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Australia

23 May 2014

Yahoo! 7 News (Australia)

The Palmer United Party (PUP) has introduced legislation to Queensland Parliament proposing to regulate the creation and possession of 3D printed firearms. If passed, the laws would be an Australian first, making it a punishable offence to make, buy or possess 3D firearms. PUP MP Carl Judge told State Parliament last night he was concerned the new printing method could be used by criminals. Mr Judge said the private member's bill included a licensing scheme, as well... (GunPolicy.org)

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Mozambique,United States,Russia,China,South Africa

11 April 2014

Mail & Guardian (Johannesburg)

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

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New Zealand

13 December 2013

New Zealand Herald

You can buy real-looking guns for just a fistful of dollars at a $2 shop. The Herald did just that. The cheapest was $45 and looked like a real pistol. It doesn't fire bullets - but when cocked using the same action as a real automatic pistol, it will fire a small, plastic BB sphere. When we took the gun to police, they explained it still had a deadly potential but instead of being potentially fatal for the target, it was the wielder of the weapon who faced the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Malaysia

26 November 2013

New Straits Times (Malaysia)

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

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China,United States

25 November 2013

Global Times (China)

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

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England & Wales

20 November 2013

News North Wales

Police chiefs have defended Wrexham's gun record after figures revealed 79 firearms have been seized across the county in the past three years. North Wales Police (NWP) said Wrexham "does not have a gun problem" after statistics showed 29 firearms had been seized by officers so far this year, including a haul of 18 shotguns and two handguns. Of those 29 guns confiscated in 2013, 16 were taken by officers at a criminal incident location. The figures come after a major... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

12 November 2013

Toronto Star (Ontario)

The mandatory minimum sentences for possession of firearms brought in by the Conservative government in 2008 are unconstitutional, ruled the Ontario Court of Appeal in decisions released Tuesday morning. They are "cruel and unusual punishment" and "grossly disproportionate," found the five-judge panel unanimously. The sentencing laws struck down are part of Section 95, covering possession of a loaded prohibited or restricted firearm or unloaded with ammunition easily... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

24 October 2013

Vancouver Sun (British Columbia)

Some B.C. residents are capitalizing on the illicit gun trade by making gun parts and even firearms to sell to local criminals. Cpl. Frank Grosspietsch of the RCMP's National Weapons Enforcement Support Team said a "cottage industry" has sprung up in B.C. in recent years among people willing to arm gangsters and other criminals. B.C.-made noise suppressors - which muffle gunshots and are commonly and inaccurately called silencers - have been used in recent murders,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Vancouver Sun (British Columbia)

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Philippines

17 October 2013

Sun Star (Philippines)

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

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South Africa

10 October 2013

Xinhua

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa will implement the Dangerous Weapons Act early next year, the Presidency announced on Wednesday. President Zuma has decided that the Dangerous Weapons Act will come into effect on Jan. 2, 2014, the Presidency said, adding that the act will seek to prohibit the possession of dangerous weapons, firearms or replicas or imitation firearms in public. Replicas will also be outlawed as in most cases people robbed by an armed group where only one... (GunPolicy.org)

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Bermuda

27 July 2013

Royal Gazette (Bermuda)

Police have seized nine guns linked to a slew of firearms offences this year. And that statistic shows that a gun bounty initiative introduced in May has "delivered results", according to Public Safety Minister Michael Dunkley. In a statement delivered in the House of Assembly yesterday, Mr Dunkley said that five conventional handguns, two air pistols and two imitation firearms had been taken off the streets. "As a result of forensic examination, one firearm has been... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Royal Gazette (Bermuda)

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Malaysia

19 June 2013

Borneo Post

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

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Malaysia

19 June 2013

Star (Malaysia)

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

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England & Wales

7 June 2013

BBC News

An anti-gun campaigner has admitted possessing an imitation gun after a dispute that saw police seal off part of Liverpool city centre. Stephen French, 53, of Eleanor Park, Prenton, was arrested after armed officers responded to an argument on Water Street in March. French, who also admitted possessing a bladed weapon, will be sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court on 3 July. In 2008 he said he wanted to stop the spread of guns in Merseyside. French was arrested after... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

30 May 2013

CBC News (Canada)

Police in B.C. will begin collecting unauthorized and unwanted guns on Saturday, as part of a month-long firearms amnesty program they say will help remove guns from communities and reduce the risk they could fall into the hands of criminals. RCMP Insp. Brad Haugli said officers often encounter cases in which tragedy could have been averted if guns were not involved. "As someone who has lost a loved one to suicide by firearm, I know that devastation first-hand,"... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

9 May 2013

Washington Post, Opinion

CHICAGO — Two summers ago, my husband and I took our sons to a shooting range for multiple days of firearms training with a certified instructor. Our logic was simple: In our low-income community with lots of gang activity, it was laughable to imagine that our boys wouldn't someday find themselves in a situation where a pal had brought a gun to school or asked them to come see his parents' gun. Did we want them to clumsily handle a deadly weapon — seduced by the... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Korea

21 April 2013

Korea Herald

Calls for more stringent regulations on guns are mounting in the wake of four shooting incidents within a month in a nation that many believed to be free from the dangers of firearms. On Tuesday, a 42-year-old man shot a 38-year-old man who had an affair with his wife with an air gun in Cheonan, South Chungcheong Province. He had held the weapon for years to fend off wild animals. The three other cases involved unauthorized guns. On the previous day, a man in his 30s... (GunPolicy.org)

