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United States

27 November 2016

CNN

[Translated summary: Buyers crowded gun shops during 'Black Friday' in the US. The law bans gun buying as a gift, so big discounts were the main factor boosting sales. Some gun dealers had stocked up before the elections in the hope of panic buying if Hillary Clinton won.] Multitudes de compradores llegaron a las tiendas de armas durante el pasado viernes negro, el gran día del año para este negocio. Ciertamente, las ventas de armas en el viernes negro no están... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

25 November 2016

CNN

The Black Friday weapon sales are not driven by the Christmas spirit since gun laws in many states prohibit buying guns for someone else. The sales are driven by sharp discounts. Not far from New York City, hundreds of shoppers packed into RTSP, a gun shop and firing range in Randolph, New Jersey, lured by Black Friday discounts of 5% to 10% for guns, ammunition and accessories. Dr. Joseph Feldman, a surgeon from neighboring Montville, was buying a $500 Sig Sauer... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,Mexico

22 November 2016

Vice News (US)

[Translated summary: Although Mexico has some of the strictest gun legislation in the world, with only one shop where guns can be bought legally, there are more than 15 million guns in circulation and 85% are illegal. One of the main reasons is the proximity of the USA, where guns are easily available. Almost 100,000 Mexicans died of gun wounds in the last decade.] Es casi la media noche del 11 de octubre y la policía recibe una llamada de emergencia alertando de una... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

22 November 2016

New York Times

HOUSTON — Before the election, gun rights activists were so worried Hillary Clinton would win the presidency that some of them bought extra ammunition and guns, fearing a crackdown on certain weapons, bullets and magazines. They're not worried now. Instead, since the election of Donald J. Trump, gun advocates have been rejoicing, crowing about their political clout and plotting ways to eliminate many remaining curbs on gun ownership and use as they await one of the... (GunPolicy.org)

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40219

Canada

20 November 2016

Toronto Star (Ontario)

Weakened gun laws and how they're enforced have led to a spike in the number of restricted firearms in the hands of Canadians — and ultimately in hands of criminals, a leading gun-control advocate says. Wendy Cukier, president of the Coalition for Gun Control, said relaxed licensing processes and legislative changes under the past Conservative government "eroded strict controls" that limited access to certain firearms. The number of restricted firearms — a... (GunPolicy.org)

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40211

Canada

19 November 2016

Toronto Star (Ontario)

Danny Santapaga, a self-employed financial adviser, bought 14 guns on 10 different occasions over seven months. Plumber Graham Jovanovic purchased nine firearms over five weeks. University student Justin Green obtained 23 handguns during a 22-month period, including 15 from one store. Security guard Andrew Winchester acquired 47 handguns in a six-month buying binge. These Toronto men have no apparent connection to one another. But they share a common thread. Each... (GunPolicy.org)

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40207

United States

18 November 2016

Newsweek (USA)

[Translated Summary: During his presidential campaign Donald Trump promised to swiftly "unsign" the executive actions President Obama issued in January regarding background checks and to abolish gun-free zones at schools and on military bases. In addition, he promised to allow Americans to carry hidden handguns across all 50 states. However, after the election he softened his tone and it now appears that gun rights are mo longer a priority.] A lo largo de sus casi 17... (GunPolicy.org)

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40213

Venezuela

18 November 2016

Entorno Inteligente

[Translated summary: Venezuelans now use social media like Whatsapp, BBM, Snapchat and Instagram to illegally buy and sell guns. A Beretta 92FS pistol can be purchased for 2.7 million Venezuelan bolivars (270,000 USD). Official data from 2012 calculates that the country has between 1.2 and 1.5 million unregistered guns. Until March, 2016, only 48,000 firearms had been destroyed.] Los índices de violencia y criminalidad siguen en un preocupante ascenso. Para completar... (GunPolicy.org)

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40210

United States

17 November 2016

Dallas Morning News (Texas), Editorial

To make an informed decision, you need information. And that's exactly what everybody involved in America's bitter gun debate doesn't have. Guns kill more than 33,000 Americans a year, yet the clock stopped on government research into this epidemic two decades ago. As is frequently noted, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has funded no in-depth studies of gun violence, its causes, or proposals for its reduction since 1996. That's when the so-called... (GunPolicy.org)

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Argentina

16 November 2016

La Nación (Argentina), Agencia DyN

[Translated Summary: Argentina's Chamber of Deputies approved a bill that sets more severe sentences for gun carrying and possession. For illegal possession, sentences can go from six months to eight years if the firearm has been modified from its original condition. And for illegal carrying, sentences can be from four to eight years, depending on the case.] Cámara de Diputados aprobó hoy y giró al Senado un proyecto impulsado por el Frente Renovador y apoyado por... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

14 November 2016

Guardian

With Donald Trump in the White House, tourists from other states may soon be able to bring their guns to shops of Fifth Avenue, the plaza at Rockefeller Center and other New York City sights. Advocates say they expect Congress to finally pass a sweeping gun rights law that could dismantle local gun-carrying restrictions in states including New York, New Jersey, Maryland, California and Hawaii. These changes could come soon. If Congress passes a federal right-to-carry... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian

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Northern Mariana Islands

14 November 2016

Guns (US)

Despite a federal ruling issued in September that struck down a handgun registration scheme in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, local lawmakers have passed another. After a series of lawsuits ended the U.S. territory's total ban on handgun ownership, the local government adopted the Special Act for Firearms Enforcement earlier this year. The law imposed sweeping gun control measures, licensing schemes and strict rules regarding how one carries and... (GunPolicy.org)

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India

10 November 2016

Chinatopix (New York)

India continues the breathless pace of modernizing the Indian Armed Forces and after ordering new submarines, tanks, surface-to-air missile systems, artillery, assault rifles and fighter jets since the start of 2016 is now placing an order for over $1 billion in ammunition and weapons from international suppliers. India recognizes it faces critical shortages of ammunition in all its armed services and is bypassing prescribed routine acquisition procedures by invoking... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

9 November 2016

Time (USA)

Nevada, California and Washington all voted in favor of enhanced gun control on Tuesday, while Maine narrowly rejected universal background checks for private gun sales despite millions of dollars spent there by national gun control advocates. Maine's rejection of the gun control ballot measure, and the narrow support for a similar measure in Nevada, showed the limits of well-funded national organizations pushing for expanded background checks around the country.... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

9 November 2016

La Croix (France)

[Translated summary: Trump has said that he supports more freedom in the purchase of firearms. But, there already are specific gun control laws in several states, and it is not going to be possible to decree "total freedom" in purchases on a federal level. For example, California has just passed a law that makes background checks mandatory for buying ammunition.] Ce qu'il a dit Donald Trump a défendu une liberté totale sur les ventes d'armes, quitte à exercer son... (GunPolicy.org)

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40157

United States

9 November 2016

Las Vegas Review Journal (Nevada)

Nevadans voted in favor of expanded background checks for private gun sales by the thinnest of margins Tuesday. The "Yes" vote on Question 1, which would require in-person background checks for all guns sold among friends, online and at gun shows, was approved by a 50.45 percent to 49.55 percent margin, which amounted to less than 10,000 votes statewide. Starting Jan. 1, Nevadans looking to conduct a private sale or transfer of a gun will have to go to a federally... (GunPolicy.org)

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India

6 November 2016

Economic Times (India)

Meandering roads lead to chaotic lanes. Then the roads vanish, as do the lanes. What remains are muddled passages between cluttered households. Most of these lead to deadends and the rest, chock-ablock with not-so-friendly-looking people, are almost unapproachable. Unlike in most neighbourhoods, locals here don't guide visitors to addresses. Most of the queries go unanswered and are at best met with a reluctant nod. These inimical streets of Kankuli village in the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Economic Times (India)

40143

Senegal

3 November 2016

Senxibar (Senegal)

[Translated summary: To own a firearm in Senegal, applicants must provide a copy of their national ID, criminal record, health certificate, 4 photographs, pay a fee of 2,000 francs and pass an interview to see if their activities are dangerous and establish their need for a firearm. According to official data, 1,000 licences have been issued so far in 2016.] La sécurité oui,… la tradition et le prestige aussi La sécurité est le premier motif invoqué pour... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

2 November 2016

The Trace (USA)

Federal dollars for research into gun violence are hard to come by, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reluctant to step over a 20-year Congressional restriction on funding firearms studies. A rare bright spot emerged last week, however, when the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) awarded more than $3.3 million to five private institutions for firearms research. The funding will support inquiries into some of the most pressing questions regarding gun... (GunPolicy.org)

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40123

Paraguay

1 November 2016

La Nación (Paraguay)

[Translated summary: In the warehouse of Paraguay's War Material Direction (Dimabel) there are 10,000 seized firearms. Around 50% are revolvers and pistols and the rest are shotguns and machine guns that can pierce armored vehicles. Authorities explain that illicit firearms come from the US disassembled, are re-assembled in the country and then sold at the border.] Una ametralladora capaz de perforar camiones blindados, así como escopetas y pistolas, son algunos de... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Arab Emirates,Saudi Arabia,Uzbekistan,Finland,Turkmenistan,Yemen

1 November 2016

Modern Tokyo Times

As the global economy continues its slow recovery from the 2008–2009 worldwide recession, armament sales appear to have been one of the few recession-proof export sectors. The greater Middle East has been main emporium for such purchases. While the United States and Russia remain the world's two leading armaments exporters, other countries have also rushed in to fill niche markets, such as small arms, training aircraft and light artillery. Notably, Finland has been... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

1 November 2016

New York Times

California has the nation's strictest gun laws. There is a waiting period, a written test and a number of restrictions on guns and gear. Some voters pondering Proposition 63 have asked: Haven't we done enough? Gavin Newsom, the lieutenant governor, says no. He's developed the initiative that would push the state's gun limits even further. Under Proposition 63, ammunition purchasers would be treated similar to gun purchasers. Before a Californian could buy even a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

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Argentina

31 October 2016

Noticias y Protagonistas (Argentina)

[Translated summary: There are 1,541,497 registered firearms and 979,508 licensed gun owners in Argentina. The country has four gun factories that manufactured 74,983 firearms between January and August 2016. 13,940 firearms were imported and 45,836 exported in the same period. It is estimated that there are between 1.5 million and 4 million illicit firearms. Between 1997 and 2013 there were 38,002 gun homicides and 13,672 suicides. In 2013, 71.1% of homicides were... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

28 October 2016

Guardian

Weaknesses in Britain's border security may allow terrorists to get the guns they need to attack London, a report has warned. The report, for London mayor Sadiq Khan, warns of rising firearms use in the capital over the summer, with the potential for weapons smuggled in by organised criminals being acquired by terrorists. The study by Lord Toby Harris says that a major terrorist attack could inflict a severe casualty toll on London, and makes 127 recommendations to... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

28 October 2016

GQ (US)

I grew up in Connecticut, firmly on one side of the gun culture war. My parents thought it was wrong even to let kids play with toy guns. But I made a vow to myself when I started covering this debate: I would not be one one of those New York City journalists who writes ignorant, condescending stories about "gun nuts." As it expanded into the United States, the liberal British newspaper The Guardian did something most media outlets haven't done: it assigned a reporter... (GunPolicy.org)

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India

27 October 2016

Bloomberg (USA)

