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United States

28 November 2016

The Trace (USA)

Hillary Clinton lost her bid for the White House, and the National Rifle Association's 2016 champion Donald Trump is almost certain to leave firearm regulations alone. But America's appetite for guns is more voracious than ever. The Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Instant Criminal Background Check System processed more background checks for gun transactions on Black Friday — 185,713 in total — than on any single day since the system launched nearly two... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

27 November 2016

CNN

[Translated summary: Buyers crowded gun shops during 'Black Friday' in the US. The law bans gun buying as a gift, so big discounts were the main factor boosting sales. Some gun dealers had stocked up before the elections in the hope of panic buying if Hillary Clinton won.] Multitudes de compradores llegaron a las tiendas de armas durante el pasado viernes negro, el gran día del año para este negocio. Ciertamente, las ventas de armas en el viernes negro no están... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

25 November 2016

CNN

The Black Friday weapon sales are not driven by the Christmas spirit since gun laws in many states prohibit buying guns for someone else. The sales are driven by sharp discounts. Not far from New York City, hundreds of shoppers packed into RTSP, a gun shop and firing range in Randolph, New Jersey, lured by Black Friday discounts of 5% to 10% for guns, ammunition and accessories. Dr. Joseph Feldman, a surgeon from neighboring Montville, was buying a $500 Sig Sauer... (GunPolicy.org)

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40255

United States

22 November 2016

USA Today

On Nov. 9, the day after Donald Trump had been elected president, a customer walked into the Phoenix Tactical gun shop here not to make a purchase but to cancel one. The customer had put a Glock pistol on layaway, but wanted to void the purchase because Hillary Clinton had lost the election and a pro-gun Donald Trump had emerged victorious, Phoenix Tactical owner Bryan Bryner said. "He said: 'The threat is gone,' " Bryner said. That change of heart reflects a new... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

22 November 2016

Telemundo (USA)

[Translated Summary: According to an American news channel, more women are applying for background checks; gun shop owners also note that more and more women are purchasing firearms. The owner of a shooting range says 80% of the students are women. In addition, gun advocates point to statistics showing that, every year, 200,000 women are using firearms to defend themselves from a sexual assault.] A pesar de que hoy en día los controles para la compra de armas son más... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Telemundo (USA)

40226

United States

22 November 2016

Opposing Views (Canada)

National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NCIS) numbers indicate that 2016 is on pace to have the highest number of background checks for guns on record. Up until the end of October, NCIS conducted 22,206,203 firearm background checks, which is less than 1 million away from the record year of 2015, which ran 23,141,970 firearm background checks. With two more months left to report, 2016 will likely surpass 2015 when the November numbers come through. NCIS... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Opposing Views (Canada)

40224

United States

22 November 2016

The Trace (USA)

There is one question Carol Runyan considers vitally important to ask the parents of suicidal teens: Is there a gun in the house? Runyan, the director of Program for Injury Prevention, Education, and Research at the Colorado School of Public Health, knows the presence of a firearm in a home increases the odds that someone who lives there will take his or her own life. Guns are reliably lethal — research indicates that suicide attempts involving a firearm result in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: The Trace (USA)

40222

United States

22 November 2016

New York Times

HOUSTON — Before the election, gun rights activists were so worried Hillary Clinton would win the presidency that some of them bought extra ammunition and guns, fearing a crackdown on certain weapons, bullets and magazines. They're not worried now. Instead, since the election of Donald J. Trump, gun advocates have been rejoicing, crowing about their political clout and plotting ways to eliminate many remaining curbs on gun ownership and use as they await one of the... (GunPolicy.org)

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40219

United States

21 November 2016

Les Echos (France)

[Translated summary: After the election of Donald Trump, one of the main American gun manufacturers, Smith & Wesson, saw its stock price fall by 15%. The reason is that gun enthusiasts were buying more firearms in case Hillary Clinton won. Now, sellers expect to recover during the 'Black Friday' but estimate that they have little chance of repeating the record numbers of last year.] Il y a quelques semaines encore, nous étions dans une Amérique démocrate, ou le... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

20 November 2016

Toronto Star (Ontario)

Weakened gun laws and how they're enforced have led to a spike in the number of restricted firearms in the hands of Canadians — and ultimately in hands of criminals, a leading gun-control advocate says. Wendy Cukier, president of the Coalition for Gun Control, said relaxed licensing processes and legislative changes under the past Conservative government "eroded strict controls" that limited access to certain firearms. The number of restricted firearms — a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Toronto Star (Ontario)

40211

Canada

19 November 2016

Toronto Star (Ontario)

Danny Santapaga, a self-employed financial adviser, bought 14 guns on 10 different occasions over seven months. Plumber Graham Jovanovic purchased nine firearms over five weeks. University student Justin Green obtained 23 handguns during a 22-month period, including 15 from one store. Security guard Andrew Winchester acquired 47 handguns in a six-month buying binge. These Toronto men have no apparent connection to one another. But they share a common thread. Each... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Toronto Star (Ontario)

40207

Venezuela

18 November 2016

Entorno Inteligente

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

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United States

17 November 2016

KCBD (Texas), KFDA

Open carry has been legal in Texas for almost a year, but Amarillo law enforcement said they still see more long guns and rifles carried openly than hand guns and pistols. The problem is the long guns and rifles don't require a license. One of the most popular guns sold in Amarillo is the AR-15. Gun experts tell us they're big sellers because they're versatile and can be used for sport and protection. And unlike a handgun, they don't require any licensing or... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: KCBD (Texas), KFDA

40214

West Africa,Syria,Iraq

17 November 2016

PJ Media (US)

A report issued this month tracking the flow of weapons across Libya and the Sahel revealed that terror groups operating in West Africa are getting much more than just inspiration from terror hubs in Iraq and Syria. The study by UK-based Conflict Armament Research, an independent organization that tracks the flow of conventional weapons and materiel, found that weapons stockpiles remaining from the nearly 42-year dictatorship of Moammar Gadhafi have migrated as far as... (GunPolicy.org)

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40200

United States

17 November 2016

Channel News Asia (Singapore), Reuters

Gun control laws that mandate a background check before a gun can be temporarily transferred to a friend or family member may interfere with suicide prevention efforts, researchers say. The research team looked at what happens when people want to temporarily remove firearms from their home because they fear someone in the house might be considering a suicide attempt. In some states, they found, gun control laws may actually hamper the ability to easily transfer a gun... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Channel News Asia (Singapore), Reuters

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United States

16 November 2016

King 5 (US)

Thousands of people attempted to buy guns this year in Washington state, even though court orders prohibited them from owning firearms. In all of these cases, the attempt to purchase a firearm was halted because the buyers failed the required background check. But none of those people needed to fear punishment; their gun crime was one the justice system will let them get away with. An investigation by KING 5 shows that police and prosecutors rarely pursue criminal... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: King 5 (US)

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North Africa,West Africa

16 November 2016

Libération (France)

[Translated summary: Conflict Armament Research has published a report about gun transfers in the Sahel region in which they analyse stocks of firearms and ammunition seized from traffickers and combatants. They concluded that Libya is no longer the main source of illegal firearms; Côte d'Ivoire and Sudan have the biggest stocks of guns in the region, but Chinese and Russian firearms are also common.] Une enquête minutieuse du Conflict Armement Research apporte un... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Libération (France)

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European Union,Slovakia,Iraq,Syria

14 November 2016

EUObserver (Belgium)

EU lawmakers are meeting on Tuesday (15 November) for another round of backroom talks to curb gun violence and prevent terrorists from acquiring weapons on the black market. Debates around the European Commission's EU firearms directive reform, proposed in the aftermath the Paris November terrorist attacks, appears to be advancing as positions converge between the two co-legislatures at the European Parliament and the Council, representing member states. "There is a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: EUObserver (Belgium)

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India

10 November 2016

Chinatopix (New York)