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Bermuda

27 March 2013

Royal Gazette (Bermuda), Opinion

The Court of Appeal made two decisions last week which won't have escaped the attention of anyone worried about spiralling gun violence in this country. As reported in The Royal Gazette on Friday, 22-year-old armed robber Jaron Roberts had his sentence for a crime spree involving an imitation firearm cut by almost a third. And gunman Marico Bassett, also aged 22 and serving 25 years in prison for shooting Randy Lightbourne, was told he'd be eligible for parole two... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ireland

23 March 2013

Irish News

A Newry engineer who reactivated guns for paramilitaries was operating a large-scale munitions factory for dissident republicans, police have said. Bryan Christopher McManus (56) was yesterday jailed for more than three years. Ordering McManus to spend half a six-and-a-half year sentence in jail and half on licence parole, Belfast Recorder Judge David McFarland told him he had "made a very bad decision to associate with undesirable elements". The judge at Belfast... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Irish News

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Malaysia

29 January 2013

Star (Malaysia)

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

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New Zealand

22 November 2012

Stuff (New Zealand)

One can kill while the other is a toy, but police are finding it increasingly difficult to tell the difference as fake firearms become more realistic. Armed police raided a house in the Wellington suburb of Johnsonville on Tuesday after a member of the public reported seeing a gun being pointed through a window. It turned out the gun was a toy given as a 10th birthday present. A man, 21, has been charged with possession of an imitation firearm. Last year, film-makers... (GunPolicy.org)

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England & Wales

13 November 2012

BBC News

A teenager carrying a replica pistol in Birmingham could have faced "fatal consequences" when he was caught by armed officers, police have said. Armed officers drew their weapons when the 15-year-old reached for the gun after a chase. West Midlands Police said they got a 999 call just after 21:30 GMT on Monday reporting a youth carrying a handgun near Moor Street station. Ch Insp Paul Minor said the teenager had had a "lucky escape". After the initial emergency call... (GunPolicy.org)

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Switzerland

2 November 2012

Local (Switzerland)

Police have issued a warning about the illegal use of replica guns after a teenager used one to shoot plastic bullets at members of the Liberal party in the canton of Valais. The incident occurred on Wednesday evening in Sierre when a youth in a car driven by a friend used an "airsoft" gun to fire on party members assembled outside a restaurant for a meeting, Valais cantonal police said. Four people were injured by the plastic bullets, some in the face and one in the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (Switzerland)

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Indonesia,Taiwan,China

22 October 2012

Jakarta Globe

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

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Australia

17 September 2012

Herald Sun (Melbourne)

More than 1200 illegal and unwanted firearms have been surrendered to the state as part of SA's gun amnesty. So far, 60 handguns, 1091 Class A or B firearms and 43 Class C or D guns have been delivered to various police stations across South Australia since the amnesty started on August 1. More than 70 imitation weapons and seven prescribed firearms - including sawn-off rifles have also been handed in. Attorney-General John Rau said the response had been overwhelming... (GunPolicy.org)

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Eastern Europe,United Kingdom,Germany

17 July 2012

Manchester Evening News (UK)

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

Read More: Manchester Evening News (UK)

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China

11 July 2012

Global Times (China)

Early on July 1, a 48-year-old factory boss surnamed Nan was shot through the head while on the way to do his morning exercise in Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province. He later died in hospital. Police later announced that they found the murderer surnamed Lin who was found dead with a gun beside his body. The two were involved in a dispute over money that resulted in the murder. The case sparked fresh concerns on gun use in China, coming so shortly after the country launched an... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

27 June 2012

Daily Mail (UK)

This shocking array of firearms is just part of the terrifying arsenal of weapons seized by a police force in just the last year. The deadly haul of guns collected from the streets of the West Midlands include an Uzi, AK47 and an exact replica of the handgun used by Saddam Hussain. The myriad of over a hundred fierce firearms - some of which are modified or homemade - have been seized by, or been surrendered to, West Midland's Police over the last 12 months. The... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,China

13 June 2012

China Daily

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

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United States,China

5 April 2012

China Daily

The number of gun-related crimes is dropping rapidly nationwide, despite a recent spate of armed robberies, police say. In 2000, police dealt with about 5,000 gun-related crimes across the country. The number dropped to about 500 in 2011, down 46 percent from 2010, according to the latest figures from the Ministry of Public Security. The decrease is mainly due to China's strict policy on gun control and tougher policing measures, said Yan Zhengbin, deputy director of... (GunPolicy.org)

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China

17 November 2011

Shanghai Daily (China)

Police in Kunming, capital of southwest China's Yunnan Province, have smashed an illegal firearms production and trafficking ring, detaining 84 people and seizing 6,990 guns. In late March, the discovery of three imitation guns during a routine check at a train station in Kunming put police on the trail of the gun-trading network. Within four months they had confiscated 1,612 guns capable of firing live ammunition and 5,378 replicas. On April 21, police found a man... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

4 October 2011

West Australian (Perth)

