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Bangladesh,India

13 November 2016

Dhaka Tribune (Bangladesh)

Use of illegal firearms has increased alarmingly in the country as a group of organised smugglers are bringing them into the country taking advantage of weak border security, according to sources in law enforcement agencies There are at least 119 points on the border which are being used to smuggle these firearms in, according to sources in intelligence agencies. Officials say the majority of the arms shipments is entering the country via the border points in... (GunPolicy.org)

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India

10 November 2016

India Today

It was a Wednesday morning late in June and Sudhanshu Kumar was in class joshing with friends. The class was to leave for the school assembly in a few minutes when the student of Dayanand Public School, Jamshedpur, heard a loud cracking sound and then felt an excruciating pain in his back. It took the Class XI student a few seconds to realise he had been shot before he slumped on the desk, bleeding. Kumar had been shot by a classmate sitting two rows behind him. The... (GunPolicy.org)

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40168

India

10 November 2016

Chinatopix (New York)

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

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India

6 November 2016

Economic Times (India)

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

Read More: Economic Times (India)

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India

2 November 2016

Hindustan Times (Lucknow)

Firing in the air while celebrating marriages, religious functions or social gatherings is illegal and may result in the cancellation of the licence and initiation of legal action, Delhi Police told the High Court on Wednesday. A division bench headed by Chief Justice G. Rohini was told by Delhi Police's Arms Licensing Unit that it takes prompt and certain action against offenders on receipt of any complaint of misuse of the firearms. The firearm licences are issued... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Hindustan Times (Lucknow)

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India

27 October 2016

Bloomberg (USA)

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

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Pakistan,India

18 October 2016

Breitbart

According to the India Times, India at the moment may not be ready to fight a full-blown war with Pakistan beyond a few days due to a shortage of military supplies and near depleted war reserves. "In particular, the defense ministry is looking at small arms and ammunition and spare parts and weapons for the Sukhoi and Mirage fighter fleets on a priority basis," notes ET. The news outlet points out that the Indian military is vulnerable to facing critical shortages,... (GunPolicy.org)

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India

28 September 2016

Economic Times (India)

India re-launched on Tuesday its global hunt for new-generation assault rifles after similar attempts over the last decade failed due to unrealistic technical requirements and whiff of corruption, interspersed by debates on whether the gun should "kill" or merely "wound" adversaries. The project is going to be a mega one, with the Army looking to induct 65,000 rifles in the first go, with another 1,20,000 to be manufactured in India. This, of course, would be just the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Economic Times (India)

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

7 September 2016

Foreign Affairs (USA)

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

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

22 August 2016

Amnesty International (London)

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

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India

21 August 2016

New Indian Press (India)

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

Read More: New Indian Press (India)

39724

India

15 August 2016

Asia Sentinel

Driven partly by its developing rivalry with China, India is welcoming global gun manufacturers to set up shop to produce small arms including handguns, rifles, carbines, sub-machine guns, light machine guns and grenade launchers. New investment rules allow private players to establish manufacturing units, sell to Indian defense forces and even cater to export orders. Forty-nine per cent foreign ownership will be permitted automatically but up to 100 percent FDI can... (GunPolicy.org)

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39705

India

11 August 2016

India Times

NEW DELHI -- Top small arms manufacturers from across the globe are looking to set up shop in India with a critical tweak in rules by the government that has enabled the private sector to set up manufacturing units and even cater to export orders after due permissions. The revised Arms Rules 2016, which have been notified by the government last month, have brought clarity to the sector, giving clear rules on how private players can set up shop, bring in foreign... (GunPolicy.org)

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39671

India

2 August 2016

India Times

When one thinks of Delhi, one thinks of our country's legislative capital, home to the Parliament, the Supreme Court and our nation's top leaders and policy makers. On the surface, it appears to be a relatively lawful city, far from the infamous gang violence of Mumbai. It may come as a surprise that the city has of late become a safe haven for a huge illegal gun trafficking industry. From .315 and 12 bore pistols to assault rifles and AK-47, all sophisticated firearms... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: India Times

39635

India

1 August 2016

Washington Post

NEW DELHI — As mass shooting incidents in the United States rise, India has tightened its firearms regulations, making it even more difficult for common citizens to own a gun. India already had one of the strictest gun laws in the world, a vestige of British colonial rule, which aimed to disarm its subjects. India law allows citizens to own and carry guns, but it is not a right enshrined in the constitution. Getting a gun license in India is a difficult task that can... (GunPolicy.org)

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39632

India

28 July 2016

Hindustan Times (Delhi)

In a country where gun ownership laws influenced by the British are considered extremely prohibitive and firearms legitimately owned by citizens and sportspersons are dangerously outnumbered by weapons in the hands of criminals and terrorists, the Centre has made gun laws all the more stringent. On July 15, the Union home ministry brought into force Arms Rules 2016 through a gazette notification that not only make getting a firearm licence under the existing Indian... (GunPolicy.org)

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39625

India

13 July 2016

Times of India

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

Read More: Times of India

39573

India

3 June 2016

Associated Press, Guardian

Clashes with squatters in protest camp in Mathura lead to 370 arrests, with police saying they were fired on from treetops Attempts to evict thousands of people squatting in a makeshift protest camp in a northern Indian city ended in deadly clashes as people opened fire from treetops and police retaliated, leaving at least 24 people dead, authorities have said. More than 370 people have been arrested for their alleged part in the overnight violence, during which gas... (GunPolicy.org)

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39383

India

16 May 2016

Live Mint

Over the last week, gun licenses have been in the news, thanks to Rakesh Ranjan Yadav aka Rocky Yadav, son of Janata Dal (United) member of the legislative council in Bihar Manorama Devi. Yadav is the prime accused in the killing of 19-year-old Aditya Sachdeva, son of a Gaya-based businessman. The alleged incident followed a row over overtaking on the Bodhgaya-Gaya road. It has since been reported that the family of Manorama Devi has five firearms licenses among... (GunPolicy.org)

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39289

India

10 May 2016

Indian Express

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

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39242

India

3 May 2016

CNet

Last Friday night, 15-year-old Ramandeep Singh wanted to take a selfie. However, as The Indian Express reports, he chose to take one while posing with his dad's pistol. He accidentally shot himself in the head, was taken to hospital in Ludhiana, India, and died from his injuries. The Telegraph reports that instead of pressing the button on his phone to take the picture, he pulled the gun's trigger. The safety catch, police say, wasn't on. The Punjab Police didn't... (GunPolicy.org)

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39213

India

8 April 2016

Times of India

KANPUR -- Eager buyers from Punjab are queueing up to buy 'Nirbheek', the light-weight revolver made by Kanpur's Field Gun Factory exclusively for women. Sales figures reveal that of the total number of applications received for the gun, almost three-fourth were from Punjab. "Nirbheek, meaning 'fearless' in Hindi, is fast becoming popular among Punjab folks. About 70-75% guns are being sold to arms dealers from Punjab. However, Delhi women top the chart in purchase of... (GunPolicy.org)

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39050

India

19 March 2016

Times of India

KANPUR - The light-weight handgun made exclusively for women after the Delhi gang rape incident, Nirbheek, may soon be available in multiple colours. "Market feedback has shown that women want Nirbheek in multiple colours. Though we are ready for the switch over, a final decision is yet to be taken," said Sanjeev Kumar, additional general manager of the Field Gun Factory, on the occasion of Ordnance Factory Day here on Friday. The Field Gun Factory is producing the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times of India

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United States,India

11 June 2014

Daily Pioneer (India), Opinion

In the US, powerful pro-gun lobbies have repeatedly sabotaged every attempt by lawmakers to make the possession of guns more difficult. In India too, it's not very difficult to secure a gun licence. This is a bad omen Lawmakers in California in the United States are now mulling stricter gun control laws after a young man in the University of California killed six college students and himself. The young man was able to buy three guns and go on a rampage despite warnings... (GunPolicy.org)

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India

7 June 2014

Times of India

NEW DELHI - Had he been still alive, Mikhail Kalashnikov may have been surprised to witness such informal transfer of technology from Russia to a small town in Bihar. Even sleuths of Delhi Police's special cell were taken back when their operation to bust a gunrunning racket in northeast Delhi led them to recover an AK-47 made in Munger. Though police first thought an international arms dealer was involved, a brief interrogation of the three suspects arrested along... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times of India

38746

India

3 May 2014

Times of India

Navi Mumbai - Most illegal country-made guns, which are seized by the police in Navi Mumbai, have markings such as 'Made in USA', 'Made in England' and 'Made in Austria'. However, Navi Mumbai crime branch officials said that despite tall claims, these guns are primarily manufactured in foundries in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh, and later sold in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Delhi, and Haryana, among others, at cheap rates. "We have so far seized 17 illegal country... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times of India

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Bangladesh,Pakistan,India

8 April 2014

Daily Mail (UK)

A large consignment of weapons has reportedly been smuggled into India from Bangladesh after being shipped from Pakistan, backing the Home Ministry's apprehensions that sea routes could be used for arms trafficking ahead of the polls. Indian intelligence agencies tracked a boat named Padma that was docked at Kutubdia port in Bangladesh about two weeks ago. The vessel was used to transport the consignment of weapons, which was offloaded at the port before being... (GunPolicy.org)

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38564

India

2 April 2014

Channel NewsAsia (Singapore)

NEW DELHI - While gun laws in India are strict, local police are battling a growing problem of illegal firearms. It is a major concern in the lead-up to the general elections, along with illicit liquor. Firearms made in the countryside are bought in bulk by local political workers. Ahead of the general elections which are due in a fortnight, the guns are used for protection in clashes, or to intimidate rural voters. The police and the Election Commission maintain a... (GunPolicy.org)

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38522

India

15 March 2014

Web India 123

Ever since the promulgation of the Model Code of Conduct on March 5 in view of coming Lok Sabha polls, 1,03,610 licensed weapons have been deposited while 828 licensed weapons have been seized and 216 arms licenses cancelled. The measures are a part of large-scale security arrangements being undertaken to ensure free and fair Lok Sabha elections in Madhya Pradesh, an official release said yesterday. Besides, 7,366 non-bailable warrants have been issued including 1,104... (GunPolicy.org)

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38465

India

14 March 2014

Times of India

CHANDIGARH - The armoury of police at police lines, Sector 26, has turned into a gallery of weapons surrendered by city residents despite the passage of the last date for depositing them on Wednesday. As many as 755 firearms of different brands, mostly foreign-made, were surrendered in the armoury since March 8. Nonetheless, the officials are accepting more weapons. The majority of surrendered weapons belong to Smith and Wesson, Winchester, Ruger, Heckler & Koch, and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times of India

38461

India

13 March 2014

Times of India

RAJKOT - Ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, the Special Operations Group (SOG) of Rajkot police cracked down on an illegal weapon manufacturing unit in Sardhar village near Jasdan and arrested five persons besides recovering 10 country made firearms and six cartridges. Police commissioner Mohan Jha said, "The general elections are approaching and we are taking preventive measures while keeping a watch on illegal activities. We have arrested Manhar alias Munno Jadeja, Sindha... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times of India

38457

India

9 March 2014

Hindustan Times (Delhi)

In Mamata Banerjee's Bengal, at least one business is flourishing – manufacturing and sales of guns and bombs. The TMC chief, who famously drove Tata Nano out of Bengal, is finding very tough to rein in the illegal arms manufacturers, who are out to make a fast buck in the election season. "We are keeping round-the-clock vigil and are conducting frequent raids," Howrah police commissioner Ajey Ranade told HT. Ranade would know as he supervised a joint operation... (GunPolicy.org)

