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

11 September 2016

Huffington Post (UK)

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

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Slovakia

7 September 2016

Terra (Argentina)

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

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

5 September 2016

Sputnik News

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

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Peru,Czech Republic

1 September 2016

Radio Praga

[Translated summary: A military company from the Peruvian defence sector has opened an assembly and repair centre for Czech handguns in its plant. The company sold a total of 250,000 weapons in 2015 and most of its production is exported to Europe and US.] Las pistolas de Česká zbrojovka se van a montar en Perú. La empresa militar FAME, con sede en Lima, ha abierto en su planta una zona de montaje y reparaciones de los productos checos. Se trata de la primera... (GunPolicy.org)

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Czech Republic

1 September 2016

Radio Praga

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

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Germany,Switzerland,Austria,Czech Republic

27 August 2016

Actualidad RT

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

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Russia,Germany

25 August 2016

New York Times, Reuters

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

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

23 August 2016

IPS Noticias

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

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Eastern Europe,Spain

23 August 2016

El País (Colombia)

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

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

23 August 2016

Reuters

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

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

22 August 2016

Amnesty International (London)

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

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

22 August 2016

Amnesty International (London)

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

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

9 August 2016

Deutsche Welle

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

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Romania,Ukraine

7 August 2016

Sky News (UK)

As Britain's security services warn of potential Paris-style terror attacks in the UK, Sky News has been told by eastern European mafia gangs that demand for their military grade weapons across Europe has rocketed in two years - and they will supply to anyone. Security analysts say Islamist terror cells and "lone wolf" killers now consider automatic weapons the best way to bring mass murder to our streets. Europe's open borders mean that weapons like the AK-47 can be... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ukraine,Western Europe,Romania

7 August 2016

Sputnik News

[Translated summary: The illicit traffic of firearms coming from Ukraine passes through Romania to reach the countries of Western Europe, but also the Middle East. One Romanian traffic network offers pistols, sniper rifles, shotguns, hunting rifles and semi-automatics.] Les ventes d'armes illégales en provenance d'Ukraine et à destination de l'Europe de l'Ouest commencent à faire parler d'elles. Le trafic illicite d'armes en provenance d'Ukraine passe par la... (GunPolicy.org)

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Chile,Russia,Ecuador,Brazil,United States

6 August 2016

Sputnik News

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

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France,Germany,Europe,Czech Republic

3 August 2016

New American (USA)

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

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Switzerland,Germany,Spain,Western Europe,Poland

26 July 2016

Europol

Europol has supported a Spanish National Police – led operation which resulted in the dismantlement of an organised crime group headed by a Polish national suspected of firearms trafficking. Numerous house searches were carried out in several locations in the municipality of Ibiza in the last couple of weeks. Simultaneously, Europol coordinated searches in some firms located in Germany and Switzerland. As a result, several members of the crime network were... (GunPolicy.org)

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Libya,Syria,Iraq,Russia,Ukraine

25 July 2016

New York Times, Reuters

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

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Sudan,Russia

7 July 2016

Guardian

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

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Czech Republic

28 June 2016

Radio Prague

[Translated summary: The value of gun exports from the Czech arms industry passed 550 million Euros last year. The geographic distribution of arms exports has also changed: sales have increased significantly to EU members and the United States.] Les exportations des entreprises tchèques de l'industrie de l'armement et de la défense ont atteint un niveau record l'an passé. C'est ce qu'a fièrement annoncé ce mardi Jiří Hynek, le président de l'Association de... (GunPolicy.org)

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Slovakia,United Kingdom

20 June 2016

The Conversation (USA)

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

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Europe,Ukraine,France

6 June 2016

New York Times, Associated Press

A Frenchman with an arsenal of weapons and a grudge against his government's immigration policies was detained as he tried to leave Ukraine and launch an assault on the European Championship, Ukrainian officials said Monday, describing it as a thwarted plot for a "series of 15 terrorist attacks." The announcement came as France promised unprecedented security for the soccer tournament's crowds and stadiums, which includes the French national stadium that was attacked... (GunPolicy.org)

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Poland

27 May 2016

IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

The Polish Armed Forces has placed its largest ever order for small arms, ordering over 26,000 Beryl rifles from Fabryka Broni Lucznik Radom. Worth PLN156 million (USD39.4 million), the contract includes the delivery of 17,621 wz. 96C Beryl assault rifles and 8,400 wz. 96C Mini Beryl carbines between 2016 and 2019. The order is the largest single firearms contract signed by Poland since 1990 and the biggest since Fabryka Broni Lucznik Radom was founded in 2000. The... (GunPolicy.org)

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Czech Republic

4 May 2016

Radio Prague

Gun sales in the Czech Republic have been rising fast in recent months, while the number of Czechs applying for licenses is also growing. Experts suggest this is a response to worries over terrorist attacks and the migrant crisis. In the last five years over 100,000 guns have been sold in this country, bringing the total number owned by private citizens to more than 800,000, according to the newspaper Hospodářské noviny. After a period of decline, applications for... (GunPolicy.org)

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Russia

28 April 2016

Moscow Times

U.S. gun enthusiasts live in constant fear of the federal government confiscating their weapons. For Russian gun owners, such a fear may be about to become a reality. On April 14, President Vladimir Putin, announced the formation of a new National Guard, and declared one of its key functions would be to control firearms. "We are creating the National Guard to limit the circulation of weapons in the country," he told the Russian people during his annual "direct line"... (GunPolicy.org)

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Asia,Europe,Russia

27 April 2016

Sputnik News (Russia)

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

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United Kingdom,Eastern Europe

21 April 2016

Guardian (UK)

A British crime gang bought the largest haul of automatic weapons ever detected by police on the UK mainland from the same source in eastern Europe as terrorists behind the Paris attacks of January 2015, it can be revealed. The 22 Kalashnikov-style assault rifles and nine machine guns were described by police from the National Crime Agency as "mass casualty weapons". They were intercepted in an operation led by the NCA after being smuggled from eastern Europe to France... (GunPolicy.org)

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Yemen,Iraq,West Asia,Serbia,Syria,Saudi Arabia,Albania,France,Bulgaria,Croatia,Eastern Europe,Europe,Slovakia,Sudan

16 April 2016

Economist

The arsenal discovered in the apartment of Reda Kriket, a suspected terrorist arrested on March 24th near Paris, included explosives, Kalashnikov AK-47 rifles and a machine pistol from Croatia. The terrorists who staged the attacks last November in Paris employed AK-47s made by Zastava, a Serbian manufacturer. The Kouachi brothers, who attacked the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo the previous January, used Kalashnikov ammunition made in Bosnia. Whatever else these... (GunPolicy.org)

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Russia

15 April 2016

TASS (Russia)

MOSCOW -- Russian Foreign Ministry has noted mass media reports suggesting that Syrian militants might be getting weaponry of Soviet manufacture from East-European countries. "An intensification of the flows of contraband weaponry and shells across the Turkish-Syrian border has been registered," the ministry said in a commentary on Friday. "A number of international media have claimed a big consignment of Soviet-made weaponry has been dispatched to the Syrian militants... (GunPolicy.org)

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Belarus,Ukraine

30 March 2016

Sputnik News (Russia)

[Translated summary: During a meeting with the U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Michael Carpenter, the President of Belarus, Alexandr Lukashenko, expressed his concern regarding arms trafficking from Ukraine to his country. He stated that this problem is worse than the threat of terrorism and that they are monitoring NATO's activity in Belarus' borders.] El presidente de Bielorrusia, Alexandr Lukashenko, expresó su preocupación respecto al ingreso en su... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom,Eastern Europe,Germany,Slovakia,France

18 March 2016

Black Sea, Der Spiegel, Le Soir

The trafficking of Communist-era weapons leads from a Slovakian website to last year's ISIS terror attack in Paris and new regulations have failed to stop the sale of deadly weapons to criminals, we can reveal. 7 January 2015. Chérif Kouachi and his brother Said leave a bloodbath in the newsroom of magazine Charlie Hebdo. Two days later, Kouachi's close contact, Amedy Coulibaly, assaults the kosher supermarket Hyper Cacher in Paris. When Coulibaly takes the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Eastern Europe,Caribbean,France

17 March 2016

Le Figaro (France)

[Translated summary: In France, results in the fight against arms trafficking increased strongly, with a 40% increase in the number of firearms seized (1,158 against 828 in 2014). Strong measures against arms trafficking have been implemented. France deplores 1,800 deaths by firearm every year.] Tabac et articles de contrefaçon, drogues ou encore armes… 2015 est un cru plutôt faste pour les douanes qui ont multiplié les saisies. En matière de la lutte contre les... (GunPolicy.org)

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Turkey,Serbia,Montenegro,Macedonia,Kosovo,Greece,Croatia,Bulgaria,Bosnia & Herzegovina,Albania,European Union

