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Turkey,Serbia,Montenegro,Macedonia,Kosovo,Greece,Croatia,Bulgaria,Bosnia & Herzegovina,Albania,European Union

18 November 2015

European Commission - Press release

The European Commission today adopted a package of measures to make it more difficult to acquire firearms in the European Union, better track legally held firearms, strengthen cooperation between Member States, and ensure that deactivated firearms are rendered inoperable. The proposals presented today were foreseen in the European Security Agenda adopted in April 2015, but have been significantly accelerated in light of recent events. The Commission is hereby supporting... (

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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... (

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13 November 2015

Yahoo News (Norway) / AFP

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

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13 November 2015

Radio France Internationale

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve unveiled on Friday a plan to fight proliferation and arms trafficking in France. Cazeneuve announced the plan in an interview with the daily newspaper Le Parisien. Cazeneuve told Le Parisien, "arms trafficking feeds and supports various form of criminality such as score-settling and narcotics smuggling," adding that arms trafficking also interconnects with terrorism. Among the measures, Cazeneuve announced targeted controls... (

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United States

10 November 2015

Hot Air (USA)

For gun control advocates, it sure sounded like a great idea. Why not force gun purchasers to fire a round at the police station so that the ballistic "fingerprint" of the firearm could be catalogued? That way, police could find the perpetrator every time a gun was used in a crime. What could go wrong? Plenty, according to the Baltimore Sun's Erin Cox. Fifteen years, millions of dollars, and 340,000 shell casings later, Maryland decided last week to scrap the system... (

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10 November 2015

The 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.... (

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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... (

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United Kingdom,Canada,United States,Australia

20 October 2015

Sydney Morning Herald

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

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12 October 2015

La Prensa (USA), EFE News Agency

MONTEVIDEO - Three out of four firearms used in crimes in Uruguay are properly registered with the Defense Ministry, which has documentation for more than 604,000 weapons in a country of 3.3 million people. "That is to say, they (the guns) have been stolen, or purchased legally, but they end up in the hands of criminals," the head of the ministry's National Firearms Registry, Daniel Farias, told EFE. As of July, the registry had records of 604,632 firearms. By... (

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United States

5 October 2015

Washington Post

It's tough to know exactly how many guns we have in the United States. Most estimates of the number of guns in the U.S. use federal tallies of the firearms manufactured, imported and exported by U.S. gunmakers. A 2012 Congressional Research Service report published exactly one month before the Sandy Hook school shooting put the number of civilian firearms at 242 million in 1996, 259 million in 2000, and 310 million as of 2009. If that 310 million number is correct, it... (

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United States

5 October 2015

Washington Post

You've probably heard by now that the Obama administration has been a boon to the U.S. firearm industry. Gun manufacturers boosted production by 31 percent between 2011 and 2012. National tragedies from Newtown to Ferguson are accompanied by stories of surging gun sales. But data released this week from the General Social Survey, widely regarded as the gold standard for social science survey research, shows that in 2014, the number of American households owning guns... (

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United States

3 October 2015

New York Times

Grant Duwe, a criminologist with the Minnesota Department of Corrections, has studied more than 1,300 mass murders that took place from 1900 to 2013. Of them, he classifies 160 as mass public shootings, ones in which at least four people were shot and killed in a concentrated period, excluding those in family settings or involving other crimes… Those who study these types of mass murderers have found that they are almost always male (all but two of the 160 cases... (

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16 September 2015


TOKYO - Last month, Japan's largest crime group, the Yamaguchi-gumi, split into two main factions, potentially creating a gang war that may ultimately involve all 21 designated crime groups in Japan. The new group, which was formally created in early September, is calling themselves the Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi and is already setting up alliances with other organized crime groups. The National Police Agency says they have had an emergency meeting to discuss how to handle... (

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Turkey,Australia,United States

10 September 2015

ABC News (Australia)

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

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Serbia,Finland,Switzerland,Yemen,United States

23 August 2015

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

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

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20 August 2015

ABC News (Australia)

