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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)

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Mexico,United States

2 October 2016

La Opinión (USA), EFE News Agency

[Translated Summary: Firearms can easily enter Mexico and be smuggled to Central America; there aren't any control measures on the borders. According to a federal report, by the 31st of July, 2014, 8,540 rifles had been seized and over 70% of these came from the US.] La llegada de armas de fuego y de dinero negro son dos grandes peligros provenientes de Estados Unidos que impactan a México, fortaleciendo los cárteles de la región y su estela de violencia, y probando... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

28 September 2016

Guardian

More guns are being seized in cities across Britain as the number of firearms being smuggled into the country increases, Britain's most senior police officer has said. Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Metropolitan police commissioner, told a hearing at London's City Hall that a rise in gun crime in the capital was being put down to an increase in the number of weapons coming into the country. The Met seized a "worrying" record number of weapons in 2015, including... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian

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Mexico

27 September 2016

Uni Mexicali (Mexico)

[Translated summary: Authorities from several Mexican states have registered an increase in the seizure of firearms coming from abroad, as informed by the Secretary of Public Security. He said that 90% of seizures, more than 1,600 firearms, are smuggled from the US.] TIJUANA -- Autoridades no sólo de Baja California, sino de otras entidades del país han registrado un incremento en el aseguramiento de armas de fuego procedentes del extranjero, informó el secretario... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Uni Mexicali (Mexico)

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United States,Australia

16 September 2016

NRA Institute for Legislative Action

While anti-gun politicians like Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama tout Australia's gun control laws as a model for the United States, recent reporting on crime in Melbourne from newspaper The Age revealed the limitations of Australia's stringent laws. According to the paper, "Despite Australia's strict gun control regime, criminals are now better armed than at any time since then-Prime Minister John Howard introduced a nationwide firearm buyback scheme in response to the... (GunPolicy.org)

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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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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)

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El Salvador,Central America,United States

12 September 2016

InSight Crime (Bogotá), El Faro

The government of El Salvador's militarized campaign against the country's street gangs has been met by an increasingly heavily armed reaction. El Faro's investigation indicates that the gangs' growing use of assault rifles is an echo of the civil war that ended almost 25 years ago. "Our presumption is that many are from the civil war," responds Mauricio Ramírez Landaverde, the Minister of Public Security, when questioned on the origin of the weapons that Salvadoran... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogotá), El Faro

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United States,Australia

2 September 2016

ABC News (Australia)

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

Read More: ABC News (Australia)

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United States,Australia

2 September 2016

Age (Melbourne)

A cache of illegal guns has been seized by state, federal and US authorities as part of an investigation to tackle an international weapons operation. Investigations began after an armed robbery at a western suburbs McDonald's 15 months ago, where a Thureon AR-15 assault rifle was used. That weapon was then "backtracked" by police, which helped prevent a large consignment of weapons being imported to Australia. In June, US officials seized six fully automatic assault... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Age (Melbourne)

39783

United States

1 September 2016

Mother Jones (USA)

Two agents with suits and trim haircuts lean against a cubicle wall in the cavernous red-brick building that houses the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' National Tracing Center in Martinsburg, West Virginia. They're laughing about one of the gun lobby's favorite myths: the notion that the government has a data­base with the names of every gun owner in America, and that one day, maybe very soon, it will sweep across the country to confiscate... (GunPolicy.org)

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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

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)

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Canada,United States

22 August 2016

CBC News (Canada)

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

Read More: CBC News (Canada)

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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

Caribbean,Puerto Rico,United States

18 July 2016

News 4 Jax (USA)

JACKSONVILLE -- Across the state of Florida, Jacksonville had the most guns recovered last year that were tied to crimes -- more than 4,000 in 2014 and 2015 combined, the News4Jax I-TEAM learned. Why here? The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives points to our open highways with access to JaxPort. Those interstates include I-10, even I-75, and the big one, I-95. In fact, I-95 is so notorious for gun trafficking, it's called the "Iron Pipeline." Guns... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: News 4 Jax (USA)

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Mexico

17 July 2016

El Universal (Mexico)

[Translated summary: According to a report by the Mexican Federal Police, the Mexico City airport is being used as a hub for firearm smuggling. Between 2015 and the first two months of 2016, 62% of gun and cartridge confiscations were made in flights from Mexico City to other locations. During that period, 539 cartridges and 34 guns were seized.] Un informe de la PF revela que 62% de los aseguramientos de armas y cartuchos se realizaron en vuelos que partieron de la... (GunPolicy.org)

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39606

Jordan,United States,Saudi Arabia

26 June 2016

New York Times

Weapons shipped into Jordan by the Central Intelligence Agency and Saudi Arabia intended for Syrian rebels have been systematically stolen by Jordanian intelligence operatives and sold to arms merchants on the black market, according to American and Jordanian officials. Some of the stolen weapons were used in a shooting in November that killed two Americans and three others at a police training facility in Amman, F.B.I. officials believe after months of investigating... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

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Canada,United States

7 June 2016

Global News (Canada)

The number of guns seized at the Canada-U.S. border have increased steadily over the last four years, statistics provided by the Canada Border Services Agency show. The count of total firearms seized and the number of total seizures (which can involve multiple firearms) all rose between 2011 and 2016. Total seizures were up 42 per cent over the four-year period, and seizures of individual guns up 18 per cent. Over the same period, Toronto has seen an alarming rise in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Global News (Canada)

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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,Canada

3 June 2016

Juneau Empire, Associated Press

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

Read More: Juneau Empire, Associated Press

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Libya,Africa,United States,Asia,Yemen,Iraq,Syria

6 April 2016

New York Times

A terrorist hoping to buy an antiaircraft weapon in recent years needed to look no further than Facebook, which has been hosting sprawling online arms bazaars, offering weapons ranging from handguns and grenades to heavy machine guns and guided missiles. The Facebook posts suggest evidence of large-scale efforts to sell military weapons coveted by terrorists and militants. The weapons include many distributed by the United States to security forces and their proxies in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

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Asia,Africa,Iran,United States

5 April 2016

Washington Post

The Navy disclosed Monday that it recently confiscated a weapons cache from a small fishing craft in the Arabian Sea, seizing about 1,500 Kalashnikov rifles, 200 rocket-propelled grenade launchers and 21 .50-caliber machine guns. It marks the fourth seizure by a U.S.-led maritime task force in the region since September — and underscores the difficulties the United States faces in stopping weapons smuggling to nations like Yemen, where Houthi rebels continue to rely... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post

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Mexico,United States

25 March 2016

Albuquerque Journal (USA), Associated Press, Web page

TUCSON — Federal authorities say they've busted a firearms trafficking ring that tried to smuggle weapons and ammunition from Arizona to Mexico. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says it worked with another federal law enforcement agency and has identified 21 suspects in the southern Arizona ring. Authorities arrested 19 of the suspects in the past week and are looking for the rest of them. The investigation began last year after the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Albuquerque Journal (USA), Associated Press

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United Kingdom,Thailand,Philippines,Finland,Honduras,Mexico,United States

16 March 2016

Washington Post

Arms trafficking from within the United States, long thought to be relegated to gun-running for Mexican drug cartels, is far more extensive than previously thought, according to a new report by a weapons research group released Wednesday. The report, published by the Geneva-based Small Arms Survey, examines more than 150 court cases involving arms trafficking from within the United States from 2010-2015. Spanning 46 countries and six continents, the report details... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post

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Australia,Japan,United Kingdom,United States

14 March 2016

Guardian

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

Read More: Guardian

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United States,Argentina,Bolivia,Paraguay

10 March 2016

InSight Crime (Bogota)

A raid on a weapons "supermarket" in Paraguay has led officials to offer details of the inner workings of the country's arms trade, depicting a familiar mix of corruption, stolen military arms, and guns legally bought in the United States. On March 9, security forces discovered an arsenal of high powered weaponry in a raid on a house in Paraguay's capital city of Asunción, which included machine guns, assault rifles, and armour piercing weapons, reported ABC. So far,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

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Germany,Mexico

1 March 2016

El Universal (Mexico)

[Translated summary: German Members of Parliament ask the Mexican government to clarify Heckler & Koch gun trafficking from Germany to Mexico, with possible links to a mass shooting of 43 students.] Diputados alemanes pidieron al gobierno mexicano que aclare el probable tráfico de armas germanas que se han usado en conflictos dentro del país, como fue el caso de la agresión y desaparición forzada de los 43 normalistas de Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, en septiembre de 2014,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: El Universal (Mexico)

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

1 March 2016

Small Arms Survey (Geneva)

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

Read More: Small Arms Survey (Geneva)

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United States,Mexico

26 February 2016

Global Post (Boston)

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

Read More: Global Post (Boston)

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United States,Canada

11 February 2016

iPolitics (Canada)

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

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United States,Mexico

11 January 2016

US House of Representatives, Committee on Foreign Affairs - Democrats, Media release

WASHINGTON -- Representative Eliot L. Engel, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today welcomed the release of a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report he commissioned on U.S. efforts to halt illegal firearms trafficking to Mexico. Representative Engel requested the report in May 2014. "With at least 70 percent of firearms recovered at Mexican crime scenes coming from the United States, our Congress has a responsibility to do much more to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: US House of Representatives, Committee on Foreign Affairs - Democrats

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

13 October 2014

NACLA

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

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United States,Australia

12 August 2014

Australian Associated Press

A US man who hid an assault rifle in a DVD player and a 9mm pistol in an Xbox console, and posted them to customers in Australia, has been jailed for two years. Adam Joseph Bunger, 34, wept in a Bowling Green, Kentucky, court when he explained he did it to pay for his girlfriend's college education. "Maybe you should have gotten two extra jobs instead of doing this," replied US District Judge Joseph McKinley, radio station WKU reported. Bunger had pleaded guilty to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Australian Associated Press

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Canada

22 June 2014

Windsor Star (Ontario), Blog

The men hugging each other in a Windsor bar looked like old friends catching up, but the police trailing them knew better. Investigators say they were at Rack n' Roll Club on Forest Glade Drive for a gun sale, one of many that supplied Toronto gangsters with firepower as they peddled drugs, settled scores and waged a bloody power struggle. The salesman was Windsor's Lamar Porter, who already had more than 20 criminal convictions. The buyers were Siyadin Abdi, also... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Windsor Star (Ontario)

