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Norway

28 November 2016

Local (Norway)

Norwegian police shot and killed a 35-year-old man in Kristiansand early on Sunday morning, an incredibly rare incident in a nation where fatal police shootings are nearly non-existent. Police would not say how many shots they fired at the 35-year-old but according to local news source Fædrelandsvennen numerous empty cartridges were found at the site. Police received tip-offs from members of the public about an armed man who was displaying threatening behaviour.... (GunPolicy.org)

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Morocco

25 November 2016

Yabiladi (Morocco)

[Translated summary: Following human rights protests after police killed two criminals in Morocco, the General Directorate for National Security has given new instructions regarding the use of service firearms. Guns must be the last resort and police officers must aim for the limbs, except in the case of terrorist attack or resistance to the authorities.] Suite au décès de deux « délinquants » tombés sous les balles de la police à Béni Mellal et Salé, les... (GunPolicy.org)

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Switzerland

24 November 2016

Tribune de Genève

[Translated summary: Swiss Police are now able to search firearm registers online, which allows them to obtain in one place the information about all private guns owned or transferred. Before, they had to contact every cantonal office individually. Police can also use the new system before making an intervention, to learn about the firearms owned by the people involved.] Depuis début octobre, la police peut effectuer une recherche en ligne dans les registres d'armes... (GunPolicy.org)

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Mexico

23 November 2016

Expreso (Mexico)

[Translated summary: The Mexican Army has seized 24,000 firearms in the state of Tamaulipas since January 2011, most of them in an operation that involved civilians with pistols, semi-automatic guns and assault weapons. In the same period, 2,871 guns were destroyed and 10,611 new firearms were registered.] CIUDAD VICTORIA -- El Ejército ha asegurado 24 mil armas de fuego en Tamaulipas de enero de 2011 a octubre de este año, la mayoría en operativos que involucraban... (GunPolicy.org)

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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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Serbia

16 November 2016

Europa Press (Spain)

[Translated summary: Serbian Police seized an arms arsenal that included hand grenades, explosives, rocket launchers, antitank grenades, assault rifles, a machine gun, semi-automatic rifles and ammunition; the greatest stash in 15 years. Police worry about Serbian firearms ending up in terrorist attacks in European capitals.] La Policía serbia se ha incautado de un arsenal de armas que incluye más de 100 granadas de mano y 30 kilos de explosivos, según ha informado... (GunPolicy.org)

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Serbia

16 November 2016

Le Parisien (France)

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

Read More: Le Parisien (France)

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Canada

10 November 2016

Times-Colonist (British Columbia)

More than 1,000 guns are off the streets after a province-wide gun amnesty allowed people to turn in their firearms, no questions asked. The province, the RCMP and municipal departments are to announce the results of the October gun amnesty at a press conference today in Surrey. Central Saanich Police Chief Les Sylven, president of the B.C. Association of Chiefs of Police, said Wednesday that more than 1,000 firearms had been turned in. Nanaimo RCMP recovered 44... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times-Colonist (British Columbia)

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Mexico

4 November 2016

El Vigía (Mexico)

[Translated Summary: Mexican Civil and military authorities encourage civilians to surrender firearms; in exchange they will receive money. The objective of this campaign is to recover firearms in a voluntary, anonymous and peaceful way way in return for an economic benefit.] Como parte de las acciones encaminadas a la prevención autoridades civiles y militares convocaron a la comunidad a entregar armas de fuego que puedan tener en sus hogares y, a cambio recibirán... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: El Vigía (Mexico)

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France

4 November 2016

BFMTV (France)

[Translated summary: Amid fear of terrorist attacks in France, membership of shooting clubs jumped from 145,365 to 201,450 between 2011 and 2016, an increase of 38%. Firearm seizures also increased: there were 5,000 in 2014, 6,000 in 2015 and 5,000 so far this year. Nowadays, France has 4.4 million declared guns, and, depending on the source, between 1 and 8 million illegal firearms.] D'après une enquête de L'Obs, de plus en plus de Français se dotent d'armes à... (GunPolicy.org)

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Dominican Republic,United States

4 November 2016

Acento (Dominican Republic)

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

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United Kingdom

31 October 2016

East Lothian Courier (UK), Press Association (UK)

Half the foiled terror plots in the UK in the past two years involved a plan to buy guns, police have said, amid a surge in the number of weapons found in major British cities. Concerns about firearms falling into terrorist hands are running high after a record level of gun seizures in London and similar spikes in Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds and Liverpool. Authorities fear that links between street gangs and terrorists could give extremists access to weapons and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: East Lothian Courier (UK), Press Association (UK)

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Venezuela

31 October 2016

El Nacional (Venezuela)

[Translated Summary: Venezuela's Public Ministry supervised the destruction of 1,868 firearms in Caracas. The cache of firearms had been seized in 11 states nationwide by the police since July this year.] El Ministerio Público, a través de la Fiscalía Superior del Área Metropolitana de Caracas (AMC), supervisó este lunes 31 de octubre el acto de destrucción de 1.868 armas de fuego, las cuales fueron incautadas en 11 estados del país en el segundo semestre del... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: El Nacional (Venezuela)

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United States

31 October 2016

WSOC/TV (USA)

CHARLOTTE -- There have been 900 guns stolen from stores in the Carolinas in 2016 and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives officials said it's the fastest rate in the U.S. Federal agents are working around the clock to solve the cases but the connection between the crimes isn't clear. Guns have been stolen from 81 firearms shops in the Carolinas since January. "We've had approximately 900 that have been taken through burglary, larceny or robbery," ATF... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: WSOC/TV (USA)

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Panama

31 October 2016

La Prensa (Panama)

[Translated summary: Authorities from Panama destroyed 1,036 firearms of different calibres on October 31. The general director of the National Police said that these guns were seized in different police operations to dismantle gangs, or because they were illegally owned by civilians.] Las autoridades panameñas procedieron este lunes 31 de octubre con la destrucción de mil 36 armas de diverso calibre. El director general de la Policía Nacional, Omar Pinzón, dijo... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: La Prensa (Panama)

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South Africa

28 October 2016

IOL (South Africa)

Tshwane - The South African Police Service on Friday seized over 250 firearms, ammunition and an undisclosed amount of money at a premises in Valhalla Park, Cape Town, acting National Police Commissioner Lieutenant General Khomotso Phahlane said. Addressing media in Pretoria on Friday evening, Phahlane said crime scene experts were still at the area, and processing the seized items. "We would like to congratulate the Western Cape police who, during an intelligence-led... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: IOL (South Africa)

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Kenya

28 October 2016

al Jazeera

Kenyan police have been accused of more than 1,200 shooting deaths over the past five years amid calls for the government to investigate extrajudicial killings and disappearances. Only one police officer in Kenya has been successfully prosecuted and imprisoned for an unlawful killing in the last three years, according to the local group Independent Medico-Legal Unit, which monitors police violence. New York-based Human Rights Watch has also highlighted at least 34... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

27 October 2016

France TV Info

[Translated summary: In Great Britain, less than 5% of police officers carry a firearm. In 2015-16 they used their guns only seven times. To be able to carry a firearm, officers must volunteer and pass very strict tests, as well as psychological monitoring.] Alors que 250 millions d'euros vont, en France, être affectés à moderniser le matériel des policiers, coup de projecteur sur la situation en Grande-Bretagne. Outre-Manche, la tradition historique du bobby non... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: France TV Info

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Liberia

26 October 2016

Liberia News Agency

An official of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) says Liberia is far ahead of some of the member states when it comes to the collection and marking of arms in the region. According to her, about 90 percent of arms collected in Liberia have been marked, with just 10 percent remaining. The ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, Mrs. Halima Ahmed, made the disclosure recently when she paid a courtesy call on Liberia's Foreign... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Liberia News Agency

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Dominican Republic

25 October 2016

CDN (Dominican Republic)

[Translated summary: US authorities are helping the Dominican Republic with illegal firearms trafficking investigations, allowing the country to access FBI information. The last shipments of firearms seized in DR consisted of weapons of war, rifles, pistols, revolvers, ammunition, military equipment, bullet making machinery and a grenade. The guns were found in food boxes sent from the US.] SANTO DOMINGO -- El Buró Federal de Investigaciones de Estados Unidos (FBI por... (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)

Read More: University of Sydney Media Release

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South Africa

21 October 2016

La Revue de l'Afrique

[Translated summary: South African police have destroyed 22,999 firearms, most of them seized from criminals. 3,156 were police guns that were no longer operational. Among them were revolvers, pistols, hunting rifles and assault rifles. Police are sure that destruction will contribute to the security of the country, which sees an average of 16 gun deaths each day.] La police sud-africaine a conduit hier une opération médiatisée de destruction massive d'armes à feu.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: La Revue de l'Afrique

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United States

17 October 2016

WFMY News

GREENSBORO -- Some police departments across the state are facing a gun dilemma and it's not what you might think. The recent uptick in violent crimes and more aggressive police initiatives to curb it, means some, like the Greensboro Police Department, are taking a lot of guns off the streets. But a state law is presenting a dilemma where some of those departments can't decide what to do with the guns once a case is over and they no longer need the gun for... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Korea,Papua New Guinea

13 October 2016

Pacific Islands Report

PORT MORESBY – Chief Secretary Isaac Lupari, pictured, says a shipment of police firearms sent from South Korea to Port Moresby was impounded in Lae by Customs because they were not properly declared. Lupari, the National Security Advisory Council chairman, was commenting yesterday on the 280 semi-automatic guns seized by Customs in Lae and locked up at the Defence Force's Igam Barracks. "Those were ordered by police through the private sector," Lupari told The... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Pacific Islands Report

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South Africa

7 October 2016

Agence Ecofin (Switzerland)

[Translated summary: A total of 71 firearm incidents have been registered in Cape Town in September, while 128 were registered in August and 211 in July. The reduction is due to the implementation of ShotSpotter, a high-tech acoustic detection system which allows police to arrive quickly at the scene of a shooting.] La semaine dernière, la ville sud-africaine de Cape Town a dressé un premier bilan de son utilisation du système numérique ShotSpotter, dans sa lutte... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

