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Serbia

20 November 2016

Irish Times (Dublin)

Serbia is urgently checking state arms depots after scores of guns were found to be missing from a military warehouse, fuelling concern over Balkan weapons smuggling amid a series of major security scares around the region. Serbia's defence ministry said military intelligence, military police and other agencies were investigating the disappearance of weaponry including 70 semi-automatic pistols, five automatic rifles and two cases of ammunition. Last week Serbia... (GunPolicy.org)

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Serbia

16 November 2016

Le Parisien (France)

[Translated summary: Serbian police seized a record quantity of firearms, ammunition and explosives. Among the firearms were automatic and semi-automatic rifles, a machine gun, pistols and carbines. The Interior Minister expressed his concern at illegal firearms entering European capitals. Firearms from the Balkans are often found in the hands of Jihadist terrorists.] C'est la plus importante saisie d'armes depuis le début du XXIe siècle en Serbie. La police locale a... (GunPolicy.org)

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Dominican Republic,United States

4 November 2016

Acento (Dominican Republic)

[Translated summary: 115 firearms, 57,000 rounds of ammunition and military equipment of American origin were seized in the Dominican Republic in the last two months. Among the firearms were pistols, rifles, pellet guns, shotguns, revolvers and one automatic machine gun.] SANTO DOMINGO -- Los esfuerzos de las autoridades de Estados Unidos por frenar el tráfico ilegal de armas de fuego y municiones desde su territorio hacia la República Dominicana hasta el momento han... (GunPolicy.org)

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El Salvador

4 October 2016

El Mundo (El Salvador)

[Translated Summary: El Salvador Police have seized 2,705 firearms in 2016. In this cache, there were 318 rifles (AK-47 and G3), 279 shotguns, 1,872 handguns and one M 60 machine gun. 474 of them were seized from gangs during police operations. There has been an increase of 77% in the seizure of firearms in relation to last year.] La Policía Nacional Civil (PNC) ha incautado 2,705 armas de fuego en el 2016, de las cuales 318 son fusiles AK 47, M16, G-3 y de otros... (GunPolicy.org)

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Libya,Syria,Iraq,Russia,Ukraine

25 July 2016

New York Times, Reuters

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

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United States

31 May 2016

New York Times, Opinion

For more than 80 years, the United States has enforced a tough and effective gun control law that most Americans have never heard of. It's a 1934 measure called the National Firearms Act, and it stands as a stark rebuke to the most sacred precepts of the gun lobby and provides a model we should build on. Leaders of the National Rifle Association rarely talk about the firearms act, and that's probably because it imposes precisely the kinds of practical — and... (GunPolicy.org)

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France

20 May 2016

MCETV

[Translated summary: Customs have seized assault weapons, machine guns, rifles, two bazookas, one rocket launcher and forty handguns from a house in the Picardy region. These were stored close to ammunition, shells, grenades and detonators. Two men were arrested.] La douane a mis la main sur une quantité incroyable d'armes à feu dans une maison picarde… Une découverte qui fait froid dans le dos. Ce sont des armes de guerre qui feraient frissonner n'importe quel... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ghana

20 May 2016

Joy Online (Ghana)

The Small Arms Commission has warned of possible politically motivated violence during the 2016 elections after observing a trend pointing to stockpiling of weapons. Executive Director of the Commission, Jones Applerh expressed fears that the elections could trigger a heightened demand for arms. A number of arms seizures must have informed the fears of the Commission. There were seizures reported in the Western Region in February, 2016 where the police collected at... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

30 April 2016

Daily Mail (UK)

A pensioner has been jailed for possessing a 'terrifying arsenal' of illegal weapons at his home in Greater Manchester - including guns, shells and a missile. RAF veteran Harry Jones was secretary of the Tameside Gun Club for nearly 40 years and was a trusted authority on weaponry. But his obsession with firearms led to him amassing the huge stash of weapons, including nine handguns and an Al Capone-style Tommy gun kept in a violin case - all in full working... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom,United States

14 March 2014

Telegraph (UK)

A teenager who bought a machine gun online and had it delivered to his family home, along with hundreds of rounds of ammunition and nunchucks, has been jailed for six years. Reza Khalilzada, 18, was caught hiding an assault rifle under his bed which he had ordered from a US website. Police were alerted after suspicious customs officials in the US examined a heavy box destined for Khalilzada's address in Pinner, Middlesex, in August last year. Instead of the ceramic... (GunPolicy.org)

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European Union,Ireland

1 March 2014

Irish Examiner (Dublin)

Gardaí found more than 13,000 rounds of ammunition and a rifle that had been modified to fire like a machine gun, when they searched a man's home in Co Limerick, a court heard yesterday. A vast array of ammunition and guns, as well as an army helmet, gunpowder, night vision scopes, crossbows and arrow heads were discovered in the home of gun club operator David O'Dea, aged 48, on June 20, 2011, Kilmallock District Court was told. Gardaí said they also discovered a... (GunPolicy.org)

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Brazil,Paraguay,Argentina

10 February 2014

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Police in Paraguay have arrested three Brazilians after finding a cache of high-powered firearms, including a heavy machine gun, in a case highlighting both the migration of Brazil's criminals into Paraguay and the escalating conflict in that important trafficking corridor. In a house in Ciudad del Este - located in the country's Triple Frontier region with Brazil and Argentina - Paraguayan police found the Brazilians, one of them an escaped convict, along with 8... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

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Australia

28 November 2013

Sky News (Australia)

A Queensland father and his two sons have been charged over an enormous cache of 328 illegal weapons and 4.2 tonnes of ammunition. It's believed to be the largest haul of illegal weapons ever uncovered in the state. Police raided their 800-hectare property at Moonford, near Monto, inland from Bundaberg, on Monday. They found the enormous stockpile including automatic and semi-automatic firearms, many of which had been modified. An MP5 navy sub machine gun used in... (GunPolicy.org)

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Germany

12 November 2013

Local (Germany)

German arms experts unveiled one of the biggest private weapons hauls ever found on Monday. Examining the 200 firearms, which were found in a pensioners home and included grenades, a bazooka and machine gun, took hours. Spread over four huge tables at the Hannover State Office of Criminal Investigations were 142 pistols, 29 automatic pistols, 28 revolvers, 11 hand grenades, two machine guns, two land mines, an Uzi, a Skorpion submachine gun, a Kalashnikov, a bazooka... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (Germany)

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Canada

10 September 2013

Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Times (Canda)

It's a major cache of weapons that police believe was destined to fall into the hands of criminals in the Lower Mainland and beyond. On Tuesday, Mounties showed off the major haul of guns and ammunition seized by Coquitlam RCMP's street enforcement team during a raid back in June. And as a result, Marc Wisdom, 41, of Maple Ridge is facing 50 criminal charges including 26 counts related to firearms and ammunition, 20 counts for possession of prohibited devices, and... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,Canada

30 August 2013

Vancouver Sun (British Columbia)

Police have seized a 183-gun arsenal in a remote area of the B.C. Interior and arrested a man who investigators allege was purchasing assault rifles and other weapons legally and then selling them to the highest bidder, possibly to gang members and other criminals. The province's Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit - an RCMP-led team that targets organized crime - announced the seizure. Thursday, almost a week after raiding the home of a 63-year-old man in Tatla... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

19 August 2013

BBC News

New York City police have arrested 19 people in what authorities are calling the city's largest-ever guns bust. Police recovered 254 firearms, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said. The guns were brought to the city from the US states of North and South Carolina by traffickers travelling on buses, authorities said. Mr Bloomberg is one of the most prominent proponents of strict gun control in the US, criticising the easy availability of firearms. "Year after year guns flow... (GunPolicy.org)

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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)

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Canada,China,Germany

1 May 2013

Global News (Canada)

Six years after approving German-made rifles that can be converted to machine guns "in minutes" – guns that by law should have been prohibited to begin with – the federal government will spend up to $260,000 buying them from their owners. In February 2007, the RCMP classified the SSD BD38, a semi-automatic replica of a German Second World War-era sub-machine gun, as a 'restricted' firearm, meaning that it had the same legal status as a handgun. That classification... (GunPolicy.org)

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Yemen,France,United States,Switzerland

8 February 2013

Washington Post

DAILLON, Switzerland — On Jan. 3, the day Sandy Hook Elementary students returned to school in Newtown, Conn., Florian Berthouzoz leaned out his window and opened fire on this tranquil Swiss village with an old military carbine and a 12-gauge shotgun. By the time he finished shooting, three women were killed, apparently at random, and two men were wounded. Berthouzoz was brought down by a police officer's bullet in the chest. The shooting in Daillon, on a steep... (GunPolicy.org)

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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)

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Malaysia

5 December 2012

New Strait Times (Malaysia)

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

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Cambodia

27 November 2012

New York Times

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

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United Kingdom

25 October 2012

BBC News

A mini-Uzi machine gun has been recovered in Greater Manchester by police in an "unusual" discovery that will have "saved people's lives". The gun was found with live ammunition by officers investigating an attempted robbery in Broughton Park, Salford. An incident was reported on Coke Street West, at about 22:50 BST on Wednesday. As police arrived, two men fled and one dropped a bag containing the gun in an alleyway leading to Seymour Road, after officers gave chase... (GunPolicy.org)

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Nigeria

13 September 2012

This Day (Lagos)

Operatives of the Joint Task Force (JTF) in Borno State Wednesday arrested 11 suspected members of the Boko Haram sect in an overnight raid. The suspects were arrested in the Waka-Biu region of the state. Recovered from them were automatic weapons, ammunition and several homemade bombs. Confirming the arrest, the spokesman of the JTF, Lieutenant Colonel Sagir Musa, listed the dangerous weapons recovered from the sect to include a sub-machine gun, seven AK-47s, 1,568... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

5 September 2012

Defence Web (South Africa)

The South African National Defence Force has lost or had stolen 51 firearms since 2009, including 38 assault rifles, according to the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans. Defence minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula stated that 51 firearms, including a machine gun and a grenade launcher, have been lost by or stolen from the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) since 2009. This emerged in response to a parliamentary question posed by Pieter Groenewald of the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Defence Web (South Africa)

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Australia

4 September 2012

Adelaide Now

Police have uncovered a fully-loaded Uzi sub-machine gun in Adelaide as part of a major ice ring bust, in which more than $2.5 million in drugs and weapons were seized. … It is the biggest drug bust this year. The rare gun - which was found alongside other purpose-made weapons such as handguns and a sawn-off shotgun - is unusual in South Australia and police are concerned about its origins. Two men and a woman have been arrested after six house raids - on August... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

9 August 2012

Wall Street Journal, Blog

Since the Supreme Court recognized an individual's right to keep and bear arms in 2008 — but declined to say which types of arms — several lower courts have had their say on whether Americans can own machine guns. The U.S. courts of appeals for the Third, Sixth and Eighth circuits have all said, in so many words, no right exists to have a machine gun. You can add the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to the list. In affirming the conviction of Alaskan... (GunPolicy.org)

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Yemen

2 August 2012

Yemen Observer

Abdulkhaleq, 8-year-old child, was killed last Wednesday when he was tampering with Russian-made pistol in his district of al-Qaflah, Amran governorate. According to the police, the bullet lodged in his head and died on the spot. In another accident, an 8-year-old child killed his father during his tampering with a machine gun in his home in Sabwah governorate. According to the Ministry of Interior, the bullet launched from his fathers' gun that the child was playing... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

