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Namibia

17 November 2016

Africa Posts

[Translated summary: The Namibian firearms and ammunition amnesty that was initially going to last three months has been extended until 18 February, 2017. Since the start of the program, 925 firearms, 44,000 ammunition and 66 explosives have been recovered.] WINDHOEK — L'amnistie de trois mois sur les armes à feu et les munitions en Namibie, initialement censée avoir pris fin vendredi, a été prolongée jusqu'au 18 février 2017. Le responsable des relations... (GunPolicy.org)

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Switzerland

12 November 2016

24 Heures (Switzerland)

[Translated summary: 180 firearms were surrendered to the authorities in the Swiss municipality of Hinwil during a gun amnesty. Among the firearms were rifles, assault weapons, pistols, revolvers and 60 kilos of ammunition.] Une action contre la circulation des armes à feu et des munitions a eu lieu samedi matin à Hinwil (ZH). Chacun pouvait remettre les pièces en sa possession à la police zurichoise. Au total, 180 armes à feu ont été transmises aux autorités.... (GunPolicy.org)

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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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United Kingdom

31 October 2016

East Anglian Daily Times (UK)

Essex Police today launched a two-week firearms amnesty where members of the public can surrender unlicensed or unwanted guns or ammunition without fear of prosecution. The amnesty will run from 8am today until 5pm on Friday, November 11, and during this time people are encouraged to hand in firearms, ammunition, imitation firearms and air or gas-powered weapons to one of eight police stations in the county. Anyone surrendering firearms during this period will not... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: East Anglian Daily Times (UK)

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Argentina

24 October 2016

Hoy (Argentina)

[Translated summary: Argentina's government extended the deadline for the national disarmament program until the end of 2017. In the country there are 1,200,000 registered firearms, but it's estimated that there are 3 million more undeclared and in the hands of criminals. According to official data, since 2007 the program received 175,000 handguns and shotguns that were disabled and destroyed.] El Gobierno promulgó la ley sancionada en el Congreso que extiende la... (GunPolicy.org)

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Namibia

24 October 2016

Namibian (Windhoek)

More than 660 firearms were surrendered in the Khomas region as part of the firearms and ammunition amnesty declared at the end of August this year. The amnesty ends on 18 November. Omusati is second on the list with 31 firearms surrendered, while //Karas where 29 firearms were surrendered, is third; and Otjozondjupa with 27 is fourth. At the top of the surrendered ammunition is Otjozondjupa with 4 386; followed by Oshikoto with 2 790, and Ohangwena with 2 022. Ten... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

21 October 2016

Metro News (Canada)

Two weeks in and police departments throughout British Columbia have already collected hundreds of firearms during October's gun amnesty month. The gun amnesty drive allows people to contact local police and dispose of any unwanted registered or unregistered weapons without the fear of prosecution, as long as they have not been used in a criminal offence. During the first two weeks of the initiative, BC RCMP said more than 480 firearms and replicas have been turned... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Metro News (Canada)

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Australia

21 October 2016

The New Daily (Australia)

Adler Arms Corp, the Turkish manufacturer of the A110 lever-action rapid-fire 12 gauge shotgun, will not legally be entitled to distribute its product to Australian consumers for the indefinite future. After assembled state and Commonwealth ministers failed to reach consensus on Friday about an appropriate risk assessed classification for the Adler, it appears the gun lobby, in particular Liberal Democrat cross bench Senator David Leyonhjelm has shot itself in the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: The New Daily (Australia)

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Australia

21 October 2016

El Nuevo Herald, Associated Press

[Translated summary: Australia will allow owners to hand in illegal firearms without penalty, from the middle of 2017. The amnesty will be the first national long gun amnesty since the 1996 buyback in response to a mass shooting that left 35 dead. The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission reported that there could be 300-600,000 unregistered firearms.] CANBERRA -- Australia permitirá a los propietarios de armas entregar armas de fuego ilegales sin ser... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: El Nuevo Herald, Associated Press

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Australia

21 October 2016

Associated Press

Australia will allow gun owners to hand in illegal firearms without penalty next year as concerns grow over gun crimes involving such weapons, a federal minister said Friday. Australia's police and justice ministers agreed at a meeting to start a nationwide gun amnesty from the middle of 2017, Justice Minister Michael Keenan said. "Australia is world-renowned for the strength of our firearm laws, but illegal firearms do remain a deadly weapon of choice for organized... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

20 October 2016

ABC News (Australia)

Police ministers met in Melbourne this morning to consider a new classification for the lever-action shotgun. There is currently a ban in place on Adler shotguns that have a magazine capacity of more than five rounds. The ABC understands concerns were raised that tightened restrictions on the seven-shot Adler would struggle to pass Parliament in certain states. The Australian Federal Police and Justice Minister Michael Keenan said there was a "majority" view but that... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

4 October 2016

ICI Radio Canada

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

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Australia

26 September 2016

Nikkei Asian Review

SYDNEY -- A crazed gunman shot dead 35 people at Port Arthur, a historic tourist site in the Australian island state of Tasmania in April 1996, prompting then-Prime Minister John Howard to outlaw military-style assault weapons and introduce a gun buyback scheme as part of a tough set of national firearm laws. Australia's gun homicide and suicide rates have both fallen markedly in the intervening 20 years and there have been no mass shootings (defined as five or more... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

22 September 2016

CTV News (Toronto)

Families across B.C. with unwanted guns and other weapons in their homes are being given a chance to give them up, no questions asked, for the month of October. Police announced the amnesty program on Thursday, promising immunity for anyone who wants to turn in their documented or undocumented firearms. "We recognize that some law-abiding British Columbians may find themselves in possession of firearms and other weapons that they're not legally entitled to," said... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CTV News (Toronto)

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Australia

21 September 2016

Huffington Post (Australia)

It's been 20 years since the Port Arthur massacre, and the landmark gun control legislation introduced by the Howard government soon after. Two decades on from the buy back scheme which saw 700,000 guns taken off streets and destroyed, the Australian Greens have named senator Lee Rhiannon as their new gun control spokesperson. It is a new portfolio for the party, and Rhiannon herself said she wasn't sure if any other party had named a specific gun control portfolio... (GunPolicy.org)

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Réunion,France

19 September 2016

France TV Info

[Translated summary: An amnesty operation has begun in the French Indian Ocean territory of Réunion. Citizens are invited to surrender their firearms, without any sanction until December 15. In past operations, 820 firearms and 31,053 rounds of ammunition were collected in Martinique, and 86 firearms and 3,800 rounds of ammunition in French Polynesia.] Le but est de réduire le nombre d'armes en circulation de façon illégale à La Réunion. Les particuliers sont... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

14 September 2016

Sydney Morning Herald

Justice Minister Michael Keenan says he expects that at least "thousands" of illegal guns to be handed over in a planned national firearms amnesty. But the nature of the illicit market meant it was hard to know how many owners of illegal guns would actually be prepared to give them up, as opposed to serious criminals who will want to hang onto their weapons, he said. Mr Keenan has confirmed Fairfax Media reports on Wednesday that the federal government will soon nail... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sydney Morning Herald

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Australia

14 September 2016

Guardian

The Turnbull government will begin a national gun amnesty after a wave of gun-related crime across the country. It also plans to increase penalties for gun smuggling. The justice minister, Michael Keenan, said the gun amnesty had the support of the Nationals and would allow Australians to hand in illegal guns without penalty. It would not be a buyback. He said the details of the amnesty were yet to be worked out but had in-principle support from his state and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian

39837

Australia

13 September 2016

Age (Melbourne)

He was 22 years old the first time he got caught with a gun. Police chased him down on foot and recovered a stash of drugs and a revolver. He was charged and released on bail. Five months later, he would be caught with more drugs and another gun - this time a .22 calibre semi-automatic pistol. For these crimes, he got nine months jail and a community corrections order. Angelo's* next run in with the law - five months after his release from prison - would see the now... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Age (Melbourne)

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Australia

13 September 2016

Age (Melbourne)

State and federal ministers and attorney-generals requested an amnesty be considered by senior officials in the National Justice and Policing Senior Officials Group last year. These officials gave a unanimous in-principle support for an amnesty last month. State ministers must agree to proceed, however, support for an amnesty is strong and it is understood the timing will be settled before the end of the year. Victoria's Police Minister Lisa Neville said the state... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Age (Melbourne)

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New Zealand

26 August 2016

Scoop (New Zealand)

Millions of Tax Payers Money Spent on Gun Registration Will Not Affect Criminals The Council of Licenced Firearms owners are disappointed at the comments suggested in Parliament to enact registration of all firearms. COLFO's Chairman Paul Clark has previously advised the Law & Order Select Committee that registration of firearms will not stop criminals using them. "People that do not own firearms must be asking how can listing a firearm on a database stop criminal use?... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Scoop (New Zealand)

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Ghana

16 August 2016

Joy Online (Ghana)

A Security Analyst says a 32-day amnesty granted by government to persons in possession of unlicensed weapons to voluntarily turn in the weapons would not yield the desired result. Dr Kwesi Aning, who is with the Kofi Annan Peace Keeping Training Center, said just like two similar initiatives undertaken by government in the past, the current intervention will also fail. "It is not going to make any difference. What is the basis for the amnesty? The people who smuggled... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Joy Online (Ghana)

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Guyana

14 August 2016

Demerara Waves (Guyana)

Scores of gun licenses are about to be revoked in the coming months, in keeping with a decision by the government to weed out those that had been wrongfully issued, no longer required or are in the hands of mentally unstable persons, Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan said Sunday. "It would be a massive, massive exercise so that is the difficulty but for the sake of the security of this nation I, as minister, will not make the massiveness of the exercise an... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Demerara Waves (Guyana)

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Libya

11 August 2016

Libya Herald

In a move driven possibly more by hope than expectation, the military police in Marj have unveiled a gun amnesty programme for residents to encourage them to hand over their weapons or register them. Those in possession of firearms have 30 days in which to hand them in if they are heavy weapons, or register them for their personal protection, if they are classed as "light". The move follows a similar one in Tobruk, where residents have until 15 September to hand in or... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Libya Herald

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Canada

16 June 2016

CTV News (Toronto)

For one month this fall, British Columbians are being given a chance to turn in old guns – including restricted and prohibited firearms – to ensure they never make it into the hands of criminals. The province-wide amnesty program was announced Thursday by the Ministry of Public Safety, which said people will be welcome to unload any unwanted guns, other weapons and ammunition for the entire month of October. "Stemming the flow of illegal weapons to gangs and the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CTV News (Toronto)

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Canada

8 June 2016

Toronto Star (Ontario)

Toronto is on track to record its worst year for gun deaths in more than a decade. Not since 2005, dubbed "The Year of the Gun," have more Toronto residents died by a bullet at such a pace. This year's first homicide came on Jan. 4, when 17-year-old Joseph Petit was shot dead minutes after beginning a conversation with two men who showed up at his home in the Victoria and Danforth Aves. area. His mother, Ana Pavao, found her son lying on the street near their... (GunPolicy.org)