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Canada

20 June 2014

Windsor Star (Ontario), Blog

The gun smugglers called him "fool" – one of many Windsorites they used to unwittingly mule firearms over the border. Buried in volumes of recently released Toronto police documents is the frightening revelation that Windsor gun runners hide firearms and GPS devices in the cars of unsuspecting Canadians to sneak them through customs. For Windsor's Lamar Porter, who police say was the main source of guns for Toronto's murderous Dixon City Bloods, it appeared to be... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Windsor Star (Ontario)

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United States,India

11 June 2014

Daily Pioneer (India), Opinion

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

Read More: Daily Pioneer (India)

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United States,Fiji

31 May 2014

Fiji Times

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

Read More: Fiji Times

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United States,China

27 May 2014

China Daily

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

Read More: China Daily

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United States,Mexico

27 May 2014

Huffington Post (USA), Blog

Even before the massacre of six people in Santa Barbara had reached its bloody conclusion, the Great American Gun debate was taking shape. Some headlines described a deranged lunatic intent on retribution against women. Others honed in on the premeditated nature of the killing spree and argued that better armed civilians could have prevented the carnage. Still more highlighted how access to a semi-automatic pistol dramatically increased the number of dead and injured.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Huffington Post (USA)

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United States,Bahamas

16 April 2014

Tribune (Bahamas)

FREEPORT – Following a major firearm seizure in Exuma, a Bahamas Customs official expressed concerns about the new smuggling techniques that are being employed by gun smugglers in the Bahamas. The illegal importation of firearms is a major challenge for Bahamian law enforcement authorities. Guns are used in about 60 per cent of violent crimes in the country. In the Bahamas, the annual rate of firearm homicide per 100,000 population was 22.2 in 2010, according to an... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Tribune (Bahamas)

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United States,Ireland

9 April 2014

BBC News

Police are to reinvestigate claims that the Provisional IRA bought guns from America and smuggled them into Northern Ireland in the late 1990s. It follows a BBC Spotlight programme that alleged a senior member of Sinn Féin was involved in a gun-running operation from Florida. A self-confessed gun-runner told the programme Sean 'Spike' Murray was involved in smuggling guns before and after the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. Mr Murray has denied the allegations. The... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

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Canada,United States

3 April 2014

Calgary Herald (Alberta)

Authorities confirmed the loaded handgun that an American pilot is accused of attempting to bring through Calgary airport security was a personal weapon. In addition, he was not part of a federal program that allows certain trained flight crew members to be armed on flights. The pilot with SkyWest Airlines was arrested after screening officers at the U.S. security checkpoint discovered what appeared to be a loaded firearm in a bag that was passing through an X-ray... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Calgary Herald (Alberta)

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Canada

24 March 2014

Toronto Sun (Ontario)

TORONTO - An Ontario couple has been arrested in a firearms trafficking investigation where more than 45 weapons were seized, Toronto Police say. On March 16, the Canada Border Services Agency working on a tip from Toronto Police Service's Firearm Enforcement Unit stopped a man and a woman as they crossed into Canada on the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls with their two children. "These are gun smugglers and they sell them on the streets," Toronto Det.-Sgt. Rob... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Toronto Sun (Ontario)

38497

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

20 February 2014

Fair Observer

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

Read More: Fair Observer

38403

Switzerland,Canada,Sweden,Bosnia & Herzegovina,Austria,Moldova,Germany

17 February 2014

Österreich Journal

[Translated summary: Austria has sent experts to Moldova to advise on small arms and ammunition storage and management under the OSCE framework. Sweden, Canada, Germany and Switzerland will participate in the programme by 2017, which aims to prevent smuggling of stolen ammunition.] WIEN (bmlvs) - Insgesamt zehn Experten des Bundesheeres unterstützen ab dem 05.03. die OSZE-Mission in der Republik Moldau. Dort werden vorerst vier Angehörige der Heereslogistikschule und... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Österreich Journal

38383

Canada,United States

5 February 2014

National Post (Toronto)

"Screw Canada." "Another reason not to venture to the dark north." Gun-related message boards lit up this week over news of the arrest of an American man at the Canadian border. Retired U.S. Army sergeant major Louis DiNatale and his wife were on a romantic getaway from Kentucky to Vermont when they say their GPS led them astray to the border. When DiNatale failed to declare a loaded handgun in the centre console — he says he simply forgot it was there — he was... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: National Post (Toronto)

38343

Canada,United States

3 February 2014

Los Angeles Times

Louis DiNatale didn't intend to enter Canada when he and his wife wound up on a bridge from New York state to Ontario province one day in September, misdirected by an unreliable GPS. What began as an American couple's getaway to Vermont quickly turned into a lesson on the stark difference between the U.S. and Canada when it comes to gun laws. DiNatale, whose request to turn around and cross back into the U.S. was denied, then made another mistake. When a border... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Los Angeles Times

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Mexico,United States

1 February 2014

National Catholic Reporter (Kansas City)

Mexico, a state with highly restrictive gun laws, minimal arms manufacturing, and only one gun shop in the entire country, is awash in firearms, many of them from the United States. A study published last year by the Trans-Border Institute at the University of San Diego estimates that upward to a quarter-million weapons are purchased in the U.S. and smuggled into Mexico annually. Amid the hyperviolence of Mexico's war on drugs, this southward flow of illicit arms has... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: National Catholic Reporter (Kansas City)

38331

United States

8 January 2014

Huffington Post (USA)

From Jan. 1st to Dec. 26th in 2013, the TSA saw a 20 percent increase from the previous year in the amount of guns it confiscated in the U.S. from passengers trying to smuggle them into their carry-ons. In 2013, a total of 1,828 guns - the highest amount recorded since the TSA began tracking smuggled firearms - were confiscated across the nation's airports, according to a recently released analysis of TSA data by the Medill National Security Journalism Initiative. The... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Huffington Post (USA)

38258

United States,Canada

17 December 2013

Windsor Star (Ontario), Blog

Riccardo Tolliver pulled up to the Ambassador Bridge customs booth, his pulse quickening, his nerves rattling, firepower on his mind. But he dared not show anxiety – not with almost 40 handguns hidden in door panels of his black Hummer H2. He had hired a friend to drive, it being the first time Tolliver personally smuggled guns across the Canadian border. He figured as a passenger he would not be flagged. He was wrong. Border officers noticed a drunk-driving... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Windsor Star (Ontario)

38194

United States,Canada

17 December 2013

Windsor Star (Ontario), Blog

The biggest Windsor-Detroit gun-smuggling ring ever busted came crashing down because of a seatbelt. One unbuckled belt. One routine traffic stop. A bunch of odd answers. And 16 illegal firearms hidden in a trunk. Special Agent Brian Beardsley with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, knew he had something big the night he took a call in March 2005 from the Monroe County Sheriff's Department saying officers found 16 handguns with serial... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Windsor Star (Ontario)

38193

United States,Côte d'Ivoire,Liberia

11 December 2013

New Dawn (Monrovia)

Details emerging from the latest UN Panel of Experts report on Liberia have unveiled some chilling and staggering information as to how government officials and or political appointees are secretly acquiring firearms. The UN Panelists appointed to monitor the arms embargo and other military related activities here in pursuant to UN resolution 2079 (2012), said most of the firearms were either purchased from returning mercenaries from the Ivory Coast or through other... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Dawn (Monrovia)

38168

Russia,Germany,Sri Lanka,Iran,Côte d'Ivoire,Afghanistan,United States,Canada,Togo,Ireland,India,Israel,Syria,Iraq

30 November 2013

Economist

To help push Soviet forces out of Afghanistan in the 1980s, America's Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) gave Afghan fighters shoulder-launched Stinger anti-aircraft missiles (pictured). Accurate and easy-to-use, the Stingers caused grievous losses. But after the Soviet withdrawal in 1989, the CIA wanted to discourage the use of the leftover missiles. It got hold of some of those circulating on the black market and booby-trapped them, so that anyone who tried to fire one... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Economist

38133

China,United States

25 November 2013

Global Times (China)

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

Read More: Global Times (China)

38112

Canada

22 November 2013

Toronto Star (Ontario)

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

Read More: Toronto Star (Ontario)

38120

United States,Tonga,Fiji

19 November 2013

Matangi Tonga

NADI, Fiji - An American national of Tongan ethnicity has been charged for bribery of a public official and illegal possession of arms and ammunition after he attempted to smuggle firearms past security officials at Fiji's Nadi Airport last week. According to media reports, the accused Sonny David Bernard Blake (29) was arrested on Wednesday November 13 when he arrived at Nadi Airport from Los Angeles, and allegedly tried to bribe custom officers with USD $40 in an... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Matangi Tonga

38090

Canada

14 November 2013

Times-Colonist (British Columbia)

Police unveiled a "staggering collection" of firearms Wednesday, seized from a Prince George home following an investigation that began when border guards came across two suspicious packages. Karl Haus, 53, now faces 17 charges in relation to the haul from a Prospect Point home in the Hart Highlands where police uncovered nine rifles — a fully-automatic M-16 and a fully-automatic AK-47 among them — as well as three handguns, two of which were loaded, and two... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times-Colonist (British Columbia)

38080

United States,Europe,Africa

8 November 2013

SwissInfo / Reuters

LONDON - The chaotic fallout of the "Arab Spring" is fuelling a surge in the smuggling of drugs, weapons and people across the Mediterranean, and cash-strapped regional powers are struggling to respond. Last month, European leaders in Brussels turned down calls from southern European states already hard hit by the euro-zone crisis for additional support to tackle record numbers of migrants attempting to cross to the continent in frequently perilous journeys arranged by... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: SwissInfo / Reuters

38055

Canada

4 November 2013

Grand Forks Herald (Canada)