21 July 2012

CNN

Authorities in the Colorado movie theater massacre found an AR-15 rifle drum magazine Friday capable of carrying 100 rounds, and the police chief said thousands of rounds of ammunition for various weapons had been bought online in the weeks prior to the shooting. Police took suspect James Holmes, 24, into custody Friday after they say he set off two devices and sprayed the theater with bullets from an AR-15, a 12-gauge shotgun and at least one of two .40-caliber... (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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Canada

19 June 2012

Global News (Canada)

A Global News investigation has found dozens more misclassified firearms which might be deleted with the long gun registry. Yesterday, Global News reported finding 361 handguns and three automatic weapons classified as if they were mainstream rifles or shotguns, which, all other things being equal, means that their data will be deleted. Since that story appeared, we have found more than 120 weapons in the firearms registry which aren't classified at all. They include... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

5 March 2012

New York Times

LAS VEGAS — For Vegas die-hards bored with the $750 tasting menu at Guy Savoy, the $250 Elton John tickets at Caesars or the $200,000 baccarat bet at the Bellagio, this city is serving up a new way to find high-priced thrills. Machine Guns Vegas — an upscale indoor shooting range complete with skimpily dressed gun-toting hostesses — opened last week a half-mile from the Strip with an armory of weapons and a promise to fulfill the desires of anyone wanting to... (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)

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New Zealand

30 July 2011

Dominion Post (Wellington)

Military memorabilia enthusiast Patrick Phipps says he is giving up gun collecting after a judge discharged him without conviction for having two semi and fully automatic rifles hidden in plastic mannequins. In the Wellington District Court yesterday Phipps was ordered to donate $3000 to the Starship Foundation, which Phipps said he was happy to do before leaving court. "I would support that charity anyway, and I am happy to do it," he said after the hearing. The... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,Norway

27 July 2011

Huffington Post (USA), Blog

The attack in Norway by Anders Behring Breivik, apparently involving a Ruger Mini-14 assault rifle, is only the most horrific of the mass shootings involving the company's products. Founded in 1949, the "corporate motto" of Sturm, Ruger & Co. is "Arms Makers for Responsible Citizens." But Sturm, Ruger firearms are also often found in the hands of mass shooters: last year's attack at a Connecticut beer distributor, leaving eight victims dead and two wounded; the 1999... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

14 June 2011

San Francisco Chronicle / AP

LOLO, Montana - A practiced survivalist and former militia leader whose mother said he slipped into paranoia after repeated run-ins with Montana law enforcement eluded authorities searching for him Tuesday in a remote mountain range near the Idaho border. As the hunt for 47-year-old ex-convict David Burgert carried into its third day, court documents and interviews with law enforcement officials painted a picture of a well-armed "bully" who became convinced a decade... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

26 May 2011

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

Hundreds of the weapons advertised on KSL.com classifieds are rapid-firing military weapons with pedigrees from around the world. The proliferation of these weapons, based on military designs, including the ubiquitous AK-47 by Mikhail Kalashnikov, have become wildly popular among shooting enthusiasts. And that popularity is a grave concern to gun-control activists. "I don't know how anyone can justify having one of those weapons," says Steven Gunn, a spokesman for the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

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United States

25 May 2011

CNN

PRESTONBURG, Kentucky -- For Benjamin Ferguson, the Dewey Lake Fish and Gun Club brings back memories. As a child, Ferguson came to the modest gun range in rural Floyd County, Kentucky, to learn gun safety so he could go deer hunting with his family. Now, the Army veteran and drug counselor has children of his own, six in total. He passes along knowledge about gun operation and safety and encourages his children to explore the guns -- safely, of course. "It's... (GunPolicy.org)

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Philippines

22 May 2011

Philippine Daily Inquirer

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines — Police and military forces raided here, on Saturday, a gun-making facility found illegally manufacturing, repairing or tampering with high-powered firearms. Government forces seized several guns and paraphernalia and equipment for the repair and manufacture of, and tampering with high-powered firearms. Recovered from the raid on the house of Gualberto Gonzaga in Doña Soledad Subdivision in Labangal village here, were barrels and... (GunPolicy.org)

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Mexico

1 May 2011

Associated Press

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico — Mexican federal police said Saturday they discovered a basement arsenal hidden behind the mirrors of a home gym that included three anti-aircraft guns, dozens of grenades, a grenade launcher, AK-47s and other high-powered weapons. The neatly ordered stockpile found in an upscale neighborhood in Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso, Texas, also contained several makes of machine guns, rifles, a shotgun and more than 26,000 ammunition... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

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United Kingdom

12 April 2011

BBC News

Two men have been been jailed for life for shooting dead a 16-year-old as she waited for pizza in an east London takeaway. What the jury did not know was the gun that killed her had been used in six other shootings. On a Wednesday evening in April last year, Agnes Sina-Inakoju met two friends at a chicken and pizza shop in Hoxton, east London. Agnes, who was described by her family as "charismatic, ambitious, loving and caring", had been doing well at school and had... (GunPolicy.org)

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Netherlands

11 April 2011

Irish Times (Dublin)

As the death toll from Saturday's shooting by a 24-year-old gunman in a Dutch shopping mall reached seven last night, a heated national debate was under way about how he had come to have legal permits for five weapons. "This will definitely be part of our investigation," said local prosecutor Kitty Nooy, as it emerged the gunman had had a number of previous run-ins with the police, including a weapons possession charge in 2003 when he was just 17. That charge was... (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)

Read More: Daily Mail (UK)

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United States

31 March 2011

Portland Tribune (Oregon)

The day after four people were wounded in a suspected Northeast Portland gang-related shooting, gun-control advocates rallied at City Hall. Speakers at the March 21 event included Mayor Sam Adams, religious leaders and relatives of people killed by guns. They spoke passionately about the emotional and societal toll of shootings, including suicides. "It is too easy for people to get guns. We're not safe as citizens," said Teressa Railford, whose nephew, Andre Payton,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Germany,Lithuania

22 March 2011

Associated Press

VILNIUS, Lithuania — Lithuanian customs and postal officials say they have found a fully functional machine gun dating from World War II, complete with ammunition, in a package at Vilnius International Airport. Officials said Tuesday that the German-made MG-42 machine gun was found after scanning a suspicious 20-kilogram (44-pound) package posted in Lithuania and bound for Germany. Customs spokeswoman Asta Mikeleviciute says it was the first time that customs... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

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Australia

14 March 2011

Courier-Mail (Brisbane)

A former senior policeman was suffering from undiagnosed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder at the time he illegally imported machine gun conversion kits, a court heard today. Commonwealth prosecutors were before District Court Judge Milton Griffin, SC, appealing the sentence of a discharge bond with no conviction imposed on Alan Magarry by a magistrate last year. Barrister Stuart Shearer, for the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions, argued the magistrate had... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

28 February 2011

Associated Press

SHREVEPORT, Louisiana - A former Louisiana police chief who pleaded guilty to lying to federal agents about his department's handling of firearms has been sentenced to six months in prison. A federal judge on Friday also ordered former Vidalia Police Chief Ronnie "Tapper" Hendricks to pay a $3,000 fine and perform 1,000 hours of community service. Hendricks pleaded guilty in November to lying to FBI and ATF agents when he denied transferring a machine gun owned by the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

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United States

19 February 2011

Associated Press

FORT PIERCE, Florida - A Florida gun dealer has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for selling parts to convert weapons into fully automatic machine guns. A federal judge in Fort Pierce imposed the sentence Friday on 47-year-old Edward Todd Basile of Okeechobee. Basile pleaded guilty to two federal firearms charges in December. Prosecutors say Basile sold an informant parts to convert legal semiautomatic weapons such as an AR-15 rifle into an automatic... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

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United States,Mexico

10 February 2011

Houston Chronicle (Texas)

An imposing .50-caliber belt-fed monster gun now sits on a tripod in a protected federal government office in Houston. Instead of landing in the hands of Mexican drug cartel gangsters, it was captured by federal agents a few weeks ago when it was being delivered as part of a journey to the border. Although no one has yet been charged in connection with the gun, it stands as a giant green reminder that a war is raging in Mexico and Houston remains a major staging... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Houston Chronicle (Texas)

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United States,Mexico

8 February 2011

Houston Chronicle (Texas)

If a 21-year-old Texan is telling the truth, he was forced to try to smuggle a machine gun into Mexico to protect his family from being harmed by gangsters. Julio Cesar Ramirez was caught in the border city of Pharr as he attempted to drive a Hummer sport-utility vehicle across a bridge over the Rio Grande, according to papers posted Tuesday in federal court. On the back seat was a gun case with the .30-caliber weapon, one of the more powerful guns caught being... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Houston Chronicle (Texas)

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United States,Mexico

8 February 2011

Reuters

EL PASO, Texas - U.S. customs agents in Texas seized a tripod-mounted machine gun they found on the back seat of a sport utility vehicle headed into Mexico and arrested the driver, authorities said on Tuesday. Agents at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge found the .30 caliber browning machine gun on the backseat of a Hummer H3 headed to Reynosa, Mexico, last Friday and arrested the 21-year-old driver from Pharr, Texas, the Customs and Border Protection agency said... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Reuters

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United States,Mexico,Romania

3 February 2011

Center for Public Integrity (Washington DC)

Camron Scott Galloway, 21, walked into X Caliber Guns in Phoenix, Ariz., on Jan. 30, 2008, and filled out forms for the purchase of six AK-47 rifles. Reliable and powerful, and a bargain at about $500 each, the Romanian-made gun, a semiautomatic version of the iconic Kalashnikov assault weapon, had become popular with the drug cartels in Mexico. Galloway, who eventually pleaded guilty to a forgery charge and became a cooperating prosecution witness in a broader case,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Center for Public Integrity (Washington DC)

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Saudi Arabia

30 January 2011

Emirates247.com

A Saudi Bedouin boy killed himself by accident while playing with this father's machine gun, a newspaper reported on Sunday. The boy was playing inside his father's car near their tent house in the southwestern desert village of Raniya when he saw the machine gun, Alriyadh Arabic language daily said. "He mistakenly pulled the trigger while the gun was aimed at him… he died instantly and police later ruled out any criminal... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Emirates247.com

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United States

18 January 2011

Associated Press

A Massachusetts prosecutor on Tuesday dropped involuntary manslaughter charges against two men in connection with the death of an 8-year-old boy who accidentally shot himself with an Uzi at a 2008 gun show, citing last week's acquittal of a third defendant. Prosecutor William Bennett filed "nolle prosequi" - not prosecuting - motions in Hampden Superior Court in Springfield in the cases of Domenico Spano of New Milford, Conn., and Carl Giuffre of West Hartford,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

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United States

15 January 2011

Boston Globe

The emotionally racked trial of a former Pelham police chief charged in connection with the accidental shooting death of an 8-year-old boy at a gun fair came to an end yesterday with a jury acquitting Edward Fleury, who cried at the verdict. Fleury, 53, was found not guilty of involuntary manslaughter and multiple counts of furnishing a machine gun to a minor. Christopher Bizilj of Ashford, Conn., lost control of an Uzi submachine gun and shot himself in the head in... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

14 January 2011

BBC News

A Massachusetts jury has acquitted a man who organised a gun fair where a boy accidentally shot himself dead with an Uzi sub-machine gun. Prosecutors said Edward Fleury, a former police chief, should have foreseen the risk in providing Christopher Bizilj, 8, with the gun. He was found not guilty of involuntary manslaughter after showing the boy's father allowed him to fire the weapon. The boy lost control of the weapon, which flipped and shot him in the head. Mr... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