18 November 2015

European Commission - Press release

The European Commission today adopted a package of measures to make it more difficult to acquire firearms in the European Union, better track legally held firearms, strengthen cooperation between Member States, and ensure that deactivated firearms are rendered inoperable. The proposals presented today were foreseen in the European Security Agenda adopted in April 2015, but have been significantly accelerated in light of recent events. The Commission is hereby supporting... (GunPolicy.org)

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Eastern Europe,France

13 November 2015

Huffington Post (France)

[Translated summary: An estimated 10 million firearms could be in circulation in France, of which only 4 million are legally held (official data). According to official source, 5,871 firearms were seized in 2014.] Un plan "ferme et résolu". Annoncées mi-septembre après une énième fusillade à Marseille, les mesures pour lutter contre le trafic d'armes sont dévoilées vendredi 13 novembre par le ministère de l'Intérieur Bernard Cazeneuve. Il s'agit notamment de... (GunPolicy.org)

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

3 October 2015

Wall Street Journal

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

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Russia

9 September 2015

TASS Russian News Agency

Russia did not sign an international treaty on arms trade because of its unbalanced nature and superficial description of a number of issues, Deputy Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said on Wednesday. "Recently, new tools emerged in the global arms trade, in particular, the Arms Trade Treaty, which came into force last December. We did not sign this document and see no reason to move in this direction," Ryabkov said. According to him, the document is... (GunPolicy.org)

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Slovakia,Sweden

5 July 2015

Local (Sweden)

Sweden's comparatively strict weapons laws ensure that authorities have a tight control on registered arms. But after a weapons amnesty conducted in 2013, police established that a surprising number of illegal firearms were in circulation in Sweden. Last year 115 firearms were seized by the Swedish customs authorities and it was revealed that large proportion of these had been bought over the internet from Slovakia, where the law regarding plugged - or deactivated -... (GunPolicy.org)

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Czech Republic

24 February 2015

BBC Worldwide Monitoring (Czech Republic)

A gunman has opened fire at a restaurant in the Czech Republic, killing eight people before shooting himself dead, officials say The man burst into the Druzba restaurant in the eastern town of Uhersky Brod and started "shooting indiscriminately", mayor Patrik Kuncar said. Police described it as the worst mass shooting incident on record. Czech Interior Minister Milan Chovanec said it was not a terrorist attack. Some 20 people were thought to have been in the... (GunPolicy.org)

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

18 February 2015

Euronews (France)

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

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Spain,Italy,Venezuela,Israel,Germany,Czech Republic,Brazil,Colombia,Belgium,Austria,Russia,United States,El Salvador,Turkey,Guatemala,Honduras,Mexico,Cuba,Dominican Republic,Haiti,Peru,Nicaragua

16 January 2015

Los Angeles Times, Opinion

During the 1980s, El Salvador was the single largest recipient of U.S. military hardware and weaponry in the Western Hemisphere. Although the Central American country's civil war ended in 1992, the guns, grenades and bullets linger, as do their murderous effects. In September, a U.S. official from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives estimated that half the weapons available on El Salvador's vibrant black market were made in the United... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Los Angeles Times

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Russia

20 November 2014

Business Insider (Australia)

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

Read More: Business Insider (Australia)

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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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Poland

7 August 2014

Polskie Radio (Warsaw), News from Poland

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

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

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Bulgaria

21 May 2014

Sofia Globe

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

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Bulgaria

20 May 2014

Sofia News Agency

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

Read More: Sofia News Agency

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Iran,Bulgaria,South Sudan,Sudan,Africa,Congo (DRC)

13 May 2014

IRIN (UN News)

Virunga National Park — Her job is to track and trace small arms and ammunition in Africa's conflict zones. Each bullet, assault rifle, mortar, rocket or other item of military hardware she documents forms a piece of a huge jigsaw being created by the UK-based NGO Conflict Armaments Research (CAR) to map the precise flows of conflict weaponry in Africa. Moving within the ebb and flow of the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) conflict, the investigator, who asked... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: IRIN (UN News)

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Norway,Canada,United States,Italy,Kazakhstan,Thailand,Germany,Russia,United Kingdom

28 April 2014

RIA Novosti (Russia)

MOSCOW – The Kalashnikov Concern produced 230 percent more small arms weapons in the first quarter of this year than in the year-ago period, the company's press service told RIA Novosti Monday. "In the first three months of the year we had a record-high volume production of small arms in the amount of 31,000 items, which makes 41 percent of the total output of similar products for 2013," the company said. "The current results are 230 percent higher than those in the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: RIA Novosti (Russia)

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Russia,United States,Japan

23 April 2014

RIA Novosti (Russia)

MOSCOW – Japan's upper house of parliament, the House of Councillors, unanimously approved Wednesday a bill providing for the country's accession to the UN Arms Trade Treaty, the NHK channel reported. The Japanese government now expects a fast ratification of the treaty, although no specific date on its implementation has yet been announced. The Arms Trade Treaty, adopted at the UN General Assembly last year, is the first international pact regulating commerce in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: RIA Novosti (Russia)

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Czech Republic

18 April 2014

Prague Daily Monitor

STRAKONICE, South Bohemia - Ninety-nine firearms, including a machine gun and several assault rifles, have been found in the house of a restaurant owner near Strakonice and the man has been accused of illegal arms possession, the Czech police announced on their website Thursday. Police spokesman Jiri Matzner wrote that the man called the police because somebody broke in the restaurant. He probably did not expect the police to search his house so thoroughly. The arms... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Prague Daily Monitor

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Mozambique,United States,Russia,China,South Africa

11 April 2014

Mail & Guardian (Johannesburg)

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

Read More: Mail & Guardian (Johannesburg)

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Slovenia,Malta,El Salvador,Denmark,Croatia,Hungary,Finland,Estonia,France,Spain,Italy,Bulgaria,United Kingdom,Germany,Slovakia,Ireland,Latvia,Romania

3 April 2014

Christian Today

The Methodist Church has praised the government's ratification of the UN's Arms Trade Treaty. The President of the Methodist Conference, the Reverend Ruth Gee, hailed it as a "legal milestone that should help to protect those who are abused and oppressed". Countries that ratify the treaty will be required to establish national arms regulators to control the exporting of conventional weapons and weapons components, and to properly regulate arms brokers. Domestic weapon... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Christian Today

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Latvia,European Union,Slovenia,Ireland,Hungary,Finland,Estonia,El Salvador,Denmark,Malta,Croatia,Bulgaria,Spain,France,Romania,Germany,Slovakia,United Kingdom,Italy

2 April 2014

Associated Press

UNITED NATIONS — Eighteen countries, including five of the world's leading arms exporters, ratified a landmark treaty regulating the multibillion-dollar global arms trade on Wednesday, giving a significant boost to the campaign for the treaty's entry into force. The ambassadors of the 18 countries handed over the documents at a U.N. ceremony on the first anniversary of the General Assembly's adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty, which is aimed at stemming the global... (GunPolicy.org)

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38525

Somalia,Chad,Egypt,Libya,Turkey,Qatar,Mali,Syria,Russia,North Africa,Africa,Nigeria,Niger

22 March 2014

St Louis Post-Dispatch (Missouri)

TRIPOLI — At the heart of the Libyan capital, the open-air Fish Market was once a place where residents went to buy everything from meat and seafood to clothes and pets. Now it's Tripoli's biggest arms market, with tables displaying pistols and assault rifles. Ask a vendor, and he can pull out bigger machine guns to sell for thousands of dollars. Libya, where hundreds of militias hold sway and the central government is virtually powerless, is awash in millions of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: St Louis Post-Dispatch (Missouri)

38494

European Union,Russia,Ukraine

20 March 2014

RIA Novosti (Russia)

MOSCOW – Russian law enforcement raided an arms group that smuggled weapons to the country's North Caucasus from the European Union via Ukraine, the country's Federal Security Service said Thursday. Agents at a Ukrainian-Russian land border crossing detained several of the smugglers, who had in their possession pistols made by Desert Eagle, Smith & Wesson, SIG Sauer and others. "Information was received about the procurement of a significant number of handguns from... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: RIA Novosti (Russia)

38484

Bulgaria

18 March 2014

Sofia Globe

Bulgarian Prosecutor-General Sotir Tsatsarov has ordered a complete check-up of all gun licences in the country, whether for hunting or self-defence, in the wake of a March 14 incident in which a police officer died in a shootout with a mentally ill man who had a stash of firearms. The inspection, announced on March 18, will require authorities in charge of firearms supervision to provide information including the expiry dates of existing gun licences. Tsatsarov... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sofia Globe

38487

Bulgaria

17 March 2014

Sofia Globe

The March 14 shootout in a Bulgarian town between an allegedly mental ill man and a police team in which a police officer died and three were wounded continues to generate controversy, with the Interior Ministry leadership being sharply criticised for bungling the operation and with a political blame game underway. The operation in the town of Lyaskovets was intended to arrest the man and seize his stash of firearms, after years of complaints about his behaviour,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sofia Globe

