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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)

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United States

29 June 2016

CNN

Working replicas of the Nazis' storm rifle, widely considered to be the world's first assault rifle, are now being produced in the U.S. "It's been a surprise hit with us," said Mac Steil, co-owner of Hill & Mac Gunworks in Georgia, which has taken orders for 2,000 rifles since the product launch in January. "We sold more rifles the first day than we thought we'd sell all year." Hill & Mac Gunworks, a startup in the Atlanta suburb of Alpharetta, is reproducing the STG... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

8 June 2016

The Trace (USA)

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

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United Kingdom

30 April 2016

Daily Mail (UK)

A pensioner has been jailed for possessing a 'terrifying arsenal' of illegal weapons at his home in Greater Manchester - including guns, shells and a missile. RAF veteran Harry Jones was secretary of the Tameside Gun Club for nearly 40 years and was a trusted authority on weaponry. But his obsession with firearms led to him amassing the huge stash of weapons, including nine handguns and an Al Capone-style Tommy gun kept in a violin case - all in full working... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

14 January 2015

Australian Associated Press

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

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Canada

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... (GunPolicy.org)

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Jamaica

29 May 2014

Jamaica Observer

ST CATHERINE, Jamaica - Police operating in Kingston West and St Catherine divisions say that in less than 24 hours, they removed 13 firearms and more than 2,000 rounds of ammunition from the possession of criminals The lawmen also apprehended a man they believe is the leader of Kingston's notorious Scare Dem Crew Gang. The police said they were able to accomplish this in separate incidents between Wednesday, May 28 and Thursday, May 29. Reports are that about 1:30... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

17 April 2014

Guardian (UK)

Police have seized 30 firearms including assault rifles, sawn-off shotguns, an Uzi sub-machine gun and a Thompson machine gun in one of the largest arms finds recorded in London. The huge arsenal, which included a large amount of ammunition, was found at an address in Waltham Forest, east London, after Metropolitan police officers executed a search warrant on Wednesday morning. A 51-year-old man was arrested and remains in custody, the Met said.. Detectives from... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom,United States

14 March 2014

Telegraph (UK)

A teenager who bought a machine gun online and had it delivered to his family home, along with hundreds of rounds of ammunition and nunchucks, has been jailed for six years. Reza Khalilzada, 18, was caught hiding an assault rifle under his bed which he had ordered from a US website. Police were alerted after suspicious customs officials in the US examined a heavy box destined for Khalilzada's address in Pinner, Middlesex, in August last year. Instead of the ceramic... (GunPolicy.org)

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Mexico,Asia,Europe,Americas,Africa,Germany

25 February 2014

Guardian (UK)

The town of Oberndorf should look a lot nicer. Nature offered plenty of blessings. Its 14,000 inhabitants live sheltered in the green and rocky Neckar valley, where the narrow, sparkling river Neckar grooves its way through the Black Forest in one of Germany's most picturesque corners. This is the heart of Baden-Württemberg: tranquil and prosperous, the sunniest and warmest part of Germany. Yet Oberndorf's town centre doesn't include the cobbled square lined with... (GunPolicy.org)

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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)

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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)

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Australia

9 January 2014

Herald Sun (Melbourne)

EXCLUSIVE - An arms dealer who supplies high-powered guns to the Australian Defence Force has been questioned over weapons permit breaches and suspected underworld connections. The dealer, who has been ­allowed to import lethal weapons for more than a decade, has links with a group of ex-soldiers whose associates include underworld figures and bikies. For six years, the dealer's firm has been the subject of multiple probes by state and federal authorities, including... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ireland

1 January 2014

Independent (Dublin)

This is the first time that uniformed gardai have been given permission to carry guns full-time since the foundation of the force almost a century ago. The move has been sanctioned after a review of the operation of the five regional support units (RSUs) since their introduction in 2008. Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan has ordered that all the regional response units will be permanently armed after a rise in the number of incidents requiring garda firepower. The... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Independent (Dublin)

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Bahamas

6 December 2013

Bahamas Weekly

NASSAU, Bahamas - An enhanced effort by the RBPF Firearms Tracing and Investigations Unit, aimed at ridding the streets of illegal firearms is paying off. Officers assigned to the Unit have removed more than 100 illegal weapons off streets across New Providence since its implementation in September 2013. The recovery of five (5) illegal weapons off the streets of New Providence on Thursday 5th December 2013, was yet another example of the excellent work of the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

28 November 2013

Sky News (Australia)

A Queensland father and his two sons have been charged over an enormous cache of 328 illegal weapons and 4.2 tonnes of ammunition. It's believed to be the largest haul of illegal weapons ever uncovered in the state. Police raided their 800-hectare property at Moonford, near Monto, inland from Bundaberg, on Monday. They found the enormous stockpile including automatic and semi-automatic firearms, many of which had been modified. An MP5 navy sub machine gun used in... (GunPolicy.org)

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Germany

12 November 2013

Local (Germany)

German arms experts unveiled one of the biggest private weapons hauls ever found on Monday. Examining the 200 firearms, which were found in a pensioners home and included grenades, a bazooka and machine gun, took hours. Spread over four huge tables at the Hannover State Office of Criminal Investigations were 142 pistols, 29 automatic pistols, 28 revolvers, 11 hand grenades, two machine guns, two land mines, an Uzi, a Skorpion submachine gun, a Kalashnikov, a bazooka... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (Germany)

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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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Scotland