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United States

14 January 2011

Reuters

Jurors reached an acquittal verdict on Friday in the trial of a former police chief in the accidental fatal shooting of an 8-year-old boy at an October 2008 event at Westfield Sportsman's Club. The shooting event had been organized and sponsored by former Pelham police chief Edward D. Fleury, who had been charged with involuntary manslaughter. The child, Christopher Bizilj, was killed instantly by a shot to his head while firing a 9mm micro Uzi submachine gun. The... (GunPolicy.org)

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34090

United States

10 January 2011

Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts - A gun club where an 8-year-old boy accidentally killed himself with an Uzi first agreed to hold a machine gun shoot a decade ago when the organizer told club officials it was legal and safe, one of those officials testified Monday. Steven Sklarski, recording secretary for the Westfield Sportsman's Club, testified on the fifth day of the manslaughter trial of former Pelham, Mass., Police Chief Edward Fleury. The club had held the event for... (GunPolicy.org)

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34014

United States

7 January 2011

Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts — A teenager who supervised an 8-year-old who shot himself with an Uzi submachine gun at a 2008 gun fair testified Friday that he told the boy's father that "it wasn't a good idea" to let the child fire it. Michael Spano was a witness in the trial of Edward Fleury, whose company co-sponsored the exhibition at the Westfield Sportsman's Club. Fleury has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter and other charges in the death of... (GunPolicy.org)

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33974

United States

4 January 2011

Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts - "Reckless and illegal actions" by a former police chief led to the accidental death of a boy who shot himself in the face with an Uzi submachine gun at a gun show, a prosecutor said Tuesday. But others, including the boy's father, made the fatal decisions, a defense attorney said. Former Pelham Police Chief Edward Fleury, whose company co-sponsored the event, has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter and furnishing a weapon to a... (GunPolicy.org)

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33957

United States

27 December 2010

Charlotte Observer (North Carolina)

WESLEY CHAPEL -- Weekend mornings, John Famolari's two young children love to play baseball and soccer in their spacious backyard - at least until their neighbor across the creek breaks out his machine guns. In a wooded lot about 500 feet away, Dr. Michael Land regularly uses a Thompson submachine gun and other automatic weapons for target practice. The racket often makes it hard for Famolari and his wife to talk - and even harder for them to entertain guests at their... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Charlotte Observer (North Carolina)

33919

United States,Mexico,West Asia

23 December 2010

Las Vegas Review Journal (Nevada)

Two Las Vegas men pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday in a conspiracy with a U.S. Navy SEAL to sell machine guns and other weapons smuggled from the Middle East. Andrew Kaufman, 36, pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to sell machine guns, other firearms and explosives and illegal transfer of a machine gun. Omar Aguirre, 35, who had not previously been charged in the case, pleaded guilty to a criminal information also charging him with conspiracy to sell the... (GunPolicy.org)

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33901

Canada

17 December 2010

Province (British Columbia)

After a four-month investigation, anti-gang cops have seized a machine gun and semi-automatic pistol, bringing the number of firearms seized this year in B.C. to 130. "We've seen numerous successes over the last year," said Sgt. Shinder Kirk, spokesman for the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit. "The indication to us is that we have had some impact, notwithstanding last weekend. We have seen a decline up to this point this year but we're not so naïve to think... (GunPolicy.org)

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33857

United States

12 December 2010

Herald (Scotland)

Gun control campaigners in the USA are waving the white flag after a year of crushing setbacks. Shocking mass murders and shooting accidents that would scandalise any other developed nation barely register in the public consciousness. As the death toll rises, the National Rifle Association's (NRA) string of legislative and legal victories continues. Against this backdrop comes the latest gun-related horror story: a former police chief in Massachusetts is on trial for... (GunPolicy.org)

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33828

United States

8 December 2010

New York Times

BOSTON — A judge ruled Tuesday that jurors can be shown video of an 8-year-old boy accidentally shooting himself in the head with a submachine gun at a gun show, setting up an unusually grisly courtroom scene in the manslaughter trial of a former police chief who organized the event. Judge Peter A. Velis of Hampden Superior Court in Springfield, Mass., is still deciding whether audio from after the shooting — in which the boy can be heard screaming and his father... (GunPolicy.org)

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33767

United States

5 December 2010

Associated Press

BOSTON - Eight-year-old Christopher Bizilj — 4-foot-3 and 66 pounds — stepped up to the firing range to shoot an Uzi as his father and 11-year-old brother watched from a few feet away. As Christopher fired the 9mm micro submachine gun at a pumpkin, the weapon flipped backward and shot him in the head. He was pronounced dead at the hospital. Prosecutors brought manslaughter charges against the gun club where the machine gun shoot took place, two men who supplied... (GunPolicy.org)

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33770

Canada

2 December 2010

CTV News (Toronto)

Police in the B.C. Interior say they've uncovered a cache of weapons and body armour hidden inside a secret room in the home of a man shot by Mounties last week. Two Kamloops RCMP members shot and injured 43-year-old Gregory McNeil at a home in the Sun Peaks resort on Thursday while responding to a threat complaint. On Saturday, investigators searched McNeil's home, located in a rural area near Kamloops, and discovered a concealed room filled with guns, a huge... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CTV News (Toronto)

33752

United States

1 December 2010

Los Angeles Times

Federal agents and Los Angeles police arrested five suspects Wednesday as part of an investigation into illegal firearms sales and drug trafficking. The five people taken into custody were named by a federal grand jury in a 19-charge indictment alleging that members of the group sold machine guns, sawed-off shotguns and assault rifles to undercover officers from April 2009 to June 2010, authorities said. The investigation was led by the federal Bureau of Alcohol,... (GunPolicy.org)

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33736

United States

19 November 2010

Christian Science Monitor

ATF special agent Andrew Traver, who last year let a TV reporter fire an AK-47 from her hip to demonstrate the weapon's lethality, is set to become America's chief firearms inspector. But Mr. Traver, currently the Chicago ATF chief, faces a tough nomination battle as gun-rights groups amass their forces in opposition. The nomination of the Naperville, Ill., native to be top gun cop is applauded by gun-control activists, who say the 5,000-employee ATF has lost ground in... (GunPolicy.org)

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33713

United States

26 October 2010

Salon (USA), Book review

Few common objects are as shrouded in mystery as the gun. I don't mean to suggest large numbers of people are unfamiliar with guns, because in this country, that's not the case. The long tradition of routine, practical gun ownership in the United States continues to this day, in rural areas especially. According to a regular Gallup poll question, somewhere between 38 percent and 42 percent of U.S. households contain at least one firearm. I visited many a firing range... (GunPolicy.org)

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33544

India

21 October 2010

Times of India

HYDERABAD - Gross negligence on the part of a cop proved fatal for two students during a demonstration of weapons held as part of the Police Commemoration Week at Velerupadu in the district on Wednesday. Two school students lost their lives when a 9 mm carbine weapon of APSP (Andhra Pradesh Special Police) constable Srinivas Rao went off accidentally during the demonstration held at the local zilla parishad high school at the mandal headquarters town — 80 km from... (GunPolicy.org)

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33517

India

20 October 2010

Telegraph (India)

HYDERABAD - Little did the boys know what lay in store when they excitedly marched to school this morning to see a police demo of weapons used to fight Maoists. Venkatkrishna and Sathyasai Babu, students of a school in Velerpadu town of Andhra's Khammam district, were killed today after the sten gun of a constable showing them how to use the weapon accidentally went off. Police sources said the boys, students of Class X and Class IX respectively, had crowded around... (GunPolicy.org)

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33507

United States

16 October 2010

Wall Street Journal, Book review

The AK-47 is the most numerous and widely distributed weapon in history, with a name and appearance that are instantly recognized worldwide. Designed in the late 1940s for the Soviet Army, the Avtomat Kalashnikova 47 ("Automatic of Kalashnikov 1947") became the universal weapon by the late 20th century, used by armies, militias and terrorists in practically every armed conflict, and by all sides in most of them. Even the United States has purchased mass quantities of... (GunPolicy.org)

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33491

United States

15 October 2010

Miami Herald

A 12-year-old Deerfield Beach boy shot by a neighborhood playmate earlier this week died of his injuries Friday. Criminal charges against 17-year-old Jose Torres have been upgraded to felony manslaughter and tampering with evidence, according to the Broward Sheriff's Office. Anthony Alejandre was mortally wounded Monday while playing at next-door neighbor's house, in the 600 block of NW First Way. Torres is accused of firing a .38 caliber pistol at Alejandre, at near... (GunPolicy.org)

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33493

United States

15 October 2010

Miami Herald

While investigating the bizarre shooting of a 12-year-old, deputies say they found an arsenal of weapons under the 17-year-old suspect's bed: A pair of nine-millimeter pistols, a .45-caliber semi-automatic pistol, a Tech 9 machine gun, a 12-gauge Mossburg shotgun, and a host of Chinese throwing stars, swords and other martial arts weapons. And on Thursday, Jose Torres, a student at Deerfield Beach High School, was charged with shooting his neighbor, 12-year-old... (GunPolicy.org)

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33490

Australia

13 October 2010

Australian (Sydney)

Tony Abbott's office requested that the Defence Department "vet" video images of the Liberal leader firing a Steyr assault rifle in Afghanistan. This action ensured broadcasters were denied access to the pictures. The Opposition Leader's office confirmed that the images captured by a Defence video journalist were not released "on our instructions", sparking claims by television broadcasters last night of censorship. The Defence Department did not indicate the... (GunPolicy.org)

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33469

United States

12 October 2010

National Public Radio (USA)

The AK-47 was designed after World War II by the Soviets, who issued the guns to the communist army's conscripted forces. In the past few decades, the AK-47 has become one of the weapons of choice for many groups — and one of the most commonly smuggled weapons in the world. One of the first true assault rifles, the AK-47, or Kalashnikov, was designed for soldiers who have to endure terrible conditions on the battlefield: It's light, it can carry a lot of ammunition,... (GunPolicy.org)

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33467

United States

10 October 2010

Dallas Morning News (Texas), Book review

April 2, 2002, 3:45 p.m. Three assassins emerge from a taxi in front of the house of Dr. Barham Salih, a prime minister in northern Iraq. The men are clean-shaven and neat. Hanging from their shoulders are AK-47s, ready to kill. At the touch of the triggers, the guards are shredded by a hellish storm of bullets, 15 rounds per second from each barrel, turning bones to shards and ripping muscles and organs apart. After a few seconds, five guards and two of the assassins... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Dallas Morning News (Texas)

33445

Slovakia

2 September 2010

New York Times

PRAGUE — As Slovakia held a day of mourning Thursday to honor the victims of Monday's violent rampage in the Slovak capital, Bratislava, a picture began to emerge of the killer, an unemployed loner who the police said had participated in shooting contests and may have harbored resentment against his Roma victims. The killing spree, in which six members of a Roma family were killed — including a 12-year-old boy — has shaken Slovakia, a small and predominantly... (GunPolicy.org)

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33277

United States

25 August 2010

Associated Press

LAS VEGAS — A Las Vegas anti-government extremist has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for possession of an unregistered machine gun. Federal prosecutors say Harold Call was sentenced Tuesday, despite the 68-year-old's attempt to withdraw his plea and fire his lawyer. Call is one of four anti-government, anti-tax-movement followers arrested in 2009 after a three-year FBI investigation into a group who believed they were separate from the United States. Agents... (GunPolicy.org)

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33243

Germany

14 August 2010

Local (Berlin)

