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Canada,United States

22 August 2016

CBC News (Canada)

Dear Americans; You're more than welcome to visit Canada, but for goodness sake, leave your guns at home. That's the message from the Canada Border Services Agency on Monday as it launched a firearms awareness campaign, reminding U.S. travellers coming to Canada that their northern neighbour's firearms laws are strict. Canadian laws are different than U.S. ones, the agency reiterated in a news release. The CBSA says most firearms seized at land border crossings are... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

22 August 2016

NBC News (USA)

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

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Germany

20 August 2016

Express (UK)

The AFD has won growing support partly due to the European migrant crisis, which has seen more than one million arrive in the country over the past year. The chairwoman for the party, Frauke Petry, said: "Many people are increasingly feeling unsafe. Every law-abiding citizen should be in a position to defend themselves, their family and their friends. "We all know how long it takes until the police can get to the scene, especially in sparsely populated... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Express (UK)

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United States

18 August 2016

New York Times

Try watching a 4-year-old recount the night when his enraged father shot the little boy's mother and grandfather in front of him. If there's a stronger word than heartbreaking, it would be apt for that story and for the others told in "Making a Killing: Guns, Greed and the N.R.A." "The N.R.A. creates fear in order to sell more guns and make more money for gun manufacturers," says one victim of gun violence. That and other arguments in this documentary are backed up... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

18 August 2016

Ici Radio Canada

[Translated summary: The Trudeau government has officially said no to a petition signed by 25,249 Canadians and sponsored by a conservative party member. The petition demanded the declassification of the AR-15 assault rifle rifle as a restricted weapon in order to be able to use it legally for hunting.] Le gouvernement Trudeau a officiellement dit non aux signataires d'une pétition qui réclamait la déclassification d'un fusil d'assaut semblable à celui qui a été... (GunPolicy.org)

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Belgium

17 August 2016

Radio Télévision Belge Francophone (Belgium)

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

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Namibia

17 August 2016

New Era (Namibia)

Over the years Namibia has seen a steady escalation in violent crimes ranging from suicide to so-called crimes of passion that have resulted in hundreds of lives lost. Many of these incidents are attributed to the fact that too many people can too easily easily buy guns of their choice. Now proposed new amendments to the Arms and Ammunition Act are expected to make it harder to acquire a firearm license, especially small arms, like pistols. Amongst others, the new... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Era (Namibia)

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United States

12 August 2016

ThinkProgress (USA)

The United States seems to be in a perpetual cycle mourning mass shootings in the country. This year alone, there have already been 233 mass shootings, where four or more victims were shot, leaving 310 dead and 930 injured. But every time another shooting happens, advocates pop up arguing that more guns don't actually lead to more violence and stall the much-needed conversation about gun control. John Lott is, if not the most influential, certainly the most prolific... (GunPolicy.org)

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Nigeria

11 August 2016

Daily Trust (Abuja), Editorial

At the National Consultation on Physical Security and Stockpile Management (PSSM) in Abuja, organized by the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa (UNREC) and the Presidential Committee on Small Arms and Light Weapons (PRESCOM), it was revealed that Nigeria hosts 350 million or 70 per cent of the 500 million illegal arms in West Africa. UNREC's director, Ms Olatokunbo Ige, provided the statistics during the consultation in Abuja and said... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Trust (Abuja)

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India

11 August 2016

India Times

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

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Colombia

10 August 2016

El Pueblo (Colombia), Redacción Cali

[Translated summary: In Colombia, 85% of homicides are caused by firearms and 80% of them remain unpunished. Colombia's Senator, Jorge Iván Ospina, will submit a bill that establishes the National Register of Ballistic Identification for firearms. This will allow police to know when legal weapons are used in crimes.] El Senador Jorge Iván Ospina del Partido Alianza Verde presentará el Proyecto de Ley que establece el Registro Nacional de Identificación Balística... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: El Pueblo (Colombia), Redacción Cali

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United Arab Emirates,Germany,Turkey,Saudi Arabia,Jordan,Syria,Eastern Europe

9 August 2016

Deutsche Welle

War-torn Syria is full of arms: thousands of AK47 assault rifles, machine guns, mortar shells, rocket launchers and anti-tank weapons, aging T-55 and T-72 tanks. Most are believed to come from the following countries: Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Montenegro, Serbia and Romania. They reach Syria via a circuitous route. First, they are sent by air or sea to Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates or Turkey – then on from there to the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Chile

8 August 2016

La Tercera (Chile)

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

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Colombia

5 August 2016

El Espectador (Colombia)

[Translated Summary: In the Colombian peace process, there is a strict plan for the FARC cease-fire. This agreement includes monitoring and verification, rules for the definitive cessation of bilateral hostilities, and the surrender of firearms which should finish within the next 180 days.] El jefe negociador también señaló que la próxima semana los delegados del Gobierno y las Farc harán recorrerán las zonas veredales que recibirán a la guerrilla para la... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

5 August 2016

New York Times, Associated Press

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

Read More: New York Times, Associated Press

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United Kingdom,United States

4 August 2016

MRC Tv (USA)

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

Read More: MRC Tv (USA)

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United States

4 August 2016

Guardian

Gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson has donated $500,000 to the US's largest gun industry trade body to help its fightback against the Massachusetts attorney general's ban on the sale of assault rifles to civilians. Smith & Wesson, whose shares this week hit a record high on the back of increasing demand for its assault rifles and other guns, said it had donated the money to the National Shooting Sports Foundation's (NSSF) battle against "arbitrary government action that... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian

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France,Germany,Europe,Czech Republic

3 August 2016

New American (USA)

Reflecting a startling change of heart, Czech Republic President Miloš Zeman (shown), once opposed to private civilian ownership of firearms for self-defense, told local Czech newspaper Blesk: "Earlier I spoke often about limiting the ability [of citizens] to have large quantities of weapons. But after the terrorist attacks [in France], I have changed the idea." He is now pushing the Czech parliament to adopt a new law that would allow citizens to purchase, keep, and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New American (USA)

39658

United States

1 August 2016

New York Times, Reuters

A new law went into effect in Texas on Monday that allows certain students to bring guns into classrooms, with supporters saying it could prevent mass shootings and critics saying the measure will endanger safety on campuses. The so-called state "campus carry" law allows people 21 and older with a concealed handgun license to carry pistols in classrooms and most buildings throughout public universities, including the University of Texas system, one of the nation's... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times, Reuters

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Spain

1 August 2016

El Correo (Spain)

[Translated Summary: According to data from the Spanish military police, 105,315 firearm licences exist in the Galician community. 169,208 registered firearms are linked to those licences, most of them shotguns used for hunting. This number does not include blank firing guns, whose owners must be older than 18 and show ID at purchase.] En Galicia existen más de cien mil personas con licencia para poseerlas // La mayor parte son escopetas de caza, cuyo número duplica... (GunPolicy.org)

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France

1 August 2016

Sputnik News (France)

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

Read More: Sputnik News (France)

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Virgin Islands (US)

1 August 2016

The Virgin Islands Consortium

Governor Kenneth Mapp has signed into law a measure requiring all guns coming into the territory be registered at ports of entry — including sea and land. The bill's sponsor, Senator Tregenza A. Roach, says it was forged based on complaints by Virgin Islands Police Department officials, who argued that weapons that are not registered eventually fall into the wrong hands and cannot be tracked. Mr. Roach, who said he has a "growing concern" for the escalation of gun... (GunPolicy.org)

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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

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India

1 August 2016

Washington Post

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

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United States

28 July 2016

EurekAlert (US)

NEW YORK -- Researchers from Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) and New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI) have found that legislation reducing access to firearms has lowered firearm suicide rates in other countries. This finding is based on evidence from around the world on the relationship between firearm ownership and firearm suicide rates. The report was published recently in the American Journal of Psychiatry. To reduce firearm suicide rates in the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: EurekAlert (US)