11 October 2013

BBC News

Two men have been convicted of being involved in a plot to buy guns and ammunition destined for Scotland. The £3,500 consignment was discovered after being abandoned at Carlisle railway station in August last year. During a trial at Liverpool Crown Court, Barry Kelly and Craig Colquhoun denied trying to buy the stash. Two other men who supplied the weapons, William Dempsey, a serving soldier, and Martin Ashdown, pleaded guilty to firearm offences. The trial heard... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

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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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Serbia,England & Wales

6 August 2013

Daily Mail (UK)

A Tory candidate has been jailed for 16 years for selling submachine guns he smuggled from Serbia to drugs gangs in Britain. Marcus Simpson, who narrowly missed out on being elected to his local council, offered gangsters a 'menu' of weapons that included a Scorpion submachine gun, a laser-sighted assault rifle and Walther PPKs, plus silencers and ammunition. Simpson, 42, was a Conservative candidate for Corby, Northamptonshire, in the 2011 local elections. He lost by... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ireland

11 July 2013

BBC News

Irish police (Garda) say they have made their biggest ever find of dissident republican arms and explosives at a location in north Dublin. Guns, ammunition and 15kg of Semtex explosive were found on land at the Old Airport Road in Cloghran. Superintendent David Taylor said the seizure was a major blow to the activities of dissident republicans. The arms were retrieved last week and included former Provisional IRA weapons. Replica and real guns including an UZI 9mm... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

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France

3 June 2013

Local (France)

French police have charged a 30-year-old man with supplying weapons used by Islamist gunman Mohamed Merah when he killed seven people in and around the southern city of Toulouse last year. Fetha Malki, a Toulouse resident with a history of petty crimes, was charged over the weekend with complicity in murder in connection with a terrorist enterprise and ordered held without bail. He faces other charges of receiving stolen goods and selling illegal weapons. Judicial... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (France)

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Australia

23 May 2013

Daily Telegraph (Sydney)

Police will launch an unprecedented national crackdown on illegal firearms and their black-market supply lines in the first Australia-wide effort targeting gun violence. In the same week a 12-year-old Minto girl had a gun pointed at her head and a man was taken to hospital after a shooting in Mascot, a two-week blitz on firearms will begin tomorrow, with hundreds of police around the nation on standby to respond to tips from the public. NSW Police bosses will join... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada,China,Germany

1 May 2013

Global News (Canada)

Six years after approving German-made rifles that can be converted to machine guns "in minutes" – guns that by law should have been prohibited to begin with – the federal government will spend up to $260,000 buying them from their owners. In February 2007, the RCMP classified the SSD BD38, a semi-automatic replica of a German Second World War-era sub-machine gun, as a 'restricted' firearm, meaning that it had the same legal status as a handgun. That classification... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Global News (Canada)

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Tanzania

10 April 2013

Citizen (Dar es Salaam)

DAR ES SALAAM - Police in the city have recovered three guns and 33 bullets from different locations. The weapons were reportedly to be used by suspected bandits in commiting robberies. The firearms were recovered in a special round up carried out by police after receiving intelligence information from citizens, according to Dar es Salaam Special Zone Police Commander, Mr Suleiman Kova. He said that one sub machine gun (SMG) was recovered at Kimbangulile area in... (GunPolicy.org)

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Israel,Ireland

27 March 2013

BBC News

The Commissioner of the Irish police has rejected calls for detectives to be reissued with Uzi submachine guns. Martin Callinan said it "would not have made the slightest bit of difference" if a murdered detective had been armed with an Uzi. Detective Adrian Donohoe was shot during a robbery on 25 January 2013. The Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (AGSI) passed a motion calling for the reissue of the Israeli-made weapons at its conference. The guns,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

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Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa,Nepal

9 March 2013

Xinhua

KATHMANDU - With the objective of controlling the illegal trade of small arms like pistol, Nepal has decided to endorse the UN small arms convention which is being discussed among the UN members at present. "Nepal supports the bid to regulate and control the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons," the Kathmandu Post quoted a government official, as saying, on Saturday. "It is of prime importance that the small arms do not reach the non-state actors, who may... (GunPolicy.org)

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Russia

7 March 2013

RIA Novosti (Russia)

MOSCOW – The police and the Federal Security Service (FSB) have uncovered an underground arms factory and large cache of firearms in the Moscow Region, the Interior Ministry reported on Thursday. "Two underground workshops for arms re-engineering were liquidated and four suspected criminal gang members were arrested," the police reported in a statement. The workshops were based in two garages west of Moscow, where the security forces discovered at least nine machine... (GunPolicy.org)

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Malta

20 February 2013

Times of Malta

The police are holding a Maltese man in his 30s in connection with the murder of Ronald Galea, who was shot outside his meat factory in Ħal Far on Monday. The man, who the police said was "assisting investigations", works in a field similar to that of the victim, Assistant Police Commissioner Pierre Calleja said during a press conference yesterday. He did not reply when asked whether the man was cooperating with the investigation but said that tests to determine... (GunPolicy.org)

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Papua New Guinea

25 January 2013

Post-Courier (Port Moresby)

Papua New Guinea's acting Clerk of Parliament Simon Ila has purchased 32 high-powered guns and about 10,000 ammunition for Parliament security guards at a cost of K556,000. This is on top of side-arms for some Ministers and Members of Parliament who also have armed personnel from the Special VIP protection Unit. Among the purchase was a very high-powered weapon only issued to the military and for special forces – the HK MP7 A1 which cost K38,500 for one, with its 30... (GunPolicy.org)

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Papua New Guinea

25 January 2013

Business Spectator / Australian Associated Press

Papua New Guinea's parliamentary speaker has denied reports the acting clerk has bought $A250,000 of machine guns for parliamentary security. The Post-Courier on Friday carried a front-page story citing a letter by acting clerk Simon Ila to police officials advising of the purchase despite the objections of police commissioner Tom Kulunga. PNG's parliamentary speaker, whose office denied knowledge of the purchase on Thursday night according to the paper, cancelled a... (GunPolicy.org)