6 October 2016

Washington Post

On a humid day in April 2009, the sound of gunfire drew police to a suburban home in Jefferson Parish, La. Officers found no shooters or victims — just an empty back yard littered with shell casings. In an area with the nation's highest gun-death rate, the incident seemed pretty minor. "Garden-variety case" is how one detective described it. Still, the casings were taken to the crime lab and entered into a huge federal database run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Kenya

2 October 2016

Daily Nation (Nairobi), Report

When it comes to killings, Kenya police has few equals: They kill more people in days than other countries do in years, a Nation Newsplex analysis reveals. Studies around the world have linked the number and rate of police killings to factors such as whether police are armed all the time, gun ownership rates, adherence to police guidelines firearms use, quality of training offered to police recruits and poverty levels. With a police killing rate of 3.2 per million... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Nation (Nairobi)

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Germany

30 September 2016

Zeit Online (Germany)

[Translated summary: In Germany, the Federal Criminal Police confiscated almost 2,000 weapons from Neo-nazis in 2015, the highest number since the start of statistics in 2008. Particularly concerning was the number of explosive devices found, as explosives were used in attacks on refugee shelters.] Fast 2.000 Waffen beschlagnahmten Polizisten laut "Focus" bei Neonazis, ein Höchstwert in der Statistik. Besonders besorgniserregend: die vielen... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

30 September 2016

Toronto Star (Ontario)

MONTREAL — A young Montreal man suspected of having gone to Syria and adhering to "extremist Islamist" ideologies was able to keep his firearms licence for years and to legally purchase semi-automatic rifles while he was the subject of a terrorism investigation by the RCMP, a La Presse investigation has found. The case of Samy Nefkha Bahri raises numerous questions about the control of firearms in Canada and the communication between police forces. The police... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Toronto Star (Ontario)

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Canada

29 September 2016

La Presse (Montréal)

[Translated summary: A young man from Montreal who was suspected of having gone to Syria and adhering to 'extremist Islamist' ideologies was able to keep his firearm licence for several years. He also legally bought semi-automatic rifles while he was being investigated by the RCMP (federal police).] Un jeune Montréalais soupçonné d'être allé en Syrie et d'adhérer à des idéologies « extrémistes islamistes » a réussi à conserver son permis d'armes à feu... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: La Presse (Montréal)

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South Africa

28 September 2016

Herald Live (South Africa)

A massive police bust has netted 29 suspected gangsters – among them alleged gang bosses – and more than R1-million worth of drugs The two-day operation saw a series of raids on drug hotspots across Port Elizabeth and other towns. It involved 250 police officials and 26 K9 unit members and was part of the anti-gang campaign Operation Lockdown, which has been in full swing since March. Police top brass hailed the operation yesterday as a success. They also... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Herald Live (South Africa)

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Mexico

27 September 2016

Uni Mexicali (Mexico)

[Translated summary: Authorities from several Mexican states have registered an increase in the seizure of firearms coming from abroad, as informed by the Secretary of Public Security. He said that 90% of seizures, more than 1,600 firearms, are smuggled from the US.] TIJUANA -- Autoridades no sólo de Baja California, sino de otras entidades del país han registrado un incremento en el aseguramiento de armas de fuego procedentes del extranjero, informó el secretario... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Uni Mexicali (Mexico)

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Canada

26 September 2016

Ici Radio Canada

[Translated summary: Ottawa police confirm that the shooting of last Monday was the 49th in the year. The city now registers the same number of shootings as in 2014, a record year.] Le Service de police d'Ottawa (SPO) confirme qu'une 49e fusillade a eu lieu sur son territoire tôt lundi matin. La capitale nationale enregistre maintenant le même nombre d'incidents impliquant une arme à feu qu'en 2014, laquelle était une année record. Vers 1 h 20 lundi matin, les... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Ici Radio Canada

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United States,Germany

22 September 2016

Local (Germany)

According to the Washington Post's database of fatal police shootings, 990 people were killed in 2015. In Germany, ten people were killed by police last year, according to a report on Thursday by publishing group Funke Mediengruppe, citing figures from the German Police University. That means that while the population of the US is roughly four times that of Germany, the number of fatal police shootings there is about 100 times greater. So far this year, 706 people... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (Germany)

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Ecuador

22 September 2016

Infodefensa (Spain)

[Translated Summary: Since 1998, Ecuador's Judicial Police has stored over 28,000 firearms recovered in police operations. Now, they are going to deliver them to the National Army for its destruction, together with 43,000 ammunition and 205 cartridges. This cache was kept stored in different Police's Evidence Collection Points around the country.] La Policía Judicial de Ecuador almacena desde 1998 más de 28.000 armas de fuego que ahora ha comenzado a entregar... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Infodefensa (Spain)

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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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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)

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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

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Trinidad & Tobago

16 September 2016

Stabroek News (Guyana)

There has been an alarming increase in the quantity of guns and ammunition seized by police this year compared with last year. The T&T Police Service (TTPS) was given a performance target by the office of the Commissioner of Police to recover at least 690 illegal firearms by the end of the year. And with just over three months left, the organisation is well on its way to achieving this number, having recovered 545 illegal firearms. In fact, this number represents an... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Stabroek News (Guyana)

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Argentina

14 September 2016

La Nación (Argentina)

[Translated summary: Italian company Beretta will manufacture two types of guns in Argentina. Police already use these firearms, and the production is for them.] La empresa italiana Pietro Beretta producirá armas en la Argentina. Así lo afirmó el ministro de Defensa, Julio Martínez , que hoy se reunió en Roma con autoridades de la compañía. Según detallaron desde el Ministerio en un comunicado, la empresa producirá en el país dos armas bajo su licencia en... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: La Nación (Argentina)

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France

9 September 2016

La Gazette (France)

[Translated summary: After the attacks, more mayors in France want to arm their municipal police because they think the officers face the same challenges as the national police. In some districts, police will be allowed to carry firearms when they finish their training at the end of the year.] Les maires estiment que le policier municipal est devenu une cible et que ses missions ont changé, étant de plus en plus proche de celles de la police nationale. Depuis les... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: La Gazette (France)

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United States

8 September 2016

L'Orient-Le Jour (Beirut)

[Translated summary: After a two-year investigation, the US Department of Justice has concluded that undercover operations against gun trafficking by the ATF were poorly managed, and that the agents lacked training and supervision. For example, an infiltrated agent actually sold a gun and kept the profits, some of the retrieved guns were later stolen, and some agents misplaced sensitive documents.] Des policiers fédéraux américains ont accumulé les bévues lors... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: L'Orient-Le Jour (Beirut)

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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

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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)

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Costa Rica

7 September 2016

Q Costa Rica

In 90 days, most private security guards in the country must give up their firearms. Only bodyguards and guards involved in the transportation of valuables, such as armoured bank trucks guards can carry firearms. Guards at condominiums, malls and banks, for example, will not be able to carry firearms according to the new requirements by Ministry of Security published last Friday in the official government newspaper, La Gaceta. The head of the Asociación Costarricense... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Q Costa Rica

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France

5 September 2016

Le Figaro (France)

[Translated summary: A new decree will allow security agents to carry firearms while wearing civilian clothes in the trains of France. The State Council will finish reviewing the decree in October, but it's going to take more time to equip the agents and train them in the handling of these weapons. The agents are already allowed to perform identity checks and search the baggage of travellers.] A la suite de l'attentat du Thalys, la SNCF avait prévu que les agents de... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Le Figaro (France)

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Costa Rica

3 September 2016

El Mundo (Costa Rica)

[Translated Summary: The Public Health Ministry of Costa Rica has set up new controls on carrying firearms. Private security companies that want their officers armed should present a paper explaining their reasons, prepared by a criminologist who has to be part of the School of Professionals in Criminology.] Los nuevos controles instaurados por el Ministerio de Seguridad Pública (MSP) a la portación de armas para oficiales de seguridad privados, entró en vigencia... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: El Mundo (Costa Rica)

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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)

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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)

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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

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Czech Republic

1 September 2016

Radio Praga

[Translated summary: According to a survey, Czechs believe that the recent increase of 39% in gun ownership could lead to a decline in security and to more armed robberies. The increase is a consequence of licensed gun owners buying more weapons. An amendment to the Firearms Law has been approved recently, allowing Police to confiscate legal guns if they suspect the owner might harm himself or others.] Un gran porcentaje de checos opina que la incrementada presencia... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

27 August 2016

Guardian

After threatening to sue the city's police department, the Chicago Tribune has obtained official data tracking every time an officer has opened fire in the city over the past six years. The vast majority of those shot, the newspaper found, were black men or boys. According to the data, there were 435 police shootings in Chicago from 2010 through 2015, in which officers killed 92 people and wounded 170. In all, officers fired 2,623 bullets. "While a few of those... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian

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Chile

22 August 2016

Notimerica (Spain)

[Translated summary: In 2010 there were 11,751 firearms missing in Chile, a number that increased to 20,200 in 2016. Also, 7,457 arms were reported stolen in 5 years. As at July this year, Chile has 805,564 registered firearms.] SANTIAGO DE CHILE -- Las autoridades chilenas y la Policía están preocupadas por el aumento progresivo del número de armas de fuego, especialmente las que no se encuentran regularizadas y perdidas. Desde el año 2010 se reportaron 642... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Notimerica (Spain)

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United Kingdom

22 August 2016

NBC News (USA)

LONDON — Seconds after his police radio crackles into life, Inspector James Beattie kicks the squad car into gear, triggers its siren and roars the wrong way down a busy road. Beattie and his partner, Constable Jill Simpson, are wearing stab-proof vests and carrying batons, canisters of mace and handcuffs. But like the vast majority of London cops, neither of them has a gun. "I've never, ever felt the need to have a firearm," Beattie said while on patrol last week.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: NBC News (USA)

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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)

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Spain

18 August 2016

Spanish News Today

The Guardia Civil has dismantled a major arms manufacturing and repair workshop in the town of Dos Hermanas, near to the city of Sevilla, in the Andalucía region, seizing a large quantity of weapons and munitions, as well as a quantity of marijuana in the same premises. During the raid a 48 year old man was arrested and will face a number of charges including manufacturing arms and munitions, storing and owning firearms without a licence, selling illegal weapons and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Spanish News Today

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Belgium

17 August 2016

Radio Télévision Belge Francophone (Belgium)

