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United States,Puerto Rico
Gun Laws In Puerto Rico
18 November 2015
Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia (Puerto Rico)
Gun laws in Puerto Rico regulate the sale, possession, and use of firearms and ammunition in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. As Puerto Rico is a commonwealth of the United States, many U.S. federal laws apply, as well as Constitutional rulings and protections. (1) (2)
Subject/Law? Long guns - Handguns - (Notes)
Permit to purchase? No - No - (Firearms purchases are subject to the requirements of US Federal law)
Firearm registration? No - No
Read More: Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia (Puerto Rico)
Maryland (US) Handgun Ballistic Records Scrapped
10 November 2015
Hot Air (USA)
For gun control advocates, it sure sounded like a great idea. Why not force gun purchasers to fire a round at the police station so that the ballistic "fingerprint" of the firearm could be catalogued? That way, police could find the perpetrator every time a gun was used in a crime. What could go wrong?
Plenty, according to the Baltimore Sun's Erin Cox. Fifteen years, millions of dollars, and 340,000 shell casings later, Maryland decided last week to scrap the system... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Hot Air (USA)
One Gun for Every Eight Citizens in Victoria, Australia
23 October 2015
Yahoo! 7 News (Australia)
Victoria has one gun for every eight citizens, with 35,000 new guns flooding into the state in the past year.
Gun control groups say the numbers are frightening but shooters say the rise is because more people are appreciating shooting as a safe and fun sport.
Victoria had 764,767 registered guns in 2014-15, up from 728,999 the previous year.
"It's a startling number and I believe it's a frightening number in terms of the increase of licensed guns in Victoria," Gun... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Yahoo! 7 News (Australia)
Most Guns Used in Crime in Uruguay Are Legally Owned
12 October 2015
La Prensa (USA), EFE News Agency
MONTEVIDEO - Three out of four firearms used in crimes in Uruguay are properly registered with the Defense Ministry, which has documentation for more than 604,000 weapons in a country of 3.3 million people.
"That is to say, they (the guns) have been stolen, or purchased legally, but they end up in the hands of criminals," the head of the ministry's National Firearms Registry, Daniel Farias, told EFE.
As of July, the registry had records of 604,632 firearms.
Read More: La Prensa (USA), EFE News Agency
Puerto Rico,United States,Guam
Puerto Rico Gun Case
15 July 2015
Pacific Daily News (Guam)
The timing of a recent court ruling from the Commonwealth Court of Puerto Rico could not be better, and may well set in motion a significant ripple effect in other U.S. Island jurisdictions, namely Guam and Hawaii.
The Puerto Rican court recently handed down a ruling on a class action lawsuit that was brought by the Ladies of the Second Amendment, or LSA, with 850 individual plaintiffs. The court ruling, confirmed by the Second Amendment Foundation, or SAF, was a... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Pacific Daily News (Guam)
United States,Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico Gun Rights
19 June 2015
Second Amendment Foundation News (Washington)
BELLEVUE, WA - A surprising victory for gun rights in Puerto Rico has eliminated the firearms registry and licensing requirements to purchase and carry in the Commonwealth, the Second Amendment Foundation has confirmed.
As of now, according to Sandra Barreras with Ladies of the Second Amendment (LSA), the group that brought the lawsuit, "there is no regulation to purchase or carry (and) all purchases will be handled in accordance with federal firearms regulations." LSA... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Second Amendment Foundation News (Washington)
Australia New National Firearms Database by 2015
21 May 2015
A national firearms database has been fast-tracked in the wake of concerns about how Martin Place shooter Man Haron Monis had access to guns.
The tracking system will aim to stop the trafficking of firearms across Australia, with authorities convinced that the vast majority of weapons used in organised crime are circulated across the country, rather than imported from overseas.
A meeting of the Law, Crime and Community Safety Council on Friday will be told that the... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Age (Melbourne)
Chile's New Firearms Act Increases Penalties Related to Gun Possession
16 May 2015
La Tercera (Santiago de Chile)
[Translated summary: Chile's new Firearms Act increases penalties and requirements on firearm possession. In 2014 there were 763,070 registered firearms, including 397,438 for personal defence. In 2015, 3,618 weapons were surrendered, compared to 2,771 in 2014 and 2,507 in 2013.]
Durante el año pasado, 623 personas realizaron trámites y rindieron los exámenes para comprar e inscribir un arma de fuego en el Gran Santiago. Sin embargo, a 84 de éstas se les negó la... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: La Tercera (Santiago de Chile)
Canada Federal Govt Can Destroy the Long Gun Registry
27 March 2015
TVA Nouvelles (Montréal)
[Translated summary: The Supreme Court of Canada has concluded that the Federal Government has the right to destroy data in the long gun registry.]
Le gouvernement fédéral a le droit de détruire les données du registre des armes d'épaule, a conclu la Cour suprême du Canada dans une décision très serrée à 5 juges contre 4.
Les trois magistrats québécois ont cependant exprimé leur dissidence devant la décision de la majorité.
Le plus haut tribunal du... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: TVA Nouvelles (Montréal)
Québec Long Gun Register [FR]
27 March 2015
La Presse (Montréal)
[Translated summary: 7,9 millions registered firearms in Canada before the destruction of the Long Gun Register]
OTTAWA - Le dernier round du combat entre Québec et Ottawa sur le registre des armes d'épaule doit se terminer aujourd'hui avec la décision de la Cour suprême du Canada qui tranchera si le gouvernement Harper est habilité à détruire les données québécoises du registre malgré l'opposition de la province. Sept questions pour mieux comprendre le... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: La Presse (Montréal)
Estonia Student Shoots, Kills School Teacher With Father's Legal Revolver
27 October 2014
Associated Press / Yahoo! News
TALLINN — A 15-year-old student shot and killed his teacher during class Monday in a town in southern Estonia — the first known school shooting in the Baltic nation.