Two men who pleaded guilty to smuggling guns to Canada after being arrested in Grand Forks were sentenced last month to federal prison. But his stepmother said undercover Mounties posing as Hell's Angels intimidated Shawn Hartnell for months to do a gun deal. Hartnell, 30, was sentenced Oct. 17 to 20 months in federal prison, followed by two years of probation, with credit for the nine months he's served since his Feb. 5 arrest in Grand Forks. His associate, Dylan... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Grand Forks Herald (Canada)

38044

Mexico,United States

6 October 2013

Minnesota Public Radio / Associated Press

WASHINGTON - When President Barack Obama picked B. Todd Jones to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, it looked like the moment had arrived when the beleaguered ATF would reassert itself as an agency with teeth. It was January, and the nation was embroiled in a rare debate on gun control, the result of the massacre at a Connecticut elementary school the previous month. The White House pushed for tougher gun laws and Congress seemed unusually... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Minnesota Public Radio / Associated Press

37945

Puerto Rico,United States

27 September 2013

Washington Post / Associated Press

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Federal agents will start targeting high-level drug traffickers in Puerto Rico with intelligence gathered during a three-month blitz on criminal activity in the U.S. territory, the Department of Homeland Security said Thursday. The campaign is part of operation "Caribbean Resilience," which began in July 2012 and focuses on the smuggling of drugs, weapons, money and migrants. The agency says agents have seized some 53,000 pounds (24,000... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post / Associated Press

37929

Canada,Australia,United States,United Kingdom

20 September 2013

SBS (Australia), Series

This week brought news of yet another gun massacre in the United States at Washington Navy Yard. It is the latest in a string of 146 mass shootings, with more than 900 victims since 2006. The tragedy gives us pause to reflect on the "common sense" gun controls proposed by president Barack Obama but blocked by gun lobby senators only a few months ago. Among other measures, Obama's proposals sought to reform the national firearm purchase check system, so that offenders... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: SBS (Australia)

37896

Nigeria,United States

18 September 2013

This Day (Lagos)

A cache of arms and ammunition which were allegedly concealed and smuggled into the country through the Ports and Terminal Multi-Services Limited (PTML), Tincan Island, Apapa, Lagos, have been impounded by examination officers of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS). The examination officers, who were said not to have relied on the declaration of the contents of the container to be just two vehicles and other household items, have also arrested the agent simply... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: This Day (Lagos)

37885

Mexico,United States

12 September 2013

San Antonio Express-News (Texas)

An assault rifle seized during the July arrest of one of Mexico's most violent drug lords — Miguel Angel "Z-40" Treviño Morales — has been traced to a shady gun seller whose Spring Branch home was searched last week and netted what authorities said was a "small arsenal." More than 10,000 rounds of ammunition, 76 guns and $15,000 in cash were seized from Manuel "Manny" Rodriguez, 65, who was sentenced in 2002 to 47 months in the federal penitentiary after being... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: San Antonio Express-News (Texas)

37864

Philippines,United States

6 September 2013

New York Times

A New York City police officer and his two brothers, one of whom is also a law enforcement agent, smuggled military-grade firearms capable of piercing body armor and shooting down airplanes to the Philippines, prosecutors said on Friday. Prosecutors said that the officer, Rex G. Maralit, joined his brothers, Wilfredo Maralit, a Customs and Border Protection officer at Los Angeles International Airport, and Ariel Maralit, who lives in the Philippines, in the smuggling... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

37838

United States,Canada

6 September 2013

Vancouver Sun (British Columbia)

An Osoyoos man has been charged after allegedly selling dozens of smuggled firearms to gangsters in the Okanagan and Metro Vancouver. Tyler Ryan Cuff, 30, is believed to have used his dual U.S.-Canadian citizenship to legally purchase Glocks and other handguns at various Washington State gun shows. Cuff then allegedly smuggled the firearms into B.C. inside both a truck and car passing through the border crossing between Osoyoos and Oroville, Washington. Sgt. Lindsey... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Vancouver Sun (British Columbia)

37836

United States,Canada

30 August 2013

Vancouver Sun (British Columbia)

Police have seized a 183-gun arsenal in a remote area of the B.C. Interior and arrested a man who investigators allege was purchasing assault rifles and other weapons legally and then selling them to the highest bidder, possibly to gang members and other criminals. The province's Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit - an RCMP-led team that targets organized crime - announced the seizure. Thursday, almost a week after raiding the home of a 63-year-old man in Tatla... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Vancouver Sun (British Columbia)

37810

United States

19 August 2013

BBC News

New York City police have arrested 19 people in what authorities are calling the city's largest-ever guns bust. Police recovered 254 firearms, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said. The guns were brought to the city from the US states of North and South Carolina by traffickers travelling on buses, authorities said. Mr Bloomberg is one of the most prominent proponents of strict gun control in the US, criticising the easy availability of firearms. "Year after year guns flow... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

37776

South America,United States,Mexico,Central America,Caribbean,Brazil

31 July 2013

Los Angeles Times

Lax U.S. gun regulations are enabling the international trafficking of high-powered weapons and fueling the spread of gun violence in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Council on Foreign Relations argues in a report urging President Obama to take action on initiatives that have foundered in Congress. More than 70% of the 99,000 weapons recovered by Mexican law enforcement since 2007 were traced to U.S. manufacturers and importers, the council report said, citing... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Los Angeles Times

37722

United States,Canada

24 July 2013

KSL (Utah)

SALT LAKE CITY — A 19-year-old is now banned from Canada after she and a friend drove across the border by accident. Tatiana McEwan and one of her girlfriends took their first road trip to Washington. For protection, her friend's boyfriend stashed a handgun in McEwan's car. When the teens unexpectedly found themselves at the Canadian border, their car was searched. Finding the handgun, the patrolmen didn't believe the girls were merely lost. "We're two 19-year-olds... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: KSL (Utah)

37696

Canada,United States

23 July 2013

Winnipeg Free Press (Manitoba)

A major with the U.S. Air Force is expected to be released from custody later today or Wednesday after being arrested June 26 for smuggling guns into Canada. Maj. Christopher Doyle Sanders, 46, is facing several charges of smuggling under the Customs Act and weapons charges after he was stopped at the Emerson border crossing June 26. Provincial court Judge Dale Schille agreed earlier this afternoon to a joint recommendation from Crown and defence counsel for Sanders'... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Winnipeg Free Press (Manitoba)

37695

Bermuda

13 July 2013

Royal Gazette (Bermuda)

A Bermudian college student has been jailed after he admitted importing two BB guns. Shaquille Crockwell, 21, from Rock Lane West, Hamilton Parish, pleaded guilty yesterday to importing the prohibited weapons on April 22. Magistrates' Court heard that Crockwell had returned to the Island on the day in question from his studies in Rhode Island. While going through customs at LF Wade International Airport, Crockwell declared some throwing knives, which he brought for a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Royal Gazette (Bermuda)

37662

Australia,United States

2 July 2013

NewsChannel 5 (Nashville)

NASHVILLE, Tennessee - It sounds like the script from a summer movie. Federal agents in Nashville worked with investigators from Australia to break up an elaborate gun smuggling ring. The initial raid was big news half way around the world last year. News programs in Australia reported that when authorities searched an apartment in New South Wales, they found numerous guns. One TV reporter in Australia revealed one of the guns, "sparked the interest of detectives. It... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: NewsChannel 5 (Nashville)

37630

United States,China

6 June 2013

Global Times (China)

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

Read More: Global Times (China)

37538

United States,Liberia

6 June 2013

News (Monrovia)

Police in Monrovia are investigating a man identified as Bernard Cooper in connection with illegal entry of guns in Liberia. Cooper is believed to be a Liberian-American national. Sources told this paper that suspect Cooper was arrested Friday, May 31, 2013 in the vicinity of the Monrovia City Hall in Sinkor and taken to the headquarters of the Liberia National Police for investigation. During preliminary probe by criminal investigators on Saturday, June 1, 2013 after... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: News (Monrovia)

37535

Mexico,United States

6 June 2013

ThinkProgress (USA), Blog

A recent study not only confirms the claim that many of the guns used in the ongoing violence in Mexico are from the United States, but finds that some U.S. gun dealers depend on this illegal gun running to stay afloat. Researchers at the University of San Diego's Trans-Border Institute and Brazil's Igarapé Institute put together a groundbreaking model to determine why Mexico, which possesses some of the toughest gun laws in the world, is so awash in firearms. In... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ThinkProgress (USA)

37532

United States,Thailand

5 June 2013

Nation (Bangkok)

US authorities have arrested and indicted a Thai woman residing residing in Berkeley, California, and five others for illegally exported restricted firearm parts from the US to Thailand, US federal prosecutors said Monday. US media quoted US Attorney's Office as saying that Supanee Saenguthai, 35, a Thai citizen is one of six people who were arrested over the weekend for conspiring and then attempting to violate the Arms Control Export Act. Five additional defendants... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Nation (Bangkok)

37524

Mexico,United States

31 May 2013

Reuters

A federal regulation aimed at detecting bulk sales of semi-automatic rifles to Mexican drug gangs was upheld Friday by an U.S. appeals court. A unanimous panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said the Obama administration acted within its authority to adopt the 2011 rule, which affects firearms sellers in states bordering Mexico. The Gun Control Act of 1968 "unambiguously authorizes" the rule, and it is unrealistic to argue, as gun... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Reuters

37514

Saudi Arabia,Libya,Mexico,Germany

30 May 2013

Deutsche Welle

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

Read More: Deutsche Welle

37508

Germany,Nigeria,China,United States,United Kingdom

17 May 2013

Democrat and Chronicle (USA)

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

Read More: Democrat and Chronicle (USA)

37464

Cayman Islands,United States

1 May 2013

CayCompass.com (Cayman Islands)

A Caymanian man accused in a gun smuggling ring that operated between Grand Cayman and south Florida between 2008 and 2009 has been sentenced to nearly four years in United States federal prison. Mikkyle Brandon Leslie was sentenced before Judge Robin Rosenbaum Monday in Fort Lauderdale following a plea deal his attorneys reached with federal prosecutors earlier this year. Leslie could have faced between 20 to 30 years in prison if he had gone to trial and been... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CayCompass.com (Cayman Islands)

37411

Canada

23 April 2013

CBC News (Canada)

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

Read More: CBC News (Canada)