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38447

Nepal,India

27 February 2014

Himalayan Times (Kathmandu)

KATHMANDU - Six Indian nationals have been arrested at Biratnagar in eastern Nepal and arms and ammunition seized from them, Nepal Police said Thursday. Muralidhar Das, Bikas Kumar Paswan, Nitesh Kumar Yadav, Pramod Kumar Tanti, Phantus Tanti and Subodh Paswan of Bhagalpur district in India's Bihar state, who entered Nepal in a Tata Indica car, were arrested Wednesday evening. Morang district's Superintendent of Police Bishworaj Pokharel said five 7.65 mm and 9 mm... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Himalayan Times (Kathmandu)

38414

India

27 February 2014

CNN

SRINAGAR, India - A soldier at an army camp in Indian-administered Kashmir killed five of his colleagues Thursday before turning his gun on himself, the military said. The soldier opened fire with an automatic rifle in the barracks of the camp in the town of Safapora, roughly 30 kilometers (19 miles) north of the capital, Srinagar, said military spokesman Lt. Col. N.N. Joshi. An investigation into the shooting has been ordered, Joshi said. Kashmir is a mountainous... (GunPolicy.org)

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38413

India

20 February 2014

Times of India

NAGPUR - A head constable in his forties was declared dead at a private hospital on Wednesday after sustaining a bullet injury in the stomach at Ajni headquarters of Government Railway Police. Another constable, who was injured in the incident, has been booked for causing death due to negligence. The incident took place as constable Eknath Lahutkar tested the firearm without taking due precaution when head constable Rajesh Bagdikar was returning a pistol to the unit... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times of India

38385

India

7 February 2014

Indian Express

Governments across the country have issued 19.80 lakh private gun licences in 324 districts, or in just under half the country's 671 districts. States that have suffered terrorism and those with poor social indicators top the list. Uttar Pradesh, which has 16.50 per cent of the country's population, has issued 11.23 lakh private licences, according to a government affidavit filed in the Allahabad High Court last year. The district-wise data were received over four... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Indian Express

38352

India,Russia

6 February 2014

RIA Novosti (Russia)

NEW DELHI – Russia's Kalashnikov Concern is in talks with several Indian companies on setting up joint ventures to produce small arms and high-precision weaponry, a company official said Thursday. "India for us is a market with high potential…and we are marketing here all weapons on our production list, including assault rifles, sniper rifles and high-precision weapons," Andrei Baryshnikov, Kalashnikov exports director, said at the DEFEXPO INDIA-2014 exhibition in... (GunPolicy.org)

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Thailand,Myanmar,Nepal,India,South Asia,Bangladesh,China

4 February 2014

al Jazeera

A recent court verdict in Bangladesh in a case almost 10 years old has brought into focus the continuing scourge of weapons-smuggling from China into South Asia. A judge in the Bangladesh port city of Chittagong last week sentenced 14 men to death for their role in what was an aborted bid to smuggle in 1,500 boxes of weapons that needed ten trucks to carry. Among those sentenced were a prominent Bangladesh opposition leader, Motiur Rahman Nizami, several top... (GunPolicy.org)

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38339

Kazakhstan,Switzerland,India

3 February 2014

20 Minutes (Geneva)

[Translated summary: Swiss gun maker SAN Swiss Arms, supplier of the standard Swiss military assault rifle, faces money woes, staff layoffs and allegations of corruption. SAN's German parent company SIG-Sauer has been raided by police over unauthorised gun deliveries to Kazakhstan, possibly routed via the US to avoid sanctions.] Die SAN Swiss Arms aus Neuhausen SH produziert als Nachfolgerin der SIG das Sturmgewehr 90 der Schweizer Armee und hat derzeit Probleme an... (GunPolicy.org)

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38429

India

3 February 2014

Times of India

CHENNAI - Tamil Nadu has initiated digitization of records of arms licences under the National Database on Arms Licence (NDAL). Punjab is the only state to complete the project. NDAL state coordinator V Suresh said the process began last week so that the state will be part of the web-based NDAL system designed to curb illegal arms. Under the system, arms licence holders will be given a smart card linked to a central database which is being compiled by the ministry of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times of India

38329

Singapore,Hong Kong,India,Bangladesh

30 January 2014

Washington Post

DHAKA, Bangladesh — The head of the main Bangladeshi Islamist opposition party was among 14 people sentenced to death on Thursday on charges of smuggling weapons to a rebel group in neighboring India. Security officials had seized more than 4,000 firearms and 1 million bullets and other military equipment in April 2004 when they were being unloaded from fishing boats. According to case documents, the weapons and ammunition were destined for a former Indian insurgency... (GunPolicy.org)

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38325

India

24 January 2014

Times of India

KOCHI - With district authorities taking stringent action against those who use guns with licences issued from other states, the number of applications for re-registration has gone up. Unlike 2013, when authorities received just one application for renewal of licence issued from other states, this year, authorities have received nine applications in the month of January alone. Though all these applications have been sent for police verification, chances of them... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times of India

38342

India

17 January 2014

BBC News

India has launched a new handgun for women, named after a student who was gang-raped in Delhi in December 2012 and later died of her injuries. Officials say it will help women defend themselves, but critics say it's an insult to the victim's memory. In his large office on Kanpur's Kalpi Road, Abdul Hameed, the general manager of the state-run Indian Ordnance Factory, shows me Nirbheek, the factory's tiniest gun. "It's small, it's lightweight, it weighs only 500g... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

38286

India

14 January 2014

CNN

NEW DELHI, India - A light-weight gun named after an Indian gang rape victim has triggered a wave of criticism from advocates who call it "abhorrent." Last week, an Indian state-run gunmaker introduced the .32-calibre revolver, made of titanium alloy, calling it a "valuable contribution to women's security." The 500-gram firearm is called Nirbheek, meaning fearless in Hindi. The name was "inspired by Nirbhaya," said Abdul Hamied, the general manager of the Indian... (GunPolicy.org)

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38278

India

12 January 2014

Fox News (USA)

An Indian gun manufacturer has made its first gun intended to help women defend themselves against rape. According to The Times of India, the Indian Ordnance Factory (IOF) has manufactured Nirbheek, a .32 bore lightweight revolver. The gun is India's first firearm designed for women. It is the factory's first handgun made of titanium alloy and weighs 500 grams. The gun was released on Jan. 6, and is named in tribute to Nirbhaya, the pseudonym of the 23-year-old... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Fox News (USA)

38267

India

23 December 2013

Deccan Chronicle (India)

VISAKHAPATNAM - Terming the killing of two forest officials by red-sanders smugglers in Seshachalam forests as a brutal incident, minister for environment and forests Satrucherla Vijayarama Raju, on Sunday, said the state government has decided to provide 250 12-bore double barrel guns (fire weapons) to officials in seven forest divisions - Chittoor East, Chittoor West, Tirupati, Nellore, Nandyal, Rajampet and Proddatur in the state to deal the red-sanders smuggling.... (GunPolicy.org)

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38211

Bahamas,Germany,Syria,Turkey,Vietnam,Yemen,Egypt,Georgia,India,Libya,Saudi Arabia

16 December 2013

Deutsche Welle

For a long time, arms exports to regions in conflict were taboo for the German government. However, the growing number of arms deals with Middle Eastern countries like Saudi Arabia or Qatar, or with Asian countries like India and Indonesia suggests that these could soon become a pillar of German foreign and security policy. This, at least, is the warning expressed in this year's weapons exports report published in Berlin on Monday (16.12.2013) by the Joint Church and... (GunPolicy.org)

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38196

India

3 December 2013

Hindu (Chennai)

The clarification sought by the Kodagu Deputy Commissioner from the State government on granting exemption certificates (ECs) to the 'Coorg by race' (Kodava) people and 'Jamma' (land tenure) holders to keep weapons without licence, a privilege existing since the days of the British, has caused anxiety among the people here. In his letter on September 20, Deputy Commissioner Anurag Tewari asked the Home Department whether the Jamma holders should necessarily be Kodavas... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Hindu (Chennai)

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Russia,Germany,Sri Lanka,Iran,Côte d'Ivoire,Afghanistan,United States,Canada,Togo,Ireland,India,Israel,Syria,Iraq

30 November 2013

Economist

To help push Soviet forces out of Afghanistan in the 1980s, America's Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) gave Afghan fighters shoulder-launched Stinger anti-aircraft missiles (pictured). Accurate and easy-to-use, the Stingers caused grievous losses. But after the Soviet withdrawal in 1989, the CIA wanted to discourage the use of the leftover missiles. It got hold of some of those circulating on the black market and booby-trapped them, so that anyone who tried to fire one... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Economist

38133

India

27 November 2013

Indian Express

A 16-year-old boy died after he accidentally pulled the trigger of a pistol while showing it off to his siblings, police said. The incident was reported from East Delhi's Madhu Vihar area on Monday night. According to police, the boy had found the 'made in Italy' weapon and was teaching his siblings how to operate it when he accidentally pulled the trigger. He suffered a bullet injury in the neck. Neighbours who heard the gunshot rushed him to the Metro hospital in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Indian Express

38119

India

14 November 2013

Indian Express

Two men were arrested in Grant road Wednesday evening by Mumbai Police Crime branch for allegedly smuggling unlicenced firearms into the city, police said. Police said both the suspects are natives of Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh and were nabbed outside Grant Hotel based on a tip-off. While one of the suspects, Aarif Mohammad (33), works in the leather industry, the other — Iqbal Ahmad (21) is a cobbler, police said. A country-made pistol worth Rs 30,000 and two live rounds... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Indian Express

38075

India

13 November 2013

Times of India

NEW DELHI - Just 20 days to go for the assembly elections to take place, and the city is overflowing with illegal weaponry. The crime branch has nabbed two men with 19 sophisticated pistols and two dozen cartridges. The men worked for notorious arms manufacturer Gurbakht Singh alias Fauji who manufactured the guns in the remote jungles of Madhya Pradesh where there are no police stations or patrols for miles together. The gang used tribal men as carriers and is a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times of India

38096

India

28 October 2013

Times of India

JAIPUR - The .32 bore revolver seems to be the favourite among MPs from Rajasthan. Out of the six MPs who have purchased a gun from the government between 2001 and 2012, at least three MPs have bought a .32 bore revolver while two procured a .32 bore pistol and yet one more a .99 pistol. The disclosure were made in reply to an application filed under RTI Act by activist Ambarish Pandey. The data from the government was then analyzed by Association for Democratic... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times of India

38033

India

23 October 2013

Times of India

PUNE - A 65-year-old man was killed after his licensed 12-bore gun went off accidentally while he was cleaning it at his residence in Bhusari Colony in Kothrud on Tuesday morning. The deceased has been identified as Rajeev Potnis (65), a resident of Silver Residence, right Bhusari Colony, Paud Road. The Kothrud police have registered a case of accidental death. Kalyanrao Vidhate, senior inspector of the Kothrud police station, told TOI that the incident took place... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times of India

38008

Italy,Sierra Leone,United States,India

13 October 2013

Guardian (UK) / Reuters

India has detained an armed ship operated by a US maritime security company, including the 35 people on board, for failing to produce papers authorizing it to carry weapons and ammunition in Indian waters, the coast guard said on Sunday. Coast Guard Commandant Anand Kumar said the ship was stopped on Friday and was being held in the southern port of Tuticorin along with its 10 crew and 25 armed guards, until required documentation is submitted. The crew and security... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (UK) / Reuters