A double-barrelled shotgun a Perth man gave to a gunsmith for disposal has been found by police at the home of a suspected criminal almost 18 months later. The gunsmith had modified the weapon so it was unusable. But former owner Rod, who did not want his surname revealed, said he was concerned because it would look like an operating gun to a potential crime victim. "It was taken off my licence and I thought it would be crushed or given to police," he said. "But... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

4 October 2011

Manchester Evening News (UK)

A gun dealer was trapped after police set up a fake shop selling combat clothing. Undercover cops posed as shop workers who were looking for lethal weapons in the elaborate sting. The store was set up after police became concerned at the number of firearms on the streets of Manchester. After weeks at the store on Princess Road, Moss Side, a gang member customer introduced the plain clothes officers to Marc Billingham, who supplied them with two working guns, an air... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Manchester Evening News (UK)

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Philippines,Indonesia,China

15 August 2011

China Daily

XIAMEN, Fujian - Three men in East China's Fujian province have been charged with producing and selling imitation guns following a raid on a toy gun factory in Jinjiang city in July. You Zhixian, a publicity officer with Jinjiang public security bureau, said the three suspects surnamed Huang, Ge and Chen had been arrested on suspicion of producing and selling imitation guns that could cause injury. "More than 10,000 imitation firearms were discovered in the factory,"... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand

23 June 2011

New Zealand Herald

A proposal banning imports of airguns that look like the military weapons will have little impact on the the number available or on criminals using them to intimidate people, parliament has been told. The Arms (Military Style Semi-automatic Firearms And Import Controls) Amendment Bill would ban importing airguns that look like real pistols, military-style semi-automatics (MSSAs) or restricted weapons - unless a police permit is granted. The bill, which is before the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Zealand Herald

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France

14 June 2011

L'Express (France)

[Translated summary: An increasing number of robberies and attacks are committed with imitation guns. One of these even lead to the death of a young man, when police shot the 19yr-old boy thinking that his imitation gun was a real gun. However, amendments to the French Law on this matter keep on being delayed.] Un nombre croissant de braquages et d'agressions sont commis avec des armes factices. Pourtant, la loi tarde à s'adapter à ce phénomène. Le 23 février... (GunPolicy.org)

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Cayman Islands

8 June 2011

Cayman News Service (Cayman Islands)

Police will be holding a month long amnesty on firearms this July in an effort to repeat last year's success. Detective Superintendent Marlon Bodden said that this time the amnesty would be promoted at a local level through a series of town hall meetings where police would discuss the issue of gun crime with residents in the community. He told CNS Wednesday morning that he believed the reason why there had been no murders in the Cayman Islands so far in 2011 was because... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

7 June 2011

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck is proposing that the city require BB-gun replicas of actual firearms to be brightly colored so that police officers don't mistake them for real weapons. The proposal, which the Los Angeles Police Commission will consider Tuesday, comes after two shootings involving officers and people with replica weapons, including one in which a teenager was wounded. Under the new rule, all such toys sold in Los Angeles would have the "entire... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

6 June 2011

San Francisco Chronicle / AP

LOS ANGELES, California - The Los Angeles Police Department wants BB guns and imitation firearms to look a lot less like the real thing. In a memo set for review Tuesday by members of the Police Commission, police Chief Charlie Beck is asking for a new city ordinance that would require handgun-style BB guns and imitation weapons to be brightly colored. Capt. William Hart says the move follows two police shootings last year where the suspect was seen with what turned... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand

14 May 2011

3 News (New Zealand)

The owner of the country's biggest gun store says new rules aimed at restricting imports of airguns which replicate the real thing will do little to reduce crime. An amendment to the Arms Act will mean people who import replica airguns must first obtain a permit from the commissioner of police. David Tipple imports around 10,000 airguns every year and he now fears around 20 percent or 2,000 of those guns will require a permit before he can bring them in. "Under the... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand

15 April 2011

New Zealand Press Association

The Government is to tighten import controls on airguns that look like real pistols, military style semi-automatic firearms (MSSAs) or restricted weapons. Police Minister Judith Collins said replicas were frequently used by criminals as they were easily mistaken for real firearms. "Police estimate that there could be up to one incident a week where a member of the public presents an airgun that looks like a real pistol, MSSA, or restricted weapon requiring an armed... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

8 April 2011

Daily Mail (UK)

It is a fearsome array of weapons including a Kalashnikov, Uzi sub-machine gun, shotguns and pistols. But this astonishing arsenal was not seized from a gang of organised criminals, but the private collection of a fruit and veg trader. David Evans had claimed he only bought replica weapons to use for 'war games' in his loft, where he kitted out mannequins with imitation guns to recreate scenes from war movies such as Saving Private Ryan. But yesterday the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,Canada

27 January 2011

Calgary Herald (Alberta)

CALGARY - John Sattler told police after they seized a cache of restricted and prohibited weapons from his northwest Calgary home nearly two years ago that he was the "master of war." He also referred to himself as "the biggest hit man in the world and the smartest," and said he owned about 10 rocket launchers and "was thinking about shooting down the police helicopter because he thought it would be funny." Facing 75 criminal charges on Thursday, Sattler, 48, pleaded... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Calgary Herald (Alberta)

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Scotland,United States,United Kingdom

