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Oceania,Africa,Europe,Asia,Americas

3 December 2016

GunPolicy.org, Letter

Chers lecteurs, Garder Gun Policy Actualités en ligne a toujours été une bataille. Nos bulletins quotidiens ont été lancés il y a maintenant 18 ans, mais 40 000 articles plus tard, j'ai été obligé de me séparer de mon équipe multilingue, simplement pour cause de manque de fonds. Aujourd'hui, je suis au regret de vous annoncer la fin de tous les flux de Gun Policy Actualités sur Twitter, Facebook, les courriels de groupes et nos flux RSS, reçus par des... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa,Oceania

3 December 2016

GunPolicy.org, Letter

Estimados lectores, Siempre ha sido una batalla mantener a Gun Policy News online. Nuestros boletines diarios de noticias comenzaron hace 18 años, pero 40.000 artículos más tarde me he visto obligado a dejar ir a nuestro personal multilingüe, simplemente por falta de fondos. Hoy, me temo que todos los servidores de Twitter, páginas de Facebook, grupos de correo electrónico y los servidores de noticias RSS de Gun Policy News a numerosos lectores en español,... (GunPolicy.org)

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40247

Europe,Africa,Americas,Asia,Oceania

3 December 2016

Gun Policy News, Letter

Dear readers, It's always been a battle to keep Gun Policy News online. Our daily news bulletins began 18 years ago, but 40,000 articles later I've been obliged to lay off our multilingual staff, simply for lack of funding. Today I regret that all Gun Policy News Twitter feeds, Facebook pages, E-mail groups and RSS news feeds to many thousands of readers in Spanish, French and English must cease. GunPolicy.org, the parent Web site of Gun Policy News, will remain... (GunPolicy.org)

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40246

Australia

29 November 2016

Guardian

More than 6000 guns have been reported stolen across Australia over two years and there are fears they are flowing into the illicit firearms market. Figures obtained under freedom of information from each state by Gun Control Australia showed 6451 guns were stolen between 2013 and 2015. Most of those guns were stolen in rural and regional areas from homes or rural dwellings including farm houses. Most thefts occurred in Victoria where 1451 were stolen in the two-year... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian

40258

Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa

29 November 2016

Small Arms Survey, Web page

Small Arms Survey Research Position Deadline: 18 December 2016 The Geneva-based Small Arms Survey is looking for an English and French-speaking researcher with experience working on weapons and ammunition management projects. Full information at the link... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Small Arms Survey

40249

Australia

23 November 2016

Guardian, Australian Associated Press

A highly sophisticated weapons production facility using 3D printers and computers to make machine guns has been uncovered in a series of raids across the Gold Coast. Police say they found four homemade automatic submachine guns, silencers, ammunition, a replica handgun, a .45 calibre pistol and equipment used to make weapons at two Nerang businesses, as well as a pill press. The equipment used to make the weapons included computers, a 3D printer, drill presses and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian, Australian Associated Press

40230

Australia

23 November 2016

Brisbane Times (Queensland)

Police say sophisticated gun factory found during raids at the Gold Coast on Friday is the first of its kind in Queensland. Officers executed search warrants on four residential properties and two industrial sheds finding drug labs, a weapons factory, drugs, guns, ammunition and 3D printer. The guns found included four "uzi-style" submachine guns, three silencers and two handguns while drugs seized included steroids, cannabis, ecstasy and amphetamines. Five people... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Brisbane Times (Queensland)

40220

Australia

17 November 2016

Sydney Morning Herald

A Mildura man has been charged with importing handgun parts in the mail. Australian Border Force officers intercepted seven packages from the US and Hong Kong addressed to 34-year-old Hanh Truong​ between November 6 to November 9. The packages were labelled as toys or model parts, but X-rays at the Australia Post gateway facility in Tullamarine revealed they actually contained firearm parts and handgun frames, a Border Force spokesman said. Border Force and police... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sydney Morning Herald

40183

Northern Mariana Islands

14 November 2016

Guns (US)

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

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40167

Australia

8 November 2016

Sydney Morning Herald

Scores of Victorians who had firearm licences revoked after being accused of stalking and beating their partners were handed their guns back last year, raising fears women are being put at real risk of harm or death at the hands of violent ex-partners. According to previously unpublished data, 87 people who'd previously been banned from owning or using a firearm were granted approval by the courts to have their firearm licences reinstated in 2015-16, a rate of more... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sydney Morning Herald

40149

Australia

6 November 2016

Mercury (Tasmania)

More than 100 five-shot Adler shotguns are registered in Tasmania, Police Minister Rene Hidding has divulged. And a simple "do it yourself" kit available online can see the five-shot 12 gauge converted into an 11-round rapid fire shotgun. It follows concerns by anti-gun advocates about the number of firearms in Tasmania and the proliferation of small arsenals across the state. The Adler lever-action shotgun rose to notoriety after its Turkish manufacturer released a... (GunPolicy.org)

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40144

Australia

5 November 2016

Mercury (Tasmania)

Almost 1500 extra firearms have come into Tasmania over the past year — a massive jump from the previous 12 months when there were just 57. It comes as police figures show some owners are stockpiling firearms across the state. Anti-gun activists say the figures are alarming but firearm owners say there is nothing to fear. About 100 individuals, excluding collectors or dealers, possess arsenals of 20 or more firearms, according to the data. The largest registered... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Mercury (Tasmania)

40142

Australia

3 November 2016

Sydney Morning Herald

Federal MPs from both sides of the political divide have pledged to protect John Howard's legacy through the establishment of the Parliamentary Friends of Gun Control. Liberal John Alexander, who occupies Mr Howard's former seat of Bennelong, and Labor's Andrew Leigh have formed the group just weeks after the issue of guns was thrust back into the political spotlight via the uproar over the lever-action Adler shotgun. The group was the idea of the Alannah & Madeline... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sydney Morning Herald

40130

Iraq,Poland,France,Switzerland,Japan,New Zealand,Australia,Germany

25 October 2016

Mo4ch (US)

Germany's small arms ammunition sales have increased by 10 times in the first 6 months of 2016, while total arms sales have reached €4 billion over the same period and have set a new record, Deutsche-Presse Agentur (DPA) says, citing a government report. The total value of the small arms ammo export contracts has risen from €27 million ($29.3 million) in the first half of 2015 to €283.8 million ($308 million) in the first six months of 2016, the reports says,... (GunPolicy.org)

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40062

Australia

24 October 2016

Guardian

A group of 30 domestic violence groups, gun control advocates, politicians and prominent Australians has criticised the federal justice minister, Michael Keenan, for holding "one-sided" meetings in 2015 with the firearms lobby on changes to Australia's gun laws. Minutes from the firearms reference industry group obtained by Guardian Australia show Keenan told firearms lobby groups in a private meeting in September 2015 that the government wanted to cut "red tape" from... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian

40052

Australia

21 October 2016

University of Sydney Media Release, Media release

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

Read More: University of Sydney Media Release

40047

Australia

21 October 2016

The New Daily (Australia)

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

Read More: The New Daily (Australia)

40037

Australia

21 October 2016

El Nuevo Herald, Associated Press

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

Read More: El Nuevo Herald, Associated Press

40032

Australia

21 October 2016

Associated Press

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

Read More: Associated Press

40031

Australia

21 October 2016

Guardian, Opinion

On Friday, the state police ministers will meet to finalise the review of the National Firearms Agreement (NFA) including the fate of the Adler A110 lever-action shotgun. The importance of this meeting should not be underestimated. In summary, the ministers are deciding the future direction of Australia's gun laws. A future that could see the demise of Australia's strong gun laws and the continual rise of the pro-gun lobby. One issue which the states and commonwealth... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian

40029

Australia

21 October 2016

Advertiser (Adelaide)

Licensed gun owners are stockpiling extra weapons and more than a million guns have been registered since 2012 – about the same number that were destroyed in the wake of Port Arthur, The Advertiser can reveal. The official figures come amid fierce debate on guns in Canberra yesterday, where embattled Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull strongly rebuked his predecessor, Tony Abbott. Senator David Leyonhjelm threw a grenade by saying he had a deal with the Coalition to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Advertiser (Adelaide)

40027

Australia,Afghanistan,Russia,Central Asia,Pakistan,China,Turkey,Brazil

21 October 2016

Age (Melbourne)

As many as 600,000 illegal guns could be circulating in the Australian underworld, but national efforts to control the spread is being hampered by inconsistencies between states, a firearms intelligence report has found. The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission report on guns - to be released on Friday, the same day as state and federal government representatives meet to thrash out a way to combat illegal firearms - also backs a national amnesty. Chris Dawson,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Age (Melbourne)

40025

Australia

20 October 2016

ABC News (Australia)

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

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40030

Australia

20 October 2016

Herald Sun (Melbourne)

Australians are now armed with almost three million legal firearms and up to 600,000 illegal ones. The alarmingly high number of illicit weapons has triggered the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission to signal it is time for a crackdown. It has used a new report on illicit firearms to give support to the creation of a national program to encourage gun toting Aussies to surrender or register their illegal weapons. Justice Minister Michael Keenan will be leading... (GunPolicy.org)