Germany's socialist party The Left, has been hit by an embarrassing scandal, with a mid-ranking functionary charged with illegal trade in military weapons. Manfred Hämmerle, chairman of the party in Hückelhoven near the Dutch border, has been accused of illegally selling a submachine gun, and possibly a Kalashnikov AK47 as well as an Uzi machine gun. Der Spiegel magazine, which reported the story on Saturday, said he could face at least a year in prison if convicted... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (Berlin)

33177

Canada

9 August 2010

Toronto Sun (Ontario)

A machine gun that was reportedly being passed between Hamilton gangsters was found by police during a raid of a local apartment, police said Monday. Officers in the Gangs and Weapons Enforcement Unit (GWEU) had been getting information since November 2009 about a MAC-10 submachine gun "that was being passed around between numerous Hamilton gang members and associates," a Hamilton Police press release said. The information culminated Friday when cops received further... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Toronto Sun (Ontario)

33161

Canada

9 August 2010

Hamilton Spectator (Ontario)

Hamilton police have seized a nasty, fully-loaded 9 mm submachine gun from a Park Street South apartment. The gangs and weapons enforcement unit seized the weapon Friday night after receiving information about a rapid fire weapon they've been hearing about on the street since November last year. George Andrew Nossey, 46, of Hamilton, faces numerous weapons charges. Sergeant Terri-Lynn Collings said word on the street was that someone had "a Mac 10" and it was being... (GunPolicy.org)

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33134

United States

7 August 2010

Maryland Gazette

The owner of a Annapolis gun shop is one of six men named in a 107-count indictment filed in federal court in Phoenix, Ariz., last week. Hal Goldstein, owner of The Armory, at 24 Defense St., off West Street at Solomons Island Road, along with Randoph Benjamin Rodman, owner of Silver Spring-based R&S Arms, and four Arizona men were charged with conspiring to commit fraud to possess and transfer machine guns in violation of the National Firearms Act, according to the... (GunPolicy.org)

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33135

United States,Canada

5 August 2010

Calgary Sun (Alberta)

One of the biggest caches of smuggled firearms seized at Alberta's border with Montana included a troubling rarity — fully automatic weapons, say law enforcement officials. Last Sunday, a Canadian resident of Colorado crossing into Canada at Coutts raised the suspicions of officers, said Gary Selk, chief of operations for the Canada Border Services Agency in southern Alberta. "His story of his reason in coming to Canada was incongruent and the officers then did a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Calgary Sun (Alberta)

33121

Trinidad & Tobago

27 July 2010

Trinidad and Tobago Express

A police officer attached to the Witness Protection Programme lost a sub-machine gun in a weekend incident that investigators were still trying to unravel yesterday. The gun and ammunition were found buried in Barrackpore yesterday and six people were arrested. The police corporal had, at first, said he was robbed of the weapon in San Fernando, just before midnight last Saturday. He later told a story about driving along a lonely road in Barrackpore, where he was in... (GunPolicy.org)

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33088

Trinidad & Tobago

27 July 2010

Guardian (Trinidad and Tobago)

A police corporal assigned to an elite unit is expected to be charged after he reportedly "lost" a police-issued machine-gun on Saturday night. After extensive searches headed by acting Police Commissioner James Philbert, the high-powered weapon was found in Princes Town late Sunday. The weapon, police said, was reportedly found in the possession of a man at the time of the search. It is reported that the officer in question fled from an unmarked police car after a man... (GunPolicy.org)

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33087

United States

28 June 2010

Star-Ledger (New Jersey)

PARSIPPANY — A Parsippany man was sentenced today to five years in state prison for unlawfully possessing two machine guns. Adam Coughlan, 29, was arrested May 21, 2009 after a raid of his Lake Hiawatha home turned up more than 40 firearms and ammunition. Authorities said he was converting weapons into illegal assault weapons, and was captured on electronic surveillance arranging to sell an AK-47 automatic firearm at a Quick Chek in Parsippany. Coughlan faced a pair... (GunPolicy.org)

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32914

Canada

24 June 2010

Calgary Sun (Alberta)

The police seizure of 16 firearms — including a possible submachine gun — indicates the troubling scope of illegal weaponry on city streets, say cops. Following a tip, plainclothes officers on Tuesday observed what appeared to be a weapons transaction involving a 9 mm Uzi submachine gun-style weapon in a parking lot on Heritage Gate S.E. Three men were arrested at the scene and a 2004 Audi A4 seized. On the same day, police raided a home in Edgemont where they... (GunPolicy.org)

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32901

United States

26 May 2010

Herald News (Massachusetts)

The state House of Representatives has given its approval to a crime bill that would, among other items, give prosecutors greater abilities to seek dangerousness hearings for suspects arrested while carrying illegal firearms. According to Bristol County District Attorney's office spokesman Gregg Miliote, the House version limits district attorneys' opportunity to ask for dangerousness hearings to only those cases where the defendant is charged with carrying an illegal... (GunPolicy.org)

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32749

United States

24 May 2010

Associated Press

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has ruled that a minimum 30-year prison term for crimes involving a machine gun may not be imposed unless a jury specifically convicts a defendant of using a machine gun. The court on Monday unanimously upheld a federal appeals court ruling that had been challenged by the government. The decision came in the case of Martin O'Brien and Arthur Burgess, who were charged in connection with a failed robbery of an armored car carrying $2... (GunPolicy.org)

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32739

United States

10 May 2010

Boston Herald

Machine gun ownership in the Bay State is booming, while a bill to tighten ownership and outlaw full-auto free-for-alls like the one that killed an 8-year-old boy two years ago is jammed on Beacon Hill. Gov. Deval Patrick's bill, "An Act to Reduce Firearm Violence," is a controversial overhaul of the state's gun laws that would limit firearm purchases to one per month and ban anyone who is not a cop or the licensed owner from holding a machine gun. The Bay State may... (GunPolicy.org)

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32668

Afghanistan,Iraq,United States

21 April 2010

Associated Press

RALEIGH, North Carolina - Federal prosecutors launched a scathing assessment of Blackwater Worldwide's former president Wednesday, declaring in an initial court appearance that he operated the security firm with "sheer arrogance" and a "scofflaw attitude." Gary Jackson and four past colleagues indicted last week appeared Wednesday morning before a judge who allowed them to go free as they await trial. A magistrate judge denied a government request to place a bond on... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

32578

United States

10 April 2010

New Zealand Herald

Every six months, 8000 Americans gather for three days in the hills of Kentucky with machine guns, sniper rifles and cannons to blast away a million rounds. Jonathan Franklin buys earplugs and ventures to the edge of the American psyche. Anyone can attend the Knob Creek Machine Gun Shoot. Once you arrive it feels more like a pilgrimage for white American men and their kin. Entire white families attend the event, including babies with earplugs and 10-year-olds with... (GunPolicy.org)

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32517

United States

31 March 2010

Associated Press

LITTLE ROCK — An east Arkansas city councilman pleaded guilty Tuesday to illegally possessing an unregistered machine gun, telling a federal judge that he had the weapon because he was working on it for the local police department. John Henry Parker pleaded guilty to one count of illegally possessing a Glock machine gun. As part of a plea deal, federal prosecutors dropped a charge of illegally possessing a Ruger .22-caliber rifle equipped with a silencer. Parker was... (GunPolicy.org)

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32473

Switzerland,France

29 March 2010

Associated Press

BASEL, Switzerland - An armed gang of masked men raided a casino packed with about 600 guests early Sunday and made off with hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to Swiss prosecutors. In a statement, prosecutors in Basel described a scene like an action-film heist: About 10 men dressed in black arrived in two cars at the Grand Casino near Basel shortly after 4 a.m. One smashed the front door with a sledgehammer, and the others ran inside with machine guns and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

32450

United States

26 March 2010

Christian Science Monitor

A federal judge has upheld the new regime of gun laws passed in Washington, D.C., after the US Supreme Court invalidated the city's handgun ban in a landmark Second Amendment ruling two years ago. The plaintiff in the new case was the same man, Dick Heller, who brought the initial challenge to the handgun ban and won the historic 2008 ruling. Mr. Heller did not fare as well in his latest round of legal challenges. US District Judge Ricardo Urbina ruled on Friday that... (GunPolicy.org)

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32444

United States

23 March 2010

ABC News (USA)

HELENA, Montana - A 55-year-old South Carolina man has been sentenced to nearly six years in prison for possessing an unregistered machine gun. Zollie L. Byrd was sentenced to five years and eight months in prison Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Charles Lovell in Helena. Lovell ordered his sentence to be served after a four-year, three-month sentence Byrd received in South Carolina. Byrd was convicted in January 2009 in South Carolina for possession of machine guns, a... (GunPolicy.org)

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32406

Canada

17 March 2010

680 News Radio (Toronto)

TORONTO, Ontario - Six men now face more than 540 charges in connection with a break-and-enter investigation, according to Toronto police. Last month, a downtown apartment was broken into at 59 Isabella St. The thieves were able to make off with 50 handguns, two shotguns and an Uzi sub-machine gun. The suspects also stole a large-screen television. After executing search warrants in the GTA, Toronto police were able to recover 10 of the 50 handguns, the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: 680 News Radio (Toronto)

32377

Mexico,United States

8 March 2010

Scripps Howard News Service (USA)

The U.S. boss of a violent Mexican drug cartel who admitted ordering a hit on someone who ran afoul of him has been a busy man since authorities nabbed him and 34 kilograms of his cocaine at the border. He's traveled to Williamsport, Pa., to accompany his son on a Little League baseball trip. He's attended his sister's graduation from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. He's vacationed with his family in Panama City, Fla. He's trekked to Las Vegas twice, once... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Scripps Howard News Service (USA)

32313

Tanzania

6 March 2010

Citizen (Dar es Salaam)

TERIME, Tanzania — A wedding party was thrown into disarray in Tarime district on Thursday night, when armed gangsters stormed a homestead and shot dead five people. Six other people, including two children, were seriously injured in the attack that rocked Kimusi village, some 40 kilometres from Tarime Township. However, the bride and bridegroom, whose big day had started on a brighter note, with hundreds of their relatives and other villagers enjoying the wedding... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Citizen (Dar es Salaam)

32309

United States

2 March 2010

Daily Record (New Jersey)

PARSIPPANY, New Jersey - A lawyer defending a Parsippany man accused of owning illegal assault guns and trying to sell a machine gun wants prosecutors to reveal whether his client or the buyer were on any county-wide lists of targeted alleged criminals. Filed on behalf of defendant Adam Coughlan, attorney Gregg D. Trautmann's motion was filed in Superior Court, Morristown, in response to a law enforcement initiative announced in January by the Morris County... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Record (New Jersey)

32247

Philippines

10 February 2010

Panay News (Philippines)

SAN JOSE, Antique – The effective implementation of the Antique Police Provincial Office (APPO) of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) gun ban has yielded positive results. APPO Information Officer PO3 Rodelio B. Canja said that from January 10 to 28, three persons were arrested and one is at-large. Confiscated on separate operations were five high-powered fire arms, two fragmentation hand grenades, two bladed weapons and 35 rds of assorted ammunitions. In... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Panay News (Philippines)

32090

United States

9 February 2010

Milford Daily News (Massachusetts)

MILFORD, Massachusetts - A Milford man was arrested and police seized more than a dozen of his guns, including an M16 and AK47, after officers went to his home Saturday for a report of a domestic dispute. Paul A. Delaney, 45, of 48 Harvard Drive, assaulted his wife during an argument about the music being so loud that it might wake their kids in the middle of the night, police said. One of the children ended up trying to call 911 during the fight and Delaney stopped... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Milford Daily News (Massachusetts)