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

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9 July 2015

From a resolution of the Ministry of Public Security: It is resolved: To extend the suspension of the import of weapons allowed in the country by companies duly authorized to apply for licenses from the Ministry for importing such goods. State Security and the security services of state institutions are excepted. This Resolution is legally binding for a period of one (1) calendar month. IT IS ADVISED that appeals in opposition to this resolution Resolved may appeal... (

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25 May 2015

Washington Post / Associated Press

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

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21 May 2015

Age (Melbourne)

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

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16 May 2015

La Tercera (Santiago de Chile)

[Translated summary: Chile's new Firearms Act increases penalties and requirements on firearm possession. In 2014 there were 763,070 registered firearms, including 397,438 for personal defence. In 2015, 3,618 weapons were surrendered, compared to 2,771 in 2014 and 2,507 in 2013.] Durante el año pasado, 623 personas realizaron trámites y rindieron los exámenes para comprar e inscribir un arma de fuego en el Gran Santiago. Sin embargo, a 84 de éstas se les negó la... (

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Belize,United States,Venezuela,El Salvador,Honduras,Brazil,Colombia

6 May 2015

The Guardian (Latin America)

Latin America may be the most murderous continent on Earth, but huge improvements in public safety have been achieved in several major cities, according to a new homicide map of the world that is being launched this week. Several metropolises that were once bywords for violent death – such as Medellín, Bogotá, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro - have seen murder rate declines of more than 60% over the past two decades thanks to improved living standards, better... (

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5 May 2015

L'Humanité (France)

[Translated summary: The French government just authorised, by Decree, mayors to endow municipal police with 357 Magnums, but not all police officers are allowed to carry firearms within the scope of their duties. It depends on the place and nature of the mission. Here are listed the requirements for the carrying of firearms by municipal police officers (for example: need of a genuine reason, training, etc).] Le gouvernement vient d'autoriser, par décret (*), les... (

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United States,Australia

28 April 2015

Australian (Sydney)

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

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27 March 2015

TVA Nouvelles (Montréal)

[Translated summary: The Supreme Court of Canada has concluded that the Federal Government has the right to destroy data in the long gun registry.] Le gouvernement fédéral a le droit de détruire les données du registre des armes d'épaule, a conclu la Cour suprême du Canada dans une décision très serrée à 5 juges contre 4. Les trois magistrats québécois ont cependant exprimé leur dissidence devant la décision de la majorité. Le plus haut tribunal du... (

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27 March 2015

La Presse (Montréal)

[Translated summary: 7,9 millions registered firearms in Canada before the destruction of the Long Gun Register] OTTAWA - Le dernier round du combat entre Québec et Ottawa sur le registre des armes d'épaule doit se terminer aujourd'hui avec la décision de la Cour suprême du Canada qui tranchera si le gouvernement Harper est habilité à détruire les données québécoises du registre malgré l'opposition de la province. Sept questions pour mieux comprendre le... (

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Czech Republic

24 February 2015

BBC Worldwide Monitoring (Czech Republic)

A gunman has opened fire at a restaurant in the Czech Republic, killing eight people before shooting himself dead, officials say The man burst into the Druzba restaurant in the eastern town of Uhersky Brod and started "shooting indiscriminately", mayor Patrik Kuncar said. Police described it as the worst mass shooting incident on record. Czech Interior Minister Milan Chovanec said it was not a terrorist attack. Some 20 people were thought to have been in the... (

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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... (

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28 January 2015

La Prensa Libre (Honduras)

[Translated summary: In 2014, Honduras confiscated 3,392 firearms from criminal gangs.] La Fuerza de Seguridad Interinstitucional Nacional (Fusina) de Honduras informó hoy de que en el último año ha decomisado más de 41 toneladas de drogas, 12,8 millones de dólares y detuvo a 13.649 personas por diversos delitos, informó hoy una fuente oficial. En lo que va del Gobierno de Juan Orlando Hernández, que inicio el 27 de enero pasado, la Fusina se ha incautado de... (

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Spain,Italy,Venezuela,Israel,Germany,Czech Republic,Brazil,Colombia,Belgium,Austria,Russia,United States,El Salvador,Turkey,Guatemala,Honduras,Mexico,Cuba,Dominican Republic,Haiti,Peru,Nicaragua