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40026

Turkey,Australia

19 October 2016

New York Times, Associated Press

Australia's tough gun controls will be further tightened to restrict access to new rapid-fire shotguns, the prime minister said Wednesday. But a pro-gun independent senator warned Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull that the move will add to the government's difficulty in getting legislation through the Senate. Turnbull was commenting on the fate of the Adler A110 shotgun, a Turkish-manufactured lever-action weapon that was banned from importation last year as an... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times, Associated Press

40040

Australia

19 October 2016

Guardian

Gun control in Australia has been thrust into the political spotlight once again as reports emerge that Malcolm Turnbull may be willing to consider relaxing Australia's firearms laws. The reports appear to focus on softening restrictions on lever-action shotguns in exchange for support from the Liberal Democrat senator David Leyonhjelm to pass industrial relations legislation. National firearms laws created after the Port Arthur massacre in 1996 set out how weapons... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian

40021

Australia

19 October 2016

Guardian

Tony Abbott has challenged Malcolm Turnbull directly on gun regulation, warning Australia has avoided a mass casualty event because "it is very hard to get guns". Abbott's intervention came as the West Australian premier, Colin Barnett, said he did not support lifting the ban on the Adler lever-action shotgun, putting him at odds with New South Wales, which is backing a push to allow the importation of a seven-shot version of the firearm. The persistent standoff... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian

40020

Australia

19 October 2016

Guardian

One of Australia's most prominent children's charities has urged the attorney general, George Brandis, and police ministers across the country not to wind back gun restrictions that could allow people to obtain an "unlimited" number of pump action or semi-automatic shotguns. The Alannah & Madeline Foundation, which was established by Walter Mikac in memory of his two children Alannah and Madeline who were killed in the Port Arthur massacre in 1996, has written an... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian

40018

Australia

19 October 2016

Australian (Sydney)

A political storm over "guns for votes" has forced Malcolm Turnbull to rule out weakening import bans on lethal weapons after the release of emails showing the government raised the prospect of phasing out a ban on a controversial shotgun in return for a key vote in the Senate. The damaging row overshadowed Mr Turnbull's push in parliament for curbs on union power as Labor accused the government of destroying the legacy of John Howard's tough gun controls, imposed two... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Australian (Sydney)

40017

Australia

16 October 2016

Sydney Morning Herald

Whether it was driving to university or down the road with his wife, odds were Youseff Hamze was about to be pulled over. The sports science graduate lost count of the amount of times his car was searched during the several months he was subject to a wrongfully-issued firearms prohibition order (FPO). "Where ever I would go, I would be pulled over," said the 26-year-old, whose relatives included members of the now-defunct Brothers for Life gang. "They searched my... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sydney Morning Herald

40008

South Korea,Papua New Guinea

13 October 2016

Pacific Islands Report

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

Read More: Pacific Islands Report

40121

Australia

26 September 2016

Nikkei Asian Review

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

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39912

Australia

21 September 2016

Huffington Post (Australia)

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

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39876

Australia

20 September 2016

America's First Freedom

Hillary Clinton has said Australia's 1996 gun ban—and subsequent confiscation and destruction of over 650,000 guns from pump shotguns to rimfire .22 rifles from lawful people like you—is an idea "worth considering on the national level." Australians beg to differ. Today, 20 years after Australia's gun ban, gun crime is skyrocketing in Melbourne, Australia's second-largest city. And now politicians are talking about passing new gun-control laws to further disarm... (GunPolicy.org)

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39943

United States,Australia

16 September 2016

NRA Institute for Legislative Action

While anti-gun politicians like Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama tout Australia's gun control laws as a model for the United States, recent reporting on crime in Melbourne from newspaper The Age revealed the limitations of Australia's stringent laws. According to the paper, "Despite Australia's strict gun control regime, criminals are now better armed than at any time since then-Prime Minister John Howard introduced a nationwide firearm buyback scheme in response to the... (GunPolicy.org)

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39942

Australia

14 September 2016

Sydney Morning Herald

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

Read More: Sydney Morning Herald

39888

Australia

14 September 2016

Guardian

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

Read More: Guardian

39837

Australia

13 September 2016

Age (Melbourne)

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

Read More: Age (Melbourne)

39830

Australia

13 September 2016

Age (Melbourne)

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

Read More: Age (Melbourne)

39829

Australia

12 September 2016

Age (Melbourne), Editorial

"Melbourne is in the grip of an unprecedented wave of gun violence." With these words, The Age this week began a three-day investigative series that should concern every citizen of a metropolis that has repeatedly snared the accolade of "world's most liveable city". Our comprehensive package is about more than liveability; it is a matter of life and death. As gun-related crime has surged, innocent people have been killed in the crossfire, and more will be unless... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Age (Melbourne)

39828

Australia

12 September 2016

ABC News (Australia)

Police have been asked to investigate footage of a man shooting and setting alight an effigy of Gun Control Australia leader Sam Lee. The YouTube video shows two gun enthusiasts customising and demonstrating a controversial Adler lever action shotgun. The video then cuts to a blonde doll, dubbed "Sham Leigh from Fun Control Australia". The doll is shot multiple times until the head blows apart, which is then replayed in slow motion. The effigy is then set... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ABC News (Australia)

39827

Australia

12 September 2016

Age (Melbourne)

Rachad Adra was lying in bed with his four-year-old son when bullets ripped through the front of his Thomastown house. Fired from the street, they travelled through a window, a front room and through an inside wall before tearing into Adra's flesh, killing him. Neighbours heard the screams of his young son, who was seriously injured. Ten months on, the rental house in Melbourne's north-west is vacant, and while the bullet-riddled glass has been replaced, the blinds... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Age (Melbourne)

39820

Australia

12 September 2016

Age (Melbourne)

Sunday at the south-side club is gangster night. The blokes in streetwear - G Star Raw, Adidas, Louis Vuitton man-bags - the women in not much. It's an exhibition of murky trades: drug dealers, bikies, standover men, the underworld's rising stars and wannabes. They come from across the city to party and be seen, sweeping into the sprawling neon-lit club like royalty. The ones flush with cash can spend big to get a VIP booth above the action, while the up-and-comers... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Age (Melbourne)

39819

United States,Australia

2 September 2016

ABC News (Australia)

Police in Victoria and New South Wales have seized 300 weapons and gun parts in a haul they say has cracked down on a major crime syndicate importing weapons from the United States. The international operation has led to firearms charges being laid against two men. Police said there might be further arrests as their investigations continue. The joint federal, state and international operation was sparked 15 months ago in Victoria when a military-style assault rifle... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ABC News (Australia)

39784

United States,Australia

2 September 2016

Age (Melbourne)

A cache of illegal guns has been seized by state, federal and US authorities as part of an investigation to tackle an international weapons operation. Investigations began after an armed robbery at a western suburbs McDonald's 15 months ago, where a Thureon AR-15 assault rifle was used. That weapon was then "backtracked" by police, which helped prevent a large consignment of weapons being imported to Australia. In June, US officials seized six fully automatic assault... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Age (Melbourne)

39783

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)

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39771

New Zealand

26 August 2016

Scoop (New Zealand)

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

Read More: Scoop (New Zealand)

39749

United States,Australia

26 August 2016

Stuff (New Zealand)

Australia's former deputy prime minister, Tim Fischer, has proposed what is surely a world-first plan for shooting down the gun-loving US Republican candidate for president, Donald Trump: a "massacre tax" on US gun exports. In doing so, Fischer has also come out all guns blazing against what he calls the "lethal poison" flowing to Australia from US weapons manufacturers with the assistance of the American gun lobby and what he calls dysfunctional and corrupted US... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Stuff (New Zealand)

39739

Australia

25 August 2016

ABC News (Australia)

Canberra shooting groups are calling for a change to ACT laws that allow firearm permits to be refused based on the appearance of a gun, rather than its function. A Canberra man this week had a permit refused for a large hunting rifle as it resembles a military weapon. The ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal (ACAT) ruled the Barrett M98B .338 Lapua Magnum bolt-action rifle met technical specifications for a permit, but too closely resembled a weapon designed for... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ABC News (Australia)

39744

United States,Australia

25 August 2016

Australian (Sydney)

If a President Trump rips up trade agreements and takes the US out of the World Trade Organisation, Australia and other nations should retaliate by imposing a "gun safety" levy on America matched to the level of massacres there, says former trade minister Tim Fischer. The former Nationals leader and deputy prime minister will use a speech today to warn that a Donald Trump presidency would be a disaster for world trade. "Donald Trump spells disaster not only re world... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Australian (Sydney)

39740

New Zealand

24 August 2016

TVNZ (New Zealand)