38470

Eastern Europe,Ukraine

15 March 2014

Tasnim News Agency

TEHRAN - Fears of possible armed assaults and provocation in Ukraine and neighboring countries are on the rise after yet another report that rocket grenade launchers, firearms and munitions have been stolen from a military warehouse in western Ukraine. A source in the Ukrainian Interior Ministry told RIA Novosti that the coup appointed Interior Minister Arsen Avakov has recently been notified that a large cache of guns and ammunition was missing from one of the... (GunPolicy.org)

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38463

Russia,United States

11 March 2014

Washington Examiner

American gun owners are gobbling up cheap Russian ammunition in huge quantities, worried that President Obama's tussle with Vladimir Putin over Moscow's grab for Crimea will result in new trade sanctions cutting off imports of bullets. "We've seen an ammo-hoarding effect," said Larry Hyatt, owner of Hyatt Gun Shop in Charlotte, N.C., one of the nation's biggest gun stores. "It's almost like milk and bread when it gets ready to snow: It's just a mass of people running... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Examiner

38450

Russia

3 March 2014

Russia Beyond The Headlines

Russians are seeking the right to use firearms to protect their home and property. A proposal to introduce the relevant amendments to the Russian Criminal Code has been put up for a popular vote on a special website, garnering the support of more than 100,000 people. However, experts are divided on the prospects of adopting these amendments. The public initiatives website was set up not long ago on an initiative from Russian President Vladimir Putin in order to collect... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Russia Beyond The Headlines

38427

Mexico,Russia,Georgia,Libya,United States,Colombia,Germany

1 March 2014

Deutsche Welle

German law prohibits the export of weapons to crisis or conflict regions. But guns sporting the label "Made in Germany" are being sold in war-torn Colombia. Manufacturers have denied any involvement in illegal exports. A person who wants to buy a gun legally in Colombia must be at least 25 years old, provide proof of income and a gun license and possess no criminal record. The arms trade in the South American country is a state monopoly run by the weapons manufacturer... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Deutsche Welle

38422

Russia,United States,Afghanistan,South Asia,Pakistan

24 February 2014

Daily Times (Lahore)

The proliferation of small arms and light weapons is one of the major security challenges currently faced by South Asia and Pakistan in particular. The trafficking and varied availability of these weapons fuel communal conflict, political instability and pose a threat, not only to security, but also to viable development. According to the Red Cross, one out of every two casualties in a war is a civilian stuck in the crossfire. The easy use and light weight of small... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Times (Lahore)

38399

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

Ukraine

19 February 2014

Eurasia Review / RT

Ukraine's security service has announced it is launching a counter-terror operation. Radicals have seized over 1,500 firing arms and 100,000 bullets in the last 24 hours, the service said. The recent events in Ukraine have shown "the escalation of violence and a massive use of firearms by the extremist groups. In many parts of the country, public authorities, military installations and depots with munitions are being seized. Court buildings are burning, the vandals are... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Eurasia Review / RT

38388

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)

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38383

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

16 February 2014

Japan Times

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

Read More: Japan Times

38377

United States,Russia

10 February 2014

Wall Street Journal

SOCHI, Russia — The most carefully guarded sporting equipment in the Winter Olympics lies behind the door of a sealed-off corridor in a stadium near the upper reaches of the Caucasus Mountains. It is monitored at all hours by security guards who open the door only for its owners. And even then, they need personalized keys to retrieve it from their lockers. For biathletes, the security measures are just one more reminder: It isn't easy getting your equipment around the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Wall Street Journal

38356

India,Russia

6 February 2014

RIA Novosti (Russia)

NEW DELHI – Russia's Kalashnikov Concern is in talks with several Indian companies on setting up joint ventures to produce small arms and high-precision weaponry, a company official said Thursday. "India for us is a market with high potential…and we are marketing here all weapons on our production list, including assault rifles, sniper rifles and high-precision weapons," Andrei Baryshnikov, Kalashnikov exports director, said at the DEFEXPO INDIA-2014 exhibition in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: RIA Novosti (Russia)

38345

Iraq,Russia,Lebanon,Syria,Iran

5 February 2014

Christian Science Monitor / Alaska Dispatch

A glut of small arms in Syria and high weapons prices in neighboring Lebanon, where growing instability supports a thriving black market, have encouraged both Syrian soldiers and rebels to sell their surplus stock, sometimes to their battlefield enemies. The trade in illegal weaponry in Lebanon has all the characteristics of a stock market, with prices increasing and decreasing according to the security climate and the mood on the Lebanese street. The savvy dealers buy... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Christian Science Monitor / Alaska Dispatch

38358

Russia

4 February 2014

Bloomberg (USA)

Russians had considered their country immune to the kind of school violence that the U.S. has suffered in incidents such as the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings and the Columbine High School massacre. Now, 15-year-old Sergei Gordeyev has disabused them of that notion, killing a teacher and a cop at his school in northern Moscow. News of the shooting, which occurred around midday Monday, immediately prompted comparisons to the U.S. "Have we caught the American disease?"... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Bloomberg (USA)

38334

Russia

28 January 2014

RIA Novosti (Russia)

MOSCOW – A visit to Moscow's popular and crowded IKEA furniture stores can often be a trying experience, but somebody appears to have courted temptation by taking along their Kalashnikov. Russian online media reported Tuesday that police are looking for somebody who left an assault rifle in a coatroom at an outlet of the Swedish retailer in the Moscow suburb of Khimki. The 1974 Kalashnikov and more than 100 rounds of ammunition were discovered Tuesday morning at the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: RIA Novosti (Russia)

38316

Israel,Venezuela,Russia,Colombia

22 January 2014

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Police in Colombia have captured an arms dealer whose operations reached across continents and whose criminal contacts spanned the spectrum of Colombian armed groups. According to police, Gustavo Velasquez, alias "El Señor de la Guerra" (the Lord of War) sourced assault rifles through contacts in Israel and Russia and moved them through Venezuela and into the department of Norte de Santander in Colombia. Police say the arms were then sold on to the narco-guerrilla... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

38303

Eastern Europe,Sweden

17 January 2014

Local (Sweden)

Prosecutors are set to charge four people with ties to the illegal import of weapons, believed to hail from the Balkans, following a raid on a delivery van in Gothenburg carried out earlier in the week. Prosecutor Thomas Eliasson told Sveriges Radio (SR) on Friday that the weapons probably come from the Balkans and their intended recipients were likely members of organized crime gangs in the western port city of Gothenburg. "Because they've been smuggled here you can... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (Sweden)

38291

Russia

17 January 2014

RIA Novosti (Russia)

MOSCOW – Russian security officers have seized a cache of weapons and arrested 15 people suspected of trafficking in small arms, the Interior Ministry said on its website Friday. The group allegedly smuggled the weapons into Russia by car from the Baltic countries for delivery to the Moscow Region. The suspects were arrested by police and Federal Security Service officers during a series of raids in the Pskov Region along Russia's western border with Estonia and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: RIA Novosti (Russia)

38290

Russia

13 January 2014

ITAR-TASS News Agency

MOSCOW - A legendary gun designer and author of the AK-47 machine gun Mikhail Kalashnikov, who died in December 2013, six months before the death wrote a letter of repentance to Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill. In that letter, the Izvestia daily writes, the designer shared with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church his emotional concerns and doubts about his responsibility for the death of people killed from the gun he had invented. "My inner pain is... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ITAR-TASS News Agency

38275

United States,Russia

13 January 2014

RIA Novosti (Russia)

MOSCOW – Russia's Kalashnikov gun maker is planning to sell up to 200,000 hunting and sporting rifles and shotguns in the United States every year, the company said Monday. The recently established Kalashnikov Concern, which includes Izhmash, Izhmekh and some other small-arms manufacturers under the famed Kalashnikov brand, is expected to sign an exclusive agreement with the Russian Weapon Company at the 2014 SHOT Show in Las Vegas in January. According to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: RIA Novosti (Russia)

38274

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

6 January 2014

Vermelho / El Pais

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

Read More: Vermelho / El Pais

38247

Russia

22 December 2013

RIA Novosti (Russia)

MOSCOW – Moscow police on Sunday stopped a 12-car wedding motorcade in the south of the Russian capital after receiving a complaint that shots were being fired from the cars, a police spokesman said. Thirty-five people from the procession were checked and taken to a police station. One of them, a 29-year-old resident of the Moscow Region, handed police a rubber-bullet pistol. All but the man with the handgun, who police said had fired a few shots into the air, were... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: RIA Novosti (Russia)

38217

Southern Europe,Eastern Europe,Slovakia,France

2 December 2013

Local (France)

France arrested 45 people on Monday in a large-scale operation against international arms traffickers, suspected of importing hundreds of military-grade weapons from the Balkans since 2009. In a statement, police said some 300 officers had been involved in the vast sweep of arrests, which focused on hundreds of military-grade arms, pieces of ammunition and weapons parts trafficked from the Balkans and Slovakia since 2009. The arrests were carried out across France and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (France)

38137

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

Russia

24 November 2013

RIA Novosti (Russia)