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India

28 July 2016

Hindustan Times (Delhi)

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

Read More: Hindustan Times (Delhi)

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Spain

27 July 2016

La Voz de Galicia (Spain)

[Translated summary: Applicants for firearm licences in Spain must prove good physical and mental health and the necessary knowledge to store and handle them. Some firearms with historic or artistic value are exempt from licences. Minors between 14 and 18 years of age can obtain special authorizations to own some types of firearms, but only for hunting and sport.] La legislación que regula el uso de armas en España tiene muy en cuenta que la persona que las utiliza... (GunPolicy.org)

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Peru

27 July 2016

Gestion (Peru)

[Translated summary: Peru has enacted new rules for its 242,000 firearm owners. Their licences will last 3 years and each of their firearms will have a permanent registration certificate, eliminating the need to renew it. Any person with criminal records will be banned from getting a licence. It is estimated that there are currently 380,000 firearms in civilian possession.] La tenencia legal de armas de fuego se regía por una ley de 1989, pero esto cambió el 7 de... (GunPolicy.org)

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Uganda,Burundi,Tanzania,Kenya,Rwanda

26 July 2016

New Times (Rwanda)

East African Community (EAC) member countries are meeting in Kigali for a validation workshop on the study by the Regional Centre on Small Arms (RECSA) on the status of armed crimes in Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. The report dubbed 'Analysis of Armed Crime Rates' released yesterday, in Kigali was conducted between 2010 and March 2016 with the support of African Development Bank (AfDB). According to the report, Rwanda registered 421 cases related to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Times (Rwanda)

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United States

25 July 2016

Digital Trends (USA)

Signed into law last week by California Governor Jerry Brown, anyone that attempts to create a homemade firearm with technology like a 3D printer will be required to apply for a serial number from the state's Department of Justice. This new law is also designed to close a loophole that's allowed gun enthusiasts to sell "unfinished receivers;" items like the core frame of a firearm as well as ammunition feeders and firing pins. The serial number, or another form of... (GunPolicy.org)

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Germany,European Union

24 July 2016

Telegraph (UK)

The German government has called for EU-wide gun controls in the wake of the Munich shootings, as it emerged the teenage attacker bought a gun on the "dark web". One of the mysteries of the attack has been how Ali Sonboly managed to get hold of a Glock handgun and the 300 rounds of ammunition police found in his backpack. Police now believe he bought the gun on the so-called "dark web", an area of the internet not accessible without special software, used by criminals... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Telegraph (UK)

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Germany

23 July 2016

Daily Mail (UK)

BERLIN/FRANKFURT - An 18-year-old German-Iranian believed to have acted alone killed nine people in a shooting spree with a pistol at a busy shopping centre in Munich on Friday evening. Here are some facts about acquiring and owning a gun in Germany. 1. Germany has some of the "most stringent" rules around gun control in Europe, according to the U.S. Library of Congress. (https://www.loc.gov/law/help/firearms-control/germany.php#t1) 2. To own a gun in Germany, it is... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Mail (UK)

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United States

21 July 2016

The Trace (USA)

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

Read More: The Trace (USA)

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Dominican Republic

19 July 2016

Al Momento (Dominican Republic)

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

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United States

19 July 2016

Guardian

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

Read More: Guardian

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United States

19 July 2016

Breitbart

Gun store owners in California say the demand for AR-15s has skyrocketed in the wake of the new gun controls signed by Governor Jerry Brown on July 1. Among those controls is a law that will enhance the state's ban on "assault weapons." According to KION, Ray Parga, owner of Marina's Del Valle Gunsmithing, said "California compliant rifles" sold so fast they are now "now-existent" on store shelves. Moreover, he said, demand is so great that the incoming shipments of... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

19 July 2016

Nation (USA)

Cleveland —The National Rifle Association sent its top lobbyist, Chris Cox, onto the stage at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday night. Keeping with the theme of the proceedings—scary people are coming to kill you—Cox told a little parable: Imagine a young mother at home with her baby, when a violent predator kicks the door in. He's a three-time loser who was released from prison early because some politician wanted to show their compassion. What's she... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Nation (USA)

39592

United States

18 July 2016

Guardian, Opinion

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

Read More: Guardian

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United States

18 July 2016

New York Times

What does it mean to consider gun violence a public health problem, especially when it comes to children? The American Academy of Pediatrics announced the development of a new initiative last week reacting to the violence in St. Paul, Baton Rouge and Dallas, an attempt as pediatricians to find ways to protect children, adolescents and young adults. This isn't a new issue for the academy; the existing policy on firearm injuries in children emphasizes the importance of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

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Mexico,Central America,United States,South America

17 July 2016

RT (Moscow)

[Translated Summary: According to a Peruvian journalist, the abundance of firearms in any Latin American country is almost always directly proportional to its proximity to the local superpower. In 2014, over 28,000 American firearms valued at US$21.6 million entered legally to Mexico, but every year an average of 212,000 firearms enter illegally.] En América Latina se registran 76.000 muertes por año vinculadas al uso de armas de fuego. Sobre este total la mayoría... (GunPolicy.org)

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Philippines

15 July 2016

Philippine Daily Inquirer

Getting a gun permit just became easier, with the Philippine National Police reducing the number of requirements needed and streamlining the application process to shorten the wait for its release. PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa said the 10 requirements for a license to own and possess firearms (LTOPF) have been reduced to just four: the neuro-psychiatric screening, drug test, police clearance and the RTC/MTC or NBI clearance. "As we are streamlining the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Philippine Daily Inquirer

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Ghana

14 July 2016

Graphic (Ghana)

The National Small Arms Commission (NSAC) says it is working with the security agencies to consider offering amnesty to people who possess unlicensed guns as part of a strategy to mop up the 1.1 million illicit arms in the country. "The records suggest that when people have their weapons legally registered, they normally don't use them in committing crime and always keep an eye on them," the Executive Director of the commission, Mr Jones Applerh, told the Daily... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Graphic (Ghana)

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European Union

13 July 2016

New Europe (Belgium)

EU countries will have to introduce stronger controls on "blank-firing" guns, to prevent them being converted to fire live ammunition, under Internal Market Committee amendments, voted on Wednesday, to a draft update of the EU firearms directive. The changes approved by MEPs ensure that any firearm which has been converted to firing blanks continues to be covered by EU gun control rules. This closes a legal loophole which became evident in the aftermath of last year's... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Europe (Belgium)

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Ghana

11 July 2016

Graphic Online (Ghana)

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

Read More: Graphic Online (Ghana)

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United States

11 July 2016

Los Angeles Times

Remember this drivel? "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun." Well, that gun lobby rubbish was again disproved in Dallas. Twelve good guys — law enforcement men and women trained to shoot — were stopped by one bad guy. Five officers were killed and seven wounded. Two civilians also were injured before the bad guy was finally stopped by a bomb-carrying robot. How many good guys with guns were there trying to subdue this bad... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Los Angeles Times

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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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United States

10 July 2016

New York Times

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

Read More: New York Times

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Italy

9 July 2016

Corriere Milano (Italy)

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

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39557

United States

8 July 2016

National Observer (USA)

Five police officers were killed in a Dallas mass-shooting Thursday night, blocks away from where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated 53 years ago. Twelve police officers and two civilians were shot during the attack that saw one sniper — who targeted white police — open fire on officers working a peaceful protest in response to police shootings in Minnesota and Louisiana. In Dallas, the shooter, 25-year-old Micah Johnson, was trained in the military and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: National Observer (USA)

39565

United States

6 July 2016

Dallas Morning News (Texas)