Warnings of mass-shootings have been raised at a parliamentary inquiry about illegal guns following a spate of attacks on police, like the incident in Kawerau in March this year when four officers were wounded. Waikato University professor Alexander Gillespie told the inquiry that 95 per cent of guns in New Zealand are untraceable. "At the moment I have to register my car. I have to register my dog. But my neighbour doesn't have to register his firearm," says Dr... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: TVNZ (New Zealand)

39733

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

22 August 2016

Amnesty International (London)

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

Read More: Amnesty International (London)

39717

Australia

17 August 2016

West Australian (Perth)

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

Read More: West Australian (Perth)

39690

Australia

12 August 2016

Sporting Shooters' Association of Australia

While the Australian Bureau of Statistics fights off a wave of criticism surrounding the bungled 2016 National Census, the SSAA Legislative Action (SSAA-LA) department has been analysing the latest homicide statistics. The Recorded Crime - Victims, Australia, 2015 report released in July shows that knives and beatings remain the common methods used in homicide. The figures indicate this is nearly double the number of times firearms are used, disproving anti-gun... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sporting Shooters' Association of Australia

39774

Mexico,Australia

12 August 2016

Sporting Shooters' Association of Australia, Media release

Mexican drug cartels on a mission to expand their networks are actively pursuing once unreachable countries like Australia to peddle illicit drugs and firearms. It sounds like a script for a Hollywood crime thriller but a new report has revealed this is the harsh reality our island nation must face. The findings come as anti-gun lobbyists and Green-leaning politicians continue to criticise theft from licensed owners for contributing to a growing black market, while... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sporting Shooters' Association of Australia

39773

New Zealand

10 August 2016

New Zealand Herald

Trade Me wants automatic access to police records on gun owners to prevent firearms from falling into the wrong hands. In an appearance before a committee at Parliament today, the company defended the sale of guns on its website after an MP suggested it stop selling weapons altogether. A Parliamentary inquiry is looking at how to restrict the flow of firearms to criminals, gangs and unlicensed people. It was launched in March after a series of high-profile shootings... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Zealand Herald

39668

Australia

1 August 2016

Guardian

An extended government ban on the Adler A110 shotgun won't stop use of "DIY kits" to enhance the firepower of similar weapons that have been approved, leading to renewed calls for the ban to be broadened. Last week the justice minister, Michael Keenan, announced an extension of a one-year ban on the importation of the Adler A110 shotgun. The ban was initiated in 2015 amid growing concerns about rapid-fire weaponry into Australia, as the state and federal governments... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian

39633

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

28 July 2016

Fox News (USA)

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

Read More: Fox News (USA)

39617

Australia

27 July 2016

Gizmodo (Australia)

The Federal Government has announced a $25.4 million funding injection into the detection and seizure of illegal firearms, including "specialised intelligence software tools" aimed at boosting intelligence collection on international firearms trafficking. The software will and allow the Australian Federal Police to search, analyse and map intelligence data to identify previously unknown links between firearms traffickers and their suppliers, customers and illegal... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Gizmodo (Australia)

39611

New Caledonia,Vanuatu,Tuvalu,Tonga,Solomon Islands,Samoa,Papua New Guinea,Kiribati,Marshall Islands,French Polynesia,Micronesia,Fiji,Cook Islands,Nauru,Northern Mariana Islands,Palau,Niue,American Samoa,Caribbean

15 July 2016

The Diplomat (Japan)

"The seas bring us together, they do not separate us." –Constitution of the Federated States of Micronesia The Caribbean and the Pacific each offer a unique and contrasting perspective toward addressing armed violence. Despite sharing similar challenges as Small Island Developing States (SIDS), each region faces very different circumstances on the ground. In light of this, each region has taken a different approach toward addressing armed violence. The Pacific stands... (GunPolicy.org)

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39576

New Zealand

10 July 2016

Radio New Zealand

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

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39572

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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39589

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

9 July 2016

Quartz (USA)

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

Read More: Quartz (USA)

39571

Australia

6 July 2016

Courier (Australia)

The former owner of the Ballarat's controversial Haida nightclub has faced court for importing drugs of dependence, portions of guns and ammunition from the Philippines. Tony Henderson, faced the Ballarat Magistrates in June faced with a string of historic charges including importing tier two goods such as portions of firearms, ammunition, human growth hormones, steroids and gun magazines. The court heard Henderson was sent various pieces of a gun, including a pistol... (GunPolicy.org)

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39547

Australia

26 June 2016

Herald Sun (Melbourne)

Walter Mikac has warned more people would have died in the Lindt Cafe terror attack if the perpetrator had been able to access rapid-fire shotgun now flooding the Australian market. The gun control campaigner, whose wife and two girls died in the Port Arthur massacre, said gun manufacturers had built a shotgun which deliberately exploited loopholes in tough Australian laws. More than 7000 Adler A110 lever-action shotguns have been sold into Australia, categorised... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Herald Sun (Melbourne)

39495

Australia

26 June 2016

Sunday Times (Western Australia)

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

Read More: Sunday Times (Western Australia)

39493

United States,Australia

24 June 2016

Medpage Today (USA)

Does Australia's gun control policy -- a government buy back of civilian-owned guns and strict laws limiting access to guns -- offer useful insights for the U.S.? No, according Timothy Wheeler, MD, a retired Los Angeles head and neck surgeon, who played a role in Congress's decision to withhold funding for CDC studies of gun violence, who termed Australia's buyback "a full-fledged mass confiscation." "The 1996 National Firearms Agreement's so-called 'buyback' of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Medpage Today (USA)

39494

United States,Australia

23 June 2016

RT-TV Novosti (Russia)

Gun control legislation introduced by Australia 20 years ago has not only stopped mass shootings from happening, but also led to a fall in gun-related fatalities, a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows. Rapid fire weapons were banned in Australia in 1996 following a mass shooting, which killed 35 people. A year later, the government introduced a buy-back scheme. Over the next few years, over 700,000 semi-automatic weapons, pump... (GunPolicy.org)

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39484

Australia

23 June 2016

Daily Life (Australia)

Not for Charlotte Bacon, who would never turn seven. Not for Ana either. Not for Madeleine Hsu. Not for Jack or Gracie. Not Jesse nor James. God knows, nothing moved politicians to talk hopes and prayers like the 20 murdered children of Sandy Hook Elementary School but nothing moved them to make change. Nearly four years later, another mass shooting and 49 dead in Orlando. On Monday, US senators still couldn't come together to pass any gun control measures at all.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Life (Australia)

39481

Australia

23 June 2016

9news (Australia), Australian Associated Press

Australian firearm deaths have fallen rapidly in the past two decades, and not a single mass shooting has occurred since the Port Arthur massacre, according to a new study. There were 104 people killed and at least 52 wounded in 13 Australian mass shootings between 1979 and 1996, the study reports. Its authors, including University of Sydney Emeritus Professor Simon Chapman, found not a single mass shooting death in the ensuing 20 years (defined as involving five or... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: 9news (Australia), Australian Associated Press

39480

Australia

23 June 2016

Sydney Morning Herald

The gun law reforms enacted after the Port Arthur massacre 20 years ago did not only bring about an uninterrupted hiatus on mass shootings in Australia, but precipitated a decline in all intentional deaths, including those that did not involve firearms. Research published in the prestigious American journal JAMA demonstrates fears that gun suicides would merely be replaced by other methods have proved misguided, with an initial spike in suicide deaths immediately... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sydney Morning Herald

39478

Australia

23 June 2016

Guardian

Since major gun law reforms were introduced in Australia, mass shootings have not only stopped, but there has also been an accelerating reduction in rates of firearm-related homicide and suicides, a landmark study has found. It has been two decades since rapid-fire long guns were banned in Australia, including those already in private ownership, and 19 years since the mandatory buyback of prohibited firearms by government at market price was introduced. A handgun... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian

39469

Australia

22 June 2016

Science Daily

Since gun law reform and the Firearms Buyback program 20 years ago, Australia has seen an accelerating decline in intentional firearm deaths and an absence of fatal mass shootings, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reports in a landmark study. "The absence of mass shootings in Australia in the past two decades compares to 13 fatal mass shootings in the 18 years prior to these sweeping reforms," says the University of Sydney's Emeritus Professor... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Science Daily

39491

Australia

22 June 2016

Los Angeles Times

Gun-control advocates in the U.S. often point to Australia as proof that Americans would be safer with a ban on semiautomatic weapons. In the land down under, there has been a total of zero mass shootings since rapid-fire guns were outlawed in the 1990s. But a new analysis of crime in Australia stops short of giving gun-control laws the credit for this remarkable run. The reason: Although homicides involving guns have declined over the past 20 years, homicides... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Los Angeles Times

39485

Australia,United States

22 June 2016

Wall Street Journal

The changes were also associated with an accelerated reduction in total firearm-related deaths from homicide and suicide, according to the study, published online Wednesday in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association. Mass shootings like the one in Orlando, Fla., have come to a halt in Australia in the two decades since the country adopted sweeping changes to its gun laws, researchers reported in a new study. The changes were also associated with an... (GunPolicy.org)