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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)

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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)

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United Kingdom

22 April 2016

BBC News

More than 800 firearms were handed in during a two-week guns amnesty launched after a spate of shootings in Salford. Police urged people to "give up the gun" during the firearms and ammunition surrender across Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Cheshire, Cumbria, Lancashire and North Wales. Rifles, handguns, air weapons and a number of imitation and antique firearms were collected. Unusual items included a replica AK-47 and a Smith & Wesson pistol. There has been a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

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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)

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Canada

7 April 2016

CTV News (Vancouver)

Surrey parents who discover their children are keeping a gun in the house should be able to turn the weapon over to police worry-free, according to the city's former mayor. Dianne Watts, now a Conservative MP, is calling for a temporary amnesty program that would encourage parents to help get firearms off the streets. The details haven't been worked out, but Watts said parents who hand over guns could be assured their children won't be charged for having them. She... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CTV News (Vancouver)

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United Kingdom

4 April 2016

BBC News

Four police forces are staging a two-week firearms amnesty after a spate of shootings in Salford. There has been a spike in tit-for-tat attacks since Salford "Mr Big" Paul Massey was murdered in July 2015. People are being urged to "give up the gun" during the firearms and ammunition surrender in Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Cheshire and Lancashire. During the last amnesty almost two years ago hundreds of weapons were handed in, mostly antique firearms. Greater... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

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Guadeloupe

22 March 2016

France Info, Agence France Presse

[Translated summary: Prefect of Guadeloupe calls for another gun amnesty. In January, Pointe-à-Pitre's Attorney said that there were 5,000 to 6,000 lawful firearm owners.] Le préfet de la Guadeloupe, Jacques Billant, a lancé mardi une nouvelle campagne appelant la population à rendre les armes dont elle serait détentrice, même illégalement, sans crainte de poursuites judiciaires, alors que depuis le début de l'année le département a déjà enregistré huit... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: France Info, Agence France Presse

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Australia

7 January 2016

News.com.au

Almost 450 firearms have been surrendered to South Australian police and firearms dealers in little more than a month under the state's gun amnesty. Superintendent Kym Hand, from the SA police firearms branch police were pleased with the 444 handed in since the amnesty began on December 1, the first month of the seven-month amnesty. "This is a very positive outcome, he said. We know that more than half of all firearms stolen come from rural areas, so we are... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

7 January 2016

ABC News (Australia)

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

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Australia

27 November 2015

Launceston Examiner

More than 700 unwanted firearms have been surrendered to Tasmania Police at gun amnesties around the state since September 2013. Police experienced a highly successful amnesty at Longford earlier this month with about 100 guns voluntarily handed over to police, along with 1500 rounds of ammunition. A total of 778 unwanted guns have been collected in the past two years and two months. Another amnesty will take place at Scottsdale on Friday and police have reminded... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Launceston Examiner

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Slovakia,Sweden

5 July 2015

Local (Sweden)

Sweden's comparatively strict weapons laws ensure that authorities have a tight control on registered arms. But after a weapons amnesty conducted in 2013, police established that a surprising number of illegal firearms were in circulation in Sweden. Last year 115 firearms were seized by the Swedish customs authorities and it was revealed that large proportion of these had been bought over the internet from Slovakia, where the law regarding plugged - or deactivated -... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (Sweden)

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Sweden

30 December 2014

Local (Sweden)

Thirty-six tonnes of ammunition and over 15,000 weapons were given up in the first nationwide weapons amnesty for seven years. Sweden's National Police Board carried out the three-month drive early last year, but officers only released the final results on Tuesday. Sweden has only had two other amnesties, the most recent in 2007 - when 13,000 firearms were handed over by the public together with 14 tonnes of ammunition - and in 1993, when there were 17,000 firearms... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (Sweden)

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Australia

24 July 2014

Examiner Newspaper

Tasmania Police says unusual firearms such as a Boer War rifle and some World War II machine guns that turned up as part of an amnesty will be destroyed. Inspector John Ward of Firearm Services said the intent of the amnesty was to take guns out of the system. In a Launceston amnesty last year, rifles from the Boer War and Afghanistan were handed in. During last month's two week Operation Unification to take illegal firearms off the streets, two 9mm sub-machine guns... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

5 June 2014

News24 (Cape Town)

JOHANNESBURG - An investigation into the possible sale of firearms handed to police during an amnesty period is under way, the Hawks said on Wednesday. "There was nothing to investigate before until we came across new information and decided to follow it all up," spokesperson Paul Ramaloko said. The investigation would focus on Gauteng first. The probe followed the arrest of three people at a house in Norwood, Johannesburg, where police found more than 300 firearms,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: News24 (Cape Town)

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Bermuda

1 May 2014

Royal Gazette (Bermuda)

A Bermuda pastor has offered his church as a neutral venue for gun amnesties. The Rev Leonard Santucci, pastor at the AME's Vernon Temple in Southampton, said that, even if his proposal failed to get official sanction, he was prepared to accept firearms at his church or even collect them from people's homes. Dr Santucci said he had been involved in a successful gun buy back programme while serving in a church in East Orange, New Jersey. He added: "I believe the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Royal Gazette (Bermuda)

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Kenya

27 March 2014

Capital FM

NAIROBI — Mombasa County Commissioner Nelson Marwa has issued a one week amnesty to criminal gangs to surrender or face the full force of the law. Marwa stated that those in possession of illegal firearms should surrender them before the expiry of the amnesty. Speaking after a meeting with Muslim leaders, Marwa said the recent incidents of security are scaring away potential investors. "All criminals in this county who are harbouring illegal weapons should... (GunPolicy.org)

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Dominica

12 March 2014

Bernama (Malaysia) / NAM News Network

ROSEAU - Law enforcement officials here have admitted that a gun amnesty launched in Dominica a few years ago has failed. The gun amnesty, which was spearheaded by the Government of Dominica, was geared towards persons with illegal firearms. They were asked to bring these firearms to the police and would not face any charges; however, according to reports, only two persons took advantage of that. Speaking on the heels of several gun related incidents over the past... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Bernama (Malaysia) / NAM News Network

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Australia

12 February 2014

ABC News (Australia)

Changes to firearm laws in Tasmania are expected to take more guns off the streets. The Police Commissioner is set to announce that firearm dealers will no longer be amnesty points. Under Tasmania's permanent firearm amnesty, people with unregistered and unlicensed guns can hand them into police without fear of criminal charges. Guns can also be handed in to registered firearm dealers who can then register and sell them. The anti-gun lobby says the practice defeats... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ABC News (Australia)

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Guadeloupe,Martinique

2 February 2014

La Croix (France)

[Translated summary: Martinique authorities have begun a two-month firearms amnesty. The campaign hopes to prevent crime and officials say 138 firearms were seized in Martinique in 2013, including some which were illegally imported or stolen. A similar campaign in Guadeloupe last year was very successful.] Comme les Guadeloupéens l'an denier, les Martiniquais sont invités par l'autorité préfectorale à remettre les armes à feu en leur possession dans le cadre... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

26 November 2013

Eyewitness News (South Africa)

CAPE TOWN - The Police Ministry says the country's legal gun owners are responsible citizens despite several incidents of gun deaths. Recently Women, Children and Disabled Persons Minister Lulu Xingwana called for stricter enforcement of gun control laws. Xingwana went on to say Reeva Steenkamp would still be alive if Oscar Pistorius didn't own a gun. Pistorius will return to court in 2014 after killing Steenkamp in February. Police Ministry spokesperson Zweli Mnisi... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Eyewitness News (South Africa)

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Australia

20 November 2013

Examiner (Tasmania)

Eighty per cent of guns handed in at the weekend's firearm amnesty in Launceston had never been registered, Tasmania Police estimated yesterday. The mobile amnesty, held at the Silverdome, received nearly 200 firearms over two days. Tasmania had some of Australia's weakest firearm laws before the 1996 Port Arthur massacre including no requirement to register longarms. Following the toughening of gun laws, including compulsory registration, Tasmanians registered about... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Examiner (Tasmania)

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Australia

17 November 2013

Examiner Newspaper

Northern Tasmanians are on track to meet the firearms amnesty target set in Hobart two months ago, after almost 80 firearms were surrendered to police yesterday. People who visited the mobile police station at the Silverdome car park handed over 77 firearms and various amounts of ammunition. Almost 50 firearms were counted within two-and-a-half hours of the collection point opening yesterday morning. Launceston resident Leonie Gates could barely lift the firearm she... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Examiner Newspaper

39114

Australia

15 November 2013

ABC News (Australia)

Police say the initial results of a state-wide gun amnesty reveal 500 people in regional Western Australia surrendered unlicensed firearms to authorities. During the three-month firearms amnesty, which finished last month, more than 1,200 unlicensed firearms were collected from across the state. The highest surrender rate within the state's seven regions was in the south-west, with 164, and the lowest was in the Pilbara at 30. In the Goldfields and Esperance region,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

15 November 2013

ABC News (Australia)

Police say the initial results of a state-wide gun amnesty reveal 500 people in regional Western Australia surrendered unlicensed firearms to authorities. During the three-month firearms amnesty, which finished last month, more than 1,200 unlicensed firearms were collected from across the state. The highest surrender rate within the state's seven regions was in the south-west, with 164, and the lowest was in the Pilbara at 30. In the Goldfields and Esperance region,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ABC News (Australia)

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Solomon Islands

25 October 2013

ABC News (Australia)

Planning has begun in Solomon Islands for parts of the local police force to again be issued with guns. It's a major shift in policy, 10 years after a gun amnesty was introduced as part of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands. RAMSI's Participating Police Force Commander Paul Osborne says only three sections of the force will carry the weapons. "That'll be airport policing," he told Pacific Beat. "The close personal protection (unit to protect) visiting... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ABC News (Australia)

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Solomon Islands

25 October 2013

ABC Radio Australia (Shortwave)

In Solomon Islands, planning is now underway for the local police force to AGAIN be issued with guns. Although the reintroduction of firearms would be limited, it's still a major shift in policy 10 years after a gun amnesty was part of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands or RAMSI. The intervention was a regional response to five years of ethnic tensions and there's no doubt some of the bloodshed was caused by the police's own guns which militants had... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ABC Radio Australia (Shortwave)

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Solomon Islands

21 October 2013

Scoop (New Zealand), Media release

Cabinet has approved a limited reintroduction of firearms into the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force. Minister for Police, National Security and Corrections Chris Laore announced the Cabinet decision at the signing of the 5 year RAMSI Drawdown Strategy at the Rove Police Headquarters last Thursday. Minister Laore said the limited reintroduction of firearms is a capacity development program within the 2013-2017 RAMSI Drawdown Strategy for the Royal Solomon Islands... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Scoop (New Zealand)

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Canada

17 October 2013

CTV News (Toronto)

