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Norway

28 November 2016

Local (Norway)

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

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

1 November 2016

Modern Tokyo Times

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

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40106

United Kingdom

31 October 2016

ABC News (Spain)

[Translated summary: British Police fear a terrorist attack with firearms in the UK. With 800 licensed firearms lost each year, these guns could be sold by gangs to Jihadist terrorists. During the last two years, police disrupted 10 attempted attacks, and in half of them terrorists were going to use firearms.] La policía británica, en una rara declaración, ha reconocido que teme un ataque islamista con armas de fuego en ciudades del país, al modo de los que sufrió... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

31 October 2016

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

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

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

40110

United Kingdom

31 October 2016

East Anglian Daily Times (UK)

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

Read More: East Anglian Daily Times (UK)

40109

United Kingdom

28 October 2016

Guardian

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

Read More: Guardian

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United Kingdom

27 October 2016

France TV Info

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

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40080

France,Turkey,United Arab Emirates,Netherlands,Switzerland,Algeria,Germany,United Kingdom,South Korea,Saudi Arabia,United States

26 October 2016

Deutsche Welle

[Translated summary: Between January and June 2016, Germany exported firearms and military equipment amounting to €4 billion; an increase of 500 million in relation to the same period in 2015. The government defended its firearm export policy, saying that it's restrictive and transparent and assuring that they give a "special relevance" to the respect of human rights.] Entre enero y junio de 2016 Alemania concedió permisos de exportación de armas y equipamiento... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Deutsche Welle

40083

Norway

21 September 2016

News in English (Norway)

Norwegians often refer derisively to how guns flourish among the public in the US, but Norway also has a high per capita amount of weapons in addition to being a weapons producer. Weapons are found in many households in Norway, for hunting or civil defense purposes. Far from all of them are legally registered, and that's what prompted the police raids carried out so far this year. Newspaper Ringerikes Blad reported Wednesday that between 500 and 600 weapons were seized... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: News in English (Norway)

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United Kingdom

11 September 2016

Huffington Post (UK)

"If you pick up a Kalashnikov and you've been doing this for a while, 99% of the time you can tell where it was manufactured, what the model was, and which country it originated in. On the left hand side, you have a factory code and a serial number, and then you have associated marks where the safety catch is." James Bevan, 38, spends his life counting the world's illegal weapons. The former UN weapons inspector runs the world's most comprehensive map tracking the flow... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Huffington Post (UK)

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United Kingdom

6 September 2016

Daily Caller (USA)

The United Kingdom became the world's second largest small arms exporter this year, all while British citizens are still prohibited from owning or possessing defensive firearms. A large portion of U.K. weapons exports went to war-torn countries, with two-thirds of sales going to the Middle East, a hotbed of terrorism and conflict. The U.K. also sold arms to 22 of the 30 countries on its own human rights watch list. While countries like Libya, Russia and China have... (GunPolicy.org)

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39800

Lithuania,Spain

5 September 2016

20 Minutos (USA)

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

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39856

United Arab Emirates,Turkmenistan,Oman,Belgium,Bahrain,Israel,Yemen,Saudi Arabia,United Kingdom,Ukraine,France,Russia,China

5 September 2016

Sputnik News

[Translated summary: The United Kingdom is the second largest exporter of arms. Between 2010 and 2015, the UK has sold weapons worth 10 million pounds to Oman, Turkmenistan and the United Arab Emirates, countries that are classified as "Non-free" by the Freedom House NGO. Other countries that buy from the UK are Saudi Arabia and Israel.] Le Royaume-Uni est le deuxième plus grand exportateur d'armes du monde sur les 10 dernières années et devant des pays comme la... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sputnik News

39824

United Kingdom,United States,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa,Switzerland

31 August 2016

Stimson Center (USA)

In a meeting that symbolized a stark contrast between the humanitarian crises occurring around the world and the comfortable and scenic gathering of governments committed to stopping irresponsible arms transfers, more than 500 people representing Arms Trade Treaty States Parties, signatories, industry, and civil society representatives met in Geneva from August 22-26 for the Second Conference of States Parties (CSP2) to the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). The ATT is the first... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Stimson Center (USA)

39771

Saudi Arabia,Yemen,United Kingdom

24 August 2016

al Jazeera

An international aid organisation has accused British politicians of being in "denial and disarray" over the selling of arms to Saudi Arabia for potential use in the war in Yemen. Oxfam said on Tuesday that the UK was violating the International Arms Trade Treaty, which regulates the transfer of conventional arms to ensure there are no violations of international humanitarian law. "UK arms and military support are fuelling a brutal war in Yemen, harming the very... (GunPolicy.org)

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39728

South Sudan,United States,Ukraine,United Kingdom,Yemen,Libya,Iran,Czech Republic,Syria,Italy,Bulgaria,Afghanistan,Saudi Arabia,France

23 August 2016

IPS Noticias

[Translated summary: Human Rights organisations and military analysts accuse the United States, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France and Italy of violating the Arms Trade Treaty by selling to countries in conflict. Experts say that effectively implementing the treaty could save millions of lives.] NACIONES UNIDAS - Los grandes proveedores de armamento violan el tratado que regula su comercio y que se propone frenar el flujo de armas pequeñas y ligeras hacia las zonas de... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: IPS Noticias

39850

France,United States,United Kingdom,Czech Republic,Austria,Switzerland,Germany

23 August 2016

Reuters

Europeans in a number of countries are seeking to arm themselves with guns and self-defence devices in growing numbers following a series of attacks by militants and the mentally ill. Here are some figures. - In Germany, permits for scare devices including blank guns and those that fire pepper spray rose 49 percent to 402,301 in the year to June, federal statistics show. However, the number of certificates to possess firearms dipped marginally to 1,894,283 from... (GunPolicy.org)

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39730

Yemen,United Kingdom,France,Saudi Arabia,United States

23 August 2016

France 24

As a UN conference on the arms trade kicked off in Geneva on Monday, France, Britain and the United States came under fire from NGOs for selling weapons to Saudi Arabia, which is waging a controversial campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemen. The Swiss city is hosting the second conference on the UN-backed Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), which came into force in 2014 to lay out new rules governing the international arms trade. Advocacy groups are urging signatories to keep... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: France 24

39729

Spain,Germany,Saudi Arabia,United Kingdom,Slovakia,Moldova,Ukraine,Egypt,Italy,France,Czech Republic,Bulgaria,United States,South Sudan,Syria,Yemen

22 August 2016

Amnesty International (London)

- States Parties [countries] still engaging in unscrupulous arms transfers, putting lives and human rights at risk - More than a quarter of States Parties are yet to meet the treaty's reporting obligations - Some States Parties opting to reject public scrutiny of their arms transfers States must ensure the global Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) lives up to its promise to save lives and protect human rights from the devastating effects of the international arms trade by taking... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Amnesty International (London)

39721

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

22 August 2016

Amnesty International (London)

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

Read More: Amnesty International (London)

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United Kingdom

22 August 2016

NBC News (USA)

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

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39715

Sweden,United States

8 August 2016

Vox (USA)

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

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United Kingdom,United States

4 August 2016

MRC Tv (USA)

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

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39652

United Kingdom

3 August 2016

NBC News (USA)

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

Read More: NBC News (USA)

39716

United Kingdom

3 August 2016

New York Times, Associated Press

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

Read More: New York Times, Associated Press

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United Kingdom

28 July 2016

International Business Times (UK)

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

Read More: International Business Times (UK)

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United Kingdom

28 July 2016

Aol (UK)

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

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39623

Ireland

15 July 2016

Irish Examiner (Dublin)

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

Read More: Irish Examiner (Dublin)

39580

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

9 July 2016

El Dinamo (Chile)

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

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

9 July 2016

Quartz (USA)

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

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United Kingdom

22 June 2016

Guardian

Hard-pressed GPs lack the resources to deal with new firearm licensing arrangements designed to keep guns out of the hands of those medically unfit to have access to them, doctors have warned. The British Medical Association annual conference in Belfast on Wednesday comfortably passed a motion expressing its concerns over the changes in gun licensing introduced in April. The motion said the changes place undue burden on practices to report on every application for a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian

39502

United Kingdom

20 June 2016

The Conversation (UK)

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

Read More: The Conversation (UK)

39874

Slovakia,United Kingdom

20 June 2016

The Conversation (USA)

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

Read More: The Conversation (USA)

39600

United Kingdom

18 June 2016

CNN

London -- Police have charged 52-year-old Thomas Mair with the brazen killing of British politician Jo Cox. Investigators are now looking into whether Mair -- who is described by neighbors as a loner -- had ties to right-wing extremism. Cox, a member of Britain's Parliament, was killed Thursday in a brazen attack on a street in her district in northern England. "We have now charged a man with murder, grievous bodily harm, possession of a firearm with intent to commit... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

17 June 2016

CNN

The United Kingdom is famous for its tight firearm laws and low rates of gun-related violence. Its measures on owning guns are so strict, the shooting death of parliament member Jo Cox on Thursday left the nation stunned. Those who want to own firearms go through an onerous process that includes an application through the local police department, a cover letter, references and in some cases, doctor visits. Unlike the United States, which has an estimated 101 guns per... (GunPolicy.org)

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39439

United Kingdom

16 June 2016

Washington Post

Four days after the horrific mass shooting in Orlando sparked a fresh debate about gun control in the United States, a fatal attack on a politician in Britain is bringing attention to that country's gun control policies. Jo Cox, a member of the British Parliament for the center-left Labour Party, was shot and stabbed while meeting with constituents near the northern city of Leeds on Thursday. According to police, the 41-year-old has died of her injuries. Any physical... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post

39474

Australia,Germany,United Kingdom,United States

16 June 2016

Washington Post

In the wake of the massacre in Orlando, which killed 49 people, Americans are feeling frustrated about the prevalence of gun violence in the United States and are wondering what must be done to stop it. This has renewed the debate about whether stricter gun control laws could prevent mass shootings. Perhaps there's something to be learned from countries such as Australia, Britain and Germany. After enacting stricter gun control legislation, those countries have seen a... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

16 June 2016

USA Today, Opinion

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

Read More: USA Today

39450

United States,Norway

16 June 2016

Kera News (USA)