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39482

United States,Australia

22 June 2016

New York Mag

The American conversation about mass shootings is excruciating and circular because there is no possible universe in which our lawmakers will tighten gun control in a meaningful way anytime soon. Among advocates for stronger restrictions on who can buy guns — or at least the most deadly ones — the best hope, for now, is to simply keep building the case and amping up the pressure, in the hopes that some sort of tipping point will eventually be reached. One way to do... (GunPolicy.org)

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39477

United States,Australia

22 June 2016

Guardian

A new study from Australia shows how the country's sweeping gun law reform was followed by a decline in mass shootings, homicides and suicides in the last two decades – changes that researchers said could inform US gun policy. Since 49 people were killed in the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, gun control advocates have again presented Australia as an example of successful gun reform. After the April 1996 shooting in Australia where one man killed 35 people and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian

39476

Australia

22 June 2016

USA Today

WASHINGTON — Major gun law reforms in Australia enacted 20 years ago have eliminated fatal mass shootings there, according to a study published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Before Australia enacted the reform, it had 13 mass shootings in the span of 17 years. The study, conducted by three Australian university researchers, was released two days after the Senate rejected four measures that would increased background checks for... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: USA Today

39475

Australia

22 June 2016

Washington Post

In the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, the Senate failed to pass four bills to shore up background checks, despite public support for the measures hovering around 90 percent. The status quo is deeply unpopular, but it remains the law. The American mass shooting experience, which tends to follow a predictable cycle of tragedy -> outrage -> finger-pointing -> inaction, stands in sharp contrast to what happened in Australia in 1996. There, a horrified... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post

39473

United States,Australia

22 June 2016

Discover Magazine

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

Read More: Discover Magazine

39472

Australia

22 June 2016

NBC News (USA)

Strict new gun laws passed after a mass shooting in Australia 20 years ago appear to have prevented any more such attacks there, researchers reported Wednesday. And overall deaths from firearms have fallen since the 1997 law, which banned certain semi-automatic and pump-action weapons and forced owners to sell them back to the government, the team reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association. "Following enactment of gun law reforms in Australia in 1996,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: NBC News (USA)

39470

Australia

18 June 2016

Les Nouvelles Calédonies (Nouméa)

[Translated summary: Australia is the sixth biggest importer of rifles, handguns and ammunition, according to a report by the Small Arms Survey. Australia doesn't manufacture many firearms, so they must be imported. Most are used for hunting, farming and sport.] D'après le rapport de Small Arms Survey, l'île-continent serait le sixième plus gros importateur de fusils, de revolvers, de pistolets et de munitions. L'Australie est le sixième pays importateur d'armes... (GunPolicy.org)

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39440

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)

Read More: Washington Post

39451

Australia

16 June 2016

9News (Australia), Australian Associated Press

Emotion must be stripped away from public debate around Australian gun controls, a national policing summit has heard. Samara McPhedran, a Griffith University senior researcher and chair of Women in Shooting and Hunting (WiSH), says emotions have muddied the crafting of firearm regulations. "Unfortunately, many decisions in this area seem driven by emotion rather than informed debate," Dr McPhedran told police forces and counter-terror experts in Sydney on... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: 9News (Australia), Australian Associated Press

39435

Australia

15 June 2016

4BU (Australia)

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

Read More: 4BU (Australia)

39430

United States,Australia

15 June 2016

Australian (Sydney)

Australia is at risk of an Orlando-style attack despite tougher gun control laws because of the more than 250,000 illegal firearms in the community, according to gun expert Philip Alpers. The University of Sydney professor noted yesterday that the gun used in Orlando was similar to the weapon Martin Bryant used in the 1996 Port Arthur massacre, an AR-15 assault rifle. He said many of the illegal weapons in the community were potentially deadly. The Howard government... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Australian (Sydney)

39423

Australia,United States

14 June 2016

Sydney Morning Herald

The United States has once again broken its own record as the top importer of small arms, according to new research that ranks Australia sixth among the world's biggest importers of weapons including rifles, revolvers and pistols. American purchases alone made up more than 42 per cent of all small arms imports in 2013, according to the 2016 update of the Small Arms Survey, the most comprehensive record of the global trade in small arms and light weapons. The survey was... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sydney Morning Herald

39408

Australia

13 June 2016

Guardian, Australian Associated Press

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

Read More: Guardian, Australian Associated Press

39407

New Zealand

3 June 2016

Stuff (New Zealand)

A firearms safety specialist says the tragic death of a two-year-old girl in Auckland should never have happened. Counties Manukau police have charged a 26-year-old man with unlawful possession of a pistol after he was taken into custody in relation to a death at a house in Favona Rd. He will appear in court on Friday. Police said the youngster died at the property in Mangere on Thursday morning. The oft-quoted figures of around 230,000 licence holders and around... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Stuff (New Zealand)

39367

Australia

31 May 2016

Sporting Shooters' Association of Australia, Media release

Licensed firearm owners can legally and safely purchase new and secondhand firearms and firearms accessories from the comfort of their homes or out in the field, thanks to the recent launch of a highly anticipated gun trading website. Powered by the nation's biggest firearms community, the Sporting Shooters' Association of Australia, SSAA Gun Sales provides an interactive online shopping platform for SSAA members, dealers, firearm owners, collectors and... (GunPolicy.org)

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39353

Australia

29 May 2016

Sydney Morning Herald

Organised criminals and bikies are using associates to steal from country gun owners to bolster weapon caches, with more than 90 per cent of all stolen firearms in NSW now coming from rural areas. In one case in the past 18 months, people infiltrated a gun club in northern NSW to work out who had firearms at their home before stealing them. More recently, police uncovered 28 guns at a man's house in Sydney's west that had been allegedly stolen from several properties... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sydney Morning Herald

39349

Oceania,Africa,Asia,Europe,Americas

27 May 2016

World Health Organization, Media release

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

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39356

Australia

24 May 2016

Mercury (Australia), Opinion

How many Tasmanians are aware of the increase in the number of shooters who want Adler lever-action guns? The weapons are not listed in the C Category with semiautomatic weapons, yet they can fire eight rounds before being reloaded and can be modified to take 11 rounds. If a fanatic or mentally or emotionally unstable person obtains an Adler gun, the result could be catastrophic. If recent terrorists had used an Adler, more innocents could have died. What is the risk... (GunPolicy.org)

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39340

New Zealand

19 May 2016

New Zealand Herald

A white stationwagon seen near a Dargaville property could hold the key to the theft of 11 automatic weapons - including submachine guns and assault rifles - stolen from the gun safe. Dargaville Police are appealing for sightings of the white stationwagon that was seen near a house that was later discovered to have been burgled and a number of firearms stolen. About 5.30pm on Tuesday, the occupants of a residential Dargaville property found they had been burgled. As... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Zealand Herald

39344

Vanuatu

14 May 2016

Vanuatu Daily Post

Vanuatu signed the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) on 26th July, 2013 among 130 countries that signed the ATT after it was adopted in April 2013. The Treaty entered into force on 24 December, 2014 and to date, 82 countries worldwide have ratified it. Vanuatu's signing of the ATT is an indication of an intention to proceed to ratification. And any protracted delay in this process could send the wrong signals vis-a-vis Vanuatu's long-term commitment to this Treaty and its goal... (GunPolicy.org)

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39307

Australia

14 May 2016

ABC News (Australia)

There has been a resurgence in recreational shooting and hunting in Queensland with the number of gun licence holders growing by more than 20,000 in the past decade. The increase in gun licences is revealed in figures obtained by the ABC and is in line with similar trends in other states and territories. Since 2005, the number of licence holders has risen 15 per cent to 179,184 and the number of registered firearms has jumped more than 40 per cent to... (GunPolicy.org)

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39282

Australia

10 May 2016

Canberra Times (Australia)

A Canberra man with a hoarding disorder and a predilection for guns has been forced to relinquish a stash of rifles, a pistol and a shotgun seized from his home after he was convicted of firearms offences. John Edward Mitchell last year pleaded guilty to numerous crimes after 133 items, including guns, ammunition and gun parts, were seized under a court-issued abatement order designed to manage the unsanitary conditions caused by the items he amassed at his... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Canberra Times (Australia)

39243

Australia,United States

7 May 2016

News.com.au

It has been 10 days of "gut wrenching" carnage in the US, with a tragic number of toddlers being fatally shot or inflicting injury on a family member, simply because of an unsecured firearm. In their own homes, in their cots or in the car — 2016 has seen a concerning spike in toddler related shootings than in the previous year. As the second biggest killer in the country, 23 incidents of shootings that involve toddlers have already happened this year alone. That's... (GunPolicy.org)

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39228

United States,Australia

28 April 2016

Euronews, Reuters

[Translated summary: Firearm legislation in Australia has changed dramatically since the Port Arthur massacre. 20 years later, there hasn't been another mass shooting, the number of firearm homicides has dropped and the probability of being killed by a firearm has been reduced by 72%.] Ce jeudi 28 avril est un triste anniversaire pour l'Australie. Il y a 20 ans a lieu le massacre de Port Arthur en Tasmanie, lors duquel un homme de 28 ans tue 35 personnes et en blesse... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Euronews, Reuters