AUSTIN — Three professors at the University of Texas at Austin have sued the state over a new law that will allow the carrying of concealed handguns on campus starting Aug. 1. Jennifer Lynn Glass, Mia Carter and Lisa Moore filed the lawsuit Monday in federal court. They've named Attorney General Ken Paxton, UT-Austin President Greg Fenves and the nine members of the UT System Board of Regents as defendants. They noted that the law takes effect on the 50th anniversary... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Dallas Morning News (Texas)

39563

United States

1 July 2016

New York Times, Editorial

It's a good thing Congress passed a law in 1996 barring people convicted of domestic violence from buying or owning guns. Today, despite horrifyingly frequent mass shootings and yearly gun deaths topping 30,000, lawmakers, nearly all of them Republican, stand in lock-step formation against even modest gun-control efforts — like preventing people suspected of terrorist ties from easily buying firearms. Twenty years ago, in a somewhat less warped political universe,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

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Laos,United States

30 June 2016

Los Angeles Times

Spurred by outrage over recent mass shootings, California lawmakers on Thursday sent Gov. Jerry Brown a sweeping package of gun control bills, including a ban on the sale of semi-automatic rifles with detachable magazines, background checks for those buying ammunition and new restrictions on homemade firearms. The flood of bills was introduced in response to the December terrorist attack in San Bernardino that killed 14 people at a holiday party, but momentum for... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Los Angeles Times

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Nigeria

29 June 2016

Nation (Nigeria)

The National Task Force on Illegal Importation of Small Arms, Ammunition and Light Weapons has urged the Federal Government to curb the proliferation of arms. This followed attacks in Ogun State and other parts of the country by suspected militants. It said the first step towards tackling insecurity was to enforce an effective mopping up of illegally imported arms, ammunition and light weapons. The Southwest Coordinator of the organisation, Col. Anthony Awote (rtd),... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Nation (Nigeria)

39523

United States

28 June 2016

Weekly Standard (USA)

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer used logic frequently employed by pro-gun advocates to help justify his majority opinion in the Texas abortion clinic case decided Monday. As John McCormack reported, the Court struck down a Texas statute that compelled, in part, abortion clinics to upgrade their facilities to match the standards of surgical centers. Such a requirement calls to mind the story of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell, who operated a squalid... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Weekly Standard (USA)

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Canada

28 June 2016

CBC News (Canada)

Weapons like the AR-15 are more difficult to obtain in Canada than in the U.S., according to P.E.I.'s director of public safety. "I think the gun culture in Canada is much different than the gun culture in the U.S. from what we see in media and what's reported," said Aaron Campbell. "The interest in the safety of the public is something that is well-considered under the federal Firearms Act to ensure that communities are safe." There are 1,297 restricted firearm... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CBC News (Canada)

39537

United States

28 June 2016

MSNBC News (USA)

A bipartisan group of senators recently endorsed a bill to limit suspected terrorists from buying guns. "I hope we can pass this," Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told reporters seven days ago. "Let's put it this way: If we can't pass this, it truly is a broken system." A week later, it's getting easier to say it really is a broken system. Last week, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) presented a compromise bill, which would make it "illegal for anyone on the federal "no-fly... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: MSNBC News (USA)

39536

South Africa

27 June 2016

Rand Daily Mail (South Africa)

Fewer people are being shot dead in South Africa thanks to stricter gun legislation, according to a 17-year study drawing on mortuary data. SA Medical Council researcher Richard Matzopoulos, writing in this month's edition of SA Medical Journal, said this is proof that gun control works. The gun-related deaths dropped from about 9540 a year between 1997 and 2000 to 3793 around 2007, a decrease of more than 60%. This coincided with the gradual implementation of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Rand Daily Mail (South Africa)

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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

United States

25 June 2016

Time (USA)

Hawaii passed a law making it the first state to put gun owners on a federal criminal record database and monitor them. Hawaii Governor David Ige signed the bill Thursday, which allows police to enroll firearms applicants and individuals who are registering their firearms into "Rap Back," a Federal Bureau of Investigation database that monitors criminal activities by people under investigation or in positions of trust, Reuters reported. The law takes effect... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Time (USA)

39503

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

23 June 2016

Newshub (New Zealand)

Chaos in the US House of Representatives has stretched into a second day after Republicans refused demands by Democrats, who staged a "sit-in", to bring up gun control legislation in the wake of the nation's worst mass shooting in modern history. Scores of Democrats flooded the chamber for more than 14 hours, sitting on the floor and chanting in a "sit-in" protest, taking over the House even as the Republican leadership shut off television cameras and microphones as... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Newshub (New Zealand)

39511

United States

23 June 2016

Sputnik News (Russia)

WASHINGTON — By a vote of 46-52, the Senate agreed not to table the amendment offered by Senator Susan Collins. Now the entire Senate will have to vote on her amendment. The bill would enable US citizens and individuals with permanent residence status who are on the no-fly list to appeal to the US government for redress. In addition, US law enforcement would be informed for a period of five years of firearm purchases by anyone who is placed on the government's watch... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sputnik News (Russia)

39510

United States

23 June 2016

Time (USA)

In the wake of the Senate's defeat of gun control legislation earlier this week, many Democrats are savoring the opportunity to bash Republicans for blocking efforts to deny guns to "suspected terrorists." With polls showing that 90% of Americans favor such restrictions, the defeat is a propaganda coup: a chance to convince Americans that Republicans will obstruct gun control restrictions even when those restrictions appear to be no-brainers. Meanwhile Republicans, who... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Time (USA)

39509

United States

23 June 2016

Vox (USA)

The National Rifle Association donates millions of dollars every year to Republican lawmakers in Congress. And those same Republicans line up uniformly to block proposed gun control legislation. The implication of these two facts appears obvious: Politicians are refusing to stem the bloodshed of gun violence because they're getting what amounts to a legal bribe from lobbyists. Indeed, this familiar refrain was widely echoed again after a 15-hour Senate filibuster to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Vox (USA)

39508

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)

Read More: RT-TV Novosti (Russia)

39484

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

United Kingdom

22 June 2016

Guardian

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

Read More: Guardian

39502

Dominican Republic

22 June 2016

Listin Diario (Dominican Republic)

[Translated Summary: 20,455 people have been shot dead in the Dominican Republic in the past 15 years. Guns, parts and ammunition worth US$40.3 million have been imported in the past seven years. Also, there are 878 rifles, 55,360 shotguns and 165,315 handguns held legally by the civilian population, but more than 300,000 illegally.] El auge de la delincuencia, cada vez más violenta y asesina, es uno de los graves problemas que acusa a la sociedad dominicana en estos... (GunPolicy.org)

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39497

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)

Read More: Wall Street Journal

39482

United States

22 June 2016

NBC News (USA)

American doctors should join the increasingly bitter battle on gun control, the influential New England Journal of Medicine said Wednesday. The medical journal's editorial board joined a growing group of medical professionals taking side in the highly politicized gun debate, even as Democrats staged a sit-in on the floor of Congress and the Senate voted against four proposed firearms measures. "The devastation wrought by firearms is not inevitable, and to consider... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: NBC News (USA)

39479

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

United States

21 June 2016

New York Times

At one time, military-style assault rifles like the ones used at a nightclub in Orlando, Fla., and in other mass shootings represented a relatively small segment of sales for gun manufacturers. But in recent decades, such guns serve as one of the two financial pillars of the firearms industry, along with smaller handguns that are designed to be concealed, which have been the biggest driver of sales. Together, the popularity of the assault rifles and small handguns... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

39501

United States

21 June 2016

Guardian

A disturbed man with an AR-15-style rifle walked through a popular historic site in 1996, shooting up the cafe and gift shop. He left 35 people dead and 19 seriously injured. The country's conservative leader pushed through immediate, sweeping changes to gun laws. Chief among them was a ban and mandatory buyback of more than 600,000 semiautomatic rifles and other long guns, which were then melted down. In all, one researcher estimates, the government ultimately... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian

39471

Slovakia,United Kingdom

20 June 2016

The Conversation (USA)

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

Read More: The Conversation (USA)

39600

United States

20 June 2016

Teen Vogue

The monstrous shooting at Pulse, an LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando, Florida, two Sundays ago has brought America's lax gun laws back into tragic focus. The killer, 29-year-old Omar Mateen, used a 9mm Glock 17 and a Sig Sauer MCX assault rifle that he purchased legally — despite investigations in 2013 and 2014 by the Federal Bureau of Investigations for his potential ties to terrorism. The U.S. has the highest rate of gun ownership in the world, according to data... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Teen Vogue

39490

United States

20 June 2016

New York Times

WASHINGTON — They are members of the Club Nobody Wants to Be a Part Of. And their numbers are growing. With every mass shooting in America, a somber scene replays itself here. Victims' families and survivors of massacres — Columbine, Virginia Tech, Aurora, Tucson, Sandy Hook, Charleston, San Bernardino — traipse up to Capitol Hill. They knock on lawmakers' doors, attend news conferences and bear witness to Senate votes on gun measures that almost never pass. So... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

39489

United States

20 June 2016

Guardian

The US Senate failed to advance new restrictions aimed at curtailing gun violence on Monday, as lawmakers voted down four separate measures just one week after a terrorist attack in Orlando marked the deadliest mass shooting in the nation's history. Democrats and Republicans had put forth competing amendments to both strengthen background checks and prevent suspected terrorists from purchasing firearms. But all four bills fell short of the 60 votes needed to clear a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian

39487

United States

19 June 2016

Telegraph (UK)

Karen McCloud and her girlfriend fired round after round, the bullets hitting the human shaped silhouette down range in the head and chest. A former soldier, Ms McCloud was a straight shot. Her hands steady, her breathing calm, she squeezed the trigger of her 9mm handgun, the hot casings falling to the floor. "Bad people have guns, and the only people who can stop them are the good people with guns," she said, reloading her weapon. "And that's exactly what went wrong... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Telegraph (UK)

39488

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)

Read More: Les Nouvelles Calédonies (Nouméa)

39440

United States

17 June 2016

Science/AAAS (USA)

Four days after a mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, left 49 people dead and 53 injured, California's state legislature voted yesterday to establish a $5-million firearm violence research center within the University of California (UC)—the first such publicly charted center in the country. "Acts of firearm violence like Sunday's horrific mass shooting in Orlando leave us searching for answers. California made finding those answers a priority,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Science/AAAS (USA)

39442

United States

17 June 2016

Wired (San Francisco)

Scientists have been collecting data on car crash deaths and casualties for decades. Studies of the dangers of tobacco number in the many hundreds. But the US government has never funded a research center to study gun violence. Yesterday, the California legislature approved a budget allocating $5 million to establish the California Firearm Violence Research Center. This information really wants to be free. What scientists don't know about the public health impact of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Wired (San Francisco)

39441

United Kingdom

17 June 2016

CNN

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

Read More: CNN

39439

United Kingdom

16 June 2016

Washington Post

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

Read More: Washington Post

39474

Germany

16 June 2016

Local (Germany)

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

Read More: Local (Germany)

39452

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

United Kingdom

16 June 2016

Time (USA)

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

Read More: Time (USA)

39444

Canada

16 June 2016

Washington Post

OTTAWA – The timing for Canadian gun enthusiasts couldn't have been much worse. Just a few weeks ago, they presented an online petition to Canada's Parliament urging the government to loosen its severe restrictions on the AR-15 rifle. More than 25,000 Canadians signed the petition from a group calling itself the Lawful Firearm Owners of Canada urging the government to take the AR-15 off the list of officially "restricted" firearms and allow it to be used for hunting.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post

39443

United States

16 June 2016

New York Times

WASHINGTON — It didn't happen after a congresswoman was shot in the head at an official event. It didn't happen after 20 children were gunned down in their elementary school classrooms. It didn't happen after terrorists fired on a holiday party at an agency that provided services for people with disabilities in Southern California. Now, after the worst mass shooting in American history, major new gun control legislation is still not likely to pass in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

39437

United States

16 June 2016

ABC News (USA)

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention studies a variety of public health threats every year, from infectious diseases to automobile safety. But for 15 years, the CDC has avoided comprehensive research on one of the top causes of death in the U.S.: firearms. While the CDC keeps surveillance data on gun injuries and deaths, it has not funded a study aimed at reducing harm from guns since 2001. The CDC estimates that firearms are one of the top five causes... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ABC News (USA)

39436

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

United States

16 June 2016

Lois Wolk News, Media release

SACRAMENTO — California's State Legislature voted late yesterday to establish a firearm violence research center at the University of California, filling the gap left by Congressional restrictions on firearms research, four days after the deadliest mass shooting in American history. "Acts of firearm violence like Sunday's horrific mass shooting in Orlando leave us searching for answers. California made finding those answers a priority, taking leadership once again... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Lois Wolk News

39422

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

15 June 2016

The Conversation

The Second Amendment to the Constitution is a touchstone for the many people who identify with American society's enduring affinity for firearms. And every time there is an atrocity, such as the mass shooting in Orlando, debate inevitably settles on how this part of the Constitution effectively prevents the adoption of workable gun control measures. But ironically, the Amendment played almost no substantial part in legal or constitutional jurisprudence involving gun... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: The Conversation

39429

United States

15 June 2016

Washington Post

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and some vulnerable GOP lawmakers signaled Wednesday that they are open to changing the nation's gun laws, raising the possibility that the political tide might be shifting on an issue that has sharply divided Americans for years. This isn't the first time a mass shooting, in this case the massacre in Orlando that killed 49 people this week, has sparked a national cry for congressional action on gun availability.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post

39428

United States

15 June 2016

Salon (USA)

The House of Representatives acknowledged the victims of last weekend's Orlando massacre in predictable fashion on Monday: not with discussion of why a man once on an FBI terror watchlist was able to legally purchase the guns he used to kill at least 49 people, but with a time-honored ritual that has become so commonplace as to lose all meaning: the moment of silence. Speaker Paul Ryan called for the obligatory gesture, bowed his head for a few seconds, and then... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Salon (USA)

39427

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

Germany

15 June 2016

Los Angeles Times

Tough gun control laws in Germany that were rigorously tightened after two ghastly school shootings in 2002 and 2009 have helped cut the number of firearm killings in half to about 50 a year, according to experts. Germans are known to admire America and its freedoms, but they were horrified by the arrival of distinctly American-style school shootings in their backyard in Erfurt in 2002 and Winnenden in 2009. They have been equally as shocked by the shooting deaths by a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Los Angeles Times

39421

Bolivia

14 June 2016

Erbol Digital (Bolivia)

[Translated Summary: The Bolivian Government will relaunch the Register of Firearms for Civilian Use to encourage civilians to register their guns. Since the Register was launched, 3,060 firearms have been registered. Civilians with illegal guns could face six months to six years of prison.] El Ministerio de Gobierno a través del Viceministerio de Régimen Interior y Policía realizará el próximo martes 14 de junio, el relanzamiento del Registro de Armas de Fuego de... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Erbol Digital (Bolivia)

39453

United States

14 June 2016

New York Times

A mass shooting takes place, followed by emotional vigils, intensive news media coverage and sorrowful statements by politicians. But what does it actually mean for laws and policies around guns? Lots of gun laws are proposed in the aftermath of an attack, new research shows. But in terms of what actually is enacted, the results aren't what you might expect. In states where a mass shooting happened, 15 percent more gun-related bills were introduced in state... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

39420

United States

14 June 2016

National Public Radio (USA)