32099

United States

26 January 2010

Times Leader (Pennsylvania)

Luzerne County Solicitor Vito DeLuca said he is investigating the possible sale of other sheriff's office guns and researching whether any guns that could have been sold to make money have disappeared. DeLuca said he is basing his investigation on information he has received. Sheriff's office gun sales are an issue because the county administration recently learned that former Sheriff Michael Savokinas had agreed to sell a Tommy machine gun, vintage 1928, to a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times Leader (Pennsylvania)

31974

United States

8 January 2010

Forbes (USA), Blog

LAS VEGAS -- Mining. Cattle-ranching. Machine gun rentals. If you're a Berkeley-bred crunchie that combination is the stuff of nightmares. If you're entrepreneur Billy Conn, however, it's a living. And, thanks to a weak dollar and ever-tightening firearms laws, business at the machine gun range is good. Conn will only say that the privately-held Las Vegas Gun Range & Firearms Center is a "multi-million" dollar business. However tough firearms laws, a weak dollar, and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Forbes (USA)

31830

Egypt

6 January 2010

Associated Press

CAIRO, Egypt - Three men in a car sprayed automatic gunfire into a crowd of churchgoers in southern Egypt as they left a midnight Mass for Coptic Christmas, killing at least seven people in a drive-by shooting, the church bishop and security officials said. Egypt's Interior Ministry said the attack Wednesday just before midnight was suspected as retaliation for the November rape of a Muslim girl by a Christian man in the same town. The statement said witnesses have... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

31785

United States

30 December 2009

Christian Science Monitor

A former commander in the Tennessee State Guard has lost an appeal to overturn his conviction for trying to provide his soldiers with homemade machine guns for possible use in defending the state. On Wednesday, a federal appeals court in Cincinnati threw the case out of court. "Whatever the individual right to keep and bear arms might entail, it does not authorize an unlicensed individual to possess unregistered machine guns for personal use," said the three-judge... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Christian Science Monitor

31757

United States

29 December 2009

Miami News Times

Michael Beasley hobbled up the stairs leading to his second-floor apartment near the southern tip of Miami Beach. On the way home from Haulover Park, the 60-year-old Jacksonville native had purchased a couple of burgers for himself and his beloved green Amazon parrot, Seaweed. Then something startled Beasley. His front door had been pried open. Normally, Seaweed would squawk the greeting, "Hey, how ya doing?" But this time there was silence. Beasley, who walks with a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Miami News Times

31787

Philippines

28 December 2009

Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines — Several high-powered firearms seized in a series of raids in Maguindanao province over the past weeks were police-issued firearms, Philippine National Police Director General Jesus Verzosa said on Monday. In an interview, Verzosa said that of the more than 800 firearms seized throughout the province of Maguindanao during and after the declaration of martial law there, more than 20 were PNP-issued. He said most of those that were PNP-issued were... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Philippine Daily Inquirer

31788

Philippines

7 December 2009

Philippine Daily Inquirer (Mindanao)

DATU HOFFER AMPATUAN, Maguindanao — Using sniffer dogs and shovels, troops dug up another arms cache on Sunday in a crackdown on suspects in the massacre of 57 people after the declaration of martial law in Maguindanao that has led to 62 arrests. The seizure of 39 high-powered firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition came a day after police and military units uncovered 340,000 bullets for M-16 assault rifles in a warehouse reportedly owned by the Ampatuan clan,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Philippine Daily Inquirer (Mindanao)

31595

United States

10 November 2009

Daily Hampshire Gazette (Massachusetts)

SPRINGFIELD — The Micro Uzi machine gun that killed 8-year-old Christopher K. Bizilj at a Westfield gun fair last October reportedly jammed twice and was inspected by a 15-year-old boy before it slipped from Christopher's grasp and discharged, according to a $4 million wrongful death lawsuit filed Monday. Christopher was shot through the head at the "Great New England Pumpkin Shoot" last year, an event the suit alleges was advertised as "an opportunity to shoot... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Hampshire Gazette (Massachusetts)

31451

Belize

4 November 2009

7 News Belize

Police on an operation found a machine gun along with live rounds at a north side residence this morning. The weapon is an AK-47 with 7 live rounds. Police are tight-lipped but the head of Eastern Division David Henderson promised to provide more details after a few more pieces of the investigation fall into... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: 7 News Belize

31397

United States

30 October 2009

Contra Costa Times (California)

A federal judge sentenced a 69-year-old Crescent City man this week to serve 18 months in prison for illegally dealing machine guns. According to a press release from the United States Attorney's San Francisco office, Donald E. Nuss pleaded guilty in June to illegally dealing in firearms, admitting selling five machine guns over a one-year period. According to the release, Nuss also admitted to converting two semi-automatic rifles into machine guns for a government... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Contra Costa Times (California)

31384

United States

28 October 2009

Nevada Appeal

CARSON CITY, Nevada — Machinery suspected in the illegal manufacture of weapons was removed by investigators Tuesday from the shop of a man also charged with possession of child pornography. Detective Craig Lowe said a search warrant, filed last week in Carson City Justice Court, allowed for the seizure of about $12,000 in equipment that investigators suspect Glenn Ware used to manufacture two fully automatic .50 caliber rifles and a machine gun. About 8 a.m.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Nevada Appeal

31347

United Kingdom

23 October 2009

Associated Press

LONDON — Wielding submachine guns and pistols, British police are making rare armed patrols in crime-blighted London neighborhoods — a change in law enforcement tactics that may prompt calls for the wider use of weapons by the country's traditionally unarmed Bobbies. London's police department said Friday that a new armed unit is carrying out regular sweeps of districts riven by gun battles between rival drug gangs. Unlike typical police procedure, the team of... (GunPolicy.org)

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31323

United States

22 October 2009

Boston Globe

BRAINTREE, Massachusetts — Once a month on a Saturday, the Braintree Rifle & Pistol Club hosts the Second Amendment Sisters, a national organization that advocates and provides firearms training for women. Women who have never held a gun before are invited to learn to shoot. The club provides the weapons and ammunition, and the cost to the woman learning typically does not exceed $10. The novices will have different goals: Some want to feel safer when walking... (GunPolicy.org)

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31300

United States

20 October 2009

Albany Times-Union (New York)

ALBANY — The state's highest court has agreed to hear an appeal by the Hearst Corp., which owns the Times Union, on a state appellate panel's decision not to release the names of current and former Albany police officers who secretly purchased machine guns through the department. The court case centers on the newspaper's challenge of arguments by the city and police officer's union that portions of the records are "personnel" records. In June, a state appellate... (GunPolicy.org)

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31288

Canada

8 October 2009

CTV-BC TV News

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — A fisherman in Richmond, B.C., recently reeled in a most unusual — and troubling — catch. Bobbing down the Fraser River, encased in a black waterproof bag, was a rare MAC-11 machine gun equipped with a silencer. Forensic tests have linked the illegal gun to a number of gang-related shootings in the Vancouver area, Vancouver police Insp. Brad Desmarais told reporters on Thursday. "This is a very deadly weapon," he... (GunPolicy.org)

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31219

Australia

8 October 2009

ABC News (Australia)

A Wollongong man is now facing nearly 200 charges over the sale and possession of illegal guns in an alleged gun trafficking network in the Illawarra on the New South Wales south coast. Wollongong Local Court has been told Aristos Dionys, 58, of Mangerton, is now facing 196 charges. The charges come after police raids on two homes in Fairy Meadow and Cringila and at a storage unit at Padstow in Sydney in August. During the raids, police allegedly uncovered machine... (GunPolicy.org)

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31197

United States

25 September 2009

Greenville News (South Carolina)

A Greenville man plans to launch his political campaign for adjutant general Saturday by giving away an AK-47 assault rifle. Dean Allen, 58, said he will give away the rifle in a free sweepstakes open to all. He said it's his way of celebrating the Second Amendment and showing solidarity against gun-rights opponents. The winner will receive a gift certificate, Allen said. To take possession of the gun, the winner will have to pass an FBI background check, show... (GunPolicy.org)

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31051

United Kingdom

23 September 2009

BBC News

A student found with 200 weapon parts in his East Lothian home has been jailed for almost four years. Ramsay Scott, 21, bought £20,000 worth of gun components on the internet using his mother's credit card. The High Court in Edinburgh heard how the former public schoolboy was interested in extreme violence and had trawled websites linked to massacres. Scott, who was sentenced to three years and nine months in jail, earlier admitted breaches of the Firearms Act.... (GunPolicy.org)

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31072

Trinidad & Tobago

22 September 2009

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday

Fourteen persons were arrested during the early morning hours of Sunday after being found with five firearms, including a high-powered Uzi sub-machine gun, and 137 rounds of assorted ammunition. They are expected to all appear before a Port-of-Spain magistrate today to answer charges of illegal possession of arms and ammunition. According to a police report, at about 2.30 am, Western Division Task Force officers raided a house at Morvant Old Extension Road, Morvant... (GunPolicy.org)

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31009

United States

20 September 2009

Boston Globe

The Turkey Shoot at the Shirley Rod and Gun Club is not what you might expect. First, the club buys some frozen turkeys at the supermarket. Then there are target-shooting competitions for hunting rifles, shotguns, and pistols. The winners take home the frozen birds. Last year, the club gave away about 300 of them. Still, the club's Thanksgiving tradition, its largest fund-raiser of the year, has been around for as long as anyone can remember. But this year's Turkey... (GunPolicy.org)

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30981

United States

3 September 2009

Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts — A judge has denied a former Massachusetts police chief's motion to dismiss some charges he's facing in connection with the death of an 8-year-old boy at a gun show. Edward Fleury, who resigned as Pelham's chief in March, is charged with manslaughter and four counts of furnishing a machine gun to a minor in connection with the death of Christopher Bizilj of Ashford, Conn. Bizilj lost control of an Uzi submachine gun and shot himself... (GunPolicy.org)

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30865

Australia

27 August 2009

Illawarra Mercury (New South Wales)

Wollongong detectives posing as weapons buyers spent tens of thousands of dollars on machine guns and pistols to take down a group of alleged firearms traffickers operating in the Illawarra. The five-month investigation, known as Strike Force Bowl, featured six lead detectives from the Wollongong command and culminated in the arrests yesterday of three men, two from Fairy Meadow, aged 39 and 59, and a 55-year-old man from Cringila. During the investigation police... (GunPolicy.org)

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30823

Australia

27 August 2009

Sydney Morning Herald / AAP

Police raids and an undercover operation have netted more than 100 illegal firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition in a crackdown on an alleged Wollongong-based gun trafficking network. Three men — Michael Zarakas of Fairy Meadow, Aristos Dionys of Mangerton and Andrew Kafizas of Wollongong — face a total of 110 firearm trafficking charges between them. The trio appeared before Magistrate Paul Johnson at Wollongong Local Court on Thursday but did not apply... (GunPolicy.org)

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30817

Australia

26 August 2009

NSW Police Force, Media release

Police in Wollongong have arrested three men over the sale and possession of illegal firearms, including a World War Two machine gun. Strike Force Bowl was formed in April to investigate the supply of illegal weapons within the Wollongong Local Area Command. Investigations over several weeks led detectives to seize a cache of 12 firearms, including: - A World War II Bren Light Machine Gun - A home-made machine gun - A 12 gauge shotgun - A number of pistols. The Bren... (GunPolicy.org)

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30822

United States

23 August 2009

Grand Rapids Press (Michigan)