Nearly five year ago, Anders Breivik carried out two attacks in Norway, taking 77 lives. Breivik's massacre began on July 22, 2011, with a car bomb in Oslo that killed eight people. Later that day, using a semi-automatic rifle, he went on a shooting rampage on the island of Utoya, killing another 69 people, most of whom were young campers. How did Norway react? And does it offer any lessons for the US — a nation that has once again been devastated by a mass... (GunPolicy.org)

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39445

United Kingdom

16 June 2016

Time (USA)

Jo Cox, a Member of Parliament for the Batley and Spens constituency in the north of England was shot and stabbed to death on Thursday, shocking Britain. and provoking an outpouring of sympathy from citizens and politicians from across the globe. The killing, which police are still investigating, would have been jarring anywhere in the world. But in Britain, where guns are tightly controlled and gun violence is a rare event, the attack is all the more appalling. Even... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Time (USA)

39444

Saudi Arabia,North Korea,Iran,South Africa,Netherlands,United Kingdom,Germany,Italy,United States,United Arab Emirates

8 June 2016

Inter Press Service News Agency

UNITED NATIONS - A report released by The Small Arms Survey here Monday shows the alarming rate at which the trade of small arms and light weapons has been increasing. Under Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the UN last September, UN member states have agreed to significantly reduce illicit arms trade flows by 2030. "The Sustainable Development Agenda puts a clear emphasis on arms as one of the elements that will need to be taken into account for... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

8 June 2016

Liberal Democrat Voice (UK)

The UK's arms industry is one of the most prolific and lucrative in the world. From fighter jets to armoured vehicles to small arms, our arms dealers have a lot to offer the world by way of military equipment. No one will deny the power this industry wields in Britain. Until as recently as 2002, UK citizens and companies could arrange the transfer of arms between any other countries in the world (apart from those under a binding UN arms embargo) with complete impunity... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Liberal Democrat Voice (UK)

39390

United Arab Emirates,North Korea,Iran,United States,Netherlands,United Kingdom,Germany,Italy,Saudi Arabia

7 June 2016

Deutsche Welle

Global trade in small arms hit $6 billion (5.3 billion euros) in 2013, a jump of 17 percent over the previous year, according to a non-profit arms-tracking organization, which released its results at a UN conference in New York on Monday. The report, which was produced by the Swiss-based Small Arms Survey, again found that the United States was, by far, both the largest exporter and importer of small arms and light weapons, exporting a record $1.1 billion worth of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Deutsche Welle

39401

Italy,United States,United Arab Emirates,Saudi Arabia,Germany,Switzerland,United Kingdom,Iran,North Korea

7 June 2016

SwissInfo

For the first time since 2007, Switzerland gave up the top spot in the Small Arms Survey's latest evaluation of the most transparent small arms exporters. "Its lower score in comparison with previous years reflects less complete reporting to United Nations Comtrade [UN Commodity Trade Statistics Database] and a lack of information on licence denials," the authors said in the 2016 bulletin published on Monday. Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: SwissInfo

39400

United Kingdom

3 June 2016

Police Professional (UK)

Although the cost of applying for firearms licences increased in 2015, forces still have to pay for administration and conducting background checks. Former Kent PCC Ann Barnes, replaced by Matthew Scott in May, had long campaigned against police covering the costs, claiming the process was only subsiding a certain group's hobby. But just four weeks after assuming office, Mr Scott has announced he will release £39,000 to hire new staff to help the department clear... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Police Professional (UK)

39368

United Kingdom

3 June 2016

Guardian, Press Association (UK)

The ringleader of Britain's biggest known gun-smuggling operation has been sentenced to 35 years in jail for shipping £100,000 worth of weapons from the same source used in the Charlie Hebdo terror attack. Harry Shilling bragged "we [are] now officially gangsters" after 22 assault rifles and nine Skorpion sub-machine guns from eastern Europe sailed up the river Medway from Boulogne in France. The 26-year-old and Michael Defraine, 30, were found guilty of gun... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian, Press Association (UK)

39364

United Kingdom,Europe

25 May 2016

BBC News

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

Read More: BBC News

39338

United Kingdom

25 May 2016

BBC News

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

Read More: BBC News

39330

Ireland

16 May 2016

Farming Life

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

Read More: Farming Life

39290

United Kingdom

10 May 2016

Belfast Live (UK)

May 9 will for ever be remembered in Belfast as a day of terror. Three separate shooting incidents occurred within 24 hours in the city, leaving one man dead. So far this year, 11 gun attacks have already hit the greater Belfast area. It started with Conor McKee being shot dead in North Belfast on January 8, with the latest incident seeing 55-year-old delivery driver Dan Murray blasted in his car in West Belfast around 10pm on May 9. Our timeline, below, gives a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Belfast Live (UK)

39256

United Kingdom

30 April 2016

Daily Mail (UK)

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

Read More: Daily Mail (UK)

39194

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

27 April 2016

Wall Street Journal, Blog

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

Read More: Wall Street Journal

39180

United Kingdom

22 April 2016

Lancashire Evening Post

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

Read More: Lancashire Evening Post

39167

United Kingdom

22 April 2016

BBC News

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

Read More: BBC News

39138

United Kingdom,Eastern Europe

21 April 2016

Guardian (UK)

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

Read More: Guardian (UK)

39147

United Kingdom

20 April 2016

Politics Home (UK)

The UK is the sixth largest exporter of arms in the world, and business is booming. As tensions rise around the planet so too has the demand for weapons, with global sales increasing 14% in the last five years. According to SIPRI, the UK's arms exports have risen 26% in the same period, now supplying 4.5% of the total demand. And that's just what we know about. The bulk of these figures are constituted by the sale of so-called 'large weapons,' such as aircraft. The... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Politics Home (UK)

39139

United Kingdom

19 April 2016

Daily Caller (USA)

Next time someone tells you how "great" the gun control laws are in the United Kingdom and that "we should look at them," you might want to bring up Albert Patterson. Albert Patterson spent 22 years wearing the uniform of a British soldier. This included service with the Parachute Regiment and with the elite Special Air Service Regiment. The 67-year-old veteran fought in the 1982 Falklands War, and a Browning High Power pistol surrendered to him by an Argentine officer... (GunPolicy.org)

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39132

United Kingdom

14 April 2016

ITV (London)

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

Read More: ITV (London)

39087

United Kingdom

4 April 2016

BBC News

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

Read More: BBC News

39025

United Kingdom

29 March 2016

BBC News

Children as young as 10 were among hundreds of youngsters arrested for suspected gun crimes in the last three years, new data has revealed. More than 1,500 children were held over alleged firearm offences between 2013 and January 2016. Among the figures, the Metropolitan Police made 679 arrests, while seven children aged under 11 were held in Nottinghamshire. The number of arrests rose by 20% last year, the Press Association said. The data, obtained under the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

39005

United Kingdom

23 March 2016

BBC News

The names of 18 men banned from parts of Birmingham for what police say are their links to "gun or gang crime" can be revealed by the BBC. Interim injunctions were obtained by West Midlands Police, but the force had declined to reveal the men's identities until permanent orders were granted. However, details were revealed in County Court documents seen by the BBC. Labour MP Khalid Mahmood criticised police using civil action to tackle gun crime rather than criminal... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

38995

United Kingdom,Eastern Europe,Germany,Slovakia,France

18 March 2016

Black Sea, Der Spiegel, Le Soir

The trafficking of Communist-era weapons leads from a Slovakian website to last year's ISIS terror attack in Paris and new regulations have failed to stop the sale of deadly weapons to criminals, we can reveal. 7 January 2015. Chérif Kouachi and his brother Said leave a bloodbath in the newsroom of magazine Charlie Hebdo. Two days later, Kouachi's close contact, Amedy Coulibaly, assaults the kosher supermarket Hyper Cacher in Paris. When Coulibaly takes the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Black Sea, Der Spiegel, Le Soir

38961

United Kingdom

17 March 2016

BBC News

Gangs, turf warfare and drugs have been blamed for the growing number of firearms in Northamptonshire. In the last five years county officers responded to more than 1,100 incidents involving a firearm and seized more than 2,700 of the weapons. Police said guns have become more available online and there are a number of gangs using guns in the county. The force said it is currently working hard in towns like Northampton and Wellingborough to reduce gang... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

38996

United Kingdom,Thailand,Philippines,Finland,Honduras,Mexico,United States

16 March 2016

Washington Post

Arms trafficking from within the United States, long thought to be relegated to gun-running for Mexican drug cartels, is far more extensive than previously thought, according to a new report by a weapons research group released Wednesday. The report, published by the Geneva-based Small Arms Survey, examines more than 150 court cases involving arms trafficking from within the United States from 2010-2015. Spanning 46 countries and six continents, the report details... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post

38954

Australia,Japan,United Kingdom,United States

14 March 2016

Guardian

Thirty people will be shot dead in America today. On average. It could be more. If it's less, then more will die tomorrow. Or the next day. The United States's gun homicide rate is 25 times higher than other high-income countries, according to a recent study. Americans are divided on whether the country's gun deaths could be reduced through tougher laws on gun ownership. Liberals argue that legal restrictions on gun ownership could save lives. Conservatives say that... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian

38942

United Kingdom

13 March 2016

Guardian, Editorial

It is 20 years since Thomas Hamilton walked into Dunblane primary school carrying four handguns and murdered 17 people, 16 of them children only five years old. The response to this atrocity, from the heart of the British people, was two laws which between them banned the private ownership of handguns altogether. The year after Dunblane there were 59 killings with handguns in Britain; in 2014 there were only 29. Compare this with the situation in America, where, in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian

38937

United Kingdom

23 February 2016

BBC News

Gun debate in Britain tends to focus on what is happening in the US, but more than 700,000 firearm owners live in England and Wales. Who are they, and why do some want laws relaxed? "It's frustrating for me that when you tell someone you own a gun you're instantly labelled a weirdo. It's like a secret society," Callum Long-Collins explains from a gun shop in Botley Mills, Hampshire. He owns seven firearms, but did not want to show them in his own home in case it gave... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

