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Spain

15 May 2016

Ziz Online

A community safety patrol by men of the Tactical Unit in Cayon has resulted in the seizure of a .40mm pistol and a magazine with fourteen (14) rounds of .40mm ammunition. While patrolling to ensure citizen safety in the "shanty town" area of Cayon around 8.20pm on Saturday (May 14) the officers pursued an individual of interest which resulted in the seizure of the firearm. One individual was arrested and is in custody. Charges are likely to be filed. This is brings... (GunPolicy.org)

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Cyprus

13 May 2016

Cyprus Mail

The gun sellers' association has called for legislation with harsher penalties for poachers, saying that registered hunters have nothing to do with illegal actions reported in recent days, including the killings of the protected moufflon. In an announcement, the gun sellers expressed their concern on the rise of "serious poaching incidents" and referred to Game Service data suggesting there has been an increase in the poaching of moufflon, while the number of the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Spain

11 May 2016

La Tribuna de Toledo (España)

[Translated summary: The Guardia Civil in Spain auctioned 377 guns that had been deposited by their owners because they lost their licenses or because they wanted to discard them. Most of the firearms were shotguns, but there were also rifles, carbines, handguns and airguns. 106 were allocated, 45 were returned to their owners and 232 are going to be destroyed.] La Comandancia de la Guardia Civil subastó el lunes un total de 377 armas depositadas previamente por sus... (GunPolicy.org)

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

16 April 2016

Economist

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

Read More: Economist

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European Union,Italy

23 March 2016

La Notizia (Italy)

[Translated summary: Whilst the EU does recognise the importance of placing more stringent rules on firearms trade, very little is done in practice, and some of its member-states, like Italy, have hugely benefited from the lax regulations] Charlie Hebdo, Bataclan, ieri la tragedia a Bruxelles. Ogni volta che vediamo gli attentatori colpire al cuore vivo delle nostre città ci chiediamo, legittimamente, come sia possibile che i miliziani europei convertiti all'Isis... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: La Notizia (Italy)

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France,Spain,United States,Brazil,Venezuela,Mexico

23 February 2016

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Mexico's arms imports grew by 331 percent over the last five years, compared to 2006-2010, raising more concerns over the government's reluctance to scale back the militarization of the drug war. The report (pdf), compiled by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), notes that arms imports to the Americas decreased by 6 percent from 2011-2015 versus 2006-2010. Despite this, Mexico, Venezuela, and Brazil all saw a rise in imports. According to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

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

18 November 2015

European Commission - Press release

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

Read More: European Commission - Press release

38863

Serbia,Montenegro,Macedonia,Kosovo,Croatia,Bosnia & Herzegovina,France

17 November 2015

Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)

How Did the 13 November Paris Killers Get Their Guns? Full details of the arms used in the 13 November massacres will emerge in time. This post provides some information on illicit automatic weapons, such as the Kalashnikov, in France, and how they reach illicit markets. Overall, it appears that there is a pool of several thousand illicit military style firearms in France and relatively small numbers are trafficked in from abroad. Such quantities mean that terrorists... (GunPolicy.org)

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Italy

21 October 2015

Local (Italy)

A mayor in northern Italy has announced plans to set up a fund to help his town's citizens buy guns. Gianluca Buonanno, the Northern League mayor of Borgosesia in Piedmont, has promised to pay citizens who wish to buy a firearm towards their purchase – a sum which is around 30 percent of the price of a small pistol in Italy, La Repubblica reported. Buonanno announced his decision on Facebook, writing that the measure was aimed at allowing citizens "to defend... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (Italy)

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Turkey,Australia,United States

10 September 2015

ABC News (Australia)

The Federal Government has agreed to allow the importation of the Adler lever-action shotgun in a year's time, pending a review into the system. Gun control advocates say the rapid-fire weapon from Turkey should be permanently banned because of its fast firing rate and its eight-round capacity. Mr Howard, who introduced a ban on automatic and semi-automatic weapons following the 1996 Port Arthur massacre, said he did not believe Australians wanted to see weaker... (GunPolicy.org)

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38858

Serbia,Finland,Switzerland,Yemen,United States

23 August 2015

EurekAlert! The Global Source for the Science News (USA) - American Association for the Advancement of Science

Chicago - Despite having only about 5 percent of the world's population, the United States was the attack site for a disproportionate 31 percent of public mass shooters globally from 1966-2012, according to new research that will be presented at the 110th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA). "The United States, Yemen, Switzerland, Finland, and Serbia are ranked as the Top 5 countries in firearms owned per capita, according to the 2007 Small... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: EurekAlert! The Global Source for the Science News (USA) - American Association for the Advancement of Science

38853

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

18 February 2015

Euronews (France)

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

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38862

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

16 January 2015

Los Angeles Times, Opinion

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

Read More: Los Angeles Times

38856

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

13 October 2014

NACLA

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

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Greece

19 June 2014

Xinhua

NICOSIA - A 40-year-old Cypriot man shot his estranged wife and two under-aged children and then turned the gun on himself, the police said on Wednesday. A police source said the man had called his estranged wife to talk and they met on mid-afternoon Wednesday in a busy Nicosia suburb, but he started shooting with an army-issued assault rifle when the meeting developed into a shouting argument. He then took his own life by shooting himself in the head, the police... (GunPolicy.org)

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Spain

6 May 2014

La Opinión de Murcia

[Translated summary: The Civil Guard in Murcia auctioned 441 guns from private or commercial companies to the public, although in the past some seized guns have been sold at auction. Civilians with gun licenses are able to purchase the firearms, for as little as 50 euros, while those left unsold are destroyed.] Conseguir un arma nunca había sido tan fácil, ni barato. La Guardia Civil de Murcia saca a subasta 441 lotes de armas que se podrán conocer durante cinco... (GunPolicy.org)