India continues the breathless pace of modernizing the Indian Armed Forces and after ordering new submarines, tanks, surface-to-air missile systems, artillery, assault rifles and fighter jets since the start of 2016 is now placing an order for over $1 billion in ammunition and weapons from international suppliers. India recognizes it faces critical shortages of ammunition in all its armed services and is bypassing prescribed routine acquisition procedures by invoking... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Chinatopix (New York)

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United States

9 November 2016

Time (USA)

Nevada, California and Washington all voted in favor of enhanced gun control on Tuesday, while Maine narrowly rejected universal background checks for private gun sales despite millions of dollars spent there by national gun control advocates. Maine's rejection of the gun control ballot measure, and the narrow support for a similar measure in Nevada, showed the limits of well-funded national organizations pushing for expanded background checks around the country.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Time (USA)

40159

United States

9 November 2016

Vox (US)

Most Democrats want stricter gun laws, and most Republicans oppose them. So you might expect the election of Donald Trump and a Republican-controlled Congress to be great news for the nation's gunmakers. But surprisingly, the opposite turned out to be the case. Two of the nation's biggest gun manufacturers, Smith & Wesson and Sturm Ruger, saw their stock prices fall by double digits this morning in the wake of Trump's election victory. Here's one theory for what's... (GunPolicy.org)

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40153

United States

9 November 2016

Las Vegas Review Journal (Nevada)

Nevadans voted in favor of expanded background checks for private gun sales by the thinnest of margins Tuesday. The "Yes" vote on Question 1, which would require in-person background checks for all guns sold among friends, online and at gun shows, was approved by a 50.45 percent to 49.55 percent margin, which amounted to less than 10,000 votes statewide. Starting Jan. 1, Nevadans looking to conduct a private sale or transfer of a gun will have to go to a federally... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Las Vegas Review Journal (Nevada)

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Australia

5 November 2016

Mercury (Tasmania)

Almost 1500 extra firearms have come into Tasmania over the past year — a massive jump from the previous 12 months when there were just 57. It comes as police figures show some owners are stockpiling firearms across the state. Anti-gun activists say the figures are alarming but firearm owners say there is nothing to fear. About 100 individuals, excluding collectors or dealers, possess arsenals of 20 or more firearms, according to the data. The largest registered... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Mercury (Tasmania)

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United States

4 November 2016

HispanTV (Iran)

[Translated summary: Due to the tense political climate, American firearm manufacturers report a strong increase in sales. A report by the FBI shows that gun sale background checks grew 18% in October. One of the main firearm manufacturers in the US, Sturm, Ruger & Co, registered an increase of 34% in sales in the third trimester of 2016.] Los fabricantes de armas de fuego estadounidenses reportan un fuerte crecimiento de sus ventas de armas en el país por el tenso... (GunPolicy.org)

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Russia,United States,Philippines

3 November 2016

TRT (Turkey)

[Translated summary: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says he'll turn to Russia if the United States refuses to sell M-16s to his country. The declaration was made after the US cancelled an order of assault rifles intended for Philippine Police, citing concern about violations of human rights.] Le président philippin Rodrigo Duterte a déclaré, mercredi, qu'il solliciterait la Russie si les Etats-Unis refusent de vendre des armes à son pays. La déclaration de... (GunPolicy.org)

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Guyana

3 November 2016

Demerara Waves (Guyana)

President David Granger on Wednesday said he wants the number of illegal and legal guns to be drastically reduced, leaving firearms mainly in the hands of police and soldiers. "The Minister of Public Security and I are reducing the frequency or the ease or controlling the ease with which some people can get weapons," he said on this week's edition of the television programme, "Public Interest." The President said a corps of wardens, with law enforcement powers, would... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Demerara Waves (Guyana)

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Russia,United States,Philippines

2 November 2016

CNN

Outspoken Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte had a blunt message for the United States after reports emerged of a potentially blocked arms sale. "They're blackmailing me that they won't sell weapons? We have lots of explosives here," Duterte said, according to CNN Philippines. And suggested, the country would turn to Russia for its weapons. "[I] remember what the Russian diplomat said: Come to Russia, we all have here anything you need." The comments were in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CNN

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China

2 November 2016

W Radio (Colombia), EFE News Agency

[Translated Summary: China's strict legislation on firearms can cause firearm replica owners to be accused of trafficking, and go to jail. Even a life sentence or the death penalty are possible in severe cases. The definition of a firearm includes any weapon that can shoot with a force of more than 1.8 joules per square centimetre. This prohibits many replicas.] La estricta legislación china sobre armas de fuego puede provocar que los propietarios de réplicas sean... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: W Radio (Colombia), EFE News Agency

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

1 November 2016

Modern Tokyo Times

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

Read More: Modern Tokyo Times

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United States,Philippines

1 November 2016

Guardian

The US state department halted the planned sale of 26,000 assault rifles to the Philippines' national police amid concerns about human rights violations there, Senate aides told Reuters on Monday. Aides said Senator Ben Cardin, the top Democrat on the Senate foreign relations committee, said he would oppose the transaction with the long-time ally of the US. The relationship between the two countries has been complicated lately by President Rodrigo Duterte's angry... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian

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United States

1 November 2016

New York Times

California has the nation's strictest gun laws. There is a waiting period, a written test and a number of restrictions on guns and gear. Some voters pondering Proposition 63 have asked: Haven't we done enough? Gavin Newsom, the lieutenant governor, says no. He's developed the initiative that would push the state's gun limits even further. Under Proposition 63, ammunition purchasers would be treated similar to gun purchasers. Before a Californian could buy even a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

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United States

31 October 2016

The Trace (USA)

Last month, Rashied Mitchell shot and killed a Seattle mother, Tabitha Apling, in front of their two young children. At the time, Mitchell was subject to a court order barring contact with Apling, his ex-girlfriend. Mitchell had a rap sheet of at least 12 prior similar convictions, and had been arrested for an alleged domestic violence attack against Aplin just days before her death. This scenario is not unusual. Under federal law, anyone convicted of domestic violence... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: The Trace (USA)

40103

United States

31 October 2016

Christian Science Monitor

Voters in four states will decide on Election Day whether to enact more stringent firearms laws, as gun control activists outspend gun rights groups in an aggressive policy-shaping strategy that some have likened to the nationwide push for same-sex marriage. Unlike past elections, there are no state initiatives to expand gun rights anywhere in the United States. The only ballot measures are designed to keep firearms away from people deemed dangerous in Maine, Nevada,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Christian Science Monitor

40093

Afghanistan,Iraq,United States

30 October 2016

The Washington Diplomat (US)

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

Read More: The Washington Diplomat (US)

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United States

30 October 2016

Fortune (USA), Associated Press

The last time voters in Maine were asked about gun rights, they easily passed a constitutional amendment creating a right to own firearms that "shall never be questioned." Three decades later, the state known for its hunting tradition will vote on whether to tighten restrictions on gun sales and transfers. Maine is one of four states, along with California, Nevada and Washington, where voters will decide Nov. 8 whether to enact tougher firearms laws. In a change from... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Fortune (USA), Associated Press

40085

India

27 October 2016

Bloomberg (USA)

India's armed forces have embarked on a shopping spree for modern assault rifles, body armor and helmets, providing a potential boost to global arms suppliers. The 1.3 million-strong military is abandoning its two decade-old Indian made rifles and seeking to outfit its infantry with more up-to-date equipment, scouting for a new model on the global market for 185,000 assault rifles. The Ministry of Defence also needs to buy hundreds of thousands of helmets and tens of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Bloomberg (USA)

40091

Germany

27 October 2016

Enjeux (France)

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

Read More: Enjeux (France)

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

26 October 2016

Deutsche Welle

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

Read More: Deutsche Welle

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United States

26 October 2016

The Trace (USA)

