Orlando, debate inevitably settles on how this part of the Constitution effectively prevents the adoption of workable gun control measures. But ironically, the Amendment played almost no substantial part in legal or constitutional jurisprudence involving gun... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: The Conversation

39429

United States

15 June 2016

Washington Post

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and some vulnerable GOP lawmakers signaled Wednesday that they are open to changing the nation's gun laws, raising the possibility that the political tide might be shifting on an issue that has sharply divided Americans for years. This isn't the first time a mass shooting, in this case the massacre in Orlando that killed 49 people this week, has sparked a national cry for congressional action on gun availability.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post

39428

United States

15 June 2016

Salon (USA)

The House of Representatives acknowledged the victims of last weekend's Orlando massacre in predictable fashion on Monday: not with discussion of why a man once on an FBI terror watchlist was able to legally purchase the guns he used to kill at least 49 people, but with a time-honored ritual that has become so commonplace as to lose all meaning: the moment of silence. Speaker Paul Ryan called for the obligatory gesture, bowed his head for a few seconds, and then... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Salon (USA)

39427

United States,Australia

15 June 2016

Australian (Sydney)

Australia is at risk of an Orlando-style attack despite tougher gun control laws because of the more than 250,000 illegal firearms in the community, according to gun expert Philip Alpers. The University of Sydney professor noted yesterday that the gun used in Orlando was similar to the weapon Martin Bryant used in the 1996 Port Arthur massacre, an AR-15 assault rifle. He said many of the illegal weapons in the community were potentially deadly. The Howard government... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Australian (Sydney)

39423

Germany

15 June 2016

Los Angeles Times

Tough gun control laws in Germany that were rigorously tightened after two ghastly school shootings in 2002 and 2009 have helped cut the number of firearm killings in half to about 50 a year, according to experts. Germans are known to admire America and its freedoms, but they were horrified by the arrival of distinctly American-style school shootings in their backyard in Erfurt in 2002 and Winnenden in 2009. They have been equally as shocked by the shooting deaths by a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Los Angeles Times

39421

Bolivia

14 June 2016

Erbol Digital (Bolivia)

[Translated Summary: The Bolivian Government will relaunch the Register of Firearms for Civilian Use to encourage civilians to register their guns. Since the Register was launched, 3,060 firearms have been registered. Civilians with illegal guns could face six months to six years of prison.] El Ministerio de Gobierno a través del Viceministerio de Régimen Interior y Policía realizará el próximo martes 14 de junio, el relanzamiento del Registro de Armas de Fuego de... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Erbol Digital (Bolivia)

39453

United States

14 June 2016

New York Times

A mass shooting takes place, followed by emotional vigils, intensive news media coverage and sorrowful statements by politicians. But what does it actually mean for laws and policies around guns? Lots of gun laws are proposed in the aftermath of an attack, new research shows. But in terms of what actually is enacted, the results aren't what you might expect. In states where a mass shooting happened, 15 percent more gun-related bills were introduced in state... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

39420

United States

14 June 2016

National Public Radio (USA)

Days after the deadly mass shooting in Orlando, Fla., the American Medical Association says it is adopting a policy calling gun violence in the U.S. "a public health crisis," and it says it will actively lobby Congress to overturn 20-year-old legislation blocking research on gun violence by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Even as America faces a crisis unrivaled in any other developed country, the Congress prohibits the CDC from conducting the very... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: National Public Radio (USA)

39419

United States

13 June 2016

Guardian

In preparation for what would become the deadliest mass shooting in American history, Omar Mateen bought an .223 caliber AR-15-style assault rifle and a 9mm semiautomatic pistol, law enforcement officials said. The shooters in December's San Bernardino terror attack also used AR-15-style rifles. So did the shooters in the 2012 attacks at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, and an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. Critics call AR-15-style rifles the weapon of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian

39534

United States

13 June 2016

Malay Mail (Kuala Lumpur)

WASHINGTON — When Omar Mateen entered an Orlando, Florida, nightclub yesterday to carry out the deadliest mass shooting in US history, he wielded a weapon that has been used in massacres from California to Connecticut: a military-inspired semi-automatic rifle. Though so-called assault rifles account for a small fraction of the United States' 30,000 annual gun deaths, they have been used in at least 10 mass shootings since 2011, according to a database compiled by... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Malay Mail (Kuala Lumpur)

39416

United States

13 June 2016

Guardian

Gun company shares soared on Monday as traders predicted that Americans will react to the Orlando massacre by rushing out to arm themselves with more guns. Shares in the two biggest listed US gun manufacturers Smith & Wesson and Sturm Ruger & Co rose by 11% and 10% in early trading and ended the day up 6.8% and 8.5% respectively. Gun companies shares have risen strongly after every recent mass shooting incident as investors speculate that the atrocities might lead to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian

39415

Japan

13 June 2016

Japan Times

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga has vowed to tighten security to protect Japanese citizens both at home and abroad after a gunman killed scores at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. But exactly how at risk of a mass shooting is Japan? Statistics show that Japan, known for its strict gun-control laws, is one of the safest countries in the world as far as gun violence is concerned. According to GunPolicy.org, a website run by the University of Sydney, Japan... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Japan Times