16 January 2015

Los Angeles Times, Opinion

During the 1980s, El Salvador was the single largest recipient of U.S. military hardware and weaponry in the Western Hemisphere. Although the Central American country's civil war ended in 1992, the guns, grenades and bullets linger, as do their murderous effects. In September, a U.S. official from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives estimated that half the weapons available on El Salvador's vibrant black market were made in the United... (

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16 January 2015

Le Figaro (France)

[Translated summary: Only 45% of municipal police officers carry a firearm in France. The authorisation to carry firearms is subject to a very strict procedure. Only mayors may request it to the Prefect. The request must be motivated by the framework of the mission given to police officers.] Le meurtre d'une agent de la circulation par Amedy Coulibaly relance le débat sur l'équipement des policiers municipaux. Mais une généralisation du port d'arme se heurte à... (

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14 January 2015

Australian Associated Press

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

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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... (

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26 November 2014

Samoa Observer

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

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25 November 2014

Herald Sun (Melbourne)

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

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Brazil,South Africa

24 November 2014

Huffington Post (USA), Blog

Brazil and South Africa have dramatically expanded their geopolitical influence over the past two decades. But after years of democratic and economic gains, the two countries now find themselves in the doldrums. One of the reasons for this is that they are addicted to violence. Brazil and South Africa lead their respective continents in murder. This is no easy feat: last year the United Nations reported that 8 of the top 10 most violent countries in the world were... (

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20 November 2014

Business Insider (Australia)

After a change to national gun law on Tuesday, Russians can now carry certain guns in public for the purposes of "self-defence." The new policy allows the use of weapons to "protect their lives, health and property" but not against "women, disabled persons, and minors, unless they attacked you with a group and arms," according to an analysis by Russian media site Arguments and Facts. These weapons include "long-barreled weapons, pistols, revolvers, 'home-made tubeless... (

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United States

19 November 2014

The New Yorker

On Friday, October 24th, during the busy lunch hour in the school cafeteria of Marysville-Pilchuck High School, in Marysville, Washington, Jaylen Fryberg opened fire on his classmates, killing one student and wounding four others, three of whom later died from their injuries. Then he killed himself. Just a week earlier, Fryberg had been crowned prince of the school's homecoming court—he was a community volunteer, student athlete, and all-around "good kid." But within... (

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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... (

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New Caledonia

3 November 2014

The National Interest, Opinion

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

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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... (

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27 October 2014

The Conversation, Opinion

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

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New Caledonia

22 October 2014

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

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

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23 September 2014

Australian Associated Press

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

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United States

20 September 2014 (Alabama)

DECATUR, Georgia – Is there a Bible-based theology that justifies an emphasis of personal defense and deregulation of gun sales and ownership? Not really, says a panel of activists who fight for good gun regulation out of their personal religious motivations. The panel on "God and Guns" at the Religion Newswriters Association's annual conference, going on through Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in Decatur, Ga., represents several faith-based groups who advocate for more... (

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10 September 2014

The Guardian (Australia)

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

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United States,Australia

12 August 2014

Australian Associated Press

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

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7 August 2014

Polskie Radio (Warsaw), News from Poland

Despite some of the most draconian laws on gun possession in the European Union, over the past decade the number of firearm permits in Poland has gone up by some 30 percent. Around 500,000 guns are currently registered in Poland, owned by some 340,000 people, latest figures from the central police headquarters reveal. Currently, the number of hunting firearm permits stands at 150,000, a rise of one third in the past decade. Around 44 percent of all permits are... (

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6 August 2014

ABC News (Australia)

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

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5 August 2014

La Prensa (Honduras), Agence France Presse

[Translated summary: A country where the homicide rate in 2013 was 79 per 100,000 population, making it the highest in the world. Since 1973, the Military Pension Institute (IPM) has had a monopoly on the import and sale of firearms through its stores called "The Armoury". Between 1975 and 2012, "The Armoury" sold 180,147 firearms.] Honduras, el país con la tasa más alta de homicidios del mundo, requiere un "sistema integral de control de armas" pero "no se logra... (

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31 July 2014

Inside Story (Australia)