A new analysis of the provenance of 53,000 crime guns by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office is a stark reminder of the limitations of state firearm restrictions — and of the public's ability to obtain detailed information about the flow of guns within the United States. The report, released Tuesday, reveals that three out of four firearms recovered by police in the Empire State were purchased somewhere else — most often, Virginia, the Carolinas,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: The Trace (USA)

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Israel

26 October 2016

IndiaToday (India)

Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar has scrapped a controversial Army tender worth around '1,000 crore to procure 45,000 rifles amid allegations of corruption in the acquisition process. The tender was under the scanner over the possibility of favours being given to Israeli firm, Israeli Weapons Industry, over its other rivals in the deal. The tender for the rifles was issued in 2010 in which 44,600 close quarter carbines (rifles) were to be provided to the infantry... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: IndiaToday (India)

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

25 October 2016

Mo4ch (US)

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

Read More: Mo4ch (US)

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Yemen,Brazil

23 October 2016

New York Times, Opinion

RIO DE JANEIRO — As Brazil weathers the worst political and economic crises in living memory, Brazilians can hardly be blamed for being distracted. But there is a subject that the country's politicians — and citizens — are not discussing, even though it risks tarnishing Brazil's international reputation as an advocate of peacebuilding and diplomacy: an unchecked arms industry and its involvement in foreign conflicts around the globe. The fingerprints of Brazil's... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

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United States

21 October 2016

New York Times

John R. Houser was dangerously mentally ill, too ill to carry a gun. Of that, there is little doubt. Over 16 years, Mr. Houser, 59, had been charged with hiring a man to burn down a lawyer's office and named in a domestic violence complaint. In 2008, after Mr. Houser threatened to kill his daughter's fiancé, a judge issued a temporary restraining order and ordered him hospitalized for psychiatric evaluation. In 2014, he threatened to shoot law enforcement officers who... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

40034

Bulgaria,South Sudan,Israel

20 October 2016

Times of Israel

A United Nations panel of experts found evidence of "well-established networks" of arms suppliers in Eastern Europe and the Middle East, including from Israel, that are fueling the war in South Sudan. In a confidential report to the Security Council obtained by AFP on Thursday, the panel described the arms deals that are not recent and involve Israeli and Bulgarian firms. The Council has threatened to impose an arms embargo on South Sudan to try to end the fighting... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times of Israel

40028

Ukraine,Libya,Moldova,Russia,Italy

18 October 2016

Daily Beast (USA)

A fuzzy photo shows the decapitated marble head of an ancient Roman statue; the grainy image is standing in for the gilded sales bills usually displayed in the world's finest auction houses. There are no certificates of authenticity or patrimony for these artifacts either, just maps with red markings. This is no ordinary art show. The maps in question show ancient Roman and Greek tombs that have been pillaged in Libya. These artifacts have been put on the market by... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Beast (USA)

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Saudi Arabia,United States

18 October 2016

Hispan TV (España)

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

Read More: Hispan TV (España)

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United States

17 October 2016

WFMY News

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

Read More: WFMY News

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Mexico

14 October 2016

Panampost (USA)

[Translated Summary: There has been an increase of 1700% in gun purchases by civilians in Mexico in the last 15 years. Between January 2000 and January 2016, 95,664 firearms were sold to the public. The increase has been almost 100% annually in the first years, with an additional 100% surge in ammunition sales.] Con el afán de protegerse de la delincuencia, en México se ha incrementado 1700 % la compra de armas de fuego por parte de civiles en un lapso de 15... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Panampost (USA)

40005

United States

14 October 2016

Euro News

[Translated summary: In the US, between January 2014 and June 2016, there have been 326 fatal, but unintentional shootings and thousands of gun injury incidents involving children, according to a research by USA Today and the Associated Press. In 2014 the Centers for Disease Control only found 74 of those.] C'est la face cachée du boom inédit du marché des armes à feu aux Etats-Unis : le nombre réel de morts par balle impliquant des enfants. Bryson... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Euro News

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United States

13 October 2016

Mother Jones (USA)

Rep. Caroline Maloney (D-N.Y.) first learned that there is no federal law against gun trafficking at, of all places, a Fast and Furious hearing. In June 2011, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform convened to scrutinize the gunrunning sting known as Fast and Furious, which had flown off the rails when agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) allowed assault weapons to land in the hands of Mexican drug cartels. Much of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Mother Jones (USA)

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Somalia

11 October 2016

New York Times, Reuters

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

Read More: New York Times, Reuters

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United States

10 October 2016

New York Times, Editorial

The vast majority of Americans — about nine in 10 — support reasonable, common-sense gun regulations. The numbers are only slightly lower among gun owners and members of the National Rifle Association. And yet, year after year, lawmakers in Congress and in statehouses across the country, all beholden to the gun lobby, act as if the opposite were true. They reject even mild, sensible laws — such as background checks and bans on gun ownership by domestic abusers or... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

39979

Serbia,France

6 October 2016

Balkan Insight (Sarajevo)

Serbia and France on Thursday will sign a protocol empowering the two countries to launch joint investigation teams to combat illicit arms trading. Mladen Nenadic, Serbia's Prosecutor for Organised Crime, told a conference on Wednesday that over 20 years on from the Balkan wars of the 1990s, the region is still full of arms that are being smuggled to Western countries. "Terrorist attacks on Western countries show the need to address the issue of the illegal arms trade... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Balkan Insight (Sarajevo)

39953

United States

4 October 2016

Guns

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

Read More: Guns

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United States

3 October 2016

New York Times, Reuters

Shootings on college campuses over the last five years have more than doubled since a similar period a decade earlier, according to a report released on Monday by a criminal justice reform organization. The incidents have also grown more deadly, with three times as many people injured or killed during the most recent five-year period, the New York City-based Citizens Crime Commission said. "It is now appropriate to call our nation's gun violence problem an epidemic,"... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times, Reuters

39962

Yemen,Syria,Eastern Europe

30 September 2016

Jewish Business News

An investigation has found that countries in Eastern Europe discreetly approved the sale of weapons worth over €1 billion to countries in the Middle East. Those countries in turn ship weapons to war-ravaged Syria and Yemen. The hardware includes shells, anti-tank missiles, machine guns and thousands of Kalashnikov-style assault rifles. The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) and the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) conducted the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Jewish Business News

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Brazil

29 September 2016

New York Times, Reuters

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

Read More: New York Times, Reuters

39946

United States

28 September 2016

Noticias RCN (Colombia), Report

[Translated Summary: According to a report by the US Justice Department, there are flaws in the way authorities check the background of people who want to purchase a firearm. For example, if the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the FBI disagree on whether a person should be able to acquire a firearm, the ATF can authorize the purchase disregarding FBI's opinion.] El reporte señala que hay falencias en la manera en la que las autoridades... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Noticias RCN (Colombia)

39939

United States

28 September 2016

USA Today

WASHINGTON — More than 2,000 disputed gun purchases were allowed to proceed during the past 15 years because of a long-standing disagreement between the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives over who qualifies as a "fugitive," an internal Justice Department review concluded Wednesday. Fugitives are among those disqualified from purchasing firearms, according to federal law that governs gun transactions at federally licensed gun stores. Yet in... (GunPolicy.org)

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39932

United States

28 September 2016

VOA Afrique (Africa)

[Translated summary: According to a report by the inspection service of the American Justice Department, the control system of gun buyers has 'deficiencies', specially regarding the update of data bases. For example, gun dealers need to send the clients' data to the FBI for them to perform a background check. If they don't receive results in three days, they are free to sell to that client.] Le système de contrôle des acheteurs souffre de "faiblesses", notamment dans... (GunPolicy.org)

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39924

Moldova

27 September 2016

SEESAC (Belgrade)

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

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39933

Senegal,Africa

27 September 2016

Le Soleil (Senegal)