India's armed forces have embarked on a shopping spree for modern assault rifles, body armor and helmets, providing a potential boost to global arms suppliers. The 1.3 million-strong military is abandoning its two decade-old Indian made rifles and seeking to outfit its infantry with more up-to-date equipment, scouting for a new model on the global market for 185,000 assault rifles. The Ministry of Defence also needs to buy hundreds of thousands of helmets and tens of... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

26 October 2016

Gallup (US)

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The fewest Americans in 20 years favor making it illegal to manufacture, sell or possess semi-automatic guns known as assault rifles. Thirty-six percent now want an assault weapons ban, down from 44% in 2012 and 57% when Gallup first asked the question in 1996. Assault rifles have been a contentious issue in American life for decades. Two years after President Bill Clinton signed a federal assault weapons ban in 1994, Gallup found that a solid... (GunPolicy.org)

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Mexico

24 October 2016

Crónica (Mexico)

[Translated summary: Most of the 152,528 guns the Mexican army has confiscated from drug dealers are high-calibre weapons. Among them there are machine guns, rifles, shotguns, almost 60,000 handguns and over 19,000 AK-47 pattern rifles. They also found rocket launchers and mortars.] La mayoría de las armas que el Ejército mexicano ha asegurado en flagrancia y en operativos a los grupos criminales en diez años de lucha contra el narcotráfico es de grueso calibre;... (GunPolicy.org)

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Pakistan

22 October 2016

Business Recorder (Pakistan)

Police on Friday claimed that they have arrested 115 wanted criminals and recovered huge cache of arms and ammunition from their oppression during ongoing strike and search operations against anti-social elements in various areas of district Mardan. Addressing a news conference in district Mardan, superintendent police (SP)- Operation, Shafiullah Khan Gandapoor said that on the special directives of district police officer (DPO) Fasial Shahzad, several crackdown team... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Business Recorder (Pakistan)

40058

United States

21 October 2016

Washington Post, Opinion

Texas this year became the eighth state to require state colleges and universities to allow civilians with permits to carry concealed guns in public places. As a result, the University of Texas at Austin — a school that 50 years ago suffered the trauma of the nation's first campus mass killing — must allow guns to be brought onto campus. To those behind the campus-carry movement making such inroads in Austin and other state capitals, that's a good thing. This... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

21 October 2016

University of Sydney Media Release, Media release

University of Sydney gun policy expert, Associate Professor Philip Alpers has questioned the accuracy of registered firearms data published by CrimTrac, the federal agency responsible for counting gun owners and their firearms. In Table 2.23 at page 63 of its 2015-16 Annual Report, the following conclusions seem to lack credibility: - An increase of 1.2 million registered firearms in Australia in the past three years - A sudden decrease of 900,000 registered... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

21 October 2016

New York Times

John R. Houser was dangerously mentally ill, too ill to carry a gun. Of that, there is little doubt. Over 16 years, Mr. Houser, 59, had been charged with hiring a man to burn down a lawyer's office and named in a domestic violence complaint. In 2008, after Mr. Houser threatened to kill his daughter's fiancé, a judge issued a temporary restraining order and ordered him hospitalized for psychiatric evaluation. In 2014, he threatened to shoot law enforcement officers who... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

40034

Mexico

19 October 2016

Lopez Doriga

[Translated Summary: According to a study, 59 out of 100 Mexicans think government should allow them to carry hidden handguns in public, in private vehicles and in shops for self defence. When asked, 41% said they would buy a gun.] A 59 de cada cien mexicanos les parece que las leyes deben permitir la posesión de armas más allá del hogar para emplearlas en legítima defensa y creen que deben autorizarse en el auto o negocio para defenderse de la criminalidad. El... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ukraine,Libya,Moldova,Russia,Italy

18 October 2016

Daily Beast (USA)

A fuzzy photo shows the decapitated marble head of an ancient Roman statue; the grainy image is standing in for the gilded sales bills usually displayed in the world's finest auction houses. There are no certificates of authenticity or patrimony for these artifacts either, just maps with red markings. This is no ordinary art show. The maps in question show ancient Roman and Greek tombs that have been pillaged in Libya. These artifacts have been put on the market by... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

18 October 2016

Nation (USA)

On the evening of November 22, 2013, as the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination drew to a close, Kenneth Mills Tucker, 19, sent a tweet letting the world know his plans for the night: "Out with the gang Dooney Wayne n Rell what's going on tonight. My last weekend being a teenager." It was to be Kenneth's last weekend ever. Shortly after 3 am on November 23, a residential area of northwest Indianapolis crackled with gunfire from an automatic... (GunPolicy.org)

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40016

Canada

17 October 2016

Journal de Montreal, Agence QMI

[Translated summary: Over 325 shootings have been reported in 2016 in Toronto, an increase of 52% in relation to 2015. According to the police, there have been 54 homicides and 30 people killed by guns. In 2015 there were 18 gun victims and a total of 39 homicides.] TORONTO -- La mort d'un adolescent de 17 ans, abattu de sang froid dans une pizzeria dimanche, a rappelé que la violence par arme à feu a grandement augmenté depuis le début de l'année à... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Journal de Montreal, Agence QMI

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United States

15 October 2016

Wired (San Francisco)

At their core, data tell stories. They reveal patterns, show changes over time, and confirm or challenge our theories. And in cities across the country, mayors, police chiefs, and other local leaders are turning to data to help them understand and address gun violence, one of the most persistent crises they face. Innovative, data-driven programs are showing encouraging results. To keep high school students on the right track, the city of Chicago scaled up a... (GunPolicy.org)

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Palestine,Israel

14 October 2016

Washington Post

AZZUN — In the predawn hours, 150 Israeli troops, including masked special forces operatives, arrived in this Palestinian town in armored personnel carriers and hardened jeeps to hunt for guns and gun makers. They found one of each. The operation was deemed a success. The raid in Azzun is part of an aggressive campaign by Israel to rid the occupied West Bank of guns — specifically a crude kind of do-it-yourself, handmade submachine gun known on the Palestinian... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 October 2016

Mother Jones (USA)

Rep. Caroline Maloney (D-N.Y.) first learned that there is no federal law against gun trafficking at, of all places, a Fast and Furious hearing. In June 2011, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform convened to scrutinize the gunrunning sting known as Fast and Furious, which had flown off the rails when agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) allowed assault weapons to land in the hands of Mexican drug cartels. Much of... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

12 October 2016

Mother Jones (USA)

The rates of gun violence in the 10 states with the weakest gun laws are more than three times higher than those in the 10 states with the strongest gun laws. That's one of the major findings of a new report from the Center for American Progress (CAP) that analyzes 10 indicators of firearm violence—including suicide, murder, fatal gun accidents, and mass shootings—in all 50 states and finds a "strong" correlation between gun violence and weak gun laws. The states... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

11 October 2016

New York Times

With guns emerging as a major flash point in the presidential race and campaigns nationwide, gun-control advocates are spending tens of millions of dollars on a central message: Stronger firearms laws can reduce gun violence. Although the National Rifle Association has long rejected that assertion, a growing body of evidence from academics, advocacy groups and others supports the link between gun restrictions and a reduction in violence. The latest analysis comes out... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

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United States

10 October 2016

New York Times, Editorial

The vast majority of Americans — about nine in 10 — support reasonable, common-sense gun regulations. The numbers are only slightly lower among gun owners and members of the National Rifle Association. And yet, year after year, lawmakers in Congress and in statehouses across the country, all beholden to the gun lobby, act as if the opposite were true. They reject even mild, sensible laws — such as background checks and bans on gun ownership by domestic abusers or... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

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Puerto Rico

9 October 2016

El Nuevo Dia (Puerto Rico)

[Translated summary: In Puerto Rico, there are 210,438 registered firearms among civilians and another 15,628 in gun shops. Ownership licences increased 70.9% between 2011 and 2015 while concealed carry licences rose 18.7%. Police also observe that firearm possession incremented among women, with 747 licences in 2011 and 1,980 en 2015.] Se reporta un incremento en la expedición de licencias y permisos de portación, así como en el valor de las importaciones de este... (GunPolicy.org)

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39989

United States

7 October 2016

Chicago Tribune

The young woman arrived home to find a footprint still visible on her front door. Her South Shore apartment had been broken into, and the small safe she kept under her bed was missing, along with the black .40-caliber Glock handgun she kept inside. Over the next year, that Glock would fire 42 bullets, leaving shell casings scattered on walkways, porches and side streets. In the hands of a street gang, the gun was used in at least five separate shootings that left two... (GunPolicy.org)

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39971

Canada

4 October 2016

ICI Radio Canada

[Translated summary: Halifax regional municipality states that its gun amnesty program has been a success. In two weeks police collected 152 firearms, 123 of which were long guns, 18 handguns and 11 pellet guns. Owners who gave up their arms received 50 bus tickets.] La Municipalité régionale d'Halifax affirme que son plus récent programme d'amnistie pour les armes à feu illégales a été couronné de succès. En deux semaines, du 12 au 23 septembre, la police... (GunPolicy.org)

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39976

Canada

3 October 2016

CBC News (Canada)

Halifax is declaring its latest gun amnesty campaign a success after the two-week program saw 152 guns turned over to police for safe disposal. Through the Fares for Firearm program, people were given 50 bus tickets — a $100 value — in exchange for their unwanted guns. "I believe that with these weapons off the streets, it certainly increases the safety at large for the Halifax Regional Municipality," said Ted Upshaw, a public safety advisor with the city. Out... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CBC News (Canada)

39955

United States

26 September 2016

New York Times, Associated Press

A disgruntled lawyer wearing military-style apparel with old Nazi emblems had two weapons and more than 2,500 rounds of live ammunition when he randomly shot at drivers in a Houston neighborhood Monday before he was shot and killed by police, authorities said. Nine people were injured during Monday morning's shootings on the street in front of a condo complex; six were shot and three had eye injuries from flying glass. One person was in critical condition and another... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times, Associated Press

39928

United States

26 September 2016

Guardian

Murders in the US rose 10.8% last year, the biggest single-year percentage jump since 1971, according to data released Monday by the FBI. The rising violence was driven by an increase in the murders of black men, and by an increase in the number of gun murders. At least 900 more black men were killed in 2015 than in 2014, according to FBI data. There were roughly 1,500 additional firearm murders in 2015. No other type of weapon saw a comparable increase. The number of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian

39914

Mexico,Central America,South America

22 September 2016

InSight Crime (Bogotá)

[Translated summary: A series of recent raids and reports highlights the thriving arms trade in Latin America which continues to disrupt countries and entire regions. For example, a report by Prensa Libre found the 9mm pistol has been the weapon most commonly confiscated by Guatemala's National Police.] Una serie de redadas e informes recientes ponen de relieve el floreciente negocio de armas en toda Latinoamérica, lo que sirve tanto para beneficio de los grupos... (GunPolicy.org)

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Argentina

21 September 2016

Diario Panorama (Argentina)

[Translated summary: 15,000 guns are ready to be destroyed in a province of Argentina. These firearms were discarded by police and security forces, seized in crimes, or voluntarily surrendered by civilians in the last disarmament campaing. According to official data, there are 1.5 million firearms registered and 979,500 owners with licences in the country.] Son las descartadas por las fuerzas de seguridad, las incautadas en delitos y las de usuarios civiles. Según el... (GunPolicy.org)

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Brazil

21 September 2016

Sul 21 (Brazil)