Days after the deadly mass shooting in Orlando, Fla., the American Medical Association says it is adopting a policy calling gun violence in the U.S. "a public health crisis," and it says it will actively lobby Congress to overturn 20-year-old legislation blocking research on gun violence by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Even as America faces a crisis unrivaled in any other developed country, the Congress prohibits the CDC from conducting the very... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: National Public Radio (USA)

39419

United States

13 June 2016

Guardian

In preparation for what would become the deadliest mass shooting in American history, Omar Mateen bought an .223 caliber AR-15-style assault rifle and a 9mm semiautomatic pistol, law enforcement officials said. The shooters in December's San Bernardino terror attack also used AR-15-style rifles. So did the shooters in the 2012 attacks at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, and an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. Critics call AR-15-style rifles the weapon of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian

39534

United States

13 June 2016

Malay Mail (Kuala Lumpur)

WASHINGTON — When Omar Mateen entered an Orlando, Florida, nightclub yesterday to carry out the deadliest mass shooting in US history, he wielded a weapon that has been used in massacres from California to Connecticut: a military-inspired semi-automatic rifle. Though so-called assault rifles account for a small fraction of the United States' 30,000 annual gun deaths, they have been used in at least 10 mass shootings since 2011, according to a database compiled by... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Malay Mail (Kuala Lumpur)

39416

United States

13 June 2016

Guardian

Gun company shares soared on Monday as traders predicted that Americans will react to the Orlando massacre by rushing out to arm themselves with more guns. Shares in the two biggest listed US gun manufacturers Smith & Wesson and Sturm Ruger & Co rose by 11% and 10% in early trading and ended the day up 6.8% and 8.5% respectively. Gun companies shares have risen strongly after every recent mass shooting incident as investors speculate that the atrocities might lead to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian

39415

Japan

13 June 2016

Japan Times

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga has vowed to tighten security to protect Japanese citizens both at home and abroad after a gunman killed scores at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. But exactly how at risk of a mass shooting is Japan? Statistics show that Japan, known for its strict gun-control laws, is one of the safest countries in the world as far as gun violence is concerned. According to GunPolicy.org, a website run by the University of Sydney, Japan... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Japan Times

39411

United States

13 June 2016

Huffington Post (USA)

America's gun laws are being challenged once more in the wake of the Orlando nightclub shooting. More than 50 people were injured and 49 died after Omar Mateen opened fire at the Pulse nightclub in the early hours of Sunday morning. Mateen, who was killed in a shootout with police, was armed with an AR-15 assault type rifle, a handgun and an explosive device. The 29-year-old purchased at least two firearms legally within the last week or so, said Trevor Velinor of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Huffington Post (USA)

39410

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

United States

12 June 2016

Everytown for Gun Safety

In the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, a gunman shot and killed at least 49 people and shot and injured at least 53 others inside Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, FL. According to a law enforcement source, the gunman had been a person of interest in two FBI investigations in 2013 and 2014 and at the time was placed on a terrorist watch list. Due to a loophole in federal law, the government is unable to block gun sales to people who have been investigated for... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Everytown for Gun Safety

39458

United States

10 June 2016

The Hill

Gen. David Petraeus and retired astronaut Mark Kelly announced Friday they are forming a new gun control group for veterans. The Veterans Coalition for Common Sense will push to strengthen gun background check laws and help prevent veterans from committing suicide. It pointed to several alarming statistics about the military and gun violence. According to the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), about 22 veterans kill themselves each day. Since September 11, 2001, more... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: The Hill

39434

European Union,Switzerland

10 June 2016

SwissInfo

European Union countries agreed on Friday on new measures to tighten gun controls in the wake of the deadly attacks in Paris last year. Switzerland has gained a special clause to allow its militia army soldiers to keep their guns at home. Although not an EU-member, the Swiss are obliged to follow the move as they have signed up to the cross-border Schengen agreement. This allows for passport-free travel within its 26 signatories, and thus potentially for the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: SwissInfo

39433

European Union

10 June 2016

EUObserver (Belgium)

EU interior ministers agreed on Friday (10 June) to tighten gun control rules in the aftermath of the Paris and Brussels terror attacks. The proposal, which still needs to be ratified by the European Parliament, includes an EU-wide regime on deactivated firearms. Deactivated arms can be restored for use by criminals, but some member states had said the new requirements would harm collectors and hunters. The new rules aim to make it easier to track down illegal guns... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: EUObserver (Belgium)

39432

European Union

10 June 2016

Daily Caller

The European Union's interior minister agreed to stricter gun controls Friday in response to the recent wave of terror attacks in France and Belgium. The deal adds weapons to the list of banned items that civilians can purchase. It was originally meant to be enforced on all, but will leave room for recreational shooters and collectors. The European Commission proposed measures to the EU's firearms legislation days after the Nov. 13 terror attacks in Paris. The... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Caller

39431

European Union

10 June 2016

Breitbart News Network

VISNOVA/LUXEMBOURG – European Union governments should agree tighter gun control laws on Friday in the wake of Islamist shooting attacks in France and Belgium, despite opposition from some states which say they will hurt only law-abiding enthusiasts. The Czech Republic is among the loudest critics of rules that EU officials expect to secure comfortable majority backing when the 28 interior ministers meet in Luxembourg on Friday. It argues the measures will not... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Breitbart News Network

39395

United States

9 June 2016

New York Times

A federal appeals court in San Francisco ruled Thursday that the Second Amendment of the Constitution does not guarantee the right of gun owners to carry concealed weapons in public places, upholding a California law that imposes stringent conditions on who may be granted a concealed-carry permit. The 7-to-4 ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in San Francisco, overturned a decision by a three-judge panel of the same court and was a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

39425

United States

9 June 2016

Los Angeles Times

A federal appeals court ruling that gave gun control advocates a major victory Thursday underscored California's rising importance as a center of legal and political battles over guns. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decided in a 7-4 ruling that California counties may restrict permits for carrying concealed firearms in public. That decision overturned a 2014 ruling that prompted some California counties to relax their rules. "It should not be minimized how... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Los Angeles Times

39424

Canada

9 June 2016

Ici Radio Canada

[Translated Summary: Starting in 2018, Quebec will have its own firearm registry. The new law states that all firearms on Quebec territory must be registered with a unique number and recorded in a file. The measure has not been well received by everyone, specially in the rural regions where there are many hunters.] Le projet de loi 64 sur l'immatriculation des armes à feu a été adopté jeudi, en fin de journée, à l'Assemblée nationale du Québec. Il vise à... (GunPolicy.org)

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39412

United States

9 June 2016

New York Times

LOS ANGELES — A federal appeals court in San Francisco ruled Thursday that the Second Amendment of the Constitution does not guarantee the right of gun owners to carry concealed weapons in public places, upholding a California law that imposes stringent conditions on who may be granted a concealed-carry permit. The 7-to-4 ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in San Francisco, overturned a decision by a three-judge panel of the same... (GunPolicy.org)

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39397

Dominican Republic

8 June 2016

El Nuevo Diario (Dominican Republic)

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

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39414

United States

8 June 2016

The Trace (USA)

For the first time in a decade, the firearms industry has become a primary target in the gun debate. The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton regularly hammered Bernie Sanders during the primaries over his vote for a 2005 law that grants gun manufacturers and retailers broad immunity from liability lawsuits. And the families of Sandy Hook victims are now challenging that legislation in a lawsuit against Remington, the parent company for the... (GunPolicy.org)

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39391

United Kingdom

8 June 2016

Liberal Democrat Voice (UK)

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

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39390

United States

7 June 2016

Guns.com

Legislation will be brought up Tuesday in the House to replace the troubled Pennsylvania Instant Check System that has long drawn the ire of gun rights advocates. The proposal to scuttle the system in favor of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Instant Background Check System, is backed by Republican Speaker Mike Turzai and currently has over 70 bipartisan sponsors. "The PICS system duplicates the background check which is already completed when a NICS... (GunPolicy.org)