[Translated summary: To ensure safety, African countries buy their guns through legal channels. However, 80% of these arms are diverted, stolen or transferred by corrupt intermediaries, according to Marc Finand, member of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy. He estimates that 150 million firearms circulate in the continent.] Pour assurer leur sécurité, les Etats achètent des armes via des canaux légaux. Cependant, en Afrique, 80% de ses armes se retrouvent, par... (GunPolicy.org)

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39921

Senegal,Africa

26 September 2016

Sen 360 (France)

[Translated summary: The trade in conventional arms has caused 3,783 deaths in Africa between 2006 and 2014, according to the director of the Cabinet Ministry of the Armed Forces of Senegal. Senegal is one of the African countries that signed and ratified the Arms Trade Treaty.] Le commerce des armes classiques, notamment les armes de petit calibre a causé entre 2006 et 2014, 3783 décès en Afrique, a affirmé lundi à Dakar, Demba Diouf, directeur de Cabinet du... (GunPolicy.org)

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39922

United States

26 September 2016

Northeastern University (USA)

The esti­mated number of privately-​​owned guns in America grew by more than 70 million—to approx­i­mately 265 million—between 1994 and 2015, and half of that gun stock is owned by only 3 per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion, according to a com­pre­hen­sive national survey co-​​led by North­eastern University. The survey, con­ducted in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Har­vard Uni­ver­sity, is the first nation­ally rep­re­sen­ta­tive survey of... (GunPolicy.org)

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39911

United States

25 September 2016

Washington Post

Few people have sold more guns than Barack Obama. In March of last year, we looked at the effects of his presidency on the gun industry, estimating that the gun industry had seen about $9 billion more in sales during Obama's presidency than might otherwise have been expected. That's an estimate, but it's clear that the past eight years have been a boon for gun manufacturers. Half of the guns in the United States are owned by 3 percent of adults, suggesting that people... (GunPolicy.org)

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39902

Mexico,Central America,South America

22 September 2016

InSight Crime (Bogotá)

[Translated summary: A series of recent raids and reports highlights the thriving arms trade in Latin America which continues to disrupt countries and entire regions. For example, a report by Prensa Libre found the 9mm pistol has been the weapon most commonly confiscated by Guatemala's National Police.] Una serie de redadas e informes recientes ponen de relieve el floreciente negocio de armas en toda Latinoamérica, lo que sirve tanto para beneficio de los grupos... (GunPolicy.org)

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39896

United States

22 September 2016

Zócalo (Mexico)

[Translated summary: In the US, between 300,000 and 600,000 guns are stolen each year, according to a study from Harvard and Northeastern Universities. Almost 6,000 gun thefts from cars were reported in 2015. These weapons fuel the 'Iron Pipeline' East Coast trafficking route, and are often used in crime.] Washington -- En Estados Unidos roban entre 300 mil y 600 mil armas al año, según información de un estudio de Harvard y Northeastern University, y en muchas... (GunPolicy.org)

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39895

Spain

21 September 2016

Europa Press (Spain)

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

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39923

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)

Read More: The Trace (USA)

39889

South America,Central America,Mexico

21 September 2016

InSight Crime (Bogotá)

A series of recent raids and reports highlights the thriving arms trade throughout Latin America, which serves to both profit illicit groups and to facilitate criminal violence in the region. During a recent conference on armed violence in Central America, Ana Yancy Espinoza, academic director of the Costa Rican organization Fundación Arias, presented the results of an investigation on regional arms trafficking. According to a press release from the Foundation for... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogotá)

39887

United Arab Emirates,Saudi Arabia,Belgium,Oman

20 September 2016

Brussells Times

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

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39908

Saudi Arabia,Belgium

20 September 2016

RT-TV Novosti (Russia)

[Translated summary: According to a report by the firearms commission of the Walloon parliament, in 2015 Ryad was the main importer of arms manufactured in the Belgian region. Saudia Arabia has purchased a total of 575.8 million EUR in weapons, including firearms, cannons, mortars, ammunition, rockets and armoured vehicles.] Selon un rapport de la commission sur les armes du parlement wallon, Ryad a été, en 2015, le premier importateur d'armes produites dans la... (GunPolicy.org)

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39897

Guatemala

19 September 2016

Prensa Libre (Guatemala)

[Translated summary: The most common guns used in crimes in Guatemala, for their cheap prices and their characteristics, are the 9 mm pistol and the .38 revolver. According to the experts, the 9 mm can be disassembled in 5 pieces that are interchangeable with other pistols, as long as they are the same brand and calibre. Criminals use them so they can hide evidence by changing the barrels.] Armas utilizadas en crímenes son desarmadas y sus piezas vendidas en mercado... (GunPolicy.org)

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39892

United States

19 September 2016

The Trace (USA)

Amid a historic plunge in the national violent crime rate, more Americans than ever are arming themselves to protect against attack by other people, a new survey of U.S. gun ownership by researchers at Harvard and Northeastern universities reveals. Their weapon of choice is a handgun, which is portable and easily concealable, and in many states, can be carried in an increasing number of public places. Pistols, revolvers, and other handguns account for a majority of the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: The Trace (USA)

39881

Thailand

18 September 2016

Bangkok Post

Police have cracked a massive online market in firearms, including high-powered war weapons and assault equipment, in a series of lightning raids across the country. In early morning action on Saturday on 76 locations in many provinces, a combined taskforce of officers from three police divisions detained 20 suspects and seized 141 firearms. The raids were launched after it emerged that teenage students were buying firearms through social media and then committing... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Bangkok Post

39861

Trinidad & Tobago,Venezuela

15 September 2016

Caribbean 360

PORT OF SPAIN – Venezuelans and Trinidadians are bartering on the high seas, selling and/or exchanging arms and ammunition for food and basic commodities. These trades also take place at some of T&T's remote coastal ports, according to Assistant Superintendent of Police Vernly Gift of the Organised Crime, Narcotics and Firearms Bureau (OCNFB). He made the comments yesterday at the police weekly briefing where he said there is a need for greater monitoring of the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Caribbean 360

39847

France

15 September 2016

The Register (United Kingdom)

French hackers are selling concealed weapons including so-called pen guns that fire .22 Long Rifle bullets on highly secretive crime forums, threat researcher Cedric Pernet says. Videos of the home-made pen guns scattered around the internet show the weapons in working use. The guns are being sold for €150 (US$169, £127, A$226) alongside other concealed weapons like knuckle dusters and knives, and more expensive conventional large firearms. Trend Micro's Pernet... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: The Register (United Kingdom)

39843

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

United States

13 September 2016

Breitbart (USA)

The ATT has been an on again off again project of the Obama administration during both terms of his presidency, particularly his first term. In 2013 the NRA warned: "This treaty threatens individual firearm ownership with an invasive registration scheme [and is full of regulations and requirements that are] blatant attacks on the constitutional rights of every law-abiding American." The treaty does this, in part, by "[urging] record keeping of end users, directing... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Breitbart (USA)

39840

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

11 September 2016

Huffington Post (UK)

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

Read More: Huffington Post (UK)

39834

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

United Kingdom

11 September 2016

Huffington Post (UK)

"If you pick up a Kalashnikov and you've been doing this for a while, 99% of the time you can tell where it was manufactured, what the model was, and which country it originated in. On the left hand side, you have a factory code and a serial number, and then you have associated marks where the safety catch is." James Bevan, 38, spends his life counting the world's illegal weapons. The former UN weapons inspector runs the world's most comprehensive map tracking the flow... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Huffington Post (UK)

39825

Liberia

11 September 2016

Front Page Africa

Monrovia - President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has by proclamation declared unconditionally and without reservation, that all persons who, shall surrender small arms and light weapons under the ECOWAS - EU Weapons collection program. In Grand Gedeh, Maryland, and River Gee Counties the project will give full Amnesty for the offence of illegal possession, use, and supply of fire arms and objects for lethal use against the Republic of Liberia with the restoration of all... (GunPolicy.org)

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39822

United States

8 September 2016

L'Orient-Le Jour (Beirut)