2 November 2010

BBC News

Derrick Bird, who shot dead 12 people in Cumbria, had held a firearms licence for 20 years. The taxi driver - who also injured 11 others before turning the gun on himself - had a shotgun certificate and a firearms licence for weapons for pest control and to go clay pigeon shooting. In the official police review of the tragedy, the country's top firearms licensing officer has said that Bird fulfilled the necessary requirements for issuing the licences. But are there... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

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United Kingdom

25 October 2010

BBC News

Guns are easily available to young people "in the know" in Sheffield, according to a report into gangs. The Youth Offending Service report was carried out in June in response to the 2008 murder of Tarek Chaiboub, 17, who was shot by gang members in Burngreave. It warns there is a "misconception" that guns are difficult to obtain in Sheffield and states the problems must remain a high priority for agencies. Police said they worked to keep the city safe but gangs would... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

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Australia

21 October 2010

Sydney Morning Herald

John Whitta was walking past a credit union when he saw a masked man inside, holding up the tellers with a replica pistol. The 62-year-old confronted the bandit, Kevin John Moore, telling him: "It's no good getting the girls to hurry because you're not getting out the door. You've gotta get past me." When Moore tried to run, Mr Whitta crash tackled him to the ground. Another passer-by admonished the pair for fighting, saying: "Come on, it's Christmas time. Break it... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sydney Morning Herald

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New Zealand

11 October 2010

Dominion Post (Wellington)

Replica firearms not covered by a law change coming into effect this week could just as easily cost a life if they appear real, police warn after incidents in Napier. Napier Detective Sergeant Emmet Lynch and his colleagues have dealt with three firearms in the past week that were either replicas or looked like more powerful weapons. One, a rifle that fires slug pellets, was used in a random drive-by shooting in which a man was shot in the stomach while socialising... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Dominion Post (Wellington)

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Philippines

28 September 2010

Philippine Daily Inquirer

Air guns, pellet guns, and airsoft guns are covered by the current gun ban for the Oct. 25 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections, a Commission on Elections official said Tuesday. Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said these guns were included because they fall under the definition of a gun as "any device that propels a projectile or a slug." "For the most part, the slug is chemically propelled. But the definition of a gun also includes weapons that fire... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Philippine Daily Inquirer

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Australia

4 August 2010

Courier-Mail (Brisbane)

Any item that looks like a gun will have to be licensed under several changes to the Weapons Act being considered by the Queensland State Government. Even guns made out of materials as unlikely as soap or plastic may have to be kept under lock and key if they could "reasonably be taken to be a weapon". The draft act says an imitation is a "reasonable copy" of a weapon that is not capable of causing death or injury. "If it looks like a gun and feels like a gun, it... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Courier-Mail (Brisbane)

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United Kingdom

10 June 2010

Ashington Journal (UK)

Police have seized more than 50 firearms after raiding a suspected homemade gun factory. Armed officers stormed the flat in Northumberland after a tip-off. An arsenal of weapons was recovered from the property in North Seaton, Ashington. Gary Ray appeared before South East Northumberland Magistrates charged with converting an imitation firearm, and possession, purchase or sale of a prohibited weapon. The 51-year-old was remanded in custody. Pensioner Joan Ward,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Ashington Journal (UK)

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Australia

7 June 2010

Sydney Morning Herald

The National Coalition for Gun Control says increasing pressure on the NSW government may force it into legislative negotiations with the Shooters Party, which will weaken gun control. Particularly alarming, it says, are moves to reduce licensing disqualification from 10 to five years following domestic violence orders, and overturning the automatic removal of domestic violence offenders' firearms to be at the police's discretion. The bill also removes the 28-day... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sydney Morning Herald

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United Kingdom

3 June 2010

BBC News

Derrick Bird, who shot dead 12 people in Cumbria, held a firearms licence for 20 years, it has emerged. Cumbria Police said the taxi driver had a shotgun certificate and a firearms licence for weapons, and he is understood to have been a licensed firearms holder since the age of 32. Deputy Chief Constable Stuart Hyde said the two weapons they had recovered from Bird, a shotgun and a rifle, appeared similar to those described on the licences, but that officers would... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

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United Kingdom

14 April 2010

BBC News

A gun amnesty has been extended after it began in response to a shooting which left three people dead. Andrew Copland shot his ex-partner Julie Harrison and their four-year-old daughter Maisie before killing himself in Aldershot, an inquest ruled. The amnesty in north-east Hampshire has so far seen 57 firearms and 985 rounds of ammunitions handed in. It has been extended until Sunday for people to hand in unwanted or illegal firearms at nine police stations. Police... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

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United Kingdom

25 January 2010

Birmingham Mail (UK)

As long as you have the cash, you can snap up a deactivated weapon – because the law currently classes them as metal ornaments. But those with the know-how and the tools can easily reactivate them to fire live ammunition. Guns on display at the shop have included a Russian Kalashnikov AK-47 machine gun, a British-made World War II era Sten machine gun and a German Luger hand gun. The Mail found the fearsome looking collection inside the Simply Gifted shop close to... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

14 January 2010

Advertiser (Adelaide)

A Government gun amnesty has taken 1731 unwanted or illegal firearms off the streets and some out of the hands of criminals, Police Minister Michael Wright said. The three-month amnesty, which ended on December 31 last year, reaped 1025 working guns and 706 imitation firearms. Opposition spokesman David Ridgway said police statistics showed firearm/weapon offences have increased 20.6 per cent since 2002. Since 2006, more than 4300 firearms or imitation guns have been... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Advertiser (Adelaide)