39248

Australia

28 April 2016

Sydney Morning Herald, Opinion

Twenty years ago, a lone gun man armed with high-powered gun opened fire at the historic site of Port Arthur in Tasmania, killing 35 people, wounding 18 others and traumatising so many more. In response to this massacre Australia introduced strong national uniform gun laws. It was an event that not only radically shaped Australia's gun laws, but our cultural landscape. Australia is now known as the country that heroically stood up for public safety by making gun... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sydney Morning Herald

39209

Australia

28 April 2016

Sydney Morning Herald, Editorial

Port Arthur. Those two words still haunt the survivors, the families of victims and all who remember the tragic events of April 28, 1996. Yet 20 years on, a new generation is hearing, perhaps for the first time, the terror of the Port Arthur massacre. How what psychiatrists called "an intellectually handicapped and personality disordered" man without a driver's licence or gun licence could drive to the Tasmanian site, and use one of the many semi-automatic weapons he... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sydney Morning Herald

39208

Australia

28 April 2016

Sydney Morning Herald

Australians now own more guns than before the 1996 Port Arthur massacre, according to new research that shows firearm imports hit a record high in 2014-15. [Charts, tables in the original] The surge in gun-buying over the past 16 years, which has seen 1.02 million guns brought into the country, has been largely a "gun swap", according to Philip Alpers, a University of Sydney public health researcher, gun control expert and founding director of GunPolicy.org. "The... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sydney Morning Herald

39207

Australia

28 April 2016

Guardian

Malcolm Turnbull has defended the integrity of Australia's gun laws in Hobart ahead of a commemorative service marking the 20th anniversary of the Port Arthur massacre, saying that maintaining a strong stance on firearms was "non-negotiable". Thirty-five people were killed in the massacre which centred around the Port Arthur former convict site on 28 April, 1996. It is the largest massacre by a lone gunman in Australia and prompted a massive overhaul of the country's... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian

39198

Australia

28 April 2016

Voice of America

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

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39186

Australia

28 April 2016

Marie Claire

April 28 marks 20 years since the Port Arthur massacre and the implementation of Australia's groundbreaking gun legislation. But with gun ownership back to 1996 levels and firearm restrictions under threat, are our gun laws failing to protect us? It was just after 5pm on a brisk winter Sunday in Sydney, and the sickening sense of worry was building in Michelle Fernando's stomach. She was due to meet her father, Vincent, that evening to attend a talk by a lawyer they... (GunPolicy.org)

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39185

Australia

28 April 2016

ABC News (Australia)

An Adelaide gunsmith has attracted controversy after his decision to legally modify a shotgun to match the ammunition load of a higher capacity version which was banned from importation last year. Importation of the eight-shot Adler lever action shotgun was suspended for 12 months in July because it could fire up to eight shells before needing to be reloaded. Nik Halliwell runs a gun modification workshop in the Adelaide suburbs and is one of the few people in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ABC News (Australia)

39184

Australia

28 April 2016

The Conversation

The proud claim of some Australians that their country has "solved the gun problem" might only be a temporary illusion. In recent years, arms dealers have imported more guns than ever before. And last year we crossed a symbolic threshold: for the first time in 20 years, Australia's national arsenal of private guns is larger than it was before the Port Arthur massacre. This increase must be seen in context. Australia's population grew by 5 million in the same period, so... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: The Conversation

39183

Oceania,Tonga

28 April 2016

Matangi Tonga Online

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

Read More: Matangi Tonga Online

39173

Australia,United States

28 April 2016

Euronews, Reuters

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

Read More: Euronews, Reuters

39172

Australia

28 April 2016

Australian (Sydney)

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

Read More: Australian (Sydney)

39171

Australia

28 April 2016

The Conversation

Gun violence has halved in Australia since laws were changed under the National Firearms Agreement adopted in the wake of the 1996 Port Arthur massacre. Before the killing of 35 people by 28-year-old Martin Bryant at Port Arthur in Tasmania, each state and territory had different gun laws. Western Australia had the strongest laws and lowest rates of gun violence; Queensland had the weakest laws and gun violence was high. In 1987, five people in the Northern Territory... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: The Conversation

39170

Australia

27 April 2016

Sydney Morning Herald

Gun control advocates have called for tighter regulation of firearms on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the Port Arthur massacre, saying that landmark gun control measures passed in its wake have since been eroded. "We don't want laws regressing but that is what I see in NSW and that is why my sister was able to access a firearm," said Michelle Fernando at NSW Parliament on Wednesday. Ms Fernando's father, Vincent, was shot dead six years ago after his daughter -... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sydney Morning Herald

39222

Americas,Australia

27 April 2016

Globovision, EFE News Agency

[Translated summary: Australia commemorates the 20th anniversary of the Port Arthur gun massacre in which 35 were shot dead. Although in 1996 the country destroyed a million guns and enacted much tougher gun control laws, Australia has since re-imported more than a million firearms.] Australia conmemora este jueves el vigésimo aniversario de la masacre de Port Arthur, que se saldó con 35 muertos y 23 heridos, con la determinación de mantener su "fuerte y... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Globovision, EFE News Agency

39214

Australia

27 April 2016

The Conversation

The proud claim that Australia may have "solved the gun problem" might only be a temporary illusion. In recent years, arms dealers have imported more guns than ever before. And last year we crossed a symbolic threshold: for the first time in 20 years, Australia's national arsenal of private guns is larger than it was before the Port Arthur massacre. This increase must be seen in context. Australia's population grew by five million in the same period, so per-capita... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: The Conversation

39206

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

New Zealand

27 April 2016

New Zealand Herald

Being a gang member is not enough to stop someone getting a gun licence in New Zealand under current law. The Herald today revealed how a patched Headhunter was able to legally buy $30,000 worth of high powered rifles between 2012 and 2015, before police revoked his firearms licence in January. When police went to revoke the licence, the man had legally on-sold the weapons and they were unable to be retrieved. The case has raised a number of issues with current... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Zealand Herald

39176

Australia

27 April 2016

Terra (Argentina), EFE News Agency

[Translated summary: Twenty years after the massacre of Port Arthur, Australia is determined to maintain "strong and responsible" gun control policy. The government is allowed to regulate private possession, decide who can and cannot have firearm licences and keep a record of each firearm. Nevertheless, Australia has imported more than a million firearms in the last 16 years.] Australia conmemora hoy el vigésimo aniversario de la masacre de Port Arthur, que se saldó... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Terra (Argentina), EFE News Agency

39174

New Zealand

26 April 2016

New Zealand Herald

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

Read More: New Zealand Herald

39169

Australia

26 April 2016

Sydney Morning Herald

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

Read More: Sydney Morning Herald

39160

Australia

24 April 2016

Washington Post, Associated Press

PORT ARTHUR -- Carolyn Loughton still carries a bullet in her shoulder from one of the world's worst mass shootings that killed her daughter 20 years ago and galvanized Australia to drastically clamp down on guns. Loughton threw her body over her 15-year-old daughter Sarah, but could not save her from a gunman with two semi-automatic assault rifles who methodically took headshots in a Port Arthur, Tasmania, cafe on April 28, 1996, killing 35 people. In response, the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post, Associated Press

39156

Americas,Asia,Africa,Oceania,Nepal,Europe

21 April 2016

Telegraph (Nepal), Opinion

No doubt, the country is being increasingly inflicted by smuggling and illegal trade of small arms. This fast festering malaise has intensified serious crimes like murder, extortion, death threats, abduction and robbery. Fears are palpable that the growing market of small arms in the country may wreck the social fabric of the country. This is also hampering the efforts towards overcoming the social and economic trauma left by the decade-long armed conflict. However, the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Telegraph (Nepal)

39168

Micronesia (FSM),Oceania,United States

20 April 2016

Radio New Zealand

The Governor of the Northern Marianas says he wants new gun laws to serve as a model for other states and territories who want some form of gun control. This month Ralph Torres signed a new act into law, emphasising the importance of putting strict regulations on owning firearms. The law defines the conditions a person can use a firearm, creates gun-free zones and stops convicted felons from legally owning guns. The move came after a March court decision allowed... (GunPolicy.org)

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39133

Australia

18 April 2016

Financial Times (UK)

PORT ARTHUR -- The shell of the Broad Arrow Cafe is seen behind the cross bearing the names of those who lost their lives in the Memorial Garden in the Port Arthur Historical Site on April 18, 2016 in Port Arthur, Australia. The historic town became infamous on April 28, 1996 when Martin Bryant began shooting indiscriminately with a high-powered rifle on people visiting the site. 35 people were killed and a further 23 were injured in what remains the world's worst... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Financial Times (UK)