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39404

United States

7 June 2016

Sun Journal (Maine), Associated Press

AUGUSTA — Maine gun safety advocates preparing for a big, costly fight over a background checks measure on the November ballot have received more than $3 million from a nonprofit backed by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Maine voters this fall will consider an initiative requiring background checks before gun transfers and sales between unlicensed firearm dealers. The measure has family, hunting and self-defense exceptions. Federal law requires... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sun Journal (Maine), Associated Press

39388

United States

7 June 2016

Atlantic (USA)

After a shooting, once the dust has settled, and the initial shock and panic has abated somewhat, fearful minds begin to cast about for explanations. Given the frequency with which gun deaths occur in the United States, "Why did this happen?" and "Who could do something like this?" are questions the country faces with grim regularity. Unfortunately, a consistent and dangerous narrative has emerged—an explanation all-too-readily at hand when a mass shooting or other... (GunPolicy.org)

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39380

United States

7 June 2016

Washington Post

In the wake of a mass shooting, a furious political debate inevitably erupts: Does gun violence stem from mental-health issues or from easy access to firearms? A policy solution that attempts to skirt the contentious divide is to make it harder for people with a history of mental illness to own a gun. A new Health Affairs study followed 81,704 adults with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or depression who were receiving treatment through the public behavioral health... (GunPolicy.org)

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39374

Africa

6 June 2016

Institute for Security Studies (Pretoria)

This week, from 6-10 June, United Nations (UN) member states are convening in New York for the Sixth Biennial Meeting on the UN Programme of Action on small arms and light weapons (UNPoA). The meeting will review the progress made in implementing the UNPoA, and will also focus on the International Tracing Instrument (ITI), which was adopted in 2005. The UNPoA, adopted in 2001, outlines steps governments must take to prevent, combat and eradicate the illicit trade in... (GunPolicy.org)

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39384

United States,Jamaica

6 June 2016

Jamaica Gleaner

A steady stream of guns continues to flow from the United States into Jamaica despite a raft of measures implemented by local law-enforcement authorities. In the last two years, the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has traced the history of 991 guns seized in Jamaica over the period and found that 567, or nearly 60 per cent, were "sourced in the US". The term "sourced in the US" refers to guns manufactured in or legally imported into the... (GunPolicy.org)

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39375

Europe

6 June 2016

Breizh Info (France)

[Translated summary: The President of the Council of Europe aims to propose to the European Parliament the removal of Category D firearms. That would move all the currently unrestricted 'D' guns to the C category, under which arms must be declared. Weapons such as pistols, knives, long guns, airguns and tear gas bombs would have to be registered and their owners licensed.] Au nom de la lutte contre le terrorisme et le crime organisé, la Présidence hollandaise du... (GunPolicy.org)

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39373

United States

5 June 2016

New American (USA)

Anti-gun globalists will meet in New York City this week discuss ways to confiscate small arms and ammunition from civilians and to consolidate monopoly control over those weapons in the hands of the governments of United Nations (UN) member states. The convention is part of a UN-controlled process of disarmament called the Programme of Action (PoA). From June 6-10 delegates from around the world will attend the Sixth Biennial Meeting of States (BMS6) of the PoA. This... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New American (USA)

39402

Switzerland

3 June 2016

Federal Council (Switzerland)

[Translated summary: From 1 July, the exchange of information about guns will be improved in Switzerland. The firearm registries in each canton will be linked to each other, making it simpler for authorities to detect gun owners who could represent a danger to themselves or to others.] L'échange d'informations entre les autorités sur les détenteurs d'armes qui pourraient représenter un danger pour eux-mêmes ou pour autrui sera amélioré. Le Conseil fédéral a... (GunPolicy.org)

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39377

United States,Canada

3 June 2016

Juneau Empire, Associated Press

KETCHIKAN — Canadian officials are asking Alaska residents to leave their guns stateside before traveling. The Canadian Border Service Agency seized about 300 undeclared firearms from travelers in 2015, with more than half coming from travelers crossing into Canada from Alaska, The Ketchikan Daily News reported (http://bit.ly/1ZfUsOT). "Many of these travelers faced criminal charges and/or a monetary penalty that could have been avoided by simply declaring the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Juneau Empire, Associated Press

39369

United Kingdom

3 June 2016

Police Professional (UK)

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

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39368

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

United States

3 June 2016

New York Times

A major gun control group has endorsed Hillary Clinton, offering a lift to her campaign in a tighter-than-expected primary race in California and as she tries to pivot to a general election matchup with Donald J. Trump. The group, Everytown for Gun Safety, announced its endorsement through a statement released early on Friday, the day after its National Gun Violence Awareness Day campaign. "Gun Sense Voters have a champion in Hillary Clinton," John Feinblatt, the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

39365

United States

2 June 2016

Ammoland

Under Michigan law, the Michigan State Police (MSP) are required to publish a list of the firearms that they intend to dispose of each month. Agencies in Michigan are required to turn over to the State Police firearms that have been forfeited or confiscated from prohibited possessors. The firearms are checked to see if they have been reported stolen. If they have not been reported stolen, the MSP are required to dispose of them. Before they are disposed of, the list... (GunPolicy.org)

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39370

Liberia

31 May 2016

Liberia News Agency

The Chairman of the Liberia National Commission on Small Arms (LINCSA), James M. Fromayan, has described as "an historic and welcome development" the passage of the Liberia Firearms and Ammunition Control Act (LFACA). "This is a huge step towards the process leading to the full transition of national security from UNMIL (U.N. Mission in Liberia) to the national security apparatus," he said. Addressing the Ministry of Information press conference in Monrovia Tuesday,... (GunPolicy.org)

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39372

Dominican Republic

31 May 2016

El Nuevo Diario (Dominican Republic)

[Translated Summary: Dominica's Firearms Carrying and Possession bill will keep decreasing the number of violent deaths caused by firearms. The number of deaths per 100,000 citizens in the first trimester of 2016 was 16, while between 2012 and 2016 it was 24-25.] SANTO DOMINGO -- El vocero de los diputados del Partido de la Liberación Dominicana (PLD), Elpidio Báez reveló este martes que la comisión de Interior y Policía del organismo legislativo rendirá en la... (GunPolicy.org)

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39363

Paraguay

31 May 2016

ABC (Paraguay)

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

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39362

United States

31 May 2016

New York Times, Opinion

For more than 80 years, the United States has enforced a tough and effective gun control law that most Americans have never heard of. It's a 1934 measure called the National Firearms Act, and it stands as a stark rebuke to the most sacred precepts of the gun lobby and provides a model we should build on. Leaders of the National Rifle Association rarely talk about the firearms act, and that's probably because it imposes precisely the kinds of practical — and... (GunPolicy.org)

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39352

Pakistan

30 May 2016

Dawn (Karachi)

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

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39360

United States

29 May 2016

Washington Times

LOUISVILLE — Riots had broken out when Al Parsons was attending summer school at Louisiana State University soon after the Gun Control Act of 1968 passed, and someone was beating on his apartment door at midnight. "I looked at my buddy. I said, 'None of my friends are coming this time of night,'" Mr. Parsons said. "He says, 'Mine either.'" Mr. Parsons, a 67-year-old retiree from Indiana, said he had recently asked his father to purchase a pistol for him — a buy he... (GunPolicy.org)

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39358

Liberia

27 May 2016

Jeune Afrique

[Translated summary: The United Nations Security Council has lifted the sanctions imposed on Liberia, including the arms embargo. Liberia has recently approved a bill on gun and ammunition control.] Le Conseil de sécurité des Nations unies a adopté mercredi une résolution relative à la levée des sanctions imposées au Liberia, notamment l'embargo sur les armes. Treize ans après la fin de la guerre civile au Liberia, le pays se retrouve enfin exempt de toutes... (GunPolicy.org)