[Translated summary: A Royal Decree in Belgium will authorize police officers to carry arms in their off-duty hours. This measure will be temporary and in the context of self-defence. Also, in the future, unarmed police officers will not patrol alone.] Les représentants des ministres de la Justice et de l'Intérieur, des polices locales et fédérales ainsi que les quatre organisations syndicales se sont réunis toute la journée. Sur la table de négociations : le... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Radio Télévision Belge Francophone (Belgium)

39714

Australia

17 August 2016

West Australian (Perth)

Armed special constables with the power to use "lethal force" will replace fully fledged police as the first line of defence at Parliament and other key State Government buildings. WA Police is advertising for 40 so-called Protective Service Officers for the security role, freeing up highly trained officers who currently do the work to return to frontline duties. The PSOs will wear uniforms similar to those worn by police and carry a full range of accoutrements... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: West Australian (Perth)

39690

China

12 August 2016

China.org.cn, Xinhua

Chinese police have launched a nationwide campaign against the selling of guns online, the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) announced Friday. The MPS said police will strengthen the scrutiny of logistics companies that might be involved in gun delivery and crack down on illegal Internet websites, forums, and instant messaging services that facilitate the online gun trade. Police have also taken resolute action against criminal offences such as manufacturing, selling... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: China.org.cn, Xinhua

39689

Chile

8 August 2016

La Tercera (Chile)

[Translated summary: According to Chile's Firearm Control Law, police will now have to verify the address of every new applicant for a gun licence. New regulations also include a psychiatric examination, a skill test, and a check of criminal records. Chile has an estimated 769,000 active firearms registered.] Resolución de la DGMN aumenta medidas de seguridad para la tenencia de armamento y ordena comprobar la dirección del dueño. Además, los instrumentos de fuego... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: La Tercera (Chile)

39663

Canada

7 August 2016

La Presse (Montréal)

[Translated summary: Between 2008 and March 2016, agents of the Canadian Mounted Police have lost 48 firearms. Another 12 were stolen from them. Types include rifles, shotguns, pistols and one machine gun. Police must store their arms safely; they can face criminal charges if they are responsible for the loss or theft.] Une adolescente de Winnipeg atteinte par balle a frôlé la mort l'an dernier. Le pistolet de son assaillant s'est révélé être une arme de service... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: La Presse (Montréal)

39661

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

United States

5 August 2016

New York Times, Associated Press

DALLAS — A Texas county sued a gun-rights activist who has complained that county officials were unlawfully barring firearms from being brought into a public building. The lawsuit filed by Waller County, which extends into the suburbs of Houston, takes aim at Terry Holcomb Sr., the executive director of a gun-rights organization called Texas Carry. Holcomb has sent letters to more than 75 local governments and other public entities across the state complaining of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times, Associated Press

39666

United Kingdom,United States

4 August 2016

MRC Tv (USA)

Late Wednesday, a woman was killed and five others were injured when a terrorist went on a stabbing spree in London, tragically proving yet again that evildoers bent on hurting a boatload of people aren't dissuaded by gun laws or a lack of access to firearms. But those same gun restrictions that don't stop bad people from doing bad things sure as heck make it harder for the good guys. Mere hours after the attack, the Wall Street Journal reported this fun fact about... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: MRC Tv (USA)

39652

United Kingdom

3 August 2016

NBC News (USA)

LONDON — Britain is known for its unarmed bobbies on the beat. But tourists visiting London will have to get used to the city's landmarks being patrolled by more and more officers wielding firearms. The Metropolitan Police announced the increase — dubbed Operation Hercules — during a show-and-tell event in central London on Wednesday. As well as the armed cops who will be guarding the London's potential terror targets, also out in force were the Met's elite... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: NBC News (USA)

39716

United Kingdom

3 August 2016

New York Times, Associated Press

LONDON — London's police force is putting more armed officers on the streets — a visible response to attacks by Islamic State-inspired groups in Europe. Metropolitan Police chief Bernard Hogan-Howe said Wednesday he's increasing the number and the visibility of the officers "to protect the public from all manner of threats." "In some of our big iconic locations, we've already got armed patrols — if you look at Parliament, Downing Street — so it's not entirely... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times, Associated Press

39657

Bolivia

2 August 2016

Erbol Digital (Bolivia)

[Translated Summary: Local police in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, registered over 4,000 firearms for civilian use in 11 months. In order to register their firearms, owners should not have any police or criminal records and they should submit their equipment to a police examination.] La Policía de Santa Cruz registró cerca a cuatro mil armas de fuego de uso civil en 11 meses, informó el jefe de Laboratorio de la Fuerza Especial de Lucha Contra el Crimen, Christian... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Erbol Digital (Bolivia)

39656

Venezuela

2 August 2016

Noticia Al Dia (Venezuela)

[Translated summary: Venezuela's National Disarmament Service has disabled 416 firearms that were stored in the different security agencies of the entity. 61 of these weapons were voluntarily surrendered. A total of 1,396 firearms have been disabled during 2016.] Desde las instalaciones de la Zona Operativa de Defensa Integral (ZODI) del estado Zulia, el Servicio Nacional para el Desarme (SENADES), inutilizó 416 armas de fuego, provenientes de las salas de resguardo... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Noticia Al Dia (Venezuela)

39638

France

1 August 2016

Sputnik News (France)

[Translated summary: Most municipal police officers in France don't carry firearms, but now the terrorist threat suggests it's necessary to arm them. In order to do so, each officer needs to pass theory and practical tests. The Mayor must then request authorisation.] La menace accroît et la majorité des polices municipales n'ont toujours pas d'armes. Quel avenir pour les policiers municipaux? Eclairage dans une interview du policier Alain Dal accordée à... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sputnik News (France)

39640

Venezuela

31 July 2016

El Tribuno (Argentina)

[Translated Summary: Due to the surge of protests in the current year (3,507 so far), Venezuela's Supreme Tribunal of Justice authorised Venezuela's National Armed Force to use guns to control public protests. According to the decree, "firearm use is only permitted in non-pacific public protests."] La Justicia anuló una resolución en donde se regula el uso de armamento por parte de militares en marchas de orden público. El fallo se produce en medio de una escalada... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: El Tribuno (Argentina)

39644

United Kingdom

28 July 2016

International Business Times (UK)

Police in the UK fired their weapons a total of seven times after attending more than 14,000 firearms operations in 12 months, according to figures. Official statistics released by the Home Office show officers discharged their firearms more times in the year ending March 2016 than in any other 12-month period since 2009. The seven incidents where police fired their weapons is a slight increase from the previous year where there was six. There was also a slight... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: International Business Times (UK)

39628

United Kingdom

28 July 2016

Aol (UK)

The number of police firearms officers has fallen for the fourth year in a row, new figures have revealed. There were 5,639 authorised firearms officers in forces across England and Wales as of March 31 - down by eight compared with the previous year when there were 5,647, Home Office data shows. It means the number has dwindled by more than 1,000 in the last five years. The disclosure comes at a time when Britain's armed policing resources are under close scrutiny... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Aol (UK)

39623

Libya,Syria,Iraq,Russia,Ukraine

25 July 2016

New York Times, Reuters

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

Read More: New York Times, Reuters

39613

United States

21 July 2016

The Trace (USA)

The day after Philando Castile was shot dead by a police officer during a traffic stop, his girlfriend Diamond Reynolds spoke at a march on the Minnesota governor's mansion. Reynolds, who filmed the aftermath of the shooting, made an unusual first demand for an African-American protester decrying police violence: She insisted police treat concealed carriers with respect. Reynolds says Castile, who held a concealed weapons permit, told the officer that pulled him over... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: The Trace (USA)

39610

Dominican Republic

19 July 2016

Al Momento (Dominican Republic)

[Translated summary: The Dominican Senate passed a new Firearm Law that imposes tough sanctions on citizens who own illegal guns, and punishes authorities who comply with this practice. The law bans the carry and use of weapons of war and commands police to resolve cases in which civilians don't surrender illegal guns voluntarily. Licensing will be more rigorous; it will request consent of partners and thorough medical evaluations, among other things.] Santo Domingo... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Al Momento (Dominican Republic)

39605

United States

19 July 2016

Guardian

US police officers, on the front lines of gun violence every day, have particular reason to be on edge in the presence of civilians carrying guns, after 11 days in which eight officers were killed in two planned shootings. With Cleveland's open-carry law now also in the spotlight as many fear violence around the Republican national convention, the Cleveland police union went so far as to ask Governor (and former Republican presidential candidate) John Kasich to suspend... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian

39594

United States

18 July 2016

Guardian, Opinion

The tragic shootings in Baton Rouge on Sunday are yet another reminder that the second amendment, which grants Americans a constitutional right to be armed, is an extreme danger to police officers. It always was and it always will be. The right to bear arms means that police operate in an environment in which members of the public can purchase, store and practice with weaponry similar to that of police and military. Some of this weaponry can send pieces of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian

39586

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

India

13 July 2016

Times of India

NEW DELHI -- Security forces are bracing for the first Friday prayers after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani against the backdrop of growing evidence of a secessionist plot to raise an arsenal with arms snatched from security forces. According to sources, a mob took away around 70 semi-automatic and automatic weapons of J&K police after storming a police station in Damhal Hanji Pora in Kulgam two days ago. On Tuesday, two separate attempts were... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times of India

39573

Jamaica

12 July 2016

Jamaica Observer

KINGSTON – The 'Get the Guns' campaign continues to reap results in the number of illegal guns seized by the security forces since the start of the year. Communication Officer, Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay, reports that law-enforcement officers have seized 336 illegal guns from communities all across Jamaica. Speaking at a press conference at the Office of the Commissioner in St Andrew on July 11, Superintendent Lindsay said the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Jamaica Observer

39567

Ghana

11 July 2016

Graphic Online (Ghana)

The National Small Arms Commission (NSAC) last Saturday destroyed 1,300 illegal guns in the country but warned that there were still more than 1.1 million of such firearms and light weapons that might be in wrong hands. The guns, which were marked and broken before being set on fire, included locally made single- and double-barrelled shotguns, locally made and imported pistols, pump action guns and local mortars. The number of illegal firearms in wrong hands means that... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Graphic Online (Ghana)

