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Malaysia

25 April 2016

Malaysia Chronicle

"Malaysia has the best gun control laws in the world", 80-year-old golf legend Gary Player said loudly at a press conference in Miami. That was after I identified myself as a Malaysian journalist before posing my questions. The South African went on: "Malaysia has got it right on gun control. You don't simply issue gun licences to people. Don't tell me guns don't kill people and it is people who kill people…" That was more than six year ago. We will soon manufacture... (GunPolicy.org)

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Cambodia

8 April 2016

Phnom Penh Post (Cambodia)

More than 200 homemade rifles were destroyed by Pursat provincial police on Wednesday, the DIY firearms having been seized as part of a campaign spanning the past five years, provincial police chief of staff Hieng Sitha explained. "These were a kind of homemade air gun," he said, but noted that some "use bullets, such as those fired by AK-47s, or other improvised ammunition". He said the rifles had been used by local people for hunting and home protection. "We... (GunPolicy.org)

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

16 March 2016

Washington Post

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

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Philippines

24 February 2016

Philippine Star

MANILA – The chief of the police Firearms and Explosives Office and 14 others have been relieved and are under investigation after being implicated in the issuance of License to Own and Possess Firearms (LTOPF) for P15,000 even without the required documents. Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ricardo Marquez yesterday approved the relief of FEO head Chief Supt. Elmo Francis Sarona and 14 other policemen and civilian employees linked to the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Philippine Star

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Thailand

19 February 2016

Deutsche Welle

Widely known as a welcoming tourist destination, Thailand is also a country awash with easily obtainable firearms, featuring one of the highest gun homicide rates in Asia. DW examines why gun ownership remains so high. Thailand has the highest reported rate of gun-related deaths in Southeast Asia - almost 50 percent more gun homicides than the Philippines. And with 7.48 registered violent gun deaths per 100,000 people, the figure is also twice as high as that of the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Vietnam

7 January 2016

People's Army Newspaper

Representatives of the Ministries of Public Security and National Defence met in Hanoi on January 7 to review their coordination in national defence and security, and ensuring social order and safety over the past five years. The conference was co-chaired by Deputy Defence Minister and Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People's Army General Do Ba Ty and Permanent Deputy Minister of Public Security Sen. Lieut. Gen. Dang Van Hieu. Under the Government's Decree... (GunPolicy.org)

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Philippines

14 November 2014

Bloomberg (USA)

Hidden beneath tarpaulins in the backyard of a house in the central Philippine city of Danao, Lito puts the finishing touches on a replica .45-caliber Colt Officer's Model pistol. It will join the more than 600,000 illegal guns in circulation in a country where the homicide rate outstrips the U.S. The money he makes from guns supplements his income as a farmer and helped Lito, 52, send two children to college. Still, he thinks often of the suffering that may come from... (GunPolicy.org)

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Thailand

30 July 2014

Bangkok Post

Two of four men suspected of being involved in violent attacks against anti-government protesters have been arrested on firearms-related charges, police said. Nattapan Bangla, 40, and Charoen Promchart, 38, were caught on Monday, four days after the military court issued a warrant for their arrest. Krissada Chaikahe and Phasanai Panat, the two others named in the same warrant, are still on the loose. Mr Krissada is also wanted on a warrant approved by the Criminal... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Bangkok Post

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Philippines

21 July 2014

Journal (Manila), Opinion

Philippine National Police operatives implementing the Oplan Katok ordered by Director General Alan LM Purisima have made another startling discovery: more than 18,000 firearms' licenses have not been transferred in the names of their present owners since December 2012. Records from the PNP Firearms and Explosives Office headed by Chief Superintendent Moro Virgilio M. Lazo showed that a total of 18,659 firearms' licenses have not been transferred from December 31,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Journal (Manila)

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Thailand

15 July 2014

National News Bureau of Thailand (NNT)

BANGKOK - The Royal Thai Police destroyed 34,000 guns today under the exacting watch of an Inspector General who gave assurances that none of the confiscated weapons will again be used to commit any crimes. Pol Lt Gen Chaiya Siriamphankul, Deputy Chief of the Inspector General's Office, oversaw the inspection and destruction of the weapons in a process that was finalized today. Over 34,350 guns that were seized in cases judged by the courts from year 2000 to 2013,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Thailand

30 June 2014

Voice of America, Reuters

BANGKOK — Thailand's National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) on June 29 displayed tons of illegal ammunition and weapons, mainly confiscated by military task forces across Thailand between May 22 and June 25. The NCPO said both the military and police task forces took part in raids to seize the weapons. "Jakrapob Penkair was one of the many people who are found to have been behind the [underground] movement and are involved with these weapons," said Police... (GunPolicy.org)

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Malaysia,Thailand

26 June 2014

Borneo Post

BUKIT KAYU HITAM - The Border Intelligence Unit (BIU) at the Malaysian-Thai border, set up by the federal police headquarters in Bukit Aman last year, has seen a string of successes against cross-border crime. Since the BIU, under Bukit Aman's Criminal Investigation Department was set up, its intelligence network has been intensified at areas suspected to the haunts of cross-border criminals. Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the BIU's... (GunPolicy.org)

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Philippines,United States

12 June 2014

New York Times

It was an unusual example of family pressure, exerted by federal prosecutors against two brothers. The brothers — one a former New York City police officer, another a former Customs and Border Protection officer — worked with another brother to ship and sell military-grade guns to customers in the Philippines. On Thursday, as Rex and Wilfredo Maralit pleaded guilty to weapons trafficking, they were told by prosecutors that they would be eligible for reduced... (GunPolicy.org)

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Philippines

6 June 2014

Gulf News (Dubai)

Manila - Nineteen top ranking policemen and 10 private businessmen have been accused of facilitating the sale of 1,000 high-powered firearms stolen from the Philippine National Police (PNP) to communist rebels. An investigation is also ongoing for the alleged sale of government-issued firearms and ammunition to a separatist Filipino-Muslim rebel group in the southern Philippines, sources told Gulf News. Chief Supt. Raul Petrasanta, regional director of the Philippine... (GunPolicy.org)

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Malaysia

4 June 2014

New Straits Times (Malaysia)

GEORGE TOWN - The Penang police logistics and management division has been directed to buck up. State police chief Datuk Abdul Rahim Hanafi said the division should do more to check on asset management following the discovery of missing firearms and other items between 2010 and last year. He said several firearms and gun magazines have been found missing during the period. Also found missing, he said were handcuffs, motorcycles, holsters and gun pouches. Abdul... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Straits Times (Malaysia)

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Philippines

16 May 2014

ABS-CBN News (Manila)

MANILA, Philippines - At least 63 short firearms imported by a private gun dealer and kept in the storage facilities of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Firearms and Explosives Office (FEO) at Camp Crame in Quezon City have been confirmed to be missing, an official said yesterday. FEO chief Senior Superintendent Roberto Po said at least 10 FEO personnel were placed under investigation after the loss was discovered on Wednesday. An employee of Juavi Gun Store, who... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ABS-CBN News (Manila)

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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)

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Philippines

9 April 2014

Philippine Star

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines – Police were stopped yesterday from enforcing a new firearms licensing system provided under Republic Act 10591, the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act of 2013. Issuing the temporary restraining order (TRO) in Baguio City, the Supreme Court (SC) stopped all centralized gun regulatory processes, including requirements, testing and licensing in Camp Crame, Quezon City. SC spokesman Theodore Te said the TRO is effective... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Philippine Star

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European Union,Indonesia

5 April 2014

Jakarta Post

Indonesian Military (TNI) Commander Gen. Moeldoko on Friday offered an apology in light of the shooting of a Nasdem Party campaign post in North Aceh regency on Feb. 16, which involved the use of a TNI-issued weapon. The two local political party supporters suspected of the crime have since been apprehended, but the results of a ballistics examination revealed that the weapon used belonged to a soldier. "I would like to be honest about it and apologize for the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Philippines

27 March 2014

Manila Standard Today

The Supreme Court has been asked to nullify certain provisions in the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act of 2013 for alleged violation of constitutional rights. In separate petitions, Gun Owners in Action (GO Act) and Peaceful Respondent Owners of Guns Inc. (PRO Gun) said obtaining firearm licenses have become more difficult. GO Act board members and licensed gun owners Eric Acosta and Nathaniel Dela Paz assailed at least five sections of the law... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Manila Standard Today

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Thailand

12 March 2014

Nation (Bangkok)

A 19-year-old boy has allegedly confessed to shooting dead his parents and younger brother after he tried and failed to pass the blame on to the dead sibling, according to police. Pol Colonel Sunthorn Himarat, a superintendent at Pathum Thani Police Headquarters, yesterday said the suspect made the confession in the face of solid evidence. "Recordings from a closed-circuit TV system show the suspect turned off all eight security cameras at home where three... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Nation (Bangkok)

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Philippines

9 March 2014

Manila Times

At least 60 percent of the 1.7 million registered firearms in the country have been found using fictitious or questionable data, a dangerous situation that could lead to a proliferation of loose guns. Secretary Herminio Coloma of the Presidential Communications Operations Office said records provided by Philippine National Police (PNP) revealed that "there are names [of firearms owners] that don't match the address, there are cases when the name and address match but... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Manila Times

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Mozambique,Mexico,Liberia,Cambodia,United States,United Kingdom

6 March 2014

Guardian (UK)

Art of War - Picture gallery captions: Non-Violence, or the Knotted Gun, by Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd. The bronze replica of a 45-calibre revolver, a gift from Luxembourg to the United Nations, was sculpted in memory of the Swedish artist's longtime friend John Lennon. Though not created from recycled munitions, the sculpture has been cited as one of the inspirations behind the arms-to-art movement. Sculptor Gonçalo Mabunda recycles weapons recovered from... (GunPolicy.org)

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Philippines

4 March 2014

ABS-CBN News (Manila)

MANILA - The police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) said it is more than halfway done in its investigation on the 900 firearms that were registered with the Philippine National Police (PNP) that later went missing. Police Senior Superintendent Roberto Fajardo explained that they first encountered the problem when the PNP leadership launched "Oplan Katok," a campaign focused on the accounting of licensed firearms. "Nung hinanap namin, nawawala yung... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ABS-CBN News (Manila)

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Malaysia

5 February 2014

New Straits Times (Malaysia)

SANDAKAN - The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA), Sandakan district (DM17), found three home-made guns together with 23 bullets left in a boat in the Beluran waters, yesterday. DM17 enforcement head, Kapt Maritim A.Razak Abdul Rahman said the APMM DM17 speed boat had come across a suspicious-looking boat left in the Sungai Nyamuk area without the engine and crew. The home-made rifles or 'bakakuk' and the bullets were hidden in a compartment in the boat, he... (GunPolicy.org)