[Translated summary: A group of 57 researchers from Brazil and abroad have published a manifesto against the revocation of the Disarmament Statute. The document aims to inform society of the available scientific evidence confirming the effectiveness of the Statute as a tool to save lives. The evidence refutes the idea that more guns mean less violence.] Um grupo de 57 pesquisadores de instituições públicas e privadas de ensino e pesquisa no Brasil e no exterior... (GunPolicy.org)

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39894

Brazil

21 September 2016

O Globo (Brazil), Editorial

[Translated summary: A manifesto against the revocation of the Disarmament Statute was signed by 50 experts with the support of 13 organisations linked to issues associated with the reduction and prevention of violence in Brazil. The bill to repeal the statute would reduce the minimum age for gun purchases from 25 to 21 and relax the eligibility criteria for a gun licence, among others.] Manifesto contra a revogação da lei, a ser lançado hoje em Brasília, alerta... (GunPolicy.org)

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39893

South America,Central America,Mexico

21 September 2016

InSight Crime (Bogotá)

A series of recent raids and reports highlights the thriving arms trade throughout Latin America, which serves to both profit illicit groups and to facilitate criminal violence in the region. During a recent conference on armed violence in Central America, Ana Yancy Espinoza, academic director of the Costa Rican organization Fundación Arias, presented the results of an investigation on regional arms trafficking. According to a press release from the Foundation for... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogotá)

39887

Switzerland,Honduras

20 September 2016

SwissInfo, Reuters

[Translated Summary: The International Committee for Human Rights estimates that between 800,000 and one million firearms circulate in Honduras, while about 282,000 are properly registered. Many of these are used by 60,000 security guards in private companies, while others are illegal or non-registered.] Honduras, con más de 4 000 homicidios por año, es uno de los países más violentos del mundo y los derechos humanos, sector en el que la cooperación helvética... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: SwissInfo, Reuters

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Colombia

20 September 2016

El Tiempo (Bogotá)

[Translated summary: 40 people accused of gun trafficking were captured in Colombia. During the operation, 5 machine guns, 30 rifles, more than 50,000 cartridges, grenades, over 50 handguns and 2 sniper rifles were seized.] Luego de un operativo conjunto entre el Ejército y la Policía fueron capturadas 40 personas, en varias ciudades del país, a las que se les sindica de traficar armas con el Eln y bandas criminales. Los presuntos delincuentes incluso tenían una... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: El Tiempo (Bogotá)

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Guatemala

19 September 2016

Prensa Libre (Guatemala)

[Translated summary: The most common guns used in crimes in Guatemala, for their cheap prices and their characteristics, are the 9 mm pistol and the .38 revolver. According to the experts, the 9 mm can be disassembled in 5 pieces that are interchangeable with other pistols, as long as they are the same brand and calibre. Criminals use them so they can hide evidence by changing the barrels.] Armas utilizadas en crímenes son desarmadas y sus piezas vendidas en mercado... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Prensa Libre (Guatemala)

39892

United States

19 September 2016

The Trace (USA)

Amid a historic plunge in the national violent crime rate, more Americans than ever are arming themselves to protect against attack by other people, a new survey of U.S. gun ownership by researchers at Harvard and Northeastern universities reveals. Their weapon of choice is a handgun, which is portable and easily concealable, and in many states, can be carried in an increasing number of public places. Pistols, revolvers, and other handguns account for a majority of the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: The Trace (USA)

39881

United States

19 September 2016

Guardian

Americans own an estimated 265m guns, more than one gun for every American adult, according to the most definitive portrait of US gun ownership in two decades. But the new survey estimates that 130m of these guns are concentrated in the hands of just 3% of American adults – a group of super-owners who have amassed an average of 17 guns each. The unpublished Harvard/Northeastern survey result summary, obtained exclusively by the Guardian and the Trace, estimates that... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian

39862

Morocco

18 September 2016

Le 360 (Morocco)

[Translated summary: To face an increase in crime, Moroccan police will be required to use their firearms more often. Police sources explain that this is a right they haven't employed until now because the level of crime in Morocco was not as high as in other countries. Morocco has around 50,000 police officers and most of them carry Beretta pistols and HK machine guns.] Pour faire face à la montée de la criminalité, la police marocaine serait désormais appelée à... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Le 360 (Morocco)

39879

Thailand

18 September 2016

Bangkok Post

Police have cracked a massive online market in firearms, including high-powered war weapons and assault equipment, in a series of lightning raids across the country. In early morning action on Saturday on 76 locations in many provinces, a combined taskforce of officers from three police divisions detained 20 suspects and seized 141 firearms. The raids were launched after it emerged that teenage students were buying firearms through social media and then committing... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Bangkok Post

39861

United States

15 September 2016

The Trace (USA)

Older Americans are more likely to die in a suicide attempt than members of any other age group, and most of the fatalities are caused by a firearm. Gun suicides happen at a rate of 12 per 100,000 Americans over the age of 65 — the highest rate of all age groups, close only to the 10 per 100,000 reached by people between the ages of 45 and 64. Out of the 42,773 people who committed suicide in 2014, 18 percent were over 65, according to the Centers for Disease... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: The Trace (USA)

39845

Mexico,United States

14 September 2016

Mi Morelia (Mexico)

[Translated Summary: Over 13 million illegal firearms are circulating in Mexico, and 10 million of those are presumed to be in hands of organized crime. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs points out that in four US states on the border with Mexico, there are at least 9,000 legal gun shops and over 23,000 licences to sell them over the Internet and at gun shows.] La violencia que ha asfixiado al país en los últimos 15 años tiene uno de sus orígenes en la laxitud... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Mi Morelia (Mexico)

39841

United States

13 September 2016

Hoy Los Angeles

[Translated summary: In the days after 49 people were fatally shot at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, the LGBT gun group Pink Pistols started to receive more attention, with new locations opening across the US and Canada. Members believe that owning guns will make their community safer, while the vast majority of LGBT activists say becoming armed is not the answer.] Jonathan Fischer nunca sabe quién se sorprenderá más cuando -como a él mismo le gusta decirlo-... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Hoy Los Angeles

39864

El Salvador,Central America,United States

12 September 2016

InSight Crime (Bogotá), El Faro

The government of El Salvador's militarized campaign against the country's street gangs has been met by an increasingly heavily armed reaction. El Faro's investigation indicates that the gangs' growing use of assault rifles is an echo of the civil war that ended almost 25 years ago. "Our presumption is that many are from the civil war," responds Mauricio Ramírez Landaverde, the Minister of Public Security, when questioned on the origin of the weapons that Salvadoran... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogotá), El Faro

39871

United States

12 September 2016

Washington Post

A year later, I remain haunted by the death of a friend, 39 when he shot himself, because I'm pretty sure his life could have been saved. Local police called his death a "suicide by gunshot" — one of more than 20,000 people a year who take their own lives with a firearm. Yes, it's true: More people use guns to kill themselves than to kill others, according to 2012 statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Suicides may be the great untold story... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post

39836

United States

12 September 2016

Philadelphia Inquirer

Gwen Patton does not carry a gun specifically because she is a lesbian. She carries a gun because she believes random evil can put its hand on you at any moment - and gay people face additional danger. "Yeah, because someone mugs you on the street, they want your wallet, they want your watch, they want money. A woman might also face a threat of rape," she says. "Another level is when they don't like you for what you are. There's a quantum leap in danger." That's why... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Philadelphia Inquirer

39835

United States,South America,Mexico,Central America

11 September 2016

Americas Quarterly, Letter

Dear Mister / Madam President, As the world's largest arms exporter, the U.S. plays an outsize role in fueling Latin America's insatiable addiction to firearms. To take one example, during most of the 1980s, El Salvador was the largest consumer of U.S. military hardware in the Americas, feeding one of the most vicious civil wars in Latin American history. And while the conflict ended in 1992, the legacy of its arms transfers remains: U.S. officials estimate that almost... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Americas Quarterly

39833

United States

7 September 2016

A l'Encontre (Switzerland)

[Translated summary: August was the most violent month in Chicago in almost 20 years. According to the Chicago Police, around 400 people have been victims of firearms and 78 were killed. Since the beginning of the year, there have been 487 homicides while 2015 had a total of 491.] Ils ne seront jamais inculpés, mais les vrais criminels responsables de la violence dans des villes comme Chicago siègent à l'Hôtel de ville et dans les conseils d'administration des... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: A l'Encontre (Switzerland)

39855

Canada

7 September 2016

Ici Radio Canada

[Translated summary: From September 12 to 23, citizens of Halifax, Canada, will be able to exchange a firearm for 50 bus tickets. City councillor Ted Upshaw has made the proposition in reaction to a series of shootings that affected the city in spring. There have been 5 gun homicides so far this year. The last amnesty in 2009 retrieved 1,074 firearms.] La Ville d'Halifax approuve son programme d'amnistie pour les armes à feu illégales. Du 12 au 23 septembre, il sera... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Ici Radio Canada

39854

El Salvador,South Africa,Nigeria,India,United States,Venezuela,Mexico,Colombia,Brazil

7 September 2016

Foreign Affairs (USA)

The world has never been safer than it is right now. Most forms of violence have dropped precipitously over the past few centuries. Although conflict deaths recently spiked (the war in Syria accounts for one third of all war-related killings today), fewer people are dying from warfare than at virtually any time in human history. Terrorist violence also increased over the past two years—especially in six countries the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia—but it still... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Foreign Affairs (USA)

39813

United States,El Salvador

7 September 2016

El Faro (El Salvador)

[Translated summary: "Maras" gangsters in El Salvador use assault weapons. The authorities, former soldiers, experts and even gang members confirm that most of them come from the civil war of the 80's. Police seize at least one rifle every 3 days and the most common are the M-16, the AK-47 and the Galil.] El gobierno del FMLN combate contra mareros equipados con fusiles de asalto. Autoridades, excomandantes, excombatientes, académicos, expertos y los propios... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: El Faro (El Salvador)

39812

United States

7 September 2016

Actualidad RT

[Translated summary: A US law makes sure that the government can't create a searchable database of all firearm owners. According to the NRA, registering all the firearms in a single place will allow the government to easily confiscate them. Thus, the National Tracing Center has to look for records manually, and a search that could take seconds, takes more than a week.] A diferencia de lo que muestran las películas, en EE.UU. no existe ningún sistema íntegro de... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Actualidad RT

39808

United States

7 September 2016

Washington Post

An appeals court ruled last week that a federal law prohibiting medical marijuana cardholders from purchasing guns does not violate their Second Amendment rights, because marijuana has been linked to "irrational or unpredictable behavior." The ruling came in the case of a Nevada woman who attempted to purchase a handgun in 2011, but was denied when the gun store owner recognized her as a medical marijuana cardholder, according to court documents. S. Rowan Wilson... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post

39802

Switzerland

7 September 2016

The Trace (USA)

Thomas Reisch, a psychiatrist and researcher in Switzerland, was reviewing the rates of suicide in his country when he noticed something unusual. Right around 2004, the number of gun suicides substantially declined. Reisch, who serves as the medical director of a psychiatric hospital just outside of Bern, wondered why. Switzerland, a peaceful country of about eight million people, is typically regarded for its pristine ski resorts, economic prosperity, and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: The Trace (USA)

39799

United States

6 September 2016

The Trace (USA)

Despite an alarming uptick in homicides in some urban areas in the last few years, violent death rates are significantly lower than they were in the 1990s. There is one notable exception to this trend. Suicide rates for men and women have steadily increased for the past 15 years. The statistics are bleak. Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the U.S. From ages 10 to 34, it is the second leading cause. Last year, at least 40,000 people in the U.S. died by... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: The Trace (USA)