[Translated summary: After a two-year investigation, the US Department of Justice has concluded that undercover operations against gun trafficking by the ATF were poorly managed, and that the agents lacked training and supervision. For example, an infiltrated agent actually sold a gun and kept the profits, some of the retrieved guns were later stolen, and some agents misplaced sensitive documents.] Des policiers fédéraux américains ont accumulé les bévues lors... (GunPolicy.org)

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39851

United States

8 September 2016

New York Times, Reuters

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

Read More: New York Times, Reuters

39816

United States,El Salvador

7 September 2016

El Faro (El Salvador)

[Translated summary: "Maras" gangsters in El Salvador use assault weapons. The authorities, former soldiers, experts and even gang members confirm that most of them come from the civil war of the 80's. Police seize at least one rifle every 3 days and the most common are the M-16, the AK-47 and the Galil.] El gobierno del FMLN combate contra mareros equipados con fusiles de asalto. Autoridades, excomandantes, excombatientes, académicos, expertos y los propios... (GunPolicy.org)

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39812

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)

Read More: Washington Post

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

Brazil,Yemen

6 September 2016

Reuters

Brazilian prosecutors said on Tuesday they had charged Forjas Taurus SA, Latin America's largest gun maker, in May for dealing with a known Yemeni arms trafficker in violation of international sanctions, prompting the company's shares to plunge. Taurus confirmed on Monday a Reuters report that two former executives had been charged over a deal in 2013 that allegedly sent arms to Yemen's civil war, but the company said it was only a concerned party in the... (GunPolicy.org)

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39811

United Kingdom

6 September 2016

Daily Caller (USA)

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

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39800

United States

6 September 2016

CNN

Guns are selling at unprecedented levels this summer, which means 2016 is well on its way to breaking the all-time record for background checks. Background checks conducted by the FBI totaled 1,853,815 in August 2016, a 6% increase from August 2015. That's the most checks ever in the month of August since the FBI started conducting background checks in 1998. In fact, every monthly tally this year has hit an all-time high, meaning that 2016 is on track to be the record... (GunPolicy.org)

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39792

Lithuania,Spain

5 September 2016

20 Minutos (USA)

[Translated summary: 52 people were arrested in a raid that dismantled a drug and arms trafficking network linking Spain and Lithuania. Police reported that at least 50 guns were seized, AK-47 and Makarov pistols among them. The network purchased guns from collectors and repaired them in workshops to make them operational and sell them.] Cincuenta y dos personas fueron arrestadas en un operativo que desmanteló una red de tráfico de drogas y armas que operaba en... (GunPolicy.org)

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39856

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

5 September 2016

Sputnik News

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

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39824

Yemen,Brazil

5 September 2016

Reuters

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

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39796

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

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)

Read More: New York Times, Associated Press

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

European Union,Switzerland

31 August 2016

Business Insider, Reuters

ZURICH -- Friction between Switzerland and the European Union over the bloc's plans to tighten gun control following a rise in militant attacks could turn into another serious snag in ties already tested by Swiss efforts to curb immigration. The proposed directive, which applies to non-EU member Switzerland only because it is part of Europe's Schengen open border system, has raised hackles among the Swiss, who resent intervention from Brussels. Christoph Blocher, a... (GunPolicy.org)

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39766

United States

31 August 2016

CNBC (USA)

Amid talks of tighter gun control and a series of tragic shootings, a pickup in demand for firearms is expected to drive double-digit gains in both sales and profits for Smith & Wesson's fiscal first quarter. After seeing slower demand in May, "The past two months have seen a dramatic surge in U.S. firearms sales, particularly in rifles," Wunderlich Securities analyst Rommel Dionisio said in a research note. Adjusted gun background checks, frequently used as a proxy... (GunPolicy.org)

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39765

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

United States

30 August 2016

The Trace (USA)

The National Shooting Sports Foundation, the gun industry's top trade group, is partnering for the first time with the country's leading suicide prevention organization. The ambitious goal of the collaboration: averting nearly 10,000 deaths over the next decade. The program, initiated by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, will strive to educate people on the risk factors and warning signs of suicide, and provide guidance on how best to talk to someone who... (GunPolicy.org)

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39758

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)

Read More: Mexidata, InSight Crime (Bogotá)

39763

Germany,Switzerland,Austria,Czech Republic

27 August 2016

Actualidad RT

[Translated Summary: In the Czech Republic, the number of firearm owners reached 300,000 in the first five months of 2016. Gun dealers in Switzerland and Austria say they've also seen a surge in interest towards firearms following jihadist shootings in Europe. Germans are choosing self-defence devices, like sprays and blank guns.] El número de europeos que compra armas de fuego y dispositivos de autodefensa aumenta con cada día que pasa, informa Reuters. Las... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Actualidad RT

39769

United States

27 August 2016

Washington Times, Associated Press

MELBOURNE, Florida -- At FrogBones Family Shooting in Melbourne, you'll find rows of handguns, rifles and shooting accessories. You'll also hear the constant "thud" of guns being fired in the indoor range. Many probably would be surprised to know that FrogBones also is considered a gun "manufacturer," meaning it has the same license as other gun makers like Kel-Tec in Cocoa, Knight's Armament in Titusville or I.O. Inc. in Palm Bay. "It's 1/100th of a percent of our... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Times, Associated Press

39746

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)

Read More: Guardian

39745

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

26 August 2016

SwissInfo

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

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39750

United States,Australia

26 August 2016

Stuff (New Zealand)

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

Read More: Stuff (New Zealand)

39739

United States,Australia

25 August 2016

Australian (Sydney)

If a President Trump rips up trade agreements and takes the US out of the World Trade Organisation, Australia and other nations should retaliate by imposing a "gun safety" levy on America matched to the level of massacres there, says former trade minister Tim Fischer. The former Nationals leader and deputy prime minister will use a speech today to warn that a Donald Trump presidency would be a disaster for world trade. "Donald Trump spells disaster not only re world... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Australian (Sydney)

39740

United States

24 August 2016

Action on Armed Violence (London)

In the 14 years following the terror attacks of 9/11, the US Department of Defence (DoD) issued contracts that, if fulfilled, would reach over $40 billion on guns and ammunition, according to new research from London-based charity Action on Armed Violence (AOAV). A team of volunteer researchers at AOAV spent a year analysing every contract published by the DoD between September 11, 2001 and September 10, 2015. These contracts are announced week-daily on the DoD... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Action on Armed Violence (London)

39737

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)

Read More: The Trace (USA)

39734

Iraq,Afghanistan,United States

24 August 2016

New York Times

Early this year, a Facebook user in Baghdad using the name Hussein Mahyawi posted a photograph of a slightly worn M4 assault rifle he was offering for sale. Veterans of the latest war in Iraq immediately recognized it. It was a standard American carbine equipped with a holographic sight, a foregrip that was military-issue during the occupation and a sticker bearing a digital QR code used by American forces for inventory control. Except for one detail — an aftermarket... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

39732

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)

Read More: al Jazeera

39728

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

23 August 2016

IPS Noticias

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

Read More: IPS Noticias

39850

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

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

United States,Mexico

23 August 2016

News X (India)

Mexico's Foreign Minister Claudia Ruiz Massieu has asked the US Congress to restrict the sale of assault weapons as "they cause harm on both sides of the border". Massieu made this call at the Second Conference of States Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty of the UN in Geneva, Switzerland, on Monday. According to a Foreign Ministry statement, Massieu said that Mexico "places the highest priority" on this matter, as the country has suffered from the illegal arms trade,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: News X (India)

39727

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

22 August 2016

Amnesty International (London)

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

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39721

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

22 August 2016

Amnesty International (London)

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

Read More: Amnesty International (London)

39717

India

21 August 2016

New Indian Press (India)