EVART — When Rudolph Tuten and his wife heard machine guns firing near their home July 18, they did not expect the bullet that hit the side of the garage. "We thought the war was over here," said Tuten, who was standing in the backyard when a bullet pierced the vinyl siding. "All of a sudden: Kaboom! It could have killed someone. " The bullet came from a shooting demonstration more than a mile away on a farm owned by Kent County Commissioner Dean Agee, R-Grand... (GunPolicy.org)

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30804

Australia

7 August 2009

ABC Radio News (Australia), Transcript

ASHLEY HALL — When police released the details of the alleged terrorism plot they foiled this week in Melbourne, they claimed that the would-be attackers were planning to use automatic and semi-automatic weapons. Long-barrelled semi-automatic weapons were outlawed by John Howard after the Port Arthur massacre in 1996 and there was a crackdown on semi-automatic handguns after the Monash University shooting seven years ago. Nonetheless, criminologists say there are... (GunPolicy.org)

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30688

Germany

31 July 2009

Associated Press

BERLIN — An 82-year-old man who planned a shooting rampage at a meeting of Jehovah's Witnesses was deterred because his submachine gun jammed, police said Friday. He was overpowered and arrested. The man entered the group's meeting hall in the western city of Bielefeld on Thursday evening, wielding the weapon, police said in a statement. The hall was evacuated and the man quickly left the building, waving the gun as he walked toward his car. He was then overpowered... (GunPolicy.org)

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30705

Germany

31 July 2009

The Local (Germany)

An 82-year-old man who entered a meeting of Jehovah's Witnesses armed with a submachine gun, three magazines, a Samurai sword and a knife has been arrested, Bielefeld police reported on Friday. Some 81 members of the church were gathered in their Kingdom Hall on Dunlopstraße in the city's Sennestadt district when a congregation member noticed the masked elderly man enter the vestibule waving the machine gun around 8:45 pm on Thursday. The witness quietly informed the... (GunPolicy.org)

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30675

United States

23 July 2009

Oklahoman

OKLAHOMA CITY — The female robber killed by a bank security guard had a machine gun in the main getaway vehicle and another machine gun in her 2007 truck, Oklahoma City police reported. Barbara Sue Payton Lewis, 56, was shot and killed as she tried to rob MidFirst Bank at 2225 N May on Saturday morning, police reported. Her ex-husband, Samuel Booth Lewis, 56, was wounded by the guard during a shoot-out outside the bank, police reported. He is now in jail on a murder... (GunPolicy.org)

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30626

United Kingdom,England & Wales

22 July 2009

Daily Mail (UK)

A 13-year-old schoolgirl has been arrested by armed police — after they discovered a high-powered assault rifle in her wardrobe. The teenager was taken into custody yesterday morning after the automatic machine gun — typically capable of firing up to 800 rounds-per-minute — was seized at a flat in Croydon, South London. Around 15 officers carrying sub-machine guns, hydraulic battering rams and combat shields raced to the address after hearing reports of the... (GunPolicy.org)

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30598

United States

15 July 2009

San Luis Obispo New Times (California)

On paper, California has among the strictest prohibitions of assault weapon-style guns in the nation. First passed in 1989 in response to a mass murder of elementary school children involving an AK-47, the state law bans the sale of weapons with certain militaristic features and bans other weapons and parts specifically by name. The law has been vilified by gun enthusiasts and heralded as an example to the nation by gun opponents. But does the law still have... (GunPolicy.org)

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30546

United States

4 July 2009

Hernando Today (Florida)

CHASSAHOWITZKA — They wore earplugs and had to scream over machine gun fire, but that didn't stop a couple of gung ho firearms enthusiasts from swapping a few jokes. "Is this what July 4 is all about?" one guy screamed to another. "If I heard (Thomas) Jefferson correctly, he said do this every 4th of July!" he answered. Seconds later, someone fired off 100 rounds from a custom-made, chopped-down, .223-caliber HK53K. The 4-inch barrel did nothing to muffle the... (GunPolicy.org)

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30467

Zimbabwe

3 July 2009

SW Radio Africa (London), Transcript

Violet Gonda: My guest on the programme Hot Seat is Michael Peter Hitschmann who was released from jail on Thursday. The former police constable was initially arrested for allegedly plotting to assassinate President Robert Mugabe at his birthday celebration in Manicaland in 2006. He served a total of 40 months for possessing dangerous firearms without a licence. I spoke with the firearms dealer on the day he was released and first asked him how he was feeling. Michael... (GunPolicy.org)

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30464

United States

27 June 2009

Washington Post

Federal agents raided an Alexandria man's home and seized 75 guns after he sold three machine guns to an undercover agent beginning in April, authorities said yesterday. John M. Walker, 50, was charged with illegally converting semiautomatic weapons into fully automatic ones, court records show. Fully automatic weapons are legal but heavily regulated. Walker was not a licensed dealer, according to Special Agent Mike Campbell of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms... (GunPolicy.org)

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30422

United States

9 June 2009

KOMO-TV News (Washington)

MONROE, Washington — Special federal agents are investigating a local gun range suspected of serving as a militia training camp, according to court documents. Owner Jim Faire says he can't afford to run a background check on every visitor because his outdoor gun range is a nonprofit business. As a result, he said, county officials and the FBI have begun cracking down on the range after a convicted felon was caught with guns and drugs there. With thousands of shells... (GunPolicy.org)

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30285

Malaysia

27 May 2009

New Straits Times (Malaysia)

KUALA LUMPUR — A cache of weapons and ammunition found in Bercham, Perak, on Sunday night could be linked to the chaotic political situation in the state, police say. This is one of the possibilities police are probing, besides the possibility of the cache being used for criminal or militant activities. What is certain, though, is that the weapons and ammunition were brought in from a neighbouring country. Checks revealed that the cache was not from the armoury of... (GunPolicy.org)

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30561

Mexico,United States

10 May 2009

Narcosphere, Web page

Mexican federal police commander Gen. Rodolfo Cruz Lopez described a weapon seized last month from one of the nation's deadly "drug cartels" as a .50 caliber anti-aircraft gun that fires 6-inch armor-piercing bullets at the rate of 800 rounds per minute. The mainstream media coverage on both sides of the border trumpeted the capture of this Rambo-style machine gun as evidence of the increasing danger the drug-trafficking organizations pose to civil society. A report... (GunPolicy.org)

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30044

Australia

2 May 2009

Sydney Morning Herald

A Comanchero safe house containing machine guns, bullet-proof vests, a ramming device, a police badge and uniforms has been found after a federal drug investigation, police say. As a result of information from the Australian Crime Commission, which has been investigating pseudoephedrine sales in Sydney, St George police raided an apartment in Belgrave Street, Kogarah, and said they found a cache of guns, ammunition and police gear. Five automatic pistols, a Thompson... (GunPolicy.org)

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29980

United States

30 April 2009

Associated Press

The Connecticut Senate on Thursday approved a measure that would ban children under 16 years old from handling or shooting machine guns. The legislation, which passed on a 31-2 vote, stems from the October death of an 8-year-old Ashford boy who accidentally shot himself in the head with an Uzi at a Massachusetts gun show. "For a young person, a minor, to handle an automatic weapon … it's like saying that it's OK to pick up a rattlesnake and that it is somehow going... (GunPolicy.org)

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29976

United States,Mexico

19 April 2009

Associated Press

MEXICO CITY, Mexico — An escalating arms race among Mexico's drug cartels casts doubt on whether Mexico or the U.S. can stop the flow of weaponry, despite renewed vows last week from presidents of both countries. Stockpiles captured by Mexican soldiers show that warring traffickers are now obtaining military-grade weaponry such as grenades, launchers, machine guns, mortars and anti-tank rockets. Some drug gangs have even sought explosive material that some experts... (GunPolicy.org)

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29892

Australia

19 April 2009

Sydney Morning Herald

An alleged illegal gun dealer charged by police over a hoard of military firearms, including the first AK-47 assault rifle seized in NSW, has used the gun amnesty to surrender more firearms. A solicitor acting for Allan Driver, 59, of Elanora Heights, stunned Firearms and Organised Crime Squad officers by surrendering six high-powered weapons and ammunition to Manly police on Wednesday. Police said the weapons were inside a locked metal strongbox and included a 5.56mm... (GunPolicy.org)

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29885

Canada,United States

10 April 2009

Globe & Mail (Toronto)

VICTORIA — A military-grade machine gun seized by Nanaimo RCMP this week is likely an army surplus weapon smuggled into Canada as part of the thriving illegal gun trade, a Vancouver-based firearms researcher said yesterday. "It's almost certainly a smuggled weapon," said Gary Mauser, a retired Simon Fraser University business professor who has lectured extensively on the criminal use of firearms. "Most of the illegal weapons like this are military surplus that... (GunPolicy.org)

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29796

United States

9 April 2009

Associated Press

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas — A federal grand jury indicted an Arkansas doctor Wednesday for illegally owning military grenades, while issuing no charges over supposedly unregistered machine guns found his extensive weapons cache. Dr. Randeep Mann, 50, of London faces a single felony charge after city workers stumbled across a stash of 98 high-explosive grenades in a wooded area near his home, said U.S. Attorney Jane Duke. The charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years... (GunPolicy.org)

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29787

Canada

9 April 2009

United Press International

NANAIMO, British Columbia — The Royal Canadian Mounted Police expressed concern over the nature of heavy weapons they seized in a Vancouver Island raid. Early Wednesday, RCMP officers stormed a large property with numerous buildings on it near Nanaimo and arrested four men and a woman after finding more than 1 pound of cocaine, at least $50,000 in cash and a total of 41 weapons, the Times Colonist newspaper in Victoria reported. Constable Gary O'Brien said two... (GunPolicy.org)

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29785

United States

7 April 2009

Washington Independent (Washington, DC)

WEST POINT, Kentucky — The sound of gunfire rumbles and echoes from half a mile away, long before anyone can see the entrance. The walk up to the Knob Creek Machine Gun Shoot starts on the country road outside the range, lined with cars from Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and Georgia. Their occupants scramble for space before grabbing their ammo and starting uphill. They trudge through dirt that mostly, mercifully, has not yet turned into mud, and up to a gate where for $10... (GunPolicy.org)

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29757

Australia

3 April 2009

Sydney Morning Herald / AAP

Among a stockpile of illegal weapons seized by police was a sniper rifle so powerful it could bring down a jet or penetrate a bulletproof car over two kilometres away, experts say. A sniper standing on Sydney's Centrepoint Tower using the .50 calibre rifle could take out the engine of a car near the Opera House or stop a bus on the Anzac Bridge, such was its potency, they said. Police yesterday showed off the weapons stash, which also included a Russian-designed AK-47... (GunPolicy.org)

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29705

Australia

2 April 2009

Australian Associated Press

An AK-47 assault rifle, a high-calibre sniper rifle and machine guns are among a large cache of weapons uncovered by police in a sting operation culminating in a series of Sydney raids. The Russian-designed Kalashnikov military rifle is the first recovered by New South Wales police. Two men have been arrested after the year-long operation targeting the illegal supply of military-style firearms and other weapons, which culminated in raids yesterday and... (GunPolicy.org)

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29677

United States

1 April 2009

Hartford Courant (Connecticut)

Responding to the tragic death of an 8-year-old Connecticut boy at a Massachusetts gun club, a key legislative committee voted Tuesday on a measure designed to keep machine guns out of the hands of anyone under 16. The judiciary committee passed the bill, which prohibits the physical transfer of such weapons to children, in response to the death of Christopher K. Bizilj, an Ashford boy who lost control of a Micro Uzi submachine gun and accidentally shot himself in the... (GunPolicy.org)