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

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30 July 2014

Bangkok Post

Two of four men suspected of being involved in violent attacks against anti-government protesters have been arrested on firearms-related charges, police said. Nattapan Bangla, 40, and Charoen Promchart, 38, were caught on Monday, four days after the military court issued a warrant for their arrest. Krissada Chaikahe and Phasanai Panat, the two others named in the same warrant, are still on the loose. Mr Krissada is also wanted on a warrant approved by the Criminal... (

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29 July 2014

Diaro Digital (Honduras)

[Translated summary: The Armed Forces of Honduras destroyed 5,000 seized firearms on July 29, 2014.] Las fuerzas armadas de Honduras destruyeron este martes 29 de julio más de cinco mil armas de fuego decomisadas a capturados de crimen organizado en ese país. El comandante Elvin Noé Corea indicó que estas pistolas y fusiles representan un peligro y ayudan a prevenir el crimen y brindar seguridad a la... (

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Dominican Republic

29 July 2014

New Zealand Herald, Associated Press

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic - Authorities destroyed roughly 2,000 firearms Monday and plan to use the mangled metal to build a monument promoting peace. The Dominican Republic's attorney general, Francisco Dominguez, and other officials gathered in the capital of Santo Domingo to watch a steamroller destroy the haul of guns seized by police over the years. The metal from the destroyed weapons will be given to sculptor Jose Ignacio Morales, who has been... (

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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... (

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21 July 2014

Journal (Manila), Opinion

Philippine National Police operatives implementing the Oplan Katok ordered by Director General Alan LM Purisima have made another startling discovery: more than 18,000 firearms' licenses have not been transferred in the names of their present owners since December 2012. Records from the PNP Firearms and Explosives Office headed by Chief Superintendent Moro Virgilio M. Lazo showed that a total of 18,659 firearms' licenses have not been transferred from December 31,... (

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15 July 2014

National News Bureau of Thailand (NNT)

BANGKOK - The Royal Thai Police destroyed 34,000 guns today under the exacting watch of an Inspector General who gave assurances that none of the confiscated weapons will again be used to commit any crimes. Pol Lt Gen Chaiya Siriamphankul, Deputy Chief of the Inspector General's Office, oversaw the inspection and destruction of the weapons in a process that was finalized today. Over 34,350 guns that were seized in cases judged by the courts from year 2000 to 2013,... (

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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,... (

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30 June 2014

Voice of America, Reuters

BANGKOK — Thailand's National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) on June 29 displayed tons of illegal ammunition and weapons, mainly confiscated by military task forces across Thailand between May 22 and June 25. The NCPO said both the military and police task forces took part in raids to seize the weapons. "Jakrapob Penkair was one of the many people who are found to have been behind the [underground] movement and are involved with these weapons," said Police... (

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29 June 2014

Jamaica Observer

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad - There has been an increase in the number of illegal firearms and gang membership in the Caricom region executive director of Caricom Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) Francis Forbes has said. Describing it as "more than a cause for concern" while addressing the regional workshop on the Arms Trade Treaty at the Trinidad Hilton hotel last week Forbes said: "Only last year there were 2,143 homicides committed in 11 Caricom... (

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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... (

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29 June 2014

Helsinki Times

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

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27 June 2014

Local (Austria)

A weapons stash has been found in Stockerau (Lower Austria) after police arrested a couple for stealing petrol. A 31-year-old Austrian man and a 30-year-old Ukrainian woman were stopped by a police patrol on the S1 motorway in connection with three thefts from petrol stations in Korneuburg between May 25th and June 17th. The suspects had been driving a conspicuous yellow car, that had no number plates, and turned out to have been stolen in Vienna. The woman had filled... (

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South Africa

27 June 2014

Independent/IOL Daily News (South Africa)

CAPE TOWN - Police have cracked a fake gun licensing racket – arresting three police members and three civilians, one of them alleged to be a senior leader of the 28s gang. National police spokesman Lieutenant-General Solomon Makgale said on Thursday night that the racket involved fraud at every step of the process – "from the initial application to the firearm training facility involved, to the police stations where the applications are lodged and the head office... (