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Malaysia

5 December 2012

New Strait Times (Malaysia)

SHAH ALAM - Police corporal Jenain Subi was acting within the scope of his duties when he opened fire at the Proton Iswara driven by teenager Aminulrasyid Amzah two years ago. The High Court found that Jenain had only answered was only doing his duty when he tried to stop a speeding vehicle. Judge Datuk Abdul Rahman Sebli said this yesterday before acquitting Jenain after allowing his appeal against his conviction and sentence of five years' jail for causing the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Cambodia

27 November 2012

New York Times

PHNOM PENH — Just after a Honda pickup truck screeched to a halt beyond the decommissioned Soviet-era Antonov aircraft, four resolute-looking Chinese men with a military escort climbed out, slammed the doors shut and neatly arranged a series of firearms they had been carrying on a nearby table. Once the pistols' magazines were loaded with shiny golden bullets, they began emptying round after round into paper targets at a distance of 25 meters, or 82 feet. Nearby,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

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Nigeria

5 November 2012

Daily Trust (Abuja)

LAFIA — A syndicate of gun runners, led by a native doctor, Daniel Danladi, have been nabbed by a team of men of the State Security Service (SSS) in Nasarawa State. The team also also recovered three AK47 rifles and a sub-machine gun. Abubakar Bubuche, state director of the security agency, who paraded the five suspects at the directorate's office in Lafia, on Tuesday afternoon, said charms, as well as 48 rounds of ammunition, were also recovered from the suspects... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Trust (Abuja)

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Scotland,United Kingdom

31 October 2012

Scotsman (Edinburgh) / Edinburgh Evening News (Scotland)

Silenced pistols, rifles and sub-machine gun rounds are among the firearms seized in the past year by the elite unit set up to take down organised crime in the Lothians. Officers from the Serious and Organised Crime Unit also 
recovered seven shotguns, two revolvers and two stun guns during raids on gang members and properties. Hollow point bullets – dubbed "dum dums" – were also recovered. The shells shatter on impact, where conventional bullets flatten, and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Scotsman (Edinburgh) / Edinburgh Evening News (Scotland)

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Nigeria

13 September 2012

This Day (Lagos)

Operatives of the Joint Task Force (JTF) in Borno State Wednesday arrested 11 suspected members of the Boko Haram sect in an overnight raid. The suspects were arrested in the Waka-Biu region of the state. Recovered from them were automatic weapons, ammunition and several homemade bombs. Confirming the arrest, the spokesman of the JTF, Lieutenant Colonel Sagir Musa, listed the dangerous weapons recovered from the sect to include a sub-machine gun, seven AK-47s, 1,568... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: This Day (Lagos)

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Eastern Europe,France

7 September 2012

Le Cawa d'AdmiNet (France)

Gun control has shot to the top of the political agenda in France in recent years because of massive influx of weapons from Eastern Europe. Largely un-policed border crossings with countries like Italy have seen thousands of guns pouring into major cities over the past few decades from countries like Serbia and the Ukraine. This has led to a huge increase in the number of criminals brandishing weapons, especially drugs gangs and ones linked to the Italian and Russian... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Le Cawa d'AdmiNet (France)

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South Africa

5 September 2012

Defence Web (South Africa)

The South African National Defence Force has lost or had stolen 51 firearms since 2009, including 38 assault rifles, according to the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans. Defence minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula stated that 51 firearms, including a machine gun and a grenade launcher, have been lost by or stolen from the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) since 2009. This emerged in response to a parliamentary question posed by Pieter Groenewald of the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Defence Web (South Africa)

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Australia

4 September 2012

Adelaide Now

Police have uncovered a fully-loaded Uzi sub-machine gun in Adelaide as part of a major ice ring bust, in which more than $2.5 million in drugs and weapons were seized. … It is the biggest drug bust this year. The rare gun - which was found alongside other purpose-made weapons such as handguns and a sawn-off shotgun - is unusual in South Australia and police are concerned about its origins. Two men and a woman have been arrested after six house raids - on August... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Adelaide Now

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Brazil

28 August 2012

Zee News (India)

RIO DE JANEIRO - Six people were killed and 14 wounded in a gunfight at a nightclub in the southeastern Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte, police said Monday, blaming the violence on a dispute between gangs. Scores of people were inside the club late Sunday night when two armed men burst in as a band was playing and started firing indiscriminately. One of the intruders was carrying a military-issue submachine gun, police said. Several club patrons drew guns and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Zee News (India)

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Uganda

24 August 2012

Observer (Kampala)

Police yesterday said murders in the country were on the rise because of the rampant influx of guns and ammunition through Uganda's porous borders. Police publicist Simon Kuteesa told journalists that most of the murders in the country were a result of shooting, mob justice, assault, suicide and love gone bad. "The major challenge we have is that our borders are porous and there is no way we can fight the influx of the ammunitions," Kuteesa said, as police released... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Observer (Kampala)

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Venezuela

16 August 2012

EFE News Agency / Fox News Latino (USA)

The warden of a prison in the northwestern Venezuelan city of Maracaibo escaped unharmed on Thursday when a group of inmates shot at him, authorities in Zulia state said. The prison chief came under attack while investigating a report of armed inmates in one of the cellblocks, state Security and Public Order Secretary Odalis Caldera told Efe. The warden was accompanied by members of the police team responsible for security outside the prison walls and the attack "was... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: EFE News Agency / Fox News Latino (USA)