39797

Lithuania,Spain

5 September 2016

20 Minutos (USA)

[Translated summary: 52 people were arrested in a raid that dismantled a drug and arms trafficking network linking Spain and Lithuania. Police reported that at least 50 guns were seized, AK-47 and Makarov pistols among them. The network purchased guns from collectors and repaired them in workshops to make them operational and sell them.] Cincuenta y dos personas fueron arrestadas en un operativo que desmanteló una red de tráfico de drogas y armas que operaba en... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: 20 Minutos (USA)

39856

Canada

4 September 2016

CBC News (Canada)

If you had a gun, would you trade it in for 50 bus tickets? That's part of a proposed amnesty program Halifax regional council will consider Tuesday. The proposal comes following gun violence in the Halifax area this past spring. There have been nine homicides in HRM in 2016 so far — at least five of those killings involved guns. How it would work The report said the program would run for two weeks — between Sept. 12 and Sept. 23 — and it would give people the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CBC News (Canada)

39787

Canada

3 September 2016

Guns (USA)

Canadian police are integrating the controversial AR-15 into the hands of patrol officers as firearm related crimes more than triple in some provinces. According to several Canadian news outlets, the cities of Winnipeg, Regina and Toronto steadily added the carbine to their arsenal for use in high risk vehicle stops and home entries this year. "We're seeing stuff we haven't seen before," Sgt. Derek Lamer told the Regina Leader-Post. "We've gone to gun calls and (the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guns (USA)

39788

United States

1 September 2016

Mother Jones (USA)

Two agents with suits and trim haircuts lean against a cubicle wall in the cavernous red-brick building that houses the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' National Tracing Center in Martinsburg, West Virginia. They're laughing about one of the gun lobby's favorite myths: the notion that the government has a data­base with the names of every gun owner in America, and that one day, maybe very soon, it will sweep across the country to confiscate... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Mother Jones (USA)

39909

United States

1 September 2016

New York Times

In a city wrestling with a rise in gun violence and turmoil in its police department, August seemed like the longest month. By midnight on Wednesday, 90 murders had occurred in August alone, making it the deadliest month in Chicago in about 20 years. Chicago, the nation's third-largest city, has experienced more homicides this year than the bigger cities of Los Angeles and New York combined. The number of deaths here this year, 471, is about 50 percent higher than the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

39790

Bolivia

31 August 2016

El País (Bolivia)

[Translated summary: During a program in Bolivia, civilians registered 7,000 firearms. Any owner with unregistered guns must surrender or register them and obtain a licence. Bolivia divides the registration into four categories: guns for self-defence, for hunting, for collectors and for other activities. Unlicensed citizens could face prison sentences.] A nivel nacional fueron más de 7.000 armas de fuego registradas, de las cuales 495 corresponden a la ciudad de... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: El País (Bolivia)

39759

United States

30 August 2016

GQ (USA)

Say there's a murder. Blood everywhere, a dead guy on the floor. The cops come in with their yellow tape, chalk line, the little booties, cameras, swabs, the fingerprint dust. One of them finds a gun on the floor. The gun! He lifts it with his pinkie, examines it, takes note of the serial number. Back at the station, they run a trace on the gun. A name pops up. It's the wife! Or: It's the business partner! It's somebody's gun, and this is so exciting because now they... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: GQ (USA)

39762

Germany,Switzerland,Austria,Czech Republic

27 August 2016

Actualidad RT

[Translated Summary: In the Czech Republic, the number of firearm owners reached 300,000 in the first five months of 2016. Gun dealers in Switzerland and Austria say they've also seen a surge in interest towards firearms following jihadist shootings in Europe. Germans are choosing self-defence devices, like sprays and blank guns.] El número de europeos que compra armas de fuego y dispositivos de autodefensa aumenta con cada día que pasa, informa Reuters. Las... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Actualidad RT

39769

United States

27 August 2016

New York Times

As classes began here at the University of Texas this past week amid a new law allowing concealed handguns on college campuses in the state, an accounting student quietly strapped on a pistol and headed to class. A pre-med sophomore joined a raucous protest against the law. A professor who had sued to stop the law resigned herself to teaching with handguns in the classroom. And the college president sought out ways to safeguard the campus culture that he cherished... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

39767

United States

27 August 2016

Guardian

Even as the partisan divide on gun rights widens in the US, an overwhelming majority of both Clinton and Trump supporters say they support several of the gun control reform proposals that have failed to pass Congress over the past few years, according to a new national survey from the Pew Research Center. Seventy-five percent of Trump supporters said they favor background checks on private gun sales and sales at gun shows, as did 90% of Clinton supporters. And 82% of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian

39745

Europe

23 August 2016

New York Times, Reuters

Europeans in a number of countries are seeking to arm themselves with guns and self-defense devices in growing numbers following a series of attacks by militants and the mentally ill. Some weapons sellers also link their increased business to the arrival of huge numbers of migrants in Europe, although a German police report stated that the vast majority do not commit crimes of any kind in the country. The picture is patchy, with no up-to-date data available at a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times, Reuters

39741

Eastern Europe,Spain

23 August 2016

El País (Colombia)

[Translated summary: Approximately 20% of the 2,250 seized firearms in Spain in the last five years are weapons of war. Also, in the current year, about 1,073 firearms have been seized, 152 people have been arrested, at least four sweatshops have been shut down; there, assault rifles and semiautomatic guns were reactivated and ended up in countries at war.] Los investigadores calculan que, en los últimos dos años, un pequeño negocio ubicado en el sótano de un... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: El País (Colombia)

39738

Ukraine,South Sudan,South Korea,Singapore,Turkey,Australia,Pakistan,United Arab Emirates,Saudi Arabia,India,Israel,Italy,Spain,Russia,France,United Kingdom,Germany,China,United States

22 August 2016

Amnesty International (London)

Transfers of heavy conventional weapons The top 10 exporters of conventional arms (excluding small arms/ light weapons – SALW) 2010-15 USA: US$55.006 billion Russia: US$42.404 billion China: US$9.943 billion Germany: US$ 9.467 billion France: US$ 8.932 billion UK: US$ 7.627 billion Spain: US$ 5.310 billion Italy: US$ 4.360 billion Ukraine: US$ 4.156 billion Israel: US$ 3.280 billion The top 10 importers of conventional arms (excluding SALWs) 2010-15 India:... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Amnesty International (London)

39717

India

21 August 2016

New Indian Press (India)

As it grapples with rising gun crime, procuring a firearm in Delhi is as easy as ordering takeaway. AK-47s, Chinese Star pistols, Walther PPKs and more are available for the gangster or terrorist who shops with ease in the city's gun bazaar. Incidents of gun-related deaths have gone up in Delhi. A Delhi Police constable was shot dead over the weekend by bag snatchers, a first of its kind. Earlier, Delhi Police's Anti-Terror Unit busted an international gang of gun... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Indian Press (India)

39724

United States

18 August 2016

New America Media

Richard Swift grew up in the era of John Wayne and Gene Autry, cinematic cowboys whose armed antics drove his daydreams. He had a BB gun years before the first whiskers sprouted on his chin. At 12, he got a .22-caliber rifle that he'd lug around the hills and fields of his rural southeastern Pennsylvania burg, shooting targets and learning to hunt. "Mostly, I was just shooting things that were there, like a stick floating down the creek. I'd shoot bumblebees if they... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New America Media

39709

Mexico

17 August 2016

Times-Union (Florida), Associated Press

MEXICO CITY — There's just one place in all of Mexico where you can legally buy a gun. It's tucked away in an anonymous building on an army base in the capital, staffed by soldiers. Those who enter must surrender any cellphones, tablets or cameras, remove caps and pass through a metal detector. Weapons are kept in locked glass cases, unlike many of the 50,000-plus U.S. gun shops where used-gun racks on showroom floors allow easy access and clerks are happy to let you... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times-Union (Florida), Associated Press

39700

United States

16 August 2016

Newsweek (USA), Opinion

Every December 5, American beer, wine and spirit enthusiasts celebrate Repeal Day. It was on this day in 1933 that the United States officially passed the 21st Amendment, effectively ending the failed "noble experiment" known as Prohibition. This was not only a good day for liberty and libations; it also marked the end of a violent era in American history. The transport and sale of illicit booze became a prolific criminal enterprise backed by well-armed, violent... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Newsweek (USA)

39692

United States

12 August 2016

Houston Chronicle (Texas)

Dr. David Wesson points to a spot below his belly button. That's where the .22-caliber bullet pierced the abdomen of the first pediatric gunshot victim he ever treated. The boy was 1 month old. He was perched on the kitchen table. His father had been cleaning a rifle when it unexpectedly discharged. The bullet ricocheted through the infant's body. The surgeon's finger traces upward across his white coat, zig-zagging like a child's pencil following the lines of a maze:... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Houston Chronicle (Texas)

39708

Nigeria

11 August 2016

Daily Trust (Abuja), Editorial

At the National Consultation on Physical Security and Stockpile Management (PSSM) in Abuja, organized by the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa (UNREC) and the Presidential Committee on Small Arms and Light Weapons (PRESCOM), it was revealed that Nigeria hosts 350 million or 70 per cent of the 500 million illegal arms in West Africa. UNREC's director, Ms Olatokunbo Ige, provided the statistics during the consultation in Abuja and said... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Trust (Abuja)

39696

Saudi Arabia,United States

10 August 2016

Guardian, Agence France Presse

The United States has approved the possible sale to Saudi Arabia of up to 153 tanks, hundreds of machine guns and other military gear in a deal worth $1.15bn. The announcement coincided with news that Saudi-led coalition warplanes had resumed air strikes on Yemen's capital for the first time in three months, killing 14 people and shutting the airport after UN-brokered talks were suspended. Elizabeth Trudeau, a state department spokeswoman, said she was "very... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian, Agence France Presse

39677

United States

9 August 2016

NBC News (USA)

A rash of recent mass shootings and violent clashes between police and people of color may have helped to create a climate of squeamishness around gun culture in an unlikely place -- Hollywood. For years, critics mostly on the right have laid at least part of blame for acts of gun violence on the images and plot lines emanating from the film, music and television industries. While their defenders have always cited the difference between art and reality, as well as... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: NBC News (USA)

39665

Indonesia

8 August 2016

Jakarta Post

The Pindad SS1-V1 left not only a definite hole in the US Marine Corps' body armor, but also a big impression on participants of the recent Rim of Pacific joint military training in the Kaneohe Bay Marine Corps Base, Hawaii. Admiration for the Indonesian-made assault rifle was sparked during a zeroing test on July 10. A zeroing test, conducted at a range of 25 meters, measures the power of each participating corps before the joint training begins. Major Indra Fauzi... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Jakarta Post

39686

Sweden,United States

8 August 2016

Vox (USA)

Twenty years ago, I headed to Sweden for a sabbatical year to study the country's attitudes toward hunting. As a responsible hunter, I brought my own guns — an old 12-gauge shotgun and a Remington .30-06 — because I didn't want to miss a shot or wound an animal using unfamiliar, borrowed firearms. As a sociologist I thought that bringing my own firearms would give me some firsthand experience with European gun laws. That happened sooner than I expected. My... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Vox (USA)