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Australia

6 January 2010

ABC News (Australia)

South Australia Police have collected about 700 replica firearms during a three month amnesty with more than 100 confiscated. It was the first time replica firearms were included in an amnesty after laws were introduced in October making their registration compulsory. People now found with unregistered replica guns could face up to 15 years in jail. Chief Inspector Jim Langmead says the result is significant because many are being converted into weapons and used in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ABC News (Australia)

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United Kingdom

5 December 2009

Daily Mail (UK)

An innocent game of cops and robbers used to provide two benefits - lots of fun and a basic understanding of right and wrong. But children caught playing with a toy gun today have been warned they face something far more memorable - a raid by armed police marksmen. Officers have told parents to avoid buying youngsters plastic guns for Christmas in case passers-by mistake them for dangerous weapons. The warning has been issued by Essex Police, where a spokesman said... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Mail (UK)

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Australia

21 November 2009

Herald Sun (Melbourne)

More than 700 guns were among the 1200 weapons handed in to police as part of a statewide amnesty. A total of 53 handguns and 681 long-arms were handed in, as well as 54 imitation firearms. Victorians also handed over almost 400 knives and 70 other items including crossbows, martial arts weapons and swords. Most of the guns were handed in at country police stations. Kyabram easily received the most sharp-edged weapons with 141. Deputy Commissioner Ken Jones said the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Herald Sun (Melbourne)

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Australia

21 November 2009

Daily Telegraph (Sydney)

New national gun laws will outlaw imitation firearms unless shooters hold a special licence to own them. The move follows a series of attacks using replica guns. A 10-year-old boy allegedly robbed a Hunter Valley video store with a replica gun two months ago. Two masked men with replica firearms robbed a fast food outlet in Padstow last month and a 77-year-old driver was robbed of his wallet in Manly by a teenager who was also brandishing a replica gun. Criminals... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Telegraph (Sydney)

31537

United Kingdom

7 November 2009

Telegraph (UK)

A former Army sergeant, Paul Alexander, who made guns for gangs operating in Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham, has been jailed indefinitely. Detectives said Alexander, 53, was a "significant" supplier and had been tracked down following the launch of an operation against gangs in the wake of the shooting of 11-year-old Rhys Jones in Liverpool two years ago. Police said they found a gun factory at a house Alexander rented in Bardfield Saling, Essex and his weapons... (GunPolicy.org)

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31440

Australia

1 October 2009

ABC News (Australia)

The South Australian Government is cracking down on people who have unregistered imitation firearms. People caught with unregistered or unauthorised imitations will face a maximum of 15 years in jail or a $75,000 fine. Authorities are concerned that imitations can be converted to fire bullets, and that they are often used in robberies and other crimes. But an amnesty has been declared until the end of the year. After that, Premier Mike Rann says the full force of... (GunPolicy.org)

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31124

United Kingdom

26 September 2009

Birmingham Mail (UK)

The fatal shooting of a student gunned down in a Birmingham street earlier this year has been linked to a firearms mastermind who armed UK street gangs. "Merchant of death" Paul Alexander illegally converted replica weapons into lethal guns and supplied the "assassination kits" to gangs in the north east for as little as £1,500-a-time. Two of the ex-soldier's weapons were involved in a vicious feud between gangs in Liverpool that led to the murder of innocent... (GunPolicy.org)

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31074

United Kingdom

21 September 2009

BBC News

A former soldier — described in court as a "dealer in death" — has been told he faces a lengthy prison sentence for turning imitation guns into real ones. Paul Alexander, 53, was due to be sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court after admitting firearms offences. But sentencing was adjourned to allow a background report to be prepared. The court was told Alexander had operated a "gun factory" in Bardfield Saling, Essex. Forensic tests on the guns linked them to 28... (GunPolicy.org)

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30984

New Zealand

20 September 2009

New Zealand Herald

Armed officers and dog handlers swarmed over two Auckland suburbs yesterday as fake firearms triggered two huge police operations. An armed offenders unit and dog handlers were among up to 20 officers sent to the first callout, which occurred in Glen Innes about 7am. Inspector Earle McIntosh said police received reports that a man had got into a fight with fellow guests at an all-night party and threatened them with a shotgun. The suspect then travelled to a house on... (GunPolicy.org)

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30992

United Kingdom

12 September 2009

Times (UK)

A judge called a gunmaker who crafted weapons for Merseyside's gangsters as a "dealer in death" as he jailed him at Liverpool Crown Court for 20 years. David Hampson, 44, who could transform a replica firearm into a handgun in 20 minutes, was caught in a 12-month police undercover operation. His speciality was converting miniature torches into single-shot weapons. Senior officers in Merseyside Police were jubilant at the severity of the sentence which, they say, will... (GunPolicy.org)

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30940

Ireland

24 July 2009

Belfast Telegraph

Justice Minister Dermot Ahern has signed new gun control legislation into law. The act bans handguns in Ireland and also introduces a requirement for referees, background medical checks and standards for the safe keeping of guns in the home for all firearms licence applicants. It also makes it an offence to brandish a realistic imitation firearm in public. Mr Ahern says the legislation is designed to halt the emergence of a gun-culture in... (GunPolicy.org)