37965

India

30 September 2013

Hindustan Times (Delhi)

In a major breakthrough, Lucknow police on Sunday recovered a dozen firearms and cartridges purchased on fake licences after the arrest of two key members of an illegal arms racket operational in several states of the country. One of the members is a terminated constable of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). The duo was arrested in Vibhuti Khand where they had come for a firearms deal. The recovered firearms included seven 12-bore double barrel guns, four... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Hindustan Times (Delhi)

37926

India,Bangladesh

21 September 2013

Dhaka Tribune

Smuggling of small firearms into Bangladesh, especially pistol and revolver, through three bordering districts has become rampant as the gunrunners have found the routes safe for their illicit trade. The three districts are Chapainwababganj, Satkhira and Jessore. Sources at the Detective Branch of Dhaka Metropolitan Police told UNB small firearms, especially pistol and revolver, which are very easy to carry, are being smuggled into the country as professional... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Dhaka Tribune

37905

India

15 September 2013

Hindustan Times (Delhi)

Uttar Pradesh accounts for about 50 per cent of the country's firearms-related deaths, a grim revelation at a time when rioters were seen freely using guns during the recent communal clashes in Muzaffarnagar district. The UP administration rushed to cancel gun licences in three police stations of riot-hit district, but the 1,177 licences withdrawn is a drop in an ocean in a state swarming with licenced and unlicenced weapons. National Crime Record Bureau data reveals... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Hindustan Times (Delhi)

37873

India

10 September 2013

Times of India

NEW DEHLI - One factor that led to the Muzaffarnagar riots going out of hand is the region's gun culture and weapons, mostly legal, owned by residents. Preliminary investigations have found that during the riots shots were fired from licenced weapons which number over 15,000 in the riot-hit region. Sources in riot control operations said some of those who died were shot by .12 bore licenced rifles. "Further investigations will be carried out to nail people behind... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times of India

37853

India

4 September 2013

Times of India

BIHARSHARIF - Special task force (STF), Patna and Nalanda police in a joint operation unearthed a mini-gun factory at Kohna Sarai locality of Biharsharif under Laheri police station area on Tuesday and recovered huge cache of arms and ammunition and equipment used in making illegal firearms. Two persons have been arrested in this connection. Laheri SHO Uday Shankar said the district police in a joint raid with Patna STF unearthed the gun factory at Kohna sarai locality... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times of India

37827

India,Myanmar,North Korea,Bangladesh,Nepal,China,Thailand

3 September 2013

Nagaland Post (India)

NEW DELHI - In a significant breakthrough that could provide the first evidence of alleged Chinese involvement in supply of arms to Indian insurgent outfits, Thailand on Saturday picked up a key middleman whose identity had been disclosed by arrested NSCN (I-M) operative Anthony Shimray. Indian Express report stated that Willy Naruenartwanicha, referred to as Willy Narue by Shimray, is a Thai national and was picked up at India's request. According to Shimray, Willy... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Nagaland Post (India)

37819

India

6 August 2013

Indian Express

A Haryana resident, who is also a member of Maharashtra Rifle Association, sent a legal notice to the Customs last month, a year after he was forced at the Mumbai airport to pay import duty on a .177-calibre air rifle, an item that was made duty-free by a Customs' notification in 2005. Amitoj Singh has argued that though air guns and pistols do not come under the purview of the Arms Act and are exempted from import duty, he was made to pay Rs 30,000 (35% of its price)... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Indian Express

37796

India

29 July 2013

Times of India

KOCHI - The district administration has identified over 100 persons in the district who own guns without licences. As most of them have neither renewed their licence nor surrendered their guns for the past three years, the district administration has decided to take immediate action and resolve this issue. First, a list of those who are yet to renew their applications will be prepared and sent to taluk offices concerned. According to rules, gun licences should be... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times of India

37795

India

25 July 2013

Times of India

BHUBANESWAR - Police on Wednesday cracked the firing on city-based businessman Harish Prasad Rath by arresting two men. Police said the motive of the attack that took place on July 20 was robbery. Two country-made pistols, one 9 mm pistol and three rounds of ammunition were seized from the accused Prabhat Kumar Paikaray (40), alias Tukuna Dash and Tripati Gouda (28), alias Chotu. "Paikaray was the mastermind. He worked at a grocery shop in front of Rath's office.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times of India

37693

India

23 July 2013

India Today

If there was a prize for criminality with chutzpah, the gunmakers of Bihar's Munger district would win it hands down. Or hands up. A Central government employment scheme has been funding several talented gunsmiths in this district for years. Munger is the traditional hub of a flourishing indigenous gun-making industry, till recently geared to making crude single-shot kattas and now moving on to West-inspired pistols and rifles. It's all illegal, of course. According to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: India Today

37690

India,Myanmar,Bangladesh

13 July 2013

Assam Tribune

GUWAHATI - Smuggling of sophisticated weapons from Myanmar to India has become a matter of serious concern and the National Investigation Agency (NIA) is investigating one such case of arms smuggling with an effort to go to the root of the problem. Highly placed official sources told The Assam Tribune that recently personnel of the Assam Rifles and Mizoram Police arrested four Bangladeshi nationals with sophisticated weapons, which proved the smuggling of weapons from... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Assam Tribune

37673

Hong Kong,India

8 July 2013

Times of India

LUCKNOW - The Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) of the UP Police on Sunday arrested Ramzan Ali of Machhriya locality under Naubasta police station of Kanpur in connection with an international racket involving smuggling parts of top branded firearms from Hong Kong region into India and then assembling them together here to sell weapons to the underworld at a premium. His name figured in the case after the arrest of retired airlines officer Deesa from Mumbai who has so far... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times of India

37646

India

20 June 2013

Deccan Chronicle (India)

Anantapur - Police have been concentrating on seizing licensed weapons from leaders of all political parties in the wake of the upcoming local body elections, in the wake of several incidents of misuse of licensed weapons in faction feuds. Recently, a YSR Congress party leader was attacked by his rivals of the same party in Pulivendula Assembly constituency and two assailants were gunned down in retaliation last month. Police found that the assailants had used a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Deccan Chronicle (India)

37587

India,Bangladesh

9 June 2013

Dhaka Tribune

Huge firearms are being smuggled from India into Bangladesh through different frontier points of Benapole, with gunrunners' syndicates active on both sides to negotiate any deal instantly. These illegally brought weapons after reaching Benapole through different border points are supplied to different parts of the country, including Dhaka, says a UNB report from Benapole in Jessore. Although members of the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and law enforcers sometimes... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Dhaka Tribune

37555

India

7 June 2013

DNA India

Rajkot police have arrested six security guards working in three different private security agencies for possessing firearms using fake licences on Thursday. Police have also seized 14 rifles and 48 live cartridges from them. After getting specific information, Special Operations Group (SOG) of the city raided the premises of three private security agencies in Rajkot and have ordered all other private security agencies to submit the details to the police. "Preliminary... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: DNA India

37539

India,Bangladesh

2 June 2013

Hindu (Chennai)

Illegal weapons manufactured in Munger in Bihar have found their way to various terror groups and criminal gangs in several parts of the country as well as to Bangladesh, officials have said. Easy accessibility and low cost are the unique selling points of Munger's 9mm pistols where the buyers even get a heavy discount on bulk orders. This has led to the availability of the weapons in various parts of the country especially Maharashtra, Delhi and Madhya... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Hindu (Chennai)

37528

India

20 May 2013

Times of India

The police nabbed 271 men and seized from them 294 illegal firearms and 1,682 live cartridges from January 2012 to January 2013, an RTI reply shows. The arrested men were couriers who came to Mumbai to deliver weapons to gangsters. The weapons ranged from sophisticated pistols to country-made revolvers, shows the reply to the RTI plea, which was filed by activist Chetan Kothari. The seizures show that gangland demand for firearms of Indian make has increased. The... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times of India

37468

India,Bangladesh

15 May 2013

Dhaka Tribune

The illegal arms trade has gone up alarmingly recently in the wake of ongoing pre-election political turmoil and triggered by high demands from local criminals and terrorists, intelligence departments of law enforcement agencies have reported. Intelligence sources said arms are being smuggled into the country through at least 20 different points along the border, mostly from India. According to sources, syndicates smuggle arms across the border taking advantage of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Dhaka Tribune

37449

India

7 May 2013

Times of India

LUCKNOW - A man shot at his son in Alambagh area on Monday morning, reportedly after a heated argument. The injured youth was rushed to the Trauma Centre by family members for treatment and was under observation till late Monday night. Surjeet Singh, an ex-defence personnel, was arrested by police and the licensed revolver with which he shot his 36-year-old son Jaspal recovered from his possession, said Shreekant Prasad, the sub-inspector who made the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times of India

37426

India

6 May 2013

Post Noon (Hyderabad)

Hardly any noise is made in India about increasing use of firearms among civilians and related violence. We tend to think that it is an issue that needs to be tackled in places like the United States, perhaps because of recurring incidents of mass murders. But not here, in the land of the non-violent freedom movement, we say. However, with a staggering 40 million civilians owning guns, second only to the United States, discourses, questions and debates on the topic... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Post Noon (Hyderabad)

37414

Canada,Singapore,India

1 May 2013

DNA India (Mumbai)

An 80-year-old man from Dadar was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly supplying spare parts of imported weapons, arms and ammunition to a Uttar Pradesh-based gang. A joint team of the Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorism Squad and Mumbai police also recovered spare parts of imported weapons and ammunition from his flat. Senior inspector of Dadar police station Prakash Patil said that D'Souza was arrested from his fifth floor flat at Salvation Apartments in Agar Bazaar area.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: DNA India (Mumbai)

37394

Canada,Singapore,India

19 April 2013

Pioneer (India)

LUCKNOW - Sleuths of the Anti-Terrorists Squad (ATS) arrested four persons and claimed to have busted a gang which is smuggling parts of arms from overseas and assembling them here to dispose it off later to hardened criminals at higher rates. They said to have recovered arms in large quantity besides equipments and tools used for assembling. Giving the details of the above development here on Thursday afternoon, ADG (law and order) Arun Kumar, said that the ATS is... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Pioneer (India)

37351

India

11 April 2013

Times of India

KANPUR - In a major haul, the city police with the arrest of two persons have recovered 15 country-made pistols and 12 semi-finished guns of separate bores, several live cartridges, 81 big and small barrels of 315 bore, several furnaces, welding machines and other equipment used in manufacturing firearms. The arrested men were running an organized racket of illegal arms sale. The police said two persons were arrested near the Juhi 'dhaal' area of the city on Tuesday.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times of India

37307

India

8 April 2013

Times of India

CHENNAI - Police are worried over local criminals attempting to source guns from students from north India. After several instances of students from Jharkhand, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh brandishing firearms and an engineering college student pistol-whipping a classmate and his friend in Maduravoyal on Thursday, police said they are keeping a close watch on students from outside Chennai. Some students and former students from other cities have links with criminals in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times of India

37308

India

4 April 2013

Times of India

NAGPUR - A 49-year-old office superintendent with joint director of technical education was shot with a country made revolver and stabbed to death by his daughter's male friend at his residence in ShriHarinagar near Manewada Ring road on Wednesday. YogeshDakhode's wife Kusum was also assaulted a number of times. The perpetrator Anwar Khan, 28, who was once in a relationship with Dakhodes' daughter, wanted to kill the girl too but was overpowered by neighbours before... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times of India