MOSCOW – An man from Siberia's Republic of Buryatia shot his neighbor dead in a row over noise before taking his own life on Saturday, investigators said. According to the local investigative department, a 57-year-old resident of Ulan-Ude was in a bitter feud with a young family that had bought an adjacent apartment and was renovating it. Investigators said the man, angered by the renovation noise, "has repeatedly threatened the family with violence." When the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: RIA Novosti (Russia)

38105

Russia

19 November 2013

Moscow Times

Aiming to lure tourists to Russia for hunting trips, the Interior Ministry has proposed new legislation that could make it easier to temporarily import sporting firearms and transport them within the country. The amendments would allow foreign citizens to carry firearms across the Russian border without certification if the purpose of their visit is to hunt or participate in shooting related events, according to a draft posted Monday on the unified government... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Moscow Times

38099

Greece,Sierra Leone,Libya,Ukraine

12 November 2013

Ukrainian Journal

KIEV – The State Service of Export Controls of Ukraine has confirmed the issuing of a one-time permit to Ukrspecexport subsidiary Ukrinmash State Enterprise for the supply of small arms ammunition to Libya, noting however that they have no information about the specific content of the military cargo on board of the Sierra Leone-flagged Nour M ship, which was detained in Greece. "In 2013, after inter-agency coordination, the State Service of Export Control of Ukraine... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Ukrainian Journal

38077

Turkey,Libya,Syria,Ukraine,Greece,Sierra Leone

8 November 2013

Greek Reporter

According to sources, the cargo ship "nourm" flagged with Sierra Leone, transferred a large amount of weapons. It was identified yesterday evening near Imia and was escorted to the port of Symi this morning. After an investigation, the cargo ship had troubled the authorities in the past for drug trafficking and when the port board appeared, changed its direction. Eventually, the ship stopped and was led to the port of Symi, under the port escort. The ship had started... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Greek Reporter

38059

Czech Republic

5 November 2013

Prague Daily Monitor

RASKOVICE, North Moravia - The Czech police have detained the man who shot dead two people and injured one seriously in Raskovice yesterday, police spokeswoman Gabriela Holcakova has told CTK. The police also seized firearms, Holcakova said, adding that the motive of the shooting was not yet known. "At present, we cannot provide any other information. Now the scene of the act will be inspected for several hours," Holcakova said. A special police unit and several... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Prague Daily Monitor

38046

Denmark,Southern Europe,Eastern Europe,Norway,Sweden,Croatia,Kosovo,Albania,Montenegro,Serbia

25 October 2013

Southeast European Times

Increasing police co-operation and raising public awareness about the danger from firearms is the key to limiting the trafficking of illegal weapons in the Balkans, experts said. Civil society groups estimated there are millions of small and light arms that are widely available. "The significant number of circulating small and light weapons creates a fertile ground for the general sense of insecurity, vulnerability of citizens to armed violence and serious crime, with... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Southeast European Times

38017

Russia,England & Wales

22 October 2013

BBC News

Antiques and obsolete guns are being adapted and used by criminals facing a shortage of weapons, according to police. A decade ago, Britain's cities were experiencing a surge in gun crime but, following successful interventions by crime agencies and the government, the number of firearms offences annually is now half what it was in 2003, according to the Office for National Statistics. One reason is the supply of weapons has been severely restricted, forcing criminals... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

38007

Russia

19 October 2013

RIA Novosti (Russia)

MOSCOW – A cache with arms and ammunition has been found in Russia's North Caucasus republic of Ingushetia, the National Anti-Terrorist Committee said Saturday, describing the discovery as the "largest find" in recent years. The cache containing six grenade launchers, 19 grenades, two guns, two rifles, a Kalashnikov gun, a tank machine-gun and ammunition, including 100 electric detonators and explosives, was found in the Nazran district of Ingushetia on Saturday, the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: RIA Novosti (Russia)

38009

Russia

19 October 2013

RIA Novosti (Russia)

CHITA – Three Russian former police officers stand accused of stealing firearms from their local police depot in eastern Siberia after investigators compiled a case against them and submitted it to a court on Saturday. In 2011, two police captains – the head of the reserve arms depot and the head of a police weapons workshop – took two hunting rifles from the depot that had been handed in to the police by their owners for temporary safekeeping, investigators in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: RIA Novosti (Russia)

37998

China,Algeria,Sierra Leone,Russia,United States

17 October 2013

Inter Press Service News Agency

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

Read More: Inter Press Service News Agency

37997

Russia,Nigeria

8 October 2013

Leadership (Abuja)

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on Tuesday heard that the alleged arms trafficking charge against the 15 Russian sailors had been dropped. The Russians, charged with unlawful importation of arms into Nigeria are: Zhelyazkov Andrey, Savchenko Sergel, Lopatin Alexey and Baranovskly Nikolay, Llia Shubov, Dimitry Bannyrh, Alexander Tsarikov and Kononov Sergel. Others are Chichkanov Vasily, Varlygin Igor, Komilov Alexander, Mishin Pavel, Korotchenko Andrey, Vorobev... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Leadership (Abuja)

37949

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

25 September 2013

New York Times

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

Read More: New York Times

37913

Russia,United States

21 September 2013

National Public Radio (USA)

The U.S. and Russia have been taking lots of jabs at each other. Russian President Vladimir Putin criticized President Obama's plan for a military strike in Syria, and the Russian leader then denounced American "exceptionalism" in a biting op-ed in The New York Times. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., fired back Thursday with his own op-ed in the Russian paper Pravda, entitled, "Russia Deserves Better Than Putin." Even Monday's shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington, in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: National Public Radio (USA)

37903

Colombia,Mexico,Libya,Guinea-Bissau,Canada,United States,Nicaragua,Caribbean,Trinidad & Tobago,Russia

8 September 2013

Newsday (Trinidad & Tobago)

Trinidad and Tobago is awash with guns. Gang leaders, bandits, drug smugglers are armed and shooting at each other, at citizens, at the police without hesitation. The majority of the weapons are small arms and they are usually "imported" with illegal drugs or there is an exchange of drugs for arms. Drug cartels use their illicit profits to purchase these guns, the two trades being intertwined, according to the latest report from the United Nations Office for Disarmament... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Newsday (Trinidad & Tobago)

37845

Russia

19 July 2013

RIA Novosti (Russia)

KRASNOYARSK - Two people were fatally wounded in a business dispute that ended in a shootout in central Siberia, regional police said Friday. Staff from two construction firms clashed Thursday morning, reportedly over a school renovation tender both companies wanted to win. They agreed to meet later in the day to resolve their differences, the police said. A director of one of the companies was one of those killed, the police confirmed, adding that 20 people were... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: RIA Novosti (Russia)

37683

Libya,Syria,Turkey,Qatar,Russia

5 July 2013

Xinhua

MOSCOW - Russia on Friday urged the UN Security Council (UNSC) to investigate media reports about illegal arms supply to the opposition in Syria. "Russia applied to the UNSC Committee overseeing sanctions against Libya asking to initiate an investigation of the information (about alleged arms supply to the Syrian opposition from Libya)," the ministry said in an online statement. It cited reports in western media that Libya has been supplying Syrian opposition with... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Xinhua

37645

Iraq,Egypt,Czech Republic

23 May 2013

Xinhua

PRAGUE - Czech arms firm Ceska zbrojovka won an international tender to supply 50,000 pistols to the Egyptian interior ministry, company CEO Lubomir Kovarik said on Thursday. Speaking at a defence industry trade fair in Brno, Kovarik said some of the firearms were sent to Egypt last week. The CZ P-07 Duty pistols are smaller than those supplied by Ceska zbrojovka to the Czech military and security forces. The one-year contract will be followed by the supply of several... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Xinhua

37482

Russia

12 May 2013

Reuters

A 7-year-old Russian boy told investigators he had shot and killed his 4-year-old brother by accident with their grandfather's rifle on Sunday, law enforcement authorities said. The boy said he and his brother had found the gun under a bed in their grandparents' house in the Siberian town of Bukachacha and were playing with it on the porch while the adults slept, the federal Investigative Committee said. The boy said he accidentally pulled the trigger while trying to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Reuters

37455

Russia

28 April 2013

RIA Novosti (Russia)

MOSCOW – Police have detained at least nine people traveling in a wedding caravan of five cars for allegedly firing celebratory shots in southern Moscow on Sunday, a police spokesman has said. "A wedding cortege of Azerbaijan's nationals has been detained at the entrance to the Tsaritsyno park," the spokesman said adding that the passengers and the drivers have been taken to a police department to "give explanations over the shooting." Police have halted a caravan... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: RIA Novosti (Russia)

37383

Russia

27 April 2013

United Press International

MOSCOW - Russian citizens should not be allowed to freely own guns for purposes of self-defense, says President Vladimir Putin. His comments were made after a gunman with a rifle killed six people in southwest Russia Monday, RIA Novosti reported Saturday. "I do not support the idea of free arms distribution in Russia," Putin told a Russian television station. "It is dangerous to artificially stimulate this process." Police arrested the suspect, 31-year-old Sergei... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: United Press International

38821

Russia

27 April 2013

RIA Novosti (Russia)

MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday he opposes the idea of allowing Russians to buy guns freely for self-defense purposes. "I do not support the idea of free arms distribution in Russia," Putin told Rossiya 24 television adding: "It is dangerous to artificially stimulate this process." The idea came after a shocking massacre in downtown Belgorod, southwest Russia, on Monday afternoon, which left six people dead. A gunman killed three people... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: RIA Novosti (Russia)

37381

Russia

24 April 2013

BBC News

A gunman suspected of shooting six people dead in the western Russian city of Belgorod on Monday has been captured, Russian police have said. Sergei Pomazun, 31, was detained after being caught trying to flee the city on a freight train. The manhunt lasted more than 24 hours and involved over 2,000 police. Mr Pomazun is believed to have shot dead three people in a hunting shop and three passers-by. He is said to have wounded a policeman during his capture. When... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

37365

Russia

22 April 2013

Reuters

MOSCOW - A man shot dead six people, including two schoolgirls, with a rifle after robbing a hunting shop in the western Russian city of Belgorod on Monday, local officials said. Police said their main suspect was a former convict in his thirties, adding that the attacker had fled in an expensive car. The man, who was still on the run on Monday evening, first opened fire at the personnel of the shop and then also shot dead passersby outside in the city's main street,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Reuters

37355

Russia

17 April 2013

RIA Novosti (Russia)

MOSCOW - Russia's lower house of parliament, the State Duma, on Wednesday adopted in the first reading a bill toughening punishment for shooting in public places. The amendments to the Russian Administrative Offenses Code were proposed by a group of Duma deputies. In line with the draft law, those shooting in inhabited localities and at sites where shooting is not allowed will be fined 50,000 rubles ($1,575), their weapons license suspended, weapons seized, and may... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: RIA Novosti (Russia)

37343

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

16 April 2013

IRIN (UN News)

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

Read More: IRIN (UN News)

37347

Russia

15 April 2013

RIA Novosti (Russia)

ST. PETERSBURG - Police officers freed a female undergraduate student who was being held hostage by a man she spurned, the Interior Ministry said on Monday. The young woman was captured at a university dormitory near St. Petersburg on Sunday morning and held by a man armed with an Uzi CO2 BB gun and a kitchen knife. The girl's friend called the police, who arrived at the scene and eventually talked the man into laying down his arms and turning himself in. The hostage... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: RIA Novosti (Russia)

37331

Bosnia & Herzegovina,Croatia,Montenegro,Slovenia,Serbia,Macedonia,Romania,Albania,Bulgaria

8 April 2013

SEESAC (Belgrade)

On 3-5 April, the 6th Workshop of the Regional Approach to Stockpile Reduction (RASR) of Conventional Weapons and Munitions Initiative took place in Bled, Slovenia. The focus of the 6th RASR workshop were national legal frameworks regulating import, export and transit of weapons, ammunition and dual-use goods, particularly as they relate to the surplus weapons and munitions. RASR is a regional initiative which aims to coordinate and support countries of South East... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: SEESAC (Belgrade)

37295

Russia

5 April 2013

RIA Novosti (Russia)

KALININGRAD – Russian police in the Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad have discovered an arsenal of World War II firearms in an apartment belonging to a local resident, the regional Federal Security Service (FSB) said on Friday. "They found an MG 34 machinegun, MP 38 and MP 40 sub-machineguns, a PPSh sub-machinegun and also five bolts, three pistol grips with trigger mechanisms, and six gun barrels from an unidentified model. In addition, there were also 220 rounds of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: RIA Novosti (Russia)

37292

India,Egypt,Russia,China

3 April 2013

South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)

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

Read More: South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)

37276

Turkey,Syria,Russia,France

29 March 2013

RTÉ (Dublin)

Turkish authorities say they have seized thousands of guns in a warehouse by the Syrian border. A local news agency said the weapons had been destined for Turkey's war-torn neighbour. The firearms, including more than 5,000 shotguns and rifles, starting pistols, gunstocks and 10,000 cartridges, were discovered during a raid in a village on the edge of the Turkish town of Akcakale. The Dogan News Agency said the weapons were being stored on the edge of the border... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: RTÉ (Dublin)

37257

Russia

26 March 2013

Russia and India Report

"If you outlaw guns only outlaws will have guns" – so goes the famous slogan of the National Rifle Association in the US. Until recently, few people thought that this would ever be a contentious issue in Russia. But the case of Alexandra Lotkova, a 21-year-old Moscow student, is stoking the fire of a debate that will eventually spill into the open. Lotkova was jailed for three years this month because she injured a man with a shot from a travmatichesky pistol, or... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Russia and India Report

37235

South America,Eastern Europe,Thailand,Italy,Canada,United States,Philippines

20 March 2013

BBC News

CEBU, Philippines - A shot rings out from a factory on the outskirts of the Philippines' second-biggest city, Cebu. But this isn't an all-too-frequent drive-by killing or an argument that has become violent. The sound is from a testing range at Shooters Arms, the country's second-largest gun factory. Shooters Arms produces about 20,000 pistols and shotguns every year, 85% of which are sold abroad - mainly to the US, Canada, Italy and Thailand. Operations manager... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

37208

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

20 March 2013

Amnesty International (London)

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

Read More: Amnesty International (London)

37206

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

Africa,Americas,Asia,Europe,Oceania,United States,Russia,Italy,Germany,Brazil,Switzerland,Israel,Austria,South Korea,Belgium,Spain,Turkey,Norway,Canada,United Kingdom,Australia,France,Pakistan,Yemen,Honduras,El Salvador,Jamaica

18 March 2013

al Jazeera

Diplomats from around the world have gathered at the UN for talks on an international arms trade treaty, in an effort to stop the sale of illegal conventional arms. Similar talks held last July failed, mainly due to the objections of the US and Russia, the world's two largest arms exporters. Al Jazeera has compiled a list of facts related to the global production and trading of small arms. 1. Authorised international transfers of small arms, light weapons, their... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: al Jazeera

37196

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

17 March 2013

New York Times

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

Read More: New York Times

37194

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

16 March 2013

Washington Post

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

Read More: Washington Post

37191

India,Egypt,Syria,Russia,United States,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa

12 March 2013

Oxfam International (Oxford), Media release

Draft Arms Trade Treaty text littered with loopholes which need fixing urgently to save lives More than 325,000 people are estimated to have lost their lives through armed violence since negotiations for a treaty to regulate the global arms trade for the first time ground to a halt in July last year, say Oxfam and Saferworld, part of the Control Arms Coalition. The Control Arms Coalition calls on world leaders to urgently adopt robust rules on international transfers... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Oxfam International (Oxford)

37183

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

7 March 2013

Amnesty International (London), Media release

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

Read More: Amnesty International (London)

37175

Russia

7 March 2013

RIA Novosti (Russia)

MOSCOW – The police and the Federal Security Service (FSB) have uncovered an underground arms factory and large cache of firearms in the Moscow Region, the Interior Ministry reported on Thursday. "Two underground workshops for arms re-engineering were liquidated and four suspected criminal gang members were arrested," the police reported in a statement. The workshops were based in two garages west of Moscow, where the security forces discovered at least nine machine... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: RIA Novosti (Russia)

37155

Russia

26 February 2013

RIA Novosti (Russia)

MOSCOW – Police has confiscated over 100 pieces of weaponry during a raid on an apartment in eastern Moscow owned by a suspected arms dealer. "The seized arsenal included 24 Kalashnikov assault rifles, 34 Makarov handguns, 14 TT pistols, four Nagan revolvers, a Walther and a Parabellum pistols, three machine-guns, six rifles, a hand grenade and several fuses," police said in a statement on Monday. The suspect, a 40-year-old Muscovite whose identity has not been... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: RIA Novosti (Russia)

37113

Russia,Nigeria,Madagascar,Guinea

19 February 2013

BBC News

Fifteen Russian sailors have been charged in a court in Nigeria's main city, Lagos, with illegally bringing weapons into the country. The crew of the MV Myre Seadiver were denied bail by the High Court, pending a final ruling on Monday. The Nigerian navy had seized the ship, owned by Moscow-based security firm Moran, last October. Moran has said the ship had permission to carry arms and had stopped in Lagos to change crew. The vessel had been travelling from... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

37084

United Arab Emirates,Russia

18 February 2013

RIA Novosti (Russia)

ABU-DHABI - Russia is ready to offer the United Arab Emirates license-production of ammunition for BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles previously sold to the country, Pribor defense firm chief Oleg Chizhevsky said on Monday. "About 700 BMP-3's have been delivered to the UAE; naturally, there is high demand for those shells and we are ready to meet it in any form, in any format," he said at the IDEX-2013 international arms exhibition in Abu Dhabi. He did not specify which... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: RIA Novosti (Russia)

37081

Finland,United States,European Union,Germany,Switzerland,Russia,South Africa,Mexico

17 February 2013

Local (Germany)