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30633

China

20 July 2009

Xinhua

BEIJING — Chinese police have confiscated 19,000 guns and close to 500 tonnes of explosives in a crackdown on explosive and gun-related crimes in the last four months, the Ministry of Public Security announced here Monday. More than 5,200 people in connection with illegal production and sales of explosives and gun-related crimes were arrested during the campaign, which started in March and ends on Oct. 31, the ministry said on its Website. The crackdown on... (GunPolicy.org)

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30591

Canada

9 July 2009

Victoria Times Colonist (British Columbia), Editorial

Replica guns serve no necessary legitimate purpose. They are used in robberies and to intimidate and are carried by young people who apparently find the idea of playing with pretend guns amusing. The knockoff handguns are a nightmare for police, who have no way of knowing whether they are dealing with a deadly threat or a stupid, posturing teenager or young man. Officers must make an almost instant decision with potentially deadly consequences. In 2006, Burnaby RCMP... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Victoria Times Colonist (British Columbia)

30495

Ireland

30 June 2009

Connacht Sentinel (Galway)

Exact replicas of deadly handguns and AK47s are being flogged at knockdown prices by dealers in Galway ahead of a limited ban, which is expected to be introduced by the Dáil shortly. Discounts of up to 50 percent are being offered on highly realistic Glock pistols and sniper rifles by retailers before restrictions are imposed on the sale and use of the items, in an effort to 'beat the ban'. There are fears that the delay in introducing the legislation will allow... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Connacht Sentinel (Galway)

30414

United States

30 March 2009

Arkansas Democrat Gazette

A bill aimed at reducing the risk of children getting shot by police cleared a state House of Representatives committee Thursday but some questioned whether it would do anything. House Bill 2160 by Rep. Fred Allen, D-Little Rock, would ban the sale of certain toy guns. The bill is called the "De Aunta Farrow Imitation Firearms Act." De Aunta, 12, was fatally shot by West Memphis police on the night of June 22, 2007. A toy that resembled a semiautomatic handgun... (GunPolicy.org)

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29656

United Kingdom,Scotland

27 March 2009

BBC News

The Scottish Government has said it will not "sit on its hands" in the face of what it claims is Westminster inaction over firearm laws. The justice secretary made the claim as he launched a drive to highlight the penalties for air or replica gun crime. The SNP has called on Westminster to devolve airgun legislation or agree a pilot licensing scheme for air weapons. The Home Office said it had concerns about firearms law in Scotland differing from England and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

29638

United Kingdom,Scotland

8 March 2009

News of the World (UK)

This week the News of the World was granted exclusive access to Strathclyde Police's elite armed response unit. Scottish Crime Reporter Graham McKendry went behind the scenes at their training facility — and was put through his paces in a virtual armed raid … Armed with a Heckler & Koch machine gun, I wait for the signal to go. A violent criminal, believed to be carrying a weapon, has been spotted in a shopping mall. According to intelligence reports, he has... (GunPolicy.org)

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30564

Mexico

11 January 2009

New York Times

MEXICO CITY — Over the Christmas holidays, Othón Cuevas Córdova, a Mexican congressman, had his life threatened, albeit in jest. His young nephew pointed a toy pistol that he had received as a gift at the lawmaker and said, "Tío, I'm going to kill you." Mr. Cuevas was not amused. He talked to the boy's parents about the inappropriateness of giving a child a weapon, even a plastic one, in a country so overrun with violence. And he sped up the introduction in... (GunPolicy.org)

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28972

United Kingdom

24 November 2008

New Statesman

The blanket ban on handguns following the massacre of 16 children in Dunblane in 1996 means Britain has some of the toughest controls yet street gun crime has risen inexorably If you get shot today in London, Manchester or Liverpool, chances the weapon will be a converted handgun. The conviction of a 13 year-old boy in south London last week for possession of a converted Russian CS gas pistol, highlighted the pervasive use of these weapons and underlined the... (GunPolicy.org)

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28701

Australia

19 November 2008

Australian Associated Press

A cricket stump with screws sticking out of it and two historic 1840s pistols are among more than 2,400 weapons handed in to Victorian police during an amnesty. Guns, knives and other weapons, like a 19th century police sword, pistol silencer and numchuckers were handed in to Victorian police stations during October. Police gave people the opportunity to hand in unwanted, unregistered or illegal weapons without questions being asked or any danger of penalty or... (GunPolicy.org)

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30226

New Zealand

5 November 2008

Papakura Courier

An upsurge in young people "mucking around" with replica guns has Papakura police worried someone will end up hurt or worse. Senior sergeant Mike McIlraith says police have had three callouts in the past week to youths brandishing weapons in public. The guns turned out to be replicas, he says, but police procedure is to assume they're real. In these callouts "it's prudent for us to take precautions by arming ourselves" so anyone carrying replica weapons in public is... (GunPolicy.org)

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28584

New Zealand

24 October 2008

TV3 National News

How dangerous are airguns? Police say they can easily kill people at short range, and they are worried at how easily they can be bought — owners do not even need a firearms licence. The police are not saying what sort of airgun the shot Whangarei woman was armed with, but airguns now range from the benign BB gun to gas-compressed ones with the power to kill. And it was a single shot from an airgun that killed police officer Don Wilkinson six weeks ago as he fled... (GunPolicy.org)