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Thailand

13 August 2012

BBC News

Police in Thailand say that they will charge a member of the Thai parliament with causing death by negligence for accidentally shooting his secretary dead with a submachine gun. They say that the accident happened in a restaurant on Sunday night. Senator Boonsong Kowawisarat took out a 9mm Uzi submachine gun while waiting for food, the Bangkok Post reported. He told police the gun accidentally discharged and his secretary was shot in the stomach. Police say that the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

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Guyana

14 July 2012

Kaieteur News (Guyana)

Less than a week after Acting Police Commissioner Leroy Brumell warned corrupt ranks to turn in their badges, five TSU ranks are under investigation for allegedly collecting $360,000 to release a man whom they had nabbed with drugs and a loaded submachine gun. Kaieteur News understands that the incident occurred on Thursday in Kitty and that three of the ranks, including a cadet officer, are under close arrest at the Brickdam Police Station. Investigators have seized... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Kaieteur News (Guyana)

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Canada

19 June 2012

Global News (Canada)

A Global News investigation has found dozens more misclassified firearms which might be deleted with the long gun registry. Yesterday, Global News reported finding 361 handguns and three automatic weapons classified as if they were mainstream rifles or shotguns, which, all other things being equal, means that their data will be deleted. Since that story appeared, we have found more than 120 weapons in the firearms registry which aren't classified at all. They include... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Global News (Canada)

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Australia

30 May 2012

Australian Associated Press

SYDNEY - A spike in gun seizures in NSW has intensified calls for a national ballistics testing system to help authorities link weapons to crimes. The latest police figures show nearly 4500 firearms have been seized in NSW since January 2011, with more than a third of those located in the past two months. Police Minister Michael Gallacher on Wednesday watched the destruction of 142 of these weapons, including a "Dirty Harry" style .45 calibre revolver, an Uzi... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

30 May 2012

Australian Associated Press

A spike in gun seizures in NSW has intensified calls for a national ballistics testing system to help authorities link weapons to crimes. The latest police figures show nearly 4500 firearms have been seized in NSW since January 2011, with more than a third of those located in the past two months. Police Minister Michael Gallacher on Wednesday watched the destruction of 142 of these weapons, including a "Dirty Harry" style .45 calibre revolver, an Uzi submachine gun, a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Australian Associated Press

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United States,Canada

29 March 2012

880 CKLQ AM (Manitoba)

A 47 year old former member of the military has been sentenced to one year in jail for smuggling a submachine gun part into Canada from the United States. He did so by hiding it in a bag of empty beer cans when crossing the border on November 5th, 2011. Cameron Eugene Bell says he was going to just display the parts of the gun as art. Along with one year in jail he was sentenced to a 15 year firearms ban and lifetime restricted weapons... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: 880 CKLQ AM (Manitoba)

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Eastern Europe,France

27 March 2012

Christian Science Monitor

France's strict gun laws sharply limit legal ownership. But illegal trafficking is on the rise – at prices that people like Toulouse gunman Mohamed Merah can afford. PARIS - As the prosecutor listed the weapons gunman Mohamed Merah amassed before going on a shooting rampage in Toulouse, French citizens received a stark reminder that gun trafficking doesn't only affect unstable countries. It's happening in France, too – a nation that is anything but gun-friendly.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Christian Science Monitor

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France

23 March 2012

Reuters

PARIS - As France asks itself whether it could have done more to prevent Islamist gunman Mohamed Merah shooting dead seven people in a killing spree that shook the nation, there is one question that refuses to go away: how did he obtain so many guns. The size and nature of the arsenal amassed by Merah - who stockpiled at least eight guns including a Kalashnikov assault rifle and an Uzi machine pistol - has focused attention on the easy availability of illegal weapons... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

5 March 2012

New York Times

LAS VEGAS — For Vegas die-hards bored with the $750 tasting menu at Guy Savoy, the $250 Elton John tickets at Caesars or the $200,000 baccarat bet at the Bellagio, this city is serving up a new way to find high-priced thrills. Machine Guns Vegas — an upscale indoor shooting range complete with skimpily dressed gun-toting hostesses — opened last week a half-mile from the Strip with an armory of weapons and a promise to fulfill the desires of anyone wanting to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

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Australia

14 September 2011

Daily Telegraph (Sydney)

December 23, 2008 Sydney Huge haul of weapons including: Assault rifles: Steyr F88, Norinco SKS, Marlin 60 and ADI SLR L1A1 Handguns: Beretta 92FS and Remington 870 Wingmaster Shot guns: Mossberg 500A Teargas 16cm rifle silencer Pistol scope Megatron Transformer December 8, 2009 Sydney 980 rounds of FMJ green tip M855 Penetrator armour piercing bullets July 25, 2006 Brisbane Steyer tactical scout elite .308 calibre rifle, with telescopic sight May 30,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Telegraph (Sydney)

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Philippines,Indonesia,China

15 August 2011

China Daily

XIAMEN, Fujian - Three men in East China's Fujian province have been charged with producing and selling imitation guns following a raid on a toy gun factory in Jinjiang city in July. You Zhixian, a publicity officer with Jinjiang public security bureau, said the three suspects surnamed Huang, Ge and Chen had been arrested on suspicion of producing and selling imitation guns that could cause injury. "More than 10,000 imitation firearms were discovered in the factory,"... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: China Daily