39152

Australia

15 April 2016

SBS (Australia), Australian Associated Press

Gun dealers are converting the controversial Adler rapid-fire shotgun so it can shoot twice as many rounds, sidestepping an import ban on a previous version of the weapon. Plans to import the seven-shot lever-action shotgun were halted last July when it was banned by former prime minister Tony Abbott for six months, later extended to 12 months, only for a modified version that instead fires five shots in rapid succession to be introduced. It has now emerged gun... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: SBS (Australia), Australian Associated Press

39090

Australia

14 April 2016

Herald Sun (Melbourne)

Right now, the government is considering what changes, if any, it should make to the National Firearms Agreement 1996, the landmark legislation enacted 20 years ago in the wake of the Port Arthur massacre. Days after gunman Martin Bryant used two high-powered semi-automatic weapons to slaughter 35 people and injure 23 more at the Port Arthur historic site in Tasmania, then prime minister John Howard moved to strip the most dangerous weapons out of Australian... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Herald Sun (Melbourne)

39092

Australia

13 April 2016

SBS (Australia)

How many guns is too many guns? It's not just an academic question. In NSW, the extent of gun ownership tells us something about how the gun laws are working – and where they are failing us. Let's get this straight. Australia has for the most part the kind of gun laws that are the envy of the rest of the world. The law classifies weapons into categories so that more dangerous weapons are prohibited from use or restricted to certain kinds of license, for the most... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: SBS (Australia)

39143

Australia

13 April 2016

Sky News (Australia), Australian Associated Press

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

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

39088

Australia

11 April 2016

Advertiser (Adelaide)

More than one gun a day is lost or stolen in SA, prompting calls for a crackdown on "irresponsible" owners amid fears the weapons are falling into criminal hands. As the nation prepares to mark the 20th anniversary of the Port Arthur massacre later this month, The Advertiser can reveal that 2294 guns have been reported as missing in the past four years They include pump-action shotguns, semiautomatic pistols and assault rifles. Police said "criminals value firearms... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Advertiser (Adelaide)

39067

Australia

11 April 2016

9 News (Australia)

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

Read More: 9 News (Australia)

39065

Australia

10 April 2016

Australian (Sydney), Australian Associated Press

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

Read More: Australian (Sydney), Australian Associated Press

39069

Australia

10 April 2016

Sydney Morning Herald

Following the Port Arthur massacre, Walter Mikac wanted to be left alone. Instead he found himself inadvertently drawn into Australia's gun control debate. The massacre, which happened 20 years ago on April 28 and 29, began an unstoppable movement for gun law reform. Since losing his wife and two daughters in the mass shooting, Mikac has become one of the debate's most potent voices. After the killings Mikac wrote to Prime Minister John Howard, who phoned in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sydney Morning Herald

39048

Australia

9 April 2016

ABC News (Australia)

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

Read More: ABC News (Australia)

39068

Australia

8 April 2016

News.com.au

Former prime minister John Howard and anti-gun campaigner Walter Mikac will today launch a national petition against relaxing Australia's tough gun laws. The move follows concerns states have begun watering down tough gun control laws introduced by Mr Howard following the Port Arthur massacre. Mr Mikac, whose wife, Nanette, and daughters Alannah, 6, and Madeline, 3, were among 35 killed by Martin Bryant in the 1996 mass shooting, has campaigned tirelessly against guns... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: News.com.au

39059

Australia

7 April 2016

Herald Sun (Melbourne)

A flood of new rapid-fire shotguns into Australia has prompted a landmark petition to ban the semi-automatic-style weapons. Gun control experts fear the proliferation of the Adler A110 model due to loopholes will have deadly consequences, with more than 600 registered in Victoria since September. The Alannah and Madeline Foundation is launching the petition, almost 20 years on from the Port Arthur massacre, which saw 35 people shot dead. Its "Keep Australia safe from... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Herald Sun (Melbourne)

39063

Australia

5 April 2016

Guardian, Australian Associated Press

John Howard, who introduced national gun control laws 20 years ago after the Port Arthur massacre, says the existing laws are inadequate and should be tightened. Speaking on SBS's Insight program to Alpha Cheng, the son of NSW police employee Curtis Cheng who was fatally shot in Parramatta last year, the former prime minister said "almost certainly … the laws are not adequate" and he would "encourage sensible strengthening of the existing laws". "I would have... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian, Australian Associated Press

39035

Micronesia (FSM),United States,Oceania

30 March 2016

Guardian, Agence France Presse

America's heated gun debate has reached a remote Pacific territory, with a court overturning a ban on handguns in the Northern Marianas after ruling it breached the US constitution's second amendment. In a ruling greeted with dismay by the island territory's leaders, the US district court found the right to bear arms enshrined in the second amendment also applied to the commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). "The second amendment … [is] the law of the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian, Agence France Presse

39010

Oceania,Micronesia (FSM),United States

30 March 2016

BBC News

Lawmakers in the US commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands are moving to enact "sweeping" gun control legislation, days after a court struck down its ban on handgun possession. For decades the Pacific islands' laws have prevented handgun ownership and imposed strict regulations on other firearms. But on Monday, a US district court with jurisdiction over the territory ruled that the prohibition violates the US constitution's second amendment, which guarantees the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

39004

New Zealand

29 March 2016

New Zealand Herald

Parliament woke with a start when a police bust in Takanini recently netted a handgun and 14 high-powered military style rifles. This firepower is about double what terrorists used in the attack in Paris at the end of 2015 in which 130 people were killed. The Takanini bust followed police reports that pistols and military-style semi-automatics now make up 14 per cent of the illegal firearms they retrieve. Parliament is also nervous about the recent spate of gun-related... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Zealand Herald

39743

Australia

17 March 2016

International Business Times (USA)

It's been almost 20 years to the day since the Port Arthur massacre, which changed Australian gun laws completely. But two decades on and former Prime Minister John Howard, who helped put the National Firearms Agreement into place, continues to be questioned about whether Australia's ban on guns has benefited the country. In an interview with US broadcaster CBS' Sunday Morning TV program, Howard was asked to comment on the current state of firearm laws in the US and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: International Business Times (USA)

38953

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

Australia

14 March 2016

Guardian

On Sunday 28 April 1996 a security guard, Ian Kingston, stood in the doorway of the Broad Arrow cafe at the historic site of Port Arthur in southern Tasmania. He stared at the body of a man lying on the floor, then looked up into the barrel of a semi-automatic rifle. He dived back out the door as Martin Bryant pulled the trigger. Bryant killed 12 people in 15 seconds. On the gravel path outside the cafe Kingston tried to herd people who thought the gunshots were part... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian

38940

Australia

13 March 2016

CBS News (USA)

In the wake of a deadly shooting rampage back in 1996, the Australian government reacted quickly and decisively to ban certain guns. So did it make a difference? Seth Doane takes a look: "It's said that when you lose your parents, you lose your past. When you lose your child, you lose your future," said Carolyn Loughton. She'd flung herself on top of her daughter when a gunman started shooting, but it was not enough to save Sarah's life. "She had just turned 15,"... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CBS News (USA)

38936

Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa

13 March 2016

GunPolicy.org

With apologies for being absent so long, Gun Policy News bulletins are back. At least for now. Beginning in 1997, our dozens of regional E-mail and RSS news feeds delivered daily bulletins of small arms-related mass media articles up to June, 2014. From today we'll try to do so again, at least until the end of 2016.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: GunPolicy.org

38931

New Zealand

11 March 2016

Stuff (New Zealand)

Thousands of guns stolen each year in New Zealand are ending up in the arms of gang members but police have no systems in place to track guns or what has been stolen. Owner of Timaru's Gun City Wayne Golightly said police have told him that more than 100 firearms have been stolen in South Canterbury in the past year and about 2000 across New Zealand. But police were unable to supply information under the Official Information Act about the number of burglaries... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Stuff (New Zealand)

39030

United States,Australia

9 March 2016

Sydney Morning Herald

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

Read More: Sydney Morning Herald

38923

South Africa,Brazil,Australia,United States

7 March 2016

Washington Post, Blog

Gun control works, but you have to be smart about it. That's the takeaway from a major new analysis out this month in the journal Epidemiologic Reviews. Columbia University's Julian Santaella-Tenorio and a team of researchers pored over the results of 130 studies on gun control legislation passed in 10 different countries to find out which policy interventions worked, which ones didn't and on what issues the jury was still out. Big caveat up front: Sussing out cause... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post

38909

Guam

6 March 2016

Pacific Daily News (Guam)

Almost 600 concealed firearms licenses were issued in Guam in 2014 — a dramatic jump from previous years, when the numbers hovered around 100, according to Guam Police Department data. In 2015, more than 800 licenses were issued. Sen. Tony Ada attributes the dramatic jump to a bill he authored in 2014, which became law that year. "P.L. 32-150 was enacted in May of 2014," Ada said. "It makes sense that any jump in the number of concealed (firearms licenses) issued... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Pacific Daily News (Guam)

38911

Papua New Guinea

4 March 2016

Pacific Islands Report, Post-Courier (Port Moresby)