39570

New Zealand

10 July 2016

Radio New Zealand

An internal review of how the police administer and monitor firearms is likely to lead to changes in the law, including allowing people to apply for a gun licence online. The review was being carried out in parallel to the Parliamentary Select Committee inquiry into illegal gun possession, sparked by the shooting of four police officers in Kawerau and the seizure of a cache of illicit firearms in Auckland earlier this year. Police national manager for police response... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Radio New Zealand

39572

United States

10 July 2016

New York Times

DALLAS — As a demonstration against police shootings made its way downtown here on Thursday, it differed from others around the country in one startling way: Twenty to 30 of the marchers showed up with AR-15s and other types of military-style rifles and wore them openly, with the straps slung across their shoulders and backs. In Texas, it was not only legal. It was commonplace. The state has long been a bastion of pro-gun sentiment and the kind of place where both... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

39562

United States,New Zealand,Iceland,Norway,Ireland,United Kingdom

9 July 2016

El Dinamo (Chile)

[Translated summary: In Britain, Ireland, Norway, Iceland and New Zealand, officers don't carry guns when they are on patrol. The effectiveness of this strategy is reflected in the low crime rates of these countries. Some experts believe that, in the US, both citizens and police should be disarmed to make it safer.] Tras los violentos hechos registrados en Estados Unidos durante esta semana, el Washington Post reveló los particulares casos que se viven en Gran... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: El Dinamo (Chile)

39589

Ireland,United Kingdom,New Zealand,Iceland,Spain,Finland,Norway,United States

9 July 2016

Quartz (USA)

Another week, another police shooting in the United States. So far this year, 569 people have been killed by US police, according to The Guardian's count. Police brutality is a horrific normality and, in more ways than one, black men being shot by police has become the modern-day equivalent of lynching. But, of course, it doesn't have to be this way. A police officer does not have to shoot to kill and, in several countries, a police officer does not even have to carry... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Quartz (USA)

39571

Italy

9 July 2016

Corriere Milano (Italy)

[Translated summary: A recent homicide with a legally carried 9mm pistol brings back the central issue of gun carrying permits and the spread of weapons. There are currently 774,679 permits to carry firearms for hunting purposes in Italy, along with 471,000 licences for sports purposes (in 2007, there were half as many). Figures from the Ministry of the Interior show an increase of 12.4% for hunting licences and 18.4% for sports shooting.] Il recente omicidio a Dorno... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Corriere Milano (Italy)

39557

United States

8 July 2016

New York Times, Associated Press

WASHINGTON — One man told an officer during a Minnesota traffic stop that he was a licensed gun owner, and that he was reaching for his wallet, a witness said. The other was on the ground with police officers on top of him in Louisiana when someone shouted "He has a gun!" Police in each circumstance thought the black man carrying a gun was dangerous and immediately shot him dead. Activists say black gun owners are often treated differently than white gun owners to a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times, Associated Press

39566

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

2 July 2016

Independent (UK)

The FBI is being sued by survivors of the deadly attack on a church in Charleston who say that mistakes by investigators allowed alleged shooter Dylann Roof to purchase a gun. Nine people were killed in June 2015 as they attended a bible study at the Emanuel AME Church in the South Carolina city. Dylann Roof, 22, a white supremacist, has been charged with nine counts of murder over the shootings and he faces the death penalty if convicted. In a lawsuit filed by three... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Independent (UK)

39540

United States

30 June 2016

Washington Times

The Seattle City Council has voted unanimously to melt down the Seattle Police Department's old firearms instead of selling them, the latest step in Mayor Ed Murray's push to reduce gun violence in the city. The measure was introduced by the mayor and Councilwoman Sally Bagshaw as a step to reduce the number of guns in the country, a local CBS News affiliate, KIRO 7, reported. "We're going to take the guns and destroy the guns," Mr. Murray told the station. "They're... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Times

39532

France

28 June 2016

Local (France)

Authorities in France have given specialist police lifeguards the right to carry arms when they patrol French beaches this summer. It marks a first in France. The move is a direct consequence of the terror threat facing French police that brutally revealed itself in the double murder of a policeman and his partner at their home in Magnanville near Paris earlier this month. As a result CRS lifeguards who monitor some of the busier beaches in France will have the right... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (France)

39544

Australia

26 June 2016

Sunday Times (Western Australia)

Almost 1000 guns have been reported stolen in WA in the past two years, with many feared to be in the hands of criminals. WA Police figures show 992 firearms were reported stolen between April 2014 and April this year - an average of almost 10 a week. Most of the stolen guns - 906 - were "long arm" firearms, such as rifles, and two thirds of all the reported thefts (612) happened in regional WA. WA Police said it only recovered about 90 stolen guns each year, meaning... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sunday Times (Western Australia)

39493

Venezuela

22 June 2016

Correo del Orinoco (Venezuela)

[Translated summary: Venezuelan authorities have seized a total of 12,772 firearms during the current year in 51 different tactical operations. The Minister for Justice and Peace noted that some firearms were the result of voluntary surrender from civilians who "are tired of being armed and they traded them for domestic appliances, so they can live in harmony."] Un total de 12 mil 772 armas de fuego han sido inutilizadas durante este año por las autoridades... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Correo del Orinoco (Venezuela)

39496

United States

21 June 2016

New York Times

Three New York men were accused on Tuesday of selling over 100 illegal assault weapons from a shop near Rochester in what the authorities said was the largest gun seizure made by the state attorney general's office since the SAFE Act was passed by the State Legislature after the 2012 mass shooting at a Connecticut school. The owner of the gun shop, Kordell Jackson, 40, of West Henrietta, was arrested on charges including three counts of first-degree criminal sale of a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

39459

United Kingdom

20 June 2016

The Conversation (UK)

How it is possible to get hold of weapons in Britain despite tough laws that restrict their ownership and use? This strict firearm legislation, enacted chiefly through the Firearms Act 1968 and amendments following the 1987 Hungerford mass shooting and 1996 Dunblane mass shoting, has reduced the number of purpose-made firearms in circulation. This has contributed to the number of firearms offences (including those using airguns and air rifles) falling from a high of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: The Conversation (UK)

39874

Germany

16 June 2016

Local (Germany)

1. Germany has some of the strictest gun laws in Europe The US Library of Congress defines the German gun control system as "one of the most stringent in Europe". And professor Christian Pfeiffer of Criminology Research Institute of Lower Saxony also told The Local that Germany's laws were some of the toughest worldwide. Germans do not have fundamental rights to bear arms, unlike Americans do under the Second Amendment, and the country's violent past including the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (Germany)

39452

Haiti

15 June 2016

Vant Bef Info (Haiti)

[Translated summary: Haiti's Ministry of Justice and Public Security has lifted the measure suspending all permits to carry firearms.] Près de 5 jours après avoir suspendu tous les permis de port d'armes sur toute l'étendue du territoire, le ministère de la justice et de la sécurité publique (MJSP) est revenu sur sa décision, a appris Vant Bèf Info. En effet, suite à une réunion du Conseil supérieur de la Police Nationale (CSPN), tenue ce 15 juin 2016,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Vant Bef Info (Haiti)

39546

France

15 June 2016

Local (France)

Under the ongoing state of emergency French police officers are already permitted to bear their arms while off duty. The measure was brought in as a response to the November terrorist attacks in Paris. But it is due to end once the state of emergency in France is over, which should be the end of July, although the government could yet extend it again. But after a police officer and his wife were stabbed at their home in a town to the west of Paris on Monday, in what... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (France)

39466

Australia

15 June 2016

4BU (Australia)

Issues surrounding rapid-fire shotguns on the Australian market must be dealt with but illegal firearms remain Australia's biggest gun problem, NSW Deputy Premier Troy Grant says. Mr Grant, who is also the state's police minister, says the classification and capacity of the controversial Adler shotgun need to be addressed once the federal election is out of the way. "We have to make sure that if they're allowable that they're classified in the right way so they're... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: 4BU (Australia)

39430

Dominican Republic

8 June 2016

El Nuevo Diario (Dominican Republic)

[Translated summary: In two consecutive sessions the Chamber of Deputies approved the controversial Firearms Carrying and Possession Bill. Focused on preventing the misuse of guns by civilians, military and political parties, the bill aims for gradual civilian disarmament.] La Cámara de Diputados declaró de urgencia y aprobó en dos sesiones consecutivas el controversial proyecto de ley de Porte y Tenencia de Armas de Fuego. Los legisladores acogieron una solicitud... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: El Nuevo Diario (Dominican Republic)

39414

Mexico

7 June 2016

InSight Crime (Bogotá)

Nearly 13,000 guns have been lost or stolen from Mexico's public security agencies over the last ten years, according to a recent report, a telling reminder that the country's black market weapons don't just come from north of the border. The majority of the 12,878 weapons that went missing or were stolen during that period disappeared in Mexico City, Mexico State, Chihuahua, Guerrero and Jalisco, according to documents from Mexico's National Institute of Transparency,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogotá)

39381

Nigeria,Niger

6 June 2016

Today (Nigeria)

The rising cases of armed struggles, including militancy championed by the Niger Delta Avengers, have been blamed on the poor implementation of the Presidential Amnesty Programme and proliferation of Small Arms and Lights Weapons in the country. This was disclosed in Abuja at the weekend by the Chairman of the Presidential Committee on Small Arms and Light Weapons, Ambassador Emmanuel Imohe, during the Inter-Ministerial Roundtable on the ATT in Nigeria organised in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Today (Nigeria)

39405

Panama

6 June 2016

El Siglo (Panama)

[Translated Summary: Panama Police confiscated 535 firearms and arrested 400 persons for illegal possession of these firearms in the first five months of 2016. ] La Policía de Panamá decomisó 535 armas de fuego y detuvo a 400 personas por el delito de tenencia ilícita de este armamento en los primeros cinco meses de 2016, indicó hoy una fuente oficial. Entre los pertrechos hay pistolas, revólveres, escopetas, rifles, fusiles, sub-ametralladora y otras armas de... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: El Siglo (Panama)