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United States

20 July 2011

Indiana Daily Student

An Ellettsville gun shop owner was arrested for several serious weapons violations July 19, after a seven-month-long investigation by the Monroe County Sheriff's office. Law enforcement received a tip in January that Donald Mullendore, 61 of Ellettsville, might be selling firearms in violation of federal law. A criminal investigation then followed, according to a press release from the office of the U.S. District Attorney for Southern Indiana, Joesph Hogsett. An... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Indiana Daily Student

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Jamaica

20 June 2011

Jamaica Gleaner

The St Catherine South police yesterday seized four illegal guns within an eight-hour period and charged one man with breaches of the Firearms Act. The guns were seized in Waterford and Old Harbour, respectively. About 9:45 a.m., a team, led by Senior Superintendent Colin Pinnock, went along Caymanas Drive in Waterford, St Catherine. Following the searches of a number of premises, the team inspected bushes near the Waterford Primary School. This resulted in the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

12 April 2011

BBC News

Two men have been been jailed for life for shooting dead a 16-year-old as she waited for pizza in an east London takeaway. What the jury did not know was the gun that killed her had been used in six other shootings. On a Wednesday evening in April last year, Agnes Sina-Inakoju met two friends at a chicken and pizza shop in Hoxton, east London. Agnes, who was described by her family as "charismatic, ambitious, loving and caring", had been doing well at school and had... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

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United Kingdom

8 April 2011

Daily Mail (UK)

It is a fearsome array of weapons including a Kalashnikov, Uzi sub-machine gun, shotguns and pistols. But this astonishing arsenal was not seized from a gang of organised criminals, but the private collection of a fruit and veg trader. David Evans had claimed he only bought replica weapons to use for 'war games' in his loft, where he kitted out mannequins with imitation guns to recreate scenes from war movies such as Saving Private Ryan. But yesterday the... (GunPolicy.org)

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34645

United States

28 March 2011

Star-Ledger (New Jersey)

PISCATAWAY — A Piscataway police sergeant died from a gunshot wound after he barricaded himself in his home, told police he had hostages, then stepped on his front porch and fired a submachine gun at officers who returned fire, authorities said. David Powell, 46, of 130 Parkside Ave., was pronounced dead in his home at 1:41 a.m. today, about 10 hours after the incident began, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce Kaplan said in a statement this afternoon. Ballistic... (GunPolicy.org)

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34604

United States

6 March 2011

Star-Ledger (New Jersey)

NEWARK — Standing at the intersection of Court and Broome streets in Newark last year, city Police Director Garry McCarthy surveyed a crime scene that looked like a war zone. He was staring at a sport-utility vehicle riddled with bullets, its front end looking like "swiss cheese." At McCarthy's feet lay more than 40 shell casings, most of them spat from the barrell of an assault rifle. Less than two miles away, a similar scene unfolded in Newark's South Ward. Five... (GunPolicy.org)

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34514

United States

15 January 2011

Boston Globe

The emotionally racked trial of a former Pelham police chief charged in connection with the accidental shooting death of an 8-year-old boy at a gun fair came to an end yesterday with a jury acquitting Edward Fleury, who cried at the verdict. Fleury, 53, was found not guilty of involuntary manslaughter and multiple counts of furnishing a machine gun to a minor. Christopher Bizilj of Ashford, Conn., lost control of an Uzi submachine gun and shot himself in the head in... (GunPolicy.org)

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34140

United States

14 January 2011

BBC News

A Massachusetts jury has acquitted a man who organised a gun fair where a boy accidentally shot himself dead with an Uzi sub-machine gun. Prosecutors said Edward Fleury, a former police chief, should have foreseen the risk in providing Christopher Bizilj, 8, with the gun. He was found not guilty of involuntary manslaughter after showing the boy's father allowed him to fire the weapon. The boy lost control of the weapon, which flipped and shot him in the head. Mr... (GunPolicy.org)

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34104

United States

14 January 2011

Reuters

Jurors reached an acquittal verdict on Friday in the trial of a former police chief in the accidental fatal shooting of an 8-year-old boy at an October 2008 event at Westfield Sportsman's Club. The shooting event had been organized and sponsored by former Pelham police chief Edward D. Fleury, who had been charged with involuntary manslaughter. The child, Christopher Bizilj, was killed instantly by a shot to his head while firing a 9mm micro Uzi submachine gun. The... (GunPolicy.org)

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34090

United States

12 January 2011

Wall Street Journal

Police and gun dealers say Glock semiautomatic pistols, including the lightweight model allegedly used in the Tucson rampage last weekend, are among the most popular firearms in the U.S. because they are easy to use, reliable and accurate. "The Glock is a very popular weapon, generally not only with the law enforcement but with civilians," said James Pasco, executive director of the Fraternal Order of Police, which represents about 330,000 street-level officers. "It's... (GunPolicy.org)

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34063

United States

7 January 2011

Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts — A teenager who supervised an 8-year-old who shot himself with an Uzi submachine gun at a 2008 gun fair testified Friday that he told the boy's father that "it wasn't a good idea" to let the child fire it. Michael Spano was a witness in the trial of Edward Fleury, whose company co-sponsored the exhibition at the Westfield Sportsman's Club. Fleury has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter and other charges in the death of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

33974

United States

6 January 2011

Boston Globe

A chilling video shown in Hampden Superior Court today captured the moment an 8-year-old boy from Connecticut fatally shot himself with an Uzi submachine gun at a 2008 gun show in western Massachusetts. The video, which showed the boy squeezing the trigger and the automatic weapon suddenly tilting upward and then backward in his small hands before he apparently shot himself, elicited shrieks from shocked spectators in the courtroom and the jury box. Christopher... (GunPolicy.org)

