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United States,Italy,United Kingdom,Japan,South Korea,Bahrain,Germany

9 April 2014

Stars and Stripes (USA)

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Strict gun laws in foreign countries mean many in America's overseas military communities feel safer than they would at home, although they're divided over whether tougher rules would reduce gun violence in the U.S. "For the most part, I feel safer over here because we're not allowed to bring guns," Sgt. Roseann Baena, a 26-year-old soldier assigned to Europe Regional Dental Command in Sembach, Germany, said Tuesday. Her comment was typical... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom,Cyprus

4 April 2014

Manchester Evening News (UK)

A man convicted of firearms offences who went on the run after being released on licence has been arrested in Cyprus. Louis Larsson, 29, from Bolton, was arrested in Paphos, the popular holiday resort in the south of the island, after a joint operation by Greater Manchester Police and the National Crime Agency. It is understood armed Cypriot police were also involved in the arrest. In 2010, Larsson, admitted a series of firearms offences after he mail-ordered gun... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Manchester Evening News (UK)

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

3 April 2014

Christian Today

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

Read More: Christian Today

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Spain

2 April 2014

Xinhua

MADRID - The Spanish Civil Guard arrested nine people in an operation dismantling an illegal weapons factory on Wednesday. The Spanish Ministry of the Interior confirmed that Operation "Bulldog" also led to them seizing 109 firearms, 5,500 bullets, a kilo and a half of gunpowder, tools and machinery used to adapt firearms and 47,200 euros (65,100 U.S. dollars) in cash. The operation was centered on the town of Laguna de Duero in central Spain, from where the Ministry... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Xinhua

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

2 April 2014

Associated Press

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

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

22 March 2014

St Louis Post-Dispatch (Missouri)

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

Read More: St Louis Post-Dispatch (Missouri)

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Nigeria,Turkey

20 March 2014

Daily Trust (Abuja)

Turkish Airlines has denied reports that it has been bringing arms into Nigeria which might have found its way to the Northeast, where Boko Haram militants have caused violence. "Turkish Airlines has not been involved in any carriage of arms to that country (Nigeria) from Turkey nor from any country," the airline said in a statement yesterday. The reports stem from a leaked tape, where Mehmet Karatas, an assistant executive of the airline, allegedly tells Mustafa... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Trust (Abuja)

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Turkey

19 March 2014

Hürriyet Daily News (Istanbul)

Seven people were killed and several are reported injured after an armed attack on the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK) office in the northeastern province of Kars on March 19. It has been revealed that the assailant was an employee recently fired by TÜİK. He committed suicide right after the raid, which was staged soon after the opening of the office, Kars Governor Eyüp Tepe said in a statement. "Someone who was dismissed from his job ran amok and killed... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Hürriyet Daily News (Istanbul)

38476

Turkey

18 March 2014

Hürriyet Daily News (Istanbul)

A 30-year-old man has been killed by a stray bullet during Nevruz celebrations in the southeastern province of Şırnak. Local took to the streets in the city March 17, with many firing celebratory shots into the air using guns, hunting rifles, and Kalashnikovs. Garip Taşkın was hit by a gun shot while he was going home at around 6.30 p.m. He was immediately taken to the hospital but could not be saved. Meanwhile, clashes erupted between a group of protesters and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Hürriyet Daily News (Istanbul)

38504

Italy

18 March 2014

Local (Italy)

The killing of a three-year-old toddler along with two adults in an apparent fight for territory in a violent drug war has sparked reactions of horror in Italy. The victims - a convicted murderer on day release from prison, his partner and her young son - were killed in southern Italy late on Monday after the car they were travelling in was forced off the road by gunmen in a second car, who then fired more than 15 bullets through the windscreen. Investigators said the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (Italy)

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Italy

11 March 2014

Local (Italy)

A 17-year-old girl from the Sicilian province of Trapani, committed suicide after learning how to load a gun on the internet. The pistol, which was kept unassembled in a safe at the family home in the town of Marsala, belonged to her father, an officer with the financial police, the local news website Marsalaviva.it reported. The girl, named by the website as Simona Giacalone, is reported to have gathered information on the internet on how to assemble and load a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (Italy)

38451

Croatia,Serbia,Afghanistan,North Africa,Iraq,Bosnia & Herzegovina,Macedonia,Albania,European Union,Europe

24 February 2014

Southeast European Times

Balkan countries are taking measures to support domestic military firms in an effort to improve their economies and develop closer relations with NATO, experts said. Governments pay more attention to the military industry's economic potential, said Blagoja Markovski, president of the Balkan Security Forum in Skopje. "It offers extraordinary opportunities to create jobs and help the development of the economy. Individual countries' earnings range from tens of millions... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Southeast European Times

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

20 February 2014

Fair Observer

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

Read More: Fair Observer

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Greece

20 February 2014

Athens Macedonian News Agency

Examining magistrates for Golden Dawn (Chryssi Avghi) case requested on Thursday from the Greek parliament to lift the immunity of the Golden Dawn MPs not pending trial. The two magistrates, Ioanna Klapa and Maria Dimitrokali, ask the lifting of the deputies' immunity in order to testify on the charges of participating and running a criminal organisation. Moreover, they estimated that additional charges should be pressed against the already accused MPs Giorgos... (GunPolicy.org)

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38391

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

17 February 2014

Österreich Journal

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

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Kosovo,Albania

14 February 2014

Balkan Insight (Sarajevo)

Six suspects, including a police officer and an employee of the Ministry of Interior, were arrested on Thursday, accused of arms trafficking between Albania and Kosovo. During the arrest of the suspects, police sequestered four AK-47 automatic rifles, 12,780 rounds of ammunition and a number of spare parts for automatic weapons. "The operation for their arrest was finalized outside the Kalimash tunnel, [on the highway that connects Albania with Kosovo] while the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Balkan Insight (Sarajevo)

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European Union,Bosnia & Herzegovina

3 February 2014

Southeast European Times

BANJA LUKA - By co-operating with EU member countries, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) is reducing the amount of illegal weapons smuggling, but the Union is still concerned about the situation. "The fight against illicit firearms trafficking is high on the EU's agenda, both within the territory of the EU and in our co-operation with third countries. EUROPOL's Serious and Organised Threat Assessment for 2013 shows that this is a key issue to tackle in the Western Balkans... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Southeast European Times

38338

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)

Read More: Ekklesia (UK)

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Turkey,Kenya,Somalia

31 January 2014

Nairobian (Kenya)

A man was arrested in Lunga Lunga for smuggling illegal weapons. Abdillahi Edin Adano was seized with two pistols and 20 rounds of ammunition that he intended to sell. Police laid a trap after getting tips from the public that the suspect had landed in Eastleigh with the cache. The seized man allegedly planned to sell the guns in Lunga Lunga. Last year, six firearms and several rounds of ammunitions were recovered from the same slums where four suspects were... (GunPolicy.org)

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Italy

16 January 2014

Xinhua

ROME - The murder cases registered in Italy last year marked the record low since the republic was founded some 150 years ago, which experts said was an evidence that the economic crisis does not foster extreme violence when the nation-state is perceived as strong. "What I found was that the economic crisis does not affect murders," Marzio Barbagli, a sociology professor emeritus at the University of Bologna told Xinhua on Wednesday. Barbagli was the author of a study... (GunPolicy.org)

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

6 January 2014

Vermelho / El Pais

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

Read More: Vermelho / El Pais

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Turkey,United States,Egypt,China

29 December 2013

Egypt State Information Service

Egyptian customs authorities on Saturday seized firearms and ammunition in containers coming from the United States, Turkey and China. Two Beirut-bound containers were found at the Alexandria port carrying 2,400 rifles of different types, said the head of the Egyptian Customs Authority Mohamed el-Salhawy. Another two shipments of fireworks arrived at Dekheila port. They were imported under a fake request of medical supplies. Meantime, four containers were seized at... (GunPolicy.org)

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Syria,Turkey

17 December 2013

Hürriyet Daily News (Istanbul)

No weapons intended for war have been exported to Syria in 2013, Defense Minister İsmet Yılmaz has said, while acknowledging that weapons "without military uses" for use in sports activities have been exported to Syria, indirectly acknowledging a recent report by daily Hürriyet. Yılmaz, however, declined to elaborate on the addressee of the imported weaponry. Permission for exportation of all weapons from Turkey are issued by the Defense Ministry, Yılmaz said on... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Hürriyet Daily News (Istanbul)

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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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Netherlands,Spain,United Kingdom,Italy,United States,Belgium,Iraq,Algeria,Bahrain,Egypt,Mexico,Pakistan,Canada

8 December 2013

Toronto Star (Ontario) / Canadian Press

OTTAWA — Bahrain, Algeria and Iraq, countries with dubious human rights records or a history of violent internal conflict, have recently become new buyers of Canadian-made guns and ammunition, an analysis of federal data shows. The analysis by The Canadian Press found that Canadian exports to those countries swelled by 100 per cent from 2011 to 2012, the most recent figures publicly available. During the same time period, exports of Canadian weapons also increased... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Toronto Star (Ontario) / Canadian Press

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Southern Europe,Eastern Europe,Slovakia,France

2 December 2013

Local (France)

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

Read More: Local (France)

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Turkey

27 November 2013

Xinhua

ANKARA - Turkish police detained a suspect after seizing 10 handguns in a minibus in the southern province of Hatay, local Today's Zaman reported Wednesday. A mini-bus driver called the police after a man left a suspicious bag inside his vehicle, according to the report. By searching the bag, the police found 10 unlicensed handguns and detained the suspected owner of the bag. The incident is still under investigation. Smuggling of weapons has been on the rise in... (GunPolicy.org)

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Greece

25 November 2013

Ekathimerini (Greece)

A Greek army major was given a suspended 20-month jail sentence after weapons and Golden Dawn-related material was found at his home. A military tribunal in Larissa, central Greece, gave the 51-year-old a term that is suspended for three years after several unlicensed guns were found at his home. A number of Nazi-themed books and items bearing the emblem of the 1967-74 military dictatorship were also discovered at the property. The major also had a Golden Dawn... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Ekathimerini (Greece)

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Greece,Sierra Leone,Libya,Ukraine

12 November 2013

Ukrainian Journal

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

Read More: Ukrainian Journal

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

8 November 2013

Greek Reporter

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

Read More: Greek Reporter

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European Union,Malta

8 November 2013

Times of Malta

Some 20,000 Maltese were estimated to own firearms according to a study carried out by Eurostat. However, only two per cent said they owned the gun for personal protection, much less than the EU average of 14 per cent. A total 21 per cent said they were collectors. The study, conducted in collaboration with Misco last month, found that only seven per cent of those surveyed had owned a firearm. Some 78 per cent said they agreed with cooperating with neighbouring EU... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times of Malta

38058

Greece

3 November 2013

Today's Zaman (Istanbul)

A brazen drive-by shooting that killed two young members of Greece's far-right Golden Dawn party has shocked Greeks and prompted soul-searching about whether the crisis-hit country is slipping into a "cycle of violence." Greece's anti-terrorism force is investigating whether Friday's rush hour shooting outside the party's offices in Athens was retaliation for a fatal stabbing of an anti-fascism rapper by a Golden Dawn supporter in September, police said. Rapper Pavlos... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Today's Zaman (Istanbul)

38041

Italy

29 October 2013

Gazzetta del Sud (Italy)

POMIGLIANO D'ARCO, Naples - Carabinieri military police on Tuesday unearthed a small arms cache buried in a cemetery in the town of Pomigliano D'Arco located northeast of Naples, near Mount Vesuvius. The mini arsenal consisted of a 12-caliber shotgun and three sub-machine guns, all with no serial numbers, as well as more than 1000 bullets of various calibers. The weapons were taken to a ballistics lab for testing to find out if they have been used by the Naples Camorra... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Gazzetta del Sud (Italy)

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

25 October 2013

Southeast European Times

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

Read More: Southeast European Times

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Denmark,Finland,Netherlands,Switzerland,Germany,Europe,United States,France,Israel,Spain,Austria,England & Wales,European Union

17 October 2013

New York Times

PARIS — The gun fired four shots into a gelatin block. Each nine-millimeter bullet punched deep into the substance, which was meant to mimic the density of a human body. For the experts at the Austrian Interior Ministry performing the test, it was a clear sign: This was a deadly weapon. But it was no ordinary gun. The officials had downloaded the gun's digital blueprints from the Internet and "printed" the weapon on a type of 3-D printer that any person could buy... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

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Greece

16 October 2013

Ekathimerini (Greece)

An investigation into fugitive businessman Anastasios Pallis, a former associate of shipowner Victor Restis, continued on Wednesday, after police officers confiscated dozens of weapons from his residence in Voula, southern Athens, late on Tuesday. The probe was being conducted after retired British Army officer Edward Pringle-Stacey, who worked with Pallis, suggested to police that the businessmen had in his possession some 4,000 weapons, which may have been linked to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Ekathimerini (Greece)

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Turkey

13 October 2013

Today's Zaman (Istanbul)

A young girl was accidentally killed by her grandfather while he was cleaning his pistol in the western province of Bursa on Saturday, adding to a soaring number of similar incidents which are raising the issue of effective gun control amid increasing fatalities. The recent deadly incident took place in İnegöl, a district of Bursa, at around 9:00 p.m. when Satı Örs, 7, was accidentally shot by her grandfather while he was cleaning his pistol. To save her father... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Today's Zaman (Istanbul)

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Italy,Sierra Leone,United States,India

13 October 2013

Guardian (UK) / Reuters

India has detained an armed ship operated by a US maritime security company, including the 35 people on board, for failing to produce papers authorizing it to carry weapons and ammunition in Indian waters, the coast guard said on Sunday. Coast Guard Commandant Anand Kumar said the ship was stopped on Friday and was being held in the southern port of Tuticorin along with its 10 crew and 25 armed guards, until required documentation is submitted. The crew and security... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (UK) / Reuters

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Turkey

9 October 2013

Today's Zaman (Istanbul)

A 70-year-old woman was struck fatally by a stray bullet while standing on the balcony of her flat as a man fired rounds at the building on Tuesday in Ankara. According to reports, an argument had broken out in a local coffee house between İsmail Ç. and Necip Ö. about an issue of paying back borrowed money. As tension escalated between the two men, people in the coffee house intervened to prevent a fight. Necip Ö., leaving the coffee house, allegedly grabbed his... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Today's Zaman (Istanbul)

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Turkey

27 September 2013

Today's Zaman (Istanbul)

Three people were killed and two wounded in a fight that broke out between two neighboring families in Adana - allegedly over a chicken that had wandered into one of the family's gardens. The quarrel started when two children began to fight over the chicken and escalated after the relatives of the children saw what was going on and joined in. The two sides pulled guns and started shooting. The firefight left Yüksel Y., Kadir O., Orhan B. and Enis B. injured. The four... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Today's Zaman (Istanbul)

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Portugal

25 September 2013

TVI 24 (Portugal)

[Translated summary: Portuguese authorities destroyed 3,125 guns today, in the fourth official destruction this year. A total of 11,179 guns have been destroyed this year.] O Departamento de Armas e Explosivos da Polícia de Segurança Pública (PSP) destruiu um total de 3.125 armas, sendo 2.800 de fogo e 325 classificadas como brancas, comunicou hoje a força de segurança. Esta ação de destruição de armas, em estado de degradação, foi a quarta realizada este... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: TVI 24 (Portugal)

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Malta,Libya

23 September 2013

Tripoli Post (Libya)

A 31-year-old Libyan citizen from Tripoli married to a Maltese woman and residing in Malta, was Monday morning arraigned in court along with a Maltese man after 40,000 bullets were found in the Libyan's car on Saturday following weeks of surveillance by the Malta police. The Libyan, Feraj Issa Ali Yacoob, and Michael Azzopardi, a 55-year old Maltese, appeared in court on charges of illegally selling ammunition to Libyan organisations when they knew or could suspect... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Tripoli Post (Libya)

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Turkey

16 September 2013

Today's Zaman (Istanbul)

Two men died and six others were injured as a result of a gunfight that broke out in Muğla's Bodrum district on Sunday. The incident took place on Sunday afternoon near the Gümbet crossroads in Bodrum. Two vehicles, one carrying individuals identified as Tahsin, Yaşar and Ahmet Kaya and the other one carrying Bekir, Naci, Yakup and Hasan Turan, pulled over near the Gümbet crossroads and started to fight over an unsettled debt. Soon the altercation turned into a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Today's Zaman (Istanbul)

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Turkey

11 September 2013

Today's Zaman (Istanbul)

A father shot and killed his daughter while he was cleaning his gun in Zonguldak late on Tuesday, according to reports. The incident took place in the Tepebaşı neighborhood in Zonguldak. Ayhan Ercan, a father of two, said he accidentally fired his gun while he was putting it on the table after cleaning it. The bullet hit his daughter in the face. The girl was then rushed to the hospital, where she died despite attempts to save her. Reports speculated that Ercan... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Today's Zaman (Istanbul)

37857

Italy

4 September 2013

Local (Italy)

A 73-year-old pensioner from Rome shot his wife dead while "playing" with his gun. The man, who lived with his wife in the capital's Monteverde district, told police he did not realise his .45-caliber revolver was loaded during the "game" that ended in tragedy in the early hours of Wednesday. According to reports, the man was sitting on the couch holding his gun when his 63-year-old wife asked if he was planning to commit suicide. He is reported to have 'jokedly' said... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (Italy)

37826

United Arab Emirates,Syria,Yemen,Turkey

3 September 2013

Today's Zaman (Istanbul)

Turkish police have stormed an illegal arms manufacturing factory in the central Anatolian province of Konya, seizing 4,500 guns and detaining two dozen suspects believed to be involved in the production and shipment of the arms to Middle Eastern countries. Last fall, Yemeni authorities confiscated boxes of ammunition originating from Turkey in the southern Yemeni city of Aden. Officials seized 3,000 pistols found in biscuit boxes inside a container that came from... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Today's Zaman (Istanbul)

37824

Bosnia & Herzegovina

2 September 2013

Eurasia Review / Southeast European Times

The problem of illegal weapons remaining from 1990s conflict is still significant in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and the entire region, while the countries of the western Balkans are trying to persuade citizens to surrender illegal weapons they possess. A new law on amnesty for possession of illegal weapons that the Republika Sprksa assembly adopted will be in force starting Sunday (September 1st) and citizens will be able to pass their illegal weapons to authorities... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Eurasia Review / Southeast European Times

37815

Turkey

28 August 2013

Today's Zaman (Istanbul)

A soldier serving his compulsory military service in Gölbaşı, a district of Ankara province, killed a comrade in a fit of rage before turning his gun on himself on Wednesday. According to reports, U.Ö., who allegedly had psychological problems, shot his friend O.D. three times after they got into an argument. U.Ö. then shot himself with the same gun. The two soldiers were immediately taken to Gölbaşı State Hospital, where they subsequently died. The cause of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Today's Zaman (Istanbul)

37812

Greece

27 August 2013

Ekathimerini (Greece)

Thirteen people were being treated at the general hospital of Larissa, central Greece, on Tuesday for gunshot injuries suffered at a wedding on Monday night at the Roma camp of Nea Smyrni. The 13 people, among whom are several children, received a range of minor injuries when one of the wedding guests, a 44-year-old man, tried to fire his hunting rifle into the air when the weapon backfired. The 44-year-old has been arrested, while authorities are also seeking his... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Ekathimerini (Greece)

37805

Turkey

26 August 2013

Today's Zaman (Istanbul)

Stray bullets from celebrations or disputes continue to kill people across the country, with five children having lost their lives in this manner over the last 30 days. The most recent incident took place in Ağrı on Aug. 24. People were celebrating a henna night by firing guns into the air when stray bullets apparently hit 7-year-old Mehmet Keser and Altın Kalkuç Koç, who were attending a wedding ceremony two blocks away. The two critically wounded were rushed to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Today's Zaman (Istanbul)

37804

Turkey

22 August 2013

Today's Zaman (Istanbul)

A 63-year-old cleaner, Şeyhmus Yıldız, attempted suicide after shooting Özlem Görükmez and Özlem Akdağ in Diyarbakır on Wednesday, Turkish media reported on Thursday. According to media reports, the incident took place in Bağlar, where Yıldız shot Akdağ dead and injured Görükmez. Yıldız, a cleaner at a family health center in Bağlar, is thought to have been in love with Görükmez, who worked at the health center as a nurse. He decided to kill her... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Today's Zaman (Istanbul)

37785

Spain

20 August 2013

Local (Spain)

A wave of rural robberies in Murcia has led farmers to look for ways to legally arm themselves in order to defend their livelihoods. The president of the Coordinator of Organizations of Farmers and Growers (COAG) in the southeast Spanish city of Cartagena revealed details this week of a crime wave that is frustrating local farmers. Vincente Carrión told La Opinion de Murcia newspaper: "In the last week alone they've stolen two power converters and broken into three... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (Spain)

37789

Albania

16 August 2013

Southeast European Times

Albanian officials hope that the new law on the illegal possession of weapons will lead to a lower violent crime rate. The new penal code, which came into law in June, increases the sentence for people convicted of illegal possession of weapons from three years maximum to three to eight years in prison. The new law also mandates that a sentence of no less than 10 years in prison be given to those who use weapons illegally in public places. Police say that more than... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Southeast European Times

38016

Turkey

12 August 2013

Today's Zaman (Istanbul)

Sixteen-year-old Onur Yılmaz died after being hit by a stray bullet fired by his uncle at his uncle's wedding ceremony in Çorum, Turkish media reported on Monday. The incident took place in Aşdavul village, in Çorum's Ortaköy district, at the wedding of Osman Yılmaz and Oya Çelik. Yılmaz fired celebratory rounds of gunfire and a bullet hit and seriously injured his teenage nephew. Onur Yılmaz was taken to Ortaköy State Hospital and later transferred to Hitit... (GunPolicy.org)

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37753

Turkey

11 August 2013

Today's Zaman (Istanbul)

Parliament's Administrative President Malik Ecder Özdemir has warned deputies against carrying guns while inside the general assembly hall, noting that this is a violation of Parliament's bylaws. Özdemir, a Republican People's Party (CHP) deputy, said "Guns can be pulled out at any time in Parliament, and party leaders are in danger." His warning comes at a time when tension is high in Turkey following mass anti-government protests that took place in May. He said... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Today's Zaman (Istanbul)

37766

Greece

9 August 2013

Ekathimerini (Greece)

A 65-year-old man was charged on Friday with illegal possession of ammunition as authorities sought his 67-year-old brother after 11,055 bullets and six guns were found at two apartments owned by the men. Police also discovered other weapons, including a sword, at the properties in Holargos, northeastern Athens, and Petralona, southern Athens. They raided the property in Holargos earlier in the week after a tip-off that ammunition was being stored there. The... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Ekathimerini (Greece)

37745

Serbia,England & Wales

6 August 2013

Daily Mail (UK)

A Tory candidate has been jailed for 16 years for selling submachine guns he smuggled from Serbia to drugs gangs in Britain. Marcus Simpson, who narrowly missed out on being elected to his local council, offered gangsters a 'menu' of weapons that included a Scorpion submachine gun, a laser-sighted assault rifle and Walther PPKs, plus silencers and ammunition. Simpson, 42, was a Conservative candidate for Corby, Northamptonshire, in the 2011 local elections. He lost by... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Mail (UK)

37768

Portugal

2 August 2013

RTP, Video

[Translated summary: It is estimated that one in three Portuguese citizens has a gun at home, with 1.5 million legal guns registered with authorities. It is not known how many illegal guns exist. Police seized over 3,300 weapons in 2012.] Em cada três portugueses um possui uma arma em casa. A Polícia apreendeu mais de 3300 armas em 2012. De acordo com o Diário de Notícias estão registados no Departamento de armas e explosivos da PSP quase milhão e meio de armas... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: RTP

37773

Spain

1 August 2013

Local (Spain)

An eleven-year-old boy is in critical condition after a neighbour in the Madrid district of San Blas shot him for "not letting him sleep". Spanish police arrested 30-year-old José S.A. on Tuesday night after he allegedly shot a young boy who was playing football with a friend close to the aggressor's home. The incident, which took place at around half past eight in the evening, saw the eleven-year-old being rushed to hospital after he received a bullet to the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (Spain)

37719

Greece

30 July 2013

Ekathimerini (Greece)

Police searching for a missing 16-year-old girl in the Athens neighborhood of Dafni stumbled upon an arms cache and arrested a 44-year-old man they believe may be a weapons dealer. Officers searched an apartment block in the area on suspicion that the teenager had been there with a 29-year-old convicted murderer and rapist who escaped recently from Grevena Prison. They found traces that the fugitive and the 16-year-old had been in the building's underground... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Ekathimerini (Greece)

37713

Italy

25 July 2013

Local (Italy)

A 43-year-old man's attempt to defend himself against a tiny mouse instead left him with a bullet in his foot. The man, from Onè di Fonte in Treviso, was so frightened by the rodent scurrying around his house that he reached for his father's rifle to kill it, only ended up shooting himself in the foot instead. The news website, ArticoloTre, assumed his inexperience at handling a rifle, alongside his fear, made him miss target. He was later hospitalized for gunshot... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (Italy)

37698

Yemen,Oman,Turkey

11 July 2013

Fox News (USA)

MUSCAT, Oman – Oman police say they have seized more than 30,000 pistols aboard a tanker, which a newspaper reports was bound for neighboring Yemen. The seizure comes two years after an Abu Dhabi court sentenced six people for a foiled plot to smuggle 16,000 pistols from Turkey to Shiite rebels in northern Yemen. The official Oman News Agency quoted a police colonel as saying nine Omanis were arrested in connection with the alleged shipment of 30,393 pistols... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Fox News (USA)

37699

Turkey

9 July 2013

Today's Zaman (Istanbul)

A shop owner who was enraged by continuing protests near his shop in Taksim was detained by police after he fired a gun into the air in a move to scare away protesters on Monday. He was sent to jail after being questioned by an İstanbul prosecutor at the Çağlayan Courthouse on Tuesday. The court judge ruled for his arrest for violation of Law No. 6136, as he put people's lives in danger by firing a gun in a public... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Today's Zaman (Istanbul)

37661

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

Libya,Syria,Turkey,Qatar,Russia

5 July 2013

Xinhua

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

Read More: Xinhua

37645

Lebanon,Syria,Italy

2 July 2013

Local (Italy)

Italian mafia homicides have fallen by almost half in recent years, underscoring the gangsters' ongoing shift into what look like legitimate business sectors, researchers said on Tuesday. Anna Alvazzi del Frate, research director of the Geneva-based Small Arms Survey think-tank, told reporters that mafia killings in Italy dropped by 43 percent between 2007 and 2010, and that the trend was continuing. "We think that this may be related to the increasing involvement of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (Italy)

37625

Italy

21 June 2013

Local (Italy)

A policeman in southern Italy used his service gun to kill his wife before committing suicide, local media reported on Friday. Louis Chiumiento, 44, shot 41-year-old Raffaella Ranauro in her car in the southern city of Benevento earlier today, local newspaper il Quaderno reported. Chiumiento then shot himself in the head, the newspaper said. The incident happened in a busy area of the city during lunchtime and so there were numerous witnesses. Chiumiento's... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (Italy)

37597

Turkey

21 June 2013

Today's Zaman (Istanbul)

Two brothers were killed as a result of a family dispute in the southeastern province of Gaziantep on Thursday. The incident began when Bahattin C. came across his brother-in-law, Mikail C., near Bahattin's house. Bahattin C. pulled out his gun and shot Mikail C. after a fight erupted between the two men. Mikail's brother Nedim C. was also shot while trying to separate the two. The two brothers were severely injured at the scene of the incident, and a child on the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Today's Zaman (Istanbul)

37596

Italy

17 June 2013

Local (Italy)

A 69-year-old school janitor in Sicily nicknamed "the poet" gunned down a religious education teacher on Saturday, shooting her dead before attempting to flee the scene, Italian media reported. Giovanna Nobile, 54, had gone into the Pappalardo di Vittoria school in southern Sicily for a teachers' meeting and was confronted by Salvatore Lo Presti as she was leaving the building. Lo Presti, known as "the poet" around school because of his passion for writing poems, shot... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (Italy)

37575

Turkey

3 June 2013

Today's Zaman (Istanbul)

The minimum age for gun ownership in a law proposal being deliberated by the Weapons Sub-commission of the parliamentary Interior Affairs Commission has been raised from 18 to 25, another increase from 23 in the previous version of the draft. The draft also has provisions in the tear gas category, including pepper spray, which has been in the news recently due to its much criticized overuse by the police force during the Taksim Gezi Park demonstrations in İstanbul and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Today's Zaman (Istanbul)

37518

Greece

31 May 2013

Washington Post / Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece — A Greek extreme far-right lawmaker who wanted to travel with his licensed handgun on a domestic flight drew unwanted attention after the firearm accidentally went off during check-in procedures Thursday. Police said nobody was hurt in the incident in a secluded area of Athens International Airport. But the gaffe drew broad condemnation from mainstream parties and prompted a quick government decision to review all gun licenses granted to members of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post / Associated Press

37509

Italy,United States

29 May 2013

Newcastle Herald (New South Wales) / New York Times

The Glock executive testified that he would keep doing business with a gun dealer who had been indicted on a charge of violating firearms laws because "this is still America" and "you're still innocent until proven guilty". The president of Sturm, Ruger & Co was not interested in knowing how often the police traced guns back to the company's distributors, saying it "wouldn't show us anything". And an executive for Taurus International Manufacturing said his company... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Newcastle Herald (New South Wales) / New York Times

37496

Syria,Malta,Libya,Turkey

27 May 2013

National (Abu Dhabi)

ISTANBUL - Turkish custom agents knew exactly what they were looking for when they searched the Libyan-flagged fishing vessel. Thanks to a last-minute tip, what was supposed to be an empty cargo hold was discovered to be carrying almost 1,000 pump-action shotguns and more than 400 handguns. "Arms and munitions were discovered on a ship bound for Libya on April 21 in Istanbul," a Turkish official said. The discovery followed other major weapons seizures in the country... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: National (Abu Dhabi)

37497

Turkey,Scotland

23 May 2013

BBC News

A father whose toddler was killed by a gunman with an illegal weapon in Turkey is to be honoured by the UK government for his campaigning efforts. David Grimason, who lost his two-year-old son Alistair in 2003, has pressed for tighter controls on the trade of weapons for the past decade. An international arms trade treaty has been approved by the UN. Scottish Secretary Michael Moore will present Mr Grimason with the letter of thanks during a ceremony in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

37483

Greece

20 May 2013

Ekathimerini (Greece)

Parliamentary speaker Evangelos Meimarakis has spoken to the representatives of all parties to remind them that no MPs should carry guns in the House, it emerged on Monday. Meimarakis acted after receiving a letter of complaint from New Democracy MP Fotini Pipili, who said that some lawmakers are armed when they enter Parliament. There have been reports in the past of Golden Dawn MPs being stopped for carrying guns into the House and an Eleftherotypia report on Monday... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Ekathimerini (Greece)

37474

Turkey

20 May 2013

Today's Zaman (Istanbul)

A soldier was killed when a fellow soldier accidentally shot him during a prank in Mardin's Midyat district on Sunday, according to Turkish media reports. Private E.Y. was reportedly killed when his friend Pvt. M.S. accidentally shot him while both were on guard duty in Cevat Paşa Barracks in Midyat. E.Y.'s body was taken to Midyat State Hospital's morgue and an investigation has been started to look into the incident. M.S. was hospitalized after he suffered from a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Today's Zaman (Istanbul)

37473

Spain,England & Wales

13 May 2013

Local (Spain)

Spanish and British police have nabbed a hashish-smuggling ring that hid hundreds of kilos of drugs in electrical transformers before shipping them off to the UK. Britain's Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) and Spain's national police have arrested nine people and seized 322 kilos of hashish from an international organization that smuggled drugs inside industrial electrical transformers. The joint investigation found that the drugs were purchased in Spain then... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (Spain)

37439

Turkey

11 May 2013

World Bulletin (Istanbul)

A report recently drafted by the National Police Department's Anti-Smuggling and Organized Crime Department shows that almost 80 percent of guns that police seized from individuals in incidents threatening public security from 2010-2012 were unregistered. According to the report, the types of firearms confiscated in police operations over the course of past five years were manufactured guns (51 percent), handmade guns (33 percent), blank guns turned into real guns (16... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: World Bulletin (Istanbul)

37431

European Union,Turkey

10 May 2013

Today's Zaman (Istanbul)

A bill recently submitted to Parliament could give former gun license holders who forgot to renew their licenses another chance. The current Law on Firearms, Knives and other Weapons states that gun carrying and keeping licenses shall be valid for five years following the date of confirmation and shall be renewed once every five years on condition of payment of the renewal charge. The license holder is also required to inform the public institution that has issued the... (GunPolicy.org)

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37454

Turkey

9 May 2013

Today's Zaman (Istanbul)

According to a new regulation, people carrying guns will not be allowed as a security measure to enter entertainment venues such as bars, cafés, night clubs and places where wedding ceremonies are held, Interior Minister Muammer Güler announced on Wednesday. Under the regulation, Güler told reporters, people who want to buy guns will receive training on how to use them safely. Moreover, those carrying weapons will be denied entrance to entertainment venues such as... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Today's Zaman (Istanbul)

37435

Spain,United States

7 May 2013

New York Daily News

The first downloadable gun has gone viral. The plastic firearm that can be churned out on a 3-D printer and easily assembled was downloaded at least 50,000 times Monday, according to the self-described anarchist who made it available for free online. Cody Wilson of Defense Distributed, a collective of gun advocates, said the most downloads were done in Spain followed by the United States. The prospect of terrorists getting hold of the guns by clicking a computer... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Daily News

37416

Turkey

6 May 2013

Today's Zaman (Istanbul)

ISTANBUL - Sarsılmaz Firearms Industry, the leading private producer of guns and rifles in Turkey, introduced on Monday the country's first domestically produced infantry rifles as well as new generation pistols, firearms with which the company is targeting to reach the $100 million export mark in the next three years. The 133-year-old company invested TL 14 million in its new products and plans to increase its investment to TL 27 million in line with an expected... (GunPolicy.org)

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37413

Switzerland,Kosovo

1 May 2013

Croatian Times

A Kosovan man who shot his Swiss wife dead at the bus stop when she refused to consider changing her mind about divorcing him - and then went for a beer at a local pub - has claimed her death was her own fault. Afrim Mujaj, 45, then sat calmly watching as ambulances sped by in a bid to try and save the life of his 35-year-old wife Mirvete in Riniken, Switzerland. And as emergency services tried in vain to keep her alive - the court heard he bought rounds of drinks for... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Croatian Times

37399

Italy

28 April 2013

al Jazeera

Two Italian paramilitary police officers have been shot and wounded outside the Rome office of new premier Enrico Letta as he was being sworn in nearby presidential palace. The gunman and a female passerby were also injured in Sunday's incident outside Palazzo Chigi, the building the hosts the premier's office, Italy's ANSA news agency said. A police official said that one of the wounded police officers had been shot in the neck and was in a serious condition after... (GunPolicy.org)

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37384

Turkey

22 April 2013

Today's Zaman (Istanbul)

Turkish people spent TL 117,922,000 on guns and bullets last year, with gun sales increasing by 54 percent, according to data from the state-owned Turkish Mechanical and Chemical Industry Corporation (MKE). While a total of 19,575 handguns were sold in Turkey in 2011, the number of handguns sold last year rose to 30,207. The price of handguns ranges between TL 570 and TL 12,000. Of the 30,207 handguns, 21,464 were made in Turkey. A total of TL 57.8 million of revenue... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Today's Zaman (Istanbul)

37360

Finland,Turkey

14 April 2013

Today's Zaman (Istanbul)

Family and Social Policy Minister Fatma Şahin has announced that the weapons of 15,000 men found to have been involved in violence against women have been confiscated as a protective measure since the Law on the Prevention of Violence against Women came into effect 13 months ago. Speaking to the Akşam daily during her visit to Helsinki, Şahin provided some details about the implementation of Law No. 6284 on the Prevention of Violence against Women and the Protection... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Today's Zaman (Istanbul)

37324

Portugal,Libya,United States,Guinea-Bissau,Colombia

12 April 2013

InSight Crime (Bogota)

An international police operation has dismantled a network in which Colombian rebel group the FARC allegedly attempted to exchange cocaine for weapons from the West African nation of Guinea-Bissau. The investigation, involving US, Colombian, Portuguese, and Guinea-Bissau authorities, lasted over a year, reported EFE. Colombian police arrested two men in Bogota who are accused of serving as as the FARC's intermediaries for the West Africa-based weapons suppliers. On... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

37314

Serbia

11 April 2013

Guardian (UK)

The Serbian veteran suspected of killing 13 people in a shooting rampage and then turning the gun on himself and his wife died on Thursday, hospital officials have said. Belgrade Emergency hospital said Ljubisa Bogdanovic, 60, died from head wounds. His wife Javorka Bogdanovic, also 60, was recovering from surgery and in a stable condition. Bogdanovic went on a pre-dawn house-to-house rampage on Tuesday, police said, killing his mother, his son and a two-year-old... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (UK)

37310

South America,South Asia,East Africa,North Africa,Western Europe,Southern Europe,East Asia,Central America,Southern Africa,Oceania,Africa,Americas,Asia,Europe,Liberia,Sierra Leone,South Sudan,Haiti,South Africa

10 April 2013

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Media release

VIENNA - Almost half a million people (437,000) across the world lost their lives in 2012 as a result of intentional homicide, according to a new study by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Launching the Global Study on Homicide 2013 in London today, Jean-Luc Lemahieu, Director for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs, said: "Too many lives are being tragically cut short, too many families and communities left shattered. There is an urgent need to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

38560

Serbia

10 April 2013

Balkan Insight (Sarajevo)

BELGRADE - Milorad Veljovic, head of Serbian Police, said police were working on a draft Law on Weapons and Ammunition that would provide greater control over people who possess guns. "The draft will be passed to the government in the coming days," Veljovic said. The move comes after a 60-year-old man, named only as Ljubisa B., went on the rampage on Tuesday morning, killing six men, six women and a boy aged two in Velika Ivanca, 60 kilometres south of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Balkan Insight (Sarajevo)

37327

Serbia,United States,England & Wales

10 April 2013

Montreal Gazette (Québec) / Associated Press

Serbia held a national day of mourning Wednesday as police searched for possible motives in the Balkan nation's worst peacetime shooting massacre, which left 13 villagers dead and triggered demands for tighter gun-control laws. Police say a 60-year-old veteran went on a pre-dawn, house-to-house rampage Tuesday in a village near Belgrade, including killing his mother, his son and a two-year-old cousin before shooting himself and his wife. The two are in critical... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Montreal Gazette (Québec) / Associated Press

37303

Yemen,England & Wales,United States,Macedonia,Croatia,Slovenia,Kosovo,Bosnia & Herzegovina,Montenegro,Serbia

10 April 2013

Washington Post

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina — The wars from 1991 to 1999 as Yugoslavia broke up took up to 200,000 lives, turned millions into refugees and left much of the region's people traumatized and heavily armed. It was the bloodiest conflict in Europe since World War II. The millions of weapons that remained in possession of civilians after the fighting have caused fatalities every week, as traumatized former soldiers either shoot family members or commit suicide or... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post

37301

Serbia

9 April 2013

CTV News (Toronto) / Associated Press

He went from house to house in the village at dawn, cold-bloodedly gunning down his mother, his son, a 2-year-old cousin and 10 other neighbours. Terrified residents said if a police patrol car hadn't shown up, they all would have been dead. Police said they knew of no motive yet in the carnage Tuesday that left six men, six women and a child dead in Velika Ivanca, a Serbian village 50 kilometres (30 miles) southeast of Belgrade. After the rampage, police said suspect... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CTV News (Toronto) / Associated Press

37299

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

8 April 2013

SEESAC (Belgrade)

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

Read More: SEESAC (Belgrade)

37295

Croatia,Bosnia & Herzegovina

29 March 2013

SEESAC (Belgrade)

On 26 and 27 March, at Vlašić, UNDP Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) hosted a meeting of the representatives of the Ministry of Interior (MoI) of Republika Srpska, MoI of Sarajevo Canton, MoI of the Central Bosnia Canton, MoI of the Zenica-Doboj Canton, MoI of the Bosnian Podrinje Canton, MoI of the Canton 10, MoI of the County of West Herzegovina, Police of Brčko District, MoI of the Hercegovacko-Neretvanski Canton, and the representatives of the international... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: SEESAC (Belgrade)

37280

Turkey,Syria,Russia,France

29 March 2013

RTÉ (Dublin)

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

Read More: RTÉ (Dublin)

37257

Spain

25 March 2013

Vanguardia (Colombia)

[Translated summary - The Spanish Civil Guard has dismantled a criminal organisation making illegal firearms in Barcelona, some of which were linked to a double homicide. Five people were arrested and 59 weapons were seized, as well as parts and tools for gun manufacture.] MADRID - La Guardia Civil ha desarticulado una organización criminal dedicada presuntamente al tráfico de armas por toda España, con el arresto de cinco personas, según ha informado el Ministerio... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Vanguardia (Colombia)

37268

Greece

22 March 2013

Ekathimerini

Police at Iraklio airport on Crete on Friday intercepted two packages containing arms that a 50-year-old man had attempted to send to Thessaloniki and Corfu. The contents of the packages were detected during a security scan. The packages contained two air guns, two flare launchers, a taser gun and 100 cartridges. The 50-year-old suspect was detained for questioning while the would-be recipients of the two packages were being sought. Last November, police intercepted... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Ekathimerini

37442

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

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

18 March 2013

al Jazeera

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

Read More: al Jazeera

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