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

4 February 2014

al Jazeera

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

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

1 February 2014

Ekklesia (UK)

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

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Myanmar

30 January 2014

Eleven (Myanmar)

Myanmar's police on duty in conflict-prone border areas across the country have asked to be equipped with modern weaponry, citing a number of attacks on police in Maungdaw, Rakhine State. Since 2001, police say, they have been attacked at least seven times by Muslims in Maungdaw. A police sergeant was killed on July 11, 2001 in an attack in Thugyi Village, Maungdaw Township. The same year on November 23, an attack on Laungdon Police Station in northern Maungdaw killed... (GunPolicy.org)

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Singapore,Hong Kong,India,Bangladesh

30 January 2014

Washington Post

DHAKA, Bangladesh — The head of the main Bangladeshi Islamist opposition party was among 14 people sentenced to death on Thursday on charges of smuggling weapons to a rebel group in neighboring India. Security officials had seized more than 4,000 firearms and 1 million bullets and other military equipment in April 2004 when they were being unloaded from fishing boats. According to case documents, the weapons and ammunition were destined for a former Indian insurgency... (GunPolicy.org)

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Philippines

26 January 2014

Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines — President Benigno Aquino III has ordered an investigation into the reported release of up to 900 high-powered firearms to various groups by a unit of the Philippine National Police. In a recent informal dinner, the President did not name the unit being investigated in Camp Crame. He only said the reported release of the firearms to police auxiliaries and private security companies seemed "excessive" so he wanted it looked into. "A PNP unit in... (GunPolicy.org)

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Malaysia

26 January 2014

Malaysian Chronicle

KLANG - In what was believed to be a marriage-related dispute, a Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency officer fired several shots at his wife after a heated argument at the Giant supermarket here today. The 45-year-old MMEA officer then went to the Port Klang police station and surrendered his Glock pistol with a bullet magazine, said Klang Selatan police chief Assistant Commissioner Kamarul Zaman Mamat. "It was learnt that he and his wife were at the ground floor of... (GunPolicy.org)

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Philippines

25 January 2014

Philippine Star

Sometime last year, when Republic Act 10591 or the New Gun law was approved, we ran a short series on it based on our interview with Major Ricardo Zapata in the interest of promoting responsible gun ownership. As the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) had not yet been published then, Major Zapata, chief of the Inspection & Enforcement Section of the Firearms and Explosives Office (FEO) of the PNP spoke on general terms, outlining the salient points of the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Philippine Star

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Cambodia

22 January 2014

Phnom Penh Post, Letter

We started our study of crime and violence in Cambodia in 1998, and after 15 years of research have completed a manuscript titled 'Violence and the civilising process in Cambodia', which should be published at the end of the year. The book documents and discusses the types, patterns and trends of crime and violence in Cambodia since the mid-19th century. Based on official police statistics, media reports and crime victims surveys, our findings show a dramatic and... (GunPolicy.org)

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Philippines

15 January 2014

CNN

Filipino doctors, priests, journalists and accountants will be allowed to arm themselves while at work under a controversial new gun law that takes effect in their country this month. Under the Philippines' Republic Act 10591, people working in these sectors - along with nurses, engineers, bank tellers, and lawyers - are considered "in imminent danger due to their profession" and will be allowed to carry small guns when outside their homes. To qualify for a special... (GunPolicy.org)

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Malaysia

14 January 2014

Malaysian Insider

Police are to review their standard operating procedure (SOP) on the issuance of firearms to off-duty personnel following two recent incidents in which drunk policemen had their weapons taken from them. Deputy Home Minister Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said a new SOP was needed to address this problem. "It (SOP) should be reviewed so that what happened two days ago will not occur again," he told reporters after attending a Malidur Rasul gathering at SK Mati... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Malaysian Insider

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Malaysia

7 January 2014

Star (Malaysia)

GEORGE TOWN - An ex-serviceman, said to be savvy in handling firearms, has been nabbed for possessing an arsenal of weapons without licence. Acting on a tip-off, a police team stormed the house of the 53-year-old man in Permatang Buloh, Kepala Batas. They seized a Beretta pistol with a magazine containing 11 bullets, a fake pistol and its magazine, three homemade airguns and a homemade shotgun during the 3pm raid on Saturday. Also seized was a bag containing a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Star (Malaysia)

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Indonesia

7 January 2014

Jakarta Globe

JAYAPURA - An unidentified armed group fatally gunned down an ojek driver in the Wuyuneri hamlet, located in the Puncak Jaya district of Papua, on Tuesday morning. Abdul Halil, a 43-year-old motorcycle taxi driver, originated from Makassar, South Sulawesi. He was taking a customer from Mulia to Wuyuneri. As they arrived at state high school SMU 1, someone shot him in the face. It's not yet clear how many people were involved in the shooting. Sr. Comr. Pujo Sulistyo,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Philippines

3 January 2014

GMA TV News (Manila)

Of the 1.7 million licensed firearms in the country, 60 to 70 percent were issued based on fake documents, the Philippine National Police said Friday. Citing figures from the PNP Firearms Explosives Office, Police Chief Superintendent Louie Oppus said in a report on "24 Oras" aired Friday evening that he has ordered the investigation into the use of fake names and addresses as well as fake neuro-psychiatric results by applicants. "I have now caused an investigation... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: GMA TV News (Manila)

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Philippines

1 January 2014

Arab News (Jeddah) / Agence France Presse

MANILA: A gun enthusiast held hostage three members of his family and their maid for 10 hours before killing them and committing suicide in the eastern Philippines, police said Wednesday. Witnesses said Anthony Zepeda had argued with family members in their home in the town of Pili in Camarines Sur province on Tuesday, police said. The confrontation later culminated in Zepeda taking hostage his father, brother, sister-in-law and the maid, provincial police chief... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Arab News (Jeddah) / Agence France Presse

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Philippines

27 December 2013

Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Five days ahead of the New Year, the number of firecracker injuries recorded by the Department of Health (DOH) has increased to 72, with piccolo as the leading cause of injury. Health Secretary Enrique Ona said 37 of the 72 cases reported were caused by piccolo, an imported firecracker. Ona has given parents the task of ensuring that their children will not use any type of firecracker. "It has always been the responsibility of the police to be... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Philippine Star

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Philippines

27 December 2013

Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines — A political party on Thursday called on media companies, organizations and practitioners to join the campaign for stricter gun control laws, saying the growing number of killings of journalists and politicians, as well as stray-bullet incidents, are all symptoms of uncontrolled gun proliferation in Philippine society. Ang Kapatiran Party said media men, instead of arming themselves, should push for amendments of the gun control law limiting the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Philippine Daily Inquirer

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Malaysia

22 December 2013

Borneo Post

MIRI - Two men were arrested in a police raid late Friday evening for illegal possession of firearms. Miri Police chief ACP Mun Kok Keong said the operation was conducted by Miri CID and Criminal Prevention Unit team. In the raid held around 4pm to 6pm on Friday in Lambir, a homemade air gun and a homemade shotgun were seized from a hut where the two suspects were staying at. During the raid, police also confiscated several items believed to be stolen, such as a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Borneo Post

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Philippines

20 December 2013

CNN

A gunman opened fire outside a terminal at Manila's international airport on Friday, killing the mayor of a southern Philippines town, two members of his family and a young child, authorities said. The attack wounded five people and caused panic among travelers caught up in the chaos. Gun crime and political violence occur with grim frequency in the Philippines. But the shooting Friday at Terminal 3 of Ninoy Aquino International Airport appeared particularly... (GunPolicy.org)

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Bahamas,Germany,Syria,Turkey,Vietnam,Yemen,Egypt,Georgia,India,Libya,Saudi Arabia

16 December 2013

Deutsche Welle

For a long time, arms exports to regions in conflict were taboo for the German government. However, the growing number of arms deals with Middle Eastern countries like Saudi Arabia or Qatar, or with Asian countries like India and Indonesia suggests that these could soon become a pillar of German foreign and security policy. This, at least, is the warning expressed in this year's weapons exports report published in Berlin on Monday (16.12.2013) by the Joint Church and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Deutsche Welle

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Japan,Philippines

13 December 2013

Philippine Star

MANILA - A lawmaker has filed a measure that would impose stiffer penalties for firearms smuggling. Under House Bill 2696 or the proposed "Anti-Firearms Smuggling Act of 2013," smugglers of firearms will face 12 to 20 years or even life imprisonment and fines of one to five million pesos. "Smuggling of firearms is a dangerous but profitable criminal enterprise. It not only threatens public safety and national security but also endangers and oftentimes, results in loss... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Philippine Star

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Malaysia

5 December 2013

Borneo Post

KAPIT - Police here are calling on the public to immediately surrender their homemade shotguns or bekakok. Kapit police chief DSP Entusa Imam warned that anyone found illegally in possession of bekakok would be charged under the Firearms Act 1960. "Once you surrender the homemade gun to the police, I can assure you that the police would not take any action against you, but once you are caught having in your possession the homemade gun, then you will be in big trouble... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Borneo Post

38146

Malaysia

26 November 2013

New Straits Times (Malaysia)

KUALA LUMPUR - All imitation firearms, including those used for sports activities and without licences, must be surrendered to police within a month. Federal police Logistics Department director Datuk Zulkifli Abdullah said all imitation firearms, which resembled genuine ones, must be turned in. He said the public was given until Dec 25 to do so at any district police headquarters. Following their surrender, he said owners could apply for a "use and carry" licence... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Straits Times (Malaysia)

38122

Philippines

26 November 2013

Philippine Daily Inquirer / Cebu Daily News

Erring gun owners and holders of unlicensed firearms, beware. The Philippine National Police (PNP) signed on Monday, the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of a new measure, which imposes stiffer penalties for illegal possession of firearms. PNP Director General Alan Purisima approved the IRR of Republic Act 10591, or the Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunition and Providing Penalties for Violations. "This is not just to standardize the regulation of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Philippine Daily Inquirer / Cebu Daily News

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Philippines

14 November 2013

DNA India

Filipinos count the cost of a high murder rate and the world's longest-running insurgency. The Philippines has the geographical misfortune to be affected by 20 or so tropical cyclones a year, but what distinguishes the country as a disaster zone, apart from the resilience of its people, is the prevalence of guns and its long-running insurgencies. The attacks on aid convoys and the threat of violence hampering the humanitarian effort following Typhoon Haiyan amplify... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: DNA India

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Timor-Leste,Papua New Guinea,Australia,Solomon Islands

12 November 2013

ABC Radio Australia (Shortwave)

Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says the international humanitarian system must improve its efficiency, quality and reach. Ms Bishop told delegates at the International Red Cross and Red Crescent societies conference in Sydney that the system is being increasingly stretched by conflicts and crises. The new types of conflict are leading to more attacks targeting aid workers. Ms Bishop says the independent non-combatant status of the Red Cross and Red... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ABC Radio Australia (Shortwave)

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Thailand

11 November 2013

Global Times (China)

Mother-in-law of Thailand's former national sports shooter Jakkrit Panitpatikam confessed on Monday to being the mastermind behind his assassination. Surang Duangjinda told police that she hired a gunman to kill Jakkrit last month because she could not tolerate seeing her daughter abused by the sharp shooter for six years. She insisted that her daughter was unaware of the plan. Jakkrit and his wife had reportedly lived apart since July after the shooter was arrested... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Global Times (China)

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Malaysia

2 November 2013

Borneo Post

SIBU - A professional gun-maker was arrested by the police on Tuesday along with an air rifle, a shot gun and bullets he purportedly made for sale seized. "The suspect is an expert in making guns as the weapons seized were properly made," Sibu police chief ACP Shafie Ismail said in a press conference at Sibu Central police station here yesterday. He said the 40-year-old suspect completed the work on two guns within two months after learning the know-how for two... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Borneo Post

38037

Thailand

1 November 2013

Phuket News / Phuket Gazette

PHUKET - Gun owners with permission to carry their weapons in public may no longer do so in tourist areas, it was announced on Tuesday. The order issued by the Royal Thai Police applies nationwide and is part of an ongoing effort to improve tourist safety. Carrying guns in tourist areas or in areas where crowds gather is no longer allowed, Patong Police Deputy Superintendent Akanit Danpitaksat said, adding that plain clothes officers would be looking for firearms... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Phuket News / Phuket Gazette

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Philippines

28 October 2013

Japan Times

MANILA – At least 22 candidates and supporters have been killed in election-related violence over the past month ahead of this week's village polls across the Philippines, underscoring the violent downside of one of Asia's most rambunctious democracies. Twenty-seven other people have been wounded in violence linked to election rivalries, mostly in shootouts, national police spokesman Senior Superintendent Reuben Theodore Sindac said. At least 588 people have been... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Japan Times

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Brunei

24 October 2013

Brunei Times

KUCHING, Sarawak - Three siblings detained by police in Serian, about 60km from here on Monday, are now being investigated for their involvement in crimes using firearms, Serian District police chief DSP MohdJamali Umi said on Tuesday. He said four guns and nine rounds of ammunition were found in the possession of the suspects, aged between 22 and 43, when a police team raided a house at Jalan Kuching-Serian on Monday. Speaking to the media at the Se-rian District... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Brunei Times

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Thailand,Malaysia

23 October 2013

Sun Daily (Malaysia)

KUALA LUMPUR - The Home Ministry (KDN) has established a new standard operating procedure (SOP) to address the problem of lost firearms, the Dewan Rakyat was told today. Deputy Home Minister Datuk Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said the SOP would also ensure stern action would be taken against police personnel who were negligent in leaving their firearms in their cars. "The SOP is different from the past. It will address the problem in accordance with the current... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sun Daily (Malaysia)

38021

Malaysia

23 October 2013

Malay Mail (Kuala Lumpur)

KUALA LUMPUR — Putrajaya revealed today that it has taken action against 24 police officers for losing their guns over the last three years, according to deputy Home Minister Datuk Wan Junaidi Wan Jaafar. Wan Junaidi said that 13 officers were slapped with disciplinary action for the offence in 2010, followed by four others in 2011 and another seven the following year. "We may call it disciplinary action, but it is more serious than it sounds. It is more like a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Malay Mail (Kuala Lumpur)

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Philippines

17 October 2013

Sun Star (Philippines)

Almost 3,000 firearms and ammunition were confiscated by authorities nationwide in the on-going implementation of the gun ban for the October 28 baranagay elections. Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairperson Sixto Brillantes said that based on the latest assessment from the Philippine National Police (PNP), a total of 2,983 firearms, ammunition and other explosives were seized in various operations and checkpoints placed across the archipelago. Included in these... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sun Star (Philippines)

37982

Philippines

2 October 2013

Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines — Over 50 persons were arrested for violating the gun ban which took effect last Friday, police said Wednesday. Police Senior Superintendent Wilben Mayor, PNP spokesman, said that as of 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, 58 persons, mostly civilians, were apprehended for carrying firearms. Of the total number of arrested persons, 54 were civilians, while two others were police officers, one government official and a security guard, Mayor said. With these... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Philippine Daily Inquirer

37938

Malaysia

23 September 2013

New Straits Times (Malaysia)

DANOK - The sudden wave of gun crimes in the past few months has shocked Malaysians and rocked the country's reputation as a laidback and safe destination. The spate of killings has led to questions being raised as to where criminals and gang members are acquiring weapons. The New Straits Times discovered that it is not difficult to get hold of firearms. All it takes is a short drive across the border and minimum effort to find outlets that sell everything from... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Straits Times (Malaysia)

37918

Philippines,United States

6 September 2013

New York Times

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

Read More: New York Times

37838

United States,Philippines

6 September 2013

Newsday (New York)

An NYPD officer and two of his brothers were charged in federal court in Brooklyn on Friday with unlicensed international trafficking in high-powered weaponry including combat-style assault rifles and long-range sniper rifles. Rex Maralit, 44, an officer in the Equal Employment Opportunity office at NYPD headquarters, was charged along with Wilfredo Maralit, 48, a Customs and Border Patrol officer at Los Angeles airport, and Ariel Maralit, 43, who lives in the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Newsday (New York)

37837

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

3 September 2013

Nagaland Post (India)

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

Read More: Nagaland Post (India)

37819

Indonesia

1 September 2013

ANTARA News

PALU, C Sulawesi - Chairman of the Indonesia Police Watch Presidium (IPW) Neta S Pane urged police and the government to take stern actions against illegal weapon owners following the recent spate of shooting cases. In his written statement received here on Sunday, Pane said that police could not prevent and catch the mysterious gunmen. Of the 20 mysterious shooting cases which occurred over the past 45 days, police were only able to arrest one perpetrator namely in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ANTARA News

37832

Indonesia

30 August 2013

Jakarta Globe

Jakarta Police have arrested a man believed to be the alleged kingpin behind the manufacture and sale of illegal weapons in Central Jakarta on Wednesday. This follows the arrest of another suspect by the name of Ramli, also known as Iqbal Hussaini, in Cipayung, East Jakarta on Tuesday night . Ramli is believed to be a gun supplier for terrorists and has served prison terms for plotting to kill cleric and Liberal Islamic Network official Ulil Abshar Abdalla. "The... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Jakarta Globe

37809

Singapore,Bangladesh

26 August 2013

New Nation (Dhaka)

Some individuals are importing light guns, particularly pistol, revolver, shotgun and rifle, in the country in under invoiced price depriving the government a huge amount of revenues taking the advantage of relaxed mood of the National Board of Revenue [NBR], sources said. The non-prohibited bore of arms mainly permitted for the civilians - point 22, point 25, point 357 and point 32 caliber - are being imported from Singapore under the baggage rule. As per the rule,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Nation (Dhaka)

37793

Indonesia

16 August 2013

Jakarta Post

Human rights activists have called for a total ban on handgun possession for civilians and a review on the use of guns by the police and the military amid concerns of rising gun violence. The activists said that allowing civilians to own firearms for safety reasons, particularly among businessmen, could create fear among the general public, especially in resource-rich areas such as the country's easternmost province of Papua. "There is no need for civilians to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Jakarta Post

37770

Indonesia

14 August 2013

Jakarta Post

The National Police will crack down on illegal possession of firearms following a series of shootings against police officers and prison guards. National Police deputy chief Comr. Gen. Oegroseno said on Tuesday that strict law enforcement would be imposed on those possessing illegal firearms. "We will intensify our precautionary measures. Those who are fooling around with firearms will face legal proceedings," Oegroseno told reporters at National Police headquarters on... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Jakarta Post

37757

Malaysia

8 August 2013

Straits Times (Singapore)

It is not easy to buy firearms legally in Malaysia and some say it is easier to get one on the black market. Someone who wants to buy a gun has to obtain a permit from a local police station, which can take up to two years. Mr Kamis Yunos, a weapon sales executive in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, said the company has few walk-in customers given the strict requirements. Demand for weapons mainly comes from government or quasi-government agencies such as the Customs and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Straits Times (Singapore)

37742

Indonesia

8 August 2013

Straits Times (Singapore)

Money may be the only constraint when it comes to owning a gun in Indonesia - illegally. To own it legally, strict prerequisites apply. One must be physically and mentally fit, not bad-tempered - based on a psychology test at the national police headquarters - and between age 21 and 65, with no criminal record. Police will also evaluate the need for owning a gun before granting a permit. High-ranking civil servants and senior managers at private firms may be... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Straits Times (Singapore)

37741

Thailand

8 August 2013

Straits Times (Singapore)

"Call me Dev," he said. He looked straight out of a Bollywood film - stocky, confident, with a shaven head and a pink open-necked shirt. Dev is a salesman at a shop on Thailand's gun row, Wang Burapha road, which features a string of shops selling a range of guns and accessories. The guns are two to three times more expensive than those in the United States. "Only rich people buy guns here," said Dev. Rich people, and The Royal Thai Police. In what has long been a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Straits Times (Singapore)

37740

Philippines

8 August 2013

Straits Times (Singapore)

Visitors to the Philippines often do a double take at the signs outside restaurants, shops and office buildings requesting that firearms be deposited before entering. It is a vivid reflection of this country's deep-rooted gun culture. Although there is no constitutional right to bear arms, civilians may own firearms, and even assault rifles. There are 1.2 million registered firearms in the Philippines and 600,000 more with expired licences, according to police... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Straits Times (Singapore)

37739

Singapore

8 August 2013

Straits Times (Singapore)

Gun control laws in Singapore are among the strictest in the world. The two main statutes governing firearms are the Arms Offences Act and the Arms and Explosives Act. They spell out tough penalties for both illegal possession and unlawful use of guns. For instance, anyone caught unlawfully possessing a gun or ammunition can be jailed for between five and 10 years, and given at least six strokes of the cane, according to the Arms Offences Act. Anyone caught using an... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Straits Times (Singapore)

37738

Thailand,Malaysia

5 August 2013

Yahoo News (Singapore) / Malay Mail

PETALING JAYA — Guns are rented out for less than a night's stay at a local five-star hotel while bullets are sold cheaper than a bottle of water, crime watchdog MyWatch co-founder S. Gobi Krishnan alleged yesterday as the nation continues to be stunned by the proliferation of shootings. Yesterday, a 44-year-old businessman was shot dead in a drive-by shooting in Kota Kinabalu, bringing the number of gun-related incidents to eight in as many days — including a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Yahoo News (Singapore) / Malay Mail