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Italy,Austria,Guatemala

3 May 2014

El Periódico (Guatemala)

[Translated summary: Amid allegations of police corruption in Guatemala, a leaked Austrian document denies an export permit for 3000 Glock pistols. The Italian government approved the export of 14,142 Berettas.] Gobierno deberá responder por informe presentado por Austria Dicha nación denegó en marzo pasado la licencia de exportación de armas destinadas a la PNC, por considerar que el uso de estas podría desviarse para fines criminales. Las armas adquiridas... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: El Periódico (Guatemala)

38638

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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Turkey

23 April 2014

Today's Zaman (Istanbul), Opinion

Earlier this week, Turkey saw two terrifying incidents in which stray bullets caused injury and, in one case, the death of a 24-year-old. Erkan Bektaş, a waiter who was leaving work at a café in İstanbul's Beşiktaş district at 5 a.m., was shot in the head by a stray bullet when he was walking down the street. The individual who shot him was caught up in a bar fight. The dispute, which the young waiter was not involved in, had reportedly erupted among a group of men... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Today's Zaman (Istanbul)

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Brazil,Italy

22 April 2014

Globo (Rio de Janeiro)

[Translated summary: Italian national Enrico Telese was hospitalised after he attempted suicide following the fatal shooting of his wife and daughter in Brazil. Telese had 71 guns registered to his name although only the one involved in the crime was found at their home. Officials are searching for the remaining weapons.] RIO - O italiano Enrico Telese, de 58 anos, que tentou suicídio após matar a tiros a mulher e a filha, de 3 anos, no fim da tarde da última... (GunPolicy.org)

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38594

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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38545

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)

38537

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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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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38383

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)

Read More: Nairobian (Kenya)

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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)

Read More: Xinhua

38284

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

6 January 2014

Vermelho / El Pais

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

Read More: Vermelho / El Pais

38247

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)

Read More: Egypt State Information Service

38224

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)

38192

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

38196

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

38160

Southern Europe,Eastern Europe,Slovakia,France

2 December 2013

Local (France)

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

Read More: Local (France)

38137

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)

Read More: Xinhua

38123

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)

38114

Greece,Sierra Leone,Libya,Ukraine

12 November 2013

Ukrainian Journal

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

Read More: Ukrainian Journal

38077

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

8 November 2013

Greek Reporter

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

Read More: Greek Reporter

38059

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

Israel,Italy,Guatemala,Australia

7 November 2013

Fox News Latino (USA) / EFE News Agency

The Guatemalan government will invest some $12.6 million to buy new weapons for the National Civil Police, or PNC, a government minister said Wednesday. Interior Minister Mauricio Lopez Bonilla said at a press conference that after 10 "failed bidding processes" to buy the weapons for the PNC held between 2005 and 2011, authorities opted to make the acquisition from three different foreign manufacturers via an "exceptional agreement." The procedure, which is allowed by... (GunPolicy.org)

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

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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)

38025

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

25 October 2013

Southeast European Times

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

Read More: Southeast European Times

38017

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

37987

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)

37981

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)

37970

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

37965

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)

37968

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)

37932

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)

37912

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)

37923

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)

37891

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)

Read More: Today's Zaman (Istanbul)

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)

Read More: Today's Zaman (Istanbul)

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)

Read More: Today's Zaman (Istanbul)

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)

Read More: al Jazeera

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

37196

Sweden,Uruguay,Finland,Iraq,Saudi Arabia,Cyprus,Switzerland,Yemen,Serbia,United States

12 March 2013

SiliconIndia

Bangalore: "Force and mind are opposites; morality ends where a gun begins," said novelist Ayn Rand. In an era where the misuse of guns and ammunitions are leading to massacres, it is no more a place of nonviolence. Arms and ammunitions leave bitter memories and scar the human race for ages to come. Here are the 10 countries with highest gun ownership, as listed by yahoo.com. USA: USA tops the list of countries with highest gun ownership and this no surprise! The... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: SiliconIndia

37179

Spain

4 March 2013

Laverdad (Spain)

[Translated summary: There are 12 guns per 100 citizens in the Spanish region of Castilla-La Mancha. The number of guns has increased since 2011, to 266,189 in total.] Castilla-La Mancha acumulaba en 2012 un total de 266.189 armas, que son 1.275 más que en 2011, lo que representa un incremento de medio punto porcentual que, a su vez, es la subida que se ha experimentado en la concesión de licencias de armas. Según estos datos facilitados por la Delegación del... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Laverdad (Spain)

37141

Malta

20 February 2013

Times of Malta

The police are holding a Maltese man in his 30s in connection with the murder of Ronald Galea, who was shot outside his meat factory in Ħal Far on Monday. The man, who the police said was "assisting investigations", works in a field similar to that of the victim, Assistant Police Commissioner Pierre Calleja said during a press conference yesterday. He did not reply when asked whether the man was cooperating with the investigation but said that tests to determine... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times of Malta

37106

Europe,Italy,England & Wales,United States

18 February 2013

Yahoo (America) / Associated Press

STOCKHOLM — The world's largest arms vendors are expanding in the cybersecurity sector as austerity measures weigh on sales of traditional weapons, a Swedish peace research institute said Monday. Sales by the 100 largest arms producing companies, excluding Chinese companies, fell by 5 percent to $410 billion in 2011, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute said in its annual review of the industry. The drop was mainly due to austerity measures and the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Yahoo (America) / Associated Press

37079

Turkey,Serbia

7 February 2013

Southeast European Times

With data showing that the number of individually owned firearms in Serbia and Turkey has increased, security institutions, civil society and citizens are calling for implementation of laws and a tightened legal framework to keep safety at the forefront. According to the Belgrade police department, 365 criminal charges for illegal weapon possession were filed in 2011. In the first half of 2012, a total of 151 criminal charges were filed for the same... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Southeast European Times