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33970

United States

4 January 2011

Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts - "Reckless and illegal actions" by a former police chief led to the accidental death of a boy who shot himself in the face with an Uzi submachine gun at a gun show, a prosecutor said Tuesday. But others, including the boy's father, made the fatal decisions, a defense attorney said. Former Pelham Police Chief Edward Fleury, whose company co-sponsored the event, has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter and furnishing a weapon to a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

33957

United States

27 December 2010

Charlotte Observer (North Carolina)

WESLEY CHAPEL -- Weekend mornings, John Famolari's two young children love to play baseball and soccer in their spacious backyard - at least until their neighbor across the creek breaks out his machine guns. In a wooded lot about 500 feet away, Dr. Michael Land regularly uses a Thompson submachine gun and other automatic weapons for target practice. The racket often makes it hard for Famolari and his wife to talk - and even harder for them to entertain guests at their... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Charlotte Observer (North Carolina)

33919

United States

19 December 2010

Telegram & Gazette (Massachusetts) / AP

WORCESTER — Officials say almost 200 firearms were collected during Worcester's annual "Goods for Guns" program, including a 9mm submachine gun and an AK-47. Organizers say 69 handguns were turned in during the recent two-day event, along with 65 semi-automatic weapons and 59 rifles. People receive Walmart gift certificates in return. The program's intent is to keep guns from falling into the wrong hands and being used in violent acts. Donated guns usually are... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Telegram & Gazette (Massachusetts) / AP

33870

United States

17 December 2010

Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts - A judge ruled Friday that jurors in the manslaughter trial of a former western Massachusetts police chief won't hear audio from the most graphic part of a video that shows an 8-year-old boy accidentally shooting himself to death with an Uzi submachine gun. Hampden Superior Court Judge Peter Velis' ruling came as jury selection resumed in the case of former Pelham Police Chief Edward Fleury, whose company co-sponsored a 2008 gun fair where... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

33856

United States

12 December 2010

Herald (Scotland)

Gun control campaigners in the USA are waving the white flag after a year of crushing setbacks. Shocking mass murders and shooting accidents that would scandalise any other developed nation barely register in the public consciousness. As the death toll rises, the National Rifle Association's (NRA) string of legislative and legal victories continues. Against this backdrop comes the latest gun-related horror story: a former police chief in Massachusetts is on trial for... (GunPolicy.org)

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33828

United States

8 December 2010

Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts - The manslaughter trial of a former Massachusetts police chief charged in the death of an 8-year-old boy who accidentally shot himself with an Uzi submachine gun at a fair has been postponed indefinitely after the defendant fell ill. Edward Fleury's lawyer, Rosemary Curran Scapiccio, said Wednesday that he is hospitalized with an illness she did not have permission to publicly disclose. The Republican of Springfield reports that Scapiccio... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

33788

United States

8 December 2010

New York Times

BOSTON — A judge ruled Tuesday that jurors can be shown video of an 8-year-old boy accidentally shooting himself in the head with a submachine gun at a gun show, setting up an unusually grisly courtroom scene in the manslaughter trial of a former police chief who organized the event. Judge Peter A. Velis of Hampden Superior Court in Springfield, Mass., is still deciding whether audio from after the shooting — in which the boy can be heard screaming and his father... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

33767

United States

5 December 2010

Associated Press

BOSTON - Eight-year-old Christopher Bizilj — 4-foot-3 and 66 pounds — stepped up to the firing range to shoot an Uzi as his father and 11-year-old brother watched from a few feet away. As Christopher fired the 9mm micro submachine gun at a pumpkin, the weapon flipped backward and shot him in the head. He was pronounced dead at the hospital. Prosecutors brought manslaughter charges against the gun club where the machine gun shoot took place, two men who supplied... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

33770

United States

3 December 2010

Associated Press

As a former Massachusetts police chief heads to trial on manslaughter charges in the accidental shooting death of an eight-year-old boy at a gun fair, prosecutors and defence lawyers are wrangling over a horrific piece of evidence: a videotape of the shooting taken by the boy's father. Former Pelham police Chief Edward Fleury is scheduled to go on trial next week in the 2008 death of Christopher Bizilj, who was killed when he lost control of an Uzi at a gun fair and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

33749

United States

26 October 2010

Salon (USA), Book review

Few common objects are as shrouded in mystery as the gun. I don't mean to suggest large numbers of people are unfamiliar with guns, because in this country, that's not the case. The long tradition of routine, practical gun ownership in the United States continues to this day, in rural areas especially. According to a regular Gallup poll question, somewhere between 38 percent and 42 percent of U.S. households contain at least one firearm. I visited many a firing range... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Salon (USA)

33544

United States

16 October 2010

Wall Street Journal, Book review

The AK-47 is the most numerous and widely distributed weapon in history, with a name and appearance that are instantly recognized worldwide. Designed in the late 1940s for the Soviet Army, the Avtomat Kalashnikova 47 ("Automatic of Kalashnikov 1947") became the universal weapon by the late 20th century, used by armies, militias and terrorists in practically every armed conflict, and by all sides in most of them. Even the United States has purchased mass quantities of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Wall Street Journal

33491

Canada

3 September 2010

Telegram (Newfoundland)

With homemade, automatic weapons in front of him, Const. Chris Young doesn't understate the potential danger. "These things can be devastating in the wrong hands," the RCMP officer says. The firearms on the table include a .22-calibre rifle and an AK-M (AK-47) rifle that were turned into automatic weapons. Also laid out are a 1911-style pistol and a German submachine-gun. Both were handcrafted. All four weapons are the handiwork of Jason Patrick Loder, who even... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Telegram (Newfoundland)