39038

United Kingdom,New Zealand,Sierra Leone,Liberia

19 February 2016

International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War / IPPNW (USA)

Results of hospital-based research in Liberia on armed violence spearheaded by members of IPPNW was published recently by the Small Arms Survey in Switzerland. A main finding of The Value of Hospital Data - Understanding and Preventing Intentional Injury in Liberia (1) was that the Liberian Armed Violence Observatory (LAVO) is not receiving all the data it needs to most effectively inform intervention strategies on armed violence prevention. "Our analysis of hospital... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War / IPPNW (USA)

38912

Norway

5 February 2016

Washington Post

Norway has long been one of the relatively few European countries where police officers do not routinely carry firearms. In November 2014, this changed: The country's police officers were ordered to be armed at all times. However, that order ran out this Wednesday, and Norwegian police officers have now disarmed. So, after roughly 14 months, Norway's experiment with permanently armed police officers is over – for the time being, at least. What lies behind this... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post

39249

United Kingdom,Argentina,Brazil,Australia,United States

10 December 2015

Washington Post, Opinion

Although we foreigners can offer no immediate solution to America's gun infestation, we can see how you lost control of the plague of armed violence. Outsiders are also perplexed to see that you've done so little to grant your citizens a basic human right — the freedom to live without fear of death by gunshot. Historically, there's little mystery as to how it began. The early laws of each European empire relied on two pillars of gun safety: Firearm owners were... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post

38875

Canada,New Zealand,United Kingdom,Australia,United States

4 December 2015

New York Times

In the continuing debate over how to stop mass killings in the United States, Australia has become a familiar touchstone. President Obama has cited the country's gun laws as a model for the United States, calling Australia a nation "like ours." On the campaign trail, Hillary Clinton has said the Australian approach is "worth considering." The National Rifle Association has dismissed the policies, contending that they "robbed Australians of their right to self-defense... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

38872

Norway

13 November 2015

Yahoo News (Norway) / AFP

Oslo (AFP) - Norway's police, who have been authorised to carry firearms for the past year due to a heightened threat of Islamist attacks, will be unarmed again now that the threat level has been lowered, police said Friday. National police chief Odd Reidar Humlegard told reporters the measure would take effect on November 17. The country's 6,000 uniformed police officers will "have to keep their weapons locked in their patrol cars like they did previously," he... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Yahoo News (Norway) / AFP

38861

United Kingdom,Canada,United States,Australia

20 October 2015

Sydney Morning Herald

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

Read More: Sydney Morning Herald

38852

Israel,United States,Australia,United Kingdom

14 October 2015

Washington Times

Australia and Britain have been held out as examples of foreign countries that moved quickly to impose gun restrictions in the wake of national tragedies as the United States grapples with what — if any — policy reforms could prevent future mass shootings like the recent attack in Oregon. Both countries saw a drop in gun-related crimes after imposing restrictions, though analysts debate whether the laws deserve credit. But all sides agree the moves Britain and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Times

39251

Switzerland,Germany,Finland,Norway,Israel,United States,South Africa,China,Russia,United Kingdom,Australia,Mexico,Canada,Argentina

3 October 2015

Wall Street Journal

The latest U.S. shooting that ended in the deaths of 10 people at an Oregon college last week is reigniting calls for tighter gun laws and prompting comparisons to gun violence in other countries. President Barack Obama asked why Americans can't follow the example of the U.K. and Australia. They crafted laws that "almost eliminate mass shootings," he said. "We know there are ways to prevent it." Adam Lankford, an associate professor at the University of Alabama... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Wall Street Journal

39221

United Kingdom

15 September 2015

Guardian

Britain faces new gun massacres unless the chaotic firearms licensing regime is overhauled, a police watchdog has warned. The public are at risk because of a litany of failures and inconsistencies in the way prospective and existing gun-owners are vetted and monitored, inspectors found. In a highly critical report, Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) said lessons had not been learned in the wake of tragedies such as the killing of 12 people by taxi... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian

39643

United Kingdom

15 September 2015

ITV

The UK could face more massacres like the Cumbria shootings unless "chaotic" firearms licensing is overhauled, a police watchdog has warned. In a highly critical report, Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary said lessons have not been learned in the wake of tragedies such as the killing of 12 people by taxi driver Derrick Bird in Cumbria in 2010. HMIC highlighted weaknesses in arrangements for assessing an individual's medical suitability to have a firearms... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ITV

39231

Serbia,Finland,Switzerland,Yemen,United States

23 August 2015

EurekAlert! The Global Source for the Science News (USA) - American Association for the Advancement of Science

Chicago - Despite having only about 5 percent of the world's population, the United States was the attack site for a disproportionate 31 percent of public mass shooters globally from 1966-2012, according to new research that will be presented at the 110th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA). "The United States, Yemen, Switzerland, Finland, and Serbia are ranked as the Top 5 countries in firearms owned per capita, according to the 2007 Small... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: EurekAlert! The Global Source for the Science News (USA) - American Association for the Advancement of Science

38853

Norway

22 July 2015

Huffington Post (UK)

As Norway marks four years after the Utøya massacre, the country might have a few lessons to teach. Especially to the US. Picture a 12-year old riding the bus alone across town. With a rifle on his back. Imagine the commotion had it happened in the US. Instead it happened in Norway. Two times a week, all through high school. The kid was me. On my way to biathlon training. The national sport of biathlon is in itself probably the best illustration of Norway's relaxed... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Huffington Post (UK)

39237

United Kingdom,United States

17 July 2015

America's 1st Freedom

We've addressed the fact that few law-abiding citizens—including the police—are armed in the United Kingdom these days. Even those Brits who successfully defend themselves against attackers and home invaders, with a gun or otherwise, may start to wish they hadn't once they're found liable for damages. That's right: In the UK, a burglar can sue you—and win—for injuring him after he breaks into your house. As far as we're concerned, depriving citizens of their... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: America's 1st Freedom

39311

Slovakia,Sweden

5 July 2015

Local (Sweden)

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

Read More: Local (Sweden)

39022

Czech Republic,Spain,Belgium,Denmark,Slovakia,France

18 February 2015

Euronews (France)

The automatic rifles used in the terrorist attacks in Paris last month may have been decommissioned weapons legally bought in Slovakia and reconverted to fire live ammunition, Euronews can reveal. French police are exploring whether weapons used in the deadly assaults on the Charlie Hebdo offices and at a Kosher supermarket were purchased in a shop inside the European Union, according to a joint investigation with the Slovakian Nový čas newspaper. The weapons are... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Euronews (France)

38862

Sweden

30 December 2014

Local (Sweden)

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

Read More: Local (Sweden)

39023

Finland

19 December 2014

YLE (Finland)

Finnish Police fired their guns on duty only six times in 2013, reports the Finnish news agency STT. "The Finnish Police respond to slightly more than one million different kinds of emergency situations per year, so in light of this fact, it is very rare that we resort to using firearms," says Jukka Salomaa, an instructor in the use of force and strategies of engagement at Finland's Police University College. The UK magazine The Economist reported in August that... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: YLE (Finland)

39335

Estonia

27 October 2014

Associated Press / Yahoo! News

TALLINN — A 15-year-old student shot and killed his teacher during class Monday in a town in southern Estonia — the first known school shooting in the Baltic nation. Four other students were in the classroom at Paalalinna School in the town of Viljandi, police spokeswoman Tuuli Harson said. She said the shooter was apprehended and no one else was injured in the early-afternoon attack at the school of 450 students. Government officials said the victim was a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press / Yahoo! News

38825

United Kingdom,United States

15 August 2014

Economist

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

Read More: Economist

39336

Finland

29 June 2014

Helsinki Times

The District Court of Helsinki on Thursday sentenced a 24-year-old man and woman to prison terms for a conspiracy to carry out a killing spree at the University of Helsinki. The male defendant was sentenced to a prison term of three years and one month for the preparation of an aggravated offence against the health and life of others, and the possession of sexually obscene pictures depicting children following the discovery of 28 videos on his computer of minors... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Helsinki Times

38789

Latvia

17 June 2014

Baltic Times

Two men have been arrested after police seized 54 packages of new psychoactive substances and an unregistered shotgun in Latvia, LETA reports. The two men were arrested at their home in the Jugla region in Riga for selling illegal narcotic substances. The police also found two grams of methamphetamine on both detainees. After raiding their homes, the police found in one of the apartments 54 packages of new psychoactive substances packed in one-gram packets. Police... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Baltic Times

38769

Denmark

12 June 2014

Copenhagen Post

Police searching the residence of a 51-year-old man's home in Ringsted on Tuesday found a large arsenal of antique weapons for which the collector didn't have the necessary permits. Politiken reports that a total of 48 firearms were found: 20 pistols, 2 revolvers, 5 shotguns, 20 rifles and a machine gun. The search also uncovered 16,000 rounds of ammunition, gunpowder and a couple of hand grenades without detonators. The police emphasised that the man did not have any... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Copenhagen Post

38771

Sweden

9 June 2014

Local (Sweden)

Swedish school teachers will soon be required to learn about school shootings, the National Agency for Education announced on Monday. Following fatal school shootings in Germany, Finland, and the US, the Swedish National Education Agency (Skolverket) has decided to educate all school personnel about violence and weapons at work. "It's critical that the faculty have thought through this and are prepared," Annika Hjelm, director of education at the agency, told... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (Sweden)

38747

United Kingdom

7 June 2014

Voice of Russia, Audio

The leader of the UK Independence party, Nigel Farage, has suggested in an interview that Britain's gun laws should be relaxed. He said it was party policy for hand guns to be legalised and licensed in the UK. They've been banned for the last 18 years following the Dunblane School shooting in 1996. VoR's Juliet Spare hosts a discussion. Recent statistics from London's ambulance service reveal paramedics were called to 973 victims under the age of 25 suffering a gun or... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Voice of Russia

38748

United Kingdom

7 June 2014

BBC News

The number of registered guns and gun owners in Jersey has fallen since 2012. Police records show there are 1,514 firearm owners which is a 16% drop over the past two years. Between them, the island's gun owners keep 9,328 guns, including air rifles and pistols, which is 4% down since 2012. Gun ownership in Jersey has been in the spotlight since a Glock 9mm pistol went missing from an unlocked car on Friday 30 May. The pistol was handed in two days later by a member... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