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26 June 2014

Borneo Post

BUKIT KAYU HITAM - The Border Intelligence Unit (BIU) at the Malaysian-Thai border, set up by the federal police headquarters in Bukit Aman last year, has seen a string of successes against cross-border crime. Since the BIU, under Bukit Aman's Criminal Investigation Department was set up, its intelligence network has been intensified at areas suspected to the haunts of cross-border criminals. Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the BIU's... (

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26 June 2014

Gulf Daily News (Bahrain)

A Bahraini has been sentenced to death for the vicious murder of a 20-year-old fugitive who allegedly posed as a woman looking for a date. Hussain Ebrahim Hussain died after being shot twice, repeatedly stabbed with a screwdriver, beaten with a metal bar and a wrench and hit with stones. His 40-year-old killer Sayed Haitham Adnan Qahiri was found guilty of premeditated murder and possessing and smuggling an unlicensed firearm by the High Criminal Court yesterday. The... (

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United States

25 June 2014

USA Today

Two children die almost every week in unintentional shootings — far more than government statistics show — according to a new study by Everytown for Gun Safety. Medical examiners sometimes categorize shooting deaths of children as homicides or suicides before investigations or court proceedings are complete, and that puts more young lives at risk, says the gun-control group's president, John Feinblatt. "If you don't have the right numbers, then you don't... (

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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... (

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24 June 2014

El Telégrafo (Ecuador)

[Translated summary: 1,604 handguns were seized in Ecuador during the first quarter of 2014, over half of which were seized in Guayas, Pichincha and Manabi. The Ecuadorian Center for Comprehensive Safety Analysis (Ceasi) this rate has declined in comparison to previous years.] Durante el primer trimestre del presente año Guayas, Pichincha y Manabí acumulan la mayor cantidad de incautaciones y decomisos de armas, según el Centro Ecuatoriano de Análisis de Seguridad... (

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South Korea

23 June 2014

Bloomberg (USA)

A South Korean soldier besieged by troops after gunning down five of his compatriots shot himself in the chest and was captured, a Defense Ministry official said. The soldier was in a hospital in the border county of Goseong after a day long standoff with Korean troops, Defense Ministry spokesman Kim Min Seok said at a televised briefing in Seoul. The soldier had been surrounded by hundreds of troops, with military personnel trying to convince him to surrender when he... (

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23 June 2014

Local (France)

A Frenchman shot his son three times after mistaking him for a blackbird raiding the family cherry tree. The story is just the latest in a long line of tragic and freak shooting accidents in France. A Frenchman aged in his 70s noticed some rustling in his cherry tree tree on Saturday night in north-western France and, assuming it was hungry blackbirds pillaging his fruit, he pulled out his shotgun and opened fire. But the movement in the tree was not in fact... (

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22 June 2014

Himalayan Times (Kathmandu)

KATHMANDU - Small arms and light weapons are posing a big threat to public security in Kathmandu Valley. Cases of the past four days show how smuggling and illegal trade of firearms continues unabated in the Valley resulting in a surge of various criminal activities. A 21-year-old was caught with a pistol and three rounds of bullets from Chabahil yesterday. The boy and his friends used to threaten and extort money from local vegetable and fruit shops, said police.... (

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22 June 2014

Windsor Star (Ontario), Blog

The men hugging each other in a Windsor bar looked like old friends catching up, but the police trailing them knew better. Investigators say they were at Rack n' Roll Club on Forest Glade Drive for a gun sale, one of many that supplied Toronto gangsters with firepower as they peddled drugs, settled scores and waged a bloody power struggle. The salesman was Windsor's Lamar Porter, who already had more than 20 criminal convictions. The buyers were Siyadin Abdi, also... (

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20 June 2014

Windsor Star (Ontario), Blog

The gun smugglers called him "fool" – one of many Windsorites they used to unwittingly mule firearms over the border. Buried in volumes of recently released Toronto police documents is the frightening revelation that Windsor gun runners hide firearms and GPS devices in the cars of unsuspecting Canadians to sneak them through customs. For Windsor's Lamar Porter, who police say was the main source of guns for Toronto's murderous Dixon City Bloods, it appeared to be... (