OTTAWA - Pixels for Pistols: Over 300 guns turned in and climbing! The Ottawa Police Service has picked up over 300 guns from residents participating in the Pixels for Pistols gun amnesty program. Officers continue to pick up guns every day and getting to the new calls for pick up as fast as they can. "We're getting all types of firearms, like shot guns, rifles, handguns," said Staff Sergeant Mark Patterson, head of the Ottawa Police Guns and Gangs Unit. "People have... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CTV News (Toronto)

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Australia

18 September 2013

Derwent Valley Gazette

Police had a strong response to a gun amnesty held at Granton at the weekend. Detective Acting Inspector Craig Joel said that after the recent wave of gun theft in the state, Tasmania Police would have been content with a single unwanted firearm being handed in, but they were overwhelmed by the success of the mobile amnesty. "The Tasmanian community made a strong statement that they do support us in our endeavours," he said. Ninety-nine firearms were handed in at the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Derwent Valley Gazette

39112

Australia

15 September 2013

ABC News (Australia)

Police have had a strong response to a weekend gun amnesty held in southern Tasmania. In the face of a wave of gun thefts across the state, police say there are buoyed by the success. A total of 99 guns were handed in at a mobile station at Granton, including 34 shotguns, 43 rifles, 17 air rifles and five hand guns. Detective Acting Inspector Craig Joel says the high number handed in was a surprise. "This is a way of getting the message out that illicit and unwanted... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ABC News (Australia)

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Australia

15 September 2013

ABC News (Australia)

Police have had a strong response to a weekend gun amnesty held in southern Tasmania. In the face of a wave of gun thefts across the state, police say there are buoyed by the success. A total of 99 guns were handed in at a mobile station at Granton, including 34 shotguns, 43 rifles, 17 air rifles and five hand guns. Detective Acting Inspector Craig Joel says the high number handed in was a surprise. "This is a way of getting the message out that illicit and unwanted... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ABC News (Australia)

37894

Australia

28 August 2013

Cairns Post

A Queensland Police sergeant has resigned in disgrace over an anti-corruption probe into an alleged stash of illicit weapons found in his private armoury that had been handed in under the gun amnesty. Former officer-in-charge of Ravenshoe Police Station Michael Musumeci, a licensed gun collector and amateur war historian, resigned two weeks ago as part of an ongoing internal audit and investigation by Ethical Standards Command. Detectives reportedly found an arsenal of... (GunPolicy.org)

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39108

Australia

28 June 2013

Chronicle (Australia)

A simple gesture of gratitude from police has taken on a deeper meaning for the Toowoomba-based secretary of the Shooter's Union of Queensland. Rob Harrold said the certificate of appreciation presented to him by the manager of this year's Firearms and Weapons Amnesty Inspector Peter Assfalg showed great cooperation between the two parties. "To me the important thing is that it establishes to the shooters that we can work with the police," Mr Harrold said. The union... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Chronicle (Australia)

38562

Australia

27 June 2013

Nine MSN News (Australia)

Dead men aren't supposed to have guns. Except in Western Australia, where almost 1000 firearms belonging to people who've died are unaccounted for. An audit of the state's weapons has uncovered serious flaws in gun control, with police having no way of knowing exactly how many legal and illegal guns there are. "We have no confidence in the accuracy of basic information on the number of people licensed to possess firearms or the number of licensed or unlicensed... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Nine MSN News (Australia)

37610

Canada

30 May 2013

CBC News (Canada)

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

Read More: CBC News (Canada)

37513

Australia

24 May 2013

Northern Daily Leader

Police across the New England North West will unite with their interstate counterparts as part of a crackdown to target and seize illegal firearms before they end up in the wrong hands. Operation Unification was launched yesterday as a means to try and smash the illegal guns black market. New England police are on board as part of the two-week operation, stepping up their operations especially on the New England Highway as part of the crackdown. Armidale duty officer... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Northern Daily Leader

39126

Zambia

12 May 2013

Times of Zambia

Home Affairs Minister Edgar Lungu has urged the Zambia Police Service to revive the gun amnesty and buy-back schemes to reduce the number of illicit firearms in Zambia. Mr Lungu said the police should seriously look into the increased misuse of firearms that were mostly smuggled into Zambia. He said this when he officiated at the opening of Kanele Shopping Mall and Kanele Enterprise yesterday. "The regulations of firearms dealing are continuously being stiffened both... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times of Zambia

37432

Australia

5 May 2013

Courier-Mail (Brisbane)

"Our message to anyone in possession of an illegal firearm is to act now while no penalties apply " - Assistant Commissioner Mike Condon Seventy-five guns a day on average are being handed in under Queensland's firearms amnesty but police admit they are probably only a fraction of the illegal weapons on the state's streets. About 200 of the more than 4500 guns handed in under the amnesty so far were destroyed yesterday at Nerang police station on the Gold Coast. The... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Courier-Mail (Brisbane)

39109

Australia

1 May 2013

ABC News (Australia)

Weapons ranging from hand guns, stun guns and cross bows have been netted in Queensland's three month amnesty. The time to hand in your weapons has passed. Queensland's gun amnesty has ended, unearthing over 8,500 firearms over the prosecution-free period. According to police, 2,000 of the weapons were surrendered to be destroyed, with a large majority of the weapons surrendered to be registered properly before being returned to their owners. Over 200 of the weapons... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ABC News (Australia)

38561

Australia

27 April 2013

Cairns Post

Simplifying the registration process has led to the most successful gun amnesty in recent memory according to a Cairns weapons dealer. The general firearms and weapons amnesty ends on Tuesday after which strict penalties for unlicensed weapons will come into effect. Owners are able to hand in weapons at either licensed dealers or police station and CRM Gunsports dealer nominee Shane Green said he'd been rushed off his feet this week as people tried to get in before... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Cairns Post

39107

Bermuda

15 April 2013

Global Post (Boston) / CANA News

Public Safety Minister Michael Dunkley has announced that a cash for guns scheme is to be introduced next month in a fresh attack on violent crime in Bermuda. The programme, run jointly with the independent Crime Stoppers group, will see cash rewards for information leading to the recovery of firearms or the arrest and prosecution of offenders. Dunkley said an advertising blitz for the scheme will kick off this month after emphasising the independence and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Global Post (Boston) / CANA News

37329

Australia

5 April 2013

Morning Bulletin, APN Newsdesk

NUMBERS BY REGION Central - Rockhampton, Mackay and Gladstone: 550 handed in. South Eastern - Gold Coast and Logan: 625 North Coast - Sunshine Coast, Bundaberg, Fraser Coast, Maryborough, Gympie, Caboolture: 737 Southern Region - Ipswich, Toowoomba, Roma, Warwick: 562 North - Townsville: 493 Far North - Cairns: 508 POLICE stations and gun shops around Rockhampton have received more than 500 unregistered guns as the Queensland firearm amnesty enters its final... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Morning Bulletin, APN Newsdesk

39121

Australia

5 April 2013

Daily Mercury

Central Queensland police stations and gun shops have been inundated with hundreds of weapons as the Queensland firearm amnesty enters its final month. And a flash stun grenade was one of more than 4000 weapons handed in statewide. In the central region, which covers Mackay, Rockhampton and Gladstone, about 550 guns have been handed in under the amnesty running until the end of this month. After eight weeks of allowing unregistered gun owners to come forward to have... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Mercury

39119

Australia

4 April 2013

ABC News (Australia)

Police will today destroy some of the thousands of guns they have collected in a firearms amnesty. More than 4,000 unregistered weapons have been surrendered in the past eight weeks, with a month on the amnesty still to go. Crime Stoppers chief executive officer Trevor O'Hara says it is important illegal firearms are taken out of harm's way. "There is just so much crime happening these days with illegal firearms and the community has had enough," he said. "They are... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ABC News (Australia)

39103

Australia

22 March 2013

Gladstone Observer (Australia)

More than 3500 firearms have been handed in as Queensland's gun amnesty reached the half-way mark. Almost 700 have been surrendered for destruction with the remaining firearms registered. The three-month amnesty, which ends on April 30, began as the government introduced new firearm laws involving mandatory jail terms, even a year for possessing an illegal firearm in a public place. Police Minister Jack Dempsey is urging Queenslanders to take advantage of the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Gladstone Observer (Australia)

37219

Brazil

11 March 2013

InSight Crime (Bogota)

A new study shows that northeastern Brazil is the region most affected by gun deaths in the country, having experienced a dramatic upswing in violence over the past decade. The study, released by non-governmental organization the Brazilian Centre for Latin American Studies (Cebela) shows that over 36,000 Brazilians were killed by guns in 2010 -- a rate of 20.4 people per 100,000. The rate is slightly below 2000 levels but nearly triple the rate of 1980. Nearly 95... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

37176

Sweden

1 March 2013

Local (Sweden)

Sweden on Friday commenced with its first weapons amnesty in more than five years, allowing anyone to turn illegal firearms in to police with no questions asked. "From a law enforcement perspective, we are happy to have a new, temporary weapons amnesty underway," Detective Peter Thorsell of the legal division of the National Police Board (Rikspolisstyrelsen) said in a statement. "Reducing illegal weapons possession is a very important measure for reducing gun... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (Sweden)

37125

Australia

14 February 2013

Home Hill Observer

A firearms amnesty has been launched over three months to allow those with unregistered firearms to surrender or register the weapons. Residents from across the Burdekin are being encouraged to hand in their unlicensed weapons, or register them at their local firearms dealer. Ayr Police Senior Sergeant, Steve Barton, said the amnesty was a good opportunity for people to safely and consciously destroy their unregistered or unlicensed firearms. "People have the option... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Home Hill Observer

39117

Brazil,Mexico

6 February 2013

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Mexico City authorities have received over 3,000 firearms in exchange for cash, bicycles, tablet computers and other goods, in new amnesty program aimed at tackling gun crime. The program, "For your family, voluntarily disarmament" (Por tu familia, desarme voluntario), has been running in three of Mexico City's 16 districts for the last two months. El Capitalino reports that government officials associated with the program have visited nearly half a million homes in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

37038

Japan,Scotland,Australia,United States

17 December 2012

New York Times, Editorial

Like other shootings before it, the Newtown, Conn., tragedy has reawakened America to its national fixation with firearms. No country in the world has more guns per capita, with some 300 million civilian firearms now in circulation, or nearly one for every adult. Experts from the Harvard School of Public Health, using data from 26 developed countries, have shown that wherever there are more firearms, there are more homicides. In the case of the United States,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

36831

Philippines

1 December 2012

Tempo (Manila)

Manila, Philippines – The Association of Firearms and Ammunition Dealers of the Philippines (AFAD) urged President Benigno S. Aquino III to consider approving another round of gun amnesty for delinquent gun owners who failed to renew the license of their guns. Its suggestion came after the Philippine National Police (PNP) declared that it has no problem foregoing the penalties that delinquent gun owners have incurred for non-renewal of guns, according to AFAD... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Tempo (Manila)

36800

Australia

8 November 2012

ABC News (Australia)