39387

Europe,Ukraine,France

6 June 2016

New York Times, Associated Press

A Frenchman with an arsenal of weapons and a grudge against his government's immigration policies was detained as he tried to leave Ukraine and launch an assault on the European Championship, Ukrainian officials said Monday, describing it as a thwarted plot for a "series of 15 terrorist attacks." The announcement came as France promised unprecedented security for the soccer tournament's crowds and stadiums, which includes the French national stadium that was attacked... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times, Associated Press

39386

Paraguay

31 May 2016

ABC (Paraguay)

[Translated summary: A bill to control civilian gun use is under review in Deputies, putting seven million Paraguayans on edge. It authorizes police to carry out checks, compels the firearm owner to communicate a change of residence, imposes fines that exceed 5 million Paraguayan Guaranies, and even 10-years in prison.] En Diputados se encuentra en estudio un proyecto de ley de armas de uso civil, que pondrá en vilo a siete millones de paraguayos. Faculta a la... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ABC (Paraguay)

39362

Pakistan

30 May 2016

Dawn (Karachi)

GUJRAT -- The district government has imposed a condition of three guarantors for seeking a firearm licence for security of a worship place. This decision was taken after some ruling party lawmakers expressed reservations on the policy of granting such licences to worship places and apprehensions that these weapons could be used in sectarian violence. District Officer (Coordination) Majid Bin Ahmed who heads the district government's firearm licencing branch told Dawn... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Dawn (Karachi)

39360

Israel

30 May 2016

Israel National News

Border Police officers located a semi-automatic M-16 assault rifle on Monday in a home in the Arab Israeli village of Ain al-Sahla in the Wadi Ara region in the north. Making the finding of the M-16 all the more unusual was that the lethal weapon was inscribed with the logo of the US Navy SEALs, though the insignia appears likely to have been faked. Adding another troubling aspect to the find is the fact that Wadi Ara was the hometown of the terrorist Nashat Milhem,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Israel National News

39359

Tanzania

30 May 2016

Tanzania Daily News

About 61 homemade firearms locally known as gobole owned illegally have been surrendered at different police posts in Katavi Region since the exercise was officially launched on March 21, this year. The Katavi Regional Commissioner (RC), Mr Damas Nyanda, said the verification exercise will officially end on June 30, this year, saying that so far 61 per cent of firearms verification have been completed and established that most of them are legally owned. He further... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Tanzania Daily News

39357

Oceania,Africa,Asia,Europe,Americas

27 May 2016

World Health Organization, Media release

Delegates at the World Health Assembly have agreed resolutions and decisions on air pollution, chemicals, the health workforce, childhood obesity, violence, noncommunicable diseases, and the election of the next Director-General… Global plan of action on violence Delegates agreed a resolution on the WHO global plan of action on violence. Non-fatal acts of violence take a particular toll on women and children. 1-in-4 children has been physically abused; 1-in-5 girls... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: World Health Organization

39356

Venezuela

27 May 2016

Noticias 24 (Venezuela)

[Translated summary: In Venezuela, the National Disarmament Service has disabled 10,723 firearms so far this year, since the promulgation of the Law for the Disarmament, Arms and Ammunition Control. More than 400 guns coming from police departments were also disabled.] VALENCIA -- El Servicio Nacional para el Desarme (SENADES), ha inutilizado la cantidad de 10 mil 723 armas de fuego en el país durante el año 2016. Así lo dio a conocer la viceministra del Sistema... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Noticias 24 (Venezuela)

39347

Ecuador

26 May 2016

Ecuador Inmediato

[Translated summary: 2016 is the first year in Ecuador in which most of the violent deaths weren't committed with a firearm, due to the ban on the carry and the restricted ownership, as well as the police controls. 1,279 firearms were seized in the first trimester of 2016.] En el primer trimestre del 2016 se decomisaron 1.279 objetos de este tipo 2016 es el primer año en el que la mayoría de muertes violentas no han sido perpetradas con armas de fuego. José Serrano,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Ecuador Inmediato

39348

United States

25 May 2016

NBC News (USA), Associated Press

Hawaii could break new ground on gun control by entering firearm owners into a federal database that will allow police to find out when any of them get arrested. The proposal, which has passed the state Legislature and is awaiting a signature from Gov. David Ige, has drawn criticism from gun owners and some legal scholars who say it would infringe on owners' rights. But others say it would probably withstand court challenges, since the Supreme Court has backed states'... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: NBC News (USA), Associated Press

39329

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)

Read More: International Business Times (UK)

39327

Algeria

23 May 2016

El Watan (Algiers)

[Translated summary: A network specialized in firearm trafficking has been dismantled in Algeria. Police arrested two people and seized 22 American pump-action shotguns, three Turkish shotguns, one handgun and ammunition, all from Libya.] Un réseau spécialisé dans le trafic transfrontalier d'armes à feu a été démantelé en fin de semaine dernière. L'opération, menée par une brigade spécialisée de la sûreté de la wilaya d'Alger (SWA), a permis... (GunPolicy.org)

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39332

Ghana

20 May 2016

Joy Online (Ghana)

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

Read More: Joy Online (Ghana)

39320

South Africa

19 May 2016

Parliament of South Africa (Cape Town)

The Portfolio Committee on Police will tomorrow (20 May 2016) receive a status report on the interventions the Central Firearms Registry (CFR) has employed towards improving its processes. In the recent past, the CFR has been criticised for its sluggishness in processing firearm licenses and renewals. In trying to ensure efficiency within the CFR, the Committee demanded a turnaround strategy and quarterly reports on the implementation of the strategy. The meeting will... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Parliament of South Africa (Cape Town)

39319

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)

Read More: Botswana Daily News (Gaborone)

39318

Venezuela

19 May 2016

Radio Nacional de Venezuela

[Translated summary: Only this month, more than 300 confiscated guns were destroyed in Barinas, Venezuela. Yhey included 12 and 16 gauge shotguns, 9mm pistols and home-made weapons.] La Comisionada estadal de la Gran Misión A Toda Vida Venezuela en Barinas, Lidia Rodríguez, destacó que sólo este mes destruyeron más de 300 armas incautadas durante diferentes procedimientos, entre las cuales destacan escopetas calibre 12 y 16, pistolas 9 milímetros y armas de... (GunPolicy.org)

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39298

Nigeria

18 May 2016

Leadership (Abuja)

Concerned about the increasing proliferation of prohibited firearms that threaten security in parts of the country, and as part of initiatives aimed at ensuring adequate protection of lives and property of the citizens, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Solomon Arase, has urged persons in possession of non-prohibited firearms to immediately obtain or renew their licences before July, 2016 by following the process on the requisite web link of the Nigeria Police... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Leadership (Abuja)

39303

Namibia

18 May 2016

New Era (Namibia)

The amendments to the Arms and Ammunition Act are with the legal drafters and are at an advanced stage, Inspector-General of the Namibian Police Lieutenant Sebastian Ndeitunga says. Amendments to the Act are expected to make it harder to acquire a firearm licence, especially small arms, like pistols. Amongst others, the amendments will require background checks of applicants and raise the minimum age for acquiring a firearm licence from 18 to 25 years. Ndeitunga said... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Era (Namibia)

39301

Colombia

18 May 2016

El Universal (Colombia)

[Translated summary: Citizens of Santiago de Tolú, Colombia, voluntarily handed over four home-made firearms and 300 knives and blade weapons during a Disarmament Plan.] Cuatro armas de fuego tipo artesanal y alrededor de trescientas corto punzantes, fueron entregadas a las autoridades durante la realización de un 'Plan Desarme' en el municipio de Santiago de Tolú. La estrategia que busca mejorar los niveles de seguridad en sectores conocidos como de alto riesgo... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: El Universal (Colombia)

39300

Brazil

17 May 2016

Pravda (Brazil)

[Translated summary: The death of a Military Officer in Rio de Janeiro drew attention to a serious situation: the lack of paper for the issue of Gun Registration Certificates. The difficulty to obtain firearms records in Brazil is not new. After the Disarmament Statute implementation in 2003, restrictive laws sought to make the process bureaucratic and expensive.] A morte de um Policial Militar no inicio deste mês no Morro do Alemão, no Rio de Janeiro, chamou... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Pravda (Brazil)

39322

Namibia

17 May 2016

New Era (Namibia)

WINDHOEK — Farmers in possession of illegal firearms and ammunition are causing a national safety scare, says police chief Inspector-General Sebastian Ndeitunga. Ndeitunga says it is not only of concern to the police, but citizens alike are concerned about reports of people hiding arsenals of unlicensed firearms and discarded uniforms belonging to the former South West Africa Territorial Force (SWATF) and the feared Koevoet insurgency unit. "What are their... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Era (Namibia)

39280

Nigeria

17 May 2016

Daily Trust (Abuja)

The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Solomon Arase has warned individuals in possession of prohibited firearms to surrender them or risk arrest and prosecution. The police also asked those with non prohibited firearms to renew their license, a statement Tuesday by police spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Olabisi Kolawole, said. She said the IGP is concerned about the increasing proliferation and use of prohibited firearms that threatens security in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Trust (Abuja)

39279

Kenya

16 May 2016

Citizen (Kenya)

Residents of Isiolo County continue to take advantage of a government amnesty on the surrender of illegal arms. Led by area MCA and Isiolo County Assembly Majority Leader Adan Giro, the residents have surrendered a total of nine firearms and hundreds of bullets to the government. The residents from Kinna ward presented three AK-47 rifles, one M16 rifle, and 302 rounds of ammunition for registration by the sub county security team at Kinna Social Hall in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Citizen (Kenya)

39291

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

China,Hong Kong

16 May 2016

South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)

A man has been arrested at the Lo Wu border checkpoint on suspicion of smuggling firearm parts from Hong Kong to the mainland. Shenzhen police were alerted after a cleaner found a roll of copper wire containing gun parts next to a fence at a checkpoint exit, Guangdong provincial police said on their website. Police later assembled four pistols from the parts. Police soon identified a suspect and arrested him at the border crossing last week. He was carrying two gun... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)

39287

Tanzania

16 May 2016

Citizen (Dar es Salaam)

Mwanza will not win the war against illegal fire arms unless peace is found in neighbouring war torn countries, Mwanza Regional Commander Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police (SACP) has said. According to the police head ongoing conflict in South Sudan has also contributed to the presence of guns in Tanzania. "Criminals travel to any country looking for guns and they are often readily available in places such as South Sudan, due to this, the city is experiencing... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Citizen (Dar es Salaam)