39411

United States

13 June 2016

Huffington Post (USA)

America's gun laws are being challenged once more in the wake of the Orlando nightclub shooting. More than 50 people were injured and 49 died after Omar Mateen opened fire at the Pulse nightclub in the early hours of Sunday morning. Mateen, who was killed in a shootout with police, was armed with an AR-15 assault type rifle, a handgun and an explosive device. The 29-year-old purchased at least two firearms legally within the last week or so, said Trevor Velinor of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Huffington Post (USA)

39410

Australia

13 June 2016

Guardian, Australian Associated Press

A new rapid-fire shotgun has hit the Australian market, prompting fresh calls from gun control advocates for the nation's firearms laws to be tightened. As federal and state law enforcement officials prepare to meet in Sydney this week to discuss firearm regulation, the Pardus LAX is being billed as "the new entrant" in the lever action market. More than 7,000 Adler rapid-fire shotguns have been sold in Australia in just six months. A 12-month ban on a version of the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian, Australian Associated Press

39407

United States

12 June 2016

Everytown for Gun Safety

In the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, a gunman shot and killed at least 49 people and shot and injured at least 53 others inside Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, FL. According to a law enforcement source, the gunman had been a person of interest in two FBI investigations in 2013 and 2014 and at the time was placed on a terrorist watch list. Due to a loophole in federal law, the government is unable to block gun sales to people who have been investigated for... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Everytown for Gun Safety

39458

United States

10 June 2016

The Hill

Gen. David Petraeus and retired astronaut Mark Kelly announced Friday they are forming a new gun control group for veterans. The Veterans Coalition for Common Sense will push to strengthen gun background check laws and help prevent veterans from committing suicide. It pointed to several alarming statistics about the military and gun violence. According to the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), about 22 veterans kill themselves each day. Since September 11, 2001, more... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: The Hill

39434

European Union,Switzerland

10 June 2016

SwissInfo

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

Read More: SwissInfo

39433

European Union

10 June 2016

EUObserver (Belgium)

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

Read More: EUObserver (Belgium)

39432

European Union

10 June 2016

Daily Caller

The European Union's interior minister agreed to stricter gun controls Friday in response to the recent wave of terror attacks in France and Belgium. The deal adds weapons to the list of banned items that civilians can purchase. It was originally meant to be enforced on all, but will leave room for recreational shooters and collectors. The European Commission proposed measures to the EU's firearms legislation days after the Nov. 13 terror attacks in Paris. The... (GunPolicy.org)

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European Union

10 June 2016

Breitbart News Network

VISNOVA/LUXEMBOURG – European Union governments should agree tighter gun control laws on Friday in the wake of Islamist shooting attacks in France and Belgium, despite opposition from some states which say they will hurt only law-abiding enthusiasts. The Czech Republic is among the loudest critics of rules that EU officials expect to secure comfortable majority backing when the 28 interior ministers meet in Luxembourg on Friday. It argues the measures will not... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

9 June 2016

New York Times

A federal appeals court in San Francisco ruled Thursday that the Second Amendment of the Constitution does not guarantee the right of gun owners to carry concealed weapons in public places, upholding a California law that imposes stringent conditions on who may be granted a concealed-carry permit. The 7-to-4 ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in San Francisco, overturned a decision by a three-judge panel of the same court and was a... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

9 June 2016

Los Angeles Times

A federal appeals court ruling that gave gun control advocates a major victory Thursday underscored California's rising importance as a center of legal and political battles over guns. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decided in a 7-4 ruling that California counties may restrict permits for carrying concealed firearms in public. That decision overturned a 2014 ruling that prompted some California counties to relax their rules. "It should not be minimized how... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

9 June 2016

Ici Radio Canada

[Translated Summary: Starting in 2018, Quebec will have its own firearm registry. The new law states that all firearms on Quebec territory must be registered with a unique number and recorded in a file. The measure has not been well received by everyone, specially in the rural regions where there are many hunters.] Le projet de loi 64 sur l'immatriculation des armes à feu a été adopté jeudi, en fin de journée, à l'Assemblée nationale du Québec. Il vise à... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

9 June 2016

New York Times

LOS ANGELES — A federal appeals court in San Francisco ruled Thursday that the Second Amendment of the Constitution does not guarantee the right of gun owners to carry concealed weapons in public places, upholding a California law that imposes stringent conditions on who may be granted a concealed-carry permit. The 7-to-4 ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in San Francisco, overturned a decision by a three-judge panel of the same... (GunPolicy.org)

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Dominican Republic

8 June 2016

El Nuevo Diario (Dominican Republic)

[Translated summary: In two consecutive sessions the Chamber of Deputies approved the controversial Firearms Carrying and Possession Bill. Focused on preventing the misuse of guns by civilians, military and political parties, the bill aims for gradual civilian disarmament.] La Cámara de Diputados declaró de urgencia y aprobó en dos sesiones consecutivas el controversial proyecto de ley de Porte y Tenencia de Armas de Fuego. Los legisladores acogieron una solicitud... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