More than 1,100 illegal weapons have been handed in to police across the state during the first week of an amnesty. In Bendigo, more than 80 firearms and weapons have been surrendered. Forty-seven were handed in in Frankston and 44 in Ringwood. High-powered rifles were handed over in Warrnambool and daggers were surrendered in Prahran. Other weapons turned over to police included a handmade handgun, and a modified .22 calibre rifle that looks like an M16... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ABC News (Australia)

39105

Australia

1 November 2012

West Australian (Perth)

More than 2700 illegal and unwanted weapons have been handed in during South Australia's most successful gun amnesty. The government's three-month general firearms amnesty ended at midnight on Wednesday. By the end of the amnesty, 168 handguns, 2420 Class A or B firearms and 105 Class C or D guns were taken to police stations across the state. More than 77 weapons are yet to be identified and 13 fit into the prescribed category. Attorney-General John Rau said 2783... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: West Australian (Perth)

36887

Kenya

23 October 2012

Star (Kenya)

The Government has issued amnesty to all those who would surrender firearms voluntarily in the Tanadelta district which experienced deadly clashes in the past two months. Authorities said all those who would surrender firearms voluntarily shall not be prosecuted and instead will be given certificates of commendation for returning the illegal firearms. However those who will defy the orders shall be liable for prosecution and face the full force of the law as more than... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Star (Kenya)

36673

Samoa

15 October 2012

Radio New Zealand International (Shortwave)

Samoa's Ministry of Police is considering calling a gun amnesty following concerns over the increasing number of unlicensed and illegal firearms in the community. The assistant police commissioner, Leaupepe Fatu Pula, says it's not only the public who are worried but police officers have also raised their concerns. He says guns were found at a recent police drug raid, and a gun was used recently to kill a local taxi driver. He also says police are investigating the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Radio New Zealand International (Shortwave)

36645

Africa,Rwanda

11 September 2012

News of Rwanda

The Police have in the past conducted various campaigns to get firearm weapons from the public, but the rate at which they are causing harm shows that they are still scattered around the country. Last week, September 5, a 12-year old boy died following a grenade explosion at their home in Nyarurama cell, Ntongwe sector, Ruhango District. The blast took place right in their store. According to ACP Sam Karemera, the National Focal Point Coordinator on small arms and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: News of Rwanda

36547

Philippines

2 September 2012

Philippine Star / Freeman

CEBU, Philippines - The Commission on Audit (COA) said that Mayor Michael Rama and other Cebu City Government officials violated the law for keeping in City Hall custody hundreds of unlicensed guns. "Although some of these firearms are now kept in the vault at the General Service Office (GSO), we believe that still, this condition may not relieve the city government of the liabilities and consequences of possessing unlicensed firearms," said Cebu City Resident Auditor... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Philippine Star / Freeman

36521

Chile

20 August 2012

Infosurhoy (Chile)

SANTIAGO, Chile – Neighbor, be conscientious. That's the motto of the campaign the Carabineros de Chile police force is carrying out to reduce the number of firearms in the hands of Chileans in response to the growing number of robberies and murders involving guns. There were 11,783 robberies and 93 murders involving firearms last year. In 2010 there were 12,987 armed robberies, but that number should plummet this year, as there were 4,699 armed robberies committed... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Infosurhoy (Chile)

36480

Asia,United States,Philippines

30 July 2012

Philippine Star, Opinion

The Colorado Movie Theater shooting tragedy where 12 people were killed and 58 were injured during a sold-out midnight premier of the new Batman movie "The Dark Knight Rises" brought chills to many around the world. Imagine a 24-year-old man named James Holmes unloaded four weapons' full of ammunition into the unsuspecting crowd without any fear whatsoever. And here we are in our neck of the woods selling ammunition like hotcakes to any Tom, Dick or Harry. Many... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Philippine Star

36418

European Union,Croatia,Serbia

27 July 2012

RTS (Belgrade) /, SEESAC (Belgrade)

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

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

36412

United States

15 July 2012

WNYC News (New York)

A Queens lawmaker last week called for more gun buy-back programs in the wake of a triple fatal shooting. But experts cast doubt on the effectiveness of the program to thwart crime. Councilman James Sanders urged Queens District Attorney Richard Brown at press conference last Tuesday to hold another gun amnesty event. The most recent borough-wide buy-back program netted 922 guns. Buybacks allow gun owners to turn over their weapons in exchange for money, no questions... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: WNYC News (New York)

36333

Australia

13 June 2012

ABC News (Australia)

Legislation allowing for the jailing of people who illegally discharge guns has been introduced in the South Australian Parliament. It is a response to cases including recent drive-by shootings in Adelaide. SA Attorney-General John Rau said the bill creates a new offence of discharging a firearm without a lawful excuse. Once the legislation passed, Mr Rau said a three-month amnesty would open for illegal weapons to be surrendered to police. "The clear objective of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ABC News (Australia)

36242

Venezuela

1 June 2012

BBC News

Venezuela has brought a new gun law into effect which bans the commercial sale of firearms and ammunition. Until now, anyone with a gun permit could buy arms from a private company. Under the new law, only the army, police and certain groups like security companies will be able to buy arms from the state-owned weapons manufacturer and importer. The ban is the latest attempt by the government to improve security and cut crime ahead of elections in October. Venezuela... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

36197

Philippines

13 April 2012

Philippine Information Agency

COTABATO CITY -- The members of the Regional Peace and Order Council has decided to impose a gun ban and regulate the issuance of firearms in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). ARMM governor officer-in-charge regional governor Mujiv Hataman said that the council has unanimously agreed to pass a resolution proposing the imposition of gun ban in the areas under the autonomous region not only during the election period but also during voters'... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Philippine Information Agency

36017

Puerto Rico

15 March 2012

International Action Network on Small Arms / IANSA

A gun amnesty in Puerto Rico has removed more than 400 firearms and over 30,000 rounds of ammunition from circulation since it began in February 2012. The amnesty is overseen by the Ministry of Sports and Recreation, in cooperation with local government and religious centres across the country. Over 35 churches have received training in how to handle surrendered weapons and have been certified as gun collection points. Henry Neumann, of the Ministry, said the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: International Action Network on Small Arms / IANSA

38877

Puerto Rico

12 March 2012

Daily Sun (Puerto Rico)

The government has pulled out of circulation more than 400 firearms as well as more than 30,000 rounds of ammunition since last month's amnesty to turn them in came into effect, said the Secretary of Sports and Recreation, Henry Neumann. "We have already collected over 400 firearms throughout Puerto Rico … more than 30,000 rounds of ammunition have been delivered to us as of 4 p.m. on Saturday, and we are letting the people know of the success behind this measure and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Sun (Puerto Rico)

35911

Philippines

8 March 2012

Philippine Star

COTABATO CITY, Philippines – Muslim clerics are ready to support the enforcement of a general firearm registration amnesty program in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. But the group noted that this can only be done if the government puts up more courts in the area with judges courageous enough to litigate high-profile cases to establish the semblance of strong justice system. For local sociologists and contemporary historians, it is the perennial lack of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Philippine Star

35893

Sudan

5 March 2012

Sudan Tribune (France)

JUBA — The South Sudan army, the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) has announced its readiness to conduct the "peaceful" collection of illegal arms from the civil population across the country but primarily in Jonglei, Unity, Lakes and Warrap states; all of which have recently been subject to increased tribal conflict. Majak D' Agoot, South Sudan's deputy defence minister, said the SPLA has the mandate to remove arms from the hands of the unauthorised civil... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sudan Tribune (France)

35889

Australia

12 February 2012

Sydney Morning Herald

Police are powerless to stop gun crime while weapons exist on Sydney's streets, the Police Commissioner, Andrew Scipione, has admitted, but he will consider lobbying for a gun amnesty if his officers request it. In an interview with The Sun-Herald, Mr Scipione compared gun crimes to car crashes, saying they were impossible to stop. But he said police were heavily focused on fighting the spike in shootings in Sydney's south-west. "There is no way I would suggest that... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sydney Morning Herald

35818

Bahamas

1 November 2011

Nassau Guardian (Bahamas)

With just two days before the gun amnesty comes to an end, National Security Minister Tommy Turnquest made a final appeal for people to turn in their illegal weapons. Midway through the amnesty period, 18 firearms and 3,386 live rounds of ammunition had been delivered to police. Yesterday, Turnquest confirmed that a few more guns have been turned in since then. "We're asking people to turn in their guns. The new amendments to the Firearms Act will come into force next... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Nassau Guardian (Bahamas)

35494

Bahamas

24 October 2011

Nassau Guardian (Bahamas)

National Security Minister Tommy Turnquest said last week that 361 illegal guns have been marked and taken off the streets with the police force's new firearms marking machine. This figure does not include the 18 guns turned in so far under the 30-day gun amnesty, set to expire on November 3. In 2010 police confiscated 261 weapons. In his contribution to the debate on the package of anti-crime bills last week Wednesday, Turnquest said that "firearms marking is an... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Nassau Guardian (Bahamas)

35455

Bahamas

17 October 2011

Tribune (Bahamas)

Bishop Simeon Hall appealed to all persons in possession of an unlicensed firearm yesterday to turn them in to the authorities during the government's one-month amnesty period. According to the Minister of National Security, Tommy Turnquest, this firearm amnesty period, which began on October 5 comes to an end on November 4. Persons who have illegal firearms can hand them over to authorities without fear of prosecution to police stations in New Providence, Grand... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Tribune (Bahamas)

35423

Bahamas

5 October 2011

Nassau Guardian (Bahamas)

Democratic National Alliance (DNA) leader Branville McCartney said yesterday the government should reconsider its moratorium on illegal firearms. "If they have the gun then we need to deal with them,"McCartney said. "Don't give them any amnesty. Let's find them, get them and deal with them. You want the criminal element to respect the law. We want them to know that they should not be doing things because there will be consequences. I don't know if what is proposed... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Nassau Guardian (Bahamas)

35372

Bahamas

4 October 2011

Nassau Guardian (Bahamas)

Calling his address last night "one of the more distressing national addresses" he has ever given, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham announced an amnesty period for illegal weapons to be turned in, tougher penalties for people found guilty of gun crimes and the addition of two gun courts. Ingraham advised that for a period of 30 days following the introduction of amendments to the Firearms Act tomorrow, all citizens and other persons are requested to turn in to police any... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Nassau Guardian (Bahamas)

35353

United States,Bermuda

19 September 2011

Royal Gazette (Bermuda)

The state of New Jersey has well-publicised problems with gangs and guns and one Bermudian has been doing his part to try to solve them. The Rev Leonard Santucci, pastor of St Paul AME Church in East Orange, was involved in a gun buy back programme, which resulted in the recovery of almost 1,000 guns in just a couple of days. The scheme saw prosecutors in Essex County join forces with churches of various denominations to encourage those with guns to turn them in. Dr... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Royal Gazette (Bermuda)

35293

Argentina

10 August 2011

Rafaela.com (Argentina)