39281

Spain

15 May 2016

Ziz Online

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

Read More: Ziz Online

39285

Angola

14 May 2016

Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

[Translated summary: Angola National Police has recovered five firearms and a Kalashnikov magazine in the context of the disarmament of the civilian population. Since 2008, the police have seized 6,849 guns.] SUMBE - Cinq armes à feu de type AKM ont été récupérées par la Police nationale, au cours des sept derniers jours, dans la province de Cuanza Sul, dont la ville de Sumbe est le chef-lieu (littoral-centre). Outre les armes, un chargeur de Kalachnikov a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

39296

Angola

14 May 2016

Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

Five fire-arms of the AKM type were collected in the last seven days by the Police Command of the central Cuanza Sul Province, in the ambit of the disarmament process of the civilian population. The weekly report of the corporation, which reached ANGOP last Friday, states that one AKM bullets magazine was also collected. Since the start of the process in 2008 the corporation in Cuanza Sul collected 6,849 fire-arms of different calibres, and from that number 425 were... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

39284

Burundi,Rwanda,North Korea,Congo (DRC)

14 May 2016

Daily Mail (UK), Associated Press

UNITED NATIONS — U.N. experts say Congolese army officers and police reported receiving pistols from a group of 30 North Korean instructors training their presidential guard and special police forces, which would appear to be a violation of U.N. sanctions banning Pyongyang from exporting weapons or providing military training. The panel of experts monitoring U.N. sanctions against Congo said they found that pistols similar to those produced in North Korea were issued... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Mail (UK), Associated Press

39268

Jamaica

13 May 2016

Jamaica Observer

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Police High Command is commending the St Catherine North Police for the seizure of several high-powered firearms in McCooks Pen, St Catherine on today. Nine people were taken into custody in relation to the seizure. Reports are that following several months of intense investigations and intelligence gathering the police launched a special operation in an area called 'Gun Farm' in McCooks Pen, where the cache of weapons was seized. The weapons... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Jamaica Observer

39266

United States,Vietnam

12 May 2016

Daily Mail (UK), Reuters

HANOI -- Vietnam would welcome the United States "accelerating" the lifting of a lethal arms embargo, which would reflect trust between the two countries and recognition of its needs to defend itself, its foreign ministry said on Thursday. Vietnam's comments on a topic that has long been a source of friction with the United States comes just over a week ahead of a visit by President Barack Obama, and amid debate in Washington over whether to remove the ban, which was... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Mail (UK), Reuters

39270

French Guiana

11 May 2016

France Guyane

[Translated summary: In French Guiana there has been ten homicides so far this year, three of them related to domestic violence. Public prosecutor Éric Vaillant proposes the establishment of hunting permits to reduce firearm proliferation.] La première semaine du mois de mai a été marquée par deux meurtres et une tentative d'homicide, avec une victime qui est entre la vie et mort à l'hôpital. Éric Vaillant, le procureur de la République, met sur la table le... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: France Guyane

39272

Spain

11 May 2016

La Tribuna de Toledo (España)

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

Read More: La Tribuna de Toledo (España)

39263

Ecuador

11 May 2016

El Tiempo (Ecuador)

[Translated summary: Ecuador national police dismantled a criminal organisation that rented firearms to hitmen, drug dealers and thieves. They found 20 revolvers.] La Policía nacional a través de la Unidad de Inteligencia Antidelincuencial, UIAD, desarticuló una presunta organización criminal que se dedicaba a alquilar armas de fuego para cometer varios delitos. El Ministerio del Interior en su cuenta de Twitter informó que tomó tres meses a los agentes de la... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: El Tiempo (Ecuador)

39261

United States

11 May 2016

My News LA

The city collected nearly 800 guns at last weekend's buyback event, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Wednesday. The firearms were surrendered Saturday at two locations — the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena and a medical group building in the San Fernando Valley. Gun owners were promised anonymity by the Los Angeles Police Department and given Ralphs grocery gift cards valued at up to $200 for the guns. The 791 firearms collected include 364 handguns, 237 rifles, 144... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: My News LA

39258

Argentina

10 May 2016

Sin Mordaza (Argentina)

[Translated summary: An Argentinian minister was ordered to incinerate 700 guns last year. In the next months police found 17 of them in the hands of criminals, indicating that they were diverted to the illegal circuit before arriving at the furnace.] Son unas 700 piezas que el exministro Raúl Lamberto había ordenado incinerar. 17 de ellas aparecieron en manos de delincuentes, y se desconoce cuántas más podrían estar en esa situación. En noviembre del año... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sin Mordaza (Argentina)

39264

South Africa

10 May 2016

East Coast Radio (KwaZulu-Natal)

Gun Free South Africa has welcomed a seven-day police operation in KZN in which 37 firearms and 114 rounds of ammunition were seized. The organisation's Adele Kirsten says more intelligence driven operations, covering a greater number of areas, need to be carried out to remove illegal guns from the streets. Kirsten says such operations also give them data on criminal activity and firearms, saying the majority of the weapons seized were handguns. She says this could... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: East Coast Radio (KwaZulu-Natal)

39257

India

10 May 2016

Indian Express

Days after a 17-year-old girl died during "celebratory firing" in a wedding procession, her father filed a PIL in the Delhi High Court to curb the practice and frame a strict policy to ensure people with licensed firearms do not "misuse" the license. "Many cases of celebratory firing have been reported in Delhi recently. Those having licensed arms uses it in public gatherings, religious places, weddings and other functions where the licencee intends to show his... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Indian Express

39242

Liberia

9 May 2016

The Analyst (Monrovia)

The Liberia Commission on Small Arms (LICOMSA) says the country's security stands to face daunting challenges after the departure of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) from the country. An official of the commission who address a workshop of the a civil umbrella network, the Liberia Action Network on Small Arms (LANSA) at the YMCA last Friday told the group that the security situation will be vulnerable unless steps were taken to curb the proliferation and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: The Analyst (Monrovia)

39246

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

Malaysia

4 May 2016

Free Malaysia Today

PETALING JAYA -- Any denial about a possible conflict of interest regarding the firearms business licence of the daughter of the Inspector-General of Police must be looked into, says Steven Thiru. Suggesting that the matter be investigated by the proposed Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC), the president of the Malaysian Bar added, "The licence to operate (a firearms business) is issued by the state police chief, who is subordinate to the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Free Malaysia Today

39225

Israel

4 May 2016

Jerusalem Post

Gun controls will soon be loosened to allow more trained civilians to carry firearms, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan wrote in a letter to MK Amir Ohana Wednesday. "In order to strengthen the security of Israeli citizens and their feeling of security in public spaces, I instructed that there be a controlled broadening of the existing criteria to give permits to carry a firearm, in a way that will allow trained civilians, primarily those who were in security... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Jerusalem Post

39223

Mali,Burkina Faso,West Africa,Nigeria,Niger

2 May 2016

Daily Trust (Nigeria)

The ECOWAS Commission, European Union (EU) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are jointly working on a strategy to check the prevalence of small arms and light weapons [SALW] in the hands of non-state actors and its implication for peace and security in the region. At the third steering committee meeting of the ECOWAS-EU small arms project held recently, the ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security (PAPS), represented by the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Trust (Nigeria)

39211

Taiwan

2 May 2016

China Post (Taiwan)

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- National Police Agency (NPA, 警政署) Director-general Chen Kuo-en (陳國恩) yesterday called for forceful use of firearms when circumstances allow so, as to ensure public safety. With all the changes in society in recent years, it has been increasingly difficult to keep the streets safe for front-line police officers. As such, Chen expressed that he fully supports the force's correct and courageous use of firearms under the right circumstances,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: China Post (Taiwan)

39210

Nepal

1 May 2016

Himalayan Times (Kathmandu)

The illicit proliferation and misuse of small arms and light weapons is posing a serious threat to security in the Kathmandu Valley. Officials fear smuggling and easy availability of such firearms is likely to give rise to criminal activities if timely action is not taken. Police have seized six firearms over a period of last seven months. This is a testimony to the growing gun culture in the Valley. Though the small arms are rarely used in killing, criminal gangs... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Himalayan Times (Kathmandu)

39195

United Kingdom

30 April 2016

Daily Mail (UK)

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

Read More: Daily Mail (UK)

39194

United States

29 April 2016

Washington Times

The Justice Department put out a call Friday for demonstrations of "smart-gun" technology, part of President Obama's executive actions pushing for more gun regulation. In a notice published in the Federal Register, the National Institute of Justice announced it is seeking "an objective demonstration of the reliability of firearms available today with advanced gun safety technology integrated into the firearm." Prize money of up to $150,000 will be awarded to the most... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Times

39196

United States

29 April 2016

New York Times

WASHINGTON — President Obama will use the power of his office to try to jump-start long-stalled "smart-gun" technology that could eventually allow only the owner of a firearm to use it, the White House announced Friday. Over the opposition of gun rights groups, he also vowed to push ahead with a new federal policy giving the F.B.I. access to more mental health records of some Social Security recipients to better flag people who might be banned from buying a gun. The... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

39193

United States

29 April 2016

NBC News (USA)

The White House hopes it can finally launch smart gun technology — childproof weaponry aimed at stopping accidental shootings and increasing gun safety. The administration is, for the first time, trying to put in place the requirements needed so law enforcement could eventually use smart guns. It's using findings in a new report from the Defense, Homeland Security and Justice Departments — agencies that were directed in January to look into the matter as Obama... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: NBC News (USA)

39190

Tanzania

29 April 2016

Tanzania Daily News

DODOMA — Firearms that were impounded during anti-poaching campaign dubbed as "operation tokomeza" would be returned after verification of their genuineness and legal ownership, the Prime Minister, Mr Kassim Majaliwa, told the National Assembly here yesterday. He said that the police force was still going on with the verification exercise to identify a number of things, including genuineness; legal ownership and whether such arms were free from any involvement in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Tanzania Daily News

39187

Burundi

28 April 2016

Burundi Africa Generation

[Translated summary: The president of the National Permanent Commission of Fight Against the Proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons claimed that gun violence and insecurity in Burundi remains, despite efforts to fight it. Only in 2015, there have been 481 homicides, mostly perpetrated by men in Mairie de Bujumbura, the capital.] A Bujumbura, ce lundi 25 avril 2015, l'officier Laurent Kabura, commissaire de police (CP) et président de la CNAP ( Commission... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Burundi Africa Generation