Four other students were in the classroom at Paalalinna School in the town of Viljandi, police spokeswoman Tuuli Harson said. She said the shooter was apprehended and no one else was injured in the early-afternoon attack at the school of 450 students.
Government officials said the victim was a... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Associated Press / Yahoo! News
Despite Strong Laws, the Number of Gun Permits in Poland Goes Up
7 August 2014
Polskie Radio (Warsaw), News from Poland
Despite some of the most draconian laws on gun possession in the European Union, over the past decade the number of firearm permits in Poland has gone up by some 30 percent.
Around 500,000 guns are currently registered in Poland, owned by some 340,000 people, latest figures from the central police headquarters reveal.
Currently, the number of hunting firearm permits stands at 150,000, a rise of one third in the past decade. Around 44 percent of all permits are... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Polskie Radio (Warsaw), News from Poland
566,427 Firearms Registered to 170,124 Individuals in Queensland
6 August 2014
ABC News (Australia)
Documents released under Right to Information laws showed a steady increase in gun permit applications with more than 170,124 individual licence holders currently in possession of 566,427 firearms across the state.
The figures also show there are 49 people - excluding police, military and dealers - with more than 100 firearms each, up from 32 people in 2013.
Last year the number of gun licence applications increased by 30 per cent with 45,870 permits issued.
Read More: ABC News (Australia)
Honduras Homicide Rate in 2013 Was 79 per 100,000 Population [ES]
5 August 2014
La Prensa (Honduras), Agence France Presse
[Translated summary: A country where the homicide rate in 2013 was 79 per 100,000 population, making it the highest in the world. Since 1973, the Military Pension Institute (IPM) has had a monopoly on the import and sale of firearms through its stores called "The Armoury". Between 1975 and 2012, "The Armoury" sold 180,147 firearms.]
Honduras, el país con la tasa más alta de homicidios del mundo, requiere un "sistema integral de control de armas" pero "no se logra... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: La Prensa (Honduras), Agence France Presse
Police Report 18,000 Gun Licences Left Untransferred in Metro Manila
21 July 2014
Journal (Manila), Opinion
Philippine National Police operatives implementing the Oplan Katok ordered by Director General Alan LM Purisima have made another startling discovery: more than 18,000 firearms' licenses have not been transferred in the names of their present owners since December 2012.
Records from the PNP Firearms and Explosives Office headed by Chief Superintendent Moro Virgilio M. Lazo showed that a total of 18,659 firearms' licenses have not been transferred from December 31,... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Journal (Manila)
220,553 Legally Registered Guns in Dominican Republic
10 July 2014
SANTO DOMINGO - Dominican Republic's population has 220,553 legally registered guns, most of them pistols of various calibers, but instead of defense for their owners, they also make them a target of thugs who sell them, but often commit murder.
An example of this is the arrest of Juan Carlos de la Cruz (El Menor), 24, over the weekend, carrying a 9mm pistol stolen from a Police major. The detainee said he got the gun from "Ronny" in exchange for two grams of cocaine,... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Dominican Today
Most Handguns Seized in Three Areas of Ecuador [ES]
24 June 2014
El Telégrafo (Ecuador)
[Translated summary: 1,604 handguns were seized in Ecuador during the first quarter of 2014, over half of which were seized in Guayas, Pichincha and Manabi. The Ecuadorian Center for Comprehensive Safety Analysis (Ceasi) this rate has declined in comparison to previous years.]
Durante el primer trimestre del presente año Guayas, Pichincha y Manabí acumulan la mayor cantidad de incautaciones y decomisos de armas, según el Centro Ecuatoriano de Análisis de Seguridad... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: El Telégrafo (Ecuador)
Austria to Create Central Gun Registry to Meet EU Requirements [DE]
19 June 2014
[Translated summary: From the end of June, all legal firearms will have to be centrally registered with Austrian authorities to meet European Union requirements. 226,264 Austrian citizens have permits for weapons requiring approval however the number of legally held weapons in Austria is much higher. Austria has one of the most liberal gun laws in Europe but Austria's gun lobby calls the changes an attack on civil liberties. There is a booming internet trade in firearms... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Die Press
Two Shotguns Found During Drug Arrests in Latvia
17 June 2014
Two men have been arrested after police seized 54 packages of new psychoactive substances and an unregistered shotgun in Latvia, LETA reports.
The two men were arrested at their home in the Jugla region in Riga for selling illegal narcotic substances. The police also found two grams of methamphetamine on both detainees.
After raiding their homes, the police found in one of the apartments 54 packages of new psychoactive substances packed in one-gram packets. Police... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Baltic Times
Tasmanian Police Launch Public Appeal to Round Up Illegal Guns
16 June 2014
ABC News (Australia)
Tasmania Police has launched a two-week effort to help rid the state of illegal firearms.
Operation Unification starts is part of a nationwide campaign that aims to curb the manufacture, importation and use of illegal firearms.
According to police, most illegal firearms were once legal and had either been stolen or were unregistered.
In the last financial year, 192 firearms were stolen and just 23 recovered.
Detective Senior Sergeant Craig Joel said some weapons... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: ABC News (Australia)
Stolen Firearm Incidents Trigger NSW Police Crackdown on Guns
12 June 2014
ABC News (Australia)
Police are preparing to audit hundreds of gun owners in the Busselton area.
They are about to launch Operation Gun Safe, which involves visiting gun owners at their properties to ensure their weapons are properly stored.
The five-month long operation comes in response to a number of incidents involving stolen firearms, including a situation where offenders pointed a stolen gun at an officer.
