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Gun theft, robbery and 'leakage' of weapons

Australia

29 November 2016

Guardian

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

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Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa

29 November 2016

Small Arms Survey, Web page

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

Read More: Small Arms Survey

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United States,Mexico

22 November 2016

Vice News (US)

[Translated summary: Although Mexico has some of the strictest gun legislation in the world, with only one shop where guns can be bought legally, there are more than 15 million guns in circulation and 85% are illegal. One of the main reasons is the proximity of the USA, where guns are easily available. Almost 100,000 Mexicans died of gun wounds in the last decade.] Es casi la media noche del 11 de octubre y la policía recibe una llamada de emergencia alertando de una... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Vice News (US)

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Serbia

20 November 2016

Irish Times (Dublin)

Serbia is urgently checking state arms depots after scores of guns were found to be missing from a military warehouse, fuelling concern over Balkan weapons smuggling amid a series of major security scares around the region. Serbia's defence ministry said military intelligence, military police and other agencies were investigating the disappearance of weaponry including 70 semi-automatic pistols, five automatic rifles and two cases of ammunition. Last week Serbia... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Irish Times (Dublin)

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Venezuela

18 November 2016

Entorno Inteligente

[Translated summary: Venezuelans now use social media like Whatsapp, BBM, Snapchat and Instagram to illegally buy and sell guns. A Beretta 92FS pistol can be purchased for 2.7 million Venezuelan bolivars (270,000 USD). Official data from 2012 calculates that the country has between 1.2 and 1.5 million unregistered guns. Until March, 2016, only 48,000 firearms had been destroyed.] Los índices de violencia y criminalidad siguen en un preocupante ascenso. Para completar... (GunPolicy.org)

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Argentina

16 November 2016

La Nación (Argentina), Agencia DyN

[Translated Summary: Argentina's Chamber of Deputies approved a bill that sets more severe sentences for gun carrying and possession. For illegal possession, sentences can go from six months to eight years if the firearm has been modified from its original condition. And for illegal carrying, sentences can be from four to eight years, depending on the case.] Cámara de Diputados aprobó hoy y giró al Senado un proyecto impulsado por el Frente Renovador y apoyado por... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: La Nación (Argentina), Agencia DyN

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European Union,Slovakia,Iraq,Syria

14 November 2016

EUObserver (Belgium)

EU lawmakers are meeting on Tuesday (15 November) for another round of backroom talks to curb gun violence and prevent terrorists from acquiring weapons on the black market. Debates around the European Commission's EU firearms directive reform, proposed in the aftermath the Paris November terrorist attacks, appears to be advancing as positions converge between the two co-legislatures at the European Parliament and the Council, representing member states. "There is a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: EUObserver (Belgium)

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Australia

5 November 2016

Mercury (Tasmania)

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

Read More: Mercury (Tasmania)

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United Kingdom

31 October 2016

ABC News (Spain)

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

Read More: ABC News (Spain)

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United Kingdom

31 October 2016

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

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

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

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United States

31 October 2016

WSOC/TV (USA)

CHARLOTTE -- There have been 900 guns stolen from stores in the Carolinas in 2016 and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives officials said it's the fastest rate in the U.S. Federal agents are working around the clock to solve the cases but the connection between the crimes isn't clear. Guns have been stolen from 81 firearms shops in the Carolinas since January. "We've had approximately 900 that have been taken through burglary, larceny or robbery," ATF... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: WSOC/TV (USA)

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Afghanistan,Iraq,United States

30 October 2016

The Washington Diplomat (US)

The United States has flooded Iraq and Afghanistan with billions of dollars worth of small arms since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and has lost track of millions of them, according to a recently published report on 412 Department of Defense contracts by the London-based advocacy nonprofit Action on Armed Violence. People often associate U.S. military assistance with heavy hardware such as armored fighting vehicles, anti-tank weapons and attack helicopters.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: The Washington Diplomat (US)

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South Africa

29 October 2016

Prensa Latina (Havana)

[Translated summary: Around 23,000 seized, illegal firearms have been destroyed by South African police. It is estimated that 9,200 of these guns were related to crime. Each day, an average of 18 people die by gunshot in South Africa. The minimum age to own a firearm is 21. The number of guns per person is limited and a firearm licence must be periodically renewed.] Pretoria -- Unas 23 mil armas de fuego ilegales confiscadas por la Policía sudafricana fueron... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Prensa Latina (Havana)

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United States

26 October 2016

The Trace (USA)

A new analysis of the provenance of 53,000 crime guns by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office is a stark reminder of the limitations of state firearm restrictions — and of the public's ability to obtain detailed information about the flow of guns within the United States. The report, released Tuesday, reveals that three out of four firearms recovered by police in the Empire State were purchased somewhere else — most often, Virginia, the Carolinas,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: The Trace (USA)

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Yemen,Brazil

23 October 2016

New York Times, Opinion

RIO DE JANEIRO — As Brazil weathers the worst political and economic crises in living memory, Brazilians can hardly be blamed for being distracted. But there is a subject that the country's politicians — and citizens — are not discussing, even though it risks tarnishing Brazil's international reputation as an advocate of peacebuilding and diplomacy: an unchecked arms industry and its involvement in foreign conflicts around the globe. The fingerprints of Brazil's... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

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European Union

21 October 2016

Deutsche Welle

The European Commission's attempts to ban the most dangerous semi-automatic weapons, such as AK-47 assault rifles, are being watered down thanks to pressure from a pan-European alliance of gun associations, according to documents leaked to "Der Spiegel" magazine. The Commission's proposal, drawn up in the wake of last year's terrorist attacks at the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris, is due to be finalized over the coming weeks by the European Parliament, the Commission,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Deutsche Welle

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

21 October 2016

Age (Melbourne)

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

Read More: Age (Melbourne)

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United States

17 October 2016

WFMY News

GREENSBORO -- Some police departments across the state are facing a gun dilemma and it's not what you might think. The recent uptick in violent crimes and more aggressive police initiatives to curb it, means some, like the Greensboro Police Department, are taking a lot of guns off the streets. But a state law is presenting a dilemma where some of those departments can't decide what to do with the guns once a case is over and they no longer need the gun for... (GunPolicy.org)

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Somalia

11 October 2016

New York Times, Reuters

Many guns imported by the Somali government with U.N. approval are being resold by arms dealers on the black market in the nation's capital Mogadishu, two Western diplomats said. Such sales violate a three-year-old deal which exempted government weapons imports from a U.N. arms embargo. The U.N. Security Council partially lifted it in 2013 to equip government forces fighting al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab militants. The United Nations imposed a blanket arms embargo on... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times, Reuters

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United States

7 October 2016

Chicago Tribune

The young woman arrived home to find a footprint still visible on her front door. Her South Shore apartment had been broken into, and the small safe she kept under her bed was missing, along with the black .40-caliber Glock handgun she kept inside. Over the next year, that Glock would fire 42 bullets, leaving shell casings scattered on walkways, porches and side streets. In the hands of a street gang, the gun was used in at least five separate shootings that left two... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Chicago Tribune

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El Salvador

4 October 2016

El Mundo (El Salvador)

[Translated Summary: El Salvador Police have seized 2,705 firearms in 2016. In this cache, there were 318 rifles (AK-47 and G3), 279 shotguns, 1,872 handguns and one M 60 machine gun. 474 of them were seized from gangs during police operations. There has been an increase of 77% in the seizure of firearms in relation to last year.] La Policía Nacional Civil (PNC) ha incautado 2,705 armas de fuego en el 2016, de las cuales 318 son fusiles AK 47, M16, G-3 y de otros... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: El Mundo (El Salvador)

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Panama

28 September 2016

Panamá América

[Translated summary: At least 100 assault rifles, machine guns and grenades were allegedly stolen from the Institutional Protection Service, as reported by a lawyer with the Firearm Owners Association of Panama. The Association also noted that they receive between 15 and 30 gun theft complains each year, but that the police seize 1,500 in the same time.] La supuesta pérdida de al menos un centenar de fusiles de asalto M4, ametralladoras y granadas dentro de los... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Panamá América

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Senegal,Africa

27 September 2016

Le Soleil (Senegal)

[Translated summary: To ensure safety, African countries buy their guns through legal channels. However, 80% of these arms are diverted, stolen or transferred by corrupt intermediaries, according to Marc Finand, member of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy. He estimates that 150 million firearms circulate in the continent.] Pour assurer leur sécurité, les Etats achètent des armes via des canaux légaux. Cependant, en Afrique, 80% de ses armes se retrouvent, par... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Le Soleil (Senegal)

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Mexico,Central America,South America

22 September 2016

InSight Crime (Bogotá)

[Translated summary: A series of recent raids and reports highlights the thriving arms trade in Latin America which continues to disrupt countries and entire regions. For example, a report by Prensa Libre found the 9mm pistol has been the weapon most commonly confiscated by Guatemala's National Police.] Una serie de redadas e informes recientes ponen de relieve el floreciente negocio de armas en toda Latinoamérica, lo que sirve tanto para beneficio de los grupos... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogotá)