37727

Malaysia

2 August 2013

New Straits Times (Malaysia)

KUALA LUMPUR - Police are conducting a massive ballistics and gun-matching exercise to narrow down the leads in shooting cases that have seen a surge in recent months. The force recently acquired the Integrated Ballistics Identification System (IBIS) to analyse bullets and guns and is rapidly building up a comprehensive database. This means that investigators will be able to compare ballistics evidence gathered at crime scenes and from criminals against the central... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Straits Times (Malaysia)

37720

Philippines

27 July 2013

ABS-CBN News (Manila) / Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - A new law on gun control requires gunsmiths to have licenses for them to repair registered firearms. This is one of the salient points in the newly approved Republic Act 10591, also known as the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act, which will take effect in September, four months after President Aquino signed it on May 29. Chief Superintendent Raul Petrasanta, chief of the Firearms and Explosives Office (FEO) said his unit has... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ABS-CBN News (Manila) / Philippine Star

37703

Philippines

22 July 2013

Global News (China)

Two people died when armed tribesmen attacked a village in southern Philippines over the weekend, the military said Monday. The latest killing that occurred in Mindanao's Davao del Sur province was blamed on clan revenge, after 10 other people were killed in a separate spate of clan war in the country's southern region late last week. The latest attack happened in Kimlawis village, Kiblawan town as about a dozen gunmen belonging to the B'laan tribe shot and killed two... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Global News (China)

37681

Malaysia

21 July 2013

New Straits Times (Malaysia)

KOTA BARU - Police today seized two pistols and detained three people including a 15-year-old boy and a woman in a raid at a house in Kampung Bunut Susu, Pasir Mas near here. Besides the American-made Colt Super Automatic .22 calibre Magnum and a French-made Modele Mikros, the team also found a fake pistol Baby 111-CAPA 3.8 model, a plastic packet containing three pyschotropic pills, a taser gun, two empty magazines and a magazine with four bullets in it. Kelantan... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Straits Times (Malaysia)

37678

Malaysia

18 July 2013

New Straits Times (Malaysia)

KULIM - A secondary school teacher was killed after being shot nine times at point blank range by an unidentified gunman in Kulim here today. The victim, K. Shanmugam, 45, from Taman Bidara was travelling in his silver Toyota Wish when he stopped at a red light near Simpang Empat Keladi here. A witness who wanted to be known as Mat Lin said in the 12.20pm incident, two men on a black Yamaha LC motorcycle approached the left side of the vehicle before one of them... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Straits Times (Malaysia)

37671

India,Myanmar,Bangladesh

13 July 2013

Assam Tribune

GUWAHATI - Smuggling of sophisticated weapons from Myanmar to India has become a matter of serious concern and the National Investigation Agency (NIA) is investigating one such case of arms smuggling with an effort to go to the root of the problem. Highly placed official sources told The Assam Tribune that recently personnel of the Assam Rifles and Mizoram Police arrested four Bangladeshi nationals with sophisticated weapons, which proved the smuggling of weapons from... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Assam Tribune

37673

Singapore,Estonia,Brazil,Italy,United States,Germany,Malaysia

8 July 2013

Tribuna Hoje (Brazil)

[Translated summary - A new Small Arms Survey report shows Brazil is ranked the fourth biggest arms exporter in the world. In 2010, Brazil exported $326 million (£736 million) in arms and ammunition, behind the United States of America, Germany, and Italy. Most of the exported weapons go to the United States, Malaysia, Germany, Estonia and Singapore.] O Brasil ocupa a 4ª posição no ranking de maiores exportadores de armamentos do mundo, segundo documento divulgado... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Tribuna Hoje (Brazil)

37641

Thailand,Malaysia

7 July 2013

AsiaOne

MALAYSIA - The abolition of Malaysia's Emergency Ordinance in 2011 has put many former detainees on the streets, and some of them are selling guns to criminals. A former gangster told The Star that it is easy for someone to buy a gun by working with former criminals who have links with illegal firearm suppliers in the Malaysian-Thai border town of Sungai Golok. The 40-year-old from Seremban, who didn't want to be named, said these former detainees returned to their... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: AsiaOne

37652

Philippines

5 July 2013

Global Times (China)

The Philippines' poorly paid police have been warned they will be sacked if they sell their new semi-automatic pistols, a spokesman for the corruption-plagued force said Thursday. The Glock pistols currently being distributed to tens of thousands of officers cost about twice as much as an entry-level salary in the force, and there are fears that the guns could end up on the black market. "This is a very attractive gun, and many unscrupulous businessmen would be... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Global Times (China)

37634

Philippines

2 July 2013

Sun Star (Philippines)

Some 22,603 units of brand new pistols were distributed to members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in a ceremony led by President Benigno Aquino III at the national headquarters in Quezon City on Tuesday. The number of firearms distributed by Aquino presents the initial batch of the 74,879 handguns purchased by the PNP through a P1.2 billion budget allocated through the PNP modernization program. The first batch was delivered to the PNP in February and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sun Star (Philippines)

37621

Philippines

29 June 2013

Arab News (Jeddah) / Agence France Presse

MANILA - Police are investigating an outgoing Philippine politician after he shot himself in Parliament, a spokesman said yesterday, in a mystery that has puzzled the nation. Benjo Benaldo is being probed after shooting himself in Congress, where firearms are banned, with a pistol whose permit had expired, said national police spokesman Senior Superintendent Reuben Sindac. "He could face charges … but let us take it one step at a time," Sindac said, adding that the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Arab News (Jeddah) / Agence France Presse

37614

Philippines

27 June 2013

Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine National Police (PNP) announced on Thursday that it is now requiring all licensed gun owners to personally submit their biometric fingerprint specimen and photograph to get a permit to carry their firearms outside their residence. The PNP said that these administrative requirements for the issuance of permit will be the basis in adjusting the records in the Firearms Information Management System database to improve the processes in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Philippine Star

37609

Philippines

25 June 2013

Journal (Manila)

Police have knocked on the doors of more than 464,000 holders of expired firearms' licenses as part of "Oplan Katok" aimed at accounting for loose guns across the country since last December and have discovered that nearly 25,000 of them have already died but their weapons have not been transferred [to] their heirs, Philippine National Police chief Director General Alan LM Purisima said yesterday. "Oplan Katok" is the police program to account for firearms and ensure... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Journal (Manila)

37603

Canada,Thailand,Scotland,South Korea

23 June 2013

Bangkok Post

Three foreign tourists were injured by gunshots in Chiang Mai after a drunk university student opened fire at a restaurant because a waitress rejected him, police said. Chiang Mai police on Saturday arrested Don Praweenmeth, a 27-year-old sixth year medical student at a university in Bangkok. Police said Mr Don confessed that he fired five shots from a 9mm handgun in a busy restaurant on Nimmanahaemin Road at about midnight. The suspect said he was flirting with the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Bangkok Post

37598

Malaysia

21 June 2013

Sun Daily (Malaysia)

KUALA LUMPUR - An unemployed man pleaded not guilty to two charges, one of possessing an unlicensed pistol and another for possessing live bullets at the sessions court here earlier today. Ng Yim Kead, 52 claimed trial to a charge of possessing a black nine-millimetre calibre Beretta USA Corp 92PS pistol that was found in a Mercedes Benz he was driving at about 11.30pm on June 13. He allegedly committed the offence under Section 8 of the Firearms (Increased Penalties)... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sun Daily (Malaysia)

37607

Vietnam

20 June 2013

Viet Nam News

HAI PHONG – Police from northern Hai Phong City busted a ring involved in producing and trading fire-arms yesterday. The case was exposed when police searched a house in Le Chan District's Nghai Xa Ward on Tuesday. They arrested a husband and wife for illegally producing fire-arms in Le Chan. The police seized five pen guns, two self-made guns, one grenade and materials for producing weapons at their workshop. A day later, police raided the house of another member... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Viet Nam News

37588

Malaysia

19 June 2013

Borneo Post

IPOH - Perak Customs seized eight imitation firearms which were imported without permit, at the General Post Office here on Saturday. State Customs Department director Datuk Mohd Nasir Said said during an inspection carried out by a Customs team at about noon, they seized among others an imitation M16 gun, MP5, air rifle, Glock and automatic Colt 45 pistols. "The five high quality imitation firearms were estimated to be worth RM2,043.90 and duties involved amounted to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Borneo Post

37584

Malaysia

19 June 2013

Star (Malaysia)

PETALING JAYA - Airsoft guns are fast gaining popularity in Malaysia, especially among those who enjoy tactical wargames. Airsoft weapons are new generation BB (bird bullet) guns, a type of air-powered gun designed to shoot projectiles. The AEG (airsoft electric gun) and accessories are sold together with other military-like gears and tactical equipment that come complete with holsters and military-like outfits including boots. They can be easily bought online... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Star (Malaysia)

37583

Philippines

12 June 2013

Philippine Star / ABS-CBN News (Manila)

MANILA, Philippines - Gun holders with permit to carry firearms outside residence (PTCFOR) can bring their guns outside their homes tomorrow as the gun ban imposed by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) ends at midnight tonight. The Philippine National Police (PNP) said the gun ban, which took effect last Jan. 13, will end at 11:59 p.m. tonight, as provided for under the Comelec Resolution No. 9561-A as part of the mid-term elections last May 13. PNP spokesman Chief... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Philippine Star / ABS-CBN News (Manila)

37557

Philippines

6 June 2013

Gulf News (Dubai)

Manila - Catholic priests have voiced their reaction against a new law that has allowed them to arm themselves against attackers, adding it is contrary to their belief that peace not violence is needed in this world, a Catholic website said. "Priests are supposed to be men of peace, not of war. Our Lord said: 'he who lives by the sword will die by the sword. We should not counter violence with violence." Bishop Jose Oliveros of suburban Malolos said in a statement... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Gulf News (Dubai)

37547

United States,Thailand

5 June 2013

Nation (Bangkok)

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

Read More: Nation (Bangkok)

37524

Philippines

3 June 2013

Borneo Post

MANILA - Philippine President Benigno Aquino has signed a law making it harder for private individuals to own firearms following a series of high-profile deaths this year, a government spokeswoman said yesterday. Under the law signed last week, those seeking to buy firearms will have to undergo drug and psychological tests and should not have a criminal record or pending court cases. They will also have to show proof of income as well as a valid tax return and secure... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Borneo Post