[Translated summary: The second phase of the National Programme for the Voluntary Surrender of Firearms, launched in 2007, was presented this week in the form of a buyback. According to the Argentinian Minister of Security, the first phase of the amnesty recovered 107,761 firearms and 774,679 rounds of ammunition. En la primera etapa de este programa, creado en julio de 2007, se recuperaron en todo el país 107.761 armas y 774.679 municiones, de las cuales 10.158... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Rafaela.com (Argentina)

35178

Africa,Nigeria

4 August 2011

Daily Champion (Lagos)

When former President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua approved the implementation of the Niger Delta Amnesty programme two years ago, he, most likely, would not have imagined that it would become the huge success that it presently has become. At the time he made the historic move, the Niger Delta region was, literally, a war zone. Militant youths, armed with sophisticated weapons controlled different parts of the states of the region, killing, maiming or kidnapping people,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Champion (Lagos)

35159

Cayman Islands

2 August 2011

CayCompass.com (Cayman Islands)

With just two firearms being turned in during the Royal Cayman Islands Police guns amnesty programme in July, officers have decided to extend the programme for another month. This time around, they'll be offering cash to individuals who turn in their weapons. According to Robert Baraud of High Impact Media, his company has set aside $2,000 for police to offer to those who turn in weapons or ammunition. Additional donations for the programme will be sought from the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CayCompass.com (Cayman Islands)

35155

Cayman Islands

21 July 2011

Cayman Compass (Cayman Islands), Editorial

"Crimes like murders and burglaries that plagued the Cayman Islands during the last few years have fallen off police charts so far in 2011." So began the article on page 2 of the Friday, 15 July, 2011, Caymanian Compass. Tell that to the owner of Reflections following Tuesday night's smash and grab. Tell that to the owner of Lorna's Texaco in Bodden Town and his loyal employee Medsadie Connor who was shot and her purse stolen. Tell that to the owner of the Red Bay... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Cayman Compass (Cayman Islands)

35086

Cayman Islands

14 July 2011

CayCompass.com (Cayman Islands)

Crimes like murders and burglaries that have plagued the Cayman Islands over the last few years have fallen off the police charts so far in 2011. But they've been replaced by a shocking increase in robberies and firearms possession cases through the first six months of this year. "This year the crime landscape is somewhat different," Police Commissioner David Baines said. "The increase in robberies is very concerning and has posed some challenges. These remain the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CayCompass.com (Cayman Islands)

35058

Australia

9 July 2011

Daily Telegraph (Sydney)

The Tony Soprano of Australia's cocaine trade has organised for a large cache of weapons to be handed in to police, a court has been told. Alen Moradian - dubbed Tony Soprano by his wife - should be given a 45 per cent discount on his jail term because of the weapons handover and his plea of guilty, his barrister Phillip Boulten, SC, said. "It is highly unlikely there has been a handover of guns like this since prime minister (John Howard) offered a gun amnesty to all... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Telegraph (Sydney)

35045

Egypt

25 June 2011

Egyptian Gazette (Cairo)

CAIRO - More than 15 firearms, including eight automatic rifles, seven handguns and 200 bullets, were handed in to Cairo police on the first day of Egypt's two-month weapons amnesty which ends next month, an Interior Ministry official said. The national amnesty, the first since the January 25 revolution and in part prompted by fears of a growing firearms culture, began on June 1 and runs until the end of July 31. It has netted 15 weapons and 200 bullets across Cairo,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Egyptian Gazette (Cairo)

34983

Cayman Islands

8 June 2011

Cayman News Service (Cayman Islands)

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

Read More: Cayman News Service (Cayman Islands)

34929

United States

3 April 2011

Indianapolis Star (Indiana)

Jim Bolin was as shocked as anyone else in Morgan County to hear about the shooting of a teen at Martinsville's West Middle School. But he's not shocked enough to get rid of his guns -- even though he and his wife are raising five children younger than 5 in their Mooresville home. "I think if people are responsible and they're not criminals, they're allowed to have guns, they should have all they want," Bolin said. "Back when I first had guns, I had two daughters... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Indianapolis Star (Indiana)

34630

Argentina

10 March 2011

Press TV (Iran)

Argentina's gun buy-back program is to be extended and amended to maintain its popularity in preventing violent crime and controlling the underground gun market. "The plan is being implemented in collaboration with the general public and representatives of provinces and religious groups. In the first stage of the plan, in 2007, we destroyed more than 100,000 registered guns," says Andres Meiszner, the director of the Arms Registry Office. The plan is so popular that... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Press TV (Iran)

34537

Canada

4 March 2011

Toronto Sun (Ontario)

OTTAWA - The federal government is expected to extend the amnesty for long gun owners who don't register their weapons for another year. It would be the fifth time the Conservatives protected licensed owners of unregistered long guns from criminal charges. The extension could be announced in the next few weeks, and would likely come into effect May 17, when the current amnesty expires. A government official confirmed Friday the amnesty will be extended, saying the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Toronto Sun (Ontario)

34506

Trinidad & Tobago,Canada

10 February 2011

Guardian (Trinidad and Tobago)

Gun amnesty is not right for T&T at this point in time. This was the recommendation put forward yesterday by Police Commissioner Dwayne Gibbs at the launch of a regional project on gun control, titled Strengthening Caricom Co-operation to reduce Gun Crime, at the Hilton Trinidad and Conference Centre. The project is a collaboration between Caricom's Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) and Project Ploughshares, a Canadian non-governmental organisation.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (Trinidad and Tobago)

34368

United States

11 January 2011

Sydney Morning Herald, Editorial

On November 30 last year, 22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner walked into a Sportsman's Warehouse store in Tucson, Arizona, and bought a Glock 19 semi-automatic handgun, serial number PWL699. He passed the instant background check required by US federal law. Under the lax state gun laws, he was then allowed to conceal and carry his pistol without a permit. On Sunday, Loughner was charged with using the gun in a rampage in a parking lot outside a Tucson supermarket that left... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sydney Morning Herald

34028

Canada

22 November 2010

CBC News (Canada)

Nearly 300 guns were turned over to police in Manitoba during a provincewide police firearms amnesty in October. Those weapons will now be destroyed, ensuring they are never stolen or used in a crime, Attorney General Andrew Swan stated in a press release. "I'd like to thank everyone who voluntarily came forward to turn in an unwanted or unused firearm. In the wrong hands, even a single weapon has the potential to wreak havoc and cause tragedies," he said. October... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CBC News (Canada)

33690

Turks & Caicos

14 November 2010

Turks & Caicos Sun

Anyone in the Turks and Caicos Islands who possesses illegal firearms, explosives or ammunition, has until November 30th to hand them over to the police or pastors without being arrested and charged. After that date, if they are caught with guns and/or ammunition, they must appear before the Supreme Court, and, if found guilty, they will have to spend at least five years in jail. The gun amnesty and the new, tough sentencing measures were announced by Governor Gordon... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Turks & Caicos Sun

33649

Australia

21 August 2010

Hobart Mercury (Tasmania)

Police have reminded Tasmanians that the post-Port Arthur massacre amnesty for the surrender of illegal firearms still stands. Unwanted, unsafe or unregistered firearms and ammunition can be handed in to police or registered firearms dealers. Inspector Michael Grant said people could do so without fear of prosecution and no questions would be asked. "People are also reminded that possession of firearms, firearm parts or ammunition without the relevant licence is... (GunPolicy.org)

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36895

Cayman Islands

10 June 2010

Cayman News Service (Cayman Islands)

There have been nine reported crimes involving the use of firearms since the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service started its no-questions-asked gun amnesty, which ends at 7:00pm tonight (Thursday 10 June). From armed robberies at liquor stores and gas stations to street robberies and home invasions, Cayman's criminal element seemed too busy using their weapons to bring them in. The police will be revealing the total quantity and type of weapons collected during the... (GunPolicy.org)

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32817

United Kingdom

4 June 2010

STV (Scotland)

A national amnesty for owners of a revolver commonly used as a starting gun has come to an end. On Friday, the Olympic .380 BBM firearm was reclassified as a prohibited weapon, following fears it could be easily converted to carry live ammunition. The gun is most commonly used to start races and to train dogs, and has traditionally been available from hobby and model shops as well as firearms dealers. However, a test carried out by the UK's Forensic Science Service... (GunPolicy.org)

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32804

Nigeria

13 May 2010

Vanguard (Lagos)

ABUJA - Presidential Adviser on Niger Delta and National Co-ordinator of the Post- Amnesty Programme, Mr. Timi Alaibe, has blamed the lull in the implementation of the programme on lack of proper planning before the announcement of the amnesty, given the fact that the nation was faced with a major crisis in the Niger Delta, at the time. "We experienced some sort of delay in the programme because there was no structure on ground, no concrete plan document because we... (GunPolicy.org)

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32670

Nigeria

25 April 2010

234 Next (Timbuktu)

The federal government's amnesty programme is heading for the rocks with allegations that money meant for the rehabilitation of militants has been embezzled and the youth are now threatening to return to the creeks. Acting President Goodluck Jonathan who was all too aware of the dangers, moved last week to salvage public confidence in the programme by restructuring it. Under the new structure, Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, Timi Alaibe, would... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: 234 Next (Timbuktu)

32568

United Kingdom

14 April 2010

BBC News

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

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32520

South Africa

12 April 2010

South African Press Association

Crime Line on Sunday appealed to the public to "blow the whistle" on the use and trade of illegal firearms as the gun amnesty deadline expires. "Time has run out for gun-owners to surrender their legal and illegal firearms as the gun amnesty period draws to a close today [Sunday]," the head of Crime Line, Yusuf Abramjee, said. "Now is the time for South Africans to join hands with the police in ensuring a safer South Africa by ridding our streets of illegal... (GunPolicy.org)

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32490

South Africa

8 April 2010

South African Press Association

JOHANNESBURG - As the 2010 firearms amnesty draws to a close this weekend, many gun owners are seeking advice after receiving mixed messages from the police and gun dealers, the SA Gunowners' Association (Saga) said on Thursday. Spokesperson Martin Hood said the police ministry was acting in bad faith by saying the amnesty period, which ends on April 11, must be used to update old firearm licences. "By presenting the amnesty as an opportunity for firearm owners to... (GunPolicy.org)

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32491

Australia

23 March 2010

Marketing Magazine (Australia)

Background In March 2009, the New South Wales Police Force and New South Wales Government implemented a three-month gun amnesty urging Australians to surrender or register illegal firearms. The crackdown on illegal firearms was propelled by a need to lower the number of unregistered weapons in New South Wales (there are many firearms in New South Wales that are not registered by a licensed gun owner and cannot be handed in without repercussion) and remove the threat of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Marketing Magazine (Australia)

38552

Kenya

17 March 2010

Daily Nation (Nairobi)

NAIROBI — A cattle rustler who travelled more than 200 kilometres to surrender an illegal firearm had to endure a long wait after he found the district commissioner's office deserted. The 36-year-old thief travelled from Adurkoit village near the Kenya-Uganda border to the Kapenguria District headquarters to hand his AK-47 rifle to DC Alan Machari. The man, who was escorted by Adurkoit sub-location assistant chief David Yarangiro and Warriors Rehabilitation... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Nation (Nairobi)