33276

Philippines

24 August 2010

BBC News

A security analyst who has worked in counter-terrorism with the British Army and Scotland Yard, Charles Shoebridge, says the officers involved in Manila's bus siege showed great courage - but they were not properly trained or equipped for the task. Here are 10 areas where, in his view, they could have done better. 1. Determination The first officers who tried to storm the bus were driven out by gunshots from the hostage taker, former policeman Rolando Mendoza. "They... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

33211

Germany

14 August 2010

Local (Berlin)

Germany's socialist party The Left, has been hit by an embarrassing scandal, with a mid-ranking functionary charged with illegal trade in military weapons. Manfred Hämmerle, chairman of the party in Hückelhoven near the Dutch border, has been accused of illegally selling a submachine gun, and possibly a Kalashnikov AK47 as well as an Uzi machine gun. Der Spiegel magazine, which reported the story on Saturday, said he could face at least a year in prison if convicted... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (Berlin)

33177

Canada

9 August 2010

Toronto Sun (Ontario)

A machine gun that was reportedly being passed between Hamilton gangsters was found by police during a raid of a local apartment, police said Monday. Officers in the Gangs and Weapons Enforcement Unit (GWEU) had been getting information since November 2009 about a MAC-10 submachine gun "that was being passed around between numerous Hamilton gang members and associates," a Hamilton Police press release said. The information culminated Friday when cops received further... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Toronto Sun (Ontario)

33161

Canada

9 August 2010

Hamilton Spectator (Ontario)

Hamilton police have seized a nasty, fully-loaded 9 mm submachine gun from a Park Street South apartment. The gangs and weapons enforcement unit seized the weapon Friday night after receiving information about a rapid fire weapon they've been hearing about on the street since November last year. George Andrew Nossey, 46, of Hamilton, faces numerous weapons charges. Sergeant Terri-Lynn Collings said word on the street was that someone had "a Mac 10" and it was being... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Hamilton Spectator (Ontario)

33134

Trinidad & Tobago

27 July 2010

Trinidad and Tobago Express

A police officer attached to the Witness Protection Programme lost a sub-machine gun in a weekend incident that investigators were still trying to unravel yesterday. The gun and ammunition were found buried in Barrackpore yesterday and six people were arrested. The police corporal had, at first, said he was robbed of the weapon in San Fernando, just before midnight last Saturday. He later told a story about driving along a lonely road in Barrackpore, where he was in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Trinidad and Tobago Express

33088

Canada

24 June 2010

Calgary Sun (Alberta)

The police seizure of 16 firearms — including a possible submachine gun — indicates the troubling scope of illegal weaponry on city streets, say cops. Following a tip, plainclothes officers on Tuesday observed what appeared to be a weapons transaction involving a 9 mm Uzi submachine gun-style weapon in a parking lot on Heritage Gate S.E. Three men were arrested at the scene and a 2004 Audi A4 seized. On the same day, police raided a home in Edgemont where they... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Calgary Sun (Alberta)

32901

United States

8 June 2010

Boston Globe

A proposal to limit the number of guns a person can buy in Massachusetts is being mulled by the Legislature's Judiciary Committee today, sparking hope among supporters that the bill may finally come to a vote. The bill, introduced by Governor Deval Patrick in May 2009, would prevent people from buying more than one gun a month. It is winding its way through committee as the state and the city of Boston grapple with the shooting deaths of two 14-year-old boys in the... (GunPolicy.org)

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32821

China

1 June 2010

Xinhua

YONGZHOU, Hunan - A man killed himself after shooting three judges dead and injuring another three judges in a local court office Tuesday in central China's Hunan Province, said local authorities. The incident happened at about 10:05 a.m. at Lingling District People's Court in Yongzhou City, said the city's public security department. The gunman, Zhu Jun, barged into an office on the fourth floor of the court building. He shot the judges in the office before killing... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Xinhua

32762

Tanzania

15 May 2010

Citizen (Dar es Salaam)

TABORA — A soldier with the Tanzania People's Defence Forces (TPDF) in Tabora stabbed his wife to death before proceeding to shoot down his niece and a neighbour on Friday night. He then turned the gun on himself. The killings threw the town into shock and rekindled the not-so-distant memories as early in the year, another soldier had opened fire on two colleagues in Kasulu, killing them on the spot. In the Friday incident, whose motivation is yet to be known, the... (GunPolicy.org)

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32686

Canada

17 March 2010

680 News Radio (Toronto)

TORONTO, Ontario - Six men now face more than 540 charges in connection with a break-and-enter investigation, according to Toronto police. Last month, a downtown apartment was broken into at 59 Isabella St. The thieves were able to make off with 50 handguns, two shotguns and an Uzi sub-machine gun. The suspects also stole a large-screen television. After executing search warrants in the GTA, Toronto police were able to recover 10 of the 50 handguns, the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: 680 News Radio (Toronto)

32377

Philippines

10 February 2010

Panay News (Philippines)

SAN JOSE, Antique – The effective implementation of the Antique Police Provincial Office (APPO) of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) gun ban has yielded positive results. APPO Information Officer PO3 Rodelio B. Canja said that from January 10 to 28, three persons were arrested and one is at-large. Confiscated on separate operations were five high-powered fire arms, two fragmentation hand grenades, two bladed weapons and 35 rds of assorted ammunitions. In... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Panay News (Philippines)

32090

Jamaica,United States

14 January 2010

Gleaner (Jamaica)

With 14 days into the new year, the island's security forces have seized more than 1,000 assorted rounds of ammunition and at least 27 illegal firearms, including four high-powered weapons and a number of semi-automatic pistols. The cracks in the existing security system at Port Bustamante were tested on Monday, when a Jamaican connection in New York sent a shipment containing 12 illegal guns and more than 700 rounds of ammunition. Up to late Tuesday, two women and a... (GunPolicy.org)