37516

Philippines

19 May 2013

Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines — And the search goes on. The Philippine National Police (PNP) will continue to look for over 400,000 loose firearms all over the country even after the election gun ban ends on June 12. PNP Director General Alan Purisima said the police had been able to account for more than 200,000 unlicensed guns since the PNP Firearms and Explosives Office (FEO) launched a crackdown on loose firearms dubbed "Oplan Katok." "The lifting of the gun ban… will... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Philippine Daily Inquirer

37467

Malaysia

15 May 2013

Asia One (Singapore)

KUALA LUMPUR - An influx of cheap weapons coming through our porous borders from neighbouring countries has led to a rise in gun-toting criminals and assassins for hire. Police say there are more than 200 jalan tikus or hidden entry points along the border which syndicates use to smuggle in the guns. The firearms are believed to be from the Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia. According to Federal CID director Comm Datuk Seri Mohd Bakri Zinin, who announced the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Asia One (Singapore)

37451

Thailand

2 May 2013

BBC News

Six people, including a young child, have been killed in southern Thailand after a gun attack at a village shop, police say. At least four gunmen fired bullets at the shop in Pattani province before escaping on motorbikes. The attack comes days after a second round of peace talks between Muslim separatists and the Thai government. More than 5,000 people have been killed since a separatist insurgency reignited in the Muslim-majority region in 2004. A toddler was... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

37402

Canada,Singapore,India

1 May 2013

DNA India (Mumbai)

An 80-year-old man from Dadar was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly supplying spare parts of imported weapons, arms and ammunition to a Uttar Pradesh-based gang. A joint team of the Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorism Squad and Mumbai police also recovered spare parts of imported weapons and ammunition from his flat. Senior inspector of Dadar police station Prakash Patil said that D'Souza was arrested from his fifth floor flat at Salvation Apartments in Agar Bazaar area.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: DNA India (Mumbai)

37394

Thailand

29 April 2013

SINA (China)

BANGKOK - Two people was hurt in a gun attack on a school in the restive southern province of Narathiwat late Sunday night [sic]. Police said a number of assailants arrived at Buke Bakong School in Narathiwat's Yingo district on a pick-up truck when seven people, including assistant teachers and members of village defense unit, were on security duty in front of the school. One of the men fired three shots at them with a war weapon. One bullet grazed the ear of Amran... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: SINA (China)

37387

Philippines

23 April 2013

Sun Star (Philippines)

MANILA - Three out of four Filipinos back the implementation of strict gun licensing regulations to prevent or curb violence arising from the use of loose firearms, down seven points from 82 percent in October 2000. In a survey conducted by Pulse Asia from March 16 to 20, levels of support for such policy range from 66 percent to 87 percent across geographic areas and from 72 percent to 81 percent across socio-economic classes. Residents in Metro Manila, where a New... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sun Star (Philippines)

37359

Canada,Singapore,India

19 April 2013

Pioneer (India)

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

Read More: Pioneer (India)

37351

Indonesia

18 April 2013

Borneo Post

MIRI - The people here who have in their homemade guns are urged to surrender them to the police station or risked legal action taken against them. District police chief ACP Mun Kock Keong told a press conference here yesterday that they would not compromise with any group of individuals found in possession of the guns. "It is a serious offence to possess such gun [sic]. The offenders could be jailed up to 14 years if found guilty under Section 4 of the Firearms... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Borneo Post

37339

Indonesia

17 April 2013

Jakarta Post

JAKARTA - The police revealed on Tuesday that most guns used in armed robberies were homemade. City police spokesman Sr. Comr. Rikwanto said that 98 percent of the guns confiscated from robbery suspects were homemade and that most of them were made by air rifle makers. "We are now tracing the air rifle makers who produce the homemade guns used in crimes," he said. He added that the police had confiscated evidence such as raw materials for guns from an air rifle... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Jakarta Post

37349

Philippines

11 April 2013

France 24

Bespectacled and clean shaven, 37-year-old Jomari Paraas could pass for a typical office employee in the Philippines, except he has six guns in his backpack that he will soon sell. The father-of-two is a prolific player in the country's enormous and lucrative weapons black market, which has been under scrutiny following a spate of high-profile massacres and shoot-outs this year. "Why do I trade guns? Because there is a demand for it. And it's extra income," said... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: France 24

37311

Philippines

8 April 2013

Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) lost more than 200 assault rifles and machine guns in a fire that razed its firearms supply building in Zamboanga del Sur over the weekend. Belated reports reaching the Armed Forces of the Philippines' main headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo said that the blaze that hit the 1st Infantry Division Training Unit (IDTU) Supply building at Upper Labangan, Pulacan in Pagadian City, started with an explosion. The... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Philippine Star

37297

Philippines

29 March 2013

Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Authorities have apprehended almost 2,000 violators of the ongoing Commission on Elections gun ban, the Philippine National Police said on Friday. In its latest count since the poll gun ban started last Jan. 13, the PNP has recorded 1,980 people arrested for illegally carrying firearms, bladed weapons and ammunitions [sic]. The PNP said that among those arrested were 13 soldiers, 23 policemen, 26 government officials, a fireman and 99 security... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Philippine Star

37254

Philippines,Austria

26 March 2013

Investvine (Hong Kong)

Austrian gun maker Glock has been accused of supplying the black market in the Philippines with firearms in deals that were originally sealed with the Philippine National Police (PNP). Over the past years, Glock delivered several batches of its highly demanded 9mm pistols to the PNP. The most recent deal was 12,000 pistols worth around $30 million ordered by the country's police forces as a first shipment of the biggest firearms procurement of the PNP so far, delivered... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Investvine (Hong Kong)

37240

Philippines,South East Asia,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa

21 March 2013

Philippine Star, Opinion

In the next week or so, the members of the United Nations have an opportunity to agree an historic Treaty that would make a lasting difference to people across the world. It's not front-page news most of the time, but the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) is within our grasp — and, with it, comes a chance to make a major contribution to the security of humankind. It will help to ensure that the uncontrolled movement of arms no longer threatens the security and prosperity of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Philippine Star

37209

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

Malaysia

14 March 2013

Malay Mail (Kuala Lumpur)

GEORGE TOWN - A 61-year-old man and his son and daughter-in-law have been detained by police for suspected involvement in using their pre-war house as a drug processing laboratory and for possession of firearms. A gun, handgrenade and several rounds of ammunition were seized together with drug processing apparatus and an assortment of drugs from the colonial shophouse in Jalan Patani. The man and his son and daughter-in-law, both in their 30s, were said to have used... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Malay Mail (Kuala Lumpur)

37184

Philippines

12 March 2013

Manila Channel

MANILA, Philippines — As of Tuesday morning (March 12), at least 1, 551 violators of the election gun ban law were arrested since January 13, this year. Chief Superintendent Generoso Cerbo Jr., spokesman for the Philippine National Police (PNP), said 1,582 firearms were also seized from those arrested suspects. Cerbo said among the violators are 1,403 civilians, 93 security guards, 20 policemen, 11 AFP personnel, 20 government officials, two from CAFGU, and one each... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Manila Channel

37172

Philippines

7 March 2013

Sun Star (Philippines)

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) Port of Cebu yesterday seized smuggled rice, sugar, guns, a motorcycle, bags and fashion accessories in the cities of Cebu and Lapu-Lapu. It said the confiscated goods were worth a total of P116 million. Top BOC officials began by examining 10 20-foot cargo containers, which held allegedly smuggled rice valued at P10 million. They then proceeded to examine four other 20-foot containers containing P5 million worth of sugar, which they also... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sun Star (Philippines)

37157

European Union,Sweden,Myanmar,Syria

7 March 2013

Local (Sweden)

Syrian rebels appear to be using Swedish weapons, visible in a new video that has emerged from the civil war in which an anti-regime fighter cradles a well-known Swedish model of anti-tank rifle. TV4 news found the video in which a rebel fighter emerges with a Carl Gustaf rocket launcher perched on his right shoulder. The report dubs the weapon a "Swedish export success story". It is the second time in the past few months that Swedish weapons have made their way to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (Sweden)

37152

Thailand

27 February 2013

Bangkok Post

Police have arrested two men for allegedly selling homemade guns, many of them to technical college students and teenagers, on Facebook. The two suspects, Withaya Chai-Auari, 32, and Suriya Khoksombat, 25, were arrested in Bangkok yesterday. An undercover police officer posing as a customer contacted Mr Withaya on the internet to buy weapons. Mr Withaya turned up for the meeting with the guns in Phahon Yothin Soi 55 and was immediately arrested, police said. Police... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Bangkok Post

37119

Brunei

18 February 2013

Brunei Times

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN - Two men have been jailed for five years by the Magistrates' Court after they were caught with homemade firearms at Labi Forest reserve in 2007. Senior Magistrate Lailatul Zubaidah Hussain said yesterday that the sentence was a reflection of the law's stringent stand against illegal possession of firearms. "In the era of shootings in the world where people die senselessly, the court takes breach of such laws very seriously." Under the Arms and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Brunei Times

37153

Indonesia

13 February 2013

Jakarta Post

Police announced on Tuesday that they had arrested a former member of the Indonesian Military for selling a firearm he snatched from a police cadet in Makassar, South Sulawesi. Police arrested TMT, 25, in South Jakarta on Jan. 7 after detectives posed as buyers. Police also seized a V2 firearm as evidence. The suspect was about to sell the firearm for Rp 25 million (around US$2,500). Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Rikwanto said that the man robbed the cadet just... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Jakarta Post

37060

Philippines

5 February 2013

Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Senate has passed on third and final reading a measure that will provide a comprehensive law on firearms and ammunition as well as penalties for violating the law. The proposed Act also amends Presidential Decree 1866 on laws on unlawful possession, manufacture and dealing in the acquisition or disposition of firearms and ammunition. It also mandates that the use of loose firearms, when inherent to the commission of a crime punishable under... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Philippine Star

37026

India,Myanmar,Thailand

4 February 2013

Irrawaddy (Burma)

Burmese police seized around US $140,000 worth of pseudo-ephedrine-based cold and flu tablets and a large cache of weapons in Tamu, Sagaing Division, on Sunday, according to local sources and state-media reports. "A couple has been detained for questioning and anti-narcotics forces are preparing to charge them with illegal possession of weapons and drug trafficking," an officer from the Tamu Police Station told The Irrawaddy on Monday. Initial reports suggested that... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Irrawaddy (Burma)

37025

Malaysia,Lebanon

4 February 2013

New Straits Times (Malaysia)