38743

United Kingdom

3 June 2014

Inverness Courier (Scotland)

Almost 40,000 rifles and shotguns are in private hands across the Highlands and Islands, it has been revealed. As the debate about the routine arming of local police continues, a new report shows that gun ownership per head in the Highlands is one of the highest in Scotland. In total 39,933 guns are in the possession of 10,853 individuals. Most legally held weapons are owned by farmers and on shooting estates. The figures are contained in a report prepared by Police... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Inverness Courier (Scotland)

38741

United Kingdom

30 May 2014

BBC News

There are about 84,000 guns and more than 141,000 shotguns legally held in Scotland, according to new statistics. The numbers are up on the previous year's figures, with the increase the first seen in five years. However, the rise in the number of certificates for guns is in part due to a change in what is recorded as a "firearm". The number of shotguns held on certificate is the highest for the past 10 years. Firearm and shotgun certificates must be renewed every... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

38717

United Kingdom,Samoa

18 May 2014

Daily Record (Scotland)

More than 400 police officers across Scotland have been secretly authorised to carry handguns in a holster while on routine patrol, we can reveal. Permission was given by Police Scotland Chief Constable Sir Stephen House without any requirement for approval by politicians. It means specialist officers are routinely allowed to carry handguns on duty – even though there may be no obvious threat to them or the public. Previously, firearms officers had to collect... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Record (Scotland)

38678

Sweden

18 May 2014

Local (Sweden)

A man was shot dead in the Backa area of Gothenburg in western Sweden on Saturday evening with a further man sustaining gunshot wounds, the 20th incident of its kind in the city so far this year. Both men, who are 25-years-old, are previously known to police. "Several spent shells have been found and the crime scene had been cordoned off for a technical forensic investigation," said Ulf Lörstad at Västra Götaland police. The police have opened a preliminary... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (Sweden)

38677

United Kingdom

15 May 2014

BBC News

Anyone who owns an airgun will need a licence under new measures proposed by the Scottish government. The licensing system is included in a new bill that has been laid with the Scottish Parliament to impose tighter controls on air weapons. The proposals follow a long-running campaign by the Scottish government to crack down on the misuse of airguns. It followed the death of two-year-old Andrew Morton, who was shot in the head with an airgun in Glasgow in 2005. Mark... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

38668

Finland

15 May 2014

YLE (Finland)

Changing gun ownership laws in Finland have resulted in a decrease in the number of permits issued. Last year just under 60,000 permits were issued, compared with more than 85,000 in 2007. While the Finnish government has recommended changes to firearm ownership laws for this year - a move that the police believe will curb the general public's enthusiasm for applying for firearm permits - the numbers are already down. Last year, 59,324 gun permits were issued whereas... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: YLE (Finland)

38667

United Kingdom

7 May 2014

BBC News

A pilot to carry out more health checks on people applying for a firearms licence has revealed some people who would otherwise have been allowed one, police say. Applicants can volunteer to let their GP give Durham Police relevant details about their mental and physical health. Ch Insp Steve Ball said it was clear some had not been "particularly candid" about medical conditions in the past. The force used to rely on people self-declaring such issues. It is now... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

38641

Australia,United Kingdom,United States,Brazil

6 May 2014

Emergency Management

In the year and a half since 20 children were killed by a gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., a handful of states have passed laws requiring universal background checks, bans on semi-automatic weapons and limits on high-capacity magazines. But the U.S. remains a patchwork of uneven regulations on firearms, ammunition and gun owners. Meanwhile, at least 44 school shootings have occurred since the Newtown tragedy. If state leaders want to curb... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Emergency Management

38636

Norway,Canada,United States,Italy,Kazakhstan,Thailand,Germany,Russia,United Kingdom

28 April 2014

RIA Novosti (Russia)

MOSCOW – The Kalashnikov Concern produced 230 percent more small arms weapons in the first quarter of this year than in the year-ago period, the company's press service told RIA Novosti Monday. "In the first three months of the year we had a record-high volume production of small arms in the amount of 31,000 items, which makes 41 percent of the total output of similar products for 2013," the company said. "The current results are 230 percent higher than those in the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: RIA Novosti (Russia)

38614

United Kingdom

22 April 2014

Guardian (UK)

An internal coalition battle over a taxpayer subsidy for cheap gun licences spilled into the open on Tuesday when a Liberal Democrat Home Office minister said that he will attempt to force through reforms despite being blocked by the prime minister, David Cameron. Norman Baker, who has responsibilities for shotgun certificates, said he has been frustrated by the decision to block plans to raise the cost of gun licences, forcing police services to find more than £17m... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (UK)

38580

United Kingdom

17 April 2014

Telegraph (UK)

Assault rifles, sawn off shotguns, an Uzi and a Thompson machine gun have been seized by an anti-gang squad in one of Scotland Yard's biggest gun seizures. Thirty firearms and ammunition were seized yesterday morning by the Waltham Forest Gangs Task Force in east London following an intelligence operation. A 51-year-old man was arrested at the address and remains in custody. Acting Detective Superintendent Gary Bruce said: "Seizing guns has helped us vastly reduce... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Telegraph (UK)

38593

Europe,United Kingdom

17 April 2014

London Evening Standard

Criminals are using a legal loophole to import guns into Britain for use in street shootings and robberies, the Standard can reveal. They are exploiting legislation allowing people to own firearms legally if the weapons are classified as "antiques", according to police and officials. The guns — which detectives say are lethal weapons — are brought from Europe, where they are easily and legally bought at antique arms fairs. Police say they are also being traded in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: London Evening Standard

38577

United Kingdom

17 April 2014

Guardian (UK)

Police have seized 30 firearms including assault rifles, sawn-off shotguns, an Uzi sub-machine gun and a Thompson machine gun in one of the largest arms finds recorded in London. The huge arsenal, which included a large amount of ammunition, was found at an address in Waltham Forest, east London, after Metropolitan police officers executed a search warrant on Wednesday morning. A 51-year-old man was arrested and remains in custody, the Met said.. Detectives from... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (UK)

38573

United States,Ireland

9 April 2014

BBC News

Police are to reinvestigate claims that the Provisional IRA bought guns from America and smuggled them into Northern Ireland in the late 1990s. It follows a BBC Spotlight programme that alleged a senior member of Sinn Féin was involved in a gun-running operation from Florida. A self-confessed gun-runner told the programme Sean 'Spike' Murray was involved in smuggling guns before and after the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. Mr Murray has denied the allegations. The... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

38546

United States,Italy,United Kingdom,Japan,South Korea,Bahrain,Germany

9 April 2014

Stars and Stripes (USA)

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Strict gun laws in foreign countries mean many in America's overseas military communities feel safer than they would at home, although they're divided over whether tougher rules would reduce gun violence in the U.S. "For the most part, I feel safer over here because we're not allowed to bring guns," Sgt. Roseann Baena, a 26-year-old soldier assigned to Europe Regional Dental Command in Sembach, Germany, said Tuesday. Her comment was typical... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Stars and Stripes (USA)

38545

United Kingdom,Cyprus

4 April 2014

Manchester Evening News (UK)

A man convicted of firearms offences who went on the run after being released on licence has been arrested in Cyprus. Louis Larsson, 29, from Bolton, was arrested in Paphos, the popular holiday resort in the south of the island, after a joint operation by Greater Manchester Police and the National Crime Agency. It is understood armed Cypriot police were also involved in the arrest. In 2010, Larsson, admitted a series of firearms offences after he mail-ordered gun... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Manchester Evening News (UK)

38537

Finland,United Kingdom,United States,Australia

3 April 2014

Global Post (Boston)

The immeasurably tragic school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., which left 20 children and six adults dead in December 2012, horrified the world and briefly ignited a debate about gun control. Nine months later, the debate was held all over again after the mass shooting at a US Navy Yard in Washington, DC that killed 13 people. America's most recent mass shooting took place Wednesday evening at Fort Hood Army base in Texas. The base was also the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Global Post (Boston)

38575

Slovenia,Malta,El Salvador,Denmark,Croatia,Hungary,Finland,Estonia,France,Spain,Italy,Bulgaria,United Kingdom,Germany,Slovakia,Ireland,Latvia,Romania

3 April 2014

Christian Today

The Methodist Church has praised the government's ratification of the UN's Arms Trade Treaty. The President of the Methodist Conference, the Reverend Ruth Gee, hailed it as a "legal milestone that should help to protect those who are abused and oppressed". Countries that ratify the treaty will be required to establish national arms regulators to control the exporting of conventional weapons and weapons components, and to properly regulate arms brokers. Domestic weapon... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Christian Today

38541

Latvia,European Union,Slovenia,Ireland,Hungary,Finland,Estonia,El Salvador,Denmark,Malta,Croatia,Bulgaria,Spain,France,Romania,Germany,Slovakia,United Kingdom,Italy

2 April 2014

Associated Press

UNITED NATIONS — Eighteen countries, including five of the world's leading arms exporters, ratified a landmark treaty regulating the multibillion-dollar global arms trade on Wednesday, giving a significant boost to the campaign for the treaty's entry into force. The ambassadors of the 18 countries handed over the documents at a U.N. ceremony on the first anniversary of the General Assembly's adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty, which is aimed at stemming the global... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

38525

Sweden

31 March 2014

Local (Sweden)

Last year testified to an upswing in deadly violence, new crime statistics revealed on Monday, as 87 people lost their lives to violence in Sweden, compared to 68 the year before. Almost one in three was shot. Statistics collated by the National Crime Prevention Council (Brå) showed that 2013 was more violent than 2012, but over the longer term, fatal violence has gone down in Sweden. The statistics also included manslaughter. "The number of cases of deadly violence... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (Sweden)

38514

United States,Norway,Australia

18 March 2014

Action on Armed Violence (London)

On 22 July 2011, Anders Behring Breivik took a boat to the small island of Utøya on a Norwegian lake not far from Oslo. Dressed as a police officer, he claimed to be checking on the safety of a Labour party youth camp after an explosion in downtown Oslo hours earlier. The campers did not know that Breivik was not a police officer, that he was responsible for the blast, or that he viewed them as traitors. When they gathered around, Breivik, armed with a Ruger Mini-14... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Action on Armed Violence (London)