37040

Chile,Brazil,Germany,Libya,Turkey,Denmark,Sweden,Canada

30 January 2013

Deutsche Welle

Critics says the government's report on arms exports lacks transparency: exporting companies are not named, and government sales are merely summarized. Yet the government claims it's in-depth and detailed. How is it that time and again military equipment "made in Germany" shows up in war zones, despite German government claims that it handles its weapon exports "restrictively" and that it maintains a broad ban on exports to countries with questionable track records for... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Deutsche Welle

37017

United Kingdom,Italy,Netherlands,Germany

25 January 2013

Telegraph (UK)

The Queen's Royal Hussars soldiers, based in Sennelager, Germany, attempted to smuggle five guns worth £18,000 on the black market and cocaine worth £72,000 into the UK by car via the Channel Tunnel, Woolwich Crown Court heard. Lemar Loveless 26, of Brydon Walk, Kings Cross, was arrested with former colleague Trave Dyce, 22, in Folkstone as they left a Euroshuttle from Calais in two BMWs on January 25 last year. Officers, who had received intelligence about the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Telegraph (UK)

36992

Asia,Europe,Germany,South America,United States,Austria,Italy,Croatia,Belgium

23 January 2013

Deutsche Welle

After each massacre in the US, Europe laments America's gun culture and violence. At the same time, European companies have no problem selling arms to Americans and supporting the NRA's fight against tougher gun laws. It is not widely reported, but European firearms for a long time have played a pernicious role in US mass shootings and Europe's gun makers are among the strongest backers of the National Rifle Association (NRA). Handguns by Austrian arms manufacturer... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Deutsche Welle

36975

United States,Turkey

6 January 2013

Today's Zaman (Istanbul)

"Things just aren't what they used to be," may seem like a knee-jerk truism in Turkey, but few seem to say it with more conviction than Fatih Demirok, a counter clerk at a gun store in İstanbul's old banking and warehouse district of Karaköy. "Things have changed quite a bit in the gun industry. You can't just walk in and buy a gun these days," the 25 year old says from behind a counter of neatly arrayed shotguns and hunting rifles. "There's a detailed process with... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Today's Zaman (Istanbul)

36909

United States,Turkey

23 December 2012

Today's Zaman (Istanbul)

As long as Turkey does not take action to put in place gun control measures, the country is likely to face mass shootings like the one that shook the United States in mid-December, killing 26 people, observers have said. A 20-year-old man, Adam Peter Lanza, on Dec. 14 shot and killed his mother, Nancy Lanza, at their Newtown home before fatally shooting 20 children and six adult staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. He then took his own... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Today's Zaman (Istanbul)

36866

Yemen,Norway,Switzerland,Canada,Germany,Spain,Finland,United States,United Kingdom,Australia

19 December 2012

Los Angeles Times

Twelve days after the worst mass murder in Australian history, when 35 people were shot to death at Tasmania state's Port Arthur tourist mecca in 1996, the government issued sweeping reforms of the country's gun laws. There hasn't been a mass shooting since, and suicides, deaths by firearms and robberies at gunpoint have plummeted. The results of toughened gun rules in Britain after the massacre in the Scottish town of Dunblane that same year weren't so immediate or... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Los Angeles Times

36841

Canada,Japan,Switzerland,Germany,Spain,United Kingdom,Netherlands,Denmark,European Union,France

18 December 2012

JOL Press (Paris)

[Translated summary: France: follows European policies - Denmark and Netherlands: total ban - United Kingdom: almost all firearms are prohibited - Switzerland: a more liberal legislation - the Japanese model: no firearm at all - Canada: the stormy debate on the right to carry firearms] La récente tuerie de Newton a relancé une fois de plus le débat sur le port d'armes aux États-Unis. Mais quelle est la réglementation dans d'autres pays du monde ? Petit tour... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: JOL Press (Paris)

36844

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

16 December 2012

Sunday Standard / New Indian Express (Chennai)

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

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

36913

Greece

14 December 2012

Guardian (UK)

An independent MP has called for a crackdown on firearms in Greece amid allegations that a growing number of politicians are carrying weapons. Reports of pistol-carrying deputies entering parliament have added to the febrile mood in a 300-member chamber in which hardcore Marxists sit with fascists, eurocommunists, rightwing populists, conservatives, socialists and an array of independent dissidents. The MP, Nikos Nikolopoulos, told the Guardian he was "deeply worried"... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (UK)

36824

Spain,Portugal

5 November 2012

PR Web (America), Media release

MONTREAL, Canada - A violent transnational gang, operating between Spain and Portugal, has been stopped thanks to diligent police work, rigorous cross border protocols, and an innovative new-technology-based program called the INTERPOL Ballistic Information Network (IBIN). IBIN proved its value when it counted most, on the streets of Portugal and Spain, where police using IBIS® (Integrated Ballistics Identification System) technology were able to share and leverage... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: PR Web (America)

36726

Italy

4 November 2012

GeaPress (Italy), Editorial

[Translated summary: 16 people have died and 50 have been injured in Italy's 2012 hunting season, angering victim support groups who blame the law for failing to ensure hunters take adequate safety precautions.] 16 morti e 50 feriti, di cui ben 18 vittime tra la gente comune. Ovvero 14 feriti e 4 morti non cacciatori. Continua così il triste conteggio dei dati sugli incidenti di caccia relativi alla sola ultima stagione venatoria, ancora in corso, diffusi... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: GeaPress (Italy)

36725

Kosovo,Switzerland

1 November 2012

Local (Switzerland)