Figures compiled for Germany's new National Weapons Registry reveal that there are 5.4 million legally owned guns in the country, making it the world's fourth most-armed nation per capita. Der Spiegel magazine reported on Sunday that the state of Bavaria topped the list with 1.1 million, followed by North Rhine-Westphalia with 1 million and Baden-Württemberg with 700,000. The new national gun register bundles together the data from over 500 local authorities, which... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (Germany)

37072

Russia,Afghanistan,Israel,Belgium,United States

31 January 2013

EuroGamer

The American confectionery company Victoria Sweets claims to have invented the candy cigarette. A thin stick of chocolate, wrapped in edible paper and designed to impersonate a roll-up, it debuted in 1915 and soon became the accessory of choice for children keen to play grown-up. Hollywood star, GI Joe, team captain: the sweet gave kids the chance try out one of the vogue props of adulthood. Within 20 years it was so popular that cigarette companies began to take... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: EuroGamer

37023

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

11 January 2013

New York Times

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

Read More: New York Times

36931

United States,Russia,China,Mexico

11 January 2013

Inter Press Service News Agency

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

Read More: Inter Press Service News Agency

36928

Russia,Nigeria

10 January 2013

This Day (Lagos)

The Russian government Wednesday called for the immediate release of the 15 sailors arrested by the Nigerian Navy for allegedly smuggling arms into the country. Nigerian authorities intercepted a ship and arrested its Russian crew on October 23 last year after they found 14 AK-47 rifles guns and 8,500 rounds of ammunition on board. The Russian Foreign Ministry said the sailors were facing a court case initiated "under false pretexts" and that Nigeria broke a promise... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: This Day (Lagos)

36924

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

Guatemala,El Salvador,Venezuela,United States,Australia,Jamaica,Russia,Colombia

5 January 2013

New York Times

In the wake of the tragic shooting deaths at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., last month, the National Rifle Association proposed that the best way to protect schoolchildren was to place a guard — a "good guy with a gun" — in every school, part of a so-called National School Shield Emergency Response Program. Indeed, the N.R.A.'s solution to the expansion of gun violence in America has been generally to advocate for the more widespread deployment and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

36904

Israel,India,Czech Republic,Switzerland,United States,Italy

16 December 2012

Sunday Standard / New Indian Express (Chennai)

NEW DELHI - The Indian Army has half a million rifles and carbines it doesn't want, and now plans to junk them all over the next five years. The dark lining is that these infantry weapons were developed and manufactured in India to equip four lakh soldiers at an expenditure of Rs 25,000 crore over two decades. So far, so bad. Now add another Rs 50,000 crore that will have to be spent over the next decade to re-equip our soldiers with the four kinds of weapons that are... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sunday Standard / New Indian Express (Chennai)

36913

Russia,Belarus,Europe

13 December 2012

RIA Novosti (Russia)

BRYANSK - The Bryansk city court in western Russia sentenced two businessmen to three and four years in prison on Thursday for illegal arms imports from Europe via Belarus, the Federal Security Service (FSB) said. The operation was set up in 2010 by a Russian and a Belarusian national based in the city of Mogilev. The handguns and ammunition they brought in were sold mainly to organized crime groups in Russia. Police broke up the operation in September 2011 when a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: RIA Novosti (Russia)

36822

Russia

23 November 2012

Kyiv Post (Ukraine) / Interfax (Ukraine)

MOSCOW - The overwhelming majority of Russians (82%) object to arms trade liberalization. They think that unlimited access to weapons may increase the crime rate. Only 13% support free selling of weapons and 5% do not know, the Public Opinion Foundation said in comment on a poll held in 100 towns and cities in 43 regions on November 17-18. Seventy-eight percent of 1,500 respondents said they would not buy weapons even if Russia permitted free selling of armaments to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Kyiv Post (Ukraine) / Interfax (Ukraine)

36771

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

Russia

8 November 2012

Russian Legal Information Agency

MOSCOW - Amendments which tighten the regulations for carrying weapons may be approved in the near future in response to a recent incident in Moscow where a 30-year-old lawyer shot dead five of his colleagues, Izvestia daily reported, citing the head of the licensing service of the Interior Ministry Leonid Vedenov. The newspaper reported that the draft amendments to the law "On Weapons" will be submitted to the Interior Ministry's administration. "We have proposed... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Russian Legal Information Agency

36722

Russia

3 November 2012

RIA Novosti (Russia)

KLIMOVSK - Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin called on Saturday for a merger of two of Russia's leading small-arms makers, Izhmash and Izhmekh, under the Kalashnikov brand. "We need to set up a new-old brand, named 'Kalashnikov', based on the two old factories," said Rogozin, who has special responsibilities for Russia's arms industry, during a visit to the TsNIITOCHMASH arms plant near Moscow. Oleg Bochkaryev, a member of Russia's military-technical... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: RIA Novosti (Russia)

36716

Russia

28 October 2012

Daily Beast (Russia)

A caravan of cars with tinted windows and streaming ribbons stretches along the highway. Drum music accompanies the proud procession; gun-shot salutes ring out, calling neighbors to join the happy event. Guests gather outside in the courtyards of apartment buildings to clap, fire off more guns, and cheer. Couples perform the Lezginka, the traditional dance of the region. This is a typical scene for a wedding in the North Caucasus, and for many years, one rarely seen... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Beast (Russia)

36700

Russia

24 October 2012

BBC News

At least two suspected Islamic militants and a member of the security forces have been shot dead in a clash in the central Russian city of Kazan, local officials say. The shooting came after the militants were surrounded in a residential building in an operation against "especially dangerous criminals". Police said one of the dead militants was wearing a suicide belt. Kazan is capital of a region with large numbers of Muslim Tatars and Bashkirs. Officials said the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

36681

Bulgaria

18 October 2012

Focus News (Bulgaria)

Plovdiv - Bulgarian police found a military arsenal of Kalashnikov rifles, machine guns and twenty firearms of collector's value at a flour-mill close to the town of Asenovgrad, district of Plovdiv (Central South Bulgaria). "No arrests are made yet," said Senior Commissioner Todor Chonov, Director of the District Interior Ministry Directorate – Plovdiv, speaking for Radio FOCUS – Plovdiv. Chonov explained that the operation was realised by the General Directorate... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Focus News (Bulgaria)

36653

Russia,Iraq

9 October 2012

BBC News

Iraq has signed contracts to buy Russian arms worth $4.2bn (£2.6bn; 3.2bn euros) this year, Russian news agencies report. Moscow, the main supplier of arms to Iraq under Saddam Hussein, thus becomes the country's second-biggest arms supplier after the US. The new contracts were announced after talks between the two countries' prime ministers near Moscow on Tuesday. Reports suggest attack helicopters and missiles are included in them. Iraq has been rebuilding its... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

36632

Russia

9 October 2012

Voice of Russia (Moscow)

Russian weapons will fire only in the hands of their legitimate owners. A unique system of control over the operation of weapons has been developed by the order of the Interior Ministry and the Ministry of Industry and Trade. An electronic chip fitted into a pistol or machine-gun will be able to identify the marksman and block the shot if the biometrical information does not fit. A photo, fingerprints, retina peculiarities and other personal information will be... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Voice of Russia (Moscow)

36629

Russia

8 October 2012

Russia Beyond the Headlines / Interfax

Russia has called on the world to agree on selling small arms and light weapons only to authorized dealers of importer countries, Russian Foreign Ministry security and disarmament department head Alexander Deineko said in an interview with Interfax. Russia has suggested a set of measures, which would tighten control over the distribution of small arms and light weapons, primarily in the areas where the risk of an arms leak to the black market is high, he said. "For... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Russia Beyond the Headlines / Interfax

36623

Russia

1 October 2012

Daily Reporter (Indiana)

MOSCOW — It was an unusual wedding escort even for Moscow's brash style: A red Ferrari led a motorcade in which guests fired celebratory shots from car windows as they sped down one of the city's main avenues near Red Square. Sunday's parade drew an angry reaction from the Kremlin-controlled parliament, where senior lawmakers voiced outrage Monday after wedding guests from the province of Dagestan in Russia's North Caucasus walked away with $3 fines. Just one man was... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Reporter (Indiana)

36604

Czech Republic

28 September 2012

BBC News

A man armed with a replica pistol has fired at Czech President Vaclav Klaus at close range while he was opening a bridge in the north of the country. Footage of the incident from Czech television show Mr Klaus recoiling slightly but carrying on with the visit apparently unhurt. He was taken to hospital but suffered only minor bruising. His security detail has come in for harsh criticism for allowing the man to get so close to Mr... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

36600

Eastern Europe,France

7 September 2012

Le Cawa d'AdmiNet (France)

Gun control has shot to the top of the political agenda in France in recent years because of massive influx of weapons from Eastern Europe. Largely un-policed border crossings with countries like Italy have seen thousands of guns pouring into major cities over the past few decades from countries like Serbia and the Ukraine. This has led to a huge increase in the number of criminals brandishing weapons, especially drugs gangs and ones linked to the Italian and Russian... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Le Cawa d'AdmiNet (France)