39659

United States

5 August 2016

Miami Herald

The instructor's face wore a frown, and I was worried that I'd committed some safety violation that was going to get me kicked out of the rifle range. When you're firing the same kind of machine gun that killed Osama bin Laden, a weapon that can spit out 900 bullets a minute, the rules are many, and strictly observed. The instructor leaned closer. "Stop firing little bursts," he urged me. "You're not getting the real fun of the gun. This time, when you pull the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Miami Herald

39667

Honduras

4 August 2016

Radio HRN (Honduras)

[Translated summary: Honduras confiscated 6,700 firearms in the last two years, most of them from gangs. Types include AK-47 and AR-15 rifles, .45, .38 and 9 mm handguns, shotguns and handmade guns. It is estimated that the cost of the arms seized since 2014 exceeds 100 million lempiras (4.38 million USD). About 1 million illegal firearms circulate in Honduras and 400,000 are legally registered.] En lo que va del año van más de 1,400 armas de fuego incautadas lo que... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Radio HRN (Honduras)

39653

United States

4 August 2016

Officer (USA)

WASHINGTON — When Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife shot 14 people to death in San Bernardino, Calif., in December, law enforcement agents raced to track down one of their best leads: the guns used in the attack. Within hours, they had identified Enrique Marquez Jr., Farook's neighbor, who provided background on the couple and was later indicted on terrorism and firearms charges. Yet despite the urgency of the gun trace — and hundreds of similar searches conducted... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Officer (USA)

39651

Nigeria

3 August 2016

Vanguard (Lagos)

ABUJA — The United Nations has raised alarm over proliferation of illicit small arms and light weapons (SALW) in Nigeria, with over 350 million. According to the organisation, 70 per cent of estimated 500 million of such weapons said to be circulating in West Africa is domiciled in the country. Director of United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa, UNREC, Ms. Olatokunbo Ige, gave this startling statistics at the ongoing National... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Vanguard (Lagos)

39637

United States

1 August 2016

Guardian

The gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson's share price reached an all-time high on Monday after it was reported that the background checks for new guns had set a new record for July. Shortly after the FBI announced July's figures on Monday afternoon, shares in the second largest gun manufacturer hit $30.59 each. Smith & Wesson's shares closed the day at an all-time high of $30.36, up 3% for the day and beating a previous record high of $29.37 set in March. Shares in Sturm... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian

39647

Oceania,West Asia,Asia,Americas,Africa,United States

28 July 2016

Fox News (USA)

A much-heralded and widely cited study of 171 countries over nearly a half century purports to show more guns mean more mass shootings, but critics say the report uses bad methodology in a way that rigs the results. The study by Adam Lankford, a criminal justice professor at the University of Alabama, was published in the journal Violence and Victims in January and has been cited by media outlets -- including The New Yorker, The Washington Post and Time magazine. But... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Fox News (USA)

39617

Mexico

20 July 2016

Excelsior (Mexico)

[Translated Summary: Coordination Team in Tamaulipas, MX informed that between the 24th of June to the 14th of July, over 697 rifles, 171 handguns, 117 grenades, 3 rockets, 16 grenade launchers, 227,178 different calibre cartridges and 5,994 clips were seized.] En el marco de la Estrategia de Seguridad Tamaulipas contra la delincuencia Fuerzas Federales y Estatales aseguraron en 20 días todo un arsenal que incluye cohetes, lanzagranadas, casi mil armas de fuego de... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Excelsior (Mexico)

39609

Saudi Arabia,Qatar,United States,Turkey,Lebanon,Jordan,Iraq,Syria

19 July 2016

Defense One (USA)

Small arms were already plentiful in Syria before the war, thanks to years of Soviet and Russian support. More flooded in after the conflict began First use: March 18, 2011. After the Assad regime detained more than a dozen teenagers as part of its Arab Spring crackdown, protesters burned down a police headquarters in the southern city of Dara'a. In response, police fired tear gas at protesters, and then opened fire on them. Origin: Small arms were already plentiful... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Defense One (USA)

39587

Mexico,Central America,United States,South America

17 July 2016

RT (Moscow)

[Translated Summary: According to a Peruvian journalist, the abundance of firearms in any Latin American country is almost always directly proportional to its proximity to the local superpower. In 2014, over 28,000 American firearms valued at US$21.6 million entered legally to Mexico, but every year an average of 212,000 firearms enter illegally.] En América Latina se registran 76.000 muertes por año vinculadas al uso de armas de fuego. Sobre este total la mayoría... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: RT (Moscow)

39583

Ireland

15 July 2016

Irish Examiner (Dublin)

A 50-strong taskforce to tackle gangland crime will be unveiled by the Government next week The gardaí, drawn from experienced crime investigators, will be appointed to the Special Crime Task Force on a full-time basis. Plans for the taskforce were announced by Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald and Garda commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan on May 31 as part of their response to organised crime and the murderous Kinahan-Hutch feud. Seven people had been killed by that... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Irish Examiner (Dublin)

39580

United States

8 July 2016

National Observer (USA)

Five police officers were killed in a Dallas mass-shooting Thursday night, blocks away from where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated 53 years ago. Twelve police officers and two civilians were shot during the attack that saw one sniper — who targeted white police — open fire on officers working a peaceful protest in response to police shootings in Minnesota and Louisiana. In Dallas, the shooter, 25-year-old Micah Johnson, was trained in the military and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: National Observer (USA)

39565

Peru

7 July 2016

Peru 21

[Translated summary: With a US$13 million investment, Peruvian government acquired 31,557 firearms manufactured in the United States. These were given to the National Police to fight crime and insecurity. The lot includes 28,707 9x19 mm pistols, 150 assault rifles, 50 sub-machine guns, 5 sniper rifles and 50 pistols for the Police special units.] Con una inversión de 13 millones de dólares, el Gobierno adquirió 31,557 armas de fuego fabricadas en Estados Unidos y... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Peru 21

39564

United States

5 July 2016

Fox News Latino (USA)

Since 1999, more than 50,000 Latinos have been killed by guns – a number far higher than that for whites – according to a recent study. Between the years of 1999 and 2014, 50,456 Hispanics were killed by guns, with two-thirds of those deaths being homicides and 29 percent suicides. There were also 944 gun-related deaths, or about 2 percent, deemed unintentional, and 1,549 (3 percent) having an undetermined intent or the result of legal intervention, according to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Fox News Latino (USA)

39556

United States

29 June 2016

CNN

Working replicas of the Nazis' storm rifle, widely considered to be the world's first assault rifle, are now being produced in the U.S. "It's been a surprise hit with us," said Mac Steil, co-owner of Hill & Mac Gunworks in Georgia, which has taken orders for 2,000 rifles since the product launch in January. "We sold more rifles the first day than we thought we'd sell all year." Hill & Mac Gunworks, a startup in the Atlanta suburb of Alpharetta, is reproducing the STG... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CNN

39522

United States

25 June 2016

Guardian

"A frightened population is obedient." – Hunter S Thompson "I'm not scared about going to jail. Somebody's got to do something to knock the fear out of these negroes." – Muhammad Ali At the 145th National Rifle Association annual meetings and exhibits, you could see and purchase replica flintlock muskets like the kind Daniel Boone used, "wardrobe" handguns the size of a cellphone, a carriage-mounted 1883 Gatling gun, historic firearms from the Renaissance down... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian

39514

United States

24 June 2016

El Informador (Mexico)

[Translated summary: The rate of firearm deaths among Hispanic Americans was 4.69 gun deaths per 100,000 citizens in 2014, double the rate of gun death for white Americans. Over 50,000 Hispanics died between 1999 and 2014, 66% due to homicides and 29% due to suicides.] WASHINGTON - El índice de muertes de hispanos por armas de fuego en Estados Unidos fue en 2014 de 4.69 fallecimientos por cada 100 mil habitantes, por encima del dato nacional y dos veces más que el... (GunPolicy.org)

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39504

United States

23 June 2016

Newshub (New Zealand)

Chaos in the US House of Representatives has stretched into a second day after Republicans refused demands by Democrats, who staged a "sit-in", to bring up gun control legislation in the wake of the nation's worst mass shooting in modern history. Scores of Democrats flooded the chamber for more than 14 hours, sitting on the floor and chanting in a "sit-in" protest, taking over the House even as the Republican leadership shut off television cameras and microphones as... (GunPolicy.org)

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39511

Mexico,United States

22 June 2016

Noticieros Televisa (Mexico)

[Translated Summary: The surge in the sale of guns in Texas increased firearms trafficking to Mexico. According to Customs and Border Protection, in the last five years, 283 firearms and at least 5,000 bullets of numerous calibres have been confiscated in the US/Mexico border areas.] En el estado de Texas, en Estados Unidos, la venta de armas sigue en aumento y más cuando en unas semanas, entrará en vigor una nueva ley donde, además de portar armas, se podrá... (GunPolicy.org)

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39500

United States,Australia

22 June 2016

Discover Magazine

Gun deaths dropped in Australia following a massive buyback program and tighter gun laws, according to a new study published Wednesday. However, the scientists say they can't decisively prove a connection. Researchers from the University of Sydney compared firearm deaths both before and after the 1996 Port Arthur Massacre, when a gunman killed 35 people and wounded 23 others. That mass shooting prompted Australian legislators to take action, launching a firearm buyback... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Discover Magazine

39472

United States

21 June 2016

New York Times

At one time, military-style assault rifles like the ones used at a nightclub in Orlando, Fla., and in other mass shootings represented a relatively small segment of sales for gun manufacturers. But in recent decades, such guns serve as one of the two financial pillars of the firearms industry, along with smaller handguns that are designed to be concealed, which have been the biggest driver of sales. Together, the popularity of the assault rifles and small handguns... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

39501

United States

21 June 2016

Washington Post

Last week, Sen. Chris Murphy made a small splash by filibustering on the Senate floor until, he said, Republicans agreed to allow a vote on a modest gun control measure. When the nation has debates like this, commentators often focus either on what was meant by the Second Amendment, or on who supports and who opposes such regulations, examining public opinion divisions along partisan, geographical, or other lines. My research has identified a different factor, however,... (GunPolicy.org)

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39462

United Kingdom

16 June 2016

USA Today, Opinion

The Associated Press "Urgent" wire started flashing. "British lawmaker Jo Cox has died after shooting attack in her constituency," it said in the usual dry language of such alerts. And I felt my heart thumping. How could this have happened in the land of my birth and upbringing? How could the American scourge of gun violence that had just killed 49 innocents in Orlando – and, to be honest, to which I have become almost numb – have spread there? After all, in the... (GunPolicy.org)

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39450

United States

16 June 2016

New York Times

WASHINGTON — It didn't happen after a congresswoman was shot in the head at an official event. It didn't happen after 20 children were gunned down in their elementary school classrooms. It didn't happen after terrorists fired on a holiday party at an agency that provided services for people with disabilities in Southern California. Now, after the worst mass shooting in American history, major new gun control legislation is still not likely to pass in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

39437

United States

16 June 2016

ABC News (USA)

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention studies a variety of public health threats every year, from infectious diseases to automobile safety. But for 15 years, the CDC has avoided comprehensive research on one of the top causes of death in the U.S.: firearms. While the CDC keeps surveillance data on gun injuries and deaths, it has not funded a study aimed at reducing harm from guns since 2001. The CDC estimates that firearms are one of the top five causes... (GunPolicy.org)

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39436

Côte d'Ivoire

15 June 2016

Amnesty International (France), Media release

[Translated summary: Under the Arms Trade Treaty, the states of West Africa have improved their firearm stock management. Now every gun is marked with a code that shows where it comes from. Also, every time a gun enters or leaves an armoury, the code allows officials to know who gave the order and why. Now, the National Police of Côte d'Ivoire has marked 99% of its guns.] Après deux décennies de crises, la Côte d'Ivoire est aux avant-postes de la lutte contre la... (GunPolicy.org)