Cooperation between Vaud and Neuchâtel cantonal police forces led to the arrest on Thursday of a Kosovar man suspected of murdering his brother-in-law in a Lausanne suburb earlier this week. The 27-year-old-man was arrested in La Chaux-de-Fonds at 1.30am following an investigation by the two forces, Vaud police said. The dead body of a 29-year-old Swiss man of Kosovar origin was found on Monday with bullet wounds in a garage in Chavannes-près-Renens, west of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (Switzerland)

36706

Serbia

26 October 2012

B92 (Serbia) / Tanjug (Serbia)

KRAGUJEVAC - Serbian weapons manufacturer Zastava Arms (Zastava Oružje) will end the year with a record export performance in the last two decades. This is according to the joint stock company's director, Rade Gromović. Over the first nine months of this year, Zastava Arms has exported USD 20 million worth of products, Gromović said at a ceremony marking 159 years since the establishment of the factory in the central Serbian city of Kragujevac. Under contracts... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: B92 (Serbia) / Tanjug (Serbia)

36698

United States,Turkey

25 October 2012

Hurriyet Daily News (Turkey)

Turkish defense companies received great interest at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, which ended yesterday. Five companies under the umbrella of Turkey's Undersecretariat of Defense (SSSM) and Roketsan, a missile maker, showcased their up-to-date products at the fair, including military equipment, weapons, missiles, and defense technology software. Turkish Ambassador to Washington Namık Tan, who visited... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Hurriyet Daily News (Turkey)

36684

Italy

22 October 2012

Guardian (UK)

Italian hunters have killed 13 people and wounded 33 in shooting accidents since the season began in September, raising pressure to reform antiquated hunting laws. The death toll rose at the weekend when a 16-year-old was killed by a friend while hunting, a pensioner was shot and wounded in his garden and a cyclist was taken to hospital after being shot. Hunting groups and environmentalists agree that the law – which allows hunters to roam on private land and fire... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (UK)

36668

Europe,European Union,Croatia

19 October 2012

SEESAC (Belgrade)

On 19 October 2012, less than two years after the Croatian President Ivo Josipovic symbolically destroyed the first rifle marked for destruction, the last of 30,000 small arms and light weapons were disposed of, as a part of the EU supported SEESAC Arms Control Activities in the Western Balkans. The final, public destruction took place in Varazdin and was attended by Evelin Tonkovic - Deputy Minister of Interior (MoI) of the Republic of Croatia, Louisa Vinton - the UN... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: SEESAC (Belgrade)

36664

Turkey,Djibouti,United Arab Emirates

26 September 2012

National (Abu Dhabi)

The State Security Court has cleared four men of smuggling firearms and bullets into the UAE. Customs detected the "large amount" of guns and ammunition as they passed through Jebel Ali Port on their way to Djibouti from Turkey. Accompanying documents said it contained soap. The lawyer for the four men said they had no knowledge of the contents. He said they worked for a company in Dubai that specialises in shipments that transit through the UAE. The company is said... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: National (Abu Dhabi)

36592

Turkey,Djibouti,Spain

4 September 2012

Fox News Latino (USA) / EFE News Agency

Authorities in this southern Spanish port seized 22,272 pistols that were being smuggled in a container declared to be transporting textiles from Turkey to the East African nation of Djibouti. The weapons, which could have fetched more than 2 million euros ($2.5 million) on the international arms market, were seized on Aug. 28 in what is considered to be the largest illegal arms shipment intercepted by Spanish customs authorities in recent years, the Civil Guard and... (GunPolicy.org)

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

36529

Greece

16 August 2012

BBC News

Greece's faltering economy has put many people out of work and cut support for illegal immigrants. Now Greeks are facing a rise in crime their police seem unable to stop. It probably never occurred to Niki Yanakopoulou that she might be in danger as she let herself into her central Athens apartment building in the middle of the day. The 75-year-old had just been to the bank and police say the man who followed her home most likely chose her at random, hoping she would... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

36468

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

8 August 2012

Southeast European Times

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

Read More: Southeast European Times

36453

Turkey,Bulgaria

5 August 2012

Sofia News Agency

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

Read More: Sofia News Agency

36438

Spain

29 July 2012

El Correo (Spain)

[Translated summary: A Spanish gun store manager is accused of concealing and not registering 14 guns and 10,481 rounds of ammunition after a Spanish Civil Guard inspection. He is facing three years in prison.] La Fiscalía de Gipuzkoa pide tres años de cárcel para un responsable de una armería de Eibar al que acusa de no registrar y mantener ocultas en la empresa «catorce armas, un cañón de escopeta y 10.481 cartuchos metálicos», 196 de los cuales tenían... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: El Correo (Spain)

36451

European Union,Croatia,Serbia

27 July 2012

RTS (Belgrade) /, SEESAC (Belgrade)

The recent raid in Sremska Mitrovica, Serbia, during which authorities found and seized a significant amount of weapons in the house of a man suspected of producing and selling weapons and explosive materials, provides yet another opportunity to reflect on the widespread presence of illegal weapons in Serbia. In a recent interview for Radio Television Serbia (RTS), Mr. Ivan Cvijovic from the Belgrade Police Department pointed out that in 2011 alone, the Belgrade Police... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: RTS (Belgrade) /, SEESAC (Belgrade)

36412

Italy,Germany,Austria,Europe,United States,Brazil

24 July 2012

Washington Post, Opinion

Americans mourn the victims in Aurora, Colo. In Europe, too, there is grief — mingled with incomprehension. The media chorus: How many more massacres before the United States adopts European-style gun control? Christoph Prantner of Austria's Der Standard bemoans American insistence on Second Amendment rights, "even when this freedom occasionally has a very high price and, in a bloody perversion, fatally impairs the freedom of others." I can't disagree. I just wish... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post