Officer in charge Steve Principe says the audit will involve a number of... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: ABC News (Australia)
UN - Liberia's Refusal to Enact Firearms Law Dampening Embargo Lift
10 June 2014
Front Page Africa
MONROVIA — The United Nations Panel of Experts said in its May 2014 report to the Security Council that the government of Liberia is dragging its feet on the enactment of national firearms legislation.
The Panel said the law is critical to providing the legal framework and institutional mechanism to ensure effective small arms control in Liberia, a country that has in the past been controversial as it relates to arms trafficking in the region.
"The Panel is of the... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Front Page Africa
Jersey Gun Ownership Down Since 2012
7 June 2014
The number of registered guns and gun owners in Jersey has fallen since 2012.
Police records show there are 1,514 firearm owners which is a 16% drop over the past two years.
Between them, the island's gun owners keep 9,328 guns, including air rifles and pistols, which is 4% down since 2012.
Gun ownership in Jersey has been in the spotlight since a Glock 9mm pistol went missing from an unlocked car on Friday 30 May.
The pistol was handed in two days later by a member... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: BBC News
Corrupt South African Cops May Have Sold Guns from Firearm Amnesty
5 June 2014
News24 (Cape Town)
JOHANNESBURG - An investigation into the possible sale of firearms handed to police during an amnesty period is under way, the Hawks said on Wednesday.
"There was nothing to investigate before until we came across new information and decided to follow it all up," spokesperson Paul Ramaloko said.
The investigation would focus on Gauteng first. The probe followed the arrest of three people at a house in Norwood, Johannesburg, where police found more than 300 firearms,... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: News24 (Cape Town)
Rebel Dealer Jailed, Lost Licence, Guns: Agrees Fight Was 'Foolhardy'
3 June 2014
Toronto Sun (Ontario)
Bruce Montague was a northern Ontario firearms dealer so opposed to Canada's licensing laws that he stopped registering his guns in protest and dared the government to come after him.
Be careful what you wish for. Ten years later, the 54-year-old's act of what he saw as "civil disobedience" has resulted in an 18-month jail sentence, a lifetime ban from operating his trade and now he's just been ordered to hand over his $100,000 gun collection — his life savings —... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Toronto Sun (Ontario)
Bhutan Police Announce Plans to Enforce Ban on Gun, Ammo Imports
2 June 2014
The import of guns and bullets into Bhutan has been banned from this month.
The Royal Bhutan Police (RBP) made this announcement in the media and on its website, earlier this month.
In its announcement, RBP referred to section 11 of the Fire Arms and Ammunition Act 1990, which bans the import of firearms and ammunition by the general public, for its recent decision.
However, section 11 does allow for the purchase and import of ammunition for "authorised... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Kuensel Online
Bulgarians Own 340,000 Legal Firearms
20 May 2014
Sofia News Agency
Nearly 212,000 Bulgarian citizens have gun permits, said Chief Prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov.
The total number of registered firearms is 340,000 units, shows the checkup, following the incident with the mentally unstable man in Lyaskovets who killed one police officer during the operation for disarming him.
Tsatsarov said he was expecting a considerable number of firearms, but the figures were nevertheless staggering. According to him, this army of armed civilians... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Sofia News Agency
Ghana Considers Gun Law Reform, Harsher Penalties
20 May 2014
Peace FM Online (Ghana)
Suspects found guilty of owning an unregistered gun or a light weapon could soon be handed life sentences.
That's according to the National Commission on small arms and light weapons.
The commission is currently undertaking consultations to review the existing 1962 legislation to respond to current challenges.
For instance, proposals made for consideration includes one can apply to own a weapon at age 21 up from the current age of 18.
There is also a proposal to... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Peace FM Online (Ghana)
Handguns Easily Resold to Potential Criminals in Canada
7 May 2014
Toronto Star (Ontario)
There are no safeguards in Canadian firearms legislation to prevent people from purchasing a large number of handguns and then illegally transferring them to potential criminals.
It's an area of the law that gun control advocates say needs to be strengthened, and was recently highlighted after a Toronto man was sent to prison for legally purchasing 47 handguns from two stores over five months and then illegally transferring 43 of them to an acquaintance, who acted as a... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Toronto Star (Ontario)
Hillary Clinton Attacks 'Anywhere, Anytime' US Gun Culture
6 May 2014
Wall Street Journal
As Hillary Clinton mulls running for president in 2016, she has been careful to shy away from broad, sweeping policy declarations. But not Tuesday, when she delivered harsh criticism of gun culture in America and denounced the idea that "anybody can have a gun, anywhere, at any time."
Speaking at the National Council for Behavioral Health conference in Oxon Hill, Md., the former secretary of state didn't dispute Americans' right to own guns. But she said access to guns... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Wall Street Journal
Death Threats Stop US Gun Store From Selling 'Smart' Gun. Why?
3 May 2014
Christian Science Monitor
ATLANTA - Andy Raymond, a Rockland, Md., firearms dealer, found out how much some people who love guns and the Second Amendment really hate some guns, causing the owner of Engage Armament this week to reverse his plan to sell the Armatix iP1, the nation's first "smart" gun.
The German-made Armatix iP1 won't fire unless it's in proximity of a special watch, thus making it useless if stolen. Gun control advocates, including Attorney General Eric Holder, have cited such... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Christian Science Monitor
NZ Man Arrested After Being Found Modifying Guns, Selling to Crime Gangs
29 April 2014
New Zealand Herald
An unemployed Auckland man spent $50,000 on firearms then sold them to gang members and other criminals.
Peter James Edwards purchased 74 rifles and shotguns in just 18 months, then "pimped" the weapons by cutting down the barrel or stock and adding pistol grips and silencers.