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39354

United States

26 May 2016

New York Times, Editorial

Only in America: A computer algorithm about guns has been created to predict who is most likely to be shot soon, or to shoot someone. The Chicago Police Department, desperate to reduce gun violence by street gangs, authorized this unusual tool three years ago and has been using it to track and caution the most likely offenders. It is a remarkable state of affairs that local governments must resort to such an approach to deal with the reality of gun mayhem. Yet it is... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

39334

United States

25 May 2016

NBC News (USA), Associated Press

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

Read More: NBC News (USA), Associated Press

39329

Europe

25 May 2016

International Business Times (UK)

Governments need to improve the way they gather and share information about illegal firearms in order to combat gun crime, a UK-led report has concluded. The 15-month Effect Project found that inconsistencies in the ways European countries register firearms offences means that gun crime was difficult to monitor. It found that legal loopholes could be exploited by criminals to acquire firearms, and recommends the formation of a centralised "firearms focal point" where... (GunPolicy.org)

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39327

Belgium

24 May 2016

Derniere Heure (Brussels)

[Translated summary: Despite strict laws, the number legally owned firearms increases from 1 to 2% every year in Belgium. Applicants must have a clean criminal record, pass a background check and also have a genuine reason to own a gun. Possible reasons are: hunting, sport, personal defence only for people with a specific risk, putting together a historical collection or participating in historical or folkloric activities.] Malgré une législation stricte, le nombre... (GunPolicy.org)

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39350

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

United States

23 May 2016

Mother Jones (USA)

After a bill to expand background checks for gun buyers stalled in the Washington state legislature in 2013, gun safety advocates tried a different path forward: collecting enough signatures to put the measure on the 2014 ballot. That November they landed a decisive victory, with 60 percent of voters approving the measure. Despite the longtime influence of the National Rifle Association and other pro-gun lobbyists in the nation's statehouses, background checks are... (GunPolicy.org)

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39325

United States

21 May 2016

Guardian

For years seen as a losing battle, the push for gun control has become a central conflict of the 2016 presidential election, and part of a broader struggle between competing visions of policing, justice and racism in America. Donald Trump, the presumptive nominee of the Republican party, has pledged that if elected he will eliminate "gun-free zones" and make it easier to carry a concealed firearm in all 50 states. National Rifle Association members cheered him on... (GunPolicy.org)

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39304

Ghana

20 May 2016

Joy Online (Ghana)

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

Read More: Joy Online (Ghana)

39320

Belgium

20 May 2016

Le Soir (Belgium)

[Translated summary: At 31 December 2015, 769,120 guns were registered and legally held in Belgium. This number rises about 1% or 2% every year. 2,959 licences were issued in 2015 in Brabant, 67% more than in 2013. Most of them were requested by sport shooters.] Le nombre d'armes à feu augmente de 1 ou 2 % chaque année. En Brabant, 2.959 autorisations de détention ont été délivrées en 2015. Soit 34 % de plus qu'en 2014. Par rapport à 2013, l'augmentation est... (GunPolicy.org)

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39317

Botswana

19 May 2016

Botswana Daily News (Gaborone)

GABORONE — Botswana Police Service issued 50 short-guns licenses at a raffle conducted in Gaborone on Thursday. Speaking at the draw, chairman of the Arms Quota Board, acting commissioner of police, Mr Bruno Paledi, said issues of fire arms made headlines on news around the world. He said small weapons were involved in killing of people and as such, he encouraged those who won the draw to exercise maximum care in handling fire arms at all times. Mr Paledi said... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Botswana Daily News (Gaborone)

39318

United States

19 May 2016

United Press International

In states where there are more gun owners, there are also more gun-related suicides, a new U.S. study finds. Looking at 33 years' worth of data, the researchers found that states with more gun owners generally had more suicides by firearm among both men and women. Men in those states also had higher overall suicide rates. The findings do not prove that guns lead to more suicides, said lead researcher Dr. Michael Siegel, a professor at the Boston University School of... (GunPolicy.org)

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39306

Brazil

18 May 2016

Metrópoles (Brazil)

[Translated summary: Hidden handguns could become an option for lawyers, who by the risks of the profession may be entitled to be armed. A bill approved by the Public Safety Commission and Combating Organized Crime of the House of Representatives promises to heat up the debate.] O Projeto de Lei nº 704/15, do deputado Ronaldo Benedet (PMDB-SC), ressalta que o porte de armas é para defesa pessoal, condicionado a requisitos do Estatuto do Desarmamento. No cenário... (GunPolicy.org)

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39321

Nigeria

18 May 2016

Leadership (Abuja)

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

Read More: Leadership (Abuja)

39303

Liberia

18 May 2016

The New Dawn (Monrovia)

The 'Liberia Firearms and Ammunition Control Act of 2015', the legal framework for regulating the possession and use of small arms and light weapons in the country, has been passed into law by the National Legislature. The domestic guns control law was finally passed on Thursday, May 12, 2016 when the House of Representatives concurred with an earlier action of the Liberia Senate on the passage of the Act. It can be recalled that the upper House in October 2015 voted... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: The New Dawn (Monrovia)

39302

Namibia

18 May 2016

New Era (Namibia)

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

Read More: New Era (Namibia)

39301

Canada

18 May 2016

Huffington Post (Canada)

[Translated summary: In 2014, the RCMP banned certain types of semi-automatic guns, judging them easy to transform into automatic rifles. Now Ottawa has invalidated this measure, using a new law that allows the government to go beyond police decisions.] Quelques jours avant de déclencher les élections, le gouvernement Harper a infirmé la décision de la GRC de prohiber certains types d'armes semi-automatiques, comme la carabine CZ-858 utilisée par Richard Henry... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Huffington Post (Canada)

39295

United States

18 May 2016

Harvard Business School Working Knowledge

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY — The authors constructed and analyzed a dataset of all United States gun legislation and mass shootings between 1989 and 2014, finding that mass shootings do lead to significant policy responses: Lawmakers introduce 15 percent more bills the year after a shooting, an effect that is 66 times larger than the impact of non-mass shooting gun homicides. When it comes to enacting laws, Republican-controlled legislatures loosen restrictions on guns.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Harvard Business School Working Knowledge

39293

Brazil

17 May 2016

Pravda (Brazil)

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

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39322

Canada

17 May 2016

Market Wired

OTTAWA -- For the first time in Canadian history, licensed firearm owners are taking their message directly to the Canadian public. The Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights (CCFR), a non-profit, member funded organization has sponsored a national public awareness campaign to provide accurate information regarding Canada's gun control system. "The campaign is designed simply to teach Canadians about the laws and regulations we currently have in Canada and the impact... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Market Wired

39278

United States

17 May 2016

Huffington Post (USA)

Jonathan Mossberg has already made a smart gun — a shotgun that can only be discharged by someone wearing a ring that communicates with a chip inside the weapon, unlocking it. The gunmaker's smart guns, there are about 25 of them, are nearly 20 years old. They have been tested repeatedly and kept in the homes of his friends and family for self-defense. But Mossberg's Florida-based company, iGun Technology Corp., has never scaled the high-tech components to a handgun.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Huffington Post (USA)

39275

United States

17 May 2016

US News & World Report

Physicians often don't ask patients whether they have a gun at home, but a group of doctors say it's time to start. Dr. Garen Wintemute, director of the violence prevention research program at the University of California—Davis wrote recommendations for discussing gun ownership with patients in an article published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine. They recommended that doctors first ask during routine screening whether a patient keeps a gun in the house. If... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: US News & World Report

39274

Brazil

16 May 2016

Agência Senado (Brazil)