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39545

United States

15 June 2016

Salon (USA)

The House of Representatives acknowledged the victims of last weekend's Orlando massacre in predictable fashion on Monday: not with discussion of why a man once on an FBI terror watchlist was able to legally purchase the guns he used to kill at least 49 people, but with a time-honored ritual that has become so commonplace as to lose all meaning: the moment of silence. Speaker Paul Ryan called for the obligatory gesture, bowed his head for a few seconds, and then... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Salon (USA)

39427

Germany

15 June 2016

Los Angeles Times

Tough gun control laws in Germany that were rigorously tightened after two ghastly school shootings in 2002 and 2009 have helped cut the number of firearm killings in half to about 50 a year, according to experts. Germans are known to admire America and its freedoms, but they were horrified by the arrival of distinctly American-style school shootings in their backyard in Erfurt in 2002 and Winnenden in 2009. They have been equally as shocked by the shooting deaths by a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Los Angeles Times

39421

United States

13 June 2016

El Mundo (Spain)

[Translated summary: After a mass shooting, fear causes Americans to acquire more and more firearms for "self-defense". Some seem even more deadly, like the AR-15, an assault rifle. It is estimated than in the last five years, civilians have bought more than 1.5 millions guns. Prices start at 500 dollars.] Cualquier vendedor de armas en EEUU sabe que un tiroteo masivo es una buena noticia para el negocio. Y más si es la mayor matanza en la historia del país. Lejos de... (GunPolicy.org)

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39454

United States

13 June 2016

New York Times

In recent years, the AR-15 has become, simultaneously, one of most beloved and most vilified rifles in the country. It is no surprise why the gun is so reviled by gun control advocates. Omar Mateen, the gunman in the attack this weekend on a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., used a spinoff of the rifle produced by SIG Sauer to kill nearly 50 people. The military-style weapon has also been the gun of choice in several other mass shootings: at an elementary school in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

39418

United States

13 June 2016

Malay Mail (Kuala Lumpur)

WASHINGTON — When Omar Mateen entered an Orlando, Florida, nightclub yesterday to carry out the deadliest mass shooting in US history, he wielded a weapon that has been used in massacres from California to Connecticut: a military-inspired semi-automatic rifle. Though so-called assault rifles account for a small fraction of the United States' 30,000 annual gun deaths, they have been used in at least 10 mass shootings since 2011, according to a database compiled by... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Malay Mail (Kuala Lumpur)

39416

United States

13 June 2016

Huffington Post (USA)

America's gun laws are being challenged once more in the wake of the Orlando nightclub shooting. More than 50 people were injured and 49 died after Omar Mateen opened fire at the Pulse nightclub in the early hours of Sunday morning. Mateen, who was killed in a shootout with police, was armed with an AR-15 assault type rifle, a handgun and an explosive device. The 29-year-old purchased at least two firearms legally within the last week or so, said Trevor Velinor of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Huffington Post (USA)

39410

Australia

13 June 2016

Guardian, Australian Associated Press

A new rapid-fire shotgun has hit the Australian market, prompting fresh calls from gun control advocates for the nation's firearms laws to be tightened. As federal and state law enforcement officials prepare to meet in Sydney this week to discuss firearm regulation, the Pardus LAX is being billed as "the new entrant" in the lever action market. More than 7,000 Adler rapid-fire shotguns have been sold in Australia in just six months. A 12-month ban on a version of the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian, Australian Associated Press

39407

United States

13 June 2016

New York Times

ORLANDO — The gunman who went on a shooting rampage in a popular gay nightclub here shot nearly all of his victims in the first stages of the assault, then was utterly "cool and calm" while he talked by phone to law enforcement officials about further carnage, claimed allegiance to the Islamic State and praised the Boston Marathon bombers, officials said on Monday. As officials offered new details about the worst mass shooting in American history, which left 49... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

39406

United States

12 June 2016

Everytown for Gun Safety

In the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, a gunman shot and killed at least 49 people and shot and injured at least 53 others inside Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, FL. According to a law enforcement source, the gunman had been a person of interest in two FBI investigations in 2013 and 2014 and at the time was placed on a terrorist watch list. Due to a loophole in federal law, the government is unable to block gun sales to people who have been investigated for... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Everytown for Gun Safety

39458

European Union,Switzerland

10 June 2016

SwissInfo

European Union countries agreed on Friday on new measures to tighten gun controls in the wake of the deadly attacks in Paris last year. Switzerland has gained a special clause to allow its militia army soldiers to keep their guns at home. Although not an EU-member, the Swiss are obliged to follow the move as they have signed up to the cross-border Schengen agreement. This allows for passport-free travel within its 26 signatories, and thus potentially for the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: SwissInfo

39433

European Union

10 June 2016

Breitbart News Network

VISNOVA/LUXEMBOURG – European Union governments should agree tighter gun control laws on Friday in the wake of Islamist shooting attacks in France and Belgium, despite opposition from some states which say they will hurt only law-abiding enthusiasts. The Czech Republic is among the loudest critics of rules that EU officials expect to secure comfortable majority backing when the 28 interior ministers meet in Luxembourg on Friday. It argues the measures will not... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Breitbart News Network

39395

United States

7 June 2016

Sun Journal (Maine), Associated Press

AUGUSTA — Maine gun safety advocates preparing for a big, costly fight over a background checks measure on the November ballot have received more than $3 million from a nonprofit backed by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Maine voters this fall will consider an initiative requiring background checks before gun transfers and sales between unlicensed firearm dealers. The measure has family, hunting and self-defense exceptions. Federal law requires... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sun Journal (Maine), Associated Press

39388

United States

3 June 2016

New York Times

A major gun control group has endorsed Hillary Clinton, offering a lift to her campaign in a tighter-than-expected primary race in California and as she tries to pivot to a general election matchup with Donald J. Trump. The group, Everytown for Gun Safety, announced its endorsement through a statement released early on Friday, the day after its National Gun Violence Awareness Day campaign. "Gun Sense Voters have a champion in Hillary Clinton," John Feinblatt, the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

39365

United States

2 June 2016

Ammoland

Under Michigan law, the Michigan State Police (MSP) are required to publish a list of the firearms that they intend to dispose of each month. Agencies in Michigan are required to turn over to the State Police firearms that have been forfeited or confiscated from prohibited possessors. The firearms are checked to see if they have been reported stolen. If they have not been reported stolen, the MSP are required to dispose of them. Before they are disposed of, the list of... (GunPolicy.org)

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39370

United States,South America,Central America

27 May 2016

Foreign Affairs (US)

During the 1980s, El Salvador was the single largest recipient of U.S.-issued military hardware in the Western Hemisphere. All manner of weaponry—including over 32,500 M-16s and 270,000 grenades—seeped into the country from 1980 to 1993. Most of it was destined for the military-led government so that it could wage a vicious war against the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front, or FMNL. Although the armed conflict officially ended in 1992, the guns, grenades,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Foreign Affairs (US)

39341

United Kingdom,Europe

25 May 2016

BBC News

Governments across Europe need to improve the way they gather and share information about firearms to cut gun crime, a major UK-led report has said. Researchers' main concern was the lack of emphasis placed by some countries on investigating the source of weapons. As part of the study, experts examined 1,000 gun cartridge cases from Serbia and found links to 50 shootings. The findings of the research project, led by Coventry University, will be presented in Brussels... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

39338

United Kingdom

25 May 2016

BBC News

Armed police patrols will target London's gun crime hotspots such as Hackney, Lambeth and Southwark after a rise in the number of shootings. Met Police chiefs say there are more guns on the streets which have fuelled a "significant" rise in the number of shootings in the past three months. There were 226 shootings in 2015. So far this year there have been 122, with a particular rise since March. Newham, Haringey and Brent were also highlighted as shooting... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

39330

Europe

25 May 2016

International Business Times (UK)

Governments need to improve the way they gather and share information about illegal firearms in order to combat gun crime, a UK-led report has concluded. The 15-month Effect Project found that inconsistencies in the ways European countries register firearms offences means that gun crime was difficult to monitor. It found that legal loopholes could be exploited by criminals to acquire firearms, and recommends the formation of a centralised "firearms focal point" where... (GunPolicy.org)

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39327

United States

22 May 2016

New York Times

CINCINNATI — After the slaughter of nine worshipers at a South Carolina church last June, but before the massacre of eight students and a teacher at an Oregon community college in October, there was a shooting that the police here have labeled Incident 159022597.01. It happened on a clear Friday night at an Elks Lodge, on a modest block of clapboard houses northeast of this city's hilly downtown. Unlike the butchery that bookended it, it merited no presidential... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

39313

United States

21 May 2016

Guardian

For years seen as a losing battle, the push for gun control has become a central conflict of the 2016 presidential election, and part of a broader struggle between competing visions of policing, justice and racism in America. Donald Trump, the presumptive nominee of the Republican party, has pledged that if elected he will eliminate "gun-free zones" and make it easier to carry a concealed firearm in all 50 states. National Rifle Association members cheered him on... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian

39304

Botswana

19 May 2016

Botswana Daily News (Gaborone)

GABORONE — Botswana Police Service issued 50 short-guns licenses at a raffle conducted in Gaborone on Thursday. Speaking at the draw, chairman of the Arms Quota Board, acting commissioner of police, Mr Bruno Paledi, said issues of fire arms made headlines on news around the world. He said small weapons were involved in killing of people and as such, he encouraged those who won the draw to exercise maximum care in handling fire arms at all times. Mr Paledi said... (GunPolicy.org)

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39318

United States

19 May 2016

United Press International

In states where there are more gun owners, there are also more gun-related suicides, a new U.S. study finds. Looking at 33 years' worth of data, the researchers found that states with more gun owners generally had more suicides by firearm among both men and women. Men in those states also had higher overall suicide rates. The findings do not prove that guns lead to more suicides, said lead researcher Dr. Michael Siegel, a professor at the Boston University School of... (GunPolicy.org)

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39306

United States

19 May 2016

Medical Xpress

States with higher estimated levels of gun ownership had higher incidents of gun-related suicides, with firearm ownership alone explaining 71 percent of the variation in state-level gun suicide rates for males and 49 percent for females, a new study by Boston University School of Public Health researchers shows. The study, published in the American Journal of Public Health, covers 33 years, from 1981 to 2013, and is the most comprehensive analysis of the association... (GunPolicy.org)

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39294

Ireland

16 May 2016

Farming Life

Countryside Alliance Ireland (CAI), The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), and the Gun Trade Guild Northern Ireland (GTG NI) had been working in partnership with the PSNI's Firearms and Explosives Branch since late 2015 on the development of online application forms. In late April, however, PSNI publicly announced plans to scrap paper applications completely, moving 100 per cent to online applications by July/August this year. Countryside groups... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Farming Life

39290

United States

16 May 2016

Union Leader (New Hampshire)

Despite a history of psychiatric illness, the man accused of shooting two Manchester police officers on Friday was able to walk into a Derry gun store and purchase the handgun linked to the shooting, according to court records released on Monday. Police affidavits said Ian MacPherson, 32, purchased a .40-caliber Smith and Wesson handgun at Chester Arms on April 1, after successfully completing a background check through the New Hampshire State Police Gunline. New... (GunPolicy.org)