36535

Russia

28 August 2012

Moscow Times

A drunken cop accidentally killed a colleague while out shooting bottles near a Chelyabinsk region railroad, Urals transportation investigators said Monday. According to investigators, the 25-year-old policeman killed his 30-year-old colleague in February after inadvertently firing at him while passing him a rifle by the Nyazepetrovsk-Uraim railroad. The rifle, which the pair were using for target practice, was pointed at the head of the colleague at the time. The... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Moscow Times

36510

Peru,Argentina,Dominican Republic,Colombia,Mexico,Russia,United States

28 August 2012

InSight Crime (Bogota)

The lights blanketing the globe on Google's latest foray into data visualization tell a hidden story of the gun trafficking business: that understanding the movement of ammunition is just as important as understanding the movement of weapons. Google says the interactive map, which was a joint initiative between Google Ideas and the Brazil-based Igarape Institute, was pulled together using more than a million data points of small arms, light weapons, and ammunition... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

36509

United States,Russia

14 August 2012

New York Times

IZHEVSK, Russia — The nickname of this town, home of the factory that makes Kalashnikov rifles, is the "Armory of Russia." Over the years, it has armed a good number of other countries, too, as the lathes and presses of the Izhevsk Machine Works clanged around the clock to forge AK-47s and similar guns for insurgents and armies around the world. But these days, many of Izhevsk's weapons are headed somewhere else: the United States. Despite the gun's violent history... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

36466

Bosnia & Herzegovina,Croatia,Eastern Europe,Romania,Greece,Bulgaria,Moldova,Macedonia,Serbia

8 August 2012

Southeast European Times

Southeast Europe's are heavily armed – according to the South Eastern and Eastern Europe Clearinghouse for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons, people in the region legally own 3 million firearms and another 4 million illegal weapons. Serbia leads the region in weapons, according to Ivan Cvijovic, police inspector at the public order sector of the Belgrade police department. The rate of registered firearms per 100 people is 15.81. Montenegro has 14.36... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Southeast European Times

36453

Turkey,Bulgaria

5 August 2012

Sofia News Agency

Customs officers at the Kapakule border crossing point between Bulgaria and Turkey have intercepted an attempt to smuggle large amounts of ammunition into Turkey. The X-ray inspection of a car driven by a Turkish national detected a suspicious load. The car had entered Kapakule from the Kapitan Andreevo border crossing. A follow-up inspection with a detection dog found 21 000 pistol bullets and an equal amount of bullets for sniper rifles, machine pistols, shotguns,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sofia News Agency

36438

Russia

3 August 2012

RIA Novosti (Russia)

Russian investigators arrested a man in northwest Russia on Thursday for arms offences, including possession of an anti-tank rifle, the police said on Friday. Police raided the man's apartment and country house in Gatchina, Leningrad Region, and uncovered an arsenal of weapons including the anti-tank rifle, pistols, grenades, mortar, and aircraft machine-guns, city police said. The unemployed 39-year-old man was detained after he tried to sell a TT-30 semi-automatic... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: RIA Novosti (Russia)

36427

China,Russia,United States

29 July 2012

San Francisco Chronicle

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

Read More: San Francisco Chronicle

36409

Russia

24 July 2012

Russia and India Report

The Federation Council, the upper chamber of Russia's State Duma, has proposed that the public be allowed to own and use firearms. Alexander Torshin, deputy speaker of the Federation Council, is planning to submit a draft bill to the president that would allow service pistols to be used in self-defense. According to the document, a person would not be jailed for shooting under such circumstances. The bill is expected to be submitted to the State Duma early next year. ... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Russia and India Report

36379

Mauritius,Russia

17 July 2012

New York Times

MOSCOW — Two former business associates of Viktor Bout, the convicted Russian arms dealer now in federal prison in the United States, have been blocked by the government of Mauritius from setting up an aviation company that could have been used for smuggling guns, according to the government and a private American arms investigation group. In a report scheduled for release on Wednesday, the group, Conflict Awareness Project, says that Mr. Bout's former lieutenants... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

36351

Eastern Europe,United Kingdom,Germany

17 July 2012

Manchester Evening News (UK)

A tide of converted replica firearms began flooding the underworld in the first decade of the 21th century. In the late nineties and early noughties, the weapon of choice had been the machine gun, as automatic weapons, many of them from former Eastern Bloc countries, were smuggled to the port of Liverpool before washing up in Manchester's gangland. The MAC-10 was a particularly deadly weapon favoured by the gangs of Longsight and Moss Side. One Manchester gang... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Manchester Evening News (UK)

36345

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

9 July 2012

IRIN (UN News)

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

Read More: IRIN (UN News)

36317

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

8 July 2012

New York Times, Editorial

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

Read More: New York Times

36316

United States,India,Russia

6 July 2012

Voice of Russia (Moscow)

Russia has one of the most well developed arms control systems in the world and we have only one arms exporting nongovernmental agency which controls all arms trade. Interview with Sergey Denisentsev – expert of the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies from Moscow, Russia. What is the position of Russia on IATT? Well, the key difference between the Russian approach towards IATT and the approach of countries of the EU is the matter of goals of IATT.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Voice of Russia (Moscow)

36307

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

28 June 2012

Independent (UK) / Press Association (UK)

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

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

36286

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

27 June 2012

Sudan Tribune (France)

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

Read More: Sudan Tribune (France)

36281

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

27 June 2012

Le Monde (France), Opinion

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

Read More: Le Monde (France)

36280

Russia,Venezuela

15 June 2012

Honduras Weekly, Editorial

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez said on Wednesday that his country has built several unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and has plans to potentially export them to other Latin American countries. The president of Compañia Anonima Venezolana de Industrias Militares (Cavim) says the drones have a radius of 100 kilometers, a flying time of 90 minutes and a maximum altitude of 3,000 feet. The plane can transmit live streaming video and take high resolution... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Honduras Weekly

36256

Russia,Colombia,Venezuela

14 June 2012

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Venezuela is nearing completion of an arms factory which will produce 25,000 Kalashnikov and sniper rifles a year, a development which could have troublesome implications for the conflict in neighboring Colombia. In a June 13 televised speech, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez praised an arms factory in Aragua state, constructed with Russian assistance. Though it is still waiting on equipment from Russia, when production is at full capacity the factory will be able to... (GunPolicy.org)

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36247

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

11 June 2012

Amnesty International (London)

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

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36235

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

9 June 2012

Eurasia Review (EU/Asia)

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

Read More: Eurasia Review (EU/Asia)

36228

Africa,Eastern Europe,France

5 June 2012

Le Figaro (France)

[Translated summary: The AK-47 attack on an armored van last Monday in Seine-Saint-Denis, France, recalls that criminals are increasingly using weapons of war. Are there more and more weapons of war in France? Where do they come from?] L'attaque d'un fourgon blindé à la kalachnikov lundi en Seine-Saint-Denis rappelle que les malfaiteurs recourent de plus en plus souvent à des armes de guerre. Ce type d'armes se multiplie-t-il en France ? D'où viennent-elles ?... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Le Figaro (France)

36210

Libya,Iraq,Eastern Europe,West Asia,North Africa

30 May 2012

Rudaw (Kurdistan)

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—More than twenty parliamentarians from North Africa, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe took part in a conference in Erbil on Sunday about the social and political effects of small arms, and ways to combat its proliferation. The conference, officially titled the "Parliamentary Seminar on Controlling Proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons," was organized by the Swedish global network the Parliamentary Forum on Small Arms and Light... (GunPolicy.org)

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36193

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

29 May 2012

Chicago Tribune / Reuters

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

Read More: Chicago Tribune / Reuters

36186

Germany,Poland,Austria

25 May 2012

Austrian Times

A former member of the Vienna police force was apprehended in Germany on Monday suspected of having sold illegal weapons internationally. The man named only as Jörg R., 47, for privacy reasons had worked for the Vienna police department for many years as a department inspector and radiation protection instructor. But due to his co-workers perceiving him as dubious, he was never well liked. When he was relieved of duty in 2008 it was because of several complaints made... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Austrian Times

36176

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

24 May 2012

Guardian (UK)

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

Read More: Guardian (UK)

36180

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

24 May 2012

Bloomberg (USA)

Arms-control and humanitarian groups are pressing President Barack Obama to seek a tough international treaty restricting sales of conventional arms. "We are writing to encourage you and your administration to spare no effort to seize the historic opportunity to negotiate a robust, bullet-proof Arms Trade Treaty," groups including the Arms Control Association, Amnesty International USA and Oxfam America wrote in a letter to Obama. The United Nations will attempt in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Bloomberg (USA)

36165

Russia

22 May 2012

RIA Novosti (Russia) / RAPSI

MOSCOW - The Supreme Court will introduce a draft law to the State Duma proposing to relieve individuals who forfeit illegally possessed arms from criminal liability, even if they had used those weapons to commit crimes, the court told the Russian Legal Information Agency on Tuesday. "The bill will bring greater transparency and certainty to the criminal law which states that an individual who voluntarily gives up his arms will be relieved from criminal liability,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: RIA Novosti (Russia) / RAPSI