32357

South Africa

9 March 2010

BuaNews (Tshwane)

MORETELE, South Africa — The North West Department of Public Safety has kicked off the 2010 Firearms Amnesty roadshow in the Moretele Local Municipality. Public Safety spokesperson Lesiba Kgwele said the campaign sought to amplify the call for residents to surrender illegal firearms and ammunition without being arrested before the April 11 deadline. The call came after Public Safety MEC Howard Yawa on Friday launched the campaign under the slogan "Awulethe Umshini... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BuaNews (Tshwane)

32314

Uganda

21 February 2010

Monitor (Kampala)

He has dedicated his life to peace, worked closely with the UPDF to disarm his clansmen and once secured surrender of 200 illegal guns in a day. Today, Mzee Aramutori Lokodo is an angry elder, temporary confined by the government at a top Kampala Hotel, after soldiers allegedly grabbed all his 350 cattle last month. He spoke to Sunday Monitor's Tabu Butagira (through an interpreter) about how the army has become what he called a "cattle-rustling tribe" in Karamoja... (GunPolicy.org)

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32191

South Africa

10 February 2010

BuaNews (Tshwane)

NELSPRUIT, South Africa — Mpumalanga community safety MEC Sibongile Manana has urged the public to take advantage of the National Firearm Amnesty and hand in their unlicensed firearms. Illegal firearms can be handed in at the nearest police station, without the handler fearing arrest if the weapon was not used to commit a crime. The amnesty period runs from January 11 to April 11. A similar campaign in 2005 resulted in over 98 000 weapons being removed from... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BuaNews (Tshwane)

32104

Cuba

1 February 2010

Associated Press

HAVANA, Cuba - Cuba has declared a two-month amnesty for citizens to register unlicensed guns, and says those passing aptitude and psychological tests will be allowed to keep their weapons. The move is unusual in a state where almost no one except some active military personnel and plain-clothed state security agents are allowed to possess weapons. Even most police officers are required to leave their pistols at the station or in a regional barracks when on vacation... (GunPolicy.org)

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32026

South Africa

15 January 2010

South African Press Association

JOHANNESBURG - Gun control campaigners welcomed the destruction of 80 611 guns by the SA Police Service on Friday. The weapons thrown into the furnace included guns recovered through the ongoing nationwide firearm amnesty, as well as obsolete police weapons and guns previously recovered by police from crime scenes. IANSA (International Action Network on Small Arms) Africa said the destruction sent a positive signal to South Africans that the firearms amnesty would... (GunPolicy.org)

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31889

Australia

14 January 2010

Advertiser (Adelaide)

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

Read More: Advertiser (Adelaide)

36890

South Africa

12 January 2010

Richmark Sentinel

The new firearm amnesty has kicked off with all the pomp and ceremony that the police can muster for what may well prove to be a pivotal moment in gun ownership in South Africa. The problem is that there are unresolved issues relating to the Firearms Control Act of 2000 (Act) which still have to be sorted out. Chief among these is the application before the High Court, brought by the SA Hunters and Game Conservation Association, to declare certain parts of the Act... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Richmark Sentinel

31810

South Africa

11 January 2010

Mercury (Durban)

With thousands of illegal firearms in circulation around the country, contributing to the high rate of serious and violent crimes, most political parties have welcomed the four-month gun amnesty that begins today, saying it will spur people with illegal firearms to surrender their weapons. The amnesty runs until April 11 and allows people to hand in illegal, unregistered firearms at any police station, without fear of prosecution. IFP spokesperson Velaphi Ndlovu said... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Mercury (Durban)

31848

United Kingdom

17 December 2009

Telegraph (UK)

A secret intelligence analyst, Neil McLellan, who escaped jail on firearms charges by claiming his job at GCHQ was pivotal to national security is behind bars after it was disclosed he had lied about his employment under oath. The 49 year-old escaped jail despite admitting possession of a "Dirty Harry" style .44 magnum handgun, after he lied about working at the intelligence centre in Cheltenham, Glos. He was given a suspended sentence after he claimed jailing him... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Telegraph (UK)

31711

Philippines

14 December 2009

Philippine Daily Inquirer (Visayas)

TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines — The campaign of the Philippine National Police (PNP) on gun amnesty program, which ended last month, yielded more than 4,000 firearms in Eastern Visayas. Although the gun amnesty yielded only about 10 percent of the total estimated 43,400 loose firearms in the region, PNP Eastern Visayas information officer Senior Superintendent Manuel Cubillo described the campaign as successful. "We were only given a target of about nine percent by our... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Philippine Daily Inquirer (Visayas)

31655

Canada

3 December 2009

CBC News (Canada)

NOVA SCOTIA - More than 1,000 guns were collected during a month-long gun amnesty program in the Halifax area, police announced Thursday. The Pixels for Pistols program, which began Nov. 2, allowed local residents to turn in working guns in exchange for a new digital camera. Broken guns or ammunition could be traded for a gift card worth about $80. The program was a partnership between the police department and Henry's, a camera and photography business. By the time... (GunPolicy.org)

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31559

Philippines

2 December 2009

Manila Bulletin

Philippine National Police (PNP) has started the crackdown on all loose firearms and delinquent gun owners following the termination of the two-month nationwide gun amnesty on Monday. Director General Jesus Verzosa, PNP chief, said that their determination to account for the estimated 800,000 remaining loose firearms across the country was further buoyed by what he described as "tradition of feudal politics and clan conflict" that precipitated the massacre of 57... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Manila Bulletin

31550

Australia

28 October 2009

Advertiser (Adelaide)

There are just a few days left to surrender weapons to Victoria Police under its month-long arms amnesty. More than 10 items have so far been handed in to Wodonga officers during the statewide weapons and firearms amnesty, including five guns and five knives or swords. Benalla police also received five firearms as well as ammunition. The scheme, which runs all October, allows people the chance to surrender any unwanted or illegal item without penalty. Insp Gavan... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Advertiser (Adelaide)

31388

Philippines

23 September 2009

IRIN (UN News)

DAPIAWAN, Philippines — A .45 calibre pistol is tucked into the waistband of a tricycle driver as he speeds along a desolate stretch of highway that cuts through a Muslim rebel stronghold in the southern Philippine town of Datu Piang in Mindanao. "I can get attacked by bandits, rebels or my enemies, and my gun spells the difference between life and death," he told IRIN. Similar scenarios are played out across this strife-torn, southern island, where violence borne... (GunPolicy.org)

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31031

Zambia

16 September 2009

Post (Zambia)

SENANGA — Western Province permanent secretary Ikanuke Noyoo has appealed to people with illegal firearms in the province to surrender them to the government since the amnesty was still in place. In interview, Noyoo said that Western Province's Shangombo, Kalabo and Kaoma were the worst affected districts with illegal firearms in civilian hands. "The Minister of Home Affairs has already put in place a programme to dispatch security personnel to these areas so that... (GunPolicy.org)

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30969

United States

14 September 2009

South Coast Today (Massachusetts)

NEW BEDFORD — The city's faith community is taking a renewed stand against gun violence, teaming with city and law enforcement officials to run anti-gun seminars, organizing a community-wide walk for peace with Bishop George W. Coleman and offering churches as "safe-havens" where gun owners can turn in their weapons "with no questions asked." Several local priests, ministers and rabbis plan to use their pulpits this weekend to preach a message of peace. That will be... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: South Coast Today (Massachusetts)

30962

Slovakia

10 September 2009

SITA Online (Baratislava)

BRATISLAVA — As of October, citizens of Slovakia will have seven months to hand in illegally held arms and ammunition without being charged for it. This stems from amendment to the law on arms and ammunition, which lawmakers approved in the third reading. Of the 129 deputies present in the150-member parliament, 119 supported the bill. The ministry estimates that the number of illegally held firearms and ammunition will decrease thanks to the amnesty, and will also... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: SITA Online (Baratislava)

30958

Philippines

9 September 2009

Cebu Daily News

SENIOR Supt. Jesus Gaquing, Cebu provincial police director, yesterday admitted that the police were faring poorly in the campaign against loose firearms. He said the police were only able to seize 51 unlicensed firearms in August, way below the target of 300. Gaquing held a command conference yesterday with the chiefs of police of municipalities and component cities. Police have two programs for loose firearms: the Oplan Bilang Boga for firearms for expired license... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Cebu Daily News

30921

Philippines

21 August 2009

Daily Tribune (Manila)

The Philippine National Police (PNP) will establish a rewards program for persons who can pinpoint the existence of loose firearms after the end of the gun amnesty period on Oct. 31, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Ronaldo Puno said yesterday. Puno said once these loose or unlicensed guns are confiscated, the PNP might opt to donate them to the local police station in the barangay or town where these were seized. "There will be a rewards... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Tribune (Manila)

30792

Philippines

11 August 2009

Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines — In its first month of implementation, the Philippine National Police's gun amnesty program has already attracted almost 20,000 gun owners with expired licenses, Director General Jesus Verzosa said on Tuesday. As of July 31, a total of 19,824 expired firearms licenses had already been renewed out of the estimated 559,326 loose firearms with expired licenses, Verzosa said. The final gun amnesty of the PNP is expected to last until... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Philippine Daily Inquirer

30714

Nigeria

10 August 2009

Inter Press Service News Agency

Nigeria's president Umaru Yar'Adua is embarking on an ambitious move to end armed insurgency in the country's oil-rich Niger Delta region. Under a government initiative which started on Aug, 6, militants in the region have 60 days to hand over their arms in return for a presidential amnesty, unconditional pardon and reintegration programme. As the first week of the amnesty period draws to a close, only a few weapons have been handed over at designated screening... (GunPolicy.org)

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30729

Philippines

3 August 2009

Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police Tuesday said it will start accepting applications for gun licenses under a new firearms amnesty program on Aug. 1. The amnesty program, approved by Malacañang earlier this month, aims to reduce gun-related violence in next year's presidential election. Police estimate there are roughly 1.1 million unregistered firearms around the country. At the launch of its national secretariat for the Firearms Control Program... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Philippine Daily Inquirer

30659

Philippines

17 July 2009

ABS-CBN News (Manila), Column

Once again, the government is issuing a general firearms amnesty. In October, all those whose guns are not duly licensed may have their weapons registered, no questions asked. Amnesties are meant to encourage those who are in violation of the law to straighten out their situation. But how often should amnesties be given? If it is given too often, people are not pushed to comply with the law from the start. This is the case with gun amnesty. Those who are using... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ABS-CBN News (Manila)

30567

Philippines

11 July 2009

Manila Bulletin

An organization of firearms dealers in the country expressed concern over the government's gun amnesty program which will be implemented in October this year, saying that the strategy of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in its campaign on loose firearms would only benefit gun smugglers. Lawyer Hector Rodriguez, president Association of Firearms and Ammunition Dealers (AFAD), said that the PNP should have learned its lesson when the eight gun amnesty programs they... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Manila Bulletin