37362

United States,Canada

19 April 2013

Toronto Star (Ontario)

Chantelle Batte didn't know she had successfully smuggled a small arsenal of guns, including a machine gun with a silencer, into Canada until police showed up at her door and arrested her days later. Batte, a single mom from Sarnia, is just one of the many people used to mule guns across the border each year. An ongoing Star investigation reveals that border officers seize few of the guns destined for the criminal market in Toronto and across Ontario. Today, we look... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Toronto Star (Ontario)

37352

Canada,Singapore,India

19 April 2013

Pioneer (India)

LUCKNOW - Sleuths of the Anti-Terrorists Squad (ATS) arrested four persons and claimed to have busted a gang which is smuggling parts of arms from overseas and assembling them here to dispose it off later to hardened criminals at higher rates. They said to have recovered arms in large quantity besides equipments and tools used for assembling. Giving the details of the above development here on Thursday afternoon, ADG (law and order) Arun Kumar, said that the ATS is... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Pioneer (India)

37351

United States,Mexico

4 April 2013

San Marco Mercury

As the gun control debate swirls around issues like background checks and mental health, a new study reveals that gun running into Mexico remains a large-scale problem. In their report, titled "The Way of the Gun," researchers at the University of San Diego's Trans-Border Institute estimated that as many as 253,000 firearms were purchased in the United States from 2010 to 2012 for the sole purpose of being trafficked across the border into Mexico. The figure is nearly... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: San Marco Mercury

37283

Canada

20 March 2013

Edmonton Journal (Alberta)

Calgary police were disturbed to find a loaded AK-47 assault rifle — the first weapon of its kind seized in the city in recent years — during a recent trafficking bust. "It's shocking we found such a high-calibre weapon in the hands of criminals," said Staff Sgt. Steven Drennan with the Calgary Police Service's guns and gangs unit. While the city has seen a growing weapons trade over the years, this is the first time in recent history a genuine high calibre AK-47... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Edmonton Journal (Alberta)

37215

United States,Mexico

20 March 2013

InSight Crime (Bogota)

A new study found that nearly half of United States firearms dealers are economically dependent on demand from Mexico, while under 15 percent of illicitly trafficked arms are seized at the border, highlighting the US role in Mexican gun violence. The study, titled "The Way of the Gun: Estimating Firearms Traffic Across the U.S.-Mexico Border," aimed to quantify the US role in feeding Mexico's gun violence, which continues to rise despite tight gun control policies and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

37212

United States,Canada

20 March 2013

Oshawa Express (Ontario)

Durham Regional Police Inspector Mario Lessard of the Criminal Intelligence Branch was surrounded by a room full of guns. There were weapons strewn about everywhere, all part of a massive seizure. Grenades, landmines, 67 guns and a small cannon were recently found in a Bancroft home where a couple now faces more than 600 charges as a result. But what does Durham have to do with this? According to Insp. Lessard, Durham is a member of the Provincial Weapons Enforcement... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Oshawa Express (Ontario)

37203

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

20 March 2013

New Zealand Herald, Associated Press

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

Read More: New Zealand Herald, Associated Press

37202

United States,Mexico

19 March 2013

Fox News Latino

The Fast and Furious gun-running scandal that continues to haunt the U.S. Department of Justice highlighted a frightening fact: Illegal firearms are flowing into Mexico from the U.S. at an alarming rate. More than two percent of all firearms bought in the United States -- about 253,000 -- end up south of the border, up from 1.75 percent in 1990, according to a binational report by the Trans-Border Institute in San Diego and the Igarape Institute, a research center in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Fox News Latino

37201

United States

25 February 2013

Reuters

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

Read More: Reuters

37109

Canada

16 February 2013

Yahoo (Canada) / Macleans (Canada)

As Americans debate their culture of guns with unprecedented intensity, concern in Canada about the spillover of firearms across the border might be expected to heat up too. Even before the school-shooting carnage at Newtown, Conn., which prompted U.S. President Barack Obama to propose a raft of politically contentious new gun-control measures, Canadian federal politicians regularly talked tough about the scourge of U.S. handguns turning up on Canada's city streets.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Yahoo (Canada) / Macleans (Canada)

37069

Mexico

13 February 2013

New York Times / Associated Press

MEXICO CITY — The guns that have caused so many deaths in northern Mexico are now making music. Mechanical hammers ping against ammunition magazines from assault rifles. Gun barrels cut to different lengths ring like marimbas. Pistol parts strike metal plates, like cymbals, to create rhythmic, syncopated sounds. "It's important to consider that many lives were taken with these weapons, as if a sort of exorcism was taking place," sculptor Pedro Reyes said in a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times / Associated Press

37059

United States,Canada

7 February 2013

Grand Forks Herald

A Canadian man was arrested this week by federal agents at a Grand Forks motel after they say he took $24,000 in cash for six guns he thought would be smuggled into Canada. Shawn Hartnell, 29, appeared in federal court in Grand Forks on Wednesday. According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Nick Chase, Hartnell faces two charges. One count alleges that, as a Canadian citizen in the United States on a "non-immigrant," visa, Hartnell was illegally possessing firearms. The... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Grand Forks Herald

37041

Mali,Libya,United States,West Africa,Niger

29 January 2013

Council on Foreign Relations, Blog

The violence that has plagued once-stable Mali since late 2011 should have come as no surprise to Western governments, for it is a direct function of NATO's Libyan intervention. By adopting a "light footprint" approach in Libya, the alliance unwittingly contributed to a security vacuum that allowed countless weapons to stream out of Libya and fuel insurgency, extremism, and crime in neighboring countries. One of these countries was Mali, where the flood of weapons from... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Council on Foreign Relations

37001

Bolivia,United States,Colombia,Brazil,Argentina

28 January 2013

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Bolivian authorities broke up a network suspected of smuggling guns from the United States to Brazil's First Capital Command (PCC) gang, highlighting this Andean nation's role as a transit route in the region's illicit arms trade. On January 25, authorities arrested four Bolivian nationals in the city of Santa Cruz and seized an arms shipment worth $150,000 that was destined to be sent across the border to the Brazilian PCC gang, reported EFE news agency. Among the 28... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

37000

United States,South Korea

25 January 2013

Korea Times

The recent shooting tragedies in the United States and ensuing debates on gun control are shocking and almost incomprehensible to South Koreans because they don't face such issues pertaining to firearms. There are strict laws here regarding the possession of hand guns. Citizens can only buy hunting guns and air rifles after obtaining a license from the police. They are only allowed to use guns for a limited period of time, usually during the hunting season. At other... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Korea Times

36991

Mexico,Peru,Ecuador,United States

23 January 2013

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Revelations over how criminal groups used Mexico's public postal service to transport drugs, guns and contraband have highlighted the need for authorities to tighten the country's postal inspection regime. In an interview with El Economista, ex-Sepomex Director Purificacion Carpinteyra described how criminals transported illicit goods in trucks bearing the Sepomex logo and even earned genuine Sepomex contracts through offering discount or even free transportation... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

36973

United States,Australia

13 January 2013

Sydney Morning Herald

Australians own as many guns now as they did at the time of the Port Arthur massacre, despite more than 1 million firearms being handed in and destroyed, new research reveals. A University of Sydney study has shown there has been a steady increase in guns imported into the country over the past decade, with the number of privately owned guns now at the same level as 1996. Estimates suggest there were 3.2 million firearms in Australia at the time of the Tasmanian... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sydney Morning Herald

36933

United States,Russia,China,Mexico

11 January 2013

Inter Press Service News Agency

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

Read More: Inter Press Service News Agency

36928

Russia,Ukraine,Kenya,East Africa,European Union,Israel,Libya,Yemen,Ethiopia,United States,Somalia

9 January 2013

Star (Kenya)

Whether looking after his herd of cattle or taking them to the watering point, Boru hardly leaves his AK47 behind. He lives in the outskirts of Gambella village, a few kilometres from Isiolo town. "It has become like a stick for me. I carry it around and my enemies fear me. It gives me more power than I had before I acquired it," Boru said. Taking cover from the scorching sun under the shade of an old acacia tree, Boru, a father of three, told the Star he bought his... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Star (Kenya)

36922

Mexico,Honduras,El Salvador,Guatemala

20 December 2012

Prensa Libre (Guatemala)

[Translated summary: In 2012, Guatemala Police seized 4,302 firearms and captured 2,185 people for illegal possession and carrying of firearms.] La Policía decomisó desde el 1 de enero al 15 de diciembre recién pasado 4 mil 302 armas de fuego y capturó a 2 mil 185 personas sindicadas de tenencia y portación ilegal. CIUDAD DE GUATEMALA.- Las autoridades informaron que el objetivo del decomiso es evitar la circulación ilegal de armas, pues estas llegan a manos de... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Prensa Libre (Guatemala)

36850

Bolivia,Peru,United States,Colombia

12 December 2012

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Bolivian police dismantled an arms trafficking network reportedly run by a former soldier, just as the government is discussing drafting a law that would increase penalties for smuggling weapons. Police seized 31 weapons as part of the operation, including machine guns, rifles, bazookas, and over 3,600 bullets, reports Bolivian newspaper Los Tiempos. The former soldier who ran the smuggling network trafficked weapons from suppliers in Bolivia, Colombia, and Peru, the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

36819

Canada

5 December 2012

CBC News (Canada)

The Conservative government has quietly shelved rules on serial numbers for guns that would have helped keep Canada in compliance with its international conventions on arms smuggling. The decision came through an order-in-council — a cabinet decree — that was not formally announced by the Harper government but has been posted among dozens of other orders on the Privy Council Office website. A single paragraph on the website states the long-delayed regulations,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CBC News (Canada)

36803

United States,China

29 November 2012

East Day (China) / Shanghai Daily (China)

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

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

36781

United States,Antigua & Barbuda

27 November 2012

Caribarena News (Antigua)

ST JOHN'S, Antigua - After considerable delay and quite some nagging, the Antigua & Barbuda Coast Guard has finally received two much-needed 'Interceptor Vessels' to aid in its fight against human trafficking, drug and gun smuggling and in search and rescue operations. The 33-foot class A interceptor vessels come as part of US President Barack Obama's Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI) and Sea Secure Program. They were officially handed over on Monday during a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Caribarena News (Antigua)