37279

India,Egypt,Russia,China

3 April 2013

South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)

There is no consensus on an international arms trade treaty, major weapons exporter China said on Wednesday, after it abstained as the UN General Assembly passed the measure by 154 votes to three. The only votes against the first treaty on the conventional arms trade were from Syria, North Korea and Iran. The 23 countries abstaining included Russia and China, ranked respectively as the number two and five weapons exporters by the Stockholm International Peace Research... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)

37276

India

2 April 2013

Times of India

ALLAHABAD - The recent seizure of some sophisticated pistols from an arm smuggler by the Special Task Force here has again brought to fore the thriving smuggling of arms in the region. Most of these firearms are being smuggled from Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal or manufactured in small illegal units running in the district. The graph of arms seized in past three years also points towards this fact. From desi kattas (local arms) to sophisticated smuggled guns,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times of India

37267

India,Pakistan,China

28 March 2013

Times of India

NEW DELHI - New Delhi is set to reject a global arms trade treaty (ATT) since the agreement is heavily loaded against weapons-importing countries like India, and let exporting nations like the US and China call the shots. The treaty, meant to regulate all transfers of conventional arms around the world, is likely to be passed by the UN General Assembly next week. India's inability to establish an indigenous defence production industry may now become a strategic... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times of India

37251

India

27 March 2013

Times of India

KANPUR - An enraged man went on a shooting spree gunning down a teenage youth in the neighbourhood and critically injuring his wife, before killing himself on Tuesday. The gruesome incident took place at Muradpur Nagariya village under the limits of Bhogaon police station in Mainpuri district. "32-year-old, Prem Narain apparently first opened fire from his licensed firearm at his wife, Radha (28), then his neighbour, Vishal (18) and later killed himself," said circle... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times of India

37239

India,Egypt,Syria,Russia,United States,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa

12 March 2013

Oxfam International (Oxford), Media release

Draft Arms Trade Treaty text littered with loopholes which need fixing urgently to save lives More than 325,000 people are estimated to have lost their lives through armed violence since negotiations for a treaty to regulate the global arms trade for the first time ground to a halt in July last year, say Oxfam and Saferworld, part of the Control Arms Coalition. The Control Arms Coalition calls on world leaders to urgently adopt robust rules on international transfers... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Oxfam International (Oxford)

37183

Nepal,India

11 March 2013

Kantipur (Nepal)

PARSA - An 18-year-old boy brandished a pistol to threaten one of his friends over a minor dispute while playing snooker at Maisthan in Birgunj last Thursday. Fortunately, the situation was brought under control as police reached the incident site immediately. The boy, however, managed to flee the scene upon seeing the police personnel. On August 24, 2012, Rama Shankar Mandal, general secretary of the Madhesi Factory Workers' Forum, was shot dead by an unidentified... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Kantipur (Nepal)

37159

India,Nepal

6 March 2013

República (Kathmandu)

DHANGADHI - Authorities have expressed concerns over the spike in criminal activities resulting from the increased possession of small arms among youths in Kailali district. Easy availability of weapons across the border (in India) and the weapons left lying around from the insurgency period have been blamed for the problem. "Nowadays the Dhangadhi town has been witnessing increasing number of criminal activities and small arms have been used in many of such... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: República (Kathmandu)

37144

India

10 February 2013

Hindustan Times (Delhi)

NEW DELHI - Three gun runners, who were allegedly attempting to smuggle more than a dozen sophisticated firearms were caught 'red-handed' by the special cell, police said on Sunday. The firearms were to be sold to criminals operating in the NCR. The trio was waylaid and nabbed from near the Anand Vihar-Ghazipur foot-over bridge around 5pm on Saturday, said Sanjeev Kumar Yadav, deputy commissioner of police (special cell). Their identities have been withheld due to the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Hindustan Times (Delhi)

37048

India,Myanmar,Thailand

4 February 2013

Irrawaddy (Burma)

Burmese police seized around US $140,000 worth of pseudo-ephedrine-based cold and flu tablets and a large cache of weapons in Tamu, Sagaing Division, on Sunday, according to local sources and state-media reports. "A couple has been detained for questioning and anti-narcotics forces are preparing to charge them with illegal possession of weapons and drug trafficking," an officer from the Tamu Police Station told The Irrawaddy on Monday. Initial reports suggested that... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Irrawaddy (Burma)

37025

India

3 January 2013

South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)

Hundreds of women in Delhi have applied for gun licences following the gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old woman by six men in a bus in the city last month. The news underlines the widespread sense of insecurity in the city, deep before the incident and deeper now, as well as the lack of faith in law enforcement agencies. The ashes of the victim of the attack - who died on Friday after 13 days in hospitals in India and Singapore and was cremated in Delhi in a secret... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)

36882

India

20 December 2012

Gulf News (Dubai)

At about noon on November 17, Ponty Chadha, 55, a shady liquor baron, was gunned down outside his family farmhouse near New Delhi — by his brother, Hardeep Chadha, who was in turn was killed by the billionaire's guards. The feud centred on a property dispute. Things came to a head after Ponty asked his guards to deface the farmhouse board carrying Hardeep's name. When the younger brother got wind of this, he rushed to the spot and opened fire. Fifteen slugs were... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Gulf News (Dubai)

36860

Israel,India,Czech Republic,Switzerland,United States,Italy

16 December 2012

Sunday Standard / New Indian Express (Chennai)

NEW DELHI - The Indian Army has half a million rifles and carbines it doesn't want, and now plans to junk them all over the next five years. The dark lining is that these infantry weapons were developed and manufactured in India to equip four lakh soldiers at an expenditure of Rs 25,000 crore over two decades. So far, so bad. Now add another Rs 50,000 crore that will have to be spent over the next decade to re-equip our soldiers with the four kinds of weapons that are... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sunday Standard / New Indian Express (Chennai)

36913

India

28 November 2012

Time (USA)

In a small tent, in a village about 60 miles outside the capital, Salim is putting the finishing touches on his gun. Despite the bright sun outside, the shelter is dark and Salim, who uses only one name, has to bend close to see the homemade pistol he's been working on for the last hour. Salim, 50, makes pistols and rifles in his clandestine workshop in Jhola, in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, where many villagers work in India's illegal gun making trade. Low... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Time (USA)

36784

India

25 November 2012

Economic Times (India)

The details are still fuzzy as to who shot who, but the rivalry between liquor baron Ponty Chadha and his brother Hardeep ended in bloodbath at their Chattarpur farmhouse last week. Not just the brazenness of the act but also the wanton display of firepower stunned the entire country, forcing the Supreme Court to take suo motu cognizance and question the national gun-control norms. Clearly, the market for illegal weapons is booming in India. But where are the guns... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Economic Times (India)

36769

India

24 November 2012

Economic Times (India)

The rich have problems the rest of us don't adequately appreciate. Signifiers of wealth and status outlive their utility all too frequently. The material allure of expensive vehicles, clothes, accessories, elite education and club membership all fade considerably when others at a dinner party also possess them. It is at the cusp of this problem and a unique Delhi VIP culture exacerbated by the ubiquitous movement of political figures with their armed commandos, that... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Economic Times (India)

36772

Pakistan,India

7 November 2012

Gulf Times (Doha) / Agence France Presse

It was a classic bank heist in many ways. Armed men using a stolen car and motorbikes held up a van carrying cash in central New Delhi, shot a guard, and made off with the money. While familiar in many countries and a set-piece of Hollywood films, it set alarm bells ringing in India where gun crime and armed robbery is still low by the standards of other developing countries in Latin America or Africa. The daylight robbery in September and several mass shootings in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Gulf Times (Doha) / Agence France Presse

36720

India

24 October 2012

Times of India

NEW DELHI - Munger in Bihar may have earned nationwide notoriety as a manufacturing hub of illicit arms but it is Meerut, closer home, which feeds much of the demand for guns in Delhi and its vicinity. The recent discovery of a gun factory in Meerut has revealed that illegal arms from this west UP town are lapped up by criminals in Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab. The special cell's raid at the factory was prompted by the arrest of 55-year-old Om Singh,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times of India

36680

India

23 October 2012

Gulf News (Dubai) / Indo-Asian News Service (India)

NEW DELHI - A bank van was recently robbed of Rs52.5 billion (Dh3.58 billion) and its guard shot dead. The disturbing use of a weapon in the crime indicates the growing use of modern firearms by criminals in Delhi. Be it robbery or murder, more and more criminals in the capital are opting for guns in particular, for a better strike rate and efficiency. Gone is the infamous 'katta' (home-made firearm), according to Delhi Police data. The gun's steep price is clearly... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Gulf News (Dubai) / Indo-Asian News Service (India)

36675

India

18 October 2012

New York Times

NOWPORA JAGIR, India — On the day he was killed, Mohammad Shafiq Teli was working on a new sewage drain, precisely the sort of unglamorous, if essential, project that village governance is supposed to provide. Except that, for more than three decades, there had been no local governments here in the villages of Kashmir, India's tinderbox. Last year, despite a threat of violence, rural Kashmiris turned out in huge numbers to elect village councils, known as gram... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

36730

Pakistan,India

11 October 2012

Hindustan Times (Delhi)

Frequent seizures of heroin, arms and ammunition, and fake currency from goods train as well as Samjhauta Express coming from Pakistan have thrown up serious security challenges for India. Despite regular protest letters from India and meetings of customs officials of both sides, things haven't changed but only gone bad. The recent seizure of 105-kg heroin has baffled the security agencies. Not only heroin, many a time, the customs and other agencies have seized... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Hindustan Times (Delhi)

36638

China,India,Nepal

27 September 2012

Hindu (Chennai)

Army on Thursday said it has found over 100 assorted weapons of Chinese make near the Line of Control (LoC) in Keran sector of Kashmir. "More than 100 weapons, including 98 pistols, have been seized near the Line of Control in Keran Sector of Kupwara district," an army spokesman said. He said the recoveries included 10 AK rifles and two assault rifles of other makes. "The weapons are of Chinese make and the packing material like newspapers are also Chinese," the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Hindu (Chennai)

36609

India

26 September 2012

Daily Mail (UK)

Criminals in Delhi are arming themselves with sophisticated weapons that are readily available from local arms factories, making them more dangerous than ever before. According to Delhi Police sources, some of these weapons can use ammunition meant for imported arms, which are available on the black market and have added to their firepower. Delhi Police has prepared an eye-opening report on the 'easy availability of high-quality firearms' in the Capital and the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Mail (UK)

36608

India

24 September 2012

Hindustan Times (Delhi)

GUWAHATI - If the brand craze rules the average Indian, can the insurgent be far behind? The old guard might have settled for cheap Chinese copies of Kalashnikovs, but the new age rebel prefers to flaunt Glocks, Berettas and Heckler and Kochs. And to fund the jazzy arsenal, the extortion rate has gone up by nearly 30%. Officials engaged in counterinsurgency say in Meghalaya, the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) is replacing its Kalashnikovs with the Germanmade... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Hindustan Times (Delhi)

36588

India

23 September 2012

Times of India

NEW DELHI - An illegal arms bazaar is thriving in the city and it is easy to procure a gun if you have the money and right contacts. From simple kattas (crude handguns) to sophisticated automatics, everything's available for prices ranging from Rs 4,000 to Rs 2 lakh. The trade has changed in some ways over the last decade. For one, it does not cater to only gangsters anymore. As the events of the last few weeks show, even lovers with a grudge can find guns easily now.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times of India