36378

Southern Europe,North Africa,West Asia,France

9 July 2012

France 24

The subject of gun crime is back on the agenda in France after two separate shootings outside nightclubs within a matter of days. The government has vowed to take action while fearful nightclub owners are demanding police support. A second nightclub shooting on consecutive weekends in France forced authorities on Monday to promise swift action against the growing issue of gun crime. Ten people were injured in the early hours of Sunday morning when a man armed with a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: France 24

36321

Italy,United States,Greece

30 June 2012

Athens News (Greece)

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

Read More: Athens News (Greece)

36292

Italy

29 June 2012

La Stampa (Italy)

[Translated summary: Yesterday in Giugliano, Naples, a three-year-old child found a gun in his house and accidentally shot himself to death. An analogous fact took place in Catania on June 18 and caused the death of a fifteen-year-old. But how many weapons are in circulation in Italian homes? The exact number has never been released by the Interior Ministry, but it is estimated that there are over 2 million lawfully held guns.] ROMA - Ieri a Giugliano (Napoli) un... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: La Stampa (Italy)

36290

Spain

21 June 2012

Lavanguardia (Spain) / EFE

[Translated summary: Spanish Guardia Civil dismantled a group dedicated to trafficking of firearms and other prohibited arms on the Internet.] MADRID - La Guardia Civil ha desmantelado en las provincias de Guipúzcoa, Lleida y Tarragona un grupo dedicado al tráfico de armas de fuego y otras armas prohibidas a través de internet, en una operación en la que ha detenido a tres personas y se ha incautado de un importante arsenal. En la operación "Easo", los agentes... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Lavanguardia (Spain) / EFE

36272

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

9 June 2012

Eurasia Review (EU/Asia)

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

Read More: Eurasia Review (EU/Asia)

36228

Germany,Serbia,France

5 June 2012

20 Minutes (France)

[Translated summary: France Police arrested two Serbians in Paris who were about to deliver weapons of war, automatic pistols and ammunition.] Les enquêteurs de la brigade de répression du banditisme (BRB) ont acquis la certitude que les malfaiteurs n'en étaient pas à leur première livraison. Selon nos informations, deux Serbes ont été arrêtés vendredi dernier dans Paris intra-muros alors qu'ils s'apprêtaient à livrer des armes de guerre. « Lors de la... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: 20 Minutes (France)

36213

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

20 May 2012

Times of India

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

Read More: Times of India

36147

Turkey

19 May 2012

National Public Radio (USA)

In Turkey, hundreds of women die each year at the hands of a husband or family member, in a society that critics say too often ignores violence against women. After years of frustration, one organization has shaken up the debate with a controversial proposal: arming women and training them to defend themselves. Looking back, Yagmur Askin thinks perhaps she should have paid more attention on her wedding day, when her husband's family welcomed her by saying, "You enter... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: National Public Radio (USA)

36144

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

17 May 2012

Express Tribune (Pakistan)

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

Read More: Express Tribune (Pakistan)

36145

South America,Asia,Turkey,United Kingdom,Mexico,United States

2 May 2012

Wall Street Journal

U.S. homeland-security and law-enforcement agencies have objected to Obama administration proposals to relax export restrictions on high-powered firearms, threatening a centerpiece of the president's trade and national-security agenda. The agencies, in internal memos viewed by The Wall Street Journal, warn the changes could help arm drug cartels and terrorists and make it harder for the U.S. to crack down on gun-trafficking. The arms proposal is part of a broader... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Wall Street Journal

36097

Spain

20 April 2012

El Periódico Mediterráneo (Spain)

[Translated Summary: More than 400 minors have the permission from the province of Castellón to use arms. The accident involving King Felipe's grandson Juan Froilán, in which he accidentally shot himself in the foot with a hunting rifle, has brought the use of firearms by minors back into the spotlight.] Más de 400 menores tienen permiso de Castellón para usar armas. El accidente del nieto del rey Felipe Juan Froilán, que se disparó accidentalmente en un pie con... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: El Periódico Mediterráneo (Spain)

36053

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

17 April 2012

RTL (Belgium)

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

Read More: RTL (Belgium)

36047

Spain

10 April 2012

Daily News (Durban) / SAPA-AFP

MADRID - Spanish King Juan Carlos' 13-year-old grandson has shot himself in the foot, the royal family said Tuesday, sparking a scandal because he is below the legal age for using a firearm. The boy, Felipe Marichalar Borbon, shot himself while learning to use a shotgun on the family's estate in Soria, north-central Spain, on Monday, the royal household said in a statement. "While on the patio of the house with his father, he shot himself with a small .36 calibre... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily News (Durban) / SAPA-AFP

36008

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

9 April 2012

United Press International

ALBANY, N.Y. -- A new forensic technique using lasers may allow investigators to match gunshot residue to a specific caliber of firearm, U.S. and European researchers say. The new technique could lead to a stronger link between a suspect and a firearm, they said. Researchers in Spain used spectroscopy to analyze six kinds of ammunition, assessing propellant from unfired cartridges then compared these spectra to the signature in residue from fired guns, ScienceNews.org... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: United Press International

36018

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)

Read More: Indian Defence Review

35895

Greece

5 March 2012

Gulf News (Dubai) / Reuters

KOMOTINI - After more than 30 years as a factory worker, Dimitris Manikas was dreaming of retirement and planned to get married for the third time when a redundancy notice blew his hopes away. Laid off from his job at a trash can factory in this northern Greek town, the 52-year-old father of two called off his wedding. Without any income, he feared his house would be next to go. Driven to despair, Manikas on Thursday barged into the factory whose name he had tattooed... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Gulf News (Dubai) / Reuters

35879

Portugal

25 February 2012

Portugal News

Licensing requests for guns have increased by 20 percent in Portugal in the past year, with the number of establishments selling firearms also increasing by 10 percent. This in turn has led to the number of registered firearms having increased in Portugal, which currently has around 1.4 million licensed guns, 19,000 of which were licensed in the past year. According to the President of the Security, Organised Crime and Terrorism Observatory (OSCOT) José Manuel Anes,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Portugal News