The pistol-sized firearms, which are easily carried and concealed, are highly prized in the criminal fraternity and the case has highlighted how easily guns can fall into the wrong... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: New Zealand Herald
County Gun Shop May Have Been Worst in US, Missing Guns and Illegal Sales
26 April 2014
BURLINGTON, Skagit County — For more than 65 years, Kesselring Gun Shop has been a firearms fixture in the Northwest, arming hunters, target shooters and police from one of the largest inventories on the West Coast.
Until surrendering its federal firearms license last October, the family-owned gun store also may have been the worst gun retailer in America.
It was nearly a decade ago when inspectors with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Seattle Times
Can 'Stray Bullets' Be Deemed Innocent? Turkey Considers New Gun Laws
23 April 2014
Today's Zaman (Istanbul), Opinion
Earlier this week, Turkey saw two terrifying incidents in which stray bullets caused injury and, in one case, the death of a 24-year-old. Erkan Bektaş, a waiter who was leaving work at a café in İstanbul's Beşiktaş district at 5 a.m., was shot in the head by a stray bullet when he was walking down the street. The individual who shot him was caught up in a bar fight. The dispute, which the young waiter was not involved in, had reportedly erupted among a group of men... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Today's Zaman (Istanbul)
Gun Checks in America Miss Millions of Criminals, Fugitives
23 April 2014
WASHINGTON — Millions of fugitives can pass undetected through federal background checks and buy guns illegally because police departments across the country routinely fail to put their names into a national database that tracks people on the run from the law.
Those background checks, conducted by the FBI, are designed to block fugitives, felons, the mentally ill and others who might be violent from buying firearms. They automatically bar sales to anyone identified... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: USA Today
Pakistan Acts Against Continuing Availability of Illegal Weapons
15 April 2014
Central Asia Online
ISLAMABAD – Gul Sher, 31, is busy cleaning his unlicenced AK-47 rifle. He is at his home in the outskirts of Mianwali, Punjab Province.
"Keeping rifles or other small weapons is part of our culture here," Gul said. "Our elders say, 'Weapons are men's jewellry'. Without them we feel alone and insecure."
Keeping unlicenced weapons is illegal, but Gul isn't alone. Many in his small town do so as well.
Illegal trade, but law goes unenforced
Keeping prohibited or... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Central Asia Online
Dominican Republic to Launch Disarmament Campaign
14 April 2014
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – The Dominican Republic is following Brazil's lead in an effort to gets weapons off the street as part of a strategy to reduce crime.
Under an agreement between the two countries, Brazilian experts will offer technical assistance to help Dominican authorities establish a program to "reduce the number of firearms and ammunition among the civil population," according to a prepared statement from the Ministry of Economy, Planning and... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Infosurhoy.com
Increasing Rate of Gun Ownership in Mexico
7 April 2014
Frontera NorteSur / Mexidata
More Mexicans are acquiring arms to defend their families and property. According to a university researcher, the number of firearms legally possessed in Mexico increased 53 percent from 2009 to 2012, jumping from 2,033,749 to 3,118,592 guns.
Ernesto Villanueva, a researcher for the National Autonomous University of Mexico's Institute of Legal Research, based his findings on data from the Mexican Defense Ministry (Sedena), which is in charge of registering firearms.... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Frontera NorteSur / Mexidata
Rising Crime in Ghana Sparks Call for Gun Law Change
4 April 2014
Peace FM (Ghana)
There is no law regulating the number of fire arms one can purchase in Ghana. For as long one is prepared to register more than two guns in his name, the law permits him to carry on.
But considering the spate of crime that has recently taken place in Ghana, a Deputy Commissioner of the Ghana Police Service believes it is about time the nation reviews individual ownership of firearms.
DCOP Christian Tetteh Yohonu, in an interview with Okay FM recounted that very... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Peace FM (Ghana)
Gunman Kills Four, Injures 16 in Second Mass Shooting on US Army Base
3 April 2014
An Iraq war veteran who was grappling with mental health issues opened fire at Fort Hood, Tex., in an attack that left four people dead and 16 wounded Wednesday afternoon, according to preliminary law enforcement and military reports. The gunfire sent tremors of fear across a sprawling Army post still reeling from one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history.
Many basic details about the shooting remained unclear in the chaotic hours after the first calls for help... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Washington Post
Sierra Leone Gunsmiths Become Blacksmiths, Mark Firearms for Officials
2 April 2014
Awoko (Sierra Leone)
In a bid to provide alternative livelihood for local manufacturers of light weapons such as shotguns, Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) has registered some 1,500 Blacksmiths in the Mano River Basin as pilot beneficiaries aimed at achieving that objective.
The exercise, also aimed at reducing the impact of armed violence in the four-member country sub regional organization, was recently announced by the Programme Manager of AOAV, Francis Owane-Addo at the launch of the... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Awoko (Sierra Leone)
Australian Farms Targeted for Guns by Crime Gangs
27 March 2014
The Conversation (Australia), Blog
Revelations of the theft of firearms from Victorian MP Peter Crisp's farm draws attention to a genuine but often overlooked link between farm crime and criminal events in urban communities.
Discussions with farm communities and Victoria Police over recent months show there is a growing trade in firearms stolen from farms across rural and regional areas by criminal elements. Police in Western Australia are also aware of the link between guns stolen from rural properties... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: The Conversation (Australia)
US Gun Lobby Opposes Nominee Whose Views on Guns Match Public Opinion
20 March 2014
Few Americans have likely heard of Vivek Murthy, President Obama's nominee to be the nation's Surgeon General. But let me tell you, this guy has got some pretty nutty views.
Don't believe me. Listen to what the National Rifle Association has to say about him: "Dr Murthy's record of political activism in support of radical gun control measures raises significant concerns."
"Radical gun control measures"! Go on.