36787

United States,Venezuela

27 November 2012

Fox News Latino (USA) / EFE News Agency

Venezuela's militarized police on Tuesday seized 18,000 rounds of ammunition hidden in a container unloaded from a vessel that arrived from the United States, the Interior Ministry reported. The ammunition found in the northwestern port of Maracaibo was hidden in boxes of electrical appliances imported from Miami, ministry press secretary Jorge Galindo said on Twitter. The Venezuelan government issued a decree in February banning sales of guns and ammo as part of an... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Fox News Latino (USA) / EFE News Agency

36779

United States,Thailand,Austria,Czech Republic

18 November 2012

Bangkok Post

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

Read More: Bangkok Post

36753

United States,Mexico,Colombia

13 November 2012

InSight Crime (Bogota)

US and Colombian police say that they have uncovered evidence of two Florida-based networks which smuggled arms into Colombia, evidence of the role US gun traffickers play in arming criminal groups in the country. El Tiempo reported that the discovery of an illegal arms shipment in Bogota's international airport resulted in Colombian and US authorities identifying two separate family-run arms trafficking networks which sent weapons from central and south Florida to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

36742

United States,Australia

19 October 2012

Sky News (Australia)

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

Read More: Sky News (Australia)

36657

Puerto Rico,Mexico,Honduras,Barbados,United States,Colombia

8 October 2012

Kansas City Star (Missouri) / Miami Herald

A sensational election-season report into the botched Operation Fast and Furious gun-tracking operation has cast new light on a simultaneous Florida firearms investigation linked to violence in Colombia, Honduras and Puerto Rico. Called Operation Castaway, the Florida case has received far less attention than Fast and Furious. The latter became an embarrassing distraction for Obama's administration when it was implicated in the death of a federal agent and Mexico... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Kansas City Star (Missouri) / Miami Herald

36635

Canada

5 October 2012

Edmonton Journal (Alberta) / Calgary Herald (Alberta)

EDMONTON - A Sherwood Park man has been fined $9,000 in court for smuggling after Canadian border guards found disassembled guns in his vehicle. On Thursday, Dean Barret Regehr pleaded guilty to Customs Act charges of smuggling, undervaluation and evading compliance with the act related to a Sept. 4 incident at the Coutts border crossing, said a news release from the Canada Border Services Agency. Regehr declared to customs officials that he had one shotgun, but... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Edmonton Journal (Alberta) / Calgary Herald (Alberta)

36621

United Kingdom,Malaysia,United States

18 September 2012

New Strait Times

Crimes involving firearms are becoming too commonplace these days. Consider the following incidents, as reported in the last few weeks: Aug 9 Robbers shot at a victim who chased them at Pandan Perdana after robbing him of a handphone and some cash; Aug 25 A robber, armed with an automatic pistol, struck at a jewellery shop in Jalan Datuk Bandar Tunggal, Seremban; Aug 26 Mat Keya Jusoh, a coffee shop owner, was shot dead in a drive-by shooting in Kampung Bukit... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Strait Times

36571

United States,Americas,Suriname

12 September 2012

Caribbean News Now

WASHINGTON, United States - The Organization of American States (OAS) and the government of Suriname on Tuesday signed a cooperation agreement for the donation of a firearms marking machine to the Caribbean Community country, in order to improve its capabilities to combat the illicit trade in weapons. This initiative is part of the efforts outlined by OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza that define the organization as a strategic actor in the fight against... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Caribbean News Now

36548

China,United States

6 September 2012

New York Times / Reuters

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

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36534

Liberia,United States

29 August 2012

Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St Paul)

A federal grand jury has indicted a 38-year-old Twin Cities businessman for allegedly smuggling firearms into the West African nation of Liberia for the past several years. McHarding Degan Galimah faces a single smuggling charge under an indictment handed up Aug. 22 and unsealed this week in Minneapolis. Galimah, also known as Mac, allegedly shipped firearms to Liberia without a proper license between April 2009 and April 2012. Liberia endured several years of civil... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St Paul)

36512

United States,Mexico

24 August 2012

InSight Crime (Bogota)

A Mexico judge has reduced the charges against an American trucker accused of smuggling a truck full of rifle ammunition across the border, accepting his claim that he only crossed into the country by accident. Mexican border officials arrested Jabin Bogan in Ciudad Juarez this April with 268,000 rounds of ammunition in his vehicle. Bogan said he made a wrong turn and accidentally crossed into Mexico. One of his attorneys said a US Customs and Border Protection (CBP)... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

36497

Mexico,United States

11 August 2012

Inter Press Service News Agency

MEXICO CITY - "The United States should stop producing so many weapons, which cause us so much harm. That country also suffers from so much violence, as billions of dollars go into manufacturing guns." That is the message that anti-crime activist Fernando Ocegueda will take to the public in the United States, during a one-month visit to that country by the Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity, made up of 70 family members of victims of violence in Mexico. "We... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Inter Press Service News Agency

36479

Cayman Islands,United States,Caribbean

9 August 2012

CayCompass.com (Cayman Islands)

US prosecutors have declined to release names and addresses of the witnesses and co-conspirators involved in a gun-running operation between south Florida and Grand Cayman after attorneys for one of the suspects in the case requested those records earlier this year. "The disclosure of the names and addresses of government witnesses is likely to endanger the safety of the witnesses and the viability of the prosecution," prosecutors noted in a 26 July court filing.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CayCompass.com (Cayman Islands)

36454

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

11 July 2012

Arms Control Today (USA)

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

Read More: Arms Control Today (USA)

36353

Mexico,United States

10 July 2012

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Twenty people have been arrested in Texas accused of being members of a ring which trafficked weapons to the Zetas drug gang, drawing attention again to the role of the US in supplying weapons to Mexican criminals. The detainees are accused of forming part of a "straw buying" ring that provided at least 33 automatic rifles to the Mexican drug gang late last year. Ten of the 20 accused pleaded not guilty in a court in San Antonio, reported Notimex. According to the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

36324

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

4 July 2012

Associated Press

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

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36301

Italy,United States,Greece

30 June 2012

Athens News (Greece)

An arms-smuggling ring bringing weapons from the United States to Greece, with Crete as their main destination, was caught in a joint operation set up by the Attica police Organised Crime department and the U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement service. The three men arrested during the operation in Greece were led before a Zakynthos first-instance court prosecutor on Saturday to face criminal charges. The three suspects were arrested on Friday during coordinated... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Athens News (Greece)

36292

Mexico,United States

27 June 2012

Fortune (USA)

A Fortune investigation reveals that the ATF never intentionally allowed guns to fall into the hands of Mexican drug cartels. How the world came to believe just the opposite is a tale of rivalry, murder, and political bloodlust. FORTUNE -- In the annals of impossible assignments, Dave Voth's ranked high. In 2009 the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives promoted Voth to lead Phoenix Group VII, one of seven new ATF groups along the Southwest border... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Fortune (USA)

36303

United States,Mexico

27 June 2012

Fox News (USA)

The Republican majority's vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of congress is historic. No Attorney General has ever been so explicitly condemned by the Congress. But the contempt citation is a hollow political theater. It has no substance – zero. It will not produce any more documents or evidence about the botched sting operation to halt gun-running between the U.S. and Mexico. And after Obama Justice Department and White House lawyers offered to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Fox News (USA)

36283

Ecuador,Venezuela,United States,Colombia

21 June 2012

InSight Crime (Bogota)

A suspected arms trafficker whose network is accused of supplying 500 rifles to the FARC rebels has been arrested in Colombia. Carlos Enrique Pombo was arrested in Cali in a joint operation between Colombia and US law enforcement, and Interpol. US authorities accuse Pombo's network of smuggling some 500 rifles into Colombia for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrilla group, reported El Tiempo. The accused trafficker has been operating since 2003,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

36270

United States,Haiti

20 June 2012

Haiti News 509

[Translated summary: Federal Agents arrested two Haitian in Jacksonville, USA, for illegal import of 13 firearms into Haiti.] JACKSONVILLE, Etats-unis – Les Agents Fédéraux ont arrêté deux haïtiens à Jacksonville, le mercredi 20 juin, et les ont accusés d 'avoir illégalement importé en contrebande 13 armes à feu en Haïti, avec des plans d 'entrer clandestinement avec plus de 100 autres armes bientôt. Niyo Baptisme et Jude Fontus accusés de l'affaire ont... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Haiti News 509

36268

United States,Mexico

15 June 2012

Latinos Post (USA) / Reuters

The ousted mayor of a small New Mexico border town who helped run nearly 200 firearms to a violent Mexican drug cartel was sentenced on Thursday to 51 months in prison, authorities said. Eddie Espinoza, 52, the former mayor of Columbus, received the sentence from U.S. District Judge Robert Brack in federal court in Las Cruces, New Mexico, U.S. Attorney Robert Pitman said. Brack also ordered three years of supervised release for Espinoza, who pleaded guilty in July... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Latinos Post (USA) / Reuters

36253

United States,China

13 June 2012

China Daily

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

Read More: China Daily

36234

United States,China

12 June 2012

CBS News (USA)

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

Read More: CBS News (USA)

36232

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

9 June 2012

Eurasia Review (EU/Asia)

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

Read More: Eurasia Review (EU/Asia)

36228

Syria,Canada,United Arab Emirates,Venezuela,Lebanon,Iraq

6 June 2012

National (Abu Dhabi), Opinion

'The weapon first, fighting second," goes an Arabic proverb, which pretty much explains why there is so much conflict in the world today. But it also describes perfectly what I have had the misfortune of seeing as I've travelled and worked in war zones across the region. I remember the time I was in Iraq, and the family I was staying with insisted that I carry some form of weapon as "defence" and protection. Even their grandmother carried a small hand gun in her purse... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: National (Abu Dhabi)