39204

Colombia

28 April 2016

RCN Radio (Colombia)

[Translated summary: Active soldiers in Colombia had a gun trafficking network where they sold parts of machine guns and ammunition stolen from military armouries.] Un suboficial, dos soldados profesionales y un civil al servicio del Ejército conformaban una red encargada de comercializar armas y partes para las mismas, así quedó evidenciado en medio de un operativo que las autoridades señalaron como una acción de contrainteligencia coordinada con el CTI de la... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: RCN Radio (Colombia)

39192

Russia

28 April 2016

Moscow Times

U.S. gun enthusiasts live in constant fear of the federal government confiscating their weapons. For Russian gun owners, such a fear may be about to become a reality. On April 14, President Vladimir Putin, announced the formation of a new National Guard, and declared one of its key functions would be to control firearms. "We are creating the National Guard to limit the circulation of weapons in the country," he told the Russian people during his annual "direct line"... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Moscow Times

39191

Mauritius

28 April 2016

Government of Mauritius

The Firearms (Amendment) Bill which provides for amendments to the Firearms Act to implement the provisions of the Arms Trade Treaty to which Mauritius is a signatory, was presented by the Prime Minister, Sir Anerood Jugnauth, in the National Assembly. The Bill was voted with amendments on 26 April 2016. In his presentation, Sir Anerood Jugnauth expressed confidence that the accession of Mauritius to the Arms Trade Treaty and the amendments to the Firearms Act will... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Government of Mauritius

39189

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

Oceania,Tonga

28 April 2016

Matangi Tonga Online

Tonga could be used as a transfer point for the illegal trade of arms if its government doesn't sign the International Arms Trade Treaty, warns Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA). Peter Barcroft, the New York based Director of Peace & Democracy Programme for PGA, said this week that the illicit trade in arms and weapons respects no borders and has no frontiers and he urged Tonga to sign the treaty. "It is in Tonga's best interests to be party to a Treaty which... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Matangi Tonga Online

39173

Australia,United States

28 April 2016

Euronews, Reuters

SYDNEY – Australia on Thursday marked the 20th anniversary of a mass shooting which led to strict gun controls that have in turn led to a huge decline in gun murders, undermining claims in the United States that such curbs are not the answer. The chances of being murdered by a gun in Australia plunged to 0.15 per 100,000 people in 2014 from 0.54 per 100,000 people in 1996, a decline of 72 percent, a Reuters analysis of Australian Bureau of Statistics figures... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Euronews, Reuters

39172

Australia

28 April 2016

Australian (Sydney)

Australia is again vulnerable to mass shootings because of a failure to fully enforce the 1996 national firearms agreement, say gun control advocates. As the nation prepares today to commemorate 20 years since its worst modern mass shooting, Gun Control Australia and those who lost loved ones in the attack, are gearing up for a renewed fight to restore the spirit and intent of the 1996 National Firearms Agreement. Gun Control Australia vice-president Roland Browne... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Australian (Sydney)

39171

Canada

27 April 2016

Le Reflet (Canada)

[Translated summary: Between 2010 and 2015, Roussillon police seized 700 firearms. Most of them were seized as a preventive action, in cases where the owner might be a danger to themselves or to others. In Québec, there are 1,654,239 non-restricted firearms and 420,737 license holders.] Entre 2010 et 2015, la Régie intermunicipale de police Roussillon a saisi 700 armes, révèlent des données obtenues par Le Reflet en vertu de la Loi d'accès à... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Le Reflet (Canada)

39247

Kenya

27 April 2016

Daily Nation (Nairobi)

Three more herders in Isiolo have surrendered, for registration, firearms they were possessing illegally. This comes just two weeks after Ngarema Member of County Assembly (MCA) Peter Losu registered his G3 rifle. Two G3 rifles, an AK-47 rifle, five magazines and 66 rounds of ammunition belonging to herders from West Location were presented to the county security team Wednesday. The herders presented their guns to Isiolo County Commissioner George Natembeya. Mr... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Nation (Nairobi)

39181

Canada

27 April 2016

Canadian Press, CBC News (Canada)

A new survey conducted for a gun-control advocacy group suggests that two-thirds of Quebecers are in favour of the registration of long guns. Leger's poll for PolySeSouvient comes as provincial lawmakers study Bill 64, which, if passed, would create Canada's only provincial long-gun registry. The survey, a copy of which was provided to The Canadian Press, found that 69 per cent of those polled were in favour of a registry, versus 26 per cent who were opposed. Five per... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Canadian Press, CBC News (Canada)

39175

New Zealand

26 April 2016

New Zealand Herald

Firearms licence holders living in rural areas have been warned by police to review their security in the wake of a spate of firearms and ammunition thefts over the weekend. The call comes after four shotguns were stolen from a residential Ruawai property between Sunday and Monday. The firearms were brand new and were not stored securely. Earlier in the weekend, three firearms and ammunition were stolen from a gun-safe in a garage at a residential Ruatangata West... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Zealand Herald

39169

Australia

26 April 2016

Sydney Morning Herald

Just six weeks into the job, Prime Minister John Howard was pottering at Kirribilli House when he received a call from his press secretary, Tony O'Leary, alerting him to the tragedy unfolding at Port Arthur. "I turned on the television and within minutes others from my office and the Federal police Commissioner rang me to explain what was happening," Mr Howard recalled this week, on the eve of that fateful day on April 28,1996. Thirty-five people, mostly tourists... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sydney Morning Herald

39160

Namibia

25 April 2016

Namibian (Windhoek)

A total of 388 people were killed in firearms−related incidents in Namibia from January 2011 to January this year, police Inspector General Sebastian Ndeitunga has said. This was contained in a statement delivered on his behalf at a workshop on the building of knowledge and capacity towards the ratification of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) and implementation of related national, regional and international instruments on Small Arms and Light Weapons at Walvis Bay last... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Namibian (Windhoek)

39165

Canada

25 April 2016

Chronicle Herald (Nova Scotia), Editorial

Halifax has a serious violence problem related to guns, young guys and the drug culture. More serious than in most other Canadian cities. More like many American inner cities, with their cult of guns and their culture of gang-fodder violence. Young men settling scores, chasing status and killing each other with guns. That message was delivered two years ago in a review by criminologist Don Clairmont of his 2008 report into Halifax violence and public safety. Looking... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Chronicle Herald (Nova Scotia)

39162

United States

25 April 2016

Fox 4 Newsroom (USA)

KANSAS CITY — After a little girl was killed by gunfire inside her own home on Thursday, Jackson County Sheriff Mike Sharp is reminding families of the 'No Questions Asked' program. Gun owners can pick up a gun lock at Children's Mercy Hospital's Adele Hall campus, the south campus in Overland Park, and the Midtown Broadway clinic. They can also get one at the Jackson County Sheriff's Office in Lee's Summit. "Protecting firearms in the home more than a substantial... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Fox 4 Newsroom (USA)

39159

Tanzania

23 April 2016

Tanzania Daily News

ARUSHA — Tanzania may soon start marking all sorts of firearms with special engraving to distinguish weapons registered in the country, against those owned in other states, it was revealed in Arusha. Vice President, Ms Samia Suluhu Hassan, said that with nearly 900,000 light weapons and small arms circulating around the globe, it is vital for Tanzania, as well as other African countries to start engraving special national labels to indicate where each firearm was... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

23 April 2016

Washington Post

In Canton, Ohio, one of the most common complaints that police chief Bruce Lawver hears is about gunfire. Shots fired. That unnerving pop of a firearm being discharged. Last year, at least 772 bullets were fired in one tiny part of Canton, a city of 73,000 people. That is more than two bullets every day. Yet, either by luck or intent, relatively few of these projectiles hit anyone. Gunfire across the entire city of Canton resulted in eight homicides, 11 suicides and... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

22 April 2016

Lancashire Evening Post

Thousands of rounds of ammunition have been taken off the streets as part of a county-wide firearms surrender. A total of 3,737 pieces of ammo were handed over to police in Lancashire Police's Western Division which includes Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre. Officers in the division also received three live rifles, six live handguns, six shotguns and a total of 15 air powered weapons. The ammunition handed over in the west of the county made up almost 90 per cent of the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Lancashire Evening Post

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Namibia

21 April 2016

Namibian (Windhoek)

Government is concerned about the proliferation of small arms and light weapons in the hands of civilians in the country. "The large number of armed civilians is a serious concern, which usually results in the abuse of firearms," safety and security minister Charles Namoloh said at Walvis Bay yesterday. He said this in a speech delivered on his behalf at a workshop on building knowledge and capacity towards the ratification of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) and the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom,Eastern Europe

21 April 2016

Guardian (UK)

A British crime gang bought the largest haul of automatic weapons ever detected by police on the UK mainland from the same source in eastern Europe as terrorists behind the Paris attacks of January 2015, it can be revealed. The 22 Kalashnikov-style assault rifles and nine machine guns were described by police from the National Crime Agency as "mass casualty weapons". They were intercepted in an operation led by the NCA after being smuggled from eastern Europe to France... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (UK)

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Côte d'Ivoire,West Africa

20 April 2016

China Radio International, Xinhua

[Translated summary: A regional conference that gathers the National Commissions to Combat the Proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons of countries of West Africa is being held in Abidjan. Its mission is to reinforce control over arms and management of weapon stocks. In Côte d'Ivoire, since 2011, 9,661 were voluntary surrendered and more than 8,000 firearms destroyed.] Une conférence régionale réunissant les commissions nationales de lutte contre la... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: China Radio International, Xinhua

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European Union

20 April 2016

Europarl

[Translated summary: European Union MEPs debated amendments to a proposal to the European Commission regarding the EU Directive on Firearms. During the debate, they discussed arms classification, marking and tracing of firearms, licensing, storage, as well as online sales.] Les amendements déposés par la députée en charge du dossier à la proposition de la Commission européenne sur la révision de la directive de l'UE concernant les armes à feu ont été... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ghana