Murthy has some crazy, crazy ideas about guns. For... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Guardian (UK)
American Samoa Cops Seize Almost 80 Guns in Six Years
20 March 2014
In their move to arm the police officers, the Department of Public Safety informed Senators in a hearing on Monday that between 2006 and 2012, the police confiscated close to 80 guns as a result of raids and criminal cases.
During the hearing on the hot issue of arming the police officers or first responders in the patrol division, Police Commander Tauese Va'a Sunia in a power point presentation noted that of the 78 guns they have confiscated, there were 63 rifles... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Samoa News
Editorial: Nepal's Laws on Arms Possession Must Be Made More Stringent
19 March 2014
Ekantipur (Nepal), Editorial
Two weeks ago, the police arrested billionaire Mahesh Bahadur Singh on charges of extortion, abduction and loansharking. Upon searching Singh's home in Bhanimandal, Lalitpur, police discovered four .22 long rifles, two 12-bore shotguns and one air gun along with 97 rounds of .22 cartridge, 29 12-bore cartridges and four magazines. According to SSP Ramesh Kharel, police chief of Kathmandu, Singh would reportedly display his guns to the people who owed him money and ask... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Ekantipur (Nepal)
Small Arms Commission Begins Nationwide Marking of Weapons in Ghana
19 March 2014
The National Commission on Small Arms and Light Weapons has begun a nationwide exercise to mark all weapons of the various security agencies.
The exercise which started with the military will be extended to other security agencies such as the Police, prisons, immigration and the Customs Excise and Preventive Service (CEPS).
The marking of weapons involves a systematic embossment of unique identification numbers on firearms to make them easily identifiable and... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Ghana Web
Gun-Happy Georgia State Lawmakers Put Public Safety at Risk
18 March 2014
Washington Post, Editorial
The National Rifle Association calls it "the most comprehensive pro-gun reform legislation in recent state history." That's true, sad to say.
After the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012, gun-control advocates thought reasonable firearm restrictions might have a chance at enactment. They scored a notable victory in Colorado but mostly failed elsewhere and on the national level. Now the old political calculus seems to be back at work: The momentum... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Washington Post
US Has More Guns, Fewer Owners: 5% Own Most of the Firearms
15 March 2014
WARRENTON, Virginia - Live fire crackles from the range at Clark Brothers, a gun shop in Virginia. Inside, the most striking things are the enormous gun safes. Some of these metal boxes, which cost over $1,000, can withstand hours of exposure to wildfires and being dropped from 200 feet.
They are the result of a shift in gun ownership. Surveys suggest that the proportion of American households that own guns has declined from about 50% in the early 1980s to about 35%... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Economist
One in Six Uruguayans Own a Gun, NGOs Say Real Number Higher [ES]
11 March 2014
Diario UNO de Entre Rios (Argentina)
[Translated summary: One in six people in Uruguay has a gun according to recent figures. There are officially 580,000 registered firearms in Uruguay but there are concerns about an increase in gun sales on the black market amid insecurity in the Latin American region. Citizens must pass a mental health exam and firearms training to own a weapon, while carrying a weapon requires further checks. There is a strong cultural acceptance of the defensive use of a firearm,... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Diario UNO de Entre Rios (Argentina)
Swiss Assault Rifle Fuss: Gun Lobby Aims to 'Americanise' Canada
9 March 2014
CBC News (Canada)
Both gun owners and gun control advocates say they're confused by the government's handling of a ban on a class of military-style rifles.
Gun owners say they don't know what the government's five-year amnesty on the Swiss Arms Classic Greens means.
The guns are semi-automatic rifles called Classic Greens and they've been available in Canada for about a dozen years.
Last week the RCMP changed the guns' classification from "non-restricted" to "prohibited" on its... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: CBC News (Canada)
60% of Licensed Guns in Philippines Have Fictitious Data
9 March 2014
At least 60 percent of the 1.7 million registered firearms in the country have been found using fictitious or questionable data, a dangerous situation that could lead to a proliferation of loose guns.
Secretary Herminio Coloma of the Presidential Communications Operations Office said records provided by Philippine National Police (PNP) revealed that "there are names [of firearms owners] that don't match the address, there are cases when the name and address match but... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Manila Times
Where Did 900 High-Powered Guns Go, Philippines Police Ask
4 March 2014
ABS-CBN News (Manila)
MANILA - The police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) said it is more than halfway done in its investigation on the 900 firearms that were registered with the Philippine National Police (PNP) that later went missing.
Police Senior Superintendent Roberto Fajardo explained that they first encountered the problem when the PNP leadership launched "Oplan Katok," a campaign focused on the accounting of licensed firearms.
"Nung hinanap namin, nawawala yung... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: ABS-CBN News (Manila)
Rumoured Ban of Swiss Assault Rifle Reignites Gun Debate in Canada
27 February 2014
CBC News (Canada), Video
The gun debate may be flaring up again over what appears to be the imminent ban of a semi-automatic military-style weapon that has been legal in Canada for a dozen years.
Gun enthusiasts got word of the ban Wednesday evening, although the RCMP has made no official announcement.
According to Solomon Friedman, a lawyer for the National Firearms Association, the PE-90 rifle, made by SAN Swiss Arms AG, a Switzerland-based small arms manufacturer, is about to be... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: CBC News (Canada)
Eight Guns Lost or Stolen Every Week in Ireland Last Year
24 February 2014
Almost 1,300 firearms, including shotguns and rifles, have been lost or stolen over the past four years.
Official figures obtained by the Herald show around 1,134 registered weapons, mainly shotguns and rifles, were stolen in the last four years.
Some 159 weapons were lost, most of which were shotguns, but also included in the list are 18 rifles and one airgun, which went missing last year.
Last year alone eight firearms were lost or stolen every week.