KUALA LUMPUR - A Malaysian journalist was killed in a firearm accident in Lebanon on Saturday. Claudia Theophilus, 42, who worked as a web producer with Al-Jazeera English news agency, died after a rifle - which she was looking at, went off accidentally about 2.30am (8.30am Malaysian time). The incident happened in Baakleen - 45km from Beirut. Malaysian ambassador to Lebanon Ilango Karuppannan said Theophilus died shortly after she arrived at a general hospital in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Straits Times (Malaysia)

37021

Malaysia

29 January 2013

Star (Malaysia)

JASIN - A man believed to be the leader of an alleged deviant sect claimed trial at the Magistrate's court here Tuesday to two separate charges of possessing a cache of dangerous weapons and imitation firearms. Mohd Jaffar Robani, 46, was alleged to have in his possession 29 swords, 11 machetes, three knives and a spear. He faced charges under Section 7(1)(a) of the Corrosive, Explosive and Dangerous Weapons Act 1958, which carries a two-year jail sentence and fine of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Star (Malaysia)

37015

Philippines

26 January 2013

Inquirer News (Philippines)

Eight were arrested and several firearms, gun parts and equipment valued at around P1 million were seized in two separate raids described by police as a big blow in the illegal production of firearms in Danao City, northern Cebu. The operations were conducted by operatives of the Provincial Intelligence Branch (PIB) of the Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) last Thursday afternoon in sitio Canbiohan, barangay Poblacion, Danao. Those arrested were identified as Jaime... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Inquirer News (Philippines)

36997

Philippines

25 January 2013

Philippine Star

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines - The now "decommissioned" paramilitary Cordillera Peoples Liberation Army (CPLA), a splinter group from the New Peoples Army in 1986, surrendered at least 11 more assault rifles to the government. The latest batch of surrendered firearms brought to 159 the total number of guns that the CPLA turned in since the start of the group's decommissioning last year when the CPLA forged a final pact with the government. Army Col. Loreto Magundayao,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Philippine Star

36981

Philippines

15 January 2013

Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines — One person has been killed since the election gun ban started this year while at least 16 total firearms have been confiscated across the country, a police spokesman said Tuesday. Chief Superintendent Generoso Cerbo Jr., Philippine National Police (PNP) Spokesman, said that Fernando Morales was killed after he fought back at police who were serving a warrant of arrest to him in San Juan, Batangas Monday around 1:30pm. Morales was an alleged... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Philippine Daily Inquirer

36939

Philippines

12 January 2013

Philippine Daily Inquirer, Opinion

The public agony that often accompanies random acts of violence has plunged policymakers into another orgy of blame, shame and posturing. The shock is magnified by State inaction following a heinous massacre in 2009 that failed to dent the laws and policies governing the ownership and trading of firearms. A powerful clan was accused in that massacre. The targets were other politicians, lawyers and media workers. Much of the violence was selective in nature. Recent... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Philippine Daily Inquirer

38799

Thailand

4 January 2013

Nation (Bangkok)

A total of 3,380 people have been killed and 8,388 wounded in terror attacks since the resumption of insurgent violence in the deep South nine years ago today, according to figures released yesterday by the Southern Border Provinces Administrative Centre. The attacks included 2,480 roadside and vehicular bombings, the centre said. Of the 1,629 assault rifles and handguns seized by insurgents during their attacks - including 413 M16 rifles taken in the January 4, 2004,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Nation (Bangkok)

36901

Philippines

4 January 2013

CBC News (Canada) / Associated Press

A man with domestic problems fatally shot eight people, including a pregnant woman and two children, after taking alcohol and drugs in a rampage Friday near the Philippine capital that ended when he was shot dead by police, officials said. At least eight other people were wounded in Kawit township, about 16 kilometres south of Manila, Cavite provincial Gov. Jonvic Remulla said. The violence happened days after the death of a 7-year-old girl who was hit in the head by... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CBC News (Canada) / Associated Press

36900

Thailand

4 January 2013

Travel Daily News

The killing of a young British tourist in Koh Phangan, near Koh Samui in Southern Thailand, forces authorities to finally act to better enforce controls of firearms in the province. Especially as Thailand remains one of the few countries in Southeast Asia with travel advisories from the Foreign Office. BANGKOK- Petty crime and cheating in Thailand against tourists happens –especially in tourist areas. But violence and killing against foreign travellers remain... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Travel Daily News

36881

Philippines

4 January 2013

Bangkok Post / AFP

The death of a girl hit by celebratory gunfire on New Year's Eve sparked calls Thursday for stricter gun controls in the Philippines, where unlicensed weapons are widely blamed for rampant violence. The girl, Stephanie Ella, aged seven, died Wednesday from a gunshot wound to the head, triggering outrage and condemnation of poor law enforcement that allows hundreds of thousands of unregistered firearms to be on the streets. "This incident should not be allowed to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Bangkok Post / AFP

36880

Philippines

4 January 2013

BBC News / AP

A gunman has opened fire in a town near the Philippine capital, Manila, killing at least seven people and wounding six before being shot dead by police. The gunman, reported to be a former local election candidate, ran through the streets of Kawit, 40km (25 miles) south of Manila, shooting at random. A seven-year-old girl and a pregnant woman were among the dead, police said. They are searching for an accomplice who reportedly helped the gunman load his... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News / AP

36879

Philippines

26 December 2012

Journal (Manila)

Police commanders nationwide were ordered yesterday to press the campaign against loose firearms to prevent their use in the mid-term elections next year, Philippine National Police chief Director General Alan LM Purisima said. Purisima said the PNP Task Force Secure and Fair Elections (SAFE) 2013 is currently conducting massive operations to account for a total of 552,338 firearms with expired licenses and some 25,000 others which have not been registered at all based... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Journal (Manila)

36869

Philippines

19 December 2012

Sun Star (Philippines), Opinion

What has the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown Connecticut got to teach us about safety and protection of Filipinos? Plenty, I daresay. Not that most Filipinos know any of the victims from Adam and Eve. Still, the massacre has touched the hearts of many Filipinos. Many of us see our kids among the victims, the wife or sister of the teachers killed. We remember our horrendous massacres, notably the Maguindanao Massacre. But then, Maguindanao and Newton... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sun Star (Philippines)

36848

Honduras,Colombia,Mexico,Panama,Guatemala,Swaziland,South Africa,Jamaica,Philippines,Brazil,El Salvador,United States

17 December 2012

Forbes (USA)

Few major nations have the right to bear arms configured in their Constitution. Even fewer (as in we are the only one) have gun control legislation as a hot button political issue. The U.S. is the most violent core economy in terms of gun related deaths. It is also the leader in gun violence at school campuses. Yet, the U.S. does not lead the world in firearms related deaths. Countries were gangs and drugs are a problem top the list, even where there is strict gun... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Forbes (USA)

36832

Malaysia

5 December 2012

New Strait Times (Malaysia)

SHAH ALAM - Police corporal Jenain Subi was acting within the scope of his duties when he opened fire at the Proton Iswara driven by teenager Aminulrasyid Amzah two years ago. The High Court found that Jenain had only answered was only doing his duty when he tried to stop a speeding vehicle. Judge Datuk Abdul Rahman Sebli said this yesterday before acquitting Jenain after allowing his appeal against his conviction and sentence of five years' jail for causing the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Strait Times (Malaysia)

36802

Philippines

1 December 2012

Tempo (Manila)

Manila, Philippines – The Association of Firearms and Ammunition Dealers of the Philippines (AFAD) urged President Benigno S. Aquino III to consider approving another round of gun amnesty for delinquent gun owners who failed to renew the license of their guns. Its suggestion came after the Philippine National Police (PNP) declared that it has no problem foregoing the penalties that delinquent gun owners have incurred for non-renewal of guns, according to AFAD... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Tempo (Manila)

36800

Cambodia

27 November 2012

New York Times

PHNOM PENH — Just after a Honda pickup truck screeched to a halt beyond the decommissioned Soviet-era Antonov aircraft, four resolute-looking Chinese men with a military escort climbed out, slammed the doors shut and neatly arranged a series of firearms they had been carrying on a nearby table. Once the pistols' magazines were loaded with shiny golden bullets, they began emptying round after round into paper targets at a distance of 25 meters, or 82 feet. Nearby,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

36780

Indonesia

24 November 2012

Jakarta Post

A gold miner identified as MA, 21, was arrested on a beach in Nabire, Papua, for possessing an illegal firearm, a magazine and 12 bullets during a raid conducted by Papua Police on Friday at around 9:30 a.m. local time. "We are still investigating how he [MA] got the weapon and the reason why he had the gun," said Papua Police deputy chief Brig. Gen Paulus Waterpauw on Friday. This is the second arrest after police nabbed two civilians, HE and AN, in Manokwari, West... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Jakarta Post

36767

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

Indonesia

13 November 2012

Independent (South Africa) / Agence France Presse

JAKARTA - Indonesian police detained 48 students and a teacher from an Islamic boarding school and seized firearms and sharp weapons, a spokesman said on Tuesday, in the nation's latest terror raid. Dozens of police stormed the Darul Akhfiya school in eastern Java's Nganjuk district on Monday and kept the students and teacher overnight for questioning. "Police detained 48 students and a teacher on Monday after the community reported unusual activity at the school and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Independent (South Africa) / Agence France Presse

36741

Philippines

5 November 2012

Balita

MANILA — Laying the groundwork for secure and fair elections in May 2013, the Philippine National Police reported on Sunday the confiscation of nearly 5,000 illegal firearms in the country during the first 10 months of this year. In spite of the significant increase in the seizure of illegal guns, PNP Director General Nicanor Bartolome ordered police units to step up operations to account for more loose firearms proliferating in the country. "By taking away these... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Balita

36712

Bangladesh,Myanmar

1 November 2012

Nation (Pakistan)

YANGON/DHAKA - Communal bloodshed in western Myanmar risks developing into "armed terrorist acts", the government said Wednesday, after homemade firearms were used in the latest deadly fighting. The government said 180 guns were seized during the new wave of conflict between Buddhists and Muslims in Rakhine state, which has killed dozens and seen whole neighbourhoods razed. It said several people had been arrested on suspicion of making the weapons. "The clashes... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Nation (Pakistan)

36704

Indonesia,Taiwan,China

22 October 2012

Jakarta Globe

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

Read More: Jakarta Globe

36670

Malaysia,Thailand

21 October 2012

Reuters

Twenty school children surround a city bus in central Bangkok. Some get on to confront a 16-year-old from a rival school and, within moments, he is shot dead. Similar altercations have become a focus of public attention, with shootings affecting seemingly ordinary folk. In one incident at a busy intersection, a computer repairman shot dead two people and took a third hostage. Witnesses said it resembled a scene from a Hollywood blockbuster. A tourist haven and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Reuters