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea – Southern Highlands police yesterday appealed to businesses and the better educated to stop financing, supplying and smuggling high-powered weapons to villages for tribal warfare. Provincial police commander Sibrom Papoto made the call from Mendi after a tribe engaged a mercenary to kill three men at a funeral ceremony this week. The three were gunned down at point-blank range in what police described as "barbaric, cruel and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Pacific Islands Report, Post-Courier (Port Moresby)

38907

Australia

4 March 2016

Australian Associated Press

SYDNEY - Thousands of Adler rapid-fire shotguns have flooded into Australia over the past six months, sidestepping a ban on a previous version of the controversial weapon imposed following the deadly Sydney siege. As commonwealth and state ministers and attorneys-general were undertaking an urgent review of national gun laws following the siege, orders for a five-round version of the Turkish-made Adler A110 were already pouring into gun dealers across the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Australian Associated Press

38905

Europe,Oceania,Asia,Americas,Africa,United States,Mexico

1 March 2016

Small Arms Survey (Geneva)

When one thinks of arms traffickers, the image that often comes to mind is of the stereotypical 'Merchant of Death' – ambitious, well-connected, globetrotting entrepreneurs who single-handedly arm warlords and insurgents across the world. While there is some truth to the stereotype, most illicit arms traffickers do not fit this profile. The latest Issue Brief from the Small Arms Survey—Dribs and Drabs: The Mechanics of Small Arms Trafficking from the United... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Small Arms Survey (Geneva)

38951

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

United States,Australia

25 January 2016

Washington Post

"And as you know, Hugh, after Australia did that [gun buyback program], the rate of sexual assaults, the rate of rapes, went up significantly, because women were unable to defend themselves." - Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), interview on "Hugh Hewitt Show," Jan. 12, 2016 We've heard politicians make all sorts of conclusions about the 1996 gun buyback program in Australia: that it worked, that it didn't work, that it brought crime rates down, that it made no difference on... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post

38975

Australia

12 January 2016

Canberra Times (Australia)

Gun ownership has risen 3 per cent in the past year, with one firearm registered for every 20 residents in the ACT. There are now 583 extra firearms belonging to 197 more licensees in the capital than there were at the start of 2015. ACT Policing figures have revealed 19,200 guns were legally registered to 6083 licensees, about three an owner, at the end of November last year. That was a jump from 18,617 guns that were registered to 5886 licensees in January 2015.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Canberra Times (Australia)

38941

Australia

7 January 2016

News.com.au

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

Read More: News.com.au

39125

Australia

7 January 2016

ABC News (Australia)

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

Read More: ABC News (Australia)

39104

Australia

28 December 2015

Daily Telegraph (Sydney)

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

Read More: Daily Telegraph (Sydney)

39111

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

Australia

1 December 2015

Murray Valley Standard

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

Read More: Murray Valley Standard

39123

Australia

27 November 2015

Launceston Examiner

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

Read More: Launceston Examiner

39118

Australia

10 November 2015

New Daily (Australia)

The black market for guns is bigger than previously understood and crimes involving handguns are rising sharply, shows never-before-seen data published today by The New Daily. Australians may be more at risk from gun crime than ever before with the country's underground market for firearms ballooning in the past decade. Previously unseen police statistics show that the number of pistol-related offences doubled in Victoria and rose by 300 per cent in New South Wales.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Daily (Australia)

38849

Australia

24 October 2015

ABC News (Australia)

WA police are hailing a firearms amnesty which began almost three months ago a great success. More than 1,000 unlicensed firearms and more than 60,000 rounds of ammunition have been surrendered so far. The Deputy Police Commissioner Chris Dawson says the firearms include more than 100 handguns and two submachine guns. The amnesty began on August 1 and finishes at the end of October. Mr Dawson says it is the biggest surrender of unlicensed firearms for some... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ABC News (Australia)

39102

Australia

23 October 2015

Yahoo! 7 News (Australia)

Victoria has one gun for every eight citizens, with 35,000 new guns flooding into the state in the past year. Gun control groups say the numbers are frightening but shooters say the rise is because more people are appreciating shooting as a safe and fun sport. Victoria had 764,767 registered guns in 2014-15, up from 728,999 the previous year. "It's a startling number and I believe it's a frightening number in terms of the increase of licensed guns in Victoria," Gun... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Yahoo! 7 News (Australia)

38847

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

Australia

10 October 2015

The Conversation

Federal MP Bob Katter's recent foray into gun politics shows that having a calm discussion in Australia about firearms can be challenging. In trying to overturn a government ban on a particular type of shotgun, Katter said: "We are emasculating the individual because some city people are scared of firearms. I've bought a bow and arrow now because I think one day they'll ban all guns." Debate is often driven by emotional statements about who is most at risk of being... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: The Conversation

39229

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

Australia

10 September 2015

Bay Post, Australian Associated Press

An old man who littered his Dapto home with hidden firearms – some of them prohibited weapons – left no clues to explain the mystery cache before he died, police say. Twenty never-registered guns were found late last week stuffed inside unlocked cupboards or barely concealed underneath beds. Among the haul were four self-loading rifles, two pump-action shotguns, a self-loading and one shortened firearm. Police also found several thousand rounds of ammunition... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Bay Post, Australian Associated Press

39232

Turkey,Australia,United States

10 September 2015

ABC News (Australia)

The Federal Government has agreed to allow the importation of the Adler lever-action shotgun in a year's time, pending a review into the system. Gun control advocates say the rapid-fire weapon from Turkey should be permanently banned because of its fast firing rate and its eight-round capacity. Mr Howard, who introduced a ban on automatic and semi-automatic weapons following the 1996 Port Arthur massacre, said he did not believe Australians wanted to see weaker... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ABC News (Australia)

38858

Australia

9 September 2015

Moonee Valley Leader

ESSENDON - Sixteen firearms were seized after a crackdown on expired licences in Melbourne's northwest. Police, including members of the operations response unit, swooped on unlicensed firearm owners in Moonee Valley, Hume and Moreland over the August 29-30 weekend. Acting Inspector Anthony Brown said it was about ensuring people were complying with their obligations under the Firearms Act. Future operations, expected to take place in the coming weeks, will also... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Moonee Valley Leader

39120

Australia

20 August 2015

ABC News (Australia)

"…Law abiding shooters are not the problem." [said Senator David Leyonhjelm] He said there were 800,000 shooters in Australia and they were sick of being blamed for the criminal actions of a few. "It's a simple policing matter. There are some people who shouldn't have guns. The police know who they are and it's their job to ensure they don't have guns," he said. "Everybody else who is a law-abiding person, they're not a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ABC News (Australia)

38845

Australia

3 August 2015

Sydney Morning Herald

Gun ownership has surged 10 per cent in NSW in the past five years, with one gun now registered for every nine residents. And the biggest rises in gun ownership are in some of Sydney's most affluent areas, postcodes that encompass Neutral Bay, Pyrmont and Sydney's CBD, where the number of firearms has climbed by more than 60 per cent since 2010. More than 850,000 firearms are now legally registered in NSW. Newcastle recorded an 81 per cent increase in the number of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sydney Morning Herald

39234

Australia,United States

17 July 2015

Trace (USA)

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

Read More: Trace (USA)

38900

Puerto Rico,United States,Guam

15 July 2015

Pacific Daily News (Guam)

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

Read More: Pacific Daily News (Guam)

38869

Australia

14 July 2015

ABC News (Australia)

A Turkish-made shotgun soon to be imported by one of Australia's leading gun lobby figures has become the latest front in a 20-year battle between the lobby and gun control activists. The Adler shotgun is being imported by Robert Nioa, the son-in-law of maverick independent federal MP Bob Katter, and has the appearance of a technological throwback to the American wild west. It uses a lever action to load cartridges in the barrel. But Samantha Lee, the chair of the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ABC News (Australia)

39309

Fiji

23 June 2015

Fiji Times

He was said to have been born in Fiji on February 18, 1945 and was educated in Melbourne, Australia. Known as Mohammed Rafiq Khan, he also used names like Peter Khan, Dr Ralph Khan, Mohammed Rafiq Kahan and sometimes Mohammed Rafiq. According to a report in The Fiji Times on June 3, 1988, he was suspected to be the man behind the shipment of the illegal weapons to Fiji. It was reported that Khan came into prominence in Fiji when he established the Budget Marketing... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Fiji Times

39240

Fiji

16 June 2015

Fiji Times

Shockwaves were sent across the country when the first coup was carried out in 1987 by the military. But what was equally shocking one-year later was the discovery of arms and ammunitions that had been illegally shipped into the country for reasons yet to be known. Customs officers in Australia had intercepted a 12-tonne container filled with illegal arms that was destined for Fiji. Following the discovery, Australian police informed their Fijian counterparts that a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Fiji Times

39239

Fiji

9 June 2015

Fiji Times

He was a detective sergeant based at the Criminal Investigations Department headquarters in Suva when his boss called him. It was May 1988 and he was told by his boss that the Australian authorities had intercepted a container with arms and ammunition bound for Fiji. He was also told that the information from Australian police was that a container with arms and ammunition had already arrived in the country. With years of experience working as a police detective,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Fiji Times