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39277

United States

13 May 2016

Huffington Post (USA)

The second amendment, which was passed by Congress on September 25, 1789, states, "A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." The private right to own a firearm — for protection, for hunting, or for enjoyment — has remained central to the national ethos of the United States. Americans living in most states today would not have much trouble buying a gun. In 36... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Huffington Post (USA)

39265

Canada

4 May 2016

Vancouver Sun

Surrey RCMP is safeguarding 500 firearms and 3,000 rounds of ammunition after visiting licensed owners whose registrations for their prohibited and restricted guns expired more than a decade ago. Most of the people visited last month asked police to hold on to the guns "while they complete the proper requirements needed to re-register their firearms," Sgt. Alanna Dunlop said Wednesday. Those owners will have 90 days to get the paperwork started or they'll lose the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Vancouver Sun

39227

Namibia

28 April 2016

Namibian (Windhoek)

Police have seized 305 illegal pistols, 2 011 rounds of ammunition and drugs with a street value of N$1 747 728 in the ongoing Operation Omake since last year. Safety and security minister Charles Namoloh told parliament yesterday that the police also seized 24 rifles and 10 guns. A further 42 firearms which had been used in violent crimes were also confiscated. About 2 577 various kinds of weapons were seized during police stop-and-search operations, while 1 308... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Namibian (Windhoek)

39188

South Africa,Israel,Switzerland,Japan,Australia,United Kingdom,Sweden,United States

27 April 2016

Wall Street Journal, Blog

When American Tom Heberlein tried to import his firearms to Sweden, he got as far as his transfer in the U.K. before it started to become complicated. There, despite having the correct paperwork, a U.K. customs official said: "You can't have these guns." And thus began Mr. Heberlein's global gun education. Although Mr. Heberlein did, after a lot of negotiation, finally get his guns through U.K. customs and in to Sweden, the entire experience created a hassle he hadn't... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Wall Street Journal

39180

Colombia

19 April 2016

Notimérica, Colprensa [Colombia]

[Translated summary: According to an estimate by the Ministry of Defense, the FARC owns almost 25,000 small arms and more than 4,000 'support' guns. Peace talks in Havana are now discussing this number, and what to do with them.] El destino final de las armas que convirtieron a las Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) en la organización ilegal más tenebrosa de Colombia es una de las decisiones que más tensión genera en la mesa de diálogos de La... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Notimérica, Colprensa [Colombia]

39129

United States

13 April 2016

New York Times, Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- With New York's crucial presidential nominating contest looming, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton is framing gun laws in Bernie Sanders' home state of Vermont as a primary culprit of violent crime in the Empire State. Her latest offensive, however, depends on a narrow and arguably irrelevant use of federal gun data. Speaking on Long Island, New York, this week, Clinton said that when Sanders is "challenged on his gun stances, he frequently says:... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times, Associated Press

39085

Bolivia

11 April 2016

La Razón (Bolivia), Agencia Boliviana de Información

[Translated summary: Bolivian government is expanding the voluntary registration of firearms in the hopes of guaranteeing security and reducing ilegal possession. It is estimated that there are 7,300 legally registered firearms in the country and another 2,499 have been registered since the implementation of the voluntary registration.] El registro voluntario de armas de fuego se ampliará por 180 días, una vez que el Gobierno emita el decreto, para garantizar la... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: La Razón (Bolivia), Agencia Boliviana de Información

39072

Australia

10 April 2016

Australian (Sydney), Australian Associated Press

NSW police statistics obtained under freedom of information by the Greens show some Sydneysiders possess close to 300 guns, while around 50 people in the state have a hundred guns or more. "Something is broken in our firearm laws when people are allowed to build up their own large private arsenals," the NSW Greens justice spokesperson David Shoebridge said. The Greens have set up a website listing unnamed firearm license holders' gun hauls and their postcode. A person... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Australian (Sydney), Australian Associated Press

39069

United States

6 April 2016

San Francisco Chronicle

MONTROSE, Colorado -- Keith Carey is a gunsmith in Montrose, a town with a frontier flavor set amid the mesas of western Colorado. He's a staunch, though soft-spoken, defender of the right to bear arms. Yet now he's a willing recruit in a fledgling effort to see if the gun community itself — sellers and owners of firearms, operators of shooting ranges — can help Colorado and other Western states reduce their highest-in-the-nation suicide rates. "Suicide is a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: San Francisco Chronicle

39027

Asia,Africa,Iran,United States

5 April 2016

Washington Post

The Navy disclosed Monday that it recently confiscated a weapons cache from a small fishing craft in the Arabian Sea, seizing about 1,500 Kalashnikov rifles, 200 rocket-propelled grenade launchers and 21 .50-caliber machine guns. It marks the fourth seizure by a U.S.-led maritime task force in the region since September — and underscores the difficulties the United States faces in stopping weapons smuggling to nations like Yemen, where Houthi rebels continue to rely... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post

39043

United States

4 April 2016

Refinery 29 (USA)

The beginning of Jitka Vesel's story is familiar. Back in 2008, she briefly dated a man she met online. When she decided they didn't have a connection, she broke it off. That's when Dmitry Smirnov began stalking her. For three years, Smirnov pursued Vesel. She reported the harassment, changed her phone number, cut off contact with her stalker — even moved. In 2011, Smirnov followed Vesel to the parking lot of her workplace. He killed her, shooting her 12 times as... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Refinery 29 (USA)

39071

Argentina

31 March 2016

La Nación

[Translated summary: Argentina's Ministry of Health says guns kill eight people each day. The Argentinian Network for Disarmament (RAD) claims that most of these deaths could be prevented if civilians were disarmed. Argentina has over 1.5 million registered weapons, with perhaps an equal number in the illegal market.] El absurdo homicidio de Daniel De Negris, el cerrajero que falleció al ser baleado cuando caminaba por el microcentro, confirma la estremecedora regla:... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: La Nación

39047

United States

30 March 2016

Trace (USA)

When Pastor Andy Gipson rises to preach in the Gum Springs Baptist Church, in Braxton, Mississippi, he occasionally carries a gun into the pulpit. Some congregations "don't have the resources to hire professional security," Gipson has said, leaving it up to members of churches like his to protect themselves. Should a situation ever call for lethal force inside the sanctuary, he believes that a worshipper who shoots and kills while claiming self-defense should be... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Trace (USA)

39203

United States

29 March 2016

Trace (USA)

In a presidential campaign season where "gun-free zones" have been a favorite target for Republican candidates, a Change.org petition sought to push conservatives on how dearly they hold their Second Amendment principles. The letter called for the Republican Party to allow the open carry of firearms at its nominating convention this July, which will be held in Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena. The arena bans all weapons, which the petition argued put "all attendees at... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Trace (USA)

39009

United States

23 March 2016

Trace (USA)

A reporter in Morgan County, Missouri, recently caught wind of a trend that is purportedly gaining ground around the country. "More and more women" are buying firearms and practicing shooting, the Lake News reported on Monday. The article echoed a story broadcast on CBS News earlier this month that reached the same conclusion. The report, featured on "CBS Sunday Morning," featured an interview with a woman who loves her pink pistol ("It is pink, I'm a girl!"), a gun... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Trace (USA)

38979

United States

20 March 2016

Trace (USA)

A new study released Thursday suggests that two major data sources used by federal officials to tally police homicides — instances in which a police officer fatally shoots someone while on the job — dramatically undercount the number of deaths. Researchers from Harvard and Northeastern University found that the number of police homicides, also known as "legal intervention deaths," recorded by the FBI's Supplementary Homicide Reports (SHRs) undercounted the number... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Trace (USA)

38962

Mexico

17 March 2016

InSight Crime

Weapons linked to the controversial US anti-gun trafficking operation "Fast and Furious" were found last spring at the scene of a bloody clash between Mexican police and a group of alleged cartel gunmen that left 43 dead, according to documents obtained exclusively by InSight Crime. The previously unpublished documents, obtained through a freedom of information request, show how US and Mexican authorities traced weapons from the shootout in Michoacán to the now... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime

38980

Eastern Europe,Caribbean,France

17 March 2016

Le Figaro (France)

[Translated summary: In France, results in the fight against arms trafficking increased strongly, with a 40% increase in the number of firearms seized (1,158 against 828 in 2014). Strong measures against arms trafficking have been implemented. France deplores 1,800 deaths by firearm every year.] Tabac et articles de contrefaçon, drogues ou encore armes… 2015 est un cru plutôt faste pour les douanes qui ont multiplié les saisies. En matière de la lutte contre les... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Le Figaro (France)

38957

Central America,El Salvador

10 March 2016

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Between 2010 and 2015, Salvadorans were registering firearms at a rate of 11,000 per year. This suggests 30 new firearms were registered every day in a country where the vast majority of crimes are committed with guns. In a market that had sales of almost $2 million in 2014, four firms dominated gun imports. The inhabitants of the world's most violent country have been spending more than $1.5 million on guns annually. Although the market's total size and the number of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

38924

Luxembourg

9 March 2016

Le Quotidien (Luxembourg)

[Translated summary: Luxembourg finds itself in the middle of Europe's gun trafficking routes. Luxembourg police seize thousands of guns, and in 2012 86,427 firearms owned by 15,670 people were legally registered.] Les ministres de la Sécurité intérieure et de la Justice affirment que le Luxembourg ne joue pas de rôle dans le trafic international d'armes de guerre. C'est faux. Un réseau en partie implanté au Grand-Duché et démantelé en février 2015 alimentait... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Le Quotidien (Luxembourg)

39355

United States,Australia

9 March 2016

Sydney Morning Herald

Tens of thousands of shooters in NSW can now apply for silencers on their weapons after the NSW government opened permit application forms to hunters and sporting shooters, a move gun control advocates have condemned as dangerous. The Shooters and Fishers Party says it has successfully lobbied the NSW government to expand the reasons which shooters can cite on a form when seeking a permit to use a silencer. Seeking silencers for use in "sport" shooting or recreational... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sydney Morning Herald

38923

United States

8 March 2016

Reuters

The U.S. gun industry is trying to shake off the Hollywood hitman image of the gun silencer and rebrand it as a hearing-protection device in a campaign to roll back regulations that date to the 1930s. Industry lobbying has led to more than a dozen states legalizing silencers for hunting since 2011. Now gun advocates are pressing Congress to repeal a Depression-era law that requires a months-long screening process for silencer buyers - far more scrutiny than gun buyers... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Reuters

38914

South Africa

7 March 2016

ISS Africa

Tomorrow is International Women's Day. Observed annually on 8 March, it is a time to not only reflect on progress made by women, but also a call to action for increasing the global momentum towards gender equality. The prevalence of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) is one of the clearest markers of continued inequality between men and women in any society. South Africa has particularly high levels of SGBV for a country not involved in conflict. Between 29% and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ISS Africa

38993

Burkina Faso

26 February 2016

Le Pays (Burkina Faso), Transcript

[Translated summary: Gun facts and figures in Burkina Faso: the 2009 Firearms Decree; Consequences of the August 1983 Revolution; Arms trafficking in the region; Importance of the illegal manufacture of home-made guns; In Ouagadougou alone: 1,246 permits to carry firearms were issued in 2015, 1,270 in 2014, and 1,190 in 2013] INTERVIEW Propos recueillis par Michel NANA en collaboration avec Afronline (Italie) Le Colonel Christophe Raoul Tapsoba est le secrétaire... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