36666

Philippines

17 October 2012

Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine National Police (PNP) reported yesterday that the licenses of over 610,000 firearms have already expired and the gun owners would face charges for illegal possession of firearms. Chief Inspector Nelson Bautista of the PNP Firearms and Explosives Office (FEO) said they have sent letters to gun holders with expired licenses to renew their firearm license. "A day after the license of your firearm expired and you failed to renew it... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Philippine Star

36652

Malaysia,Thailand

10 October 2012

Bangkok Post

The Malaysian home minister is blaming smuggling along the Thai-Malaysian border for the rise in the number of illegal firearms seized in Malaysia. According to the Malaysian newspaper New Straits Times, Home Minister Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said smuggling across the border was one of the reasons behind the increase in the use of firearms in the country. From January 2010 to August 2012, a total of 202 cases of robbery with firearms were reported, while there were... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Bangkok Post

36630

Philippines

9 October 2012

Philippine Star

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet - A councilor in Kalinga provinces was arrested on Monday at a checkpoint for possession of an unlicensed pistol. Police said councilor Pedro Mabanag, 55, a former Philippine Army enlisted man, was apprehended after trying to evade a checkpoint while on his way to Barangay Junction in Pinukpuk town on board a motorcycle. Seized from Mabanag was a .40 pistol, which was tucked in his waist while he was driving the motorcycle. The councilor failed... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Philippine Star

36628

Thailand

9 October 2012

Australian (Sydney) / AFP

Suspected Muslim militants have shot dead 11 people including three paramilitary rangers in a single day of bloodshed in Thailand's insurgency-plagued deep south, police said today. The rangers were ambushed while travelling in a pick-up truck on Monday in Pattani province in the Muslim-majority border region, where an eight-year conflict has claimed thousands of lives. On the same day, four Buddhist rubber tappers died on their way to work in two separate gun attacks... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Australian (Sydney) / AFP

36625

Indonesia,Philippines

25 September 2012

Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Intelligence Group of the Philippine National Police (PNP) has already identified the police officer whose government-issued handgun was recovered from terrorists in Indonesia, an official said yesterday. PNP spokesman Chief Superintendent Generoso Cerbo Jr. said intelligence agents have "identified the unit and the policeman holder of the 9mm. Our agents are checking on the circumstances." He said they are investigating how the gun ended up... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Philippine Star

36590

Thailand

24 September 2012

Bangkok Post

Police seized 168 guns and almost 34,000 methamphetamine (yaba) pills, and arrested 158 wanted criminals in Thailand's central provinces from Sept 18 to 22, Provincial Police Region 1 chief Winai Thongsong said on Monday. Pol Lt-Gen Winai said 199 people were charged with illegal possession of firearms. Police seized 168 guns, two war weapons and 2,762 rounds of ammunition. He said 1,123 people were charged with drug possession and trafficking and 33,823 yaba pills,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Bangkok Post

36589

United Kingdom,Malaysia,United States

18 September 2012

New Strait Times

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

Read More: New Strait Times

36571

Singapore,Indonesia,Australia,Papua New Guinea

14 September 2012

Pacific Islands News Association (Fiji) / Post Courier

A substantial amount of gun powder, live bullets, firearms and accessories were seized by the National Criminal Intelligence Unit (NCIU) of Lae police and Border Security officers in Lae recently. The weapons and gun powder were confiscated following a police intelligence report of alleged gun smuggling into the country, and especially through the Lae port. On Tuesday this week, police arrested an Indonesian man and charged him with four counts of unlawfully dealings... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Pacific Islands News Association (Fiji) / Post Courier

36554

Indonesia

8 September 2012

Jakarta Globe

A cleaning employee at a major theme park in East Jakarta has discovered a handgun and hundreds of bullets in a plastic bag on the rim of an artificial lake there, a police officer said on Friday. Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Rikwanto said that Samit, 36, found the plastic bag while cleaning the rim of the lake at the Taman Mini Indonesia Indah freshwater museum compound. Rikwanto did not say when the bag was found. "It is still being investigated at the East... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Jakarta Globe

36538

Cambodia

3 September 2012

Phnom Penh Post

Armed robbery in Cambodia has doubled at the same time as more than 1,000 Royal Cambodian Armed Forces soldiers have fled their posts, taking their weapons with them, the general secretariat of the National Police Commissioner said on Friday. At an eight-month review of the state of crime in Cambodia, Lieutenant General Mok Chito, director of the penal police department at the Ministry of Interior, said there had been 19 recorded cases of armed robberies in the first... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Phnom Penh Post

36583

Philippines,Indonesia

2 September 2012

Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines — Is there a smuggling of guns from the Philippines to Indonesia? This question cropped up after the Indonesian police in Solo City (or Surakarta City), Central Java, Indonesia, killed two of three suspected terrorists in a raid on Friday night. Reports from The Jakarta Post (JP), an English newspaper, said the Densus (Department) 88, an elite police group, raided two locations in Solo City, but two of the suspects, identified only as "F" and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Manila Bulletin

36527

Philippines

2 September 2012

Philippine Star / Freeman

CEBU, Philippines - The Commission on Audit (COA) said that Mayor Michael Rama and other Cebu City Government officials violated the law for keeping in City Hall custody hundreds of unlicensed guns. "Although some of these firearms are now kept in the vault at the General Service Office (GSO), we believe that still, this condition may not relieve the city government of the liabilities and consequences of possessing unlicensed firearms," said Cebu City Resident Auditor... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Philippine Star / Freeman

36521

Thailand

13 August 2012

BBC News

Police in Thailand say that they will charge a member of the Thai parliament with causing death by negligence for accidentally shooting his secretary dead with a submachine gun. They say that the accident happened in a restaurant on Sunday night. Senator Boonsong Kowawisarat took out a 9mm Uzi submachine gun while waiting for food, the Bangkok Post reported. He told police the gun accidentally discharged and his secretary was shot in the stomach. Police say that the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

36463

Asia,United States,Philippines

30 July 2012

Philippine Star, Opinion

The Colorado Movie Theater shooting tragedy where 12 people were killed and 58 were injured during a sold-out midnight premier of the new Batman movie "The Dark Knight Rises" brought chills to many around the world. Imagine a 24-year-old man named James Holmes unloaded four weapons' full of ammunition into the unsuspecting crowd without any fear whatsoever. And here we are in our neck of the woods selling ammunition like hotcakes to any Tom, Dick or Harry. Many... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Philippine Star

36418

United States,Australia,Philippines

28 July 2012

Reuters

MANDAUE CITY, Philippines - In the Philippines, they vote with their trigger fingers. Elections mean big business for illegal gunsmiths, who are looking forward to 2013 mid-term polls. With election-related violence commonplace, the Philippines imposes a ban on the carrying of guns for six months, from campaigning to the proclamation of winners. With legal access denied, Filipinos simply turn to the many illegal gunsmiths who ply their trade in back alleys and on the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Reuters

36402

Philippines

28 June 2012

Sun Star (Philippines)

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has approved the imposition of a month-long gun ban for the 10-day general registration in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm). According to Comelec Resolution 9479, the gun ban in the Armm starts from July 1 to July 31 as part of the preparations for the voters' registration from July 9 to 18. Have something to report? Tell us in text, photos or videos. "Whereas to ensure the safety of the applicants for... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sun Star (Philippines)

36284

Thailand

25 June 2012

Bangkok Post

Shootouts involving hot-blooded youngsters are a common occurrence and the problem may be rooted in a government gun distribution policy gone wrong. Police have been alarmed by the easy availability of firearms which have ended up in the hands of people who should not be carrying them, including youngsters. They have found that arms smugglers are not the main suppliers of the weapons to the young people. Rather, it is state officials and security personnel who are... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Bangkok Post

36274

Cambodia,Philippines,Indonesia

18 June 2012

Jakarta Post

With a spike in armed robberies taking place in Greater Jakarta over the past few months, the Jakarta Police are being expected to work harder to cut off the circulation of illegal firearms, a police watchdog group said over the weekend. "The police are very sluggish in cracking down on the spread of illegal guns, while armed robberies occur everyday," Neta S. Pane, chairman of the Indonesian Police Watch (IPW), told The Jakarta Post on Sunday. Neta said that weak... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Jakarta Post

36255

Papua New Guinea,Indonesia

14 June 2012

Antara News (Indonesia)

JAYAPURA, Papua - The Indonesian Papuan University Students Movement (GMPI) has requested that local police again compile an inventory of gun ownership by civilians in Indonesia's eastern most province of Papua. The security authorities must address security problems by establishing an inventory of firearms ownership in Papua, GMPI Chairman Habelino S Sawaki said here Thursday. He made the statement following shooting incidents in Papua during the last few... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Antara News (Indonesia)

36250

Philippines,India

13 June 2012

Indian Express

A Punjab police official was on Tuesday arrested with 52 live bullets at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) here just before he was about to board a flight to Manila, a CISF official said. Inspector Atul Soni, was going to Manila on a Philippines Airlines flight when his baggage containing variants of live and spent bullets was detected by CISF security personnel at at T3 terminal. Soni, who said he was posted in Mohali, had 46 live rounds of 9 mm pistol, 3... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Indian Express

36236

Philippines

30 May 2012

Philippine Daily Inquirer / AP

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine military and communist guerrillas on Wednesday said communist rebels attacked a military outpost in the mountainous southeast and that civilians were wounded. New People's Army spokesman Jorge Madlos said more than 60 guerrillas raided the outpost in San Luis town in Agusan del Sur province early Wednesday. He said a soldier and five civilians were wounded and the rebels seized 17 mostly assault firearms. Madlos said villagers had... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Philippine Daily Inquirer / AP

36191

South East Asia,China

27 May 2012

South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)

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

Read More: South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)

36174

Philippines

25 May 2012

Philippine Daily Inquirer

CAMP VICENTE LIM, Laguna—The top police official in the Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) region said his office was considering at least a three-month suspension on permits to carry firearms in Cavite and Batangas. Calabarzon police director Chief Supt. James Melad on Wednesday said he was considering the ban after they realized an "abnormality" in the number of reported crimes committed with the use of firearms. When asked if he meant a rise in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Philippine Daily Inquirer

36178

Philippines

25 May 2012

Philippine Daily Inquirer, Editorial

Last Saturday's shooting of a 14-year-old by an 11-year-old school mate in barangay Pasil underscores the problem of small arms proliferation in the country. According to the gunshot victim, Mark Rey Abano, a few moments before he got a bullet in the head, he saw the father of the 11-year-old boy give the gun, a paltik .38 revolver, as a "gift". Based on 2011 data from the Philippine National Police, there are about 2 million loose firearms in the country, enough to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Philippine Daily Inquirer