20 April 2016

News Ghana

With fears of instability due to the high stakes in the 2016 elections and the recent seizures of large arms and ammunition, Executive Secretary of the Commission, Jones Aplerh told Class News the commission would embark on a massive education drive to rid the system of such weapons. "What we are doing in the circumstance is to step up intelligence and there are various forms and various strategies used in mopping up weapons that are in excess in society," he... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: News Ghana

39151

Nigeria,North Africa

20 April 2016

This Day (Lagos)

MINNA — The Niger State Police Command has waged a fresh war against Fulani herdsmen in a bid to check kidnapping and cattle rustling. The police have therefore outlawed the carrying of arms and ammunition by the herdsmen under any guise. The decision of the police to ban the carrying of arms by the herdsmen followed an increase in the number of firearms recovered from the pastoralists in the last six months. The state police spokesman, Bala Elikana, told... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: This Day (Lagos)

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Liberia

20 April 2016

News (Liberia)

The Chairman of the House Committee on National Security, Alfred Koiwood says he will do everything to ensure that the House of Representatives concur with the Senate on the Fire Arms Act. Speaking at the first quarterly review meeting of national partners of the Liberia National Commission on Small Arms (LiNCSA), Rep. Koiwood's statement was in response to an appeal from LiNCSA Chairman, James Fromayan. The meeting, which was supposed to have been a review of the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: News (Liberia)

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Cameroon

19 April 2016

Tribune de Genève

[Translated summary: According to the Cameroonian minister in charge of wildlife, 2,000 firearms have been seized during an operation against ivory poaching.] Plus de six tonnes d'ivoire saisies par les services camerounais de protection de la faune et des forêts ont été incinérées mardi en public dans Yaoundé, une première dans ce pays d'Afrique centrale. Cette destruction par le feu concerne 2000 défenses d'éléphants pour un poids de 3,510 tonnes et 1753... (GunPolicy.org)

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Algeria

19 April 2016

El Watan (Algiers)

[Translated summary: In less than 4 months, Algeria Armed Forces eliminated 31 terrorists and captured another 33. They recovered more than 300 weapons of war, including Kalashnikovs.] En quatre mois seulement, les unités de l'ANP ont éliminé 31 terroristes et capturé 33 autres. Plus de 300 armes de guerre ont été récupérées, 182 casemates détruites et une dizaine de ceintures d'explosifs saisies lors d'opérations antiterroristes, principalement au sud-est... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: El Watan (Algiers)

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Costa Rica

18 April 2016

Diario Extra (Costa Rica)

[Translated summary: In Costa Rica, more than 100 guns are being seized each month. The Ministry of Public Safety announced it had confiscated 412 firearms in just the first three months of 2016.] Uno de los trabajos más comunes por parte de las autoridades de la Fuerza Pública es la incautación de armas ilegales en el país, cifras que según el Ministerio de Seguridad Pública superan las 100 por mes. La información fue revelada por la Sección de Análisis y... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Diario Extra (Costa Rica)

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Uganda

15 April 2016

Observer (Kampala)

By April 30, all firearms in civilians possession must have been registered, the ministry of Internal Affairs said in its latest attempt to crack down on illegal small arms. Unregistered firearms will be declared illegal, the minister of state for Internal Affairs James Baba said on Monday. Firearm registration, the minister said, is meant to control small arms and light weapons owned by civilians and maintain proper national control over government stockpiles of all... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Observer (Kampala)

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United Kingdom

14 April 2016

ITV (London)

Officers have so far arrested 30 people in a week-long crackdown on gun crime, which began on Monday, including for attempted murder, assault and drug offences. Operation Kestrel 2 is pulling together specialist policing units to track down criminals who carry or hide guns. Firearms seized: - Eight handguns - One Magnum rifle - Three AK-47 assault rifles - Two shotguns with ammunition Weapons sweeps, intelligence-led operations and patrols by armed response vehicles... (GunPolicy.org)

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El Salvador

13 April 2016

Terra (Argentina), EFE News Agency

[Translated summary: El Salvador police seized 2,759 firearms from gangs between 2014 and 2016, 96 of them classified as military weapons. According to official numbers, most of the homicides in El Salvador are inflicted with firearms.] La policía salvadoreña incautó 2.759 armas de fuego a las pandillas entre el 2014 y febrero de 2016, más del 49 % del total de decomisos, de acuerdo con información oficial a la que Efe tuvo acceso hoy. De esa cantidad, 96 fueron... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Terra (Argentina), EFE News Agency

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Australia

13 April 2016

Sky News (Australia), Australian Associated Press

The Australian Greens have called on the Turnbull government to do more to uphold the spirit of post-Port Arthur gun laws after it emerged firearms dealers are using a loophole to modify a controversial rapid-fire shotgun so it can shoot more rounds. Plans to import the Adler A110 lever-action shotgun, which has a magazine capacity of seven rounds, were halted last July when it was banned by former prime minister Tony Abbott for six months, later extended until August... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sky News (Australia), Australian Associated Press

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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)

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Malawi

13 April 2016

Nyasa Times (Malawi)

Poachers in the north have surrendered over 40 home made guns to authorities in a programme that signals a ceasefire in the battle against poaching in protected areas in the region. Division manager for Wildlife Department George Qumayo said since January, poachers have voluntarily handed over 44 home made guns used in the poaching of animals in Vwaza Game Reserve and Nyika National Park. "This shows that we are winning the battle against poaching which has made us to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Nyasa Times (Malawi)

39084

Israel

11 April 2016

L'Orient-Le Jour (Beirut), Agence France Presse

[Translated summary: The Israeli army is trying to recover military weapons from soldiers who took them home. To date, a no-punishment amnesty has netted 220 firearms.] Des centaines d'armes, des dizaines de milliers de munitions… L'armée israélienne réalise l'une de ses plus importantes saisies d'armement depuis longtemps, non pas dans les réseaux palestiniens, mais auprès d'Israéliens présumés au-dessus de tout soupçon. Ces citoyens, hommes et femmes,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: L'Orient-Le Jour (Beirut), Agence France Presse

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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

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Australia

11 April 2016

9 News (Australia)

A Port Arthur massacre survivor is urging the federal government to maintain restrictions on the controversial Adler A110 shotgun as the expiry date for a temporary ban on the weapon's sale looms. Twenty years since the 1996 massacre, which saw gunman Martin Bryant kill 35 people and injure 23, Australia's strict gun control laws could soon be weakened if a review of a fast action-lever shotgun is not finalised. Carolyn Loughton, who lost her 15-year-old daughter... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: 9 News (Australia)

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Canada

11 April 2016

News 1130 (Vancouver)

SURREY – More than 100 weapons have been turned in to police as part of a secret amnesty program by the RCMP. The program has been operating quietly for weeks. There have been more than 30 reports of shots fired in Surrey so far this year. In a move to tackle this situation Mounties have been offering amnesty to various people allowing them to turn over their illegal weapons without any criminal penalty. "We're actually recruiting those that we know we should be... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: News 1130 (Vancouver)

39061

United States

10 April 2016

Daily Nexus (USA)

Legislators and activists spoke Thursday night at the Marjorie Luke Theatre on gun violence in America and what can be done to address the "profit-driven crisis" causing mass shootings, domestic violence, suicide and accidents across America. The panel discussion, which followed a screening of the film "Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and the NRA," included the film's director, Robert Greenwald; State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson; Assemblymember Das Williams; Mayor... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Nexus (USA)

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Tanzania,East Africa,Africa

10 April 2016

Citizen (Dar es Salaam)

ARUSHA — No new gun permits will be issued in Arusha until an ongoing exercise to verify ownership is complete, regional authorities have said. Figures on the number of people who legally own firearms in the region are not readily available, but the current verification exercise could help determine that. There are growing concerns over the spate of armed robberies in Arusha. Regional commissioner Felix Ntibenda said last week authorities have stopped accepting... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Citizen (Dar es Salaam)

39062

Côte d'Ivoire

9 April 2016

L'Infodrome (Côte d'Ivoire)

[Translated summary: The National Police School of Abidjan has organised a ceremony where they marked and destroyed small arms and light weapons. 26,324 guns have been marked; among these, 8,000 have been destroyed along with 6,336 rounds of ammunition.] Une importante cérémonie de marquage et de destruction d'armes légères de petit calibre a eu lieu, jeudi 7 avril, à l'Ecole nationale de police d'Abidjan. Organisée par le Comité de lutte contre la... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: L'Infodrome (Côte d'Ivoire)

39082

Australia

9 April 2016

ABC News (Australia)

A sharp rise in the number of registered guns in Canberra reflects a boom in recreational shooting and should not be seen as a concern, shooting clubs say. There are currently 19,200 registered firearms in the ACT, up from 17,000 in 2013. While gun control advocates have condemned that number as extraordinarily high for a primarily urban area, sporting shooters said they were surprised the figure was so low given a boom in the sport. Sporting Shooters Association of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ABC News (Australia)

39068

United States

9 April 2016

Washington Post

RICHMOND -- Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who struck a compromise on guns with Republicans this year, has gone on to veto a flurry of gun rights bills that were not part of that deal. In the past week alone, McAuliffe (D) vetoed bills that would have given domestic-violence victims under protective orders the temporary right to carry concealed weapons without applying for permits or getting training. He also nixed measures that would have allowed retired police... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post

39055

Tanzania

8 April 2016

Citizen (Dar es Salaam)

ARUSHA -- With ongoing confiscations of illegal firearms still underway, Ngorongoro District and regional authorities say they will not issue any fresh firearm permits until the verification exercise is completed. Arusha regional commissioner Felix Ntibenda made the announcement during the inauguration of a police station at Tengeru on the outskirts of Arusha. "By virtue of the fact that one is a gemstone dealer is not grounds for one to possess weapons," he pointed... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Citizen (Dar es Salaam)

39076

Cambodia

8 April 2016

Phnom Penh Post (Cambodia)

More than 200 homemade rifles were destroyed by Pursat provincial police on Wednesday, the DIY firearms having been seized as part of a campaign spanning the past five years, provincial police chief of staff Hieng Sitha explained. "These were a kind of homemade air gun," he said, but noted that some "use bullets, such as those fired by AK-47s, or other improvised ammunition". He said the rifles had been used by local people for hunting and home protection. "We... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Phnom Penh Post (Cambodia)

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