36577

India

20 September 2012

Times of India

NEW DELHI - Over the past fortnight, Delhi has witnessed a series of brutal killings caused by unrequited love that has surprised the cops and shocked the city. But consultant psychiatrists as well as sociologists feel that those involved in these crimes were emotionally too ill-equipped to negotiate refusal and at its core, the issue wasn't love but control. The crime spots of the "jilted lover syndrome" are peppered over different parts of the city. But what's common... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times of India

36570

India,Nepal

8 September 2012

New Kerala (Thiruvananthapuram)

Senior police officers in the Kathmandu Valley have warned that Nepali capital has been turned into a hub for illegal trade of small arms and guns. The nation's one and only major tourist hub Thamel has become a major centre for illegal exchange and buying of small arms, which threatens the safety of foreign tourists, said Hanumandhoka Jaya Bahadur Chand, chief of the Kathmandu District Police also known as Metropolitan Police Range (MPR), Xinhua reported. "We fear... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Kerala (Thiruvananthapuram)

36536

India

3 September 2012

Times of India

NEW DELHI / GHAZIABAD - Spurned by a married woman, a heavily armed 27-year-old jobless youth went on a killing spree that left six people dead, including himself, in Delhi and Ghaziabad on Monday. The bloodbath began when the alleged killer, Ravi, visited the home of his cousin Navin, a BPO cab driver who lived in Bindapur near Dwarka in southwest Delhi. Ravi had earlier proposed to Navin's wife Renu, 24, who had rejected him. Police said Ravi was armed with an... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times of India

36528

India

1 September 2012

Tribune (India)

CHANDIGARH - Septuagenarian Amrik Kaur of Amarkot, a recipient of the Shaurya Chakra, a top civilian gallantry award, wants arms licences for both her daughters-in-law to carry forward the family tradition of keeping its women armed. Amrik Kaur — once known as the "lioness of the border areas" — used to engage militants in night-long encounters during the peak of militancy in Punjab. Though she lost her husband Shahbeg Singh and domestic help Mukhtyar Singh in one... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Tribune (India)

36520

India

16 August 2012

Indian Express

Is procuring a gun that difficult? Not quite it seems. The recent arrest of three Osmania University students for possessing illegal arms settles the debate to some extent. But when it comes to issuing gun licences, the Hyderabad Police is fairly conservative. However, even by their conservative stats, it appears that more and more number of people, including a few women, in the twin cities are queuing up to get a licence. Half of the applications are usually rejected... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Indian Express

36470

India

3 August 2012

BBC News

Why do so many Indian parliamentarians need guns? And why are guns being sold to MPs who have criminal cases pending against them? Nobody quite knows. But the government's reply to a freedom of information request on gun ownership among MPs has revealed some startling facts: - 756 guns were sold to MPs and VIPs - usually politicians - in India between 1987 and 2012. - 82 MPs purchased guns being sold off by the state between 2001 and 2012. - 18 of these 82 MPs have... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

36429

India

2 August 2012

Times of India

AHMEDABAD - The wealth of the city and areas nearby has grown in the past half decade or so, and the number of firearms has also corresponded with this. In Ahmedabad city and parts of Gandhinagar, applications for firearm licences have increased by 25 per cent in the last two years. In the city alone, the firearm licence branch receives about 25 new applications every month. J B Gadhvi, inspector of licence branch, said most applications come from persons fearful for... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times of India

36424

India,Nepal

26 July 2012

Himalayan Times (Kathmandu)

KATHMANDU: A burgeoning trade in small arms has accentuated [the] threat to public security in the Kathmandu Valley, which witnessed three shooting-related deaths in the fiscal year 2011/12. The September 26 murder of Muslim activist Faizan Ahmed, December 23 murder of jeweller Harka Bahadur Diyali and the May 31 assassination of Supreme Court Justice Rana Bahadur Bam in Lalitpur highlight the threat that these arms pose. So far, police have managed to bring the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Himalayan Times (Kathmandu)

36405

India

23 July 2012

Times of India

The police in Maharashtra seem to have another growing problem on their hands. According to the National Crime Records Bureau, the number of murders with unlicensed firearms increased in the state every year by more than 30% since 2009. An NCRB report showed that 37 people were killed in Maharashtra in 2009 with unlicensed firearms. The next year, the figure rose by 32% to 49. And the year after that, it reached 67, a rise of 37%. Altogether, from 2007 and 2011, more... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times of India

36375

India

22 July 2012

Daily News & Analysis (India)

The 1991 shootout at Lokhandwala in which the police killed gangster Maya Dolas indicated that ammunition imported for the use of sports shooters had ended up with criminals. A specific type of ammunition called wadcutter .32 was found at the encounter site. "Wadcutters are used only for sports events. Since I am also into shooting, I knew about it," said a retired senior police officer. It goes without saying that arms and ammunition designed for shooting as a sport... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily News & Analysis (India)

36383

India

19 July 2012

Hindustan Times (Lucknow)

LUCKNOW - The death of Mehtab, a 10-year-old boy, in celebratory firing at Bareilly on Tuesday indicates the state government's efforts have not succeeded in checking the unwelcome practice. In the last seven months, 41 people have been killed in such incidents in various districts. After two deaths in Faizabad in May, the state government had directed the district administration officials to cancel the licence, as well as initiate legal action against those who used... (GunPolicy.org)

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36354

India

15 July 2012

Times of India

INDORE - Firearms and guns are catching the fancy and imagination of Indore women like never before. This year in the first half gun licenses were issued to six women as against the 12 in the past year. Officials say the number would go up by the end of the year. In the past women hardly applied for gun licenses except for transfer of licenses issued in their late husband's name, said a senior official. But now, there are several applicants seeking license for fresh... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times of India

36338

India

8 July 2012

Economic Times (India) / Press Trust of India

SRINAGAR -- The quantity of arms and ammunition recovered by security forces from militants in Jammu and Kashmir over the past 22 years is enough to raise an army larger than that of 150 member countries of the United Nations, officials said. According to state home department officials, security forces have seized nearly 31,000 AK rifles of various series from the militants and their hideouts in the state since the eruption of militancy in 1990. The security forces... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Economic Times (India) / Press Trust of India

36325

United States,India,Russia

6 July 2012

Voice of Russia (Moscow)

Russia has one of the most well developed arms control systems in the world and we have only one arms exporting nongovernmental agency which controls all arms trade. Interview with Sergey Denisentsev – expert of the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies from Moscow, Russia. What is the position of Russia on IATT? Well, the key difference between the Russian approach towards IATT and the approach of countries of the EU is the matter of goals of IATT.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Voice of Russia (Moscow)

36307

Colombia,Chad,Sudan,Congo (DRC),Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,European Union,Pakistan,India,China,Africa,Russia,Syria

27 June 2012

Le Monde (France), Opinion

[Translated summary: Associations, NGOs and hundreds of members of the global coalition "Control Arms" have set minimum specifications for the future Arms Trade Treaty. It will have to control all types of conventional arms and ammunition used by military as well as by law enforcement, since they can be used for serious human rights violations. ATT will include exports but also imports, transit and all types of transfers and all actors, such as arms brokers, like Viktor... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Le Monde (France)

36280

Philippines,India

13 June 2012

Indian Express

A Punjab police official was on Tuesday arrested with 52 live bullets at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) here just before he was about to board a flight to Manila, a CISF official said. Inspector Atul Soni, was going to Manila on a Philippines Airlines flight when his baggage containing variants of live and spent bullets was detected by CISF security personnel at at T3 terminal. Soni, who said he was posted in Mohali, had 46 live rounds of 9 mm pistol, 3... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Indian Express

36236

India

8 June 2012

Indian Express

AHMEDABAD - With land prices having shot up in the auto hub of Sanand and land-owners flush with cash, the township in Ahmedabad district now wants more and more of guns. Since 2010, when the Tatas changed the once-sleepy town into a destination of global auto majors like Ford and Peugeot by relocating its Nano plant here, Sanand has topped the list of firearms licencees. According to data obtained from Ahmedabad district collectorate, between 2010 and May 2012, a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Indian Express

36218

India

4 June 2012

Times of India

KOCHI - From now on, owning guns is not going to be an easy affair in Ernakulam as the city police have begun checking rampant misuse of licensed weapons. They are cancelling licences of existing gun owners as well as rejecting fresh applications. According to police officials, they cancelled arms licence of 2,892 gun holders of the total 5,214 licence holders in Ernakulam district in the last two years. The licence cancellation drive was initiated after the police... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times of India

36205

India

1 June 2012

Times of India

VADODARA - Close on the heels of fake gun licences racket being busted in Bharuch, Panchmahal police have also unearthed a similar fraud in the district. The special operations group (SOG) of Panchmahal police has seized five fake licences with a similar number of firearms and is probing further. The SOG achieved breakthrough after it received information that a security guard working with a company in Baska near Halol had a fake firearm licence. Further investigations... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times of India

36203

India

28 May 2012

Times of India

MUMBAI - In a bid to rein in rampant misuse of licensed weapons, the police rejected more than 80% of applications for gun licences last year, with not a single builder or film personality granted sanction. Even among those who did receive the approval, around 18% were policemen who had sought licences for personal use of firearms. Statistics obtained through a query filed under the RTI Act show that out of 340 applications filed for gun licences in 2011, 284 were... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times of India

36173

India

21 May 2012

Guardian (UK)

When Dr Harveen Kaur Sidhu travels from her home in an upmarket neighbourhood of the north-western Indian city of Chandigarh, she always slips her lightweight .22 revolver in her bag. The gun is a new purchase – Sidhu got her licence only a year ago – but now the 33-year-old dentist won't travel without it. "I don't have faith in the police to protect me. There are so many attacks on women these days. It's everybody's right to defend themselves. I think all women... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (UK)

36148

Hong Kong,Italy,Germany,Israel,Austria,Bulgaria,Russia,India

20 May 2012

Times of India

NEW DELHI - AK-47s continue to be the preferred assault weapon for the country's paramilitary forces deployed to neutralise terrorists and Maoists at the frontiers and in the hinterland. Over 29,000 pieces of this Russian-origin rifle were imported by forces like CRPF, BSF and NSG over the last three years, leaving behind, by a large margin, other sophisticated assault weapons procured from the US and Israel. The inventory of the assault weapons procured for security... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times of India

36147

India

13 May 2012

Times of India

BHARUCH: At least 15 security guards of various private agencies were arrested for running a fake gun licence racket in Bharuch. Police also seized 17 illegal fire arms and 110 cartridges from the security guards working at ATM centres of various banks. Due to central intelligence agencies' inputs regarding possible terror attacks, Bharuch police officials from C-division police station were carrying out routine checking at Golden Bridge on Narmada. While checking two... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times of India

36124

India

8 May 2012

Times of India

JAISALMER: An Army court of inquiry has found 74 officers and one JCO guilty in the illegal sale of arms case in Sriganganagar between 2002 and 2004. So far, the Army has taken disciplinary action against 33 officers. Similar punitive action has been initiated against the remaining officers, said defence spokesman Col SD Goswami. Besides, the Standard Operating Procedure on disposal of non-service pattern weapons has been revised to avoid recurrence of such incidents,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times of India