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28496

China

13 October 2008

Wall Street Journal

SHANGHAI — China's weapons laws are among the world's toughest. Its blanket ban on private ownership of rifles, pistols and even gun replicas is a core tenet of social policy. Still, a gun culture is taking hold. China may be freer from gun crime than many nations, and official statistics show overall crime on a continuous down trend. Yet, these days, reports about gun crimes turn up as often as several times a week even in the tightly controlled state-run media. The... (GunPolicy.org)

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28417

New Zealand

9 October 2008

Otago Daily Times

Police have warned parents not to be fooled into thinking airguns they give their children are toys. The warning came several weeks after an undercover police officer was shot dead in Auckland with a high-powered air rifle and as the government moved to tighten the law on airguns. Police national manager of firearms licensing and vetting, Inspector Joe Green, said up to 100,000 airguns were in the country which were replicas of real firearms, including rifles and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Otago Daily Times

28394

United Kingdom

27 August 2008

BBC News

A man has been found guilty of turning replica guns into live weapons linked to more than 50 shootings, including the murder of Pc Sharon Beshenivsky. Grant Wilkinson, 34, was convicted at Reading Crown Court of seven offences of converting and supplying firearms linked to at least eight murders. Wilkinson, of no fixed abode, adapted replica Mac-10 guns in a shed in Three Mile Cross, near Reading, Berkshire. Since the trial police have linked an east London... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

28080

United Kingdom

27 August 2008

BBC News

Grant Wilkinson was able to walk in to a legitimate dealer and buy 90 replica guns legally, obtain the tools and with seemingly little know-how convert them into deadly weapons for his own gain. Wilkinson was found guilty at Reading Crown Court of seven firearm offences in relation to converting Mac-10 sub machine guns into live weapons at The Briars in Three Mile Cross, near Reading. His co-accused, Gary Lewis, was cleared of all charges. The weapons have been... (GunPolicy.org)

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28076

United Kingdom

1 August 2008

BBC News

A man accused of buying 90 replica guns and converting them into live weapons told an arms dealer they were needed for a James Bond film, a court heard. Grant Wilkinson, 34, used a fake name to buy replica Mac-10 submachine guns, Reading Crown Court was told on Friday. He and co-defendant Gary Lewis, 38, are accused of converting the guns, which went on to be used in eight murders. The firearms were linked with a total of 51 incidents, the prosecution say. Both... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

27904

United Kingdom

30 July 2008

BBC News

Two men ran an illegal gun factory to turn replica guns into live weapons later used in 51 shootings including eight murders, a court has heard. Grant Wilkinson, 34, and Gary Lewis, 38, deny nine charges of firearms offences after the discovery of weapons and ammunition near Reading last July. Mr Wilkinson bought 90 replica guns in 2004, which he told the dealer were for a James Bond film, the jury heard. But the prosecution told Reading Crown Court the guns were... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

27854

United States

21 June 2008

Washington Post

An alarm went off one night at Potowmack Elementary School in Sterling, and a surveillance camera recorded the scene: five intruders in masks and hoods darting through hallways and corridors, their assault rifles pointed. In minutes, sheriff's deputies arrived, their own guns loaded and drawn. Only after the gunmen were taken into custody did deputies discover that the assault rifles were replicas — so-called "airsoft" guns that shoot lightweight plastic BBs — and... (GunPolicy.org)

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27425

United States

3 May 2008

Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tennessee — Concerns that realistic-looking toy weapons are confusing police and threatening safety have led 15 states to try going beyond gun control and cracking down on fake firearms. Officer Micheal Hoover knows a fair amount about guns as a sniper instructor for a Tennessee SWAT team. He recalls the night two years ago when a car pulled up beside him on a highway and the passenger waved what looked like an Uzi. "It scared me," he said. "If anyone is... (GunPolicy.org)

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27008

United States

11 April 2008

Newsday (New York)

NEW YORK — A retailer that once paid a sizable fine for selling toy guns that looked too real has been accused of peddling hundreds of the forbidden fakes in New York City again. The City Department of Consumer Affairs says inspectors found more than 800 dark-colored, genuine-looking phony firearms in Party City stores since the fall. City law requires fake guns to be brightly colored to help police officers and others tell them apart from real ones. Party City... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Newsday (New York)

26807

United Kingdom,Scotland

14 March 2008

BBC News

Firearms surrendered to the police are being destroyed in an operation taking place in Edinburgh. About 800 weapons have been handed over to Lothian and Borders Police over the past six months. The cache includes shotguns, air weapons, replica guns and other imitation weapons. Friday's operation will see the guns destroyed using specialist cutting equipment before being taken away for disposal. Assistant Chief Constable Bill Skelly, of Lothian and Borders Police,... (GunPolicy.org)

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37573

United Kingdom,Scotland

14 March 2008

BBC News

Firearms surrendered to the police are being destroyed in an operation taking place in Edinburgh. About 800 weapons have been handed over to Lothian and Borders Police over the past six months. The cache includes shotguns, air weapons, replica guns and other imitation weapons. Friday's operation will see the guns destroyed using specialist cutting equipment before being taken away for disposal. Assistant Chief Constable Bill Skelly, of Lothian and Borders... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

26500

United Kingdom

6 March 2008

Telegraph (UK)