38498

United Kingdom,United States

14 March 2014

Telegraph (UK)

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

Read More: Telegraph (UK)

38462

Mozambique,Mexico,Liberia,Cambodia,United States,United Kingdom

6 March 2014

Guardian (UK)

Art of War - Picture gallery captions: Non-Violence, or the Knotted Gun, by Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd. The bronze replica of a 45-calibre revolver, a gift from Luxembourg to the United Nations, was sculpted in memory of the Swedish artist's longtime friend John Lennon. Though not created from recycled munitions, the sculpture has been cited as one of the inspirations behind the arms-to-art movement. Sculptor Gonçalo Mabunda recycles weapons recovered from... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (UK)

38441

Ireland

1 March 2014

Journal (Dublin)

A review of firearm licensing in Ireland has prompted questions over how gun owners will be compensated if they lose currently legal guns. The Department of Justice confirmed that a joint review of licensing is currently underway with An Garda Síochána, although no concrete proposals are yet in place. Licenses can be sought for a number of different firearms from the age of 16. Sport and hunting It is thought that over 200,000 licenses have currently be issued,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Journal (Dublin)

38424

European Union,Ireland

1 March 2014

Irish Examiner (Dublin)

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

Read More: Irish Examiner (Dublin)

38423

United Kingdom,United States

27 February 2014

New York Times, Opinion

BOISE, Idaho — To the chief counsel of the Idaho State Legislature: In light of the bill permitting guns on our state's college and university campuses, which is likely to be approved by the state House of Representatives in the coming days, I have a matter of practical concern that I hope you can help with: When may I shoot a student? I am a biology professor, not a lawyer, and I had never considered bringing a gun to work until now. But since many of my students... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

38418

United Kingdom

25 February 2014

Guardian (UK)

Police firearms officers returned a number of shotguns to a dog-breeding farm in Surrey seven months before the suspected double murder of a mother and daughter on Sunday. The police watchdog said it was considering launching an investigation after Surrey police confirmed they had confiscated several licensed shotguns during a search of the farm in Farnham, Surrey, in May last year – but had returned the firearms in July. Detectives are investigating whether one of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (UK)

38408

Ireland

24 February 2014

Herald (Dublin)

Almost 1,300 firearms, including shotguns and rifles, have been lost or stolen over the past four years. Official figures obtained by the Herald show around 1,134 registered weapons, mainly shotguns and rifles, were stolen in the last four years. Some 159 weapons were lost, most of which were shotguns, but also included in the list are 18 rifles and one airgun, which went missing last year. Last year alone eight firearms were lost or stolen every week. There are... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Herald (Dublin)

38400

Tunisia,European Union,Chad,Niger,South America,Caribbean,Algeria,China,Belarus,Russia,United Kingdom,United States,France,Italy,North Africa,Mali,Syria,Egypt,West Asia,Libya

20 February 2014

Fair Observer

In recent years, as order in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) eroded between uprisings and armed conflicts, the desire for arms amongst a wide range of actors became one more destabilizing factor in the complexities of each situation. However, arms proliferation is nothing new to the MENA region. Whether it was through state actors or black market trading, weapons have circulated throughout the Middle East and North Africa for many years. Today, arms... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Fair Observer

38403

France,Sweden,United Kingdom

20 February 2014

Herald (Scotland)

A former police officer arrested in connection with the killing of a British engineer and his family in the French Alps is suspected of arms trafficking, investigators have said. Saad al-Hilli and wife Ikbal, from Claygate, Surrey, and her mother Suhaila al-Allaf, who lived in Sweden, were all shot dead on a remote forest road in Chevaline, near Annecy, on September 5, 2012. Local cyclist Sylvain Mollier was also murdered. French police arrested a 48-year-old,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Herald (Scotland)

38384

Switzerland,Canada,Sweden,Bosnia & Herzegovina,Austria,Moldova,Germany

17 February 2014

Österreich Journal

[Translated summary: Austria has sent experts to Moldova to advise on small arms and ammunition storage and management under the OSCE framework. Sweden, Canada, Germany and Switzerland will participate in the programme by 2017, which aims to prevent smuggling of stolen ammunition.] WIEN (bmlvs) - Insgesamt zehn Experten des Bundesheeres unterstützen ab dem 05.03. die OSZE-Mission in der Republik Moldau. Dort werden vorerst vier Angehörige der Heereslogistikschule und... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Österreich Journal

38383

China,Australia,United Kingdom,United States,Japan,Russia

16 February 2014

Japan Times

A bill to ratify the Arms Trade Treaty, the first international pact to regulating trade in conventional arms, is scheduled to be submitted to the Diet by the end of this month, government sources said. The measure, coming less than a year after Japan signed the treaty adopted at the U.N. General Assembly last April, underscores Tokyo's eagerness to nudge others to join the framework, the sources said Saturday. However, the move appears incongruous with the stance of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Japan Times

38377

United Kingdom

6 February 2014

Dockland & East London Advertiser

Police have seized one of the largest hauls of firearms recovered in a 24-hour period in London. The haul was found in a flat at Stepney in London's East End following a minicab being stopped by officers in Battersea yesterday and the seizure of a vehicle in Hornchurch. Detectives from Trident Gang Crime Command found a black bag on the back seat of the minicab next to the passenger, a 22-year-old man, which contained a Colt 45 loaded with six bullets. Officers later... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Dockland & East London Advertiser

38346

Sweden

5 February 2014

Local (Sweden)

Police have called upon the military for help and are scratching their heads as to how and why a man in southern Sweden managed to amass an arsenal of hundreds of weapons, 557 of which he had a licence to own. Police were notified on Thursday that a 70-year-old man had weapons stashed in his home in Värnamo, south of Jönköping. When they arrived the next day, they were stunned to find hundreds of weapons and weapon parts, including grenades, guns, and ammunition. ... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (Sweden)

38340

Saudi Arabia,Libya,France,Egypt,Spain,Italy,European Union,Israel,Myanmar,United Kingdom,Germany,Congo (DRC),China

1 February 2014

Ekklesia (UK)

European Union countries licensed arms exports in 2012 valued at €39.9 billion, according to newly released figures. This included a record €9.7 billion in sales to the Middle East – a 22 percent increase on sales in the previous year. The statistics are revealed in the Fifteenth Annual Report on Control of Exports of Military Technology and Equipment. The European Network Against the Arms Trade (ENAA) says that the figures show little change in arms export... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Ekklesia (UK)

38328

United Kingdom

24 January 2014

Guardian (UK)

Nigel Farage has called for firearm laws to be relaxed, calling the current ban on handguns "ludicrous". The Ukip leader criticised the "kneejerk" restrictions on handguns imposed after the 1996 Dunblane massacre in which Thomas Hamilton killed 16 schoolchildren and a teacher before shooting himself. The laws were brought in by Sir John Major, the then Tory prime minister, and extended to a total ban by Tony Blair's Labour government in 1997. Asked about gun... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (UK)

38307

United Kingdom

17 January 2014

Daily Record (Scotland)

There are more than 16,000 legal guns in the region – that's one firearm for every nine people. A freedom of information request by the News revealed the figures, although police refused to lift the lid on how many illegal weapons had been confiscated in the past decade. The statistics on non-registered firearms were not revealed as police believed it "too time consuming" to collate the figures. Freedom of information officer Steven Irving said: "As at 7 January... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Record (Scotland)

38302

Eastern Europe,Sweden

17 January 2014

Local (Sweden)

Prosecutors are set to charge four people with ties to the illegal import of weapons, believed to hail from the Balkans, following a raid on a delivery van in Gothenburg carried out earlier in the week. Prosecutor Thomas Eliasson told Sveriges Radio (SR) on Friday that the weapons probably come from the Balkans and their intended recipients were likely members of organized crime gangs in the western port city of Gothenburg. "Because they've been smuggled here you can... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (Sweden)

38291

United Kingdom

12 January 2014

Independent (UK)

Surrounded by a fearsome array of 2,000 assorted lethal weapons ranging from a rocket-propelled grenade to a homemade blunderbuss, Tony Gallagher points to a rack of 100-year-old revolvers straight out of a cowboy film. He said: "We're seeing a few more of these on the streets now." As a forensic expert for the National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS) at its high-security laboratory in an anonymous building in a Birmingham suburb, Tony and his colleagues know... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Independent (UK)

38270

Finland

9 January 2014

YLE (Finland)

According to Finnish police local underworld groups appear to be amassing more firepower each year and seem to be placing more emphasis on arming their members. Detective Inspector Tapio Kalliokoski of the National Bureau of Investigation said that the development is worrying. "Firearms aren't toys. They are acquired for a certain purpose, whether it be self defence against other gangs or then as a precaution. For years police have been concerned about whether we are... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: YLE (Finland)

38255

Ireland

1 January 2014

Independent (Dublin)

This is the first time that uniformed gardai have been given permission to carry guns full-time since the foundation of the force almost a century ago. The move has been sanctioned after a review of the operation of the five regional support units (RSUs) since their introduction in 2008. Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan has ordered that all the regional response units will be permanently armed after a rise in the number of incidents requiring garda firepower. The... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Independent (Dublin)

38890

Ireland

30 December 2013

Independent (Dublin)

Murders linked to organised crime have dropped significantly in the past year, even though the overall death toll has only dropped slightly. After a big jump in the number of murders committed in 2012, this year's total of 51 is down just one on the same period last year. Knife and gun-related deaths have decreased this year - but there has been a rise in the use of physical violence by killers. Statistics compiled up to yesterday show that eight murders are being... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Independent (Dublin)

38231

Sweden

27 December 2013

Local (Sweden)

Police in southern Sweden have arrested a 26-year-old man in connection with the Christmas Eve shooting in Lund, and it has emerged the victim is the suspected gunman's father. The fatal shots were fired late on Christmas Eve when a 57-year-old man was found wounded outside a student residence in the city. He was rushed to hospital but succumbed to his injuries. A man was arrested close to the crime scene shortly afterwards. He was questioned on Boxing Day on grounds... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (Sweden)