36112

India

25 April 2012

Indian Express

After several incidents of celebratory firings during victory processions of SP leaders and weddings, DGP AC Sharma has issued a circular to book gun licence holders involved in such incidents. The circular also said their licences will be cancelled within a month of the occurrence of such incidents. The DGP has said that local police station officers will be accountable for such incidents taking place in their areas. The district police chiefs will ensure penal action... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Indian Express

36067

India

23 April 2012

Times of India

DIMAPUR - In a development that will shock the Nagaland police department, a recent raid conducted by 29 Assam Rifles and Dimapur Police has exposed a possible nexus between a police constable and militants. Identified as Enyimi Chakhesang, the constable has allegedly been supplying ammunition from the Police Centre Store, Chumukedima to members of NSCN (IM) Security forces had information that the militants were stocking ammunition at the Sukhovi area and they raided... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times of India

36065

India

18 April 2012

Telegraph (India)

Firearms are losing their spark in Patna or so it seems from the decline in the number of people seeking arms licences over the past five years. Till a few years ago, public display of firearms was common on the roads of the state capital. This trend, however, has taken a beating since 2007 (see chart). A source in the arms magistrate office said: "From 1990 to 2005, the annual number of applications for arms licences was almost 2,000 on an average but after 2006, the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Telegraph (India)

36046

India

12 April 2012

Nagaland Post (India)

GUWAHATI - Several armed private security guards and criminals of Assam possess firearms bought using fraudulent arms licences procured from Kangpokpi in Manipur and Dimapur in Nagaland. Sources in the criminal investigation department (CID) of police, which is investigating the matter, said the arms and ammunition procured by using these licences, many of which were fake, had become a threat to public safety and a major concern for security forces. "If anybody... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Nagaland Post (India)

36027

India

31 March 2012

Indian Express

A probe has been ordered into how lawyer Saurabh Verma, who shot dead sub-inspector (S-I) Devendra Kumar and injured a constable with his licenced revolver inside Naubasta police outpost on Thursday night, had procured firearms licence. Verma has several criminal cases pending against him and is learnt to have procured the arms licence while he was in jail in 2004. Kanpur SP (City) Umesh Kumar Singh told The Indian Express that the lawyer has been jailed thrice in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Indian Express

35981

Asia,Laos,Thailand,China,India

18 March 2012

Telegraph (India)

NEW DELHI - Northeast outfits are employing crafty financial methods to procure arms worth millions of dollars and make them look like legitimate legal buys. A series of arrests by the National Investigation Agency of militants from various outfits has revealed formulae that take the best financial brains to come up with. A number of such devices tumbled out of the militants' closets after the NIA arrested NSCN (I-M) leader Anthony Shimray and over 20 United National... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Telegraph (India)

35948

Timor-Leste,Thailand,Sri Lanka,Myanmar,Indonesia,South Asia,South East Asia,Israel,Iran,Cuba,United States,Japan,China,Brunei,Philippines,Pakistan,India,Asia

6 March 2012

Jakarta Post

The United Nations is urging all nations in the Asia region to implement concrete solutions to stop illegal trading in small arms and light weapons. "Over the past decades, trade has made this region grow so phenomenally. If you are a region where international trade is what makes you tick, you better also make sure that you are seen as doing trade in the right way," UN disarmament affairs official Daniel Prins told reporters on the sidelines of opening the Asian... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Jakarta Post

35886

Algeria,India,Iran,North Korea,China,Syria,Russia

21 February 2012

Reuters

MOSCOW/BEIRUT - Russia faces a growing international outcry over its arms sales to Syria but shows no sign of bowing to pressure and has even increased deliveries of arms that critics say are helping keep President Bashar al-Assad in power. The biggest importer of arms to Syria, Russia sold Damascus nearly $1 billion worth of arms including missile systems last year, while shipments of hard-to-track Russian small weapons have risen since the uprising against Assad... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Reuters

35852

South America,North America,Canada,India,Africa,Asia,United States

21 February 2012

Los Angeles Times

Guns are the new bling in India, as Mark Magnier reports for The Times. Rising income, rising crime and memories of terrorism have made Indians more eager to pack a pistol: Government worker Deep Sidhu sits in his living room feeling the weight of the family's Luger, a German World War II-era pistol, in his hands. Guns are in the blood, he says beneath a painting of a man toting a shotgun. "This forgiveness-peace idea will only make Pakistanis think we're soft... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Los Angeles Times

35850

India

20 February 2012

Los Angeles Times

CHANDIGARH, India — Vikramjit Singh stands in the parking lot of a posh club in Chandigarh discussing one of his favorite subjects: guns. He owns 10 or so; he can't remember exactly. They may come in handy if the old family feud resurfaces. In a Hatfield-versus-McCoy saga that haunts the 25-year-old student, his grandfather was shot to death here in the western state of Punjab and his father imprisoned for a retaliatory murder. Although the two clans signed a truce a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Los Angeles Times

35847

India,Bangladesh

19 February 2012

Financial Express (Bangladesh)

Country's law and order situation might become unstable as cadres of different political groups were learnt to have been buying smuggled small firearms, reports UNB. Intelligence sources told the news agency Saturday that increasing use of small firearms in different criminal activities, including murder, robbery and extortion, have increased the smuggling of firearms from across the border. They said syndicates from two sides of the border control such smuggling of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Financial Express (Bangladesh)

35842

India

24 January 2012

Reuters

GUWAHATI - Hundreds of separatists in India's northeast handed over automatic rifles and other weapons to the home minister and senior paramilitary and army officers on Tuesday, signalling the government remains open to peace talks in the region. More than a dozen insurgent groups have been fighting the government for decades in Assam and neighbouring states of northeast India, killing thousands in attacks on civilians troops and paramilitary. The groups blame the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Reuters

35762

India

10 January 2012

Deccan Chronicle (India)

HYDERABAD - The city Task Force sleuths busted a fake gun licence racket and seized 35 illegal fire arms from security guards working in various agencies. About 11 security guards and the owner of Protection Management Services were arrested on charges of forging gun licenses and using them to procure weapons. The police commissioner, Mr A.K. Khan, said, "Security agencies are aware of what they are doing. We checked their licences with the issuing authorities and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Deccan Chronicle (India)

35720

India

6 January 2012

Hindustan Times (Delhi)

From being the birthplace of 12th century poet Amir Khusro to a district where the high crime rate makes virtually anyone worth his salt keep firearms, the descent of Etah into disrepute makes it a symbol of much that's wrong with UP's wild west. Its residents know this ground reality all too well. That is why the question - what is Etah famous for? - gets seven out of 10 people here to reply 'crime', albeit after a little prodding. One does not have to go far to see... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Hindustan Times (Delhi)

35709

India

24 December 2011

Times of India

After pizza and grocery deliveries, it is now time for home delivery of weapons. Anyone who is interested in buying illegal weapons - be it a country-made pistol, rifle or shotgun - can get them with just a phone call. In Jharkhand, the process is easy. Get in touch with the firearm manufacturer, usually based in Bihar, or one of their representatives in Jharkhand. They provide an account number in which the money can be deposited. Once the amount is deposited, the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times of India

35689

United States,India

22 December 2011

Star Online ((Malaysia)

Possessing firearms is a status symbol in India's northern rural belt and it isn't unusual to find guns as part of a bride's dowry. For a country that witnesses a whopping 10 million marriages a year, India boasts a cachet of interesting nuptial traditions as well. While the big cities are synonymous with the Big Fat Indian Wedding – occasions which showcase opulence, financial clout and the social pecking order of well-to-do families – swathes of the northern... (GunPolicy.org)

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35686

India

14 December 2011

Times of India

Senior police officers say they are only acting on directives issued by higher authorities and are thus busy plugging loopholes to make laws pertaining to possession of firearms watertight. "We have no problems with players possessing firearms. But there have been many instances when nefarious individuals have posed as shooters to obtain licenses and it is only natural that the rules are being tightened to stop this racket," says city police commissioner AK Khan, who is... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times of India

35660

India

12 December 2011

Times of India

VISAKHAPATNAM - Illegal weapons are finding their way into the city. The firing incident that took place at railway station on Friday evening raised serious questions about the use of guns by criminal gangs. Police sources blamed criminals from other states for the use of illegal fire arms. A person, believed to be a CISF constable was arrested by police on Saturday, in related to Friday's firing incident. They suspect that he and his colleagues were involved in three... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times of India

35658

Bangladesh,Myanmar,South East Asia,China,India

9 December 2011

Times of India

NEW DELHI - Insurgent groups in the northeast are procuring arms in China and some other South East Asian countries before smuggling them into India through Myanmar and Bangladesh, the government has said. "There are reports that insurgent outfits operating in the northeastern states of India have been procuring arms through smugglers based in the Yunnan province of China, Myanmar and South East Asian countries," minister of state for home Mullappally Ramachandran said... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times of India

35663

Russia,Mozambique,Nigeria,India,Australia,East Africa,Eastern Europe,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa

5 December 2011

IRIN (UN News)

JOHANNESBURG - The rate of accidents at munitions storage sites has risen to unprecedented levels in 2011, despite a growing international commitment to assist countries in managing their weapons and ammunition stockpiles. "During the first ten months of 2011, the average number of explosions has increased to more than three per month - the highest rate recorded in a calendar year," said the Small Arms Survey (SAS), a Geneva-based NGO monitoring small arms and armed... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: IRIN (UN News)

35622

Central Asia,United States,Afghanistan,India

3 December 2011

National (Abu Dhabi)

NEW DELHI - India plans to fly 20,000 to 30,000 Afghan troops to training bases in India over the next three years and is expanding its presence in Afghanistan as US troops leave. The US is reportedly eager for more countries to take on part of the US$12 billion (Dh44bn) training bill for the Afghan security forces, and is also running out of time, having set 2014 as the deadline for transferring combat duties to local troops. With the Afghan government unwilling to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: National (Abu Dhabi)

35615

Cambodia,Thailand,India,Myanmar,Bangladesh

28 November 2011

Express Buzz (India), Opinion

According to a recent study, India witnessed 4,100 gunshot murders in 2008. These murders would work out to 12.2 per cent of the over 33,700 murders reported during the year. Overall, there were over 6,200 deaths due to gunshots; about 66 per cent of them were murders, 26.3 per cent were accidental deaths and 7.7 per cent were suicides. It was also reported that most of the victims of firearm murders in India were killed using unlicensed firearms. Studies conducted... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Express Buzz (India)

35629

India

21 November 2011

Times of India

HAZARIBAG - Barhi Police arrested a former activist of the Jharkhand Prasstuti Committee (JPC), who had opened an illegal factory to manufacture country-made revolvers and firearms, from his hideout at Kariyatpur on Monday. Sagarjee alias Samunder Bhuiyan had started manufacturing arms to collect money from various development schemes in the district, said SP Pankaj Kamboj. Bhuiyan, who originally belonged to Bendi village in Katkumsandi of Hazaribag, was an activist... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times of India

35562

India

18 November 2011

New Delhi Television (India)

MUZAFFARPUR - Blacksmith Sunil Thakur had never felt as important in his life as he did on Nov. 4, when the district police chief, an executive magistrate and a posse of junior officials visited his makeshift roadside furnace. They handed him six country-made pistols, known as kattas, and asked him to transform them into farm and gardening tools. As a crowd assembled, the blacksmith heated the guns, and then hammered the red-hot metal for nearly an hour, shaping them... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Delhi Television (India)