As it grapples with rising gun crime, procuring a firearm in Delhi is as easy as ordering takeaway. AK-47s, Chinese Star pistols, Walther PPKs and more are available for the gangster or terrorist who shops with ease in the city's gun bazaar. Incidents of gun-related deaths have gone up in Delhi. A Delhi Police constable was shot dead over the weekend by bag snatchers, a first of its kind. Earlier, Delhi Police's Anti-Terror Unit busted an international gang of gun... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Indian Press (India)

39724

Cyprus

19 August 2016

Cyprus-Mail (Cyprus)

Turkish Cypriot police discovered 645 guns, of which 318 automatic and 327 rifles, in a container about to be loaded on 'Rizokarpaso' cargo vessel in the Famagusta port, Turkish Cypriot press reported on Friday. Two hundred of the guns are Russian-made Baikals, and the rest Italian-made Benellis, Brownings, Berettas and Winchesters. The guns, press reports said, had been transported to Famagusta aboard the 'Morphou' on July 21st, and remained in a storage facility... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Cyprus-Mail (Cyprus)

39722

Mexico

18 August 2016

E-consulta (Mexico)

[Translated Summary: According to the organization Mexico Evalúa, from 2011 to 2014, firearm possession rose 114% as a measure against violent crime. Between 2012 and 2015, in Puebla, Hidalgo, Tlaxcala and Morelos, 3,688 households bought firearms and 4,051 gun homicides were registered.] Puebla, Hidalgo, Tlaxcala y Morelos son los estados que tuvieron las mayores tasas en la adquisición de armas de fuego por cada 100 mil hogares de 2012 a 2015, según lo reveló la... (GunPolicy.org)

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39720

Venezuela

17 August 2016

New York Times

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

Read More: New York Times

39713

East Asia,Germany

17 August 2016

New York Times

The German military on Wednesday said it had resumed deliveries of weapons to Kurdistan after the government of the northern Iraqi region vowed to ensure the arms did not end up on the black market. A defense ministry spokesman said Germany had delivered 70 tonnes of weapons, including 1,500 rifles, 100 shoulder-fired rockets and three armored vehicles, to the Kurdistan Regional Government in Erbil on Tuesday. Germany halted weapons deliveries in January after media... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

39707

Mexico

17 August 2016

Times-Union (Florida), Associated Press

MEXICO CITY — There's just one place in all of Mexico where you can legally buy a gun. It's tucked away in an anonymous building on an army base in the capital, staffed by soldiers. Those who enter must surrender any cellphones, tablets or cameras, remove caps and pass through a metal detector. Weapons are kept in locked glass cases, unlike many of the 50,000-plus U.S. gun shops where used-gun racks on showroom floors allow easy access and clerks are happy to let you... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times-Union (Florida), Associated Press

39700

Germany

16 August 2016

New York Times

BERLIN — The police have arrested a 31-year-old German man suspected of selling a gun and bullets to a teenager who killed nine people in a rampage last month in Munich, which sent the city into a panicky lockdown amid fears of a terrorist attack. The man was detained on Tuesday in the central German city of Marburg after being lured into a weapons deal with investigators and boasting that he had supplied the gun and ammunition in the Munich rampage, the authorities... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

39693

Mexico

15 August 2016

La Jornada (Mexico)

[Translated Summary: According to a recent study Aguascalientes, Mexico registered an acquisition rate of 799.18 firearms per 100,000 households in 2015. This indicates a surge of 5.55% in comparison with 2014. According to the Federal Registry, there are currently in this state 4,727 licences to own firearms but only for sport and hunting.] - Crecen mortalidad por arma de fuego en el ámbito estatal - Ningún civil cuenta con licencia de portación ante la Sedena; hay... (GunPolicy.org)

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39703

Ethiopia

14 August 2016

The Ethiopian Herald

INTERVIEW Ethiopia has prepared a draft proclamation to control illicit flow of small arms and light weapons. Last week, EPA reporters have held an exclusive interview with Haneta Geberemedhin, Deputy Commissioner of Federal Police Commission and adviser to the commissioner regarding the objective and expected outcomes of the draft proclamation. Excerpts: - Guns are owned [by citizens/individuals] both legally and illegally in our country. How does that come up? What... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: The Ethiopian Herald

39702

Mexico,Australia

12 August 2016

Sporting Shooters' Association of Australia, Media release

Mexican drug cartels on a mission to expand their networks are actively pursuing once unreachable countries like Australia to peddle illicit drugs and firearms. It sounds like a script for a Hollywood crime thriller but a new report has revealed this is the harsh reality our island nation must face. The findings come as anti-gun lobbyists and Green-leaning politicians continue to criticise theft from licensed owners for contributing to a growing black market, while... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sporting Shooters' Association of Australia

39773

United States

12 August 2016

Union Leader (New Hampshire)

WARNER – A gun used to shoot a Boston police officer in January was bought by a New Hampshire woman whom police believe was supplying them to gang members in Boston, according to an affidavit unsealed Friday. The Glock 27 that wound up in the hands of Grant Headley is one of an estimated 30 to 63 firearms purchased by Sara Johnson of Manchester, according to authorities. "At least four of the firearms purchased by Johnson were subsequently recovered on the streets... (GunPolicy.org)

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39695

China

12 August 2016

China.org.cn, Xinhua

Chinese police have launched a nationwide campaign against the selling of guns online, the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) announced Friday. The MPS said police will strengthen the scrutiny of logistics companies that might be involved in gun delivery and crack down on illegal Internet websites, forums, and instant messaging services that facilitate the online gun trade. Police have also taken resolute action against criminal offences such as manufacturing, selling... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: China.org.cn, Xinhua

39689

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

United States

11 August 2016

CNN

One day, Michael Andrew Ryan sat down at a computer, hopped onto a hidden part of the Internet known as the dark Web, called himself "Gunrunner" and opened for business. His international weapons operation offered anyone a virtual laundry list of weapons with brand names that have become disturbingly familiar: - Glock - Beretta - Uzi - Highpoint - Walther To make these guns hard to trace, Gunrunner took off their serial numbers and shipped them to countries where... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CNN

39670

Saudi Arabia,United States

10 August 2016

Guardian, Agence France Presse

The United States has approved the possible sale to Saudi Arabia of up to 153 tanks, hundreds of machine guns and other military gear in a deal worth $1.15bn. The announcement coincided with news that Saudi-led coalition warplanes had resumed air strikes on Yemen's capital for the first time in three months, killing 14 people and shutting the airport after UN-brokered talks were suspended. Elizabeth Trudeau, a state department spokeswoman, said she was "very... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian, Agence France Presse

39677

United States

10 August 2016

Guns (USA)

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

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39669

New Zealand

10 August 2016

New Zealand Herald

Trade Me wants automatic access to police records on gun owners to prevent firearms from falling into the wrong hands. In an appearance before a committee at Parliament today, the company defended the sale of guns on its website after an MP suggested it stop selling weapons altogether. A Parliamentary inquiry is looking at how to restrict the flow of firearms to criminals, gangs and unlicensed people. It was launched in March after a series of high-profile shootings... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Zealand Herald

39668

Israel

8 August 2016

The Times of Israel

[Translated summary: Israel's State Attorney has recommended a sentence of three years for possessing a firearm without a licence, and from four to six years for more serious crimes related to illegal guns. Illegal firearms are very common among the Arab Israeli community and the homicide rate is 1.8 per 100,000 citizens.] Pour Shai Nitzan, les procureurs devraient insister pour des peines de prison pour les possesseurs et les vendeurs d'armes sans permis Le Procureur... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: The Times of Israel

39660

Chile,Russia,Ecuador,Brazil,United States

6 August 2016

Sputnik News

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

Read More: Sputnik News

39664

United States

5 August 2016

New York Times

Part 1 Time and again it's the same. A lone gunman or a small group of killers with rifles commits spectacular crimes that seize the attention of the world. The list reaches back decades: the killing of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics in 1972; the school takeover in Beslan, Russia, in 2004; the attacks in Mumbai, India, in 2008; the mall assault in Nairobi, Kenya, in 2013; the killing of more than 100 people in Paris in 2015. Often the rifles are variants of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