There are... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Herald (Dublin)
Australian MP Under Pressure Over Unregistered Gun Charges
24 February 2014
Pressure is building on the Victorian premier, Denis Napthine, to reveal when he knew a member of his government, Mildura MP Peter Crisp, was facing firearms charges.
Crisp confirmed on Saturday he had been charged with keeping unregistered guns at his farm in NSW but said he would be "strongly defending" himself.
"I reject charges relating to unlicenced possession of a prohibited firearm on my primary production land," he said. "All reasonable precaution was taken to... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Guardian (UK)
Ghana Authorities Begin Marking State, Private Guns to Prevent Theft
21 February 2014
The National Commission on Small Arms and Light Weapons, on Wednesday, started its nationwide exercise to mark all weapons of the various security agencies, which aims at controlling the proliferation of illegal arms.
The marking of the weapons involves a systematic embossment of unique identification numbers on firearms in an easily identifiable and coherent manner upon which a database will be kept to help trace any illegally diverted weapon from the state... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Ghana Web
Ghana Govt Task Force to Address Firearm Proliferation
17 February 2014
Ghana Broadcasting Corporation
It is estimated that just one out of every 20,000 weapons seized is registered.
A task force is therefore to be established in mining communities especially, to check the situation.
DSP Fred Kweku Atteasah of the National Fire Arms Bureau of the Ghana Police Service disclosed this on GTV's "Talking Point" programme last night.
Panelists discussed the proliferation of small arms. They noted that proliferation of small arms poses a security threat and derails... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Ghana Broadcasting Corporation
Insecurity Fuels Honduras' Illegal Gun Ownership of Over 1 Million
13 February 2014
InSight Crime (Bogota)
Two thirds of the 1.8 million guns in Honduras are reportedly circulating illegally, with the country's geography and high perceptions of insecurity fueling gun ownership.
According to newspaper La Tribuna, just 600,000 guns are legally registered, leaving 1.2 million guns in undocumented circulation. The total figure, if accurate, equates to nearly one gun for every four people in the country, with La Tribuna reporting their total estimated value to be $1.8... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)
Canada: Buying a Gun Like Buying a Fridge, Gun Lobby Linked Academic Says
12 February 2014
Maple Ridge News (Canada)
A Maple Ridge gun shop claims to be the first in Canada to offer selling firearms on yearly financial terms.
"Take your dream gun home today and pay it off in six or 12 months," is the advertisement from Wanstalls, noting that a Core 15 assault rifle can be had for $118 per month.
Matthew Mendel, a spokesman for the store on the Lougheed Highway in downtown Maple Ridge, said gun stores have offered layaway plans for a long time. However, customers might have had to... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Maple Ridge News (Canada)
Changes to Australian State Law Allows Dealers to Sell Amnesty Guns
12 February 2014
ABC News (Australia)
Changes to firearm laws in Tasmania are expected to take more guns off the streets.
The Police Commissioner is set to announce that firearm dealers will no longer be amnesty points.
Under Tasmania's permanent firearm amnesty, people with unregistered and unlicensed guns can hand them into police without fear of criminal charges.
Guns can also be handed in to registered firearm dealers who can then register and sell them.
The anti-gun lobby says the practice defeats... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: ABC News (Australia)
Over 1 Million Illegal Guns Circulating in Honduras [ES]
11 February 2014
La Tribuna (Honduras)
[Translated summary: New figures suggest there are 1.8 million firearms in Honduras, although only 600,000 of these firearms are legally registered. A former police official says that insecurity is a key reason why citizens are purchasing guns, despite a number of laws aimed at restricting gun ownership.]
Cortés, Atlántida, Colón, Copán y Francisco Morazán, concentran la mayor cantidad de armas prohibidas, según trascendió hoy martes.
Por cada cuatro... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: La Tribuna (Honduras)
Canadian Tory MP Apes Heston: Pry My Guns from 'Cold Dead Hands'
11 February 2014
Huffington Post (USA)
Conservative MP Blaine Calkins believes the Trudeau Liberals want to take away his firearms.
And to that, the Alberta native says they must pry them from his "cold, dead hands."
Calkins rose in the House during members' statements on Monday to highlight that Liberals will debate a resolution at their biennial convention later this month calling on any future Grit governments to reduce the number of firearms in Canada.
And to Calkins, who represents the Alberta riding... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Huffington Post (USA)
Turks & Caicos
Turks and Caicos Police Begin Check on Expired Firearms Licences
10 February 2014
TCI News Now (Turks & Caicos Islands)
A review and an inventory is currently being conducted by the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force (RTCIPF) firearms department on the status of all persons who are in possession of a firearms licence.
Strict measures will be imposed on those persons with expired licences. These measures may result in the suspension, revocation and/or the possibility of being charged with unauthorized possession of a firearm and ammunition.
Residents are reminded that firearms... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: TCI News Now (Turks & Caicos Islands)
Falling Gun Registrations in Argentinian Region [ES]
10 February 2014
Diario El Argentino (Argentina)
[Translated summary: 47 guns were registered in the Argentinian region of Entre Rios in January 2014 according to data from the Provincial Weapons Registration Division (Repar). Most buyers are men over the age of 40 and the guns are purchased for hunting or sport shooting. The number of guns registered in the province fell from 645 in 2012 down to 566 in 2013 and it is estimated that there are 1.5 million registered in Argentina overall. Citizens must undergo a... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Diario El Argentino (Argentina)
Legal Firearm Sales Rose Over 300% in Mexico Between 2006 - 2012 [ES]
10 February 2014
El Financiero (Mexico)
[Translated summary: The sale of firearms in Mexico increased by 331% between 2006 and 2012 according to a report, a trend which continued in 2013. On average 41 people legally purchase a gun in Mexico each day. Most purchases are legal, where citizens must get a licence, pay the fee and pass the background checks.]