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European Union,Austria

19 June 2014

Die Press

[Translated summary: From the end of June, all legal firearms will have to be centrally registered with Austrian authorities to meet European Union requirements. 226,264 Austrian citizens have permits for weapons requiring approval however the number of legally held weapons in Austria is much higher. Austria has one of the most liberal gun laws in Europe but Austria's gun lobby calls the changes an attack on civil liberties. There is a booming internet trade in firearms... (

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19 June 2014


NICOSIA - A 40-year-old Cypriot man shot his estranged wife and two under-aged children and then turned the gun on himself, the police said on Wednesday. A police source said the man had called his estranged wife to talk and they met on mid-afternoon Wednesday in a busy Nicosia suburb, but he started shooting with an army-issued assault rifle when the meeting developed into a shouting argument. He then took his own life by shooting himself in the head, the police... (

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United States

18 June 2014

New York Times, Editorial

On June 4, a 32-year-old woman tried to get through security at San Antonio International Airport with a loaded .380 caliber Diamondback in her carry-on bag. This wasn't a freak occurrence. Transportation Security Administration officials intercepted 18 guns on that day alone — a single-day record in what looks to be a record-setting year. The T.S.A. found 1,320 guns in 2011, 1,556 in 2012, 1,813 in 2013 — and has found roughly 900 so far in 2014. The steady rise... (

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18 June 2014

Caribbean 360

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados - Six murders involving the use of firearms this year have Attorney General, Adriel Brathwaite, vowing to crackdown on people trying to smuggle guns into the country. On Monday, Brathwaite said as of the end of May, there were six murders committed with the use of guns, compared to two for the same period last year. "If firearms are coming into the country illegally, it is not just a police matter. It is a Customs matter, it is a Coast Guard... (

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Saudi Arabia

18 June 2014

Arab News (Jeddah)

The Interior Ministry is closely monitoring and tracking down arms trafficking through the Internet and social networking sites. Mansour Al-Turki, the ministry's spokesman, said violators — either individuals or website operators — will be treated as criminals. He pointed out that trade in weapons and its accessories are prohibited in the Kingdom. Al-Turki said competent security agencies regularly follow up and track the information and data available on trade... (

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United States

17 June 2014

Washington Post, Blog

Many readers took heart in the news last week that museums in the U.S. outnumber McDonald's and Starbucks restaurants — combined. But like so many other quantifiable preferences that Americans have, there's a political dimension to the affinity for museums. Just last week, a Pew Research Center survey found that liberals are much more attached to their museums than conservatives are: 73 percent of "consistently liberal" Americans say that being near museums and... (

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17 June 2014

Baltic Times

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

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United States

17 June 2014

BBC News, Blog

Shortly after the shooting that killed 20 children in Newtown, Connecticut, National Rifle Association executive vice-president Wayne LaPierre said: "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun". The oft-repeated line has become a rallying cry for proponents of looser firearm regulation as well as being a target of derision for those who believe that "good guys" with guns frequently do more harm than good. The recent shooting spree in Las... (

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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... (

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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... (

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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... (

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United States,Mexico

16 June 2014


Most of the guns seized from gang members, felons and drug traffickers in eight U.S. cities over a decade were handguns, not the automatic assault rifles often depicted in Hollywood crime stories, according to a study published on Monday. In the sample of 10,435 weapons seized by police in cities that included Los Angeles and Washington, 77 percent were handguns, and seven out of 10 of those were semi-automatic, according to the Geneva-based research project Small Arms... (

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United States

16 June 2014

USA Today

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court dealt a rare blow to the gun lobby Monday by ruling that purchasers must report when they are buying firearms for other people. The 5-4 decision upheld two lower courts that had ruled against so-called straw purchasers, even though the justices acknowledged that Congress left loopholes in gun control laws passed in the 1960s and 1990s. For gun purchasers to be allowed to buy from licensed dealers without reporting the actual final... (

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United States

14 June 2014

New York Times

INDIANAPOLIS — Standing in a small booth surrounded by displays for rifles, pistols, holsters and other firearm accouterments, the Rev. Kenn Blanchard signed copies of his book "Black Man With a Gun: Reloaded." Amid the sea of thousands of white faces that descended on this city for the National Rifle Association convention in late April, Mr. Blanchard, an N.R.A. member since 1991, offered his reasoning for why he was one of the few black visitors. "We still... (