39649

India

2 August 2016

India Times

When one thinks of Delhi, one thinks of our country's legislative capital, home to the Parliament, the Supreme Court and our nation's top leaders and policy makers. On the surface, it appears to be a relatively lawful city, far from the infamous gang violence of Mumbai. It may come as a surprise that the city has of late become a safe haven for a huge illegal gun trafficking industry. From .315 and 12 bore pistols to assault rifles and AK-47, all sophisticated firearms... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: India Times

39635

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)

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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

United States

28 July 2016

Guns (US)

A study published this month finds 4 out of 5 guns recovered in crime are not owned by the perpetrator, who often obtained them through theft or trafficking. The peer-reviewed study, "Gaps continue in firearm surveillance: Evidence from a large U.S. City Bureau of Police," was complied by a team of researchers led by Dr. Anthony Fabio of the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public Health, and published in this month's Social Medicine. Fabio worked with... (GunPolicy.org)

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39629

Honduras

28 July 2016

InSight Crime (Bogotá)

[Translated Summary: Firearms are used in about 80% of all the homicides in Honduras. 39,111 of 48,094 registered homicides between 2008 and 2015 were committed with a firearm. In 2014, a Comission of the Congress estimated that there were 1,000,000 firearms in circulation and 700,000 of them were owned without a licence.] Según informes, las armas de fuego son utilizadas en más del 80 por ciento de todos los homicidios en Honduras, casi el doble que el promedio... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogotá)

39622

Australia

27 July 2016

Gizmodo (Australia)

The Federal Government has announced a $25.4 million funding injection into the detection and seizure of illegal firearms, including "specialised intelligence software tools" aimed at boosting intelligence collection on international firearms trafficking. The software will and allow the Australian Federal Police to search, analyse and map intelligence data to identify previously unknown links between firearms traffickers and their suppliers, customers and illegal... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Gizmodo (Australia)

39611

Europe

26 July 2016

Irispress (España)

[Translated Summary: According to the UN, EU gun sales total around €300,000 million [sic.] a year. Switzerland, Finland, and Cyprus have the highest gun-per-civilian rate (40 firearms per 100 civilians); while in Germany there are an estimated 30 firearms per 100 civilians, three times more than in Spain. Over 500,000 of these legal firearms from the EU have been lost or stolen and ended up in the black market.] Aunque sobre el papel parece difícil, lo cierto es... (GunPolicy.org)

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39618

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

Libya,Syria,Iraq,Russia,Ukraine

25 July 2016

New York Times, Reuters

SLOVIANSK/MOSCOW — On Feb. 12 last year, the same day that a ceasefire ended the worst of the fighting in eastern Ukraine between rebels and government forces, a former rebel fighter seized a chance to turn his inside knowledge of the conflict into hard cash. He traveled to a spot on the Russian-Ukrainian border where he retrieved a cache of weapons hidden there earlier by his comrades in the pro-Russian rebel movement. Four days later, shortly before 6:00 p.m., he... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times, Reuters

39613

Switzerland

25 July 2016

Local (Switzerland)

There has been a marked increase in applications for gun licences in Switzerland, a development police attribute to growing insecurity. The SonntagsBlick newspaper reported new statistics showing the number of applications increased by 17 percent last year over the previous year. The statistics from all 26 cantons showed that there were 29,146 applications for gun ownership made in 2015. All cantons with the exception of Jura in the northwest reported an increase. In... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (Switzerland)

39604

United States

25 July 2016

EurekAlert (USA)

PITTSBURGH -- Nearly 80 percent of perpetrators carrying a gun recovered by Pittsburgh Police were not the lawful owners, a strong indication that theft and trafficking are significant sources of firearms involved in crimes in southwest Pennsylvania, a new University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health analysis reveals. The finding suggests a timely opportunity for collaboration between public health and law enforcement officials to better understand and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: EurekAlert (USA)

39601

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

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,Indonesia

10 July 2016

Jakarta Globe

JAKARTA -- A US court has found a soldier participated in a scheme to purchase guns and send them to members of the Indonesian presidential security detail, an explosive report reveals. Indonesian descendent, Audi Sumilat, of El Paso, Texas, pleaded guilty in federal court on Wednesday (06/07) to one count of conspiracy to make false statements in connection with the acquisition of firearms, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. In his testimony, Audi said he... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Jakarta Globe

39561

Indonesia,United States

9 July 2016

Jakarta Post

The Indonesian Military (TNI) has confirmed that it will not impose any sanctions to eight members of the Presidential Security Detail (Paspampres) who have bought firearms illegally in the US. TNI spokesperson Maj. Gen. Tatang Sulaiman said in contrast to a claim made by US authorities who said the gun purchase was illegal, the investigation findings by the military's internal affairs team found that no law was broken. "The military police did the questioning and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Jakarta Post

39560

Peru

7 July 2016

Peru 21

[Translated summary: With a US$13 million investment, Peruvian government acquired 31,557 firearms manufactured in the United States. These were given to the National Police to fight crime and insecurity. The lot includes 28,707 9x19 mm pistols, 150 assault rifles, 50 sub-machine guns, 5 sniper rifles and 50 pistols for the Police special units.] Con una inversión de 13 millones de dólares, el Gobierno adquirió 31,557 armas de fuego fabricadas en Estados Unidos y... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Peru 21

39564

Sudan,Russia

7 July 2016

Guardian

"I fired my first gunshot when I was nine," says Salih. "For years after that I was very eager to do it again. I owned my first weapon when I got to 14. It was an AK-47." Salih is now 38, but guns have been a permanent fixture in his life. Growing up in Darfur in one of the Arab tribes that has been at war with other ethnic groups in the region since 2003, he says it quickly became clear the only way to protect his family was to get a weapon of his own. In the 13... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian

39550

Germany

5 July 2016

New York Times, Reuters

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

Read More: New York Times, Reuters

39555

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

Mexico,United States

27 June 2016

Hoy Los Angeles (California)

[Translated Summary: According to the NGO American Friends Service Committee, the sale of guns from the US to Mexico increases Human Rights violations and homicides. In 2009/2010 alone, the volume of the total business -- public and private -- rose to $1.2 billion, and in the next two years the deaths exceeded 25,000.] La venta de armas del Gobierno de EE.UU. a su homólogo de México, sumado a una falta de control sobre su posterior uso y fin, repercute en un aumento... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Hoy Los Angeles (California)

39517

France

24 June 2016

Armer Desarmer (France), Blog

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

Read More: Armer Desarmer (France)

39512

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

17 June 2016

Israel Homeland Security

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

Read More: Israel Homeland Security

39464

Peru

16 June 2016

Andina (Lima)

[Translated Summary: 18,916 firearm licences were cancelled in Peru after it was determined that their holders were deceased. Heirs or relatives will have to get their own licence or transfer the arms to a licensed person. Another 846 licences belonging to felons were also revoked.] Un total de 18,916 licencias de armas de fuego canceló la Superintendencia Nacional de Control de Servicios de Seguridad, Armas, Municiones y Explosivos de Uso Civil (Sucamec), tras... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Andina (Lima)

39449

Australia,United States

14 June 2016

Sydney Morning Herald

The United States has once again broken its own record as the top importer of small arms, according to new research that ranks Australia sixth among the world's biggest importers of weapons including rifles, revolvers and pistols. American purchases alone made up more than 42 per cent of all small arms imports in 2013, according to the 2016 update of the Small Arms Survey, the most comprehensive record of the global trade in small arms and light weapons. The survey was... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sydney Morning Herald

39408

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)

Read More: Ici Radio Canada

39412

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

8 June 2016

Inter Press Service News Agency

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

Read More: Inter Press Service News Agency

39396

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)

Read More: The Trace (USA)