39238

Australia

26 May 2015

ABC News (Australia)

Tracing the source of guns used in crime across Australia is difficult, and the origins of illegal firearms is the subject of significant disagreement among federal lawmakers. A recent Australian Crime Commission report on organised crime said a new database being developed will track the full life of a gun, something law enforcement agencies have never been able to do. But for now, where illegal guns come from remains a hotly debated topic. A Senate inquiry into... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

25 May 2015

Washington Post / Associated Press

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

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Australia

21 May 2015

Age (Melbourne)

A national firearms database has been fast-tracked in the wake of concerns about how Martin Place shooter Man Haron Monis had access to guns. The tracking system will aim to stop the trafficking of firearms across Australia, with authorities convinced that the vast majority of weapons used in organised crime are circulated across the country, rather than imported from overseas. A meeting of the Law, Crime and Community Safety Council on Friday will be told that the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Fiji

6 May 2015

Fiji Times

NUKU'ALOFA - There's a major concern from the Ministry of Police as the number of local weapon holders are increasing as the day goes by and they believe it is critical. Inspector Tevita Fiffita stated that most crime occurred regards weapons are weapons that was either brought in to the country illegally and was being concealed also unlicensed. "There is no approximate estimation as to how many holders there are but we do believe that there are many holders out there... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,Australia

28 April 2015

Australian (Sydney)

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

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United States,Australia

2 April 2015

Daily Telegraph (Sydney)

Firearms squad boss Mick Plotecki has blamed a surprise increase in gun licences in NSW on the influence of popular American gun culture. There are now 215,462 gun licence holders in the state, an increase of over 37,000 in the past five years from 177,675. Detective Superintendent Plotecki said yesterday the American culture was one of the reasons with number of Australians influenced by the US belief in a right to bear arms and the prevalence of guns in movies and... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

24 January 2015

Canberra Times (Australia)

The lure of hunting in NSW national parks has prompted a membership boom at ACT gun clubs. Statistics obtained by the Sunday Canberra Times reveal there are more than 18,000 firearms in the territory, about one for every 20 Canberrans. It's illegal for shooters to hunt vermin in ACT parks, although shooting on private properties is still allowed. Sporting Shooters Association of Australia ACT president David True said they had about 3500 members in the ACT, growing... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

14 January 2015

Australian Associated Press

A Glock pistol found in an Aladdin's cave of drugs and firearms this month allegedly came from an imported guns cache that has featured in high-profile Sydney crimes. More than 200 Glock pistols were illegally funnelled to Australia from Germany before Strike Force Maxworthy smashed the firearms racket in 2012. The pistols have popped up in high-profile crimes, including the shooting of notorious criminal Bassam Hamzy's aunt in March 2013. Maha Hamze was shot in the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

4 January 2015

Northern Territory News

The NT has one of the highest per capita rates of gun ownership in Australia but the lowest rate of firearm-related crime, police have said. The gun control debate has resurfaced on the back of the Sydney Lindt cafe siege. Liberal Democrat Senator David Leyonhjelm went as far as to declare Australia was a "nation of victims". He implied the siege might not have happened were people allowed to carry concealed weapons. NT Police said there were 57,804 firearms... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

8 December 2014

Shanghai Daily (China), Xinhua

MELBOURNE - Australian gun owners who post "selfies" on social media displaying their guns and ammunition could make themselves targets for thieves, police warned on Monday. Police detectives in the state of Victoria have said there has been an influx of social media "firearm selfies" -- people taking pictures of themselves with guns -- which inadvertently advertises gun ownership and can lead to targeted thefts. Senior Sergeant Andrew Armstrong warned that criminals... (GunPolicy.org)

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Samoa

26 November 2014

Samoa Observer

As part of 16 days of activism against gender based violence, the Pacific Small Arms Action Group has launched a report on arms, security and gender in the Pacific. The report cautions Pacific governments that failing to address the gendered impacts of arms and security will lead to ineffective and inefficient policy. Alistair Gee, Executive Director of Act for Peace and a member of the group, called on Pacific Island governments to work together to address the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

25 November 2014

Herald Sun (Melbourne)

Gun traffickers will face a minimum of five years in jail after tough new laws were introduced by the Federal Government. At present criminals caught dealing firearms face no minimum sentence. The new laws, passed on Monday night, also establish new international trafficking offences and will make dealing in individual gun parts an offence. Michael Keenan, the Minister for Justice, said the new laws would "better reflect the gravity of firearms trafficking". Mr... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Caledonia

3 November 2014

National Interest, Opinion

Given the long list of items on the Obama administration's foreign-policy agenda, American neglect of the South Pacific is understandable. There are no vital U.S. interests at stake in the region, and that is unlikely to change anytime soon. Unless, of course, the big strategic picture makes the Melanesian arc of islands as strategically vital as it proved to be during the Battle of Guadalcanal. But I'm not expecting the U.S. cavalry to come to the rescue in the near... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

27 October 2014

The Conversation, Opinion

The recent multiple homicide in a small Victorian township, coming barely a month after a mass shooting in rural New South Wales, may give the impression that firearm-related murders in rural Australia are rampant. It would be easy to attribute this to higher density of gun ownership in country areas relative to cities, particularly where farming is a dominant industry and firearms are "tools of the trade". But understanding gun violence is not that simple. Firearm... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Caledonia

22 October 2014

Le Centre pour le Destin Commun (New Caledonia), Blog

Good morning, my name is Daryl Morini. I am delighted to be here today representing the Centre for a Common Destiny, the first think and do tank in New Caledonia, which I founded last year with a team of young New Caledonians. We provide high-quality, non-partisan policy research and advocacy, specialising in conflict prevention reconciliation and arms control in a local context. Today, I will talk about the background of political tensions, small arms issues and the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

23 September 2014

Australian Associated Press

Queensland police approved 7,712 new weapons licences in 2011 but this rose to 18,178 by 2013. Some 8,913 new licences for first-time applicants were signed off during the first six months of this year alone, compared with 8,528 approvals for all of 2012. This also includes gun owners applying for a new category of licence. Gun Control Australia blamed promotions from sporting shooters for the sharp increase in new gun licences in Queensland. "These people getting... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

10 September 2014

Guardian (Australia)

A body has been recovered from a dam in the NSW Riverina region following the shooting deaths of a woman and her three children. Farmer Geoff Hunt has been missing since the bodies of his wife Kim, 41, and his children Fletcher, 10, Mia, eight and Phoebe, six, were discovered at a property near Wagga Wagga on Tuesday. Police divers entered a dam on Wednesday afternoon and pulled out a body a short time ago. A firearm was also found in the dam. Police said the body... (GunPolicy.org)

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Papua New Guinea

15 August 2014

World Bank News

Reports in both the national and international media and anecdotal evidence indicate that the prevalence of crime and violence is high in Papua New Guinea (PNG). It has become an important obstacle to long-term development. At the request of the Government of PNG, the World Bank conducted a study to better understand the social and economic costs of crime and violence to households, business, government and civil society, and to inform policy directions in managing... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,Australia

12 August 2014

Australian Associated Press

A US man who hid an assault rifle in a DVD player and a 9mm pistol in an Xbox console, and posted them to customers in Australia, has been jailed for two years. Adam Joseph Bunger, 34, wept in a Bowling Green, Kentucky, court when he explained he did it to pay for his girlfriend's college education. "Maybe you should have gotten two extra jobs instead of doing this," replied US District Judge Joseph McKinley, radio station WKU reported. Bunger had pleaded guilty to... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

10 August 2014

ABC News (Australia)

A spike in gun thefts from rural properties prompts a WA police blitz on illegally stored weapons. A spike in gun thefts from rural properties has prompted a West Australian police crackdown on the storage of firearms by licensed owners. During the two-week blitz, officers visited 400 properties, seizing more than 150 illegally stored guns. Police had earlier warned 16,500 gun owners in the Great Southern they would be facing random checks on their firearms storage... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

6 August 2014

ABC News (Australia)

Documents released under Right to Information laws showed a steady increase in gun permit applications with more than 170,124 individual licence holders currently in possession of 566,427 firearms across the state. The figures also show there are 49 people - excluding police, military and dealers - with more than 100 firearms each, up from 32 people in 2013. Last year the number of gun licence applications increased by 30 per cent with 45,870 permits issued. Permits... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

31 July 2014

Inside Story (Australia)

On the chilly Melbourne evening of Sunday 9 August 1987, nineteen-year-old former army cadet Julian Knight drank several beers at the Royal Hotel in Clifton Hill then packed a bag with an M14 semi-automatic, a Ruger 10/22 semi-automatic, and a Mossberg pump action 12-gauge shotgun. As he later told the police, "I wanted to see what it was like to kill someone." Most bullets are less than a centimetre wide, but when they enter a person's body they make a far larger... (GunPolicy.org)

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