35557

Germany,China,United States,India

17 November 2011

Express India

PUNE - Failure in identifying and cracking down on criminals involved in manufacturing and selling of illegal firearms is the major reason behind unchecked illegal trade of firearms in the city, police said. And investigation of some of the cases revealed that the quality of illegal firearms has improved, availability has increased while cost has gone down, police said. According to the figures obtained by The Indian Express under the Right to Information Act (RTI)... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Express India

35548

India

15 November 2011

Times of India

JAIPUR, ALWAR - Those living in the ravines of Dholpur love two things the most - their moustaches and arms. Grown up amidst the fear of bandits, people residing in this region say that keeping various arms at home was a 'compulsion' earlier but gradually it has become a 'status symbol' for them. Moving ahead, some of them have no hesitation in gifting arms varying from rifles to pistols to their would be sons-in-law. And that too with a valid licence. Though the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times of India

35606

India

9 November 2011

BBC News

PATNA, Bihar - Police in the northern Indian state of Bihar have come up with an original way to deal with the surfeit of seized illegal firearms that are stored in police station storehouses, or malkhanas. They have decided to melt the weapons down into farming and gardening tools. "The weapons stashed in police station malkhanas are of no use once the legal process of the case is over. They stink like dead bodies," says Abhyanand, the Bihar police chief who has... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

35520

India,Afghanistan,Iraq,Sierra Leone,South Africa,Saudi Arabia,United States,United Kingdom,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa

1 November 2011

Telegraph (UK), Book review

If there is one book unlikely to appear on the Christmas reading lists of the former defence secretary Liam Fox and his self-professed adviser Adam Werritty, one suspects that this is it. The sorry case of Dr Fox and the mystery chum-cum-lobbyist amplifies what critics of the defence procurement industry – Feinstein prefers the racier "global arms trade" – have long argued. To put it mildly, and in a nutshell, it is not known for its transparency. Nor, for that... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Telegraph (UK)

35511

India,Spain,United Kingdom,Italy,Germany,France,Czech Republic,Bulgaria,Belgium,Austria,Yemen,Syria,Libya,Egypt,Bahrain,West Asia,North Africa,Europe,Russia,United States

24 October 2011

al Jazeera

According to an Amnesty International report, the US, Russia and a number of European countries supplied large quantities of weapons to repressive governments in the Middle East and North Africa before this year's uprisings. The report says that these arms deals were signed despite evidence of a substantial risk that they could be used to commit serious human rights violations. The human rights group reports that in the five years preceding the Arab spring $2.4bn... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: al Jazeera

35448

India

6 October 2011

Daily News & Analysis (India)

The accidental firing from the service pistol of a traffic constable at the police commissionerate has brought to the fore the rather "amateurish" manner in which a section of the police force handles firearms. On Tuesday afternoon, constable Vijay Bhusare (27) attached to the Pune police traffic branch was injured when a bullet hit him when his colleague, Amol Sarde, was displaying his pistol and explaining its functioning. "Sarde initially loaded the pistol with... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily News & Analysis (India)

35378

India,Russia,Germany,United States

5 October 2011

First Post (Mumbai)

A 10-year-old boy was accidentally shot dead by his 12-year-old neighbour while they were playing cop and thief in West Delhi earlier this week. On 24 September, 23-year-old toll attendant, Umeshkant Pandey, was shot dead by the driver of a white Bolero. His crime: he asked the driver to pay Rs 27 as toll tax. Gun crime has consistently been on the rise in India, and every few weeks, there is a new tragedy. An armed gang shoots a woman over a small piece of jewellery,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: First Post (Mumbai)

35375

India

26 September 2011

Indian Express

BANGALORE - In the iron ore mining district of Bellary, guns have grown alongside illegal mining. The district authorities issued the maximum number of gun licences in the year that illegal mining hit an all-time high. A number of the licences were to members of what has now been described as an organised illegal mining syndicate from Bellary with its pivotal figure being former district-in-charge minister G Janardhan Reddy, arrested by the CBI as part of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Indian Express

35324

India

25 September 2011

India Today, Editorial

The wanton murder of Umeshkant Pandey, an attendant at the Gurgaon toll plaza, on Thursday has once again highlighted the rising gun culture in the national capital. Pandey, 22, was shot by a man for merely asking for the Rs 27 toll fee. His killing is akin to that of Delhi University student Radhika Tanwar - who was shot dead in March this year by a man who claimed to have been a jilted lover, but was probably a mere stalker. These cases highlight certain disturbing... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: India Today

35323

India

21 September 2011

Indian Express

NEW DELHI - India has seen a drastic reduction in deaths due to firearms crimes but Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh remain the most dangerous states and account for more than 60 per cent of all deaths recorded that were related to small arms, a new survey has suggested. A report by the Small Arms Survey, a research group based out of Geneva, has recorded crime statistics in India over a 10-year period from 1999 and says that the number of suicides, murders and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Indian Express

35313

India

21 September 2011

Tribune (India)

NEW DELHI - The easy availability of illegal firearms made Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand witness to two-thirds of all murders committed using firearms in 2008, the latest year for which the related data is available. India, as a whole, witnessed 4,101 gunshot murders during the period. These accounted for 12.2 per cent of the 33,727 murders reported during the year. Overall, the country lost 6,219 persons to gunshots - 66 pc of them were murdered, 26.3 pc killed... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Tribune (India)

35311

India,Nepal,South Africa

20 September 2011

Telegraph (Nepal), Opinion

1. Facts: Small arms: Small Arms mean the weapons that a single and individual can carry and operate. For example revolvers, self loading pistols, rifles, carbines, assault rifles, sub machineguns, light machineguns and associated ammunitions.[1] Light weapons means that can be operate two or three people. They may include heavy machine gun, hand–held under barrel and mounted grenade launcher, portable anti-aircraft and missile launcher, explosives, anti personal... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Telegraph (Nepal)

35304

India

20 September 2011

Times of India

VARANASI - For arms licence holders, their revolvers and pistols are proving to be mere show pieces as there is a crisis of cartridges in the open market. The craze for small firearms like revolvers and pistols has increased in a decade or two. According to the arms section of district magistrate office, there are 14,851 arms licence holders in the district while around 3,300 people are in queue for fresh arms licences. Among the total arms licence holders, about 30%... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times of India

35298

Nepal,India

15 September 2011

Himalayan Times (Kathmandu)

DHANGADHI - Illegal transaction in small weapons has been on the rise on the Nepal-India border in the far west region for some time. Police seized four small weapons in a month. A police patrol seized two American made automatic pistols and a revolver from Chaukidanda area Malakheti-3 on September 11. According to police, the pistols were seized from six youths who were on two motorcycles, but they failed to nab the youths who fled. SP Bashanta Panta, District... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Himalayan Times (Kathmandu)

35285

India,Nepal

12 September 2011

República (Kathmandu)

NEPALGUNJ - Banke police have launched a crackdown on smuggling of weapons into Nepal from India. A day after seizing two revolvers and two home-made pistols, Banke police on Friday seized two more home-made pistols. Police have seized 12 weapons of various types in the last two months alone. "As Dashain festival approaches, criminals are smuggling small arms from India to extort businessmen," said SP Dinesh Amatya of Banke police. "Therefore, we have launched a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: República (Kathmandu)

35261

India

3 September 2011

Hindustan Times (Delhi)

To get hired as a security guard, an arms licence is a necessary qualification. In fact, it is such a prized item that security guard Vishram Singh, 23, had mortgaged his ancestral land in Uttar Pradesh to get his hands on one before setting out for Delhi in 2008, his family said. "Though our clients come from varied backgrounds, a very large number of them are those who want employment as security guards," said a senior police officer from the licensing branch of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Hindustan Times (Delhi)

35236

Pakistan,South Asia,China,United States,United Kingdom,Germany,France,India,Nepal

25 July 2011

República (Kathmandu), Opinion

In 2009, I recall visiting a militant camp in India's North East a day before they would surrender. The deputy commander who was in charge and allegedly responsible for the death of at least 200 people brandished his M16 assault rifle and flaunted his bodyguard who was following him with a rocket launcher. He was calm but shifty-eyed and admitted having a personal saving of a few billion INR in his account. Barely 24 hours after his formal surrender, he was in seen in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: República (Kathmandu)

35116

India,Nepal

22 July 2011

Deccan Herald (Kathmandu)

Ninth-grader Sadhana Limbu was expecting to return to her school in Nepal's tea garden district of Jhapa next week after spending a brief vacation with her family in Kathmandu. Instead, the 14-year-old girl is now in police custody in the capital, facing interrogation and a tough ordeal that could include imprisonment. She was caught by Nepal's airport authorities Thursday while trying to board a domestic flight from Kathmandu to Jhapa. Among the books and clothes in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Deccan Herald (Kathmandu)

35095

India

12 July 2011

Times of India

CHENNAI -- When it comes to issuing gun licences, you could say Tamil Nadu has the most stringent procedures compared to others in the country. Applicants have to go through levels of scrutiny, right from the police stations to the government ordnance factories to the commissioner of police, proving every step of the way that they have no criminal or civil cases against them before they finally get their hands on a gun. "There are inquiries at every level. Around... (GunPolicy.org)

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India

11 July 2011

Indian Express

CHENNAI -- The mystery behind the shocking murder of a child who strayed into an Army residential compound was solved after a week of investigation, with the Crime Branch sleuths arresting a retired lieutenant colonel for shooting the boy dead. Kandasamy Ramraj, a former assistant engineer in the Small Arms wing of the Electrical and Mechanical Department, has confessed to the crime, and the US-made rifle that was used for the murder was recovered from the bottom of... (GunPolicy.org)

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Western Europe,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa,United States,China,India,Guatemala

6 July 2011

Sunday Times (UK) / AFP

GENEVA - Private security companies employ up to 25.5 million people across the world, exceeding the number of police officers, and hold up to 3.7 million firearms, a survey said Wednesday. "The global trend towards downsizing government, including public security institutions, has contributed to the growth of the private security sector," said the Geneva Graduate Institute's small arms survey. "In prisons, at airports, along borders and on the street, security... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom,United States,Europe,India,China,Russia,Libya,France

30 June 2011

Le Point (France) / Reuters

[Translated summary: France acknowledged that it airlifted small arms to Libyan civilians fighting Moammar Gadhafi's forces in a besieged mountain region south of Tripoli. Critics say that this is against the UN arms embargo]. NEW YORK, PARIS - La France a défendu sa décision de parachuter des armes aux insurgés libyens, une opération à laquelle l'Otan n'a pas été associée et qui suscite jeudi une controverse, les Nations unies ayant imposé en février un... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,India

30 June 2011

Times of India

MUMBAI - The crime intelligence unit (CIU) arrested a wholesale supplier of health and protein drinks, Sanjay Chaudhry, from the Mumbai airport for smuggling spare gun parts from the US. Sleuths screened his baggage and found several gun parts like springs, triggers, hammers and magazines. The cops have also arrested one Shivananda Shetty, who bought gun parts from Chaudhry and sold them to dealers in the grey market. Chaudhry came under the crime branch's scanner... (GunPolicy.org)

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34999

India

29 June 2011

Daily News & Analysis (India)

The Madras high court bench here has ruled that citizens could possess weapons and revenue and police officials could not deny them arms licence by citing law and order problem. Allowing a petition filed by an S Rajkapur, an agriculturist, who was denied a licence by the commissioner for revenue administration as well as Theni district revenue officer in 2004 and 2005 to possess a double barrel gun, Justice D Hariparandhaman said that unless the applicants' antecedents... (GunPolicy.org)