38221

Sweden

23 December 2013

Local (Sweden)

Swedish police have detained three men suspected of robbery that left a security guard with a bullet wound to the stomach. "It was a robbery against a valuable goods truck outside Citygross in the Kungens Kurva neighbourhood," Stockholm police spokesman Sven-Erik Olsson told the TT news agency. The robbery took place around noon in the busy shopping district south of Stockholm, which among other thing houses the world's largest Ikea and the Heron City entertainment... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (Sweden)

38216

Sweden

15 December 2013

Local (Sweden)

A man was gunned down in central Örebro in eastern Sweden on Saturday in full view of shoppers out in the middle of the Christmas rush, with police reporting a gangland connection. The man, who is reported to be in his twenties, was shot in the torso on Drottninggatan in Örebro's main shopping area on Saturday afternoon, according to a report in the local Nerikes Allehanda daily. According to the police the man is connected to a gang known as Romanos and it is... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (Sweden)

38185

Finland

14 December 2013

Xinhua

HELSINKI - Five people were shot and wounded in the Finnish capital city of Helsinki on Friday night, local media reported on Saturday. Four men and one woman were among the wounded and were sent to hospital. Reports said that no one's life was in danger. The shooting happened at midnight in Malminkartano Square in northern Helsinki as several gun shots were heard. The police received the first emergency call around 1:00 a.m. Saturday. Preliminary investigation... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Xinhua

38184

Netherlands,Spain,United Kingdom,Italy,United States,Belgium,Iraq,Algeria,Bahrain,Egypt,Mexico,Pakistan,Canada

8 December 2013

Toronto Star (Ontario) / Canadian Press

OTTAWA — Bahrain, Algeria and Iraq, countries with dubious human rights records or a history of violent internal conflict, have recently become new buyers of Canadian-made guns and ammunition, an analysis of federal data shows. The analysis by The Canadian Press found that Canadian exports to those countries swelled by 100 per cent from 2011 to 2012, the most recent figures publicly available. During the same time period, exports of Canadian weapons also increased... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Toronto Star (Ontario) / Canadian Press

38160

United Kingdom

5 December 2013

Reuters

Unlicensed 3D printing of guns is illegal and punishable by up to 10 years in prison, the government said on Thursday, as it moved to address growing public concern about plastic guns. Weapons made by printing their components are already banned under the 1968 Firearms Act, but the Home Office has updated its rules to prohibit the manufacture, sale, purchase and possession of them unless properly licensed. The regulations also apply to individual gun... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Reuters

38154

United States,Iceland

3 December 2013

Christian Science Monitor

PARIS - A 59-year-old man was shot and killed by police, who were called to the man's apartment east of Iceland's capital because someone reported gunshots being fired inside. It's an event that might not even make the news in some countries. In Reykjavik, the incident was front-page coverage and ultimately garnered a national apology from the country's top police official: It was the first time that the country's police have ever shot anybody in an operation.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Christian Science Monitor

38162

Ireland

3 December 2013

Irish Times (Dublin)

A man who shot and killed his friend after the victim had dared him to pull the trigger of a gun has been jailed for four years. Craig Mullarney (22) told gardaí that Kris Emmet (21), had assured him that the double-barrelled shotgun's safety catch was on. Ballistics tests on the legally held firearm over a year later found that the weapon would go off even when the safety catch was on. Mullarney of Sheepmoor Avenue, Clonsilla, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Irish Times (Dublin)

38144

Iceland

3 December 2013

Telegraph (UK)

Police in Iceland have shot dead a gunman - the first time armed officers have shot and killed someone in the country. Officers were called to an apartment in the Reykjavik suburb of Arbaer early today when a man fired a shotgun from inside the flat. Two policemen, who were not armed, were wounded when trying to enter the apartment. A special armed unit then entered and fired at the man, who was taken to hospital, where he died. Iceland, which has a tiny population... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Telegraph (UK)

38138

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

United Kingdom

20 November 2013

Shooting Times (UK)

From 1 December, there will be a single form to cover both shotgun and firearms certificate applications in England, Wales and Scotland to help simplify the application process. A short separate form will cover variations to a firearms certificate. Holders of certificates will still be limited in the maximum amount of ammunition that they can legally possess, but the restrictions that limited how much ammunition could be bought at one time are to be lifted. The... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Shooting Times (UK)

38107

Ireland

11 November 2013

Belfast Telegraph

The thought of a shotgun in the hands of a 12-year-old may send a shiver down your spine – but it could become a reality in the next few years. Justice Minister David Ford is considering lowering the age at which young people can have supervised access to shotguns and air rifles from 18 to 12. British Association for Shooting and Conservation NI director Tommy Mayne said it should be lowered further – to 10, the age of criminal responsibility. It seems a lot of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Belfast Telegraph

38064

Denmark,Southern Europe,Eastern Europe,Norway,Sweden,Croatia,Kosovo,Albania,Montenegro,Serbia

25 October 2013

Southeast European Times

Increasing police co-operation and raising public awareness about the danger from firearms is the key to limiting the trafficking of illegal weapons in the Balkans, experts said. Civil society groups estimated there are millions of small and light arms that are widely available. "The significant number of circulating small and light weapons creates a fertile ground for the general sense of insecurity, vulnerability of citizens to armed violence and serious crime, with... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Southeast European Times

38017

Sweden

22 October 2013

Local (Sweden)

A 27-year-old man was shot and killed in a residential area in Falkenberg, about 100 kilometres south of Gothenbuerg in southwestern Sweden, late Monday night. Police received reports of gunfire around 11.30pm and arrived to the Falkagård neighbourhood to find a man with gunshot wounds lying by the side of a bike path adjacent to Solhagavägen. "Several shots were fired in this neighbourhood," Halland County police spokesman Lars Grimbeck told the Aftonbladet... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (Sweden)

38002

European Union,Ireland

21 October 2013

Independent (Dublin)

Almost three-quarters of Irish people think gun crime is going to escalate, a report has found. As the European Commission called for tighter controls on firearms including stricter licensing, it released findings of a survey which showed 71% of Irish people expect an increase in gun violence in the next five years, compared to an average of 58% across the continent. Brussels said it wants to use new laws, including possible minimum sentencing, to tackle the threats... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Independent (Dublin)

38004

Sweden

21 October 2013

Local (Sweden)

Four young men were shot at a sausage stand in the northwest Stockholm suburb of Tensta on Sunday night with ambulances being so slow to respond that some victims were taken to hospital by car. Two of the victims were born in 1990, one in 1991, while the fourth was born in 1996. "One of them is in critical condition, while the others have less serious injuries," police spokesman Lars Byström told the TT news agency. The gunfire erupted near a sausage stand in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (Sweden)

37995

United Kingdom,Sweden,Germany,United States,Australia

18 October 2013

Australian (Sydney) / AAP

A Kentucky man accused of selling an assault rifle and a 9mm pistol to buyers in Australia via an encrypted "deep web" website has been indicted by a grand jury in the US. Adam Joseph Bunger, 33, will be arraigned on October 30 in the District Court in Bowling Green, Kentucky, after the jury was presented with evidence collected by Australian Federal Police and US authorities. Bunger is accused of using the German-based website Black Market Reloaded to find buyers in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Australian (Sydney) / AAP

37991

Denmark,Finland,Netherlands,Switzerland,Germany,Europe,United States,France,Israel,Spain,Austria,England & Wales,European Union

17 October 2013

New York Times

PARIS — The gun fired four shots into a gelatin block. Each nine-millimeter bullet punched deep into the substance, which was meant to mimic the density of a human body. For the experts at the Austrian Interior Ministry performing the test, it was a clear sign: This was a deadly weapon. But it was no ordinary gun. The officials had downloaded the gun's digital blueprints from the Internet and "printed" the weapon on a type of 3-D printer that any person could buy... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

37987

United Kingdom

7 October 2013

Daily Mail (UK)

An illegal armourer has been jailed for a raft of firearms and drugs offences, including possessing two handguns and hundreds of bullets. Today at Maidstone Crown Court, Thomas Keatley, 28, of Sussex, was sentenced to nine years and four months after he was found with two handguns, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, gun-making equipment and a large quantity of cannabis. Keatley, arrested as part of an investigation by the Metropolitan Police Service's anti-gun Trident... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Mail (UK)

37948

South Africa,United Kingdom,Japan,United States

6 October 2013

United Press International

NEW YORK - Using frequency of crime as an indicator of a citizenry's safety, U.S. researchers found more gun owners doesn't translate into less crime in developed nations. Dr. Sripal Bangalore of New York University's Langone Medical Center and Dr. Franz H. Messerli of St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, examined data for 27 developed countries. The gun ownership data were obtained from the Small Arms... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: United Press International

37956

Canada,Australia,United States,United Kingdom

20 September 2013

SBS (Australia), Series

This week brought news of yet another gun massacre in the United States at Washington Navy Yard. It is the latest in a string of 146 mass shootings, with more than 900 victims since 2006. The tragedy gives us pause to reflect on the "common sense" gun controls proposed by president Barack Obama but blocked by gun lobby senators only a few months ago. Among other measures, Obama's proposals sought to reform the national firearm purchase check system, so that offenders... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: SBS (Australia)

37896

Japan,United Kingdom,South Africa,United States

18 September 2013

Guardian (UK)

Guns do not make a nation safer, say US doctors who have compared the rate of firearms-related deaths in countries where many people own guns with the death rate in countries where gun ownership is rare. Their findings, published Wednesday in the prestigious American Journal of Medicine, debunk the historic belief among many people in the United States that guns make a country safer, they say. On the contrary, the US, with the most guns per head in the world, has the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (UK)

37901

United Kingdom,Netherlands,Switzerland,Finland,South Africa,England & Wales,Japan,United States

18 September 2013

National Public Radio (USA), Blog

A study on guns, violence and mental health, long scheduled to be published this week, finds that gun ownership is a bigger factor than mental illness when it comes to firearms deaths. But the data suggest that both play roles. Earlier research has found that places with high rates of gun ownership have more firearms deaths, but critics of those findings say that it could be that people living in dangerous places are apt to buy firearms to protect themselves. And the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: National Public Radio (USA)