36217

Canada

29 May 2012

24 Heures (Montreal)

[Translated summary: Peacekeepers dismantled a firearms trafficking network on the territory of the Kahnawake reserve. The firearms were bought on the US market and illegally imported into Canada, others were legally bought in Canada by registered permit holders then re-sold.] KAHNAWAKE - Une opération policière visant le démantèlement d'un réseau d'armes à feu a eu lieu, mardi matin, sur le territoire de la réserve de Kahnawake. Les Peacekeepers de Kahnawake,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: 24 Heures (Montreal)

36189

Germany,United Kingdom,Asia,United States,Australia

27 May 2012

Courier-Mail (Brisbane)

Thousands of guns - some broken down into 30 pieces - are being seized by Australian Customs as criminals use the internet to widen their networks. Gun pieces hidden in bags of screws, tools and car parts are being found by scans, as soaring international mail deliveries become an increasing challenge for authorities. The Sunday Mail can reveal that more than 4000 guns, parts and magazines were seized by Customs between 2008 and 11. The internet is being used for... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Courier-Mail (Brisbane)

36184

United States

26 May 2012

Oakland Tribune (California)

Last week, the Violence Policy Center, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank and pro-gun control advocacy group, released a study showing that there were more guns deaths than motor vehicles deaths in 10 U.S states in 2009, the last year for which data was available. California, which has relatively strict gun laws compared to other states, was not included on the list. But its three closest neighbors, Nevada, Arizona and Oregon, were. Law enforcement officials in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Oakland Tribune (California)

36181

China,United States

24 May 2012

Voice of America

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

Read More: Voice of America

36169

Egypt,United States

16 May 2012

Orlando Sentinel (Florida)

Federal authorities arrested a man in Orlando this week who allegedly told an undercover agent that he wanted to smuggle up to 1,000 firearms to Egypt. Gamel Saad was arrested following a sting Monday. According to a criminal complaint, Saad bought three handguns from an undercover agent, wrapped them in towels, and put them inside a shipment of car parts he was sending to Egypt. Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives began investigating... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Orlando Sentinel (Florida)

36130

Mexico,United States

15 May 2012

Reuters

Two illegal immigrants pleaded guilty in Texas on Monday to possessing 27,000 rounds of assault rifle ammunition along the U.S.-Mexico border, where cross-border weapons smuggling has increased in recent years, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. Police in Laredo, Texas, discovered the ammunition after they stopped a Dodge Ram pickup truck that failed to stop at a stop sign in March, U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson said in a statement. Weapons traffickers along the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Reuters

36135

Colombia,United States,Mexico

9 May 2012

InSight Crime (Bogota)

The Five-seven semi-automatic pistol, capable of piercing body armor, is already a favored weapon of the Mexican cartels. Now there are signs that this "cop killer" gun has found its way into the Colombian black market. A spokesman for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has described the Five-seven as "the weapon of choice" for Mexico's criminal organizations. The weapon first gained the attention of Mexico law enforcement after it was used... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

36114

United States

8 May 2012

Gun Reports (USA)

According to a recent open letter from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to Federal firearms licensees (FFLs), "It has recently come to the attention of [the agency] that some Federal firearms licensees (FFL) are arranging for the exportation of firearms and ammunition through an in-person disposition to foreign purchasers at the airline ticket counter of local international airports. Industry members are advised that this manner of disposing... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Gun Reports (USA)

36119

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

30 April 2012

Dawn (Karachi)

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

Read More: Dawn (Karachi)

36091

United States,Australia

25 April 2012

Gympie Times (Queensland)

Firearm seizures at Australian borders have exploded four-fold over the past five years with most failed import attempts coming from the United States. Australian Customs and Border Protection figures provided to APN Newsdesk show firearm, firearm parts, magazine or accessory detections in Australia increased from 225 in the 2006-07 financial year to 977 in the last financial year. The biggest year for detections was in 2009-10 when Australian Customs discovered... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Gympie Times (Queensland)

36071

United States,Mexico

18 April 2012

Washington Post / AP

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico — Mexican customs inspectors seized 268,000 rounds of assault rifle ammunition found in a U.S. truck at a border crossing in Ciudad Juarez, authorities reported Wednesday. Angel Torres, a spokesman for federal prosecutors in northern Chihuahua state, said a 37-year-old man from Dallas, Texas, was detained for trying to drive the truck across the border from El Paso, Texas. Torres said the driver, who is being held pending investigation on... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post / AP

36044

United States,Mexico

16 April 2012

Latin American Herald Tribune (Venezuela)

MEXICO CITY – An exhibit of photographs and art at a Mexico City museum seeks to draw attention to the impact of arms smuggled into Mexico from the United States and gather signatures for a campaign demanding that Washington put an end to arms trafficking. "Adios a las armas. Contrabando en las fronteras" (Goodbye Firearms. Contraband at the Borders), which opened on Nov. 30 at Mexico City's Museum of Memory and Tolerance, has been seen by about 30,000 visitors,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Latin American Herald Tribune (Venezuela)

36031

United States,Australia

14 April 2012

Daily Telegraph (Sydney)

Gun parts which could be assembled to make a military assault rifle similar to that used in the Port Arthur massacre have been removed from the streets of Sydney in the latest police raid and crackdown on illegal weapons. The illegally imported parts, which slipped into the country through Australia Post, were uncovered on Thursday when detectives raided a property near Port Macquarie and another owned by the same man in Sydney's south. Among the large cache of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Telegraph (Sydney)

36026

Ethiopia,South Africa,Burkina Faso,Sierra Leone,West Africa,Ukraine,Côte d'Ivoire,Eastern Europe,Russia,Central African Republic,Iraq,Afghanistan,United States,Colombia,Angola,Liberia,North Africa,West Asia,Africa

11 April 2012

Think Africa Press (London)

Arms dealer Viktor Bout was sentenced to 25 years by a US federal court last week. Widely known as the 'merchant of death', the 45-year-old Russian has delivered weapons and arms to a wide range of presidents, insurgents and rebels in Africa and the Middle East including the likes of Charles Taylor in Liberia and Jonas Savimbi in Angola. He was caught in a US sting in which his services were solicited for the supply of weapons to Colombia's FARC rebels. His companies... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Think Africa Press (London)

36019

Mexico,United States

10 April 2012

The Hill (Washington DC)

The nerve of President Calderon of Mexico. How dare he come to the United States and utter two words Americans are no longer allowed to speak? I heard them myself in the Rose Garden last week: gun control. Calderon's comments came in response to a reporter's question about the ongoing drug wars in Mexico, in which 11,000 people were killed in 2010 alone. What are you doing about the guns? He began by noting that the level of gun violence in Mexico began to escalate in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: The Hill (Washington DC)

36009

United States,Mexico

5 April 2012

Huffington Post (USA) / AP

MEXICO CITY — An art and photo show focusing on the trade in firearms and their deadly effects in Mexico may soon be going to the United States, the same place where many of the weapons come from. The show, "A Farewell to Arms. Contraband on the Border," uses photos and artwork to illustrate how the illegal weapons trade has affected Mexico, where more than 47,000 people have died in drug-related violence since late 2006. The non-governmental groups Global Exchange... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Huffington Post (USA) / AP

35991

Mexico,United States

5 April 2012

Reuters

PHOENIX - A man pleaded guilty on Thursday to two felony counts of purchasing and running high-powered rifles to Mexico from Arizona under the botched "Fast and Furious" federal sting operation tied to the murder of a U.S. federal agent. Jaime Avila Jr. was among a ring of 20 defendants charged with buying high-powered firearms including Kalashnikov type assault rifles and Barrett sniper rifles to run to the Mexican cartels. The purchases were made in the Phoenix area... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Reuters

35988

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

5 April 2012

China Daily

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

Read More: China Daily

35982

United States,Mexico,Central America,Honduras,Guatemala,El Salvador

2 April 2012

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Prosecutors in El Salvador ordered the arrest of eight soldiers and one civilian linked to an arms trafficking network that may have supplied thousands of weapons to drug gangs in Guatemala and Honduras. On March 30, the office of El Salvador's Attorney General (FGR) ordered the arrest of the nine suspects, alleging that they had participated in a scheme which involved siphoning off weapons that were slated to be destroyed, and selling them to drug trafficking... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

35984

United States,Canada

29 March 2012

880 CKLQ AM (Manitoba)

A 47 year old former member of the military has been sentenced to one year in jail for smuggling a submachine gun part into Canada from the United States. He did so by hiding it in a bag of empty beer cans when crossing the border on November 5th, 2011. Cameron Eugene Bell says he was going to just display the parts of the gun as art. Along with one year in jail he was sentenced to a 15 year firearms ban and lifetime restricted weapons... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: 880 CKLQ AM (Manitoba)

35967

Mexico,United States

19 March 2012

Los Angeles Times

Federal agents stopped the main target of the ill-fated Operation Fast and Furious in May 2010. After they questioned him, he disappeared back into Mexico, and the program went on to spiral out of control. WASHINGTON — Seven months after federal agents began the ill-fated Fast and Furious gun-tracking operation, they stumbled upon their main suspect in a remote Arizona outpost on the Mexican border, driving an old BMW with 74 rounds of ammunition and nine cellphones... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Los Angeles Times

35927

Mexico,United States

15 March 2012

Reuters

Recent focus on the relationship between U.S. guns and Mexican cartels has been limited to the ATF's "Fast and the Furious." That plan had agents selling assault rifles to Mexican gun runners so that they could track high-ranking cartel members. Though the ATF's actions are a bit questionable, there's actually a completely legal -- and perhaps more harmful -- way the U.S. is arming Mexican cartels. It's called "direct commercial sales" and it's operated by the State... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Reuters

35922

United States,Germany,Europe,Australia

15 March 2012

ABC News (Australia), Transcript

TONY EASTLEY: According to Tony Abbott Sydneysiders this morning not only face peak hour traffic but a reign of terror on the streets because of the illegal importation of hundreds of handguns from Europe and he puts it down to the Federal Government's lack of border control. The Opposition Leader says it can all be sheeted home to the Government. On Tuesday police and other Federal and state authorities arrested alleged members of a gun smuggling syndicate who'd... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ABC News (Australia)

35910

Pakistan,Iran,Egypt,Russia,United States,Somalia,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa

8 March 2012

MediaGlobal News (New York)