La venta de armas de fuego (cortas y largas) para protección personal y de domicilio que comercializa legalmente el gobierno federal se incrementó 331... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: El Financiero (Mexico)
Hundreds of Thousands of Private Guns Licensed in India
7 February 2014
Governments across the country have issued 19.80 lakh private gun licences in 324 districts, or in just under half the country's 671 districts.
States that have suffered terrorism and those with poor social indicators top the list. Uttar Pradesh, which has 16.50 per cent of the country's population, has issued 11.23 lakh private licences, according to a government affidavit filed in the Allahabad High Court last year. The district-wise data were received over four... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Indian Express
Indian State Begins Digitization of Gun Licences, 'Smart Cards' for Owners
3 February 2014
Times of India
CHENNAI - Tamil Nadu has initiated digitization of records of arms licences under the National Database on Arms Licence (NDAL). Punjab is the only state to complete the project.
NDAL state coordinator V Suresh said the process began last week so that the state will be part of the web-based NDAL system designed to curb illegal arms. Under the system, arms licence holders will be given a smart card linked to a central database which is being compiled by the ministry of... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Times of India
US: Meth-Smoking White Supremacist Amassed Assault Rifles Despite Felonies
30 January 2014
Nobody is going to call John Christian Parks a master criminal.
Not him, certainly. Not his attorneys. Not the federal prosecutors who, having won a conviction against the eight-time felon following a jury trial, asked that he spend a decade in prison for gun crimes.
Last spring, U.S. Forest Service police caught Parks and a gaggle of others smoking meth and shooting semi-automatic assault rifles in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. Searching the 38-year-old... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Canadian Police Ruling on Handgun May Widen Rifle Magazine Loophole
28 January 2014
Global News (Canada)
An RCMP decision on whether to approve an Alberta man's exotic pistol could widen a loophole doubling the legal magazine capacity for semi-automatic rifles.
Last year Edward Osborne, a Calgary gun collector and competitive target shooter, imported a Czech-made VZ58 pistol, a shortened version of the popular CZ858 rifle, from the United States.
"I like it because it's very unique," he said in an interview. "I like the VZ58 platform in general, and this is one that I'd... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Global News (Canada)
New Gun Law, 1,739,000 Registered Firearms in the Philippines
25 January 2014
Sometime last year, when Republic Act 10591 or the New Gun law was approved, we ran a short series on it based on our interview with Major Ricardo Zapata in the interest of promoting responsible gun ownership. As the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) had not yet been published then, Major Zapata, chief of the Inspection & Enforcement Section of the Firearms and Explosives Office (FEO) of the PNP spoke on general terms, outlining the salient points of the... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Philippine Star
Renewal of Gun Licences From Other States Up in One Indian District
24 January 2014
Times of India
KOCHI - With district authorities taking stringent action against those who use guns with licences issued from other states, the number of applications for re-registration has gone up.
Unlike 2013, when authorities received just one application for renewal of licence issued from other states, this year, authorities have received nine applications in the month of January alone.
Though all these applications have been sent for police verification, chances of them... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Times of India
NZ Gun Lobby Rejects Registry as 'White Elephant' Despite Child Deaths
20 January 2014
Scoop.co.nz, Media release
The knee-jerk call by anti-firearm lobbyists to toughen firearm laws following the tragic murder-suicide in Dunedin is totally misplaced and ignores reality says the Sporting Hunters Outdoor Trust.
Trust spokesman Laurie Collins of Westport said New Zealand's firearm laws where the fitness of firearms owners is registered has been widely praised as practical and realistic.
"A gun registry will not prevent one death or one crime. The tragedy underlines that the... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Scoop.co.nz
Illegal, Homemade Guns in Hands of South African Youth
18 January 2014
Independent/IOL Daily News (South Africa)
CAPE TOWN - Teenage hitmen as young as 14 are terrorising the streets of Mitchells Plain, and while police battle to curb the rampant gun trade, the increasing use of homemade firearms threatens to further derail any chance of controlling gang violence.
Mitchells Plain's worst areas, such as Beacon Valley, have at least one illegal gun on every street, according to police.
Gangs are using the bravado of youths as a means to eliminate their rivals, sometimes with crude... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Independent/IOL Daily News (South Africa)
One Legal Firearm For Every Nine People in Scottish Region
17 January 2014
Daily Record (Scotland)
There are more than 16,000 legal guns in the region – that's one firearm for every nine people.
A freedom of information request by the News revealed the figures, although police refused to lift the lid on how many illegal weapons had been confiscated in the past decade.
The statistics on non-registered firearms were not revealed as police believed it "too time consuming" to collate the figures.
Freedom of information officer Steven Irving said: "As at 7 January... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Daily Record (Scotland)
Accountants, Priests, Reporters Can Carry Guns Under New Law in Philippines
15 January 2014
Filipino doctors, priests, journalists and accountants will be allowed to arm themselves while at work under a controversial new gun law that takes effect in their country this month.
Under the Philippines' Republic Act 10591, people working in these sectors - along with nurses, engineers, bank tellers, and lawyers - are considered "in imminent danger due to their profession" and will be allowed to carry small guns when outside their homes.
To qualify for a special... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: CNN
UK Gangs Load Up on Antique Guns, No Registration Required
12 January 2014
Surrounded by a fearsome array of 2,000 assorted lethal weapons ranging from a rocket-propelled grenade to a homemade blunderbuss, Tony Gallagher points to a rack of 100-year-old revolvers straight out of a cowboy film. He said: "We're seeing a few more of these on the streets now."
As a forensic expert for the National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS) at its high-security laboratory in an anonymous building in a Birmingham suburb, Tony and his colleagues know... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Independent (UK)
Saudi Man Hunting Stray Dogs Kills Self Accidentally With Unregistered Gun
6 January 2014
Arab News (Jeddah)
Jeddah - The menace of stray dogs cost a man his life as he killed himself accidentally with a hunting firearm in Al-Aqiq in Baha on Sunday while attempting to shoot the dogs.
A police official said the man, in his twenties, was found dead next to his car apparently shooting himself while trying to kill stray dogs.
Col. Saad Turad, spokesman for Baha Police, told Arab News that preliminary investigations revealed that a gunshot broke the man's skull as it came... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Arab News (Jeddah)
Mongolia to Amend Firearms Law
5 January 2014
Post (Ulan Bator)
Crimes and murders committed involving firearms have increased in recent years. Thus, the controls on firearms users are being tightened with amendments to the Law on Firearms.
Mongolia currently observes a law on firearms enacted in 2001. The Law on Firearms regulates the ownership, privatization and use of firearms not designated for battle, which belong to justice system bodies, the intelligence agency, police, and the armed forces.
As of 2013, a total of 46,982... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Post (Ulan Bator)
Philippines Police Say 60-70% of Gun Licences Based on Fake Documents
3 January 2014
GMA TV News (Manila)
Of the 1.7 million licensed firearms in the country, 60 to 70 percent were issued based on fake documents, the Philippine National Police said Friday.
Citing figures from the PNP Firearms Explosives Office, Police Chief Superintendent Louie Oppus said in a report on "24 Oras" aired Friday evening that he has ordered the investigation into the use of fake names and addresses as well as fake neuro-psychiatric results by applicants.
"I have now caused an investigation... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: GMA TV News (Manila)
Philippines Political Party Calls for Tougher Gun Laws
27 December 2013
Philippine Daily Inquirer
MANILA, Philippines — A political party on Thursday called on media companies, organizations and practitioners to join the campaign for stricter gun control laws, saying the growing number of killings of journalists and politicians, as well as stray-bullet incidents, are all symptoms of uncontrolled gun proliferation in Philippine society.
Ang Kapatiran Party said media men, instead of arming themselves, should push for amendments of the gun control law limiting the... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Philippine Daily Inquirer
Philippines Mayor Among 4 Killed in Shooting at Manila Airport
20 December 2013
A gunman opened fire outside a terminal at Manila's international airport on Friday, killing the mayor of a southern Philippines town, two members of his family and a young child, authorities said.
The attack wounded five people and caused panic among travelers caught up in the chaos.
Gun crime and political violence occur with grim frequency in the Philippines. But the shooting Friday at Terminal 3 of Ninoy Aquino International Airport appeared particularly... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: CNN
When Will US Learn from Australia? Stricter Gun Control Saves Lives
14 December 2013
Guardian (UK), Opinion
The mass murder in Newtown Connecticut a year ago caused shock and sorrow all around the world. In Australia it also revived memories of our own horror on a similar scale, when dozens of people innocently going about their day were gunned down by a disturbed young man.
Our tragedy occurred in 1996 at the Port Arthur historic site in Tasmania, one of Australia's most popular tourist destinations. The dead numbered 35, with more than 20 others injured. The victims ranged... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Guardian (UK)
Inside the NRA: Why US Gun Control Always Fails – NY Times Magazine
12 December 2013
New York Times
To get to Joe Manchin's private office in the Hart Senate Office Building, you first pass through a lobby where you encounter a small bronze statue of an Old West lawman holding a firearm — an award given to Manchin several years ago by a chapter of the National Rifle Association for his unswerving defense of gun rights. Then you turn down a hallway, past several framed photographs of children who were victims of the massacre a year ago at Sandy Hook Elementary School... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: New York Times
Sandy Hook Massacre: US Gun Lobby Targets Australia, Cherry-Picks Data
12 December 2013
Sydney Morning Herald
As America prepares to mark the first anniversary of the murder of 20 children and six staff at the Sandy Hook elementary school, Australia has again become a focus of the increasingly bitter debate over gun control in the United States.
At issue for activists on both sides is the decision by former prime minister John Howard to ban a range of gun types in Australia following the Port Arthur massacre, in particular semi-automatic rifles. To gun control advocates in... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Sydney Morning Herald
Post-Newtown, US Gun Control Battle Moves to States
9 December 2013
In the year since the massacre of 26 schoolchildren and adults in Newtown, Connecticut, efforts to pass gun legislation have stalled in the U.S. Congress but shifted to the states, helped by the deep pockets of outgoing New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
In scores of statehouse battles, both gun-control and gun-rights advocates have notched wins since a mentally unstable gunman killed 20 first-graders and six adults at Newtown's Sandy Hook Elementary School on December... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Reuters
NZ Police Endorse New Law on Military Firearms, 'Restricted' Air Guns
6 December 2013
Scoop (New Zealand), Media release
Police welcome new laws coming into effect next week that place import restrictions on some airguns and clarify the definition of military style semi-automatic firearms.
The Arms (Military Style Semi-automatic Firearms and Import Controls) Amendment Act was passed in 2012 and comes into effect on 11 December 2013.
It creates a new category of airgun – the restricted airgun. A restricted airgun is an airgun (with or without any of its attachments) that either:
- has... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Scoop (New Zealand)
Jamaica Police Upgrade Firearm Ballistic and Tracing Technology
3 December 2013
Commissioner Owen Ellington appears pleased that the police force's forensic capabilities have been upgraded with new equipment and technology, as well as training for staff. Now, he is anxious to have the expertise gained by the constabulary tested in the courts.
"There are some very important cases to come to court soon, and I think there's one in court now which, if we get an opportunity, we can put on display some of the new investigative techniques that we've... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Jamaica Observer
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