37900

Australia,United States,Sweden,England & Wales,Germany

12 September 2013

Courier-Journal (Kentucky) / Associated Press

In a secretive corner of the Internet, buyers and sellers can meet up in a marketplace where virtually anything is available. That's where federal investigators say that 33-year-old Adam Joseph Bunger used various aliases to sell weapons to buyers overseas — including to people in countries with strict firearm purchasing and ownership laws. Bunger is charged in federal court in Kentucky with shipping a firearm in foreign commerce, delivering a firearm to an... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Courier-Journal (Kentucky) / Associated Press

37870

European Union,United Kingdom

12 September 2013

UK Home Office and Ministry of Justice

The Minister of State for Policing and Criminal Justice (Damian Green): The UK has opted into the draft Council Decision to approve, on behalf of the EU, the UN Firearms Protocol against the illicit manufacturing of and trafficking in firearms, their parts and components and ammunition. The Protocol supplements the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organised Crime. The Protocol creates a legal regime for the transnational movement of firearms and contains... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: UK Home Office and Ministry of Justice

37869

Sweden

8 September 2013

Local (Sweden)

One person was hospitalized on Sunday morning after having been shot in the leg in a shootout in the suburb of Hisingen in Gothenburg, the third shooting in the city in recent days. "We have a possible crime scene that we have cordoned off," said Joakim Hansson at Västra Götaland police. The alarm came in at 6.13am. There are currently no suspects in the shooting which follows a spate of gun crime in the city this week. Police were called to the suburb of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (Sweden)

37839

Finland

6 September 2013

YLE (Finland)

Interior Minister Päivi Räsänen says she's satisfied with new proposals for even tighter restrictions on gun ownership in Finland. Räsänen told Yle that a previous raft of measures introduced in 20011 [sic] has already borne fruit, halving the number of gun permits granted. According to Räsänen the number of firearms licenses issued has declined, partly because of age limits and in other cases due to a requirement to prove a reasonable case for owning a firearm,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: YLE (Finland)

38088

Finland

5 September 2013

YLE (Finland)

A panel set up to reconsider Finland's gun laws is calling for tighter restrictions on the procurement, transport and storage of weapons. The committee says that doctors should be required to inform police of individuals whom they consider unfit for gun ownership. This should take place, for instance, when someone is deemed to be a danger to him or herself by a forensic psychiatrist, or when a patient institutionalised against his or her will is considered to be... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: YLE (Finland)

37834

Ireland

25 August 2013

BBC News

Police have described the discovery of guns and ammunition in east Belfast as the "largest find" in recent years. Sixteen handguns and more than 800 rounds of ammunition were found hidden on National Trust land at Lisnabreeny Walk close to the Manse Road. It is unclear whether the weapons, which were modern semi-automatic handguns, belonged to a paramilitary organisation or a criminal gang. The weapons have been taken away for examination. They were discovered as a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

37792

Ireland

23 August 2013

Irish Examiner (Dublin)

Gardaí and customs in Cork have foiled a plan to smuggle guns to an organised crime gang after they seized two weapons and arrested a man for questioning about the arms find. Gardaí together with customs officers raided a number of houses in the White's Cross area outside Cork city early yesterday morning and recovered two handguns and a small quantity of ammunition. Gardaí believe the guns and ammunition had been delivered in recent days to the Cork addresses by... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Irish Examiner (Dublin)

37786

Ireland

11 August 2013

Limerick Leader

A Limerick judge says legislation governing firearm applications has not "bitten the bullet". Judge Eugene O'Kelly was speaking during a lengthy district court sitting for a number of firearm application appeals. The owners of guns, including two semi-automatic rifles and two 9mm pistols, appealed the decision by Chief Superintendent David Sheahan not to grant them firearm certificates. The introduction of the Criminal Justice Miscellaneous Provisions Act imposed... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Limerick Leader

37755

Ireland

29 July 2013

Irish Mirror

Guns are used to commit most murders followed by knives and a "blunt force" object. And deputy state pathologist Dr Michael Curtis said "extreme violence" is being used in many killings. He added gunshot wounds account for just over a third of homicides, followed by stabbings and blunt force trauma. Dr Curtis said: "While that is obvious in the case of the shootings, it's also the case in many of the stabbings we do, and in many of the blunt force trauma deaths and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Irish Mirror

37712

Finland

15 July 2013

YLE (Finland)

In 45 percent of homicides in which a gun was used, the weapon was licensed and legally held. In killings where a hunting weapon was used, 52 percent of the weapons were legal. The figures are based on statistics from the National Research Institute of Legal Policy covering 1,091 homicides between 2003 and 2011. There are around 1.6 million legally licensed firearms in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: YLE (Finland)

37660

Ireland

11 July 2013

BBC News

Irish police (Garda) say they have made their biggest ever find of dissident republican arms and explosives at a location in north Dublin. Guns, ammunition and 15kg of Semtex explosive were found on land at the Old Airport Road in Cloghran. Superintendent David Taylor said the seizure was a major blow to the activities of dissident republicans. The arms were retrieved last week and included former Provisional IRA weapons. Replica and real guns including an UZI 9mm... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

37655

Singapore,Estonia,Brazil,Italy,United States,Germany,Malaysia

8 July 2013

Tribuna Hoje (Brazil)

[Translated summary - A new Small Arms Survey report shows Brazil is ranked the fourth biggest arms exporter in the world. In 2010, Brazil exported $326 million (£736 million) in arms and ammunition, behind the United States of America, Germany, and Italy. Most of the exported weapons go to the United States, Malaysia, Germany, Estonia and Singapore.] O Brasil ocupa a 4ª posição no ranking de maiores exportadores de armamentos do mundo, segundo documento divulgado... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Tribuna Hoje (Brazil)

37641

Ireland

4 July 2013

Independent (Dublin)

A father-of-three who told gardai that components from a firearm scattered around his home belonged to a toy gun he was trying to fix has been jailed for seven years at the Special Criminal Court. Presiding judge Mr Justice Paul Butler said that the non-jury court regarded the possession of firearms as a "most serious offence" and had to impose a minimum sentence on Declan Geraghty (31), as he had a previous conviction for possession of a sawn-off shotgun and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Independent (Dublin)

37644

Norway

3 July 2013

Local (Norway)

A Norwegian man is being treated in hospital for serious injuries after being attacked with a shot gun aboard a boat in the Tønsberg Fjord south of Oslo on Thursday. Police have taken one woman and two men into custody. Norwegian police said on Wednesday morning that the victim is being treated for a gun shot wound to the thigh. The man, who is in his late thirties, is being treated at the Ullevål prison in Oslo. Police officers called to the scene initially thought... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (Norway)

37635

United States,Australia,Denmark

2 July 2013

Copenhagen Post

Last year American company Defense Distributed introduced the first 3D printed firearm. Now an Aalborg-based company, Create it REAL, has created software that can recognise digital gun parts and block 3D printers from printing them. Defense Distributed, which operates out of Texas, claims on its website to have created the 3D gun for the stated purpose of defending the "civil liberty of popular access to arms" as stated in the US Constitution. The blueprints for the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,European Union,Taiwan,United Kingdom,Swaziland

29 June 2013

Swazi Media Commentary (Gaborone)

News that Swaziland's army has taken delivery of another arms shipment has sparked fears that King Mswati is acting as an intermediary for a rogue state that cannot directly buy arms due to embargoes. The Swazi Army took delivery of an arms shipment on Thursday (27 June 2013), including firearms and other military hardware. Local media reported a cargo plane delivered the shipment under conditions of great secrecy. The shipment has aroused the suspicion of the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom,Bermuda

28 June 2013

Royal Gazette (Bermuda)

Local target shooting enthusiasts are mulling filing a complaint against Government for what they say is a law which discriminates against Bermudians. They are also up in arms over the seizure of pistols valued at more than $70,000 by the Police Commissioner in 2011 for which they have not been compensated. Bermuda's gun control regime began with the Firearms Act 1973, a legislative response to the murders of Police Commissioner George Duckett, the Governor Richard... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ireland

21 June 2013

Independent (Dublin)

A child who found a loaded sawn-off shotgun in the garden of a derelict house told gardai "my eardrums nearly burst" when another boy fired the weapon. Matthew Monaghan (9) was one of a group of children playing in the back garden of a boarded-up house when they found the firearm in a shed. The child, still shaken by his experience, told of how the children "were just building a fort". He said: "Then we went inside (the shed) and we found a shotgun." Asked about the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Independent (Dublin)

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Estonia,Finland

16 June 2013

YLE (Finland)

Police have sketched out a clearer picture of events leading up to an apparent murder-suicide that took place at Helsinki's west harbour Saturday afternoon. Officers interviewed eye witnesses as well as relatives of the Finnish-Estonian couple. Helsinki police say that they have for the most part been able to piece together a narrative of events preceding a deadly shooting incident at Helsinki's west harbour Saturday, in which a Finnish man shot and killed his Estonian... (GunPolicy.org)

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Latvia

13 June 2013

Baltic News Network

According to the Saeima's supported amendments to the Law On the Handling of Weapons and Special Means, firearms licence requirements will be made stricter than they are now. A new section was added to the law. It accounts for general health inspection. This section states conditions under which a person is to be sent for initial, regular and emergency health inspections. Regular health inspections will be required to be undergone by individuals who hold firearms... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Australia,Finland,Africa,Germany

3 June 2013

Time (USA)

More than 65 countries signed the landmark treaty regulating the multibillion-dollar global arms trade Monday and the United States announced it will sign soon, giving a strong kickoff to the first major international campaign to stem the illicit trade in weapons that fuel conflicts and extremists. The announcement by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that the U.S. — the world's largest arms dealer — will sign is critical, but the treaty's ultimate strength rests... (GunPolicy.org)

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Sweden

18 May 2013

Local (Sweden)

Panic broke out at a Gothenburg school on Friday evening as one man was injured in a shooting which could be linked to a violent robbery that took place in the area on the same day. The man sustained light injuries and was admitted to the Sahlgrenska Hospital. On Saturday morning, police had made no arrests but were treating the incident as attempted murder or attempted manslaughter after receiving around 30 calls from the public. At least one cartridge case was... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (Sweden)