36171

Indonesia

22 May 2012

Jakarta Post

The media coverage of an Army officer who brandished his gun in a street quarrel with a motorcycle rider recently raised concerns about the inappropriate use of arms. The circulation of small arms has clearly reached a point that puts development sustainability and security in many countries in the world at risk. The uncontrolled circulation of arms has contributed much to the mounting tension, terrorism or any other security threats to a country, such as what has... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Jakarta Post

36149

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

17 May 2012

Guardian (UK)

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

Read More: Guardian (UK)

36143

Vietnam,China

17 May 2012

South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)

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

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Indonesia

7 May 2012

Jakarta Post

People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) deputy speaker Lukman Hakim Saifuddin is urging the National Police to take back all firearms they have granted to civilians, including members of the House of Representatives (DPR). "People get easily angered. They can get really emotional over trivial matters," Lukman said on Sunday as quoted by tribunnews.com, adding it was economic hardship that likely had made them more "sensitive". "Imagine this: Even the most well-trained... (GunPolicy.org)

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36111

Indonesia

7 May 2012

Jakarta Globe

Indonesia's National Police will continue to grant civilians gun permits, despite calls from lawmakers for stricter gun regulations after a series of headline-grabbing reports cast doubt on public safety. The National Police have issued more than 25,000 gun permits to civilians since 2009, not counting the 10,154 permits for guns that fire rubber bullets and 5,810 permits for airsoft guns, according to National Police spokesman Ins. Gen. Saud Usman Nasution. Critics... (GunPolicy.org)

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36109

Indonesia

7 May 2012

Jakarta Post

Tighter gun-controls are being demanded by politicians and activists following a spike in firearm-related violence across the country. Poengky Indarti, executive director of human rights watchdog Imparsial, urged the government and the House of Representatives to work together to change the firearms policy. "Both should amend the law on the control of firearms and explosive, audit all firearm possession in the country and strengthen supervision and control," she said.... (GunPolicy.org)

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36106

Indonesia

5 May 2012

Jakarta Post

The House of Representatives plans to summon National Police chief Gen. Timur Pradopo in the near future in the wake of a series of incidents involving armed civilians in public places, a lawmaker has said. A member of House's Commission III overseeing legal, human rights and security affairs, Sarifuddin Sudding, said the meeting would be carried out soon after the currently ongoing recess period ends on May 13. "We will demand National Police chief explain why there... (GunPolicy.org)

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36104

Philippines

29 April 2012

Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines — On the heels of a crackdown on loose firearms, the Philippine National Police (PNP) reminded yesterday all gun owners to make sure that their firearm licenses are renewed or face charges and arrest. Director General Nicanor Bartolome, PNP chief said, an operational plan on the campaign against loose firearms is already being finalized as part of the security measures for the 2013 elections. He warned all delinquent gun owners of the prospect of... (GunPolicy.org)

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36083

Philippines

13 April 2012

Philippine Information Agency

COTABATO CITY -- The members of the Regional Peace and Order Council has decided to impose a gun ban and regulate the issuance of firearms in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). ARMM governor officer-in-charge regional governor Mujiv Hataman said that the council has unanimously agreed to pass a resolution proposing the imposition of gun ban in the areas under the autonomous region not only during the election period but also during voters'... (GunPolicy.org)

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36017

Philippines

9 April 2012

Philippine Daily Inquirer

Starting Monday, only soldiers and law enforcers will be allowed to carry firearms in the island-province of Masbate. Philippine National Police Director General Nicanor Bartolome, in a memorandum on Saturday, ordered the suspension of gun-carrying privileges in Masbate from April 9 to 14, when the annual Rodeo Masbateño Festival is celebrated in the province as a tribute to its cattle industry. He said that due to the event "all permits to carry firearms outside of... (GunPolicy.org)

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

5 April 2012

China Daily

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

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35982

Philippines

2 April 2012

Sun Star (Philippines)

DAVAO CITY Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio reiterated on Sunday the month-long gun ban imposed during the 75th Araw ng Dabaw celebration has been proven effective to deter crimes. The implementation of the localized gun ban met strong opposition from various sectors, including Vice Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte. In Sunday's press briefing at her office, Duterte-Carpio presented a comparative data of the study conducted to determine the crime rate in the city over the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sun Star (Philippines)

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Vietnam,Thailand,Singapore,Philippines,Myanmar,Malaysia,Laos,Indonesia,Cambodia,Brunei

29 March 2012

Xinhua

PHNOM PENH -- The ASEAN security officials gathered here on Wednesday to seek effective measures for cooperation to prevent disasters caused by illegal arms smuggling and trafficking, said Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sar Kheng. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the three-day ASEAN workshop on Small Arms, Light Weapons and Unexploded Ordnances Control, Sar Kheng said the meeting was very important to identify effective measures for... (GunPolicy.org)

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35964

Philippines

26 March 2012

Journal (Manila)

MAMANG PULIS -- Philippine National Police chief Director General Nicanor A. Bartolome has ordered the implementation of stricter gun control measures aimed at reducing by 10 percent gun-related crimes and reducing by 3.38 percent the number of loose firearms in the country. He tasked the PNP Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management to spearhead the massive nationwide gun control campaign aimed also at accounting for loose firearms and tens of thousands... (GunPolicy.org)

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35952

Indonesia,Papua New Guinea

19 March 2012

Pacific Islands News Association (Fiji Islands)

There is an arms build-up between Vanimo and Green River in the border areas of West Sepik province, a Papua New Guinea Customs official said. He said intelligence indicated that guns were being smuggled into the country from five locations in Indonesia. While there were customs operations in Vanimo and Wutung, "there is none in Bewani, Imonda, Kembratoro in Amanab and Green River". "These are strategic locations, including open jungle where illegal trade and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Pacific Islands News Association (Fiji Islands)

35931

Asia,Laos,Thailand,China,India

18 March 2012

Telegraph (India)

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

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35948

Philippines

8 March 2012

Philippine Star

COTABATO CITY, Philippines – Muslim clerics are ready to support the enforcement of a general firearm registration amnesty program in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. But the group noted that this can only be done if the government puts up more courts in the area with judges courageous enough to litigate high-profile cases to establish the semblance of strong justice system. For local sociologists and contemporary historians, it is the perennial lack of... (GunPolicy.org)

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35893

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

6 March 2012

Jakarta Post

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

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35886

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

5 March 2012

Indian Defence Review

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

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35895

Philippines

29 February 2012

Associated Press

MANILA, Philippines — More than 27,000 Philippine police officers — about a fifth of the national force — do not have government-issued guns, prompting many of them to rely on their own guns to battle criminals and insurgents, officials said Wednesday. Like the underfunded Philippine military, one of Asia's weakest, the 140,000-strong police have struggled with scarce funds and weapons while dealing with widespread crimes, decades-long communist and Muslim... (GunPolicy.org)

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35869

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)

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35870

Philippines

27 February 2012

Business World (Philippines), Opinion

We were walking back home -- my husband and two small kids in tow -- after a fun-filled river exploration. We were vacationing in a cousin's place, north of Manila. The road was empty, save for a guy in motorbike in front of a small makeshift nipa hut-kerosene store. Two loud noises cracked the silence, and another guy came running out of the nipa hut. He jumped in the waiting motorbike, and the two hurriedly left. My mind was slow in processing the events; I even... (GunPolicy.org)

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35871

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

Indonesia

15 February 2012

Jakarta Post

Widespread armed violence in Aceh ahead of the province's upcoming gubernatorial election has prompted police to take stern actions to curb the possession of illegal arms by civilians. The arms in question are believed to be remnants of Aceh's era of conflict, which have not been handed over in an apparent defiance of the peace pact in the province. In a bid to anticipate armed attacks ahead of the Aceh gubernatorial election, police have issued an ultimatum running... (GunPolicy.org)

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35836

Indonesia

15 February 2012

Jakarta Globe

More and more criminals are using guns to perpetrate their crimes, the Jakarta Police said after they confiscated 23 firearms of various makes and models in just a nine-day operation. During the operation, police also arrested 396 people in 386 different cases of robbery, rape and kidnapping. Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Rikwanto said more street criminals were using guns to intimidate their victims. "Using guns in criminal action has become a trend. In the... (GunPolicy.org)

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35832

Philippines

29 January 2012

Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines – The House of Representatives has approved on third and final reading a new firearms law that would amend the Martial Law-era firearms regulations and provide for a comprehensive regulation of firearms, light weapons, and ammunition in the country. Congressmen unanimously approved House Bill (HB) No. 5484 a few months after lawmakers sought stronger and clearer laws against possession of light weapons and high-powered firearms such as the ones... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Manila Bulletin

35783

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

27 January 2012

Publica (Brazil)

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

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35794

Thailand

18 January 2012

ABC News (Spain) / EFE

[Translated summary: According to data from the United Nations, firearms are used in 80% of homicides committed in Thailand, a percentage that is almost hand in hand with nations such as South Africa, Colombia, Mexico, Guatemala, or the United States.] BANGKOK - La fascinación de los tailandeses por las armas de fuego, de las que hay 15 por cada 100 habitantes, hace que Tailandia sea uno de los países con un mayor promedio de homicidios cometidos por gente propensa... (GunPolicy.org)

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35746

Philippines

2 January 2012

Philippine Star

COTABATO CITY, Philippines – After declaring war on illegal loggers, Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) officer-in-charge Mujiv Hataman vowed to address the proliferation of firearms in his region, home to warlords and clans that maintain arsenals as symbol to perpetuate power. Hataman, who is an ethnic Yakan from Basilan, said he will initiate measures to account loose firearms cautiously due to the strong centuries-old tradition of Southern Moro... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Philippine Star

35703

China,Europe,United States,Thailand

2 January 2012

CNN

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

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35698

Philippines

28 December 2011

Daily Mail (UK)

In many parts of the world, the traditional celebration of happy events is to fire gunshots into the air - a kind of makeshift personal firework, if you will. The Philipines is no different, so to keep discipline over New Year's Eve in the country this year, officers in the Filipino police have taped their subordinates' firearms shut. These pictures show policemen on parade for a 'sealing of firearms' ceremony at their headquarters in Camp Crame, suburban Quezon city,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Mail (UK)

35693

Philippines

21 December 2011

Philippine Information Agency, Media release

CEBU CITY -- The Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 warned gun owners that failure to renew their gun license will be tantamount to illegal possession of loose firearm. Over 40,000 gun holders in Central Visayas have expired licenses this year. PRO-7 Deputy Regional Director for Operations S/Supt. Louie Oppus asked gun holders to renew their firearms as the police us strengthening their close monitoring on loose firearms. Records of the Firearms Explosives Security... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Philippine Information Agency

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