35860

Spain

21 February 2012

Europa Press (Spain)

[Translated summary: Spanish National Police arrested a married couple and their son for allegedly running a "supermarket" of firearms in their house and in a storage room in San Vicente dels Horts (Barcelona), selling craft guns to criminals and drug traffickers who used them for settling accounts and threatening rival gangs. It is, according to the Chief of Police, "one of the largest arsenals of Catalonia".] BARCELONA - La Policía Nacional ha detenido a un... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Europa Press (Spain)

35856

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

19 February 2012

Southern Times (Southern Africa)

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

Read More: Southern Times (Southern Africa)

35844

Italy

15 February 2012

Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno (Italy)

CROTONE - Italian police on Wednesday found a big 'Ndrangheta mafia weapons cache outside this Calabrian city. "It was a full-blown arsenal, comprising 15 handguns, at least a dozen rifles and machine guns including several Kalashnikovs, and thousands of bullets of various calibres," police said. Investigators said they were "fairly sure" the "well-oiled" weapons were in regular use by local... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno (Italy)

35848

Uganda,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa,Turkey,Scotland,United Kingdom,Oceania

12 February 2012

Daily Record (Scotland)

A global campaign to control the trade in deadly weapons will be stepped up at Glasgow University tomorrow when anti-gun campaigner Dr Mick North - whose daughter Sophie was killed in Dunblane tragedy in 1996 - leads a new push by Oxfam and Amnesty towards a United Nations arms treaty. Here, he explains why the issue means the difference between life and death. _________ Next month marks the 16th anniversary of my daughter's death. Sophie was just five when a gunman... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Record (Scotland)

35822

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

27 January 2012

Publica (Brazil)

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

Read More: Publica (Brazil)

35794

Greece,Colombia,Sri Lanka,Syria,Chad,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa

25 January 2012

Amnesty International

[Translated summary: While international negotiations on the adoption of an International Arms Trade Treaty are at a crucial time, Amnesty International published a report illustrating through the situation in 5 countries (Chad, Syria, Sri Lanka, Colombia, and Greece) the necessity of such an instrument to prevent deadly and irresponsible arms transfers.] A l'heure où les négociations internationales en vue de l'adoption d'un traité international sur le commerce des... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Amnesty International

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Spain

20 January 2012

ABC News (Spain)

[Translated summary: Spain's Civil Guard has dismantled an organisation based in Almería, said to be dedicated to arms and ammunition trafficking across the country, with the arrest of sixteen people and the seizure of 45 firearms and more than 1,200 cartridges of different calibres.] ALMERIA - La Guardia Civil ha desarticulado una organización asentada en Almería dedicada al tráfico de armas y municiones en todo el país con la detención de dieciséis personas y... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ABC News (Spain)

35752

Turkey

18 January 2012

New York Times

ISTANBUL — When the police showed up at the home of Muzeyyen Yanik in Istanbul in October in response to her request for protection from an abusive former husband, she had been dead and buried for three months — shot four times in the head. He is now on trial for murder. Another woman, Ferdane Col of Izmir, had actually succeeded in obtaining a restraining order against her husband before being stabbed to death in October. He has been arrested. Then there was... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

35749

Kosovo,Bulgaria,Albania,Hungary,Croatia,Bosnia & Herzegovina

12 January 2012

Southeast European Times

An estimated fifth of Bosnia and Herzegovina's (BiH) population own 750,000 unregistered weapons, according to officials who cite widespread availability and easy access on the black market as a major source of concern. "After traffic accidents, illegal arms are the most common cause of death in BiH. About 90% of illegal acts are done with the use of illegal weapons," Denis Hadzovic of the Centre for Security Studies in BiH told SETimes. Most illegal weapons are guns... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Southeast European Times

35736

Israel,Jordan,Iraq,Turkey,Syria,Lebanon

10 January 2012

Daily Star (Beirut)

BEIRUT - As Abu Rida reels off a list of the latest prices for weapons and ammunition on Lebanon's black market, his small audience lets out low whistles of surprise."$2,000 for an RPG?" said one man, referring to a rocket-propelled grenade launcher. "I swear to God," replied Abu Rida who has seen his profits skyrocket over the past year. "The prices are crazy. And it's all going to Syria." Black market arms dealers like Abu Rida are struggling to cope with a soaring... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Star (Beirut)

35721

Slovakia,Austria,Azerbaijan,Serbia,Russia,Armenia,Turkey,Romania,Czech Republic,Croatia,United States,Bulgaria,Ukraine,Southern Europe,Georgia,Eastern Europe

4 January 2012

Milaz.info (Azerbaïdjan)

The South Caucasian republics purchased 107 324 small arms from various countries of the world in 2005-2010. APA reports quoting the UN Register of Conventional Arms that Georgia takes the first place among the South Caucasian republics on purchase of small arms during this period. Georgia bought 76 377 small arms from 7 countries. The submachine guns, short rifles, pistols, automatic rifles, pistol-machineguns, heavy machineguns, grenade launchers as well as the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Milaz.info (Azerbaïdjan)

35704

Italy

13 December 2011

Reuters

FLORENCE, Italy - An Italian man killed two African street sellers and wounded three others in an apparent racist shooting rampage in the heart of Florence on Tuesday before committing suicide, police said. Gianluca Casseri, 50, who Italian officials said was a right-wing extremist, parked his car in the crowded Dalmazia square at lunch time, got out and started shooting with a large pistol, witnesses said. Two Senegalese men were killed and one seriously... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Reuters

35664

Syria,Iran,Iraq,Turkey

3 December 2011

Kurdish Globe (Kurdistan)