The spiralling use of guns among children means it is only a matter of time before an armed officer is faced with shooting a child, the head of a Home Office task force has warned. The number of young people prosecuted for firearms offences has risen by more than 20 per cent in the past five years — and children as young as eight have been found carrying weapons. Jon Murphy, the head of the gun crime task force at the Home Office, said the youths involved in gun... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Telegraph (UK)

26370

United Kingdom

4 March 2008

BBC News

More than 1,000 fake guns have been handed over to police by shop keepers as part of a month-long initiative to help make Manchester's streets safer. According to police, people who carry an imitation gun are more likely to be shot by a real weapon as it is almost impossible to tell the difference. As a result, Greater Manchester Police is urging all owners to give them up. The plea comes five months after it became illegal to sell, make or import realistic... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

26335

Germany

22 February 2008

Deutsche Presse-Agentur

BERLIN — The German parliament approved tighter gun-control laws on Friday in a move designed to stop the spread of violent crime. The new legislation bans the carrying of replica firearms and so-called airsoft guns as well as certain types of knives. "The change to the gun control laws will ensure greater security … and counter threatening situations in public places," said Reinhard Grindel, a domestic affairs spokesman for Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Deutsche Presse-Agentur

26198

United States

18 February 2008

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

When deputies arrived, Sgt. Duane Hendrix's children were in the street outside the Seattle police officer's Pierce County home. Neighbors had spotted them running around, playing with what, to any casual observer, looked to be handguns. The deputies approached with their own weapons holstered, checked the children's guns and found them to be airsoft pistols, an increasingly popular type of replica gun that fires oversize plastic BBs. Hendrix says his children have a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

26167

United Kingdom

31 January 2008

BBC News

During 2007, nine young people lost their lives in shootings, including the killing of 11-year-old Rhys Jones in Liverpool. According to Home Office figures, there were 59 firearms-related homicides in 2006-07 compared with 49 in the previous year. That is an increase of 18% in just one year. There were 507 serious injuries from firearms — more than one incident a day. But at the same time, the trend in gun crime overall has been going down. Overall firearms... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

25997

United Kingdom

28 December 2007

Northampton Chronicle (UK)

A top officer for Northamptonshire Police has refuted figures suggesting the force is dealing with one of the biggest increases in gun crime in the country. In a written Parliamentary answer for the Conservative party, data compiled by the Ministry of Justice suggested firearms offences had more than trebled in the past five years, while the number of armed officers in the county fell by a third. The disputed figures said that in 2006, Northamptonshire Police... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Northampton Chronicle (UK)

25721

United Kingdom

9 December 2007

Observer (UK)

Three years after they were jailed, police are still unearthing the murderous legacy of Britain's most prolific gun barons. From their ramshackle store in the Derbyshire village of Little Eaton, an unlikely father and son duo presided over an underworld racket that provided Uzi sub-machine guns and AK-47 rifles to organised crime syndicates. They sold thousands of deactivated weapons — guns that had been made safe — but then included in the manifest detailed... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Observer (UK)

25593

United Kingdom

29 November 2007

Guardian (UK)

LONDON — Hundreds of real and imitation firearms were seized during a nationwide "Day of Action" aimed at tackling violent crime among young people, the Home Office said on Thursday. About 1,000 police officers carried out raids and checks in Manchester, London, Liverpool and Birmingham as part of a continuing operation called the Tackling Gangs Action Programme. More than 1,300 real and imitation firearms were recovered and 118 people arrested during Wednesday's... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (UK)

25488

Europe

29 November 2007

BBC News

A proposal to ban firearms that can be converted into handguns faces a vote in the European Parliament. British MEP Arlene McCarthy, who is behind the campaign, says the supply of guns to criminals has to be tackled. The parliament in Brussels will also consider a proposal to raise the age for obtaining firearms to 18. Earlier this month, a student shot dead eight people at a school in Finland, where gun ownership is among the highest in the world. Convertible... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

25475

United Kingdom,Europe

23 November 2007

BBC News

A Euro MP for the north-west of England has won backing for her campaign to tighten laws on blank-firing guns that can be converted in to lethal weapons. Arlene McCarthy says weapons of that type can, and have, been used to kill. The move follows the Finland high school massacre and an attempted massacre in Germany. Almost half the weapons seized by police in Greater Manchester last year were imitation weapons that have been converted to fire live rounds. As... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

25432

Europe,United Kingdom,Lithuania,Germany

12 November 2007

BBC News

A British MEP is hoping to "fast track" a new EU deal on gun control and says last week's school massacre in Finland should act as a wake up call. Last week, the BBC reported that police in Britain, faced with a flood of easily convertible replica guns, want changes to European laws. Labour MEP Arlene McCarthy, who chairs a key committee, said a new deal could be in place by the end of the year. The new directive would make it harder to buy guns across the EU.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

25299

United Kingdom,Germany

12 November 2007

BBC News

In November 2006 three men were jailed in connection with one of the biggest gun importation rackets in Britain. But how did it work and what can be done to stop such operations? In the spring of 2005 Manchester gangster Desmond "Dessy" Noonan was interviewed for a television documentary and bragged about having "more guns than the police". A few days later he was shot dead on a street in south Manchester. Noonan's brother Dominic was arrested in May of that year... (GunPolicy.org)

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