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United States

22 September 2016

Zócalo (Mexico)

[Translated summary: In the US, between 300,000 and 600,000 guns are stolen each year, according to a study from Harvard and Northeastern Universities. Almost 6,000 gun thefts from cars were reported in 2015. These weapons fuel the 'Iron Pipeline' East Coast trafficking route, and are often used in crime.] Washington -- En Estados Unidos roban entre 300 mil y 600 mil armas al año, según información de un estudio de Harvard y Northeastern University, y en muchas... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Zócalo (Mexico)

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United States

21 September 2016

The Trace (USA)

ATLANTA — Landen Boyd parked his Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck at a construction site south of downtown Atlanta and went to work, leaving his black Smith & Wesson 9mm in a case underneath the center console. It was the fall of 2006, and Boyd, a 37-year-old construction superintendent, was overseeing the development of an apartment complex across the train tracks from Mechanicsville, a high-crime neighborhood. When noon came, Boyd hitched a ride to eat lunch with... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: The Trace (USA)

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South America,Central America,Mexico

21 September 2016

InSight Crime (Bogotá)

A series of recent raids and reports highlights the thriving arms trade throughout Latin America, which serves to both profit illicit groups and to facilitate criminal violence in the region. During a recent conference on armed violence in Central America, Ana Yancy Espinoza, academic director of the Costa Rican organization Fundación Arias, presented the results of an investigation on regional arms trafficking. According to a press release from the Foundation for... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogotá)

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United States

21 September 2016

Guardian

Landen Boyd parked his Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck at a construction site south of downtown Atlanta and went to work, leaving his black Smith & Wesson 9mm in a case underneath the center console. While Boyd was eating lunch at a nearby rib joint, someone chucked a brick through his truck's back window, crawled inside, grabbed his weapon, and fled. The Smith & Wesson vanished into Atlanta's underworld for more than two years. The handgun resurfaced when police... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian

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Australia

20 September 2016

America's First Freedom

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

Read More: America's First Freedom

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Guatemala

19 September 2016

Prensa Libre (Guatemala)

[Translated summary: The most common guns used in crimes in Guatemala, for their cheap prices and their characteristics, are the 9 mm pistol and the .38 revolver. According to the experts, the 9 mm can be disassembled in 5 pieces that are interchangeable with other pistols, as long as they are the same brand and calibre. Criminals use them so they can hide evidence by changing the barrels.] Armas utilizadas en crímenes son desarmadas y sus piezas vendidas en mercado... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Prensa Libre (Guatemala)

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United States

19 September 2016

The Trace (USA)

Amid a historic plunge in the national violent crime rate, more Americans than ever are arming themselves to protect against attack by other people, a new survey of U.S. gun ownership by researchers at Harvard and Northeastern universities reveals. Their weapon of choice is a handgun, which is portable and easily concealable, and in many states, can be carried in an increasing number of public places. Pistols, revolvers, and other handguns account for a majority of the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: The Trace (USA)

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United States

19 September 2016

Guardian

Americans own an estimated 265m guns, more than one gun for every American adult, according to the most definitive portrait of US gun ownership in two decades. But the new survey estimates that 130m of these guns are concentrated in the hands of just 3% of American adults – a group of super-owners who have amassed an average of 17 guns each. The unpublished Harvard/Northeastern survey result summary, obtained exclusively by the Guardian and the Trace, estimates that... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian

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Australia

13 September 2016

Age (Melbourne)

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

Read More: Age (Melbourne)

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Australia

13 September 2016

Age (Melbourne)

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

Read More: Age (Melbourne)

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Australia

12 September 2016

Age (Melbourne), Editorial

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

Read More: Age (Melbourne)

39828

Australia

12 September 2016

Age (Melbourne)

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

Read More: Age (Melbourne)

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United States

8 September 2016

L'Orient-Le Jour (Beirut)

[Translated summary: After a two-year investigation, the US Department of Justice has concluded that undercover operations against gun trafficking by the ATF were poorly managed, and that the agents lacked training and supervision. For example, an infiltrated agent actually sold a gun and kept the profits, some of the retrieved guns were later stolen, and some agents misplaced sensitive documents.] Des policiers fédéraux américains ont accumulé les bévues lors... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: L'Orient-Le Jour (Beirut)

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Dominican Republic

2 September 2016

Al Momento

[Translated Summary: In the Dominican Republic, Deputy Victor Bosonó says that in the 90s there were eight to ten deaths from gunfire per hundred thousand inhabitants. That number has now tripled, with "80% of homicides committed with firearms". A new gun control law tackles illegal possession of all firearms -- home guns, civilian or military guns, modified or stolen from a soldier.] El diputado Reformista, Víctor Bisonó, consideró que la ley para el Control y... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Al Momento

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Iraq,Afghanistan,United States

24 August 2016

New York Times

Early this year, a Facebook user in Baghdad using the name Hussein Mahyawi posted a photograph of a slightly worn M4 assault rifle he was offering for sale. Veterans of the latest war in Iraq immediately recognized it. It was a standard American carbine equipped with a holographic sight, a foregrip that was military-issue during the occupation and a sticker bearing a digital QR code used by American forces for inventory control. Except for one detail — an aftermarket... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

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Chile

22 August 2016

Notimerica (Spain)

[Translated summary: In 2010 there were 11,751 firearms missing in Chile, a number that increased to 20,200 in 2016. Also, 7,457 arms were reported stolen in 5 years. As at July this year, Chile has 805,564 registered firearms.] SANTIAGO DE CHILE -- Las autoridades chilenas y la Policía están preocupadas por el aumento progresivo del número de armas de fuego, especialmente las que no se encuentran regularizadas y perdidas. Desde el año 2010 se reportaron 642... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Notimerica (Spain)

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Venezuela

17 August 2016

New York Times

Venezuelan police crushed and chopped up nearly 2,000 shotguns and pistols in a Caracas city square on Wednesday, as the new interior minister relaunched a long-stalled gun control campaign in one of the world's most crime-ridden countries. Interior Minister Nestor Reverol said the event marked the renewal of efforts to disarm Venezuelans, through a combination of seizures and a voluntary program to swap guns for electrical goods. Venezuela has the world's second... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

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Mexico,Australia

12 August 2016

Sporting Shooters' Association of Australia, Media release

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

Read More: Sporting Shooters' Association of Australia

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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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Canada

7 August 2016

La Presse (Montréal)

[Translated summary: Between 2008 and March 2016, agents of the Canadian Mounted Police have lost 48 firearms. Another 12 were stolen from them. Types include rifles, shotguns, pistols and one machine gun. Police must store their arms safely; they can face criminal charges if they are responsible for the loss or theft.] Une adolescente de Winnipeg atteinte par balle a frôlé la mort l'an dernier. Le pistolet de son assaillant s'est révélé être une arme de service... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: La Presse (Montréal)

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Nigeria

3 August 2016

Vanguard (Lagos)

ABUJA — The United Nations has raised alarm over proliferation of illicit small arms and light weapons (SALW) in Nigeria, with over 350 million. According to the organisation, 70 per cent of estimated 500 million of such weapons said to be circulating in West Africa is domiciled in the country. Director of United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa, UNREC, Ms. Olatokunbo Ige, gave this startling statistics at the ongoing National... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Vanguard (Lagos)

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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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Germany,United States

30 July 2016

International Business Times (UK)

A US investigation unit has revealed that a collection of firearms were stolen from the Panzer Kaserne Army base near Stuttgart in Germany. Special agents from the US Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID) expressed concern that the weapons could find their way into the wrong hands or could be sold on the black market. Weapons often tend to get misplaced on the base and though the Army did not confirm when the arms went missing, it indicated the theft occurred a few... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: International Business Times (UK)

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United States

28 July 2016

Forbes (USA)

On first glance, it looks familiar to anyone who has seen a version of the Glock 17 pistol, the sleek handgun popularized by law enforcement around the country. But behind the trigger is a multi-colored, six-digit keypad that looks more like something you'd find on a door alarm than a gun. The keypad stands out on the otherwise black pistol, a visual cue that the SMART 2 is not your ordinary handgun. It's also the reason why, according to the weapon's makers, it isn't... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Forbes (USA)

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United States

28 July 2016

Guns (US)

A study published this month finds 4 out of 5 guns recovered in crime are not owned by the perpetrator, who often obtained them through theft or trafficking. The peer-reviewed study, "Gaps continue in firearm surveillance: Evidence from a large U.S. City Bureau of Police," was complied by a team of researchers led by Dr. Anthony Fabio of the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public Health, and published in this month's Social Medicine. Fabio worked with... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guns (US)

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Europe

26 July 2016

Irispress (España)

[Translated Summary: According to the UN, EU gun sales total around €300,000 million [sic.] a year. Switzerland, Finland, and Cyprus have the highest gun-per-civilian rate (40 firearms per 100 civilians); while in Germany there are an estimated 30 firearms per 100 civilians, three times more than in Spain. Over 500,000 of these legal firearms from the EU have been lost or stolen and ended up in the black market.] Aunque sobre el papel parece difícil, lo cierto es... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Irispress (España)