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India

18 June 2011

Morung Express (India)

IMPHAL -- "Manipur will be called a land of widows if armed conflict is not stopped", said founder and secretary general of Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network (MWGSN) Binalaksmi Nepram at the fifth day of the week long Global Week of Action on Gun Violence Friday. Over 20,000 people have been killed in the last five decades in Manipur due to arm related conflicts, she said and pointed out that according to official statistics, in 2008 alone more than 400 people have... (GunPolicy.org)

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Germany,China,Nepal,Italy,India,United States

16 June 2011

MSN News / Indo-Asian News Service

KATHMANDU -- As over 70 countries in the world Thursday begin observing the Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence, peace activists rue that even five years after the end of an armed insurrection, Nepal is still wracked by gunfire, thanks to the 1,800-km open border with India. 'There have been 1,013 incidents of violence caused by small arms in the last 17 months,' says Subodh Pyakurel, chief of Informal Sector Service Center (Insec), Nepal's largest NGO that... (GunPolicy.org)

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India

3 June 2011

Times of India

Uttar Pradesh Police busted a gun-running racket with the arrest of the gang's main courier and mastermind, while he was on to Balia with a consignment of five automatic pistols with 10 magazines. Special director general, ATS, Brij Lal on Thursday said that the arrest came following some specific intelligence on the gang's kingpin and the main courier Jagannath, a resident of Bilriyaganj in Azamgarh. On the basis of the information, police intercepted Jagannath during... (GunPolicy.org)

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India

21 May 2011

Times of India

HYDERABAD - The near fatal attack on Akbaruddin Owaisi in Old City on April 30 this year has the leaders of the MIM nervous; they are now scurrying to procure licensed weapons for themselves. At last count, at least 12 MIM corporators have applied for arms licences. Till Owaisi was attacked, MIM's dominance of the political scene in Old City was clearly visible and its leaders used to confidently move around among the people. But things have changed drastically with... (GunPolicy.org)

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34837

India

3 May 2011

Indian Express

Punjab Police have busted an interstate gang of gun runners dealing in bootleg weapons made in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. The gang operated with the connivance of police personnel as, of the 15 persons arrested, seven are from the police force. Police claimed this gang was the main supplier of arms to Maoists and they were investigating its links with other terror groups. Addressing a press conference here today, Director General of Police, Punjab, PS... (GunPolicy.org)

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India

29 April 2011

Press Trust of India

Jammu and Kashmir Police today summoned 695 gun licence holders for questionings in connection with the fake licensing racket in the state. "The 695 licences should appear before investigation officer at Bakshi Nagar Police Station along with the gun licence and to record their statements," a notification issued by the sub-divisional police officer, Bakshi Nagar, said. It also said that they should deposit their guns in the police stations concerned within 15 days... (GunPolicy.org)

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34738

India

23 April 2011

Times of India

MUMBAI - Even Dirty Harry would have approved of the clean-up job. After years of showing generous leniency, the Mumbai police began gunning for errant arms owners in 2010, revoking as many as 278 gun licences for "misuse". It was a significant change of heart for a police force that just the previous year found only four licensed gun holders violating the law. "We have tightened the screws after the 26/11 terror attacks," said a senior police official on the condition... (GunPolicy.org)

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34712

India

22 April 2011

Times of India

CHANDIGARH - The Punjab government has decided to waive the requirement of two witnesses while applying for gun license, passport or government services and said self-attested forms will now be sufficient. The decision was announced in a meeting of field officers presided by principal secretary of Punjab DS Bains and Punjab director general of police (DGP) P S Gill. The decision was taken following the recommendation of Punjab Governance Reforms Commission (PGRC) and... (GunPolicy.org)

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34709

India

20 April 2011

Times of India

NEW DELHI - In the fifth major haul this year by Delhi Police - and the third by the crime branch - another gun-running racket with its base in UP and Bihar and market in Delhi has been unearthed. "Unlike the other consignments, this gang used to deal only with sophisticated semi-automatic weapons. Though the pistols carry marks claiming that they have been manufactured in Italy and England, all the five revolvers recovered have been traced to Munger district of... (GunPolicy.org)

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India,United States

17 March 2011

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The chief executive of medical device maker St. Jude Medical Inc. was arrested Wednesday in New Delhi after airport police found a single ammunition shell in his clothes, the company said Thursday. CEO Daniel Starks was preparing to board a private flight from Indira Gandhi International airport on company business. The company said in a statement that the "shell was inadvertently left in an item of his clothing." Starks is no longer in police custody,... (GunPolicy.org)

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India

12 March 2011

Kangla Online / Imphal Free Press (Manipur)

NEW DELHI - Each year worldwide, 500,000 people are killed directly with conventional weapons and many more are injured, abused, forcibly displaced and bereaved as a result of armed violence. And 5000 Indians are killed every year due to unregulated arms trade. The movement of arms across the world is a huge threat to human security. 1,135 companies in 98 countries manufacture arms, ammunitions and components worldwide. Yet the global trade that fuels the epidemic of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Kangla Online / Imphal Free Press (Manipur)

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India

7 March 2011

Times of India

KOLKATA - Procurement of firearms with fake licences has turned into a major headache for state police. CID officers have recovered 205 guns from different areas of West Bengal in the past year and have reasons to believe that it is just the tip of the iceberg. There are hundreds of such arms in Bengal and procuring fake gun licences is now the safest route to getting hold of such arms and ammunition, said CID officers. A year ago, CID officers raided a telephone... (GunPolicy.org)

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India,Nepal

3 March 2011

Himalayan Times (Kathmandu)

KATHMANDU - Trading in small arms has once again emerged as a threat to public security with police rounding up five arms traders in possession of six pistols, eight magazines and 12 rounds of bullets in the last few weeks. Officials say this reflects the growing gun-culture in urban centres. There was a break in arms trading from December last year through January this year. Metropolitan Police Crime Division (MPCD) today nabbed Hira Mishra from Sitamadi of India with... (GunPolicy.org)

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Bulgaria,India

13 February 2011

Press Trust of India

NEW DELHI - Waking up to the threat of Maoists and terrorists, Railways is procuring 6,000 AK-47 rifles besides critical accessories like bullet-proof jackets and helmets for its security personnel to protect trains and stations. "We are in the process of acquiring 6,000 fully automatic AK-47 assault rifles from Bulgaria. The payments has been made to Ministry of Home Affairs for the purchase," a senior Railway Ministry official told PTI. The AK-47 assault rifles... (GunPolicy.org)

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India

12 January 2011

Kanglaonline (India)

Social Activist and Film Maker from Manipur State chosen for a national film festival "National Documentary and Short films on Gender" organized by International Centre of Excellence in Youth Development and School of Gender Studies, Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development, Sriperumbudur under the Ministry of Youth Affairs, Govt of India. A documentary film, "The Story of Manipur Women Gun Survivors" produced by Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network and... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom,Switzerland,Russia,Norway,Mexico,Japan,Italy,Germany,Austria,Czech Republic,India,China,Canada,Brazil,Australia,United States

10 January 2011

Guardian (UK)

Australia Ownership is strictly prohibited unless there are "genuine reasons" such as licensed sport, animal control or employment requirements. Brazil If you are over 25 and have registered a weapon, you are free to keep it indoors. The country has the second-highest gun-related death rate after the US. Canada Significantly stricter than the neighbouring US. To acquire a licence, applicants must undertake a safety course, pass a criminal records check and be... (GunPolicy.org)

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India

27 December 2010

Times of India

NEW DELHI - In another crime of passion, a commissioning agent has been arrested by southwest district police for allegedly killing his cousin's wife. He reportedly felt "insulted" as she scolded him for firing a firearm during a family function, and shot her point-blank at the temple, said police. The accused, identified as Anil Dagar, has been booked for murder as well as for carrying an illegal firearm. Dagar allegedly shot his cousin, Sunil Dahiya's wife, Amita on... (GunPolicy.org)

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33909

India

21 December 2010

Time (USA) / Newsfeed, Blog

Police in India are reporting a disturbing rise in gun violence across the nation in recent years in tandem with the emergence of a gun-rights organization similar to the NRA, according to a new article from the Global Post. Surprisingly, India is second only to the U.S. in civilian gun ownership, with approximately 40 million firearms, over 5 million of which are thought to be unlicensed. The difference in gun ownership per capita, however, is significant, with only... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Time (USA) / Newsfeed

33889

India

20 December 2010

Global Post (Boston)

NEW DELHI, India — Three years after two teenage boys allegedly gunned down his 14-year-old son, Abishek, over a playground spat, Gurgaon businessman Rajinder Tyagi is dry-eyed as he describes the boy's senseless murder. A veteran of hundreds of media interviews, he's made himself numb in an endeavor to shield his wife and daughter from the press. "My son was walking down the stairs," recalls Tyagi, his face set with grim determination. "They shot him from the back.... (GunPolicy.org)

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33879

India

20 December 2010

Global Post (Boston)

NEW DELHI, India — About a year after India's first school shooting, Soumya Viswanathan, a 26-year-old television journalist, was shot and killed on her way home from work. A pretty and vivacious girl with a broad, bright smile, she had stayed late at the station to help her colleagues finish editing a story. At 3 a.m., knowing that her parents worried about her, she called her father to tell him that she was on her way home. She never made it. "She was not coming,"... (GunPolicy.org)

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33878

India

20 December 2010

Global Post (Boston)

NEW DELHI, India — At a posh farmhouse outside Delhi, a group of gun enthusiasts gathered on a recent Sunday afternoon to compare weapons, do a little shooting and talk strategy. Software professionals, executives and salesmen in their 30s and 40s, they're typical upper middle-class Delhiwallahs. Except for one thing: While liberal India bemoans the gun culture taking over its metropolitan cities, they're fighting to make sure one day every Indian gets the right to... (GunPolicy.org)

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33874

India,Nepal

14 December 2010

Times of India

KATHMANDU - Nine years after a shooting at Narayanhity Palace wiped out most of Nepal's royal family, shots rang out at an upscale resort from the gun of one of the massacre's survivors, former crown prince Paras, whose wayward ways, drunken brawls and playboy image made as much news in the country's last few years of royal rule as the unpopular policies of his father, King Gyanendra. The weekend incident at the popular Tiger Tops jungle lodge in south-western Nepal... (GunPolicy.org)

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33812

India

2 December 2010

Times of India

KOLKATA - CID Officers have rounded up five persons for using fake gun licenses. Late on Tuesday, a special CID team raided the Dunlop factory at Sahaganj in Hooghly and picked up five security guards there working for a private security agency. Police said, the five arrested — Jayprakash Yadav, Amit Gupta,Santosh Yadav, Sailendra Singh and Sunil Singh. All five are from Bhojpur, Rohtas and Siwan area of Bihar and have been working for the agency for past couple of... (GunPolicy.org)

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33741

India

1 December 2010

Defenseworld.net

For a country facing insurgency and militancy, its defence and security forces place orders for only 90,000 5.56mm assault rifles out of a total of 164,000 small and personnel arms a year. This the average yearly production of its ordnance factories. According to information given to the Indian parliament by Minister of State for Defence, Mr MM Pallam Raju, the production is largely from three state owned factories, Rifle Factory Ishapore, Small Arms Factory Kanpur and... (GunPolicy.org)

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