26 February 2016

Washington Post

The Barrett .50 caliber rifle is a powerful gun. Widely used in the military, its rounds can "penetrate light armor, down helicopters, destroy commercial aircraft, and blast through rail cars," according to a report from the Violence Policy Center, a gun safety group. The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence describes .50 caliber rifles like the Barrett as "among the most destructive weapons legally available to civilians in the United States." And as of Wednesday, the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,Mexico

26 February 2016

Global Post (Boston)

MEXICO CITY — Javier scoots onto a plastic stool in a courtyard. He reaches beneath his shirt and pulls out a shiny Smith & Wesson semi-automatic pistol. He deftly spins it through his hands, ejects the magazine, and holds it out for inspection. "This one's new, straight from its packaging," he says. It will cost 15,000 pesos with a box of ammo, around $810. Javier, who only gave his first name, operates this illicit little gun mart in Tepito market, a famed... (GunPolicy.org)

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Thailand

19 February 2016

Deutsche Welle

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

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United States,Israel

18 February 2016

Jerusalem Post

Gun control isn't usually a major political issue here, but it has come up in a big way in recent months, after several terrorists in the current wave of terrorism were subdued by civilians. The debate on gun control came to a head in Monday's inaugural meeting of the Knesset Caucus on Firearms Policy - perhaps the closet Israel has ever gotten to a US-style "gun lobby" - but even those in favor of easing regulations have made it clear that they're not gunning for... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,Canada

2 February 2016

Upfront Ottawa, Opinion

The Arms Trade Treaty was approved by the UN General Assembly on 2 April 2013 United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs – Strengthening Peace and Security through Disarmament Trudeau-Dion Foreign Policy is more than formally agreeing to the UN Arms Treaty or seeking seats on the UN Security Council. It requires principled action on the "World Stage." The United Nations, according to its mandate, is working "worldwide" to try and improve the lives and livelihoods... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

7 January 2016

ABC News (Australia)

More than 400 unregistered, illegal or unwanted firearms have been surrendered to South Australian Police and firearms dealers in the first month of an amnesty. The breakdown of police data shows most of the weapons were taken to police stations with two thirds of the weapons surrendered outside metropolitan Adelaide. The amnesty runs until June 30, 2016. Superintendent Kym Hand said police were pleased with the first month's data. "We know that more than half of all... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

29 December 2015

Trace (USA)

In the first minutes of 2013, 10-year-old Aaliyah Boyer stepped into the backyard of her relatives' home in Elkton, Maryland. Boyer had missed watching the New Year's Eve ball drop on television, and so she went out with her cousins to watch the neighborhood fireworks. Soon after she stepped outside, Boyer collapsed. Her parents, who thought she had fainted, attempted CPR. Paramedics rushed her to hospital, where it was discovered that a bullet had struck the back of... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

28 December 2015

Daily Telegraph (Sydney)

Police have raided a well known Sydney gun business which has built a reputation as a major supplier of "theatrical" weapons to popular TV shows and movies. Officers from the NSW Police Firearm Registry seized 180 real pistols and rifles from The Stockade gun shop at Terrey Hills, on the northern beaches. The shop has supplied replica weapons for about 50 TV series and movies, including Water Rats, Australia's Most Wanted and Superman Returns. The registry — which... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

1 December 2015

Murray Valley Standard

An amnesty for owners of unregistered and unwanted firearms has begun and will continue for the next seven months. State Police Minister Tony Piccolo said the amnesty would make the community safer for everyone. "In a first for South Australia, participating firearms dealers will play a significant role in the amnesty, with people able to surrender firearms at participating licensed dealers," Mr Piccolo said. 'More than 45 dealers will join with SAPOL to receive... (GunPolicy.org)

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Brazil

24 November 2015

Americas Society / Council of the Americas (AS/COA)

A measure that would loosen gun control in Brazil—home to one of the largest absolute number of homicides globally—is wending its way through Congress. Supported by the so-called "bullets, beef, and bible" caucus, the legislation could dismantle the country's landmark 2003 disarmament legislation. Where does the bill stand? On November 3, a congressional committee approved the bill, which now heads to the Chamber of Deputies floor. Called the Gun Control Statute,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Brazil

12 November 2015

Time (USA)

Rio de Janeiro - Congressmen in Brazil, one of the most violent countries in the world, are proposing to dramatically loosen restrictions on personal gun ownership, bringing the country much closer to the American right to bear arms. The politicians say the measures are necessary to allow embattled citizens the right to defend themselves from criminals armed with illegal weapons. But opponents say the move will only increase the country's toll of nearly 60,000 murders... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

21 October 2015

Washington Post

There are nearly twice as many guns in the average gun-owning household today as there were 20 years ago, according to new Wonkblog estimates based data from surveys and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. In 2013, there were an estimated 8.1 firearms in the typical gun-owning household, according to these data. In 1994, the average gun-owning household owned 4.2 guns. These numbers comport with what survey research has shown for several years now:... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom,Canada,United States,Australia

20 October 2015

Sydney Morning Herald

Asked about Hillary Clinton's suggestion that the United States consider Australian-style gun laws, one of the country's leading gun industry champions laughed. "You've got to ask yourself how much the NRA paid the Clinton Foundation to get her to say that," Richard Feldman​, a former National Rifle Association lobbyist said. "Forget gold, that comment is worth its weight in platinum." Australia has been raised again in the US debate over guns in the wake of the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

15 October 2015

CNN

From a small-town pharmacist to a commercial pilot, it's not just gunmakers that are funding the National Rifle Association's political battles. The organization's overall revenue, which includes membership dues, program fees and other contributions, has boomed in recent years – rising to nearly $350 million in 2013. The majority of this money funds NRA initiatives like member newsletters, sporting events and gun safety education and training programs. These help... (GunPolicy.org)

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Netherlands

5 October 2015

NL Times

Police have seized nearly 24,000 illegal guns, fake guns, starter pistols and ammunition over the past two and half years, with an increase in the number of heavy weapons. Police told NOS that they find this very disconcerting. On average, 741 illegal firearms are seized monthly, with rifles, pistols and revolvers making up almost 50 percent of this total. Since 2013 seizure of imitation firearms is approximated to be around 4,300. Hans Vissers from the National... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

29 September 2015

ISS Africa

Hlupha was eight when he got his first gun and his neighbour taught him to commit crime. His first robbery was of the post office in the small town where he lived. When Hlupha was 16, he shot a boy at school for flirting with his girlfriend. He committed many more crimes over a number of years until he was arrested and convicted for kidnapping, robbery and assault. When we met him he was in prison. Velabahleke was 10 when he stole his first gun. He found his second gun... (GunPolicy.org)

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Virgin Islands (UK)

10 August 2015

BVI News (British Virgin Islands)

The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force Firearm and Prohibited Weapons Amnesty yielded an impressive 11 firearms, two with accompanying ammunition. Chief Firearms Officer Acting Chief Inspector Ernest Gumbs stated that the unit collected a 30-30 rifle; a .357 Magnum handgun along with 27 rounds of ammunition; a M-1911 .45 semi-auto pistol; a .38 snub noise revolver with 50 fifty rounds of ammunition; five air rifles and two air pistols. Commissioner of Police David... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia,United States

17 July 2015

Trace (USA)

On June 27, the Tampa Police Department staged a daylong gun buyback event in response to a recent rise of shootings and homicides in Hillsborough County, Florida. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., anyone in the county could anonymously exchange an operating gun for $50 in cash and walk away with no questions asked. By the end of the day, the department had collected 521 firearms: 213 revolvers, 135 pistols, 104 rifles, and 79 shotguns. After being catalogued, the haul will be... (GunPolicy.org)

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Puerto Rico,United States,Guam

15 July 2015

Pacific Daily News (Guam)

The timing of a recent court ruling from the Commonwealth Court of Puerto Rico could not be better, and may well set in motion a significant ripple effect in other U.S. Island jurisdictions, namely Guam and Hawaii. The Puerto Rican court recently handed down a ruling on a class action lawsuit that was brought by the Ladies of the Second Amendment, or LSA, with 850 individual plaintiffs. The court ruling, confirmed by the Second Amendment Foundation, or SAF, was a... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

25 May 2015

Washington Post / Associated Press

SYDNEY — The man who took 18 people hostage at a Sydney cafe last year was educated and erratic, secretive about his own life and public about his many grievances, and a self-obsessed fabulist whose life was spiraling downward in the lead-up to his deadly attack, lawyers told an inquest Monday. The details of Man Monis' life and death are being examined at a coroner's inquest into December's siege at the Lindt Cafe, in which a shotgun-wielding Monis took customers... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,Australia

28 April 2015

Australian (Sydney)

Two Sydney men behind a conspiracy that shipped handguns and cocaine to Australia in ­hollowed-out car engines have pleaded guilty to a string of ­charges in a US court. Mohamed Metleg, 33, and Nawak Chaouk, 47, will next month face sentencing in Nashville, Tennessee, after they ­exploited weak local gun laws to procure weapons later seized from criminals in NSW. The US District Court was told that on successive trips to Nashville in 2011 and 2012, the men bribed... (GunPolicy.org)

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

16 January 2015

Los Angeles Times, Opinion

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

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38856

France

16 January 2015

Le Figaro (France)

[Translated summary: Only 45% of municipal police officers carry a firearm in France. The authorisation to carry firearms is subject to a very strict procedure. Only mayors may request it to the Prefect. The request must be motivated by the framework of the mission given to police officers.] Le meurtre d'une agent de la circulation par Amedy Coulibaly relance le débat sur l'équipement des policiers municipaux. Mais une généralisation du port d'arme se heurte à... (GunPolicy.org)

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38840

United States

3 December 2014

USA Today

ASHEVILLE — Two years ago, in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre in which a mentally unstable man killed 20 students and six adults with a military-style rifle, such weapons seemed to be in deep trouble. After the Dec. 14, 2012, tragedy, President Obama and Congress called for reform and restrictions on the guns and their high-capacity magazines. Fearing an outright ban, gun buyers stampeded stores, cleaning out shelves and driving prices up to nearly... (GunPolicy.org)

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Brazil,South Africa

24 November 2014

Huffington Post (USA), Blog

Brazil and South Africa have dramatically expanded their geopolitical influence over the past two decades. But after years of democratic and economic gains, the two countries now find themselves in the doldrums. One of the reasons for this is that they are addicted to violence. Brazil and South Africa lead their respective continents in murder. This is no easy feat: last year the United Nations reported that 8 of the top 10 most violent countries in the world were... (GunPolicy.org)

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38831

United States

20 October 2014

Seattle Times, Series

The youngsters knew their sport could be dangerous, even deadly. But for the junior team at the Vancouver (Wash.) Rifle and Pistol Club, the peril that emerged from their sport didn't come from a stray bullet. It came from lead. In 2010, blood tests revealed that 20 youths had been overexposed to the poisonous metal after shooting in the club's dirty, poorly ventilated range. "It was devastating," said Marc Ueltschi, the junior team coach and a club member. "It... (GunPolicy.org)

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

13 October 2014

NACLA

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

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United Kingdom,United States

15 August 2014

Economist

The shooting of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old African-American, by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, is a reminder that civilians—innocent or guilty—are far more likely to be shot by police in America than in any other rich country. In 2012, according to data compiled by the FBI, 410 Americans were "justifiably" killed by police—409 with guns. That figure may well be an underestimate. Not only is it limited to the number of people who were shot while... (GunPolicy.org)

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