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United States

25 July 2016

EurekAlert (USA)

PITTSBURGH -- Nearly 80 percent of perpetrators carrying a gun recovered by Pittsburgh Police were not the lawful owners, a strong indication that theft and trafficking are significant sources of firearms involved in crimes in southwest Pennsylvania, a new University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health analysis reveals. The finding suggests a timely opportunity for collaboration between public health and law enforcement officials to better understand and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: EurekAlert (USA)

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

15 July 2016

The Diplomat (Japan)

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

Read More: The Diplomat (Japan)

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India

13 July 2016

Times of India

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

Read More: Times of India

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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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Sudan,Russia

7 July 2016

Guardian

"I fired my first gunshot when I was nine," says Salih. "For years after that I was very eager to do it again. I owned my first weapon when I got to 14. It was an AK-47." Salih is now 38, but guns have been a permanent fixture in his life. Growing up in Darfur in one of the Arab tribes that has been at war with other ethnic groups in the region since 2003, he says it quickly became clear the only way to protect his family was to get a weapon of his own. In the 13... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian

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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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Jordan,United States,Saudi Arabia

26 June 2016

New York Times

Weapons shipped into Jordan by the Central Intelligence Agency and Saudi Arabia intended for Syrian rebels have been systematically stolen by Jordanian intelligence operatives and sold to arms merchants on the black market, according to American and Jordanian officials. Some of the stolen weapons were used in a shooting in November that killed two Americans and three others at a police training facility in Amman, F.B.I. officials believe after months of investigating... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

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Australia

26 June 2016

Sunday Times (Western Australia)

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

Read More: Sunday Times (Western Australia)

39493

Côte d'Ivoire

15 June 2016

Amnesty International (France), Media release

[Translated summary: Under the Arms Trade Treaty, the states of West Africa have improved their firearm stock management. Now every gun is marked with a code that shows where it comes from. Also, every time a gun enters or leaves an armoury, the code allows officials to know who gave the order and why. Now, the National Police of Côte d'Ivoire has marked 99% of its guns.] Après deux décennies de crises, la Côte d'Ivoire est aux avant-postes de la lutte contre la... (GunPolicy.org)

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39545

Mexico

7 June 2016

InSight Crime (Bogotá)

Nearly 13,000 guns have been lost or stolen from Mexico's public security agencies over the last ten years, according to a recent report, a telling reminder that the country's black market weapons don't just come from north of the border. The majority of the 12,878 weapons that went missing or were stolen during that period disappeared in Mexico City, Mexico State, Chihuahua, Guerrero and Jalisco, according to documents from Mexico's National Institute of Transparency,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogotá)

39381

New Zealand

3 June 2016

Stuff (New Zealand)

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

Read More: Stuff (New Zealand)

39367

Australia

29 May 2016

Sydney Morning Herald

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

Read More: Sydney Morning Herald

39349

South America,Brazil

23 May 2016

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Over 30 percent of all weapons belonging to private security firms in Rio de Janeiro end up in the hands of criminals, authorities say, highlighting an important yet often overlooked source of firearms for criminal groups throughout Latin America. A Federal Police report accessed by Globo states that at least 17,662 firearms were diverted or stolen from the stockpiles of private security companies in Rio de Janeiro state over the last 10 years. This figure represents... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

39342

New Zealand

19 May 2016

New Zealand Herald

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

Read More: New Zealand Herald

39344

United States

19 May 2016

News Max

More than 12,000 handguns, shotguns, and rifles were stolen from gun stores between 2013 and 2015, an increase of 28 percent, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. More than 1,100 federally licensed gun dealers were robbed, according to ABC News. "We know from experience that as soon as those guns are stolen, we have a very short period of time between when those guns go from the legal market into criminal hands and then are being... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: News Max

39292

Argentina

10 May 2016

Sin Mordaza (Argentina)

[Translated summary: An Argentinian minister was ordered to incinerate 700 guns last year. In the next months police found 17 of them in the hands of criminals, indicating that they were diverted to the illegal circuit before arriving at the furnace.] Son unas 700 piezas que el exministro Raúl Lamberto había ordenado incinerar. 17 de ellas aparecieron en manos de delincuentes, y se desconoce cuántas más podrían estar en esa situación. En noviembre del año... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sin Mordaza (Argentina)

39264

Colombia

28 April 2016

RCN Radio (Colombia)

[Translated summary: Active soldiers in Colombia had a gun trafficking network where they sold parts of machine guns and ammunition stolen from military armouries.] Un suboficial, dos soldados profesionales y un civil al servicio del Ejército conformaban una red encargada de comercializar armas y partes para las mismas, así quedó evidenciado en medio de un operativo que las autoridades señalaron como una acción de contrainteligencia coordinada con el CTI de la... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: RCN Radio (Colombia)

39192

Russia

28 April 2016

Moscow Times

U.S. gun enthusiasts live in constant fear of the federal government confiscating their weapons. For Russian gun owners, such a fear may be about to become a reality. On April 14, President Vladimir Putin, announced the formation of a new National Guard, and declared one of its key functions would be to control firearms. "We are creating the National Guard to limit the circulation of weapons in the country," he told the Russian people during his annual "direct line"... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Moscow Times

39191

Uruguay

27 April 2016

InSight Crime (Bogota)

A rise in attempted arms thefts from Uruguay's military barracks in 2016 has sparked debate over the criminal nature of the perpetrators involved, and again drawn attention to the country's role as a source of weapons for regional arms traffickers. During a meeting of the Uruguayan Senate's security commission on April 26, Senator Javier García said 32 attempts to enter barracks and steal weapons have occurred in 2016. Of these, 11 led to exchanges of gunfire,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

39218

Yemen,Iraq,West Asia,Serbia,Syria,Saudi Arabia,Albania,France,Bulgaria,Croatia,Eastern Europe,Europe,Slovakia,Sudan

16 April 2016

Economist

The arsenal discovered in the apartment of Reda Kriket, a suspected terrorist arrested on March 24th near Paris, included explosives, Kalashnikov AK-47 rifles and a machine pistol from Croatia. The terrorists who staged the attacks last November in Paris employed AK-47s made by Zastava, a Serbian manufacturer. The Kouachi brothers, who attacked the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo the previous January, used Kalashnikov ammunition made in Bosnia. Whatever else these... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Economist

39179

Australia

11 April 2016

Advertiser (Adelaide)

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

Read More: Advertiser (Adelaide)

39067

Australia

9 April 2016

ABC News (Australia)

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

Read More: ABC News (Australia)

39068

Australia

7 April 2016

Herald Sun (Melbourne)

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

Read More: Herald Sun (Melbourne)

39063

Libya,Africa,United States,Asia,Yemen,Iraq,Syria

6 April 2016

New York Times

A terrorist hoping to buy an antiaircraft weapon in recent years needed to look no further than Facebook, which has been hosting sprawling online arms bazaars, offering weapons ranging from handguns and grenades to heavy machine guns and guided missiles. The Facebook posts suggest evidence of large-scale efforts to sell military weapons coveted by terrorists and militants. The weapons include many distributed by the United States to security forces and their proxies in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

39042

United Kingdom,Eastern Europe,Germany,Slovakia,France

18 March 2016

Black Sea, Der Spiegel, Le Soir

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

Read More: Black Sea, Der Spiegel, Le Soir

38961

New Zealand

11 March 2016

Stuff (New Zealand)

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

Read More: Stuff (New Zealand)

39030

United States,Argentina,Bolivia,Paraguay

10 March 2016

InSight Crime (Bogota)

A raid on a weapons "supermarket" in Paraguay has led officials to offer details of the inner workings of the country's arms trade, depicting a familiar mix of corruption, stolen military arms, and guns legally bought in the United States. On March 9, security forces discovered an arsenal of high powered weaponry in a raid on a house in Paraguay's capital city of Asunción, which included machine guns, assault rifles, and armour piercing weapons, reported ABC. So far,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

38944

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

1 March 2016

Small Arms Survey (Geneva)

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

Read More: Small Arms Survey (Geneva)

38951

Mauritius

27 February 2016

Defimedia (Mauritius)

[Translated summary: In Mauritius, possession and use of firearms are regulated by the Firearms Act. Every year, the owners must renew their licences. Police accurately control a firearm's characteristics and the amount of ammunition the owner can have. Anyone who infringes the Firearms Act can be fined and face prison time.] Des coups de feu à Goodlands après qu'un véhicule ait percuté un chien. En décembre, deux personnes ont été atteints par balles à... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Defimedia (Mauritius)

39351

United States

24 February 2016

Guardian

A federal agent lost his loaded gun in San Francisco last week after leaving the firearm on top of his car and driving off. In September, police say a man with a Glock 26 pistol stolen from a federal immigration officer's car shot and kill a beloved Oakland artist. And in July, a man allegedly used a federal ranger's semi-automatic pistol to shoot 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle in a random San Francisco killing. The thefts and resulting gun violence have raised questions... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian

38904

El Salvador

16 February 2016

InSight Crime (Bogota)