30507

Australia

9 June 2009

Sydney Morning Herald / AAP

A three-month gun amnesty in NSW has netted more than 4,300 weapons, including 3,000 rifles. NSW Police Minister Tony Kelly said the firearms amnesty, which ran from March 1 until May 31, had resulted in 4,323 firearms being handed in. Under the amnesty, those with a gun licence but unregistered weapons were able to register them. People without a gun licence were able to surrender their firearms without penalty to any police station. The weapons handed in included... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sydney Morning Herald / AAP

30265

Australia

3 June 2009

ABC News (Australia)

Hundreds of guns have been handed into ACT police during a three-month gun amnesty. During the amnesty — which ends on Sunday — unregistered and prohibited firearms can be given up to police without penalty. Around 220 guns and 6,000 rounds of ammunition have been surrendered. More than 700 additional firearms have also been registered during the period. ACT Chief Police Officer Michael Phelan says some weapons will be tested for links to unsolved crimes and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ABC News (Australia)

30301

Australia

26 May 2009

Daily Telegraph (Sydney)

More than 3000 guns have been handed in to police in a state-wide firearms amnesty. Cootamundra residents handed in more illegal weapons than any other police district. NSW police said 3299 firearms were handed in during the amnesty which runs until May 31. Cootamundra police collected 200 guns from a population of about 7000. Around NSW, police have received 75 replica firearms, 777 rounds of ammunition, 157 firearm parts and 112 telescopic sights during the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Telegraph (Sydney)

30227

Australia

19 April 2009

NSW Police Force, Media release

A collection of prohibited high-powered military-grade weapons, including fully-automatic assault rifles and shotguns, has been handed in to police during the State Government's Firearms Amnesty. Around 10pm on Wednesday, 15 April, lawyers for a local gun owner attended the Manly Police Station and presented officers with a large, locked metal box. When detectives from the State Crime Command's Firearms and Organised Crime Squad opened the box, they discovered an... (GunPolicy.org)

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29890

Australia

19 April 2009

Sydney Morning Herald

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

Read More: Sydney Morning Herald

29885

Australia

14 April 2009

ABC News (Australia)

The ACT Government says 66 unregistered or unlicensed guns have been handed in during the first half of a three month amnesty period. The amnesty is calling on ACT gun owners without permits will be able to surrender their firearms to police without penalties. Nine of the weapons handed in are prohibited firearms, including a semi-automatic rifle and a semi-automatic shotgun. ACT Police Minister Simon Corbell says the results are encouraging and the amnesty is... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ABC News (Australia)

29826

Australia

5 April 2009

Australian Associated Press

Owners of more than 5,000 firearms previously unknown to NSW police have come forward during the first month of the state government's gun amnesty. Police Minister Tony Kelly says 796 firearms have been surrendered in the first month of the amnesty, with applications also taken out to register 5,000 weapons. The surrendered guns include 606 rifles, 49 handguns, 141 shotguns and 11 replica firearms. "The police now know where those guns are," Mr Kelly told reporters... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Australian Associated Press

29719

Australia

4 April 2009

Sydney Morning Herald

Almost 800 illegal firearms have been surrendered during the first month of a three-month amnesty. NSW Police Minister Tony Kelly said 606 rifles, 49 handguns and 141 shotguns were handed in to police stations across the state since the amnesty began on March 1. It had netted 11 replica firearms, 151 pieces of ammunition and 76 firearms parts and telescopic sights, while there had been 4932 applications for the registration of firearms that had previously been kept... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sydney Morning Herald

29724

Sudan

29 March 2009

Sudan Times

WASHINGTON — A new report by Small Arms Survey describes the disarmament campaign ordered last year by President Salva Kiir Mayardit as "poorly planned, highly decentralized, and inadequately supported by the Government of South Sudan." The campaign was partly coercive, but "the process was largely non-violent, mainly due to weak implementation in many areas" said the report. This contrasts with a bloody campaign in 2006, especially in Lou Nuer areas. Based on... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sudan Times

29652

Philippines

28 March 2009

Philippine Star

MANILA — Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Jesus Verzosa urged Congress to enact measures that would make illegal possession of high-powered firearms a non-bailable offense. Verzosa cited a case in Pampanga wherein alleged members of a notorious bank robbery gang were arrested and charged for illegal possession of firearms. The gang led by a certain Ampang Colangco went on with their robbery spree after the court allowed them to post bail.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Philippine Star

29635

Canada

9 March 2009

Globe & Mail (Toronto)

MONTREAL — Lieutenant Raymond Neveu knew the Sept-Îles police station was in big trouble when drugs disappeared from the evidence room. Then guns strewn about the floor of the exhibit locker went missing, too. Seven officers are now suspended and two among them, including Lt. Neveu, face criminal charges in a scandal that has exposed chaos in the northern Quebec provincial police outpost. The case has also brought attention to problems in several police-run gun... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Globe & Mail (Toronto)

29439

Australia

4 March 2009

ABC News (Australia)

A three-month firearms amnesty has netted more than 1,100 guns in South Australia. More than 900 were single-barrel rifles and more than 100 shotguns were turned in. Some of the guns dated back to late 1800s and early 1900s. Police Chief Inspector Jim Langmead says a number of the guns handed in were unregistered or illegal. "The amnesty is that you have the chance to walk in and hand the firearm in and there are basically no questions asked," he said. "If we were... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ABC News (Australia)

30228

Australia

1 March 2009

Sydney Morning Herald / AAP

A promised NSW-wide three-month gun amnesty has started with police and the state government urging people to register or surrender unlicensed firearms. The gun crackdown, announced last December, follows a spate of gun related incidents across Sydney. In mid-December, Sydney man John Kudrytch shot dead his ex-wife, and then himself, despite being the subject of an apprehended violence order (AVO). Earlier in the month, Josef Cruickshank, 14, was shot by his best... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sydney Morning Herald / AAP

29268

Uganda

26 February 2009

New Vision (Kampala)

KAMPALA — The Police in Amuria district have recovered 36 guns and 952 rounds of ammunition in the last six months. The district Police commander, Patrick Karamura, said on Tuesday that the guns were voluntarily handed in with the support of the Amnesty Commission. "For the six months I have been here, the district and church leaders have helped us to recover the guns," Karamura told journalists in his office. He said most guns were acquired during the insurgency... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Vision (Kampala)

29411

Canada

24 February 2009

La Presse de Montréal (Québec)

[Translated summary: Five Quebec police officers, including the local post commander, are suspected of stealing firearms surrendered by the public for destruction. Four have been suspended and one has been assigned to adminitrative duties]. Ça ne tourne pas rond au poste de la Sûreté du Québec à Sept-Îles. Le directeur du poste, deux sous-officiers et deux agents font l'objet d'une enquête dans une affaire d'armes à feu. Un autre agent est accusé d'abus de... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: La Presse de Montréal (Québec)

29307

Canada

18 February 2009

Star Phoenix (Saskatchewan)

A Calgary police officer who was accused of abusing a gun amnesty program pleaded guilty Tuesday to one charge of careless storage of a firearm. Dean Pankewicz, 43, was also facing four other charges, including trafficking and illegal possession of a firearm, but those were dropped after he pleaded guilty to careless storage. The 18-year police veteran was charged after an investigation into the sales of firearms that were supposed to be destroyed in a provincial gun... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Star Phoenix (Saskatchewan)

29227

Congo (ROC)

13 February 2009

IRIN (UN News)

BRAZZAVILE — The Congolese government has started an operation to buy 3,000 weapons from ex-combatants and others illegally possessing weapons in the Pool region, southern Congo, an official told IRIN on 11 February. "Teams have been deployed on the ground. The operation to buy up the weapons started on 10 February in Pool region. It should allow the purchase of at least 3,000 weapons still in circulation in this zone," Moandzibi Olingoba, commissioner in charge of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: IRIN (UN News)

29203

Australia

23 December 2008

Daily Telegraph (Sydney)

The State Government has declared war on weapons, vowing to end the wave of gun and knife crime engulfing Sydney that has claimed three lives in just two weeks. The state-wide crackdown, including a three-month gun amnesty, comes as the father of a teenager stabbed to death begged youths not to carry knives. Etikailahi Motuliki wept yesterday as he pleaded for an end to the senseless violence that claimed the life of his eldest son Andrew, 17, during a brawl on board a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Telegraph (Sydney)

28874

Australia

23 December 2008

Australian Associated Press

SYDNEY — Time goes very quickly when you're staring down the barrel of a gun. It ran out too fast for Melissa Cook, who was fatally shot by her ex-husband John Kudrytch last week while she stood behind the counter of a BP service station in Casula, in Sydney's south-west. In the following days, the NSW government announced it would hold a three-month gun amnesty next year to get illegal firearms off the streets. But time was not on the government's side either: Ms... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Australian Associated Press

28862

Australia

23 December 2008

Australian Associated Press

The NSW government has announced a three-month amnesty for unregistered and unlicensed firearms in a crackdown on gun crime across the state. But the initiative has been criticised by the opposition and a gun control expert. Police Minister Tony Kelly said the amnesty would begin on March 1 next year to give those with unregistered guns an opportunity to hand them in to police. Under the amnesty, people without a gun licence will be able to surrender their firearms... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Australian Associated Press

28861

Australia

26 November 2008

Advertiser (Adelaide)

New gun laws described by Premier Mike Rann as the toughest in Australia will come into effect from midnight tonight. The main target of the new laws are outlaw motorcycle gangs and police will have the power to issue prohibition orders against people found near an illegal weapon or in the company of someone with a weapon. The maximum sentence under the new laws has been increased from two years to 15. A three-month gun amnesty will also begin on December 1 and run... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Advertiser (Adelaide)

28713

Australia

19 November 2008

Australian Associated Press

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

Read More: Australian Associated Press

30226

Philippines

2 November 2008

Cebu News

CEBU — Gun owners have until November 14, 2008 to register their firearms with the Philippine National Police, as the one year amnesty period for loose or unlicensed firearms also ends on that day pursuant to Executive Order No. 585-A. However, homemade guns or those known as "paltik" guns are not qualified for registration, said SPO3 Zenaido Sanches of the Firearms, Explosive and Security Agencies/Guards Supervisory Section. Zenaido said their office will only... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Cebu News

28573

Canada

22 October 2008

Toronto Star (Ontario)

The gun used to kill Toronto police officer Todd Bayliss in 1994 was stolen. The World War II souvenir was taken from a locked closet. A handgun implicated in the Boxing Day 2005 shooting of student Jane Creba was also procured by illicit means, among countless other examples, criminologists say. That's why gun amnesty programs, such as the novel one by Toronto police that begins today, are so important. "It's one of the many measures that can help," Ryerson... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Toronto Star (Ontario)

28474

Australia

13 October 2008

Australian (Sydney)

The South Australian Government is considering a gun amnesty after a spate of shootings in Adelaide. The city's restaurant district in Gouger Street has been the scene of three shootings in recent months, including one involving rival gangs that sent diners diving for cover. Police Minister Michael Wright said today he would raise the gun amnesty plan this week with Police Commissioner Mal Hyde. He said it was hoped the plan would clear the streets of illegal,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Australian (Sydney)