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31890

United States

8 January 2010

Forbes (USA), Blog

LAS VEGAS -- Mining. Cattle-ranching. Machine gun rentals. If you're a Berkeley-bred crunchie that combination is the stuff of nightmares. If you're entrepreneur Billy Conn, however, it's a living. And, thanks to a weak dollar and ever-tightening firearms laws, business at the machine gun range is good. Conn will only say that the privately-held Las Vegas Gun Range & Firearms Center is a "multi-million" dollar business. However tough firearms laws, a weak dollar, and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Forbes (USA)

31830

Philippines

28 December 2009

Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines — Several high-powered firearms seized in a series of raids in Maguindanao province over the past weeks were police-issued firearms, Philippine National Police Director General Jesus Verzosa said on Monday. In an interview, Verzosa said that of the more than 800 firearms seized throughout the province of Maguindanao during and after the declaration of martial law there, more than 20 were PNP-issued. He said most of those that were PNP-issued were... (GunPolicy.org)

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31788

United States

24 December 2009

Contra Costa Times (California)

CONCORD, California - Intruders took a small cache of assault weapons from a house this week, and police made an arrest. The only man they arrested, however, was the homeowner — for having the weapons in the first place. Police were called to a home in the 1600 block of Allegro Avenue about 2 a.m. Wednesday after getting reports of a home invasion, said police Lt. Garrett Voerge. A roommate told officers that two men entered the home and at gunpoint, took several... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Contra Costa Times (California)

31742

Canada

14 December 2009

Hill Times (Ottawa), Opinion

TORONTO — Canada's long-gun registry helps to save lives, protect communities, and prevent crime. It is an important public safety resource that our police use every day in the important work they do. This fall a federal private member's bill to eliminate Canada's long-gun registry has been working its way through Parliament and will soon be considered by a House of Commons committee. As a government that is doing everything in its power to stop the agony caused by... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Hill Times (Ottawa)

31657

Australia

11 December 2009

Australian Associated Press

Two men, including a bikie, have been charged over the manufacture of illegal firearms after police seized rifles, knuckle dusters and firearm parts in Sydney. Officers raided a home in Charles Street, Blacktown, about 4.30pm yesterday, police said. Police allege illegal submachine guns, lightweight automatics or semi-automatic weapons were being made at the home. A 43-year-old man was arrested and police seized a submachine gun, several registered and unregistered... (GunPolicy.org)

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31630

United Kingdom

5 December 2009

Daily Mail (UK)

An innocent game of cops and robbers used to provide two benefits - lots of fun and a basic understanding of right and wrong. But children caught playing with a toy gun today have been warned they face something far more memorable - a raid by armed police marksmen. Officers have told parents to avoid buying youngsters plastic guns for Christmas in case passers-by mistake them for dangerous weapons. The warning has been issued by Essex Police, where a spokesman said... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Mail (UK)

31591

United States

28 November 2009

Guardian (UK)

In the distance, there is snow on the ridges of the Rocky Mountains, but down here in the plains of Colorado there is only dust and sweat. In a layby just south of Denver, Texas Marshal is standing in the sweltering heat preparing for the showdown. He tips back his black felt bronco hat, pulls out his .45 Colt revolver and gives the barrel a slow, deliberate spin. Five brass bullets sink into the chambers and the gun goes back in its holster, ready to draw, his hand... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (UK)

31534

Canada

8 November 2009

Toronto Star (Ontario), Editorial

Prime Minister Stephen Harper's law-and-order Conservatives have no valid reason to kill off Canada's rifle and shotgun registry, beyond pandering to their rural constituencies. So they've resorted to playing up the cost of the so-called "long gun" database and denying its usefulness, trying to cast it in the worst possible light. And sadly, with support from a handful of spineless New Democrats and Liberals, the Harper government nudged forward a private member's bill... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Toronto Star (Ontario)

31437

United Kingdom

23 September 2009

BBC News

A student found with 200 weapon parts in his East Lothian home has been jailed for almost four years. Ramsay Scott, 21, bought £20,000 worth of gun components on the internet using his mother's credit card. The High Court in Edinburgh heard how the former public schoolboy was interested in extreme violence and had trawled websites linked to massacres. Scott, who was sentenced to three years and nine months in jail, earlier admitted breaches of the Firearms Act.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

31072

Trinidad & Tobago

22 September 2009

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday

Fourteen persons were arrested during the early morning hours of Sunday after being found with five firearms, including a high-powered Uzi sub-machine gun, and 137 rounds of assorted ammunition. They are expected to all appear before a Port-of-Spain magistrate today to answer charges of illegal possession of arms and ammunition. According to a police report, at about 2.30 am, Western Division Task Force officers raided a house at Morvant Old Extension Road, Morvant... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday

31009

United States

3 September 2009

Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts — A judge has denied a former Massachusetts police chief's motion to dismiss some charges he's facing in connection with the death of an 8-year-old boy at a gun show. Edward Fleury, who resigned as Pelham's chief in March, is charged with manslaughter and four counts of furnishing a machine gun to a minor in connection with the death of Christopher Bizilj of Ashford, Conn. Bizilj lost control of an Uzi submachine gun and shot himself... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

30865

Australia

27 August 2009

Courier-Mail (Brisbane) / AAP

Police raids on outlaw motorcycle gangs uncovered an arsenal of weapons, including semi-automatic AK-47s, handguns, silencers, detonators and ammunition. The discovery