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29702

Bangladesh

13 March 2009

Daily Star (Dhaka)

Daisy Ahmed missed a heartbeat when she saw something wrapped in BDR uniform lying abandoned at the entrance to her house in Ganaktuli, a locality adjacent to the fifth gate of border guards' headquarters. After the February 25-26 mutiny that degenerated into a bloodbath at their HQ, most of the riflemen reportedly fled through the gate 5. It was 9:00 in the night the next day when everybody thought the wrapped thing was a rifle. But the police discovered a... (GunPolicy.org)

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29536

United States

10 March 2009

KLAS-TV News (Nevada)

Federal government documents detail why four men with anti-government beliefs were arrested in Las Vegas last week. When federal agents pulled a machine gun out of a home near Charleston and Cimarron, it was just one part of a three-state investigation. For three years, the Nevada Joint Terrorism Task Force had been using confidential informants to investigate allegations of money laundering, tax evasion, and the possession of unregistered machine guns. Neighbor Jim... (GunPolicy.org)

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29472

United Kingdom

10 March 2009

Wolverhampton Express and Star (UK)

An Uzi machine gun and ammunition has been discovered hidden under a hut in a Black Country residential street. The find came at a house in the Merridale area of Wolverhampton after police received a tip-off. Detectives are hunting for the gangsters who aimed to use it. The house owner had no idea that the weapon, which has been sent for forensic testing, was being concealed on his property. The gun was found by members of the West Midland Police Serious and Organised... (GunPolicy.org)

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29471

United States

9 March 2009

Associated Press

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas — The father of a doctor accused of stockpiling more than $1 million worth of machine guns, grenade launchers and grenades in and around his home is a known international arms dealer, and he and his son made frequent trips outside the country in the past two years, a federal agent testified Monday. Prosecutors and an agent of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives offered no evidence tying Dr. Randeep Mann's weapons to his... (GunPolicy.org)

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29456

Canada

1 March 2009

Toronto Star (Ontario)

Two men found with a machine gun and about 50 rounds of ammunition at the Yorkdale mall parking lot were arrested by Toronto police yesterday. The Toronto police arrived at the parking lot at about 3:30 p.m. on Saturday to follow up on an ongoing investigation. Police recovered the machine gun and ammunition along with cocaine and marijuana in the suspect's vehicle. It was later determined the gun was stolen from Quebec in 2007. Tohir Noorali, 23, of Toronto and... (GunPolicy.org)

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29314

United States

26 February 2009

Associated Press

LAS VEGAS — A former baggage handler at McCarran International Airport has been sentenced to five years and three months in federal prison for stealing guns from checked luggage and selling at least one of them. Salvatore Lanzafame pleaded guilty last September in U.S. District Court to possession and sale of a stolen firearm, theft of government property and unlawful possession of a machine gun. The 21-year-old Lanzafame worked for TGS Aviation Services. He... (GunPolicy.org)

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29322

United States

23 February 2009

New Yorker, Vol 85, No 2

At the age of seventy-four, Jerry Baber has winnowed his primary interests in life to four subjects: shotguns, robots, women, and cars. When Baber is holding forth — his default mode of communication being the filibuster — his conversation tends to fall somewhere among these categories. Often his passions intersect, as in the question of whether or not a Corvette is an ideal car for picking up women. (It is.) Similarly, Baber might be discussing his love of robots... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Yorker, Vol 85, No 2

29361

United States

23 February 2009

Daily Item (Massachusetts)

REVERE — A man who allegedly tried trafficking weapons to a high-crime neighborhood in Boston was found in possession of an AK-47 among other weapons after State Police pulled him over on Saturday for running a red light on Route 60, police said. Paul Leggio, 24, of 7 Crestway Road, East Boston, was arrested on a long list of charges, including possession of a machine gun, possession of a high-capacity firearm and driving with a revoked license. State Police say... (GunPolicy.org)

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29295

United States

17 February 2009

Telegram & Gazette (Massachusetts)

AUBURN — While local police will huddle with the district attorney today to figure out what charges to bring against the owner of a Rochdale Street house where 85 weapons, about 800 pounds of ammunition and two boxes of suspected explosives were confiscated on Thursday, Anthony Simulynas' neighbors said he was a very good man who has lived in the area for years. "I've known Tony for a long, long, long time," said Douglas Stewart, 77, of 412 Rochdale St., "and he's a... (GunPolicy.org)

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29223

United States

10 February 2009

Telegram (Massachusetts)

WORCESTER — Heavy machine guns, shotguns, pistols, large boxes of ammunition and a how-to book on bomb making rested on the floor of a room in the Police Department yesterday. Police don't know why 54-year-old Paul D. Mateiko kept more than 100 guns and some explosives in his 184 Highland St. home. He hadn't shown any signs of aggression in the past, nor had he been arrested for weapons violations. Authorities discovered the weapons during a medical call Saturday... (GunPolicy.org)

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29182

United States

5 February 2009

Star-Ledger (New Jersey)

People caught with machine guns or other illegal assault weapons will face harsher penalties under a bill signed into law today by Gov. Jon Corzine, who used the occasion to push for another bill that would restrict handgun purchases in New Jersey to one per month. Under the new law, the unlawful possession of a machine gun or assault firearm is classified as a second-degree crime, carrying a penalty of five to 10 years in prison or a $150,000 fine. It was previously... (GunPolicy.org)

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29145

United States

28 January 2009

Florida Trend

MIAMI — It was a tough day for Victor Bean. Typically, a weekend in September would find 3,300 people at his Victor Bean Southern Classic Gun and Knife Show in Miami. But the threat of a hurricane had people in line at Home Depot and Publix, making for a very slow day for Bean, a friendly 49 year old. "When things are slow, we joke, 'Where's Bill Clinton when you need him?' " Many a true word spoken in jest. Two months later, Barack Obama won the presidency, and... (GunPolicy.org)

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29089

United States

27 January 2009

Associated Press

PELHAM, Massachusetts — The Massachusetts police chief who is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of a boy at a gun show has resigned. Pelham Chief Edward Fleury's resignation was accepted by the Board of Selectmen on Monday, three months after 8-year-old Christopher Bizilj accidentally shot himself with an Uzi during a Westfield gun fair. Fleury's company, COP Firearms & Training, sponsored the event. He has pleaded not guilty. The boy, from... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

29081

Ireland

25 January 2009

Sunday Times (UK)

"It's new and has never been used. It's a clean gun," said the underworld arms dealer, as he handled the .357 Magnum revolver that he was offering to sell. "This baby will set you back a few grand. If you want something different or more powerful, I can get you an AK-47, or a machine-gun pistol, but it will take time. There are a few AKs knocking about, but these will cost more and attract a lot of attention if found by the police." The asking price for the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sunday Times (UK)

29060

United States

16 January 2009

Lake County News-Sun (Illinois)

A North Chicago man accused of terrorist conspiracies against Americans and U.S. military personnel pleaded guilty Thursday in Ohio. Zubair A. Ahmed, 29, and his cousin, Khaleel Ahmed, 27, of Chicago, also pleaded guilty before U.S. District Chief Judge James Carr in Toledo to one count of conspiracy to provide material support and resources, including the defendants themselves as personnel to terrorists. The Ahmeds face a statutory maximum of 15 years in prison and a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Lake County News-Sun (Illinois)

29036

United States

23 December 2008

Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts — A police chief in western Massachusetts pleaded not guilty Monday to involuntary manslaughter in the death of an 8-year-old boy who accidentally shot himself with an Uzi at a gun show. Pelham Chief Edward Fleury owns COPS Firearms & Training, which promoted the October show where Christopher Bizilj shot himself in the head. Fleury's lawyer, David Kuzmeski, also entered not guilty pleas on Fleury's behalf to four counts of furnishing a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

28870

United States

22 December 2008

Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas)

Chris Hipes enjoys the challenge of a shooting match so much that he started the North Texas Submachinegun Match about five years ago. But he isn't sure he wants his daughter to participate. She's only 7 months old now, but he said she'll have to be well-trained — and ready both physically and mentally — before she can take part in these events. "It's an inherently dangerous sport," said Hipes, a 35-year-old maintenance supervisor in Denton. "It's like NASCAR. If... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas)

28984

United States

12 December 2008

Associated Press

BOSTON — Gun control advocates are hoping that manslaughter indictments in the death of an 8-year-old boy who was allowed to fire an Uzi during a gun fair will have a chilling effect nationally on gun shows that encourage the participation of children. But enthusiasts say gun ranges are remarkably safe and that most shows do not feature live shooting like the one in Westfield where Christopher Bizilj, of Ashford, Conn., lost control of the powerful automatic weapon... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

28796

United Kingdom

10 December 2008

Telegraph (UK)

Catherine Roots had been expecting a horse harness in the post, instead she opened her package to find a Heckler & Koch black submachine gun. The package was delivered by a courier to Mrs Roots when it should have been sent to firearms officers at the nearby police headquarters. She called the station and two armed officers turned up and took it away. Police later explained a gun supply company made a mistake with the postcode when they sent it to Dorset Police in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Telegraph (UK)

28812

United States

5 December 2008

Republican (Massachusetts)

BOSTON — State legislators called for tightening laws on gun clubs and the use of weapons by minors, following the criminal charges issued on Thursday in the death of an 8-year-old Connecticut boy who accidentally shot himself with a submachine gun at the Westfield Sportsman's Club. State Rep. Michael A. Costello, co-chairman of the Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security, said he would hold an oversight hearing and take testimony to determine what laws... (GunPolicy.org)

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28762

United States

5 December 2008

Hartford Courant (Connecticut)

A Massachusetts grand jury has indicted a police chief, two Connecticut men and a gun club in the Oct. 26 death of an 8-year-old Ashford boy who shot himself in the head at a machine gun event in Westfield, Mass. Christopher K. Bizilj lost control of a 9mm Micro Uzi at the Machine Gun Shoot and Firearms Expo at the Westfield Sportsman's Club. The two-day event was sponsored by the club and COP Firearms & Training, a business owned by Edward B. Fleury, a firearms... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Hartford Courant (Connecticut)

28737

United States

8 November 2008

Boston Globe

The micro Uzi machine pistol placed in the hands of an 8-year-old at a Westfield gun club's pumpkin shoot last month is so hard to handle that it has earned a nickname among gun enthusiasts: the "Fifty-fifty." "That means there is a fifty-fifty chance that you'll either kill whomever or whatever you're aiming it at or kill yourself," said Steve Traver, owner of D&S Gunworks, a firearms company in Hancock. "That machine gun should have never been at that shoot. It... (GunPolicy.org)

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28620

United States

31 October 2008

Springfield Republican (Massachusetts)

PELHAM — Caught in the glare of the media spotlight over the accidental death of an 8-year-old boy at a gun show in Westfield on Sunday, selectmen distanced the town Thursday from Police Chief Edward B. Fleury and his company that sponsored the event. Christopher K. Bizilj, of Ashford, Conn., died after losing control of the 9 mm Micro UZI machine gun he was shooting Sunday during a firearms expo at the Westfield Sportsman's Club. COP Firearms & Training, a private... (GunPolicy.org)

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28561

United States

31 October 2008

Amherst Bulletin (Massachesetts)