36155

Hong Kong,Italy,Germany,Israel,Austria,Bulgaria,Russia,India

20 May 2012

Times of India

NEW DELHI - AK-47s continue to be the preferred assault weapon for the country's paramilitary forces deployed to neutralise terrorists and Maoists at the frontiers and in the hinterland. Over 29,000 pieces of this Russian-origin rifle were imported by forces like CRPF, BSF and NSG over the last three years, leaving behind, by a large margin, other sophisticated assault weapons procured from the US and Israel. The inventory of the assault weapons procured for security... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times of India

36147

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

17 May 2012

Express Tribune (Pakistan)

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

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36145

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

17 May 2012

Guardian (UK)

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

Read More: Guardian (UK)

36143

Russia,China,United States

15 May 2012

International Business Times (US)

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

Read More: International Business Times (US)

36134

Senegal,Tunisia,Latvia,France,Romania,Mali,Guinea,Ghana,Europe,Africa,Côte d'Ivoire,Belarus

20 April 2012

Telegraf (Belarus)

Spokesman for the Belarusian Foreign Ministry Andrei Savinykh denied reports of arms shipments to Côte d'Ivoire in violation of the UN sanctions. "It's not even an accusation; it's a clumsy attempt of individual journalists to muddy the waters, as the proverb says," he said. "The Belarusian side has been always cooperating openly with experts from the UN Security Council Committee on Côte d'Ivoire, whose reports these pseudo-journalists referred to. If they really... (GunPolicy.org)

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36051

Ukraine

18 April 2012

Interfax (Ukraine)

Ukraine and NATO will continue cooperation in scrapping ammunition under the NATO Partnership for Peace Trust Fund project. A relevant framework agreement was signed between the Ukrainian Defense Ministry and the NATO Maintenance and Supply Agency (NAMSA) in Kyiv on Tuesday, Interfax-Ukraine learned at the Defense Ministry's press service. According to the agreement, 76,000 tons of ammunition, 366,000 units of light weapons and small arms and three million... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Interfax (Ukraine)

36045

Netherlands,Germany,Austria,Hungary,Serbia,Eastern Europe,Belgium

17 April 2012

RTL (Belgium)

[Translated summary: Brussels Police and the Federal Prosecutor have dismantled an international gun trafficking network in cooperation with Serbian, Austrian, Hungarian and German authorities.] La police judiciaire fédérale de Bruxelles et le parquet fédéral ont démantelé un réseau international de trafic d'armes. Huit personnes ont été arrêtées en Belgique et des armes à feu ont été saisies, des kalachnikovs et des explosifs destinés à... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: RTL (Belgium)

36047

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

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

11 April 2012

L'Express (France) / AFP

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

Read More: L'Express (France) / AFP

36014

West Asia,North Africa,South America,Africa,United States,Russia

5 April 2012

New York Times / Reuters

NEW YORK - Viktor Bout, a Russian arms dealer caught in an undercover sting by U.S. agents posing as Colombian guerrillas seeking weapons, was sentenced to 25 years in prison on Thursday by a U.S. judge in New York. Bout, who was the subject of a book titled "Merchant of Death," asserted his innocence during the sentencing, telling the judge through a Russian interpreter, "I never intended to kill anyone. I never intended to sell arms to anyone. God knows this... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times / Reuters

36000

Eastern Europe,France

27 March 2012

Christian Science Monitor

France's strict gun laws sharply limit legal ownership. But illegal trafficking is on the rise – at prices that people like Toulouse gunman Mohamed Merah can afford. PARIS - As the prosecutor listed the weapons gunman Mohamed Merah amassed before going on a shooting rampage in Toulouse, French citizens received a stark reminder that gun trafficking doesn't only affect unstable countries. It's happening in France, too – a nation that is anything but gun-friendly.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Christian Science Monitor

35957

Eastern Europe,France

20 March 2012

Press Association (UK)

France is awash with illegal firearms transported into the country across porous European borders, it was claimed. While gun laws are strict, it is not difficult for unauthorised members of the public to get their hands on weapons, according to the president of the Union Francaise des Amateurs d'Armes, a French gun society. Jean-Jacques Buigne suggested the killer responsible for the attacks outside a school in Toulouse most likely did not have a licence for the heavy... (GunPolicy.org)

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35923

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

19 March 2012

ABC News (Australia), Transcript

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

Read More: ABC News (Australia)

35944

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

Russia

6 March 2012

RIA Novosti (Russia)

MOSCOW - Russian investigators have identified a man who sold the gun used to kill campaigning journalist Anna Politkovskaya in 2006, Kommersant daily reported on Tuesday. Businessman Vladimir Nabatov modified an air pistol to fire live bullets and then sold the gun to Dmitry Pavlyuchenkov, a former senior police officer on trial for organizing the contract killing. It is not clear whether Nabatov is in police custody. The suspected gunman, Rustam Makhmudov, was... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: RIA Novosti (Russia)

35888

Estonia,Dominican Republic,Ecuador,Ukraine,Kyrgyzstan,Moldova,Kazakhstan,Belize,Latvia,Venezuela,Belarus,Lithuania,Bahamas,Bolivia,Azerbaijan,Russia,Antigua & Barbuda,Guyana,South Africa,Jamaica,Honduras,Guatemala,El Salvador,South America,Colombia,Brazil,Central America,Caribbean

2 March 2012

RT-TV Novosti (Russia)

[Translated summary: Nearly a third of crimes against women are committed with a firearm and in Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras this indicator is 60% - Small Arms Survey.] El mayor nivel de feminicidios se registra en Latinoamérica y el Caribe. Catorce países latinoamericanos aparecen entre los 25 del mundo con la tasa más elevada de crímenes contra la mujer. El informe de la organización de investigaciones independientes Small Arms Survey,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: RT-TV Novosti (Russia)

35882

Eastern Europe,Russia,United States,Belgium

29 February 2012

RTL (Belgium)

[Translated summary: Explosives and weapons of war, including kalashnikovs, were seized by Belgium Police. This arms cache was Brussels' organised crime private supermarket.] Kalachnikovs, grenades et dynamite, c'est l'étonnante découverte qu'a faite, mardi, la police d'Anderlecht dans un hangar, révèle une information de Sudpresse. Selon le parquet de Bruxelles, ces explosifs et armes de guerre pourraient être revendus et destinés à des attaques à main... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: RTL (Belgium)

35873

Russia

28 February 2012

Guardian (UK) / Reuters

MOSCOW - Moscow announced plans on Tuesday to modernise the Kalashnikov, giving a new lease of life to the Soviet-era assault rifle. The move is part of a 20 trillion-rouble (£435bn) modernisation of Russia's armed forces that includes the addition of new armaments, submarines and aircraft by 2020. The Kalashnikov has been a mainstay of the Russian army, as well as a weapon of choice for paramilitaries and gangsters around the world. The new-look weapon will get a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (UK) / Reuters

35876

Europe,Israel,Russia,United States

28 February 2012

CNN, Opinion

Editor's Note: Dr. Frank Ochberg is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Michigan State University and former Associate Director of the National Institute of Mental Health. School shootings are far more frequent in America than in other countries, although terrible massacres have occurred in Russia, Israel, and several European nations. In the high-crime neighborhoods of inner cities, school turf is relatively safe. We have learned to harden the target and patrol with... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CNN

35875

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

28 February 2012

Huffington Post (USA)

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

Read More: Huffington Post (USA)

35870

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

21 February 2012

Reuters

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

Read More: Reuters

35852

Germany,Chad,Yemen,Egypt,Libya,France,United Kingdom,United States,Sudan,Belarus,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa,Syria,Russia

19 February 2012

Le Monde (France)

[Translated summary: As negotiations were launched this week in New York on the Arms Trade Treaty, Amnesty International, CCFD-Terre Solidaire and Oxfam France are concerned about the risk of a "Treaty at a discount ".] La vente d'armes à un régime qui réprime sa population, comme le fait aujourd'hui la Russie à l'Etat syrien, sera-t-elle bientôt illégale ? C'est l'enjeu des négociations qui devraient aboutir, en juillet, à New York, à la signature d'un... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Le Monde (France)

35854

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)

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35844

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

17 February 2012

Reuters

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

Read More: Reuters

35841

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

12 February 2012

Independent (Dublin)

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

Read More: Independent (Dublin)

35825

Sudan,China,Russia,Syria

9 February 2012

Reuters

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

Read More: Reuters

35812

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)

Read More: Publica (Brazil)

35794

Russia

25 January 2012

RIA Novosti (Russia)

IZHEVSK - Izhmash, the manufacturer of Kalashnikov AK assault rifles, said its sales were up 57.4 percent last year at 5.73 billion rubles (about $190 million). Civilian weapon sales rose 25 percent and a similar increase is expected this year, Izhmash press secretary Yelena Filatova said. Production is to increase 30 percent this year, to 5.1 billion rubles, she added. In September 2011, Chief of the Russian General Staff Nikolai Makarov said the Defense Ministry... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: RIA Novosti (Russia)

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