8 June 2016

The Trace (USA)

For the first time in a decade, the firearms industry has become a primary target in the gun debate. The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton regularly hammered Bernie Sanders during the primaries over his vote for a 2005 law that grants gun manufacturers and retailers broad immunity from liability lawsuits. And the families of Sandy Hook victims are now challenging that legislation in a lawsuit against Remington, the parent company for the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

8 June 2016

Liberal Democrat Voice (UK)

The UK's arms industry is one of the most prolific and lucrative in the world. From fighter jets to armoured vehicles to small arms, our arms dealers have a lot to offer the world by way of military equipment. No one will deny the power this industry wields in Britain. Until as recently as 2002, UK citizens and companies could arrange the transfer of arms between any other countries in the world (apart from those under a binding UN arms embargo) with complete impunity... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

7 June 2016

Guns.com

Legislation will be brought up Tuesday in the House to replace the troubled Pennsylvania Instant Check System that has long drawn the ire of gun rights advocates. The proposal to scuttle the system in favor of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Instant Background Check System, is backed by Republican Speaker Mike Turzai and currently has over 70 bipartisan sponsors. "The PICS system duplicates the background check which is already completed when a NICS... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

7 June 2016

Sun Journal (Maine), Associated Press

AUGUSTA — Maine gun safety advocates preparing for a big, costly fight over a background checks measure on the November ballot have received more than $3 million from a nonprofit backed by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Maine voters this fall will consider an initiative requiring background checks before gun transfers and sales between unlicensed firearm dealers. The measure has family, hunting and self-defense exceptions. Federal law requires... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

7 June 2016

Atlantic (USA)

After a shooting, once the dust has settled, and the initial shock and panic has abated somewhat, fearful minds begin to cast about for explanations. Given the frequency with which gun deaths occur in the United States, "Why did this happen?" and "Who could do something like this?" are questions the country faces with grim regularity. Unfortunately, a consistent and dangerous narrative has emerged—an explanation all-too-readily at hand when a mass shooting or other... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

7 June 2016

Washington Post

In the wake of a mass shooting, a furious political debate inevitably erupts: Does gun violence stem from mental-health issues or from easy access to firearms? A policy solution that attempts to skirt the contentious divide is to make it harder for people with a history of mental illness to own a gun. A new Health Affairs study followed 81,704 adults with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or depression who were receiving treatment through the public behavioral health... (GunPolicy.org)

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Africa

6 June 2016

Institute for Security Studies (Pretoria)

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

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United States,Jamaica

6 June 2016

Jamaica Gleaner

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

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Europe

6 June 2016

Breizh Info (France)

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

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United States

5 June 2016

New American (USA)

Anti-gun globalists will meet in New York City this week discuss ways to confiscate small arms and ammunition from civilians and to consolidate monopoly control over those weapons in the hands of the governments of United Nations (UN) member states. The convention is part of a UN-controlled process of disarmament called the Programme of Action (PoA). From June 6-10 delegates from around the world will attend the Sixth Biennial Meeting of States (BMS6) of the PoA. This... (GunPolicy.org)

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Switzerland

3 June 2016

Federal Council (Switzerland)

[Translated summary: From 1 July, the exchange of information about guns will be improved in Switzerland. The firearm registries in each canton will be linked to each other, making it simpler for authorities to detect gun owners who could represent a danger to themselves or to others.] L'échange d'informations entre les autorités sur les détenteurs d'armes qui pourraient représenter un danger pour eux-mêmes ou pour autrui sera amélioré. Le Conseil fédéral a... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,Canada

3 June 2016

Juneau Empire, Associated Press

KETCHIKAN — Canadian officials are asking Alaska residents to leave their guns stateside before traveling. The Canadian Border Service Agency seized about 300 undeclared firearms from travelers in 2015, with more than half coming from travelers crossing into Canada from Alaska, The Ketchikan Daily News reported (http://bit.ly/1ZfUsOT). "Many of these travelers faced criminal charges and/or a monetary penalty that could have been avoided by simply declaring the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

3 June 2016

Police Professional (UK)

Although the cost of applying for firearms licences increased in 2015, forces still have to pay for administration and conducting background checks. Former Kent PCC Ann Barnes, replaced by Matthew Scott in May, had long campaigned against police covering the costs, claiming the process was only subsiding a certain group's hobby. But just four weeks after assuming office, Mr Scott has announced he will release £39,000 to hire new staff to help the department clear... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand

3 June 2016

Stuff (New Zealand)

A firearms safety specialist says the tragic death of a two-year-old girl in Auckland should never have happened. Counties Manukau police have charged a 26-year-old man with unlawful possession of a pistol after he was taken into custody in relation to a death at a house in Favona Rd. He will appear in court on Friday. Police said the youngster died at the property in Mangere on Thursday morning. The oft-quoted figures of around 230,000 licence holders and around... (GunPolicy.org)

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