28407

Canada

25 September 2008

Globe & Mail (Toronto)

If swords can be turned into plowshares, maybe aging firearms can be swapped for brand-new digital cameras. And while few foresee a plunge in Toronto's homicide rate as a result of its newest gun amnesty, perhaps — perhaps — its streets will be a little safer. There's no guarantee of that. The city has promoted several such amnesties in recent years, as have many other Canadian jurisdictions, and in terms of denting gun crime, the results appear... (GunPolicy.org)

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Timor-Leste

2 September 2008

ABC Radio Australia (Shortwave)

East Timor's six-month gun amnesty has ended, but the controversery surrounding the program has not. The police operation to collect illegal weapons from civilians began immediately after the president was shot by a gang of armed rebels in February. Under the operation, citizens who handed in weapons of their own volition would not be prosecuted. Interim Police Commander Afonso De Jesus says the task force assigned to the operation netted mostly antique and home... (GunPolicy.org)

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Timor-Leste

1 September 2008

ABC Radio Australia (Shortwave), Transcript

East Timor's six month gun amnesty has ended. The opposition is describing it as pointless, saying the government should be trying to recover the weapons taken from police during the 2006 crisis. But the government is now focusing on getting its new gun law through parliament. Presenter: Stephanie March Speakers: Afonso De Jesus, East Timor's Interim Police Commander; Estanislau Da Silva, former interim prime minister and current Freitilin MP. MARCH: The police... (GunPolicy.org)

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Brazil

29 July 2008

Jornal do Brasil (Brazil) / Portal Terra

[Translated summary: Federal Police official explains "disarmament caravan" that will take place later this year to collect guns from isolated places in Brazil, in new gun buy-back campaign with the participation of civil society]. BRASÍLIA — A Polícia Federal, por meio do Ministério da Justiça, deve firmar convênios e criar a caravana do desarmamento para recolher armas em pontos isolados do Brasil. - A idéia é ir um pessoal e ficar na cidade por um ou dois... (GunPolicy.org)

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Tanzania

14 July 2008

Citizen (Dar es Salaam), Editorial

Police in Arusha Region say they have recovered over 20 illegally owned firearms in the past fortnight, and this is good news indeed for a region that is grappling with high crime rates. It is worth noting that most of the guns were handed in by village leaders after they were surrendered by people who had been possessing them illegally. The recovery of the firearms should go a long way in reducing armed robberies and other forms of gun crime in Arusha, which happens... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

28 May 2008

Windsor Star (Ontario), Opinion

As Monday's Windsor Star editorial noted (Long guns: An amnesty of convenience), the Harper government recently extended its amnesty for long gun owners who haven't obtained or renewed licences and haven't registered their guns. So those who thumb their noses at the law have been given a free pass for another year. It's hard to know which is more offensive: the government's shameless pandering to the gun lobby at the expense of public safety, or the undemocratic... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

21 May 2008

Chicago Sun-Times

Mayor Daley said today he's all for the idea of temporarily re-opening gun registration in Chicago — not as a favor to Ald. Richard Mell (33rd), but to get a realistic handle on the number of guns in Chicago. A former hunter, Mell is proposing a one-month amnesty after he forgot to re-register his arsenal of shotguns, rifles and pistols as required every year by the ordinance he helped to pass. During the month-long window, gun owners who attempted to re-register... (GunPolicy.org)

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Angola

15 May 2008

Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

UIGE — Some 1,654 fire-arms of various types were handed over voluntarily, by citizens owning them illegally, to the National Police in the northern Uige Province, from April up to the present date, said Thursday the province's deputy governor for organisation and technical services, Miguel Cutoca. Speaking to ANGOP, Miguel Cutoca, who is also coordinator of the provincial commission for disarmament, said that during this period several ammunitions were equally... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

14 May 2008

National Post (Toronto) / Canwest News

OTTAWA — The Harper government has extended the two-year-old amnesty that protects firearms owners from prosecution if they fail to register their rifles and shotguns. Cabinet approved a directive last Thursday that extends the amnesty to May, 2009, virtually guaranteeing the Conservatives will not have to risk defeat of a bill scrapping the controversial registry before the next federal election. The move prompted angry reaction from opposition MPs, who accuse the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

24 April 2008

Times & Transcript (New Brunswick)

OTTAWA — RCMP say if the government allows an amnesty on rifle and shotgun ownership to expire, police will have no choice but to fine or jail unregistered long-gun owners. The temporary reprieve ends May 16. "We follow the rule of law," said Sgt. Derek Strong. "If there's an amnesty, we follow that. With the lack of an amnesty, it's business as usual." A summary conviction for a first-time offender who fails to register and license a long gun ranges from a fine of... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

11 April 2008

Telegraph Journal (New Brunswick) / Canadaeast News

OTTAWA — The federal Conservatives have served notice that they intend to continue providing amnesty to long-gun owners whose rifles and shotguns are not registered. The reprieve hinges on a review of the current amnesty program, which expires May 16. Canadian firearm officers — the administrators responsible for licences and authorizations in the provinces — and RCMP are currently conducting the review. They are expected to report their findings to the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Uganda

25 March 2008

Daily Monitor (Kampala)

MOROTO — The army will not grant any more amnesty to Karimojong warriors arrested with guns. According to the division commander, Brig. Patrick Kankiriho, any Karimojong warrior arrested with an illegal gun shall be court martialled immediately and sentenced to imprisonment. Under the UPDF amnesty — any Karimojong warrior who voluntarily hands over a gun or is arrested with a gun during cordon and search operation, is to be set free after handing over the gun. ... (GunPolicy.org)

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Philippines

11 March 2008

GMA News TV (Manila)

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) has received 1,828 applications to have their unlicensed firearms registered — a low number considering police estimates that there are some 110,000 loose firearms nationwide. Sr. Supt. Danilo Maligalig, Operations Management chief of the PNP Firearms and Explosive Division (FED), on Tuesday said they continue to appeal to other owners of unlicensed firearms to avail of the amnesty program under Executive... (GunPolicy.org)

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Tonga

20 February 2008

Tonga Broadcasting Commission

Illegal weapon holders are being given a chance to license or register their firearms and ammunition to the ministry of police. Police authorities are to grant an amnesty to unlawful firearm and ammunition which will come into force on Friday February 15th to 29th of this month. Assistant Police Commander says the recent shooting incident at Kolofo'ou and also the rising numbers of illegal weapons used to commit crime are among initiatives that police is granting this... (GunPolicy.org)

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Barbados

29 January 2008

Daily Nation (Barbados)

People holding guns illegally may soon have a chance to hand them over to the police without fear of prosecution. It is one of the options the police are considering as they tackle an upsurge in gun crimes. Commissioner of Police Darwin Dottin disclosed this yesterday during a break in touring, with new Attorney-General Freundel Stuart, the temporary and new police facilities under construction in Crab Hill, St Lucy. "I thought about it," he said of the gun... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

17 August 2007

Calgary Herald (Alberta)

Calgary police have laid criminal charges against an 18-year veteran of the service who allegedly bought 51 firearms that were supposed to be turned over and destroyed during last fall's provincial gun amnesty. Investigators arrested Const. Dean Pankewicz on Thursday and charged him with breach of trust, hazardous storage of a firearm, unauthorized possession of a firearm, trafficking firearms and possession for the purpose of trafficking. Pankewicz, 43, has been... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

16 August 2007

Calgary Sun (Alberta)

Five criminal charges have been laid against a veteran city cop after high-profile allegations of attempting to make deals for several guns during the 2006 Gun Amnesty Program. The charges laid today against Const. Dean Pankewicz follow a nearly seven-month criminal investigation and a recommendation by Alberta Justice after allegations of deals done for guns. The 18-year veteran faces charges of trafficking in firearms, possession of a firearm for the purpose of... (GunPolicy.org)

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Uganda

28 June 2007

New Vision (Kampala)

KAMPALA — The Justice Peace and Human Rights Commission of Arua Diocese has launched a six-month project to fight the proliferation of small arms and light weapons in the district. The project officer, David Okello, said the programme funded by the German Technical Services, would encourage the voluntary return of illicit arms through awareness campaigns. He said they would also advocate for the proper use of arms held by legitimate government forces. Okello... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

24 September 2006

Sunday Times (Australia)

Police are urging people to surrender unwanted or illegal firearms, weapons, explosives and ordnance in an amnesty next starting Sunday. No compensation will be offered and the amnesty ends December... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

10 May 2006

Guardian Messenger (Adelaide)

More than 120 illegal guns were handed into the Sturt police station during the recent gun amnesty. SA Police Firearms Branch Senior Sergeant Ian Caddy said 125 firearms, including a World War I anti-tank rifle, were handed in by members of the public. A further 30 guns were also seized by Sturt Police in Operation Secure which targeted illegal gun owners. Fifteen people were reported in the southwestern suburbs. A total of 1490 guns were handed into police stations... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

2 January 2006

Australian Associated Press

People with records of carrying illegal firearms will be targeted during a three-month amnesty in South Australia. SA Police will also randomly audit firearms owners to ensure compliance during the amnesty which started yesterday and continues until March 31. Under it, people voluntarily surrendering firearms and related articles won't be prosecuted. "Police will target people who have been identified as not complying with the Firearms Act," a police spokesman... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

22 February 2005

Australian Associated Press

More than 10,500 firearms, including pump-action shot guns and automatic rifles, have been surrendered or registered under a six month gun amnesty in Queensland. Police Minister Judy Spence told parliament today the amnesty, which ran from July to December last year, was a success with 2,835 firearms handed in to police and a further 7,704 firearms and accessories registered with authorities. The surrendered haul included a total of 1,675 air rifles, plus hundreds of... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

21 July 2004

Post-Courier (Port Moresby)

SYDNEY — Two World War II-era sub-machine guns and an Israeli army pistol are among thousands of weapons to be destroyed by NSW police this week. A gun amnesty, which began last October with a national buyback scheme, ended earlier this month after netting more than 12,000 illegal weapons. Of those, 8560 were rifles, 2246 shotguns, 1156 handguns and 113 other weapons, police said. Another 17,000 handguns and 68,000 parts were bought back and $A25.4 million paid in... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

3 July 2004

Herbert River Express (Queensland)

Firearms owners are encouraged to hand in any unregistered or illegal weapons during the firearms amnesty which began on Thursday. Police Minister Judy Spence said the amnesty was being held in Queensland to allow people to surrender illegal or unwanted firearms without penalty. "While the public will not be compensated for their weapons, under the terms of the amnesty, people will not be prosecuted for possessing firearms illegally if they surrender those firearms to... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

30 June 2004

ABC News (Australia)

The police have given gun owners until 5pm AEST today to surrender their illegal weapons. The firearms amnesty and national handgun buyback will end today, having removed more than 10,500 weapons from New South Wales. From tomorrow, illegal gun owners could face 14 years in jail if caught by the... (GunPolicy.org)

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