37465

Germany,Nigeria,China,United States,United Kingdom

17 May 2013

Democrat and Chronicle (USA)

British arms dealer Gary Hyde has admitted helping smuggle illegal AK-47 magazines into the United States for sale by a Chili-based firearms wholesaler, federal court records show. Hyde signed a plea agreement in late April but it was not filed until this week, records show. Hyde admitted that he had helped alter the markings on the 5,760 magazines so their country of origin — China — would not be known. In the U.S., there is a federal ban on the importation of... (GunPolicy.org)

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Brazil,Iceland,United States,United Kingdom,Denmark

16 May 2013

BBC News

Even though I grew up in New England, there was something novel about seeing an Icelandic blizzard. It was paralysing, with epic wind gusts that made snowflakes feel like razors. As I dragged my bags along Reykjavik's snowy pavement, an older man in a Jeep pulled alongside me. "You want to get in?" he asked. It sounded crazy. Why would I ever get in a stranger's car? Despite everything I was taught about riding in cars with strangers, I climbed in the backseat. And... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

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Norway

14 May 2013

Views And News From Norway

As Norway moves into summer, gang-related violence is on the rise in the capital. Tension is so high between Oslo's rival gangs, police warn, that armed battles can break out at any time. Police worry that Oslo's gang culture has become more widespread and more complex. Newspaper Aftenposten reported on Tuesday that gang battles motivated by revenge, territory and drug-related profits are on the increase. Weapon seizures Police confiscated a total of 22 firearms... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Views And News From Norway

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Sweden

3 May 2013

Local (Sweden)

A Swedish woman has died after playing what appeared to be a game of Russian roulette in western Sweden. The 23-year-old man who provided the weapon was charged for manslaughter on Thursday. The incident occurred in mid-March in an apartment in Flatås, Gothenburg, where emergency service workers found the 48-year-old woman seriously injured. The 23-year-old man is believed to have brought out a gun during an evening of drinking, loaded it with one live round, put it... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (Sweden)

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Sweden

30 April 2013

Local (Sweden)

A Swedish police officer risks disciplinary action after letting a soon-to-be groom fire 30 shots with his service weapon at a bachelor party held at the indoor shooting range of a police station in western Sweden. Wishing to give his friend a memorable send-off before he entered into married life, the officer invited the groom-to-be and ten other friends to celebrate at the shooting range of the Halmstad police station in June of last year. During the festivities,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (Sweden)

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Sweden

29 April 2013

Local (Sweden)

After a man was shot dead through his kitchen window in Gothenburg this weekend, local police said easier access to weapons has lead to one shooting a week in the western Sweden city. "It's been really easy for criminals to get their hands on weapons and they don't hesitate to use them," Erik Nord of the Västra Götaland police told the Dagens Nyheter newspaper (DN). DN reported that for the past two years, Sweden's second largest city has seen on average one... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (Sweden)

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Sweden

27 April 2013

Local (Sweden)

A drunk man was shot in the foot by police in Umeå in northern Sweden on Friday night after he pointed a pistol at them in an attempt to evade arrest. "They determined that they were faced with a deadly threat," said Benny Ahlenius at Umeå police. Police were called to an address in the Umedalen area of the city on Friday night following a report that a man had assaulted and threatened his wife. When the police unit arrived the apparently drunk man pointed a gun at... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (Sweden)

37382

Ireland

26 April 2013

Irish Examiner (Dublin)

Michael Healy-Rae, who holds certificates for three different guns, said firearms were very restricted in Ireland. They are linked to pest control and game hunting or sports, and one had to be a member of a gun club, or own land, to be granted a licence, he said. However, the Kerry South TD said changes in rural Ireland meant communities now have to police themselves against ever-more aggressive and armed criminals. He claimed that with whole swathes of the country... (GunPolicy.org)

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37379

Finland

25 April 2013

YLE (Finland)

The number of firearms seized by police from motorcycle gangs classed as criminal groups has risen sharply over the past few years. A decade ago, police on average confiscated only a few dozen guns annually from motorcycle gangs. Since 2010, more than 400 have been seized, nearly 250 of which are handguns. "The weapons seized include pistols, revolvers, a few shotguns and ten sub-machine guns. Ammunition has also been confiscated. Some of the guns had been made... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: YLE (Finland)

37373

United Kingdom,United States,Europe

24 April 2013

Kensington and Chelsea Today (UK)

Surprisingly, the UK is 11% less violent than a decade ago but the lack of peace still has an economic impact of £124 billion which comprises both direct and indirect costs and lost productivity annually. In 2012 this was the equivalent of £4,700 per household an astonishing 7.7% of the UK's annual GDP. These figures were released today by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) in the first-ever UK Peace Index (UKPI), which reveals London was beaten to the bottom... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ireland

22 April 2013

Independent (Dublin)

A family have escaped without injury after gunshots were fired into their home. The shooting incident happened in the Limerick city suburb of Moyross around midnight. There were several people – including teenagers - inside the house in Cosgrave Park at the time, but none were injured. A number of gunshots were fired at the home and the front door and an upstairs window were hit. Gardai are continuing to investigate the incident and are attempting to establish a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Independent (Dublin)

37357

Finland,Turkey

14 April 2013

Today's Zaman (Istanbul)

Family and Social Policy Minister Fatma Şahin has announced that the weapons of 15,000 men found to have been involved in violence against women have been confiscated as a protective measure since the Law on the Prevention of Violence against Women came into effect 13 months ago. Speaking to the Akşam daily during her visit to Helsinki, Şahin provided some details about the implementation of Law No. 6284 on the Prevention of Violence against Women and the Protection... (GunPolicy.org)

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Sweden

14 April 2013

Local (Sweden)

A group of children playing in a snow drift in Umeå in northern Sweden on Saturday came across what they thought was a toy gun only to find out that it was a real weapon when one of them pulled the trigger. Luckily the shot was fired into the ground and none of the children were hurt. "It could have gone really badly. The children could just as well have started playing a war game and begun shooting at each other. It is also an area with lots of people and children... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (Sweden)

37318

Iran,Syria,United Kingdom,Kenya,North Korea

29 March 2013

Australian (Sydney)

Iran, North Korea and Syria have held up agreement on the first global treaty on the $US80 billion ($A76.97 billion) a year conventional arms trade. The three states twice blocked moves to adopt a treaty by consensus at the end of 10 days of arduous talks at the UN headquarters. Kenya announced that a coalition of countries from around the world would now take the treaty straight to the 193-member UN General Assembly next week for approval. It can be passed with a two... (GunPolicy.org)

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37253

Israel,Ireland

27 March 2013

BBC News

The Commissioner of the Irish police has rejected calls for detectives to be reissued with Uzi submachine guns. Martin Callinan said it "would not have made the slightest bit of difference" if a murdered detective had been armed with an Uzi. Detective Adrian Donohoe was shot during a robbery on 25 January 2013. The Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (AGSI) passed a motion calling for the reissue of the Israeli-made weapons at its conference. The guns,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

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Germany,Mexico,United Kingdom,Ghana,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa

26 March 2013

Rappler / Agence France Presse

More than 100 countries complained Monday that talks on a conventional arms trade treaty had gone "backwards" from a vow to conclude a strong accord on the $80 billion a year trade. The major western powers, who expressed confidence that an accord could be reached, face tough criticism over the treaty as talks at the UN headquarters entered the final straight. A group representing 103 countries blasted the latest text as a step "backwards." A statement by the 103,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Rappler / Agence France Presse

37236

Ireland

23 March 2013

Irish News

A Newry engineer who reactivated guns for paramilitaries was operating a large-scale munitions factory for dissident republicans, police have said. Bryan Christopher McManus (56) was yesterday jailed for more than three years. Ordering McManus to spend half a six-and-a-half year sentence in jail and half on licence parole, Belfast Recorder Judge David McFarland told him he had "made a very bad decision to associate with undesirable elements". The judge at Belfast... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Irish News

37224

Sweden

21 March 2013

Local (Sweden)

There will likely be a school shooting in Sweden sometime in the foreseeable future, according to the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, which warned that local authorities are woefully unprepared to deal with such an event. "Many people have access to hunting weapons, even if you can't go to just any store and buy a gun, access to them is nevertheless pretty wide," MSB risk analyst Magnus Winehal told the Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper. In a report looking at... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (Sweden)

37213

Romania,Burkina Faso,Poland,Russia,Latvia,Tunisia,Guinea,Senegal,Bulgaria,China,Africa,Europe,Côte d'Ivoire

20 March 2013

Amnesty International (London)

Reckless and illegal arms supplies from Europe, Africa and China to the warring parties in Côte d'Ivoire over the past decade continue to fuel grave human rights abuses and violent crime in the country, Amnesty International said in a detailed report launched at the United Nations (UN) headquarters. The 33-page report, Communities shattered by arms proliferation and abuse in Côte d'Ivoire, documents how a handful of states and a network of multinational arms... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Amnesty International (London)

37206

Germany,United Kingdom,France,Mexico,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa,China,Russia,United States

20 March 2013

New Zealand Herald, Associated Press

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon has urged the world's nations to agree on a strong UN treaty to regulate the multibillion-dollar global arms trade in the next two weeks, saying it will save lives and make it more difficult for warlords, organised criminals and terrorists to obtain weapons. Hopes of reaching agreement on what would be a landmark treaty were dashed last July when the United States said it needed more time to consider the proposed accord - a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Zealand Herald, Associated Press

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Africa,Americas,Asia,Europe,Oceania,United States,Russia,Italy,Germany,Brazil,Switzerland,Israel,Austria,South Korea,Belgium,Spain,Turkey,Norway,Canada,United Kingdom,Australia,France,Pakistan,Yemen,Honduras,El Salvador,Jamaica

18 March 2013

al Jazeera

Diplomats from around the world have gathered at the UN for talks on an international arms trade treaty, in an effort to stop the sale of illegal conventional arms. Similar talks held last July failed, mainly due to the objections of the US and Russia, the world's two largest arms exporters. Al Jazeera has compiled a list of facts related to the global production and trading of small arms. 1. Authorised international transfers of small arms, light weapons, their... (GunPolicy.org)

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