SPRINGFIELD — The Hampden County district attorney has undertaken a criminal investigation of a Westfield firearms fair at which an 8-year-old boy died Sunday after accidentally shooting himself in the head with a machine gun. Meanwhile, Pelham Police Chief Edward Fleury, whose organization co-sponsored the event, continues to decline to answer questions about his involvement in the Machine Gun Shoot and Firearms Expo. He did, however, issue a statement Wednesday... (GunPolicy.org)

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28559

United States

30 October 2008

Boston Globe, Editorial

Eight-year-old Christopher Bizilj, who accidentally shot himself to death Sunday with an automatic Micro Uzi, is a tragic example of how something can be legal and still insane. Christopher was taken by his father to an annual machine gun shoot at the Westfield Sportsman's Club. According to advertising for the event, no minimum age and no licenses were required to shoot machine guns at pumpkins and "other fun stuff we can't print here." The advertisement boasted,... (GunPolicy.org)

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28541

United States

29 October 2008

Hartford Courant (Connecticut)

A Massachusetts county prosecutor overseeing the criminal investigation into the shooting death Sunday of an Ashford third-grader at a machine gun shoot said he could find "no lawful authority" for the boy, 8, to possess or fire a machine gun. Hampden County District Attorney William M. Bennett said Tuesday that the criminal investigation is focused on two questions: whether there was a violation of Massachusetts gun laws at the "Machine Gun Shoot and Firearms Expo" at... (GunPolicy.org)

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28531

United States

29 October 2008

Boston Globe

Two days after an 8-year-old boy fatally shot himself with a machine gun at a weapons exposition in Westfield, the Hampden district attorney launched a criminal investigation yesterday into the incident. In a press release, District Attorney William M. Bennett said he has found "no lawful authority" or law that would allow an 8-year-old to possess or fire a machine gun. The investigation is expected to focus on whether any state laws that govern the use of firearms... (GunPolicy.org)

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28530

United States

28 October 2008

Boston Globe

WESTFIELD — As his father raised his camera, an 8-year-old boy aimed an Uzi at a pumpkin set up at a shooting event. Before his father could focus, the third-grader from Connecticut squeezed the trigger, and the high-powered weapon recoiled and fatally shot the boy in the head. The death of Christopher Bizilj at the Westfield Sportsman's Club Sunday has raised questions about how someone so young could be allowed to shoot an automatic weapon, which can fire hundreds... (GunPolicy.org)

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28532

United States

28 October 2008

Xinhua

BEIJING — The death of an 8-year-old U.S. boy who accidentally shot himself in the head with an Uzi at a gun fair has raised many questions again about the country's gun control system, according to media reports. On Sunday, Christopher Bizilj of Ashford, Conn., lost control of the submachine gun while firing it with an instructor watching at the Machine Gun Shoot & Firearms Expo at a sportsman's club in Westfield, Massachusetts, police said. As the third-grader... (GunPolicy.org)

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28523

United States

28 October 2008

Associated Press

WESTFIELD, Massachusetts — With an instructor watching, an 8-year-old boy at a gun fair aimed an Uzi at a pumpkin and pulled the trigger as his dad reached for a camera. It was his first time shooting a fully automatic machine gun, and the recoil of the weapon was too much for him. He lost control and fatally shot himself in the head. Now gun safety experts — and some gun enthusiasts at the club where the shooting happened — are wondering why such a young child... (GunPolicy.org)

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28521

United States

28 October 2008

Boston Herald

Machine gun "shoots" such as the one that unfolded tragically in Westfield on Sunday are rare throughout the country — and often controversial. A similar firearms fest is hosted by the Hanson Rod and Gun Club, which was criticized in 1999 for allowing children as young as 6 to shoot automatic weapons. Months later, a special town meeting voted to ban anyone younger than 21 from pulling the trigger at the event. The Knob Creek Gun Range Machine Gun Shoot in Kentucky... (GunPolicy.org)

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28517

United States

28 October 2008

Boston Herald, Opinion

Yesterday afternoon I watched my neighbor's 8-year-old, barely 4 feet tall, his backpack half as big as he is, walking home from school. Handing a fully loaded, 9 mm Micro Uzi machine gun to any child, particularly a child that age, letting him pull a trigger that sets off one automatic round after another after another? You've got to be out of your mind. Yet apparently that's what they've been doing for years now at the Westfield Sportsman's Club, where a Web site... (GunPolicy.org)

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28516

United States

28 October 2008

Boston Herald

A leading gun control advocate says tougher laws are needed in the wake of a "machine gun shoot" that allowed an 8-year-old boy to pull the trigger on an Uzi, accidentally killing himself with a bullet to the head. John Rosenthal, founder of the nonprofit Stop Handgun Violence, considers the ability of gun clubs to hold machine gun shoots a "loophole" in the federal assault weapons ban that former Gov. Mitt Romney made permanent in the Bay State. "There ought to be a... (GunPolicy.org)

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28514

United States

27 October 2008

Republican (Massachusetts) / Boston Globe / AP

WESTFIELD, Massachusetts — An 8-year-old boy who accidentally shot himself to death Sunday had his father's permission to participate in a machine gun shoot at the Westfield Sportsman's Club. Christopher Bizilj, of Ashford, Conn., was firing a 9 mm Micro UZI machine gun at a pumpkin around 2 p.m. when he lost control of the automatic combat-type weapon and shot himself once in the head. He died at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. "I gave permission for... (GunPolicy.org)

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28515

United States

27 October 2008

Reuters

BOSTON — Authorities in Massachusetts are investigating a gun fair where an 8-year-old boy died after accidentally shooting himself in the head with an Uzi submachine gun while under adult supervision, police said on Monday. Christopher Bizilj lost control of the weapon on Sunday at the Machine Gun Shoot & Firearms Expo at a sportsman's club in Westfield, a city about 96 miles west of the state capital Boston, police said. He was rushed to hospital, where he was... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

27 October 2008

Boston Globe

An 8-year-old boy died yesterday at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield after he accidentally shot himself in the head at a Westfield gun club, Westfield Police reported. Police said the child's death, caused by a fully automatic Uzi machine gun, appears to have been an accident, but it remains under investigation. The Westfield Police Department released a statement about what they described as a self-inflicted, accidental shooting, which occurred at 2 p.m. at the... (GunPolicy.org)

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28510

Algeria

11 October 2008

El Khabar (Algeria)

2 National Gendarmerie agents have been arrested after being charged of stealing 2 weapons a National Gendarmerie brigade in Oum Bouaghi province eastern Algeria. Both defendants have stolen PA arms, and several rifles. These arms have been withdrawn from citizens in the 90's, while one gun machine belonged to the National Gendarmerie, a local source said. According to the investigation clues, the arms have been sold for an amount exceeding 100 thousand AD each. They... (GunPolicy.org)

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28397

United Kingdom

31 August 2008

Guardian (UK)

[Photo: A Webley revolver pistol. [sic.]] The gun shown here, a Webley, is up for sale in London for £150, one of hundreds of such weapons that are easily and cheaply available on the streets of the UK's big cities, a Guardian investigation can reveal. The variety of weapons on offer in Britain is extensive and includes machine guns and shotguns, as well as pistols and converted replicas. A source close to the trade in illegal weapons contacted by the Guardian listed... (GunPolicy.org)

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28099

United Kingdom

28 August 2008

Agence France Presse

LONDON — A man was jailed for life Thursday for running the country's biggest-ever gun factory which converted dozens of replica submachine guns into deadly weapons used in nine gangland murders. Grant Wilkinson, 34, legally bought 90 replica Mac-10s in 2004, saying they were for use on the set of the James Bond film "Casino Royale" and paying 55,000 pounds in cash. But instead, he converted them into live firearms in two sheds — one of which was a soundproofed... (GunPolicy.org)

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28083

United States

6 August 2008

Bourne Courier (Massachusetts), Column

CAPE COD — Last week police confiscated a small arsenal of illegal guns, ammunition and other assorted weapons from the Marstons Mills home of Kenneth Webster. On July 1 police also removed several guns and knives that had been on his person and in his car. In total, more than 50 weapons were taken from Webster including a sawed-off shotgun, an M14 automatic rifle and a sniper rifle. When he was arrested on July 1 Webster reportedly told police that he had a... (GunPolicy.org)

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27902

United States

31 July 2008

Cape Cod Times (Massachusetts)

MARSTONS MILLS, Massachusetts — Under an unrelenting sun, a massive collection of deadly weaponry was displayed yesterday afternoon at 3640 Falmouth Road in the woods overlooking Mill Pond. More than 50 handguns, shotguns, rifles, high-powered assault rifles, hundreds of rounds of assorted ammunition including a case clearly labeled "NATO," throwing knives, bayonets, an inert bomb, and a 50-pound bag of black powder were laid out on a green tarp in front of the house... (GunPolicy.org)

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27868

New Zealand

22 July 2008

New Zealand Herald

A man who claimed 130 guns, including automatic rifles and sub-machine guns, had been stolen from his home has pleaded guilty to illegally selling 30 of them. John Noel Mabey, 43, told police that the guns had been stolen from his Hot Water Beach home in a burglary in July last year. Police charged Mabey with giving a false statement to police. Only nine of the guns have been found so far. Mabey will reappear in the Hamilton District Court on September 5. Waikato... (GunPolicy.org)

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28716

United States

21 July 2008

San Jose Mercury News (California)

The male students, whose ages were not released, both were arrested on suspicion of possession of an illegal assault weapon, possession of a machine gun, bringing a firearm onto school grounds, being a minor in possession of live ammunition, being a minor with a concealed weapon, being a minor in possession of a firearm with prior conviction, a probation violation and marijuana transportation. Both have previous gun and ammunition possession arrests or convictions on... (GunPolicy.org)

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27746

United States,Mexico

11 July 2008

Arizona Republic

A 23-year-old New Mexico man has pleaded guilty to one count of fraud and one count of forgery in a major arms trafficking case. Attorney General Terry Goddard says Victor Varela of Columbus, N.M., entered the plea Thursday in Maricopa County Superior Court. According to court documents, Varela fraudulently purchased through a confidential informant two .50-caliber rifles for more than $6,700 in September. The Attorney General's Office says Varela also sought to... (GunPolicy.org)

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27727

United States

11 July 2008

Zanesville Times-Recorder (Ohio)

COLUMBUS — A Frazeysburg man entered guilty pleas to three federal gun charges in Columbus Thursday and could now be facing up to 10 years or more in a federal prison. Jason Untied, 36, entered guilty pleas to one count of manufacturing and selling machine guns, one count of unlawfully possessing and transporting machine guns and one count of possession of machine guns that were not federally registered. Untied was indicted by a federal grand jury last summer along... (GunPolicy.org)

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27656

United States

26 June 2008

New Orleans Times-Picayune (Louisiana)

St. Tammany Parish deputies seized an arsenal from a Slidell-area home last week that included a military-grade machine gun and sniper rifle, submachine guns, assault rifles likely converted to automatic fire and dozens of other weapons including sawed-off shotguns. The seizure, which also included manuals on converting weapons to automatic fire, computers, a flak jacket and tactical webbing and more than half a million rounds of ammunition, came after the guns' owner... (GunPolicy.org)

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27529

United States

19 June 2008

Roanoke Times (Virginia)

PEARISBURG — No one was supposed to know John Billos had a Browning M2 .50-caliber semi-automatic stored in his workshop, so when the 85-pound, $9,000 weapon and 11 boxes of its bullets went missing, he panicked. But after more than three months of worrying and searching, the Giles County Sheriff's Office recovered the gun June 5 in Princeton, W.Va. They have warrants charging a Narrows man with stealing it. Now they have to find him. Investigators say they think... (GunPolicy.org)

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