39391

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)

Read More: Liberal Democrat Voice (UK)

39390

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)

Read More: Guns.com

39404

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

7 June 2016

Deutsche Welle

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

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

7 June 2016

SwissInfo

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

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United States

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,West Asia,South Asia

6 June 2016

New York Times, Associated Press

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

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United States,Jamaica

6 June 2016

Jamaica Gleaner

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

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United States

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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39402

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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Australia

31 May 2016

Sporting Shooters' Association of Australia, Media release

Licensed firearm owners can legally and safely purchase new and secondhand firearms and firearms accessories from the comfort of their homes or out in the field, thanks to the recent launch of a highly anticipated gun trading website. Powered by the nation's biggest firearms community, the Sporting Shooters' Association of Australia, SSAA Gun Sales provides an interactive online shopping platform for SSAA members, dealers, firearm owners, collectors and... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

29 May 2016

Washington Times

LOUISVILLE — Riots had broken out when Al Parsons was attending summer school at Louisiana State University soon after the Gun Control Act of 1968 passed, and someone was beating on his apartment door at midnight. "I looked at my buddy. I said, 'None of my friends are coming this time of night,'" Mr. Parsons said. "He says, 'Mine either.'" Mr. Parsons, a 67-year-old retiree from Indiana, said he had recently asked his father to purchase a pistol for him — a buy he... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

29 May 2016

Sydney Morning Herald

Organised criminals and bikies are using associates to steal from country gun owners to bolster weapon caches, with more than 90 per cent of all stolen firearms in NSW now coming from rural areas. In one case in the past 18 months, people infiltrated a gun club in northern NSW to work out who had firearms at their home before stealing them. More recently, police uncovered 28 guns at a man's house in Sydney's west that had been allegedly stolen from several properties... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,South America,Central America

27 May 2016

Foreign Affairs (US)

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

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Ecuador

26 May 2016

Ecuador Inmediato

[Translated summary: 2016 is the first year in Ecuador in which most of the violent deaths weren't committed with a firearm, due to the ban on the carry and the restricted ownership, as well as the police controls. 1,279 firearms were seized in the first trimester of 2016.] En el primer trimestre del 2016 se decomisaron 1.279 objetos de este tipo 2016 es el primer año en el que la mayoría de muertes violentas no han sido perpetradas con armas de fuego. José Serrano,... (GunPolicy.org)

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39348

United Kingdom,Europe

25 May 2016

BBC News

Governments across Europe need to improve the way they gather and share information about firearms to cut gun crime, a major UK-led report has said. Researchers' main concern was the lack of emphasis placed by some countries on investigating the source of weapons. As part of the study, experts examined 1,000 gun cartridge cases from Serbia and found links to 50 shootings. The findings of the research project, led by Coventry University, will be presented in Brussels... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

23 May 2016

Mother Jones (USA)

After a bill to expand background checks for gun buyers stalled in the Washington state legislature in 2013, gun safety advocates tried a different path forward: collecting enough signatures to put the measure on the 2014 ballot. That November they landed a decisive victory, with 60 percent of voters approving the measure. Despite the longtime influence of the National Rifle Association and other pro-gun lobbyists in the nation's statehouses, background checks are... (GunPolicy.org)

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Botswana

19 May 2016

Botswana Daily News (Gaborone)

GABORONE — Botswana Police Service issued 50 short-guns licenses at a raffle conducted in Gaborone on Thursday. Speaking at the draw, chairman of the Arms Quota Board, acting commissioner of police, Mr Bruno Paledi, said issues of fire arms made headlines on news around the world. He said small weapons were involved in killing of people and as such, he encouraged those who won the draw to exercise maximum care in handling fire arms at all times. Mr Paledi said... (GunPolicy.org)

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Namibia

17 May 2016

New Era (Namibia)

WINDHOEK — Farmers in possession of illegal firearms and ammunition are causing a national safety scare, says police chief Inspector-General Sebastian Ndeitunga. Ndeitunga says it is not only of concern to the police, but citizens alike are concerned about reports of people hiding arsenals of unlicensed firearms and discarded uniforms belonging to the former South West Africa Territorial Force (SWATF) and the feared Koevoet insurgency unit. "What are their... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ecuador

11 May 2016

El Tiempo (Ecuador)

[Translated summary: Ecuador national police dismantled a criminal organisation that rented firearms to hitmen, drug dealers and thieves. They found 20 revolvers.] La Policía nacional a través de la Unidad de Inteligencia Antidelincuencial, UIAD, desarticuló una presunta organización criminal que se dedicaba a alquilar armas de fuego para cometer varios delitos. El Ministerio del Interior en su cuenta de Twitter informó que tomó tres meses a los agentes de la... (GunPolicy.org)

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39261

Canada

4 May 2016

Vancouver Sun

Surrey RCMP is safeguarding 500 firearms and 3,000 rounds of ammunition after visiting licensed owners whose registrations for their prohibited and restricted guns expired more than a decade ago. Most of the people visited last month asked police to hold on to the guns "while they complete the proper requirements needed to re-register their firearms," Sgt. Alanna Dunlop said Wednesday. Those owners will have 90 days to get the paperwork started or they'll lose the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

3 May 2016

Forbes (USA)

He's been called "a good guy working for us behind enemy lines," "one of our allies," "a man who gives us hope," and, "the ultimate badass." His name is Chuck Rossi, and he's a director of engineering at Facebook. He's also one of the company's most prominent gun enthusiasts, who, by his own account, has trained hundreds of fellow employees to shoot pistols. More recently, Rossi has taken on a new, unofficial, role: advocate for gun groups on Facebook. For months,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

28 April 2016

Sydney Morning Herald

Australians now own more guns than before the 1996 Port Arthur massacre, according to new research that shows firearm imports hit a record high in 2014-15. [Charts, tables in the original] The surge in gun-buying over the past 16 years, which has seen 1.02 million guns brought into the country, has been largely a "gun swap", according to Philip Alpers, a University of Sydney public health researcher, gun control expert and founding director of GunPolicy.org. "The... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

28 April 2016

New York Times, Associated Press

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

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Colombia

28 April 2016

RCN Radio (Colombia)

[Translated summary: Active soldiers in Colombia had a gun trafficking network where they sold parts of machine guns and ammunition stolen from military armouries.] Un suboficial, dos soldados profesionales y un civil al servicio del Ejército conformaban una red encargada de comercializar armas y partes para las mismas, así quedó evidenciado en medio de un operativo que las autoridades señalaron como una acción de contrainteligencia coordinada con el CTI de la... (GunPolicy.org)

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Mauritius

28 April 2016

Government of Mauritius

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

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39189

Oceania,Tonga

28 April 2016

Matangi Tonga Online

Tonga could be used as a transfer point for the illegal trade of arms if its government doesn't sign the International Arms Trade Treaty, warns Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA). Peter Barcroft, the New York based Director of Peace & Democracy Programme for PGA, said this week that the illicit trade in arms and weapons respects no borders and has no frontiers and he urged Tonga to sign the treaty. "It is in Tonga's best interests to be party to a Treaty which... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

28 April 2016

The Conversation

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

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39170

Australia

27 April 2016

The Conversation

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

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39206

Asia,Europe,Russia

27 April 2016

Sputnik News (Russia)

IZHEVSK — Russia's famed small arms manufacturer Kalashnikov Concern plans to increase its firearms sales twofold in 2017 to reach 5.8 billion rubles (some $88.6 million), as well as to begin the mass production of 10 new types of weapons, Kalashnikov CEO Alexei Krivoruchko said Wednesday. "In addition to the development of new products, by 2017 we plan to double [our] sales of small arms to 5.8 billion rubles [165,000 pieces] and to start the mass production of not... (GunPolicy.org)

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39178

New Zealand

27 April 2016

New Zealand Herald

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

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39176

Canada

27 April 2016

Canadian Press, CBC News (Canada)

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

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