Every day, according to Amnesty International, thousands of people are killed, injured, raped, and forced to flee from their homes as a result of armed conflict, armed violence, and human rights violations and abuses perpetrated using conventional arms. As violence continues unchecked around the world, a coalition of humanitarian and health organizations is rallying support for a "bulletproof" global Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), to be discussed in July, that would stymie... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: MediaGlobal News (New York)

35894

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

6 March 2012

Jakarta Post

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

Read More: Jakarta Post

35886

Ecuador,Paraguay,United States

5 March 2012

Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St Paul)

An Ecuadoran man who helped smuggle 46 boxes of gun parts from Minneapolis to Paraguay was sentenced Monday in St. Paul to two years in federal prison and faces almost certain deportation upon his release. Fabian Lojano-Lojano, speaking through an interpreter, apologized for his actions and told U.S. District Judge Richard Kyle that he didn't know what he was doing when he shipped AK-47 gun parts to Paraguay without obtaining a proper license. "I made the mistake and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St Paul)

35884

United States

27 February 2012

New York Times

Three former New York City police officers pleaded guilty on Monday to taking part in a scheme to illegally transport firearms across state lines, the authorities said. "As they admitted today, these police officers moonlighted as criminals, and even planned to use their badges to cover their illegal activity," the United States attorney in Manhattan, Preet Bharara, said in a statement. Gary Ortiz, 28, who was an active-duty officer in the 71st Precinct in Brooklyn,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

35867

United States,Canada

22 February 2012

Globe & Mail (Toronto) / CP

COUTTS, Alta. — Border officials in Alberta have seized a cache of guns hidden inside a vehicle trying to get into Canada. Officers found 75 firearms, including 48 handguns, stowed inside a pickup truck at the Coutts crossing on Tuesday. Officials say it is the largest handgun seizure in the port's history. The driver of the truck told officers he was travelling to Alaska and was not carrying any firearms. RCMP arrested 54-year-old George Foster of Florida. He... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Globe & Mail (Toronto) / CP

35861

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

19 February 2012

Southern Times (Southern Africa)

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

Read More: Southern Times (Southern Africa)

35844

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

17 February 2012

Reuters

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

Read More: Reuters

35841

Mexico,United States

17 February 2012

Washington Post / AP

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico — President Felipe Calderon on Thursday unveiled a "No More Weapons!" billboard made with crushed firearms and placed near the U.S. border. He urged the United States to stop the flow of weapons into Mexico. The billboard, which is in English and weighs 3 tons, was placed near an international bridge in Ciudad Juarez and can be seen from the United States. Calderon said the billboard's letters were made with weapons seized by local, state and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post / AP

35835

United States,Pakistan

14 February 2012

AAJ News (Pakistan)

US national William Charles was arrested at the Peshawar airport on Tuesday morning. The police found 17 9mm pistols and numerous 9mm bullets in his possession, AajNews reported. Sources revealed, that the US national was traveling on flight PK218 which was heading to Islamabad from Peshawar when he was detained by the ASF personnel. William Charles is employed by the American consulate in Peshawar. According to a local news channel, the Airport Security Force... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: AAJ News (Pakistan)

35829

Mexico,United States

8 February 2012

Reuters

SAN ANTONIO - Nine Texas men and women have been sentenced to prison for purchasing firearms for Mexico's Los Zetas drug cartel, and a dozen others face charges linked to a Department of Justice probe into weapons trafficking, officials said on Wednesday. U.S. Attorney Robert Pitman said that in many cases, the purchasers were paid a couple of hundred dollars to buy a weapon and hand it to a smuggler. "Firearms smugglers employ individuals in the United States with no... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Reuters

35811

Haiti,Caribbean,United States,Jamaica

7 February 2012

Chicago Tribune / AP

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Roughly 2,000 firearms were melted down in a blazing furnace Tuesday as part of an effort designed to combat gun trafficking and corruption in Jamaica while reducing violent crime. Police, government and U.N. officials destroyed pistols and revolvers by pitching them into a kiln glowing bright orange at a cement factory in the capital of Kingston. Most of the guns were decommissioned or seized in police operations over the years. National... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Chicago Tribune / AP

35806

Mexico,United States

5 February 2012

Washington Post, Editorial

Do America's failed gun policies contribute to the terrible violence in Mexico? Alejandro A. Poire Romero makes a compelling case that the answer is yes. Law enforcement officials in both countries acknowledge that 70 to 80 percent of the traceable guns seized in Mexico can be tracked to the United States. Mr. Poire Romero, a top Mexican national security and criminal justice official, offers additional evidence that the United States has been an enabler of the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post

35803

Jamaica,United States,Caribbean

4 February 2012

South Florida Caribbean News

WASHINGTON, DC - Jamaica's Ambassador to the United States Her Excellency Audrey Marks has called on the United States government to work with the Caribbean to fulfil the 2007 pledge made by the USA and CARICOM Member States to enhance co-operation in eradicating the illegal gun trade in the Region. Ambassador Marks told a hearing on US-Caribbean Security Cooperation that was held by the United States Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control on Wednesday, that... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: South Florida Caribbean News

35800

China,United States,Ghana,Nigeria

30 January 2012

Nation (Nigeria)

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

Read More: Nation (Nigeria)

35782

United States,Australia

29 January 2012

Daily Telegraph (Sydney)

Criminals are assembling illegal weapons in backyard firearm factories after importing them piece-by-piece over the internet. The Sunday Telegraph can reveal the parts are being sourced from legitimate gun dealers in the US and pieced together in NSW after arriving in the mail undetected. Detective Superintendent Ken Finch, commander of the Firearms and Organised Crime Squad (FAOCS), said a number of unrelated individuals had already been arrested and charged over the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Telegraph (Sydney)

35785

United States,Mexico

28 January 2012

Washington Post / AP

WASHINGTON — Newly released Justice Department emails sent to Capitol Hill for a congressional inquiry into a gun-smuggling operation indicate that the head of the department's criminal division suggested letting some illicit "straw" weapons buyers in the U.S. transport their guns across the border into Mexico where they could be arrested. According to the emails turned over to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Friday night, the Justice official,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post / AP

35780

United States,Mexico

28 January 2012

National Public Radio (USA)

In Mexico, where criminals are armed to the teeth with high-powered weapons smuggled from the United States, it may come as a surprise that the country has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the world. Law-abiding Mexicans who want a gun to defend themselves have no good options. Either they fight government red tape to get a legal permit, or they buy one on the black market. After an outbreak of violence, one embattled community in northern Mexico called... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: National Public Radio (USA)

35773

Madagascar,Guinea,Ghana,Botswana,Angola,Algeria,South Africa,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa,Russia,Austria,Israel,Germany,Italy,United States,Yemen,Philippines,Pakistan,Sri Lanka,Tunisia,Brazil,Burkina Faso,Egypt,Côte d'Ivoire,Malawi,Mauritania,Morocco,Namibia,Niger,Nigeria,Congo (ROC),Senegal,Tanzania,Uganda,Zambia,Zimbabwe,Argentina,Ecuador,Chile,Honduras,Guatemala,United Arab Emirates,Trinidad & Tobago,Jordan,Dominican Republic,Singapore,Kazakhstan,Liberia,Saudi Arabia,Bosnia & Herzegovina,Congo (DRC),Guyana,Mauritius,Latvia,Oman,Nepal,Somalia,Bolivia,Colombia,Venezuela,Peru,Mexico,Qatar,Kuwait,Indonesia,Malaysia,Thailand

27 January 2012

Publica (Brazil)

[Translated summary: With the support of the Ministries of Defence and Foreign Affairs, Brazilian gun manufacturers seek new markets in countries with a history of human rights violations: Tunisia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Philippines and Yemen. Brazil is among the six countries in the world with annual exports exceeding $ 100 million, according to recent research from Small Arms Survey. According to the Army, responsible for supervising and controlling exports from 2005 to... (GunPolicy.org)

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35794

Mexico,United States

27 January 2012

Chicago Tribune / Reuters

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration on Friday revealed new reforms undertaken to improve how it conducts undercover gun trafficking investigations in the wake of a botched operation in which scores of weapons disappeared. The reforms require additional oversight of undercover operations, including those that involve more than 50 firearms, and, in most cases, ends the practice of paying gun dealers to serve as confidential informants. Additionally, a new review... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Chicago Tribune / Reuters

35775

Mexico,United States

19 January 2012

New York Times / AP

MEXICO CITY — Mexican police say they have captured one of the main smugglers of illegal weapons for the Sinaloa drug cartel. Federal police say Eduardo Avila Ojeda smuggled guns, ammunition and explosives into Mexico to be used by the cartel. Police said Thursday that the 34-year-old suspect was captured Wednesday in the northern city of Culiacan. Culiacan is the capital of Sinaloa state, home to the cartel of the same name. Mexican officials have long blamed... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times / AP

35751

Mexico,United States

18 January 2012

InSight Crime (Bogota)

A ruling by a US judge on tracking the sale of high-powered firearms in states on the southern border is a step forward for authorities trying to legislate against the flow of guns into Mexico. Federal Judge Rosemary Collyer upheld an order made last year by the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). The ATF asked more than 8,000 gun dealers in Arizona, Texas, California and New Mexico to report sales of multiple semi-automatic rifles to one... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

35743

United Kingdom,United States

10 January 2012

News & Observer (North Carolina)

GREENVILLE -- A former U.S. Marine has been sentenced to 10 years in prison today for illegally trafficking dozens of handguns to the United Kingdom. Steven Neal Greenoe, 37, a former Raleigh resident, pleaded guilty in federal court to the charges, which allege that the joint U.S. and U.K. citizen took nine trips from North Carolina – where he grew up – purchased handguns, and concealed a total of 63 pistols in his luggage before returning to England, where he... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: News & Observer (North Carolina)

35722

United States

23 December 2011

Wall Street Journal, Opinion

Historians have long debated who was the first person to call the U.S. Senate the "world's greatest deliberative body." Soon we may ask who was the last person to believe it. Our dysfunctional Congress has repeatedly failed to perform its duties under the Constitution to pass a budget, to advise and consent on presidential nominations, and, perhaps most tragically, to curb illegal handgun violence. In New York, we've recently seen only too dramatically the consequences... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Wall Street Journal