[Translated summary: The use of firearms in crimes committed with violence or serious threat to the person may soon attract stiffer penalties. The harmful potential of the firearm will be considered in two ways: if the weapon is of permitted use, the penalty shall be increased in half and it will be doubled if the device used in the crime is of limited use.] O uso de arma de fogo em crimes praticados com violência ou grave ameaça à pessoa poderá ter pena mais... (GunPolicy.org)

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39323

Kenya

16 May 2016

Citizen (Kenya)

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

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39291

Ireland

16 May 2016

Farming Life

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

Read More: Farming Life

39290

India

16 May 2016

Live Mint

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

Read More: Live Mint

39289

Philippines

16 May 2016

GMA News Online

Presumptive president Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said that civilians would no longer be allowed to get licenses for high-powered guns. "I will not allow the licensing of heavy firearms. It is just a shotgun, a .22 rifle, and a short -- any caliber would do as long as it is short, shotgun, or .22," he said. Duterte said that those who already have licenses for heavy firearms could keep them but would have to secure permits to carry for the high-powered... (GunPolicy.org)

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39288

United States

16 May 2016

Union Leader (New Hampshire)

Despite a history of psychiatric illness, the man accused of shooting two Manchester police officers on Friday was able to walk into a Derry gun store and purchase the handgun linked to the shooting, according to court records released on Monday. Police affidavits said Ian MacPherson, 32, purchased a .40-caliber Smith and Wesson handgun at Chester Arms on April 1, after successfully completing a background check through the New Hampshire State Police Gunline. New... (GunPolicy.org)

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39277

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

United States

14 May 2016

CNN

Families of the victims in the 2012 massacre by shooter Adam Lanza in Newtown, Connecticut, are no longer united only in their grief. Some of them are also now part of a potentially precedent-setting lawsuit seeking accountability from the gunmaker, Remington. At issue are what the families allege are the manufacturer's marketing strategies and other trade secrets on military-style weapons. Although the trial is not set to begin until April 2018, the case is moving... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CNN

39271

United States

14 May 2016

New York Times, Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri lawmakers have passed a sweeping expansion of gun rights in the state, one that would allow people to carry concealed guns without requiring permits and widen their right to stand and fight against perceived threats. The legislation, which now goes to Gov. Jay Nixon for his signature, was among the most prominent measures passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature on the final day of its annual session on Friday. Mr. Nixon, a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times, Associated Press

39269

Cyprus

13 May 2016

Cyprus Mail

The gun sellers' association has called for legislation with harsher penalties for poachers, saying that registered hunters have nothing to do with illegal actions reported in recent days, including the killings of the protected moufflon. In an announcement, the gun sellers expressed their concern on the rise of "serious poaching incidents" and referred to Game Service data suggesting there has been an increase in the poaching of moufflon, while the number of the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Cyprus Mail

39267

United States

13 May 2016

Huffington Post (USA)

The second amendment, which was passed by Congress on September 25, 1789, states, "A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." The private right to own a firearm — for protection, for hunting, or for enjoyment — has remained central to the national ethos of the United States. Americans living in most states today would not have much trouble buying a gun. In 36... (GunPolicy.org)

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39265

United States,Vietnam

12 May 2016

Daily Mail (UK), Reuters

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

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Canada

11 May 2016

Info Dimanche

[Translated summary: A firearm registry bill received a majority of votes in the National Assembly of Quebec. Statistics show that firearm registration reduces the number of suicides, injuries, deaths and crime. Hunters will have to register their guns again.] Le mardi 10 mai dernier, la mise en place d'un registre d'immatriculation des armes à feu a franchi une étape importante à l'Assemblée nationale du Québec lorsque 103 députés ont voté en faveur du... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

11 May 2016

Quartz

Mass shootings account for only 0.3% of all gun deaths in the US, but they evoke a significantly larger policy response than regular gun-related fatalities. A trio of researchers from the Harvard Business School found that the number of firearm bills introduced in a state jumps 15% in the year after a mass shooting, with the per-death impact of mass shootings on bills introduced about 66 times as large as the impact of individual gun murders. Whether those bills... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

9 May 2016

San Francisco Chronicle

Carrying a loaded gun without a license is illegal in California even if the weapon is tucked inside a backpack, the state Supreme Court ruled Monday. In a unanimous ruling Monday, the court allowed prosecutors to charge a man with violating California's open-carry law by carrying a loaded revolver that police said they found in his backpack. The law makes it a misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail, to carry a loaded gun "on the person or in a vehicle while... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

5 May 2016

New York Times

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Sha'Quille Kornegay, 2 years old, was buried in a pink coffin, her favorite doll by her side and a tiara strategically placed to hide the self-inflicted gunshot wound to her forehead. She had been napping in bed with her father, Courtenay Block, late last month when she discovered the 9-millimeter handgun he often kept under his pillow in his Kansas City, Mo., home. It was equipped with a laser sight that lit up like the red lights on her... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

5 May 2016

Mother Jones (USA)

In an in-depth investigation in 2013, Mother Jones found that guns kill hundreds of children per year in the United States. Many die in homicides, and many others die in accidents—mostly when children themselves pull the trigger. The kids shooting themselves or others have often been as young as two or three years old. Invariably these "tragedies" result from adults leaving unsecured firearms lying around in their homes or, in some cases, in their cars. Since our... (GunPolicy.org)

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Germany

4 May 2016

CNN

It's been more than seven years since a 17-year-old dressed in military gear killed 15 people in a shooting spree in Winnenden, Germany, a picturesque little town just outside of Stuttgart. Since then, a rare shooting tragedy in Germany, the country has implemented a national firearms registry, requiring the owners of 5.5 million legally owned guns to register them with the government. The scale of gun ownership took photographers Miguel Hahn and Jan-Christophe... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

4 May 2016

Vancouver Sun

Surrey RCMP is safeguarding 500 firearms and 3,000 rounds of ammunition after visiting licensed owners whose registrations for their prohibited and restricted guns expired more than a decade ago. Most of the people visited last month asked police to hold on to the guns "while they complete the proper requirements needed to re-register their firearms," Sgt. Alanna Dunlop said Wednesday. Those owners will have 90 days to get the paperwork started or they'll lose the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Israel

4 May 2016

Jerusalem Post

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

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United States

4 May 2016

Washington Free Beacon

This April saw the most gun-related background checks of any April on record, making it the 12th month in a row to achieve a high water mark for gun sales. The FBI ran 2,145,865 checks through the National Instant Background Check System last month, according to the agency's records. That represents more than a 400,000 increase over the previous record set in April 2014. Though the numbers represent the best April on record, the month also saw the fewest checks of any... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

3 May 2016

Vocativ (USA)

In the United States of America, you are just as likely to be killed by a toddler as by a venomous snake, a lizard, a or spider, and even more likely than by lightning—all because of the worrisome access small children have to firearms. On April 27, a toddler in Milwaukee accidentally shot and killed his mother from the back seat of her car. The two-year-old picked up the gun after it slid under the seat and fired as they were driving down the highway. His mother... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

3 May 2016

Guardian

Sturm, Ruger & Co, one of the largest gun manufacturers in the US, reported sales of $173.1m for the first quarter of 2016, up 26% from last year and some of the highest earnings in the company's 67-year history. At a shareholding meeting, executives said "we are good citizens" and predicted that demand for guns could continue to grow thanks to the increasingly heated political rhetoric of the 2016 election, and a long-term trend of Americans wanting guns for... (GunPolicy.org)

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Mali,Burkina Faso,West Africa,Nigeria,Niger

2 May 2016

Daily Trust (Nigeria)

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

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Taiwan

2 May 2016

China Post (Taiwan)

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

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United States

29 April 2016

Washington Times

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

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United States

29 April 2016

New York Times

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

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United States

29 April 2016

NBC News (USA)

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

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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