Some see their firearms as further protection Twenty years after the Kurdish uprising, civilians still keep guns in their homes. Firearms remain widely accepted by people in a region where possession of unlicensed firearms is considered illegal. A weapon that was once essential for their survival--especially in the 90s--still has not lost its appeal among civilians. Politicians gift guns as a tradition. The gun market located outside of Erbil city is part of some 20... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Kurdish Globe (Kurdistan)

35634

Turkey,Pakistan

3 December 2011

International News (Karachi)

PESHAWAR - Two more consignments of arms were seized at the Peshawar Airport during the last couple of days while the Interior Ministry and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Department of Home and Tribal Affairs have launched separate inquiries into the import of tens of thousands foreign-made weapons allegedly through illegal means. Sources said the officials involved have started approaching different quarters to save their skin following the appearance of reports about the scam in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: International News (Karachi)

35620

Italy,Slovenia

3 December 2011

Associated Press

ROME - Italian police have seized a truck full of AK-47s, explosives and hundreds of rounds of ammunition as it crossed from the Slovenian border into northern Italy. Italy's financial police said today the 32-year-old Slovenian driver was arrested as his truck crossed the border near Trieste, and that an investigation was underway to determine where his "veritable arsenal" was headed. Police said the truck, which appeared to be carrying home electronics equipment,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

35619

Austria,Spain,Belgium,Eastern Europe,France

2 December 2011

Le Figaro (France)

[Translated Summary: French Police seized 3,355 firearms since January 2011, 2,710 in 2010 or 79% more than in 2009; out of 3.14 million firearms lawfully possessed, 30,000 are unlawfully possessed in 2010; a report from 2009 says that theft of firearms increased by 38.6%.] La Direction centrale de la police judiciaire a recensé 2710 saisies d'armes à feu en 2010, soit une explosion de 79% par rapport à 2009. Les saisies de pistolets, révolvers, fusils à pompes... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Le Figaro (France)

35624

Turkey,Nicaragua,Mexico

29 November 2011

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Federal authorities confiscated 911 guns from a container ship in the port of Lazaro Cardenas, on Mexico's Pacific, which was headed to Nicaragua. The guns were found on board a cargo ship en route to Nicaragua, during a planned stop at the Michoacan port of Lazaro Cardenas. The ship is believed to be of Turkish origin, but no information was provided on the origin or destination of the weapons. The operation was carried out by Mexico's Navy, working with the Federal... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

35607

Iraq,Jordan,Turkey,Syria,Lebanon

25 November 2011

National Post (Toronto) / Reuters

BAALBEK, Lebanon — Weapons dealer Abu Wael has traded guns in Lebanon's Bekaa valley since the last days of his country's civil war, nearly a quarter of a century ago. This has been his busiest year ever. Unrest in neighbouring Syria has sent demand for weapons soaring, doubling prices for Kalashnikov assault rifles and other weapons and helping supply the increasingly well armed insurrection challenging President Bashar al-Assad. In the first six months of the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: National Post (Toronto) / Reuters

35582

Italy

15 November 2011

Corriere Adriatico (Ancona)

[Translated summary: The Italian Senate adopted a law suppressing the firearm registry established in 1975, thus reducing gun control restrictions. Police deplore this action, as it risks liberalising the illicit gun trade and increasing the overall level of violence.] ROMA - L' anagrafe delle armi non c'è più: un articolo introdotto nel maxiemendamento alla legge di stabilità approvato in commissione Bilancio al Senato ha infatti cancellato il Catalogo nazionale... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Corriere Adriatico (Ancona)

35545

India,Spain,United Kingdom,Italy,Germany,France,Czech Republic,Bulgaria,Belgium,Austria,Yemen,Syria,Libya,Egypt,Bahrain,West Asia,North Africa,Europe,Russia,United States

24 October 2011

al Jazeera

According to an Amnesty International report, the US, Russia and a number of European countries supplied large quantities of weapons to repressive governments in the Middle East and North Africa before this year's uprisings. The report says that these arms deals were signed despite evidence of a substantial risk that they could be used to commit serious human rights violations. The human rights group reports that in the five years preceding the Arab spring $2.4bn... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: al Jazeera

35448

European Union,China,Germany,South Korea,Switzerland,Serbia,France,United Kingdom,Syria,Yemen,Bulgaria,Belgium,Libya,Italy,Bahrain,Egypt,United States,Russia,West Asia,North Africa,Finland,Austria,Sudan,North Korea,Spain

19 October 2011

al Jazeera

Earlier this year, as mass popular uprisings spread through the Middle East and audiences across the world sat transfixed by images of unarmed citizens confronting iron-fisted security forces in the streets of Arab capitals, powerful governments from Russia to the United States were forced to begin accounting for the weapons they had for decades sold to the very rulers they now found themselves abandoning. In Egypt and Bahrain, protesters held up tear gas canisters... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: al Jazeera

35436

Germany,France,Czech Republic,Bulgaria,United Kingdom,Belgium,Austria,Yemen,Syria,Libya,Egypt,Bahrain,North America,West Asia,North Africa,Europe,United States,Russia,Italy,Spain

18 October 2011

Reuters (Africa)

LONDON - Russia, the United States and European countries ignored fears over human rights abuses and sold large numbers of weapons to governments in the Middle East and North Africa in recent years, Amnesty International said in a report on Wednesday. Rights group Amnesty said the failings showed the need for a meaningful international arms trade treaty to choke off the supply of weapons to countries seen at risk of turning them on their own people. "The Arab Spring... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Reuters (Africa)

35431

Iran,Yemen,Turkey,Libya,Iraq,Lebanon,Syria

16 October 2011

Jerusalem Post (Israel)