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13 June 2014

Star Africa

Malawi Police has destroyed over 3,000 illegal firearms confiscated from people across the country.Inspector General Lot Dzonzi said in Lilongwe during the destruction exercise that Malawi is vulnerable to firearms smuggling because of a number of reasons including its geographical position, lack of scanning machines at its border posts and use of unchartered routes by foreigners. "This has led to the smugglers bringing in firearms into the country which can lead to... (

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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... (

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12 June 2014

Copenhagen Post

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

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12 June 2014

Ultimas Noticias (Venezuela)

[Translated summary: 825 firearms were seized by Venezuelan authorities between September 2013 and June 2014. They will be deactivated in compliance with the 2013 Law on Control of Firearms, Ammunition and Disarmament, to prevent them being diverted to criminals.] Un total de 825 armas de fuego, incautadas por los cuerpos de seguridad del Estado, han sido inutilizadas en el estado Aragua por la Misión A Toda Vida Venezuela, desde septiembre de 2013 hasta junio de este... (

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Philippines,United States

12 June 2014

New York Times

It was an unusual example of family pressure, exerted by federal prosecutors against two brothers. The brothers — one a former New York City police officer, another a former Customs and Border Protection officer — worked with another brother to ship and sell military-grade guns to customers in the Philippines. On Thursday, as Rex and Wilfredo Maralit pleaded guilty to weapons trafficking, they were told by prosecutors that they would be eligible for reduced... (

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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... (

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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... (

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United States,India

11 June 2014

Daily Pioneer (India), Opinion

In the US, powerful pro-gun lobbies have repeatedly sabotaged every attempt by lawmakers to make the possession of guns more difficult. In India too, it's not very difficult to secure a gun licence. This is a bad omen Lawmakers in California in the United States are now mulling stricter gun control laws after a young man in the University of California killed six college students and himself. The young man was able to buy three guns and go on a rampage despite warnings... (

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United States,Australia

11 June 2014 (Australia)

Australia has got gun control right, says US President Barack Obama, while his own nation "should be ashamed" at its inability to address a surge in school shootings. The president vented frustration and disbelief that there was no momentum for gun reform in the wake of a recent spate of mass shootings, in impassioned remarks likely to touch off a new row with the powerful firearms lobby. "Our levels of gun violence are off the charts, there is no advanced developed... (

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Australia,United States

11 June 2014

Sydney Morning Herald

Even as police were still on the scene of yet another American school shooting – the 74th since the massacre of primary school children in Newtown – President Barack Obama praised Australia's gun laws in an online question and answer session. "Couple of decades ago, Australia had a mass shooting, similar to Columbine or Newtown. And Australia just said, well, that's it, we're not doing, we're not seeing that again, and basically imposed very severe, tough gun laws,... (

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United States

11 June 2014

Los Angeles Times

A fatal shooting in Oregon on Tuesday was the 31st firearms attack at a U.S. school since the start of the year, marking a sharp acceleration in the rash of violence that has occurred on campuses across the nation. The incidents range from the 20 people shot near UC Santa Barbara less than three weeks ago to gunfire that resulted in no injuries at all. The frequency of attacks has picked up since the December 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn.,... (

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10 June 2014

Front Page Africa

MONROVIA — The United Nations Panel of Experts said in its May 2014 report to the Security Council that the government of Liberia is dragging its feet on the enactment of national firearms legislation. The Panel said the law is critical to providing the legal framework and institutional mechanism to ensure effective small arms control in Liberia, a country that has in the past been controversial as it relates to arms trafficking in the region. "The Panel is of the... (

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United States

9 June 2014

New York Times

Lots more of our fellow travelers are packing for the airport, so to speak. So far this year (as of the end of last week), the Transportation Security Administration has found 892 guns in passengers' carry-on bags at security checkpoints. That's a 19 percent increase from the comparable period of last year, when the total was 750 guns. The 2013 gun-tote tally was a record, at 1,813 firearms found, incidentally. As this year's gun haul keeps rolling along, a one-day... (

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