35688

Cayman Islands,United States

12 December 2011

CayCompass.com (Cayman Islands)

United States federal law enforcement authorities are investigating a firearms smuggling operation between south Florida and Grand Cayman that's been ongoing since at least 2008, according to US District Court records obtained by the Caymanian Compass. The investigation, a branch of which led to the 2009 arrest, conviction and incarceration of four local men in US federal prison, caught up with a fifth suspect, Mikkyle Brandon Leslie – known in Cayman as Brandon... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CayCompass.com (Cayman Islands)

35651

Guatemala,Mexico,United States

8 December 2011

Guardian (UK)

It was nothing more than a routine inspection for federal agents. But as they browsed the records of Carter's Country gun shop in Houston, investigators picked up on a series of big sales. For cash. Federal agents were alerted not only by the number of guns involved – sometimes a dozen at a time – but the type. Time and again buyers walked out of Carter's Country clutching assault rifles, semi-automatic pistols with armour-piercing bullets and powerful sniper... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (UK)

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Thailand,Colombia,Russia,United States,Uganda,Rwanda,South Africa,United Arab Emirates,Belgium,Sudan,Somalia,Côte d'Ivoire,Liberia,Angola,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa,Congo (DRC)

6 December 2011

New York Times, Opinion

On a dark November morning in 2004, I woke up in my bungalow overlooking Lake Kivu, tense with anticipation. Our small United Nations team was about to undertake a surprise inspection of three airfields in eastern Congo, notorious for smuggling operations. With the backing of U.N. peacekeeping forces and a U.N. Security Council mandate, we searched almost every incoming and outgoing aircraft that day. By evening, we had the evidence to link several aviation front... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

35632

United States

1 December 2011

New York Times, Opinion

PHOENIX — When it became clear in the early fall of 2008 that Barack Obama, son of a Kansan and a Kenyan, would be the 44th President of the United States, many citizens rushed to their gun shops, stocked up on ammo and camo, and tried to fortify their nests with all manner of lethal weapons. Though he had said nothing about gun control in the campaign, Obama, to a certain kind of person, appeared to be a grave threat to the Second Amendment. He was urban —... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

35609

Venezuela,Peru,Ecuador,Chile,Bolivia,Paraguay,Brazil,Argentina,Mexico,Colombia,Uruguay,United States,North America,South America,Central America,Caribbean

28 November 2011

United Press International

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay - Latin America's increasingly ambitious Mercosur regional bloc is aiming to focus on small arms suppliers who are seen as being behind the region's endemic and seemingly insurmountable problem of violent crime. The area's disparate armed groups, guerrillas with political agenda and drug-related gangs have drawn attention from Mercosur's watchdog committees as senior officials explore ways of containing organized crime, rooting out myriad networks... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: United Press International

35594

Central America,United States,Mexico,Guatemala

25 November 2011

InSight Crime (Bogota)

The trafficking of weapons over the U.S.-Mexico border is well-documented -- lesser known but also significant is the sale of U.S. weapons to Guatemalan government contractors, which are then siphoned off to criminal groups. The Mexican government has focused much of its efforts to stop arms trafficking on the smuggling of weapons over the U.S. border. This strategy ignores other sources of weapons, and other entry points. Central America, for example, represents a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

35588

Guatemala,United States,Mexico,Costa Rica,South America,Caribbean,Central America

24 November 2011

AFP

SAN JOSE — Illegal weapons trafficking has turned Latin America into a region of bloodletting in which over 40 percent of the world's homicides take place, experts warned Wednesday. "Forty-two percent of homicides with a firearm that happen worldwide take place in Latin America, though only 10 percent of the world's population lives here," said Nobel laureate and former president Oscar Arias, citing UN data, at a conference of experts. Although weapons such as... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: AFP

35583

Mexico,United States

22 November 2011

KVUE.com (Texas)

EAGLE PASS, Texas – The small border town Eagle Pass has become a big corridor for ammunition smugglers who supply violent drug cartels. In November, there was a large spike in smuggling activity. "Just this month alone there have been three separate seizures totaling 700 magazines for AK-47 rifles," said Randy Clark, Patrol Agent in Charge for the U.S. Border Patrol station in Eagle Pass. On Nov. 3, Border Patrol agents seized three black duffle bags near the Rio... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: KVUE.com (Texas)

35573

South America,Guatemala,El Salvador,Central America,United States,Mexico

21 November 2011

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Because the recent spike in drug-related violence in Mexico has coincided with the 2004 expiration of the U.S. assault weapons ban, and because a significant portion of the weapons used in Mexican crimes have been traced to U.S. vendors, Mexican officials often accuse liberal U.S. gun laws of being a major obstacle to a safer Mexico. Indeed, President Felipe Calderon made precisely this point during a speech to U.S. Congress in 2010. U.S. officials have not denied that... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

35568

Guatemala,United States,Mexico,Central America

16 November 2011

Contralinea (Mexico)

[Translated Summary: Contralinea magazine details the routes by which guns are trafficked into Mexico, including the flow of arms from the US directly to Guatemala, and then over Mexico's southern border. English translation at: http://bit.ly/uBnEGu] En la última década, México pasó del lugar vigesimosegundo al quinto en tráfico de armas en el ámbito mundial. Se calcula que cada día ingresan al país unas 2 mil para abastecer a los cárteles de la droga, la... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Contralinea (Mexico)

35574

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

15 November 2011

Time (USA)

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

Read More: Time (USA)

35547

Canada

15 November 2011

CTV News (Toronto) / Canadian Press

OTTAWA — Scrapping the requirement to register rifles and shotguns could fuel illegal firearms trafficking across the Canadian border, warns an internal federal memo. It says the move would weaken import controls by eliminating a requirement for border officials to verify firearms coming into the country. "Such a loophole could facilitate unregistered prohibited and restricted firearm trafficking into and through Canada," says the declassified memo, originally... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CTV News (Toronto) / Canadian Press

35543

Algeria,France,Mauritania,Mali,Israel,Egypt,United States,West Africa,Niger,North Africa,Libya

12 November 2011

Wall Street Journal

Weapons smuggled from Libya after the collapse of Moammar Gadhafi's government are flowing through the surrounding region, the president of the west African nation of Niger said Friday, a development that threatens to destabilize a swath of the continent already struggling against ethnic unrest and a regional branch of al Qaeda. "Arms were stolen in Libya and are being disseminated all over the region," President Mahamadou Issoufou told reporters following a meeting... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Wall Street Journal

35536

Guatemala,El Salvador,Mexico,United States,Honduras,South America,Central America,Caribbean

11 November 2011

InSight Crime (Bogota)

The 2011 Ibero-American Summit, held in Asuncion, Paraguay in October, was criticized for its failures, but leaders used the platform to call attention to the global arms trade and demand international cooperation on more effective measures to fight weapons trafficking and organized crime. At the close of the summit, the member countries issued a separate and special declaration (available in pdf format here) defining public security as a precondition for economic and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

35537

United States,United Kingdom

10 November 2011

Guardian (UK)

A man has been found guilty of helping an international gun runner to smuggle dozens of handguns into Britain on commercial transatlantic flights. Over a six-month period gun runner Steven Greenoe, 37, – an American who lived in Shrewsbury and is currently awaiting sentence in the US – repeatedly crossed the Atlantic to purchase weapons to sell on to the criminal underworld for a huge profit. He broke the guns down to their component parts and smuggled them into... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (UK)

35529

Mexico,United States

8 November 2011

Guardian (UK)

The Obama administration has warned that the US is "losing the battle" to stem the flow of weapons from American guns shops to Mexican drug cartels responsible for tens of thousands of killings. The US attorney general, Eric Holder, told a Senate hearing that Congress is in part to blame because of its hostility to gun control, even going so far as to try and block federal law enforcement agencies from requiring gun shops to report multiple sales of automatic... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (UK)

35522

Mexico,United States

8 November 2011

New York Times

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Tuesday sought to move past the political furor over Operation Fast and Furious, the disputed Arizona gun trafficking investigation, to the wider problem of the flow of American firearms to Mexican drug cartels — and what he portrayed as roadblocks members of Congress have thrown up to stemming that flow. In testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Mr. Holder criticized a recent vote by the House of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

35516

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

4 November 2011

San Francisco Chronicle, Opinion

In a trial that played out with far less fanfare than the "Lord of War" movie based on Viktor Bout's life, the public got a rare glimpse into the shadowy world of international arms brokering. Bout was convicted by a federal jury in New York this week on four counts of conspiracy, including conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. Not among the counts against him, ironically, was his alleged involvement in nearly 20 years of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: San Francisco Chronicle

35507

North Africa,West Asia,South America,Africa,Thailand,Colombia,United States

2 November 2011

BBC News

A former Soviet military officer has been found guilty in a New York court of attempting to sell heavy weapons to a Colombian rebel group. Prosecutors said Viktor Bout, 44, who has been dubbed the merchant of death, stood to make millions from supplying weapons to the group. The defence argued Bout had only wanted to sell two cargo planes. He was arrested in Bangkok in 2008 after a sting operation in which US informants posed as Colombian rebels. He remained in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

35497

Mexico,United States

26 October 2011

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Gun store owners in southwestern border states argued in federal court Tuesday that the Obama administration cannot require them to report when customers buy multiple high-powered rifles. The Justice Department responded to a lawsuit seeking to block the two-month-old requirement by asking a judge to uphold its legality, arguing the measure could help stop the flow of guns to Mexican drug cartels. It requires sellers in California, Arizona, New Mexico... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

35475

Guatemala,El Salvador,Caribbean,South America,Central America,Mexico,United States

25 October 2011

Southern California Public Radio (USA)

State and local officials were joined by Mexican law enforcement in Los Angeles Tuesday to discuss California's role as a pipeline for illegal weapons to Mexican drug cartels. Authorities say California actually ranks much lower than other border states in gun trafficking. But the state's highways are often used to transport the weapons. State Senator Kevin De Leon chairs the Senate Select Committee on Immigration and the Economy. The L.A. Democrat says federal... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Southern California Public Radio (USA)

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