A recent report points once again to the role high-ranking El Salvador military officials play in driving that nation's illicit arms trade, helping fuel rampant gang violence and bloodshed. Since 2010 El Salvador's National Civil Police (Policía Nacional Civil - PNC) and several other state institutions bought over $500,000 worth of guns, munitions, and bulletproof vests from the arms businesses of retired army major Miguel Ángel Pocasangre Escobar, reported La... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

38887

South Sudan

10 December 2015

Radio Tamazuj (Sudan)

South Sudan's National Legislative Assembly on Wednesday deliberated a firearms control bill presented by the head of parliament's committee of defense and security Hon. Samuel Duar Deng. While tabling the bill for its second reading, Deng requested the lawmakers to deliberate and pass it into law. Meanwhile, the Minority Leader Onyoti Adigo described the bill as important but he questioned why cabinet members were not present in the house to discuss the issue. "Now,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Radio Tamazuj (Sudan)

39642

Brazil

24 November 2015

Americas Society / Council of the Americas (AS/COA)

A measure that would loosen gun control in Brazil—home to one of the largest absolute number of homicides globally—is wending its way through Congress. Supported by the so-called "bullets, beef, and bible" caucus, the legislation could dismantle the country's landmark 2003 disarmament legislation. Where does the bill stand? On November 3, a congressional committee approved the bill, which now heads to the Chamber of Deputies floor. Called the Gun Control Statute,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Americas Society / Council of the Americas (AS/COA)

38929

Serbia,Montenegro,Macedonia,Kosovo,Croatia,Bosnia & Herzegovina,France

17 November 2015

Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)

How Did the 13 November Paris Killers Get Their Guns? Full details of the arms used in the 13 November massacres will emerge in time. This post provides some information on illicit automatic weapons, such as the Kalashnikov, in France, and how they reach illicit markets. Overall, it appears that there is a pool of several thousand illicit military style firearms in France and relatively small numbers are trafficked in from abroad. Such quantities mean that terrorists... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)

38864

Australia

10 November 2015

New Daily (Australia)

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

Read More: New Daily (Australia)

38849

Australia

23 October 2015

Yahoo! 7 News (Australia)

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

Read More: Yahoo! 7 News (Australia)

38847

South Africa

29 September 2015

ISS Africa

Hlupha was eight when he got his first gun and his neighbour taught him to commit crime. His first robbery was of the post office in the small town where he lived. When Hlupha was 16, he shot a boy at school for flirting with his girlfriend. He committed many more crimes over a number of years until he was arrested and convicted for kidnapping, robbery and assault. When we met him he was in prison. Velabahleke was 10 when he stole his first gun. He found his second gun... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ISS Africa

38992

United Kingdom

15 September 2015

Guardian

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

Read More: Guardian

39643

Australia

9 September 2015

Moonee Valley Leader

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

Read More: Moonee Valley Leader

39120

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

18 February 2015

Euronews (France)

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

Read More: Euronews (France)

38862

Australia

8 December 2014

Shanghai Daily (China), Xinhua

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

Read More: Shanghai Daily (China), Xinhua

38830

Philippines

14 November 2014

Bloomberg (USA)

Hidden beneath tarpaulins in the backyard of a house in the central Philippine city of Danao, Lito puts the finishing touches on a replica .45-caliber Colt Officer's Model pistol. It will join the more than 600,000 illegal guns in circulation in a country where the homicide rate outstrips the U.S. The money he makes from guns supplements his income as a farmer and helped Lito, 52, send two children to college. Still, he thinks often of the suffering that may come from... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Bloomberg (USA)

38823

Estonia

27 October 2014

Associated Press / Yahoo! News

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

Read More: Associated Press / Yahoo! News

38825

Ecuador,Panama,Paraguay,Chile,Argentina,Brazil,Venezuela,Mexico,Colombia,Spain,South Africa,Italy,Germany,Czech Republic,Belgium,Europe,Honduras,El Salvador,Israel,Nicaragua,Russia,United States,Cuba,Caribbean,Central America,South America

13 October 2014

NACLA

Small arms and gun violence present the most dramatic threat to public safety in Latin America and the Caribbean. After decades of uncontrolled proliferation, at least 45 million to 80 million small arms and light weapons—that is, weapons operated by an individual or small group, including handguns, assault rifles, grenades, grenade launchers, and even man portable surface to air missiles—are circulating throughout the region.(1) Gunshots kill between 73,000 and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: NACLA

39011

Australia

10 August 2014

ABC News (Australia)

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

Read More: ABC News (Australia)

39098

Afghanistan,United States

29 July 2014

Miami Herald / McClatchy

WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon has shipped Afghan security forces tens of thousands of excessive AK-47 assault rifles and other weapons since 2004 and many have gone missing, raising concerns that they've fallen into the hands of Taliban or other insurgent rebels. John F. Sopko, the U.S. special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, found in a report released Monday that shoddy record-keeping by the Defense Department, the Afghan National Army and the Afghan... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Miami Herald / McClatchy

38793

Dominican Republic

10 July 2014

Dominican Today

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

38810

Dominican Republic

29 June 2014

Listin Diario

[Translated summary: The Defence Minister of the Dominican Republic says the ban on importing firearms has done more harm than good, adding that 98% of firearm deaths and injuries are caused by illegal weapons.] SANTO DOMINGO - El ministro de Defensa aseguró que la prohibición de la importación de armas de fuego ha hecho más mal que bien al país. El almirante Sigfrido Pared Pérez reveló que el 98 por ciento de las muertes y heridas que se cometen son producidas... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Listin Diario

38790

Uruguay

24 June 2014

El Pais (Uruguay)

[Translated summary: Authorities are concerned about the use of handguns and other firearms by children in Uruguay. Many of the handguns come from Argentina, because they are cheaper, but it is not clear how youths are obtaining the firearms.] "Que los menores estén bien armados, es la realidad de hoy. En el pasado usaban armas más antiguas y precarias. Ese es su comportamiento", dijo a El País la jueza de Adolescentes, Aída Vera Barreto. Una opinión similar... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: El Pais (Uruguay)

38782

Australia

16 June 2014

Australian (Sydney)

Police have enlisted a big gun of their own as part of a campaign to rein in illegal firearms. Victoria Cross recipient Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith has joined NSW Police in making an appeal to the community to dob in illegal gun owners. "I have seen what guns can do in wartime," Corporal Roberts-Smith said in a video message in Sydney on Monday. "Like many others, I have served my country … now it's your chance to protect the community by phoning crime stoppers and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Australian (Sydney)

38765

Australia

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)

38764

El Salvador

16 June 2014

InSight Crime (Bogota)

El Salvador's street gangs have been ambushing police with military-grade weapons, leading to fears the gangs, for the first time, have police outgunned. Is the Salvadoran military the source of their firepower? In recent months, gangs have shot at police with M-16 and AK-47 assault rifles in multiple lethal attacks, raising questions about the source of their weaponry. Now, an investigation has unearthed evidence that the military itself is trafficking guns, and El... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

38762

New Zealand

13 June 2014

Radio New Zealand International (Shortwave)

Police do not believe firearms were the primary target in an Auckland burglary in which 16 guns and 5000 shotgun shells were stolen. The haul from the house in the eastern suburb of Buckland's Beach on Thursday included rifles, shotguns and semi-automatic guns. Police said jewellery, silverware and alcohol were among other items taken. Detective Senior Sergeant Darrell Harpur said they were treating it as a general burglary and did not believe the firearms, which... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Radio New Zealand International (Shortwave)

38756

South Africa

12 June 2014

Mail & Guardian (Johannesburg), Opinion

When Oscar Pistorius first entered the courtroom where he stood accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, the case raised great interest. It was followed online, on radio and even watched on TV, where it received a lot of coverage. While some see the spotlight put on gun ownership by the trial as nothing but the "negligent actions of but one famous public figure", recent headlines evidence that the problem is much deeper than that. Some of the headlines... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Mail & Guardian (Johannesburg)

38754

Australia

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)

38753

Sri Lanka

8 June 2014

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka)

A hike in gun crimes including homicides, attempted murders and robberies using weapons ranging from 9 mm pistols to T-56 assault rifles, has highlighted the threat posed by firearms getting into the hands of criminals; but the Government's response to the problem has been slow, with little follow-up action on pledges made to various UN bodies to deal with the proliferation of small arms and light weapons, particularly in a postwar scenario. May and June alone, there... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sunday Times (Sri Lanka)

38744

United Kingdom

7 June 2014

Voice of Russia, Audio

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

Read More: Voice of Russia

38748

United Kingdom

7 June 2014

BBC News

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

Read More: BBC News

38743

Philippines

6 June 2014

Gulf News (Dubai)

Manila - Nineteen top ranking policemen and 10 private businessmen have been accused of facilitating the sale of 1,000 high-powered firearms stolen from the Philippine National Police (PNP) to communist rebels. An investigation is also ongoing for the alleged sale of government-issued firearms and ammunition to a separatist Filipino-Muslim rebel group in the southern Philippines, sources told Gulf News. Chief Supt. Raul Petrasanta, regional director of the Philippine... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Gulf News (Dubai)

38745

South Africa

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)

38737

El Salvador

4 June 2014

InSight Crime (Bogota)

An apparent attempt to hinder an investigation into arms trafficking in El Salvador's army has sparked a harsh exchange of words between government officials and raises questions about what the military may have to hide. On May 30, military personnel barred members of the Attorney General's Office from seizing documents as part of a probe into the illegal theft and sale of arms by high-ranking military officials between 2009 and 2013. El Salvador's Attorney General... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

38736

Malaysia

4 June 2014

New Straits Times (Malaysia)

GEORGE TOWN - The Penang police logistics and management division has been directed to buck up. State police chief Datuk Abdul Rahim Hanafi said the division should do more to check on asset management following the discovery of missing firearms and other items between 2010 and last year. He said several firearms and gun magazines have been found missing during the period. Also found missing, he said were handcuffs, motorcycles, holsters and gun pouches. Abdul... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Straits Times (Malaysia)

38730

Kuwait

23 May 2014

Qatar News Agency

KUWAIT - Kuwaiti acting Prime Minister, Sheikh Mohammad Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah who is also acting Interior Minister and Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs has ordered the formation of an ad-hoc security committee to fully and urgently investigate the loss of 25 pieces of weapon from the Special Forces' military camp. An Interior ministry statement issued here last night said the committee includes the General Administration of Criminal Investigations and the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Qatar News Agency

38700

United States

22 May 2014

New York Daily News

When Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson put out a 558-count indictment against six firearms traffickers who conspired to sell illegal guns here, all 155 of the weapons recovered by the NYPD came from one place: Georgia. If you think you've heard this story before, you have. Last September, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. indicted an individual who had illegally trafficked a huge stockpile of guns — via the post office — here from Georgia. As... (GunPolicy.org)

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38698

United States

19 May 2014

Washington Post, Opinion

I have spent my entire life designing and developing firearms. My designs and patents, which include the USP family of pistols, the HK416 assault rifle, G36 assault rifle and XM25 grenade machine gun, are currently in use by multiple branches of the U.S. armed forces and numerous federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, as well as the militaries of Germany, the United Kingdom and Spain, among many others. I am the first non-U.S. citizen to win the Chinn Award... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post

38681

United Kingdom,Samoa

18 May 2014

Daily Record (Scotland)

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

Read More: Daily Record (Scotland)

38678

Philippines

16 May 2014

ABS-CBN News (Manila)

MANILA, Philippines - At least 63 short firearms imported by a private gun dealer and kept in the storage facilities of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Firearms and Explosives Office (FEO) at Camp Crame in Quezon City have been confirmed to be missing, an official said yesterday. FEO chief Senior Superintendent Roberto Po said at least 10 FEO personnel were placed under investigation after the loss was discovered on Wednesday. An employee of Juavi Gun Store, who... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ABS-CBN News (Manila)

38672

Colombia,Ecuador

13 May 2014

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Illegal mining, Colombian armed criminal groups and common crime are the three main markets for Ecuador's illegal arms trade, according to authorities, as the black market continues to be a headache for both that country and its neighbor Colombia. During 2013 and the first three months of 2014, Ecuador's Armed Forces seized 4,530 illegal firearms, and 457,310 rounds of ammunition, reported El Comercio. An unnamed top police official told the newspaper that some of the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

38664

Iran,Bulgaria,South Sudan,Sudan,Africa,Congo (DRC)

13 May 2014

IRIN (UN News)

Virunga National Park — Her job is to track and trace small arms and ammunition in Africa's conflict zones. Each bullet, assault rifle, mortar, rocket or other item of military hardware she documents forms a piece of a huge jigsaw being created by the UK-based NGO Conflict Armaments Research (CAR) to map the precise flows of conflict weaponry in Africa. Moving within the ebb and flow of the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) conflict, the investigator, who asked... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: IRIN (UN News)

38663

Belize

7 May 2014

Breaking Belize News

Police have arrested and charged one of their own in connection with the theft of a cache of weapons and ammunition from inside a safe at the San Pedro Police Station over the Labor Day holiday. Constable Yannick Wade, 27, has been arrested and charged for the two counts of kept firearm without a gun license and two counts of kept ammunition without a gun license. PC Wade has been additionally charged for the crime of theft. The charges arose out of the theft of eight... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Breaking Belize News

38642

South Africa

4 May 2014

Independent/IOL Daily News (South Africa)

DURBAN - Security at the police ballistics testing centre in Amanzimtoti has been called into question following the theft of seven firearms, which was only discovered last week. The guns, some of which are the property of the Durban metro police, disappeared from the centre after a shooting in Lamontville. There are indications that police officers were involved in the theft as the weapons, which were confiscated for testing, had been signed out and have since... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Independent/IOL Daily News (South Africa)

38648

United States

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

38622

Guatemala

2 May 2014

El Periódico (Guatemala)

[Translated summary - The Austrian government has denied a permit for the export of 3000 Glock pistols due to concerns about the high rate of corruption and crime in Guatemala, and the risk that the firearms could be diverted for criminal purposes.] La decisión fue tomada por dicho país luego de una investigación en la que se concluye que existe un alto índice de corrupción y criminalidad en Guatemala, y que el uso de armas podría desviarse para fines... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: El Periódico (Guatemala)

38620

Mexico,United States

29 April 2014

New York Daily News

Another virtual diss has turned into a real-life tragedy. A Facebook feud between two 14-year-old girls over a boy ended when one gunned down the other on a Southside Chicago porch in broad daylight Monday afternoon, police said. The unnamed teen perp, who has been charged with murder as a juvenile, whipped out a stolen .38-caliber handgun about 4:50 p.m. and tried to shoot into a crowd of people. The gun jammed and the girl handed it to someone else, who cleared the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Daily News

38609

Australia

29 April 2014

Daily Telegraph (Sydney)

A man charged with stealing several rifles and shotguns from a Brisbane Catholic school will remain behind bars as police try to track down the weapons. Jason Francis Williams, 43, was remanded in custody after he appeared in Brisbane Magistrates Court on Tuesday. Williams and a 27-year-old woman have been charged with breaking into a high-security building at St Joseph's Nudgee College and removing about 10 firearms. A large amount of ammunition was also stolen... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Telegraph (Sydney)

38604

United States

26 April 2014

Seattle Times

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

38599

Martinique

14 April 2014

Le Monde (France)

[Translated summary: Since the beginning of the year, out of 13 homicides, 10 were committed with firearms. Since the start of the amnesty, over 800 firearms have been recovered. Most firearms circulating in Martinique are shotguns that were diverted during robberies and then altered (sawed-off shotguns).] Le 26 février, en plein jour, un jeune homme de 29 ans était froidement abattu sous les yeux de sa mère au coeur du quartier Godissard, une cité populaire de... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Le Monde (France)

38570

New Zealand

8 April 2014

Radio New Zealand International (Shortwave)

Seven firearms were stolen from a Hamilton property during the weekend. Police say the owner had his weapons hidden and locked up in a garage but left the keys in his unlocked car after going to bed. The offenders used tools found inside the garage to force entry into the gun cabinet. It is the second theft of firearms in the region in recent weeks. In March, eight weapons were stolen from a rural property at Opoutere on the Coromandel Peninsula. Police say it is... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Radio New Zealand International (Shortwave)

38539

Brazil,Argentina,Uruguay,Honduras,Guatemala,Mexico,Jordan,Colombia,Peru

3 April 2014

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Authorities in Peru say the majority of arms used by criminal groups are stolen from private owners and security forces, highlighting a common regional phenomenon that is often facilitated by corrupt officials. Specialists consulted by El Comercio said the majority of pistols and shotguns used by criminal groups in Peru were stolen from legitimate owners, rather than acquired through the black market. Authorities reported that 1,767 firearms were declared lost or... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

38530

Australia

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)

38501

Pakistan

25 March 2014

Dawn

The school boy from Karachi knew he wasn't supposed to, but he got hold of it anyway. It was his father's handgun, and he was showing it to a classmate who was visiting him at home. What happened next was tragic. The gun went off accidently, shooting the visiting youngster in the head and killing him. This was nearly twenty years ago, and gun fatalities at the hands of youngsters in Pakistan have only worsened. GunPolicy.org estimates that at least 18,000,000 guns are... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Dawn

38556

Somalia,Chad,Egypt,Libya,Turkey,Qatar,Mali,Syria,Russia,North Africa,Africa,Nigeria,Niger

22 March 2014

St Louis Post-Dispatch (Missouri)

TRIPOLI — At the heart of the Libyan capital, the open-air Fish Market was once a place where residents went to buy everything from meat and seafood to clothes and pets. Now it's Tripoli's biggest arms market, with tables displaying pistols and assault rifles. Ask a vendor, and he can pull out bigger machine guns to sell for thousands of dollars. Libya, where hundreds of militias hold sway and the central government is virtually powerless, is awash in millions of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: St Louis Post-Dispatch (Missouri)

38494

United States

21 March 2014

Lodi News-Sentinel (California)

Stockton resident Stephen Gooden, 40, was sentenced on Thursday by United States District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. to one year in prison and a $1,000 fine for possessing a machine gun, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced. According to court documents, Gooden and Sacramento resident Luis Castro, 28, were members of the California National Guard and stole two M-4 machine guns from the National Guard's armory in Lodi. Gooden then sold the machine... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Lodi News-Sentinel (California)

38505

Ghana,Mali,Togo,Côte d'Ivoire

19 March 2014

Ghana Web

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

38477

South Africa

17 March 2014

Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

"Guns, ammo and shooting are as much a part of everyday life [in Pretoria] as a trip to the dentist," an Australian journalist recently reported. It's a narrative we've been hearing a lot of from our international colleagues lately. South Africa, the gun-mad land of fear, where citizens hole up with firearms to defend themselves against any threat. It's true for some. It's clearly true for the Pistorius family, with Beeld reporting last year that Oscar's father, three... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

38472

Eastern Europe,Ukraine

15 March 2014

Tasnim News Agency

TEHRAN - Fears of possible armed assaults and provocation in Ukraine and neighboring countries are on the rise after yet another report that rocket grenade launchers, firearms and munitions have been stolen from a military warehouse in western Ukraine. A source in the Ukrainian Interior Ministry told RIA Novosti that the coup appointed Interior Minister Arsen Avakov has recently been notified that a large cache of guns and ammunition was missing from one of the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Tasnim News Agency

38463

Australia

12 March 2014

ABC News (Australia)

People who have to leave rural properties for extended periods of time are being warned they could face prosecution for not taking reasonable precautions to secure guns. It comes as police in the Walgett area investigate the theft of guns from a property at Burren Junction, that could have been stolen any time between late 2012 and when the owner returned last week. The seven stolen firearms included Remington, Winchester, Erma, Eddystone and Swedish Mauser rifles and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ABC News (Australia)

38456

Philippines

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)

38434

El Salvador,Mexico,Argentina,Peru,Colombia

4 March 2014

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Prosecutors in Colombia have issued a warrant for a high-ranking army official who stands accused of leading a ring that sold military weapons to narco-paramilitary group the Urabeños, highlighting a common source of weapons for armed groups across the region. Lieutenant Colonel Robinson Gonzalez del Rio led a group of four active members of the military, four retired members, two police and several private citizens that acquired guns, munitions and explosives for... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

38432

Ireland

1 March 2014

Journal (Dublin)

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

Read More: Journal (Dublin)

38424

Angola

28 February 2014

Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

The Commander of National Police in central Bie province, commissioner Eduardo Fernando Cerqueira, advised Friday the police officers to leave their firearms in police stations to better control the material and avoid guns to be in the hands of unauthorized people. The commissioner was speaking at the ceremony of 38th anniversary of National Police which is being marked on Friday, considered necessary for the police officers to avoid taking firearms to their houses, as... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

38435

Ireland

24 February 2014

Herald (Dublin)

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

Read More: Herald (Dublin)

38400

Australia

24 February 2014

Guardian (UK)

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)

38397

Cameroon,Congo (DRC),Nigeria,Sudan,Central African Republic,West Africa,Libya

21 February 2014

IRIN (UN News)

YAOUNDE — Recent arms seizures and arrests of traffickers in Cameroon's Far North Region have highlighted the escalating insecurity caused by Boko Haram in neighbouring Nigeria and the impact of the unrest in the Central African Republic (CAR) and Sudan. In January, Cameroon's security forces arrested a man attempting to transport 655 guns to Nigeria. In September 2013, 5,400 AK-47 rifles were seized on a pick-up truck in Maroua, the capital of Far North Region,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: IRIN (UN News)

38395

Ukraine

19 February 2014

Eurasia Review / RT

Ukraine's security service has announced it is launching a counter-terror operation. Radicals have seized over 1,500 firing arms and 100,000 bullets in the last 24 hours, the service said. The recent events in Ukraine have shown "the escalation of violence and a massive use of firearms by the extremist groups. In many parts of the country, public authorities, military installations and depots with munitions are being seized. Court buildings are burning, the vandals are... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Eurasia Review / RT

38388

United States

18 February 2014

Washington Post

One of California's largest firearm stores recently added a peculiar new gun to its shelves. It requires an accessory: a black waterproof watch. The watch's primary purpose is not to provide accurate time, though it does. The watch makes the gun think. Electronic chips inside the gun and watch communicate with each other. If the watch is within close reach of the gun, a light on the grip turns green. Fire away. No watch means no green light. The gun becomes a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post

38375

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

17 February 2014

Österreich Journal

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

Read More: Österreich Journal

38383

United States

17 February 2014

BBC News

Researchers claim a new study provides some of the most compelling evidence yet for tighter gun controls in the US. The team followed the consequences of the State of Missouri repealing its permit-to-purchase handgun law in 2007. The law had required purchasers to be vetted by the local sheriff and to receive a licence before buying a gun. Reporting soon in the Journal of Urban Health, the researchers will say that the repeal resulted in an immediate spike in gun... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

38378

Kosovo,Albania

14 February 2014

Balkan Insight (Sarajevo)

Six suspects, including a police officer and an employee of the Ministry of Interior, were arrested on Thursday, accused of arms trafficking between Albania and Kosovo. During the arrest of the suspects, police sequestered four AK-47 automatic rifles, 12,780 rounds of ammunition and a number of spare parts for automatic weapons. "The operation for their arrest was finalized outside the Kalimash tunnel, [on the highway that connects Albania with Kosovo] while the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Balkan Insight (Sarajevo)

38373

Kenya

10 February 2014

Shabelle Media Network (Mogadishu)

A traffic police officer was Monday morning shot and wounded in the head before he was robbed of his AK-47 rifle by gunmen on a motorbike in Kombani, Kwale County. Police suspect the attackers were followers of Somalia's Al-Shabaab gang. Another female officer was slightly injured after she was wrestled by the gunmen who escaped after the incident along the Lunga Lunga highway. Area police boss Richard Muguai said police have launched investigation and a hunt to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Shabelle Media Network (Mogadishu)

38354

United States

9 February 2014

Reuters

Boston plans to launch a gun buyback program in a bid to reduce shootings following the death last week of a 9-year-old boy who was shot by his 14-year-old brother in an apparent accident, Mayor Marty Walsh said. Walsh, who took office last month, said he was still developing a specific plan, including how much would be paid and how collection would work, with the city's newly appointed police commissioner, William Evans. "It's a short-term solution," Walsh told... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Reuters

38348

Puerto Rico

8 February 2014

Latin American Herald Tribune (Venezuela)

SAN JUAN - Pablo Casellas Toro, the son of a former Puerto Rico treasury secretary now on the U.S. federal bench, was sentenced here Thursday to 109 years in prison for the murder of his wife. Casellas was convicted Jan. 22 of killing wife Carmen Paredes on July 14, 2012, at the couple's home in the affluent San Juan suburb of Guaynabo. "I want to make it clear that this conviction and this sentence that you are ready to impose are an injustice, because I did not kill... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Latin American Herald Tribune (Venezuela)

38347

European Union,Bosnia & Herzegovina

3 February 2014

Southeast European Times

BANJA LUKA - By co-operating with EU member countries, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) is reducing the amount of illegal weapons smuggling, but the Union is still concerned about the situation. "The fight against illicit firearms trafficking is high on the EU's agenda, both within the territory of the EU and in our co-operation with third countries. EUROPOL's Serious and Organised Threat Assessment for 2013 shows that this is a key issue to tackle in the Western Balkans... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Southeast European Times

38338

Guadeloupe,Martinique

2 February 2014

La Croix (France)

[Translated summary: Martinique authorities have begun a two-month firearms amnesty. The campaign hopes to prevent crime and officials say 138 firearms were seized in Martinique in 2013, including some which were illegally imported or stolen. A similar campaign in Guadeloupe last year was very successful.] Comme les Guadeloupéens l'an denier, les Martiniquais sont invités par l'autorité préfectorale à remettre les armes à feu en leur possession dans le cadre... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: La Croix (France)

38337

Myanmar

30 January 2014

Eleven (Myanmar)

Myanmar's police on duty in conflict-prone border areas across the country have asked to be equipped with modern weaponry, citing a number of attacks on police in Maungdaw, Rakhine State. Since 2001, police say, they have been attacked at least seven times by Muslims in Maungdaw. A police sergeant was killed on July 11, 2001 in an attack in Thugyi Village, Maungdaw Township. The same year on November 23, an attack on Laungdon Police Station in northern Maungdaw killed... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Eleven (Myanmar)

38335

United States,Brazil,Guyana

30 January 2014

Caribseek News

GEORGETOWN - The Task Force on Narcotic Drugs and Illegal Firearms has recorded a total of 111 firearms seizures for 2012 compared to the 125 in the previous year. This is according to the National Drug Report that was launched yesterday by Minister of Home Affairs, Clement Rohee. These include: 28 pistols, 39 revolvers, 31 shotguns, and 13 rifles; 31.5 percent of the weapons seized originated in the United States of America while a similar number originated in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Caribseek News

38324

Philippines

26 January 2014

Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines — President Benigno Aquino III has ordered an investigation into the reported release of up to 900 high-powered firearms to various groups by a unit of the Philippine National Police. In a recent informal dinner, the President did not name the unit being investigated in Camp Crame. He only said the reported release of the firearms to police auxiliaries and private security companies seemed "excessive" so he wanted it looked into. "A PNP unit in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Philippine Daily Inquirer

38320

Chile

19 January 2014

Terra (Chile)

[Translated summary: NGO Activa says there are around 2 million unregistered firearms in Chile and only 758,593 registered firearms, after a survey done in 2013. The study showed 9.22 weapons on average are seized each day in the country and 3.25 weapons per day in urban areas.] Según la ONG Activa, en el país circularían cerca de 2 millones de armas de fuego no inscritas, frente a las 758.593 que se encuentran registradas por la policía. La directora de la... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Terra (Chile)

38301

South Africa

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)

38299

Malaysia

14 January 2014

Malaysian Insider

Police are to review their standard operating procedure (SOP) on the issuance of firearms to off-duty personnel following two recent incidents in which drunk policemen had their weapons taken from them. Deputy Home Minister Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said a new SOP was needed to address this problem. "It (SOP) should be reviewed so that what happened two days ago will not occur again," he told reporters after attending a Malidur Rasul gathering at SK Mati... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Malaysian Insider

38296

Trinidad & Tobago

12 January 2014

Guardian (Trinidad and Tobago)

Seepersad: Broader approach to crime needed For Dr Randy Seepersad, head of the University of the West Indies' (UWI) criminology department, the 2,500 new guns for police officers is not the answer. In a phone interview yesterday, Seepersad said police officers already have weapons. He was not certain if the minister was bringing in the extra weaponry to correspond with an increase in the police force, but said the Government was taking a suppressive approach to crime.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (Trinidad and Tobago)

38271

United Kingdom

12 January 2014

Independent (UK)

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

Read More: Independent (UK)

38270

United States

9 January 2014

JC Online (Indiana) / USA Today

CHICAGO - Illinois is now the last state in the U.S. to allow average citizens to carry around concealed firearms. On Sunday, it joined a two-decade long parade of jurisdictions ranging from Arizona to Vermont that have loosened their gun laws at the same time violent crime rates were dropping across the country. "For years, we heard from gun control groups that concealed-carry laws would result in an increase in crime," said Larry Keane, general counsel for the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: JC Online (Indiana) / USA Today

38256

Indonesia

7 January 2014

Jakarta Globe

JAYAPURA - An unidentified armed group fatally gunned down an ojek driver in the Wuyuneri hamlet, located in the Puncak Jaya district of Papua, on Tuesday morning. Abdul Halil, a 43-year-old motorcycle taxi driver, originated from Makassar, South Sulawesi. He was taking a customer from Mulia to Wuyuneri. As they arrived at state high school SMU 1, someone shot him in the face. It's not yet clear how many people were involved in the shooting. Sr. Comr. Pujo Sulistyo,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Jakarta Globe

38243

Colombia

6 January 2014

InSight Crime (Bogota)

An arms inspection at a military barracks in Cali, Colombia, has found 500 weapons missing out of 1,000 counted, with another 15,000 still to be checked, as a major investigation into weapons trafficking between security forces and criminal groups begins. The inventory check at the barracks of the Colombian Army's Third Brigade, where weapons recovered by security forces in the country's third-largest city are stored, is being carried out by the country's Prosecutor... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

38241

United States,Pakistan

5 January 2014

Associated Press / The Big Story

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah — A Utah-based gun manufacturer has turned down a $15 million deal to supply Pakistan with precision rifles, citing concerns they could eventually be used against U.S. troops. Mike Davis, sales manager at Desert Tech, said the company was on a short list for a contract with Pakistan, but spurned the opportunity because of unrest in Pakistan and ethical concerns. It was a difficult decision because of the amount of money involved, he said, and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press / The Big Story

38240

Japan

26 December 2013

Japan News / Yomiuri Shimbun

The Ground Self-Defense Force has been unable to find an assault rifle that went missing at the force's Higashi Fuji Maneuvers Area in Shizuoka Prefecture in October, it has been learned. As the force was unable to find the Howa Type 89 assault rifle after a two-month intensive search, it has concluded that the rifle was taken by somebody. The force's police unit has began an investigation on suspicion of theft. The rifle, which was issued to a GSDF member, was not... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Japan News / Yomiuri Shimbun

38220

Australia

18 December 2013

Examiner Newspaper

December: - Theft of 14 firearms from a house at Glenorchy. - Several shots fired in Franklin Street, Swansea. November: - Shots fired at a house in Homer Street, St Helens. - 197 firearms surrendered in amnesty in Launceston. - Shots fired near Pioneer Parade, Ravenswood. - Operation Web nets seven handguns or pistols and a prohibited military-style weapon. - Theft of six firearms from a Margate house. October: - What appear to be home-made replica firearms are... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Examiner Newspaper

39115

United States

12 December 2013

Mother Jones (USA)

An unthinkable massacre ignites an intense national debate. Then, Congress does nothing. The powerful gun lobby wins again. End of story. [Interactive charts of US state gun laws are displayed in the original] So went the popular narrative last spring with the collapse of gun control legislation on Capitol Hill. Meanwhile, scores of people have been wounded or killed in five new mass shootings and other gun rampages around the country, and an estimated 30,000 have... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Mother Jones (USA)

38177

United States,Côte d'Ivoire,Liberia

11 December 2013

New Dawn (Monrovia)

Details emerging from the latest UN Panel of Experts report on Liberia have unveiled some chilling and staggering information as to how government officials and or political appointees are secretly acquiring firearms. The UN Panelists appointed to monitor the arms embargo and other military related activities here in pursuant to UN resolution 2079 (2012), said most of the firearms were either purchased from returning mercenaries from the Ivory Coast or through other... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

10 December 2013

New York Times, Web page

In the 12 months since the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., almost every state has enacted at least one new gun law. Nearly two-thirds of the new laws ease restrictions and expand the rights of gun owners. Most of those bills were approved in states controlled by Republicans. Those who support stricter regulations won some victories — mostly in states where the legislature and governorship are controlled by Democrats — to increase... (GunPolicy.org)

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Europe,United States

1 December 2013

OSCE

Like many technological advances that make the headlines, the technique of 3D printing, or additive fabrication as it is more properly called, is not really new. industrial manufacturers have been using it for decades, primarily as a quick way of creating prototypes. What is new, however, is that 3D printers have become inexpensive enough to be readily available to the average person. Nowadays you can get a 3D printer for US$1,000 – although you will still pay a... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,Europe

1 December 2013

OSCE

In 2010 the United Kingdom's National Ballistic Intelligence Service (NBIS) received a request to research the origin of three Glock pistols recovered in the North West of England. Within days, it had established that the weapons had been purchased from a weapons manufacturer in North Carolina, United States. This was possible thanks to close collaboration with the American Bureau for Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (AtF) and the use of eTrace, its online tracing tool,... (GunPolicy.org)

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

30 November 2013

Economist

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

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Israel,United States

7 November 2013

Jerusalem Post

A National Rifle Association delegation from the United States was joined by former US ambassador to the UN John R. Bolton Thursday for a tour and briefing at the capital's Police Intelligence and Observation Center, located in the Old City. The state-of-the-art center, which features nearly 40 high definition screens monitoring the Old City 24 hours a day, is utilized to alert officers to any potential threats. Bolton, who served under former president George W. Bush... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Sudan,Somalia,Burundi,Liberia,Ghana,United States,Europe,Zimbabwe,Uganda,Tanzania,Sudan,Nigeria,Namibia,Kenya,Ethiopia,Africa

5 November 2013

IPI Global Observatory

Africa is ground zero in the international debate on controlling the small arms and light weapons trade. For more than a decade, diplomatic activity to contain arms and ammunition transfers has been animated by a concern with instability and contagion generated by the continent's many wars. Leading think tanks, research groups, and advocacy organizations have repeatedly drawn attention to the way the burden of armed violence in Africa is a product of low-tech assault... (GunPolicy.org)

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Solomon Islands

25 October 2013

ABC Radio Australia (Shortwave)

In Solomon Islands, planning is now underway for the local police force to AGAIN be issued with guns. Although the reintroduction of firearms would be limited, it's still a major shift in policy 10 years after a gun amnesty was part of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands or RAMSI. The intervention was a regional response to five years of ethnic tensions and there's no doubt some of the bloodshed was caused by the police's own guns which militants had... (GunPolicy.org)

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

25 October 2013

Southeast European Times

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

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Thailand,Malaysia

23 October 2013

Sun Daily (Malaysia)

KUALA LUMPUR - The Home Ministry (KDN) has established a new standard operating procedure (SOP) to address the problem of lost firearms, the Dewan Rakyat was told today. Deputy Home Minister Datuk Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said the SOP would also ensure stern action would be taken against police personnel who were negligent in leaving their firearms in their cars. "The SOP is different from the past. It will address the problem in accordance with the current... (GunPolicy.org)

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Guatemala,Honduras

23 October 2013

InSight Crime (Bogota)

A new study has found Guatemala's firearm homicide rate is almost twice the global average, with the violence fuelled by the large number of illegal arms circulating in the country. A new report published by the National Economic Research Center (CIEN) found the rate of homicides linked to firearms in Guatemala over the last decade was 82 percent. This is almost double the global average of 42 percent, and above even Central America's relatively high average of 70... (GunPolicy.org)

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European Union,Ireland

21 October 2013

Independent (Dublin)

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

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Solomon Islands

21 October 2013

Scoop (New Zealand), Media release

Cabinet has approved a limited reintroduction of firearms into the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force. Minister for Police, National Security and Corrections Chris Laore announced the Cabinet decision at the signing of the 5 year RAMSI Drawdown Strategy at the Rove Police Headquarters last Thursday. Minister Laore said the limited reintroduction of firearms is a capacity development program within the 2013-2017 RAMSI Drawdown Strategy for the Royal Solomon Islands... (GunPolicy.org)

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European Union

20 October 2013

Deutsche Welle

Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem has said the EU can "no longer watch on without acting" as 1,000 Europeans are killed in gun violence each year. She is proposing unified, stricter rules for the whole bloc. Cecilia Malmstroem wrote a guest column for the Monday edition of the Frankfurter Rundschau daily, saying the EU must act to limit the number of deaths from gun violence. The EU's home affairs commissioner wrote that one problem with the open-border... (GunPolicy.org)

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Russia

19 October 2013

RIA Novosti (Russia)

CHITA – Three Russian former police officers stand accused of stealing firearms from their local police depot in eastern Siberia after investigators compiled a case against them and submitted it to a court on Saturday. In 2011, two police captains – the head of the reserve arms depot and the head of a police weapons workshop – took two hunting rifles from the depot that had been handed in to the police by their owners for temporary safekeeping, investigators in... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

18 October 2013

ABC News (Australia)

A national crime conference in Hobart has heard 70 per cent of illicit firearms seized by police had fallen into the hands of serious criminals and organised crime. The Crime Stoppers conference was also told some of the firearms stolen in Tasmania in recent times are almost certainly destined for the black market interstate. Dr Samantha Bricknell of the Australian Institute of Criminology says illegal firearms are increasingly being found on smaller-scale... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

16 October 2013

Lethbridge Herald (Alberta)

A retired Lethbridge police officer accused in an illegal Calgary gun ring now faces new charges. Daniel Francis Bennett, 65, is accused of falsely reporting to police that several handguns had been stolen from his West Lethbridge garage and then filing a bogus insurance claim. Calgary police later uncovered some of those guns as they searched for the source of an illegal weapons trade on the streets of Calgary. Bennett, who retired from the Lethbridge Regional Police... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand

16 October 2013

Radio New Zealand

There are fears the burglary of an Auckland gun store earlier this year could be linked to a similar crime in the city. Three offenders broke into Wills Fishing and Firearms on Wairau Road on North Shore, taking 21 shotguns and 12 handguns about 10.15pm on 9 October. Police say the theft was captured on CCTV, but the burglars were heavily disguised. Detective Inspector Greg Cramer said they are looking at whether the incident is linked to a similar theft at Gun City... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

13 October 2013

Age (Melbourne)

Police have seized 14 firearms and a cross bow from people who have failed to uphold firearm storage requirements in Melbourne's inner north-west. As part of an operation targeting breaches of firearm storage, police from the North West Metro region knocked on the doors of 62 houses in northern and western suburbs to check licensed owners were storing their guns correctly. Detective Superintendent Alan Byrnes said that nearly one in five gun owners were found... (GunPolicy.org)

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37966

United States

29 September 2013

Daily Mail (UK)

A long-running feud in a Pennsylvania family ended in violence after a woman and her husband broke into her parents' home and killed her mother and brother - before the two were shot dead by the woman's own father, police have revealed today. The horrific violence Friday night that left four dead and only one survivor in the house in rural Ashville, Pennsylvania, may have been sparked over lingering resentment over inheritance, a family member revealed exclusively to... (GunPolicy.org)

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Peru

24 September 2013

Peru 21

[Translated summary: Peruvian officials have seized 949 crime guns but are concerned that 30% of these were legally owned guns diverted to the illegal market. Between 1,500 and 2,000 guns are listed as lost or stolen each year and approximately 25,000 licenses are granted each year.] Derik Latorre, titular de la Superintendencia Nacional de Control de Servicios de Seguridad, Armas, Municiones y Explosivos de uso civil (Sucamec), reveló que 949 armas de fuego de uso... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

23 September 2013

Xinhua

SYDNEY - Sydney's simmering war with gun-crime and gangland warfare hit a boiling point on Monday after Australian police launched a synchronized operation across the city targeting the new kind of organized violence. Police seized drugs, weapons and cash, arresting 13 men after executing a number of search warrants in Sydney's southwest, on the back of an 18-month joint investigation by local police and the NSW Crime Commission. NSW Police Commissioner Andrew... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

18 September 2013

Derwent Valley Gazette

Police had a strong response to a gun amnesty held at Granton at the weekend. Detective Acting Inspector Craig Joel said that after the recent wave of gun theft in the state, Tasmania Police would have been content with a single unwanted firearm being handed in, but they were overwhelmed by the success of the mobile amnesty. "The Tasmanian community made a strong statement that they do support us in our endeavours," he said. Ninety-nine firearms were handed in at the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

15 September 2013

ABC News (Australia)

Police have had a strong response to a weekend gun amnesty held in southern Tasmania. In the face of a wave of gun thefts across the state, police say there are buoyed by the success. A total of 99 guns were handed in at a mobile station at Granton, including 34 shotguns, 43 rifles, 17 air rifles and five hand guns. Detective Acting Inspector Craig Joel says the high number handed in was a surprise. "This is a way of getting the message out that illicit and unwanted... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

28 August 2013

Cairns Post

A Queensland Police sergeant has resigned in disgrace over an anti-corruption probe into an alleged stash of illicit weapons found in his private armoury that had been handed in under the gun amnesty. Former officer-in-charge of Ravenshoe Police Station Michael Musumeci, a licensed gun collector and amateur war historian, resigned two weeks ago as part of an ongoing internal audit and investigation by Ethical Standards Command. Detectives reportedly found an arsenal of... (GunPolicy.org)

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39108

Belgium

28 August 2013

Standaard (Belgium)

[Translated summary: Antwerp police recently discovered that 60 police weapons intended for destruction may have disappeared instead, after one was found during a criminal investigation.] Uit het hoofdcommissariaat van de Antwerpse politiezone Minos (Mortsel, Wijnegem, Wommelgem, Boechout en Borsbeek) in Mortsel zijn ongeveer 60 wapens verdwenen. De verdwijning van de wapens werd aanvankelijk niet eens opgemerkt, zo schrijft Gazet van Antwerpen woensdag. Het... (GunPolicy.org)

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37820

United States

21 August 2013

Atlantic (USA)

It was swift and cowardly. Defenseless, distracted by music, Alex sat in the passenger seat of the rental as I made my way to the trunk. I remembered Frankie's words: "It's loaded, cocked, and the safety is off. All you have to do is pull the trigger." At that point in our lives, Alex and I, both in our early twenties, were gun-toting thugs immersed in gangster culture. We were out on bail for separate gun charges. A few years before, Alex had been acquitted of murder... (GunPolicy.org)

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37784

Australia

21 August 2013

Examiner (Tasmania)

Tasmania Police is claiming a breakthrough in Launceston's armed drug feud following further arrests yesterday. There has been a series of tit-for-tat shootings in Launceston since May that police have pinned on two warring parties involved in drugs and personal falling-outs. One of the shootings occurred in the CBD and left an innocent bystander with a gunshot to the leg as he stood talking to other teenagers outside a computer store last month. Detectives said... (GunPolicy.org)

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37783

Jamaica

18 August 2013

Gleaner (Jamaica)

The national security minister's push to eliminate the potentially dangerous practice of stockpiling seized guns at police stations has jammed. The Sunday Gleaner has learnt that an islandwide audit, which is the first phase of moving the guns out of the stations, has stalled, leaving dozens of weapons close to the hands of cops, who have long been accused of planting illegal weapons to make cases against suspects. In 2012, National Security Minister Peter Bunting... (GunPolicy.org)

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37781

United States

18 August 2013

Reuters

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed a gun-control measure into law on Sunday that expands background checks to cover all firearms purchases in the state, closing what he said was a loophole that exempted gun sales between private parties. The new law also requires all gun owners to report any lost or stolen firearms to local police within 72 hours. "Guns are a plague on too many of our communities," Quinn, a Democrat, said in a statement. "Making sure guns do not fall... (GunPolicy.org)

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37772

Albania

16 August 2013

Southeast European Times

Albanian officials hope that the new law on the illegal possession of weapons will lead to a lower violent crime rate. The new penal code, which came into law in June, increases the sentence for people convicted of illegal possession of weapons from three years maximum to three to eight years in prison. The new law also mandates that a sentence of no less than 10 years in prison be given to those who use weapons illegally in public places. Police say that more than... (GunPolicy.org)

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