Small arms are increasingly in demand inside volatile Syria, particularly among the country's Alawite minority, who fear they may face retaliation over the revolt against their co-religionist, President Bashar Assad. Most of the weapons are being smuggled in from Lebanon, once an end user of small arms during the country's 15-year civil war that ended in 1990. Today, Lebanon is overflowing with automatic weapons, grenades and hunting rifles, all of which are in demand... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Jerusalem Post (Israel)

35420

Serbia

3 October 2011

Albeu (Albania)

According to a study by the Center for the control of small arms and light weapons in Eastern Europe (Weapons), in Serbia have registered over 1.2 million weapons. The country is regarded as the most armed in the region compared with other countries in the region, but also in the world. According to the Ministry of Interior of Serbia, 45 thousand guns of different calibers were recorded in 3300 owned by legal persons, while 96% of other weapons are owned by about 600... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Albeu (Albania)

35370

Russia,Peru,Colombia,Greece

1 October 2011

RIA Novosti (Russia)

ATHENS - Vladimir Gavrilov, a Russian accused of gun-running to Colombia's FARC rebels in the 1990's has been released from custody in Greece, where he had been detained for a month on an extradition request from Peru, his lawyer Georgy Gurovanidis told RIA Novosti. Gavrilov returned to Moscow on Saturday morning after his release. Vladimir Gavrilov had spent a month in detention in Salonika, Greece, after being detained at the end of August on an international arrest... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: RIA Novosti (Russia)

35347

Montenegro,Bosnia & Herzegovina,European Union,Serbia,Eastern Europe,Southern Europe,Croatia,Kosovo,Albania

5 September 2011

Southeast European Times (Pristina)

The statistics about gun ownership regionwide are surprising and the results can be deadly. In Albania alone, for example, analyst Jonuz Kola estimated this summer that 6% to 9% of the population has a weapon in the home. Scores of accidental shootings occur, including that of a 9-year-old in Shkodra, who died at the hands of his 11-year-old brother on July 18th. Xhavit Shala, an expert within the Albanian Interior Ministry notes that in 1997, a considerable amount of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Southeast European Times (Pristina)

35244

Macedonia,Puerto Rico,United States,Libya

24 August 2011

Guardian (UK)

Without doubt, war correspondents are wise to wear helmets and flak jackets while sending dispatches from shell-pounded streets crackling with gunfire. But when Sky News reporter Alex Crawford rode into Tripoli this week on a rebel pickup truck, she was more worried about celebratory gunfire – because of the danger posed by bullets landing on her head. While some early studies conjectured that bullets shot upwards simply vanished into space, the threat from falling... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (UK)

35217

Serbia,Macedonia,Kuwait,Iraq,Philippines,Jordan,Turkey,United States,Libya

22 August 2011

BBC News

Libyan rebels have celebrated their advance into Tripoli by firing guns in the air. How hazardous is this? It is, unarguably, an emphatic way to display one's jubilation. Shooting an automatic weapon into the sky to signal an occasion one welcomes is a popular practice in much of the world, as the footage of Libyan anti-Gaddafi forces seizing the main square of the capital city has demonstrated. But it is a potentially fatal activity, which regularly results in the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

35213

Turkey

11 August 2011

Hürriyet Daily News (Istanbul)

The Hope Foundation has criticized the draft law on guns that is set to be discussed in Parliament during the coming term by sending deputies a letter detailing new suggestions to regulate the sale and use of arms in the country. "Some 4,500 people on average lose their lives due to gun fire in our country every year. If you include the victims' families, the lives of at least 25,000 people are negatively affected every year because of personal arms," said Nazire... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Hürriyet Daily News (Istanbul)

35182

United States,Italy

29 July 2011

Security Management News (USA)

Italian gun manufacturers will begin putting RFIDs on their weapons starting next year, according to a U.S. gun distributor who sells them. The new technology is set to become standard for inventory and tracking weapons manufactured in Italy. RFID tags can be small tags or chips programmed with identifying information that can be read by a scanner. Gun enthusiasts have raised privacy concerns about the practice, saying that it would make it possible for people to detect... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Security Management News (USA)

35156

Sri Lanka,Sudan,Malawi,Zambia,Mozambique,Macedonia,Liberia,Sierra Leone,West Africa,Africa,South Africa

28 July 2011

IRIN (UN News)

JOHANNESBURG - Cash for guns or buy-back programmes in post-conflict states have fallen out of favour as a method of ridding a society of weapons, and have been replaced by often elaborate schemes designed to remove money from the equation, but the debate continues as to the best way forward. The disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) community has grappled for years with buy-back practices and acknowledges they can have a profound effect on the nature of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: IRIN (UN News)

35133

France,Qatar,United Kingdom,Libya,Russia,Italy

20 July 2011

Scotsman (Edinburgh)

A shipment of weapons seized by the Italian navy following a tip-off from British secret agents has gone missing - most likely ending up in the hands of Libya's rebels. The haul, which was described by one military expert as "enough to start and win a small war", included 400 anti-tank missiles and 50 launchers for them; 30,000 AK47s; 5,000 Katusha rockets; 11,000 anti-tank rockets and 32 million rounds of small arms ammunition. All of the Russian-made weapons were... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Scotsman (Edinburgh)

35083

European Union,Bulgaria,Russia,West Africa,Pakistan,France,Australia,United Kingdom,Canada,Germany,Italy,United States,Haiti,Côte d'Ivoire,Madagascar

6 July 2011

Voice of America

A new study finds the global authorized trade in small arms, light weapons, and their ammunition is worth nearly $7.1 billion a year. In its annual report, the independent think tank, the Geneva Forum, also examines the serious impact small arms proliferation is having upon three so-called fragile states-Madagascar, Ivory Coast and Haiti. Arms exporters The survey finds in 2008, the United States, Italy and Germany topped the list of 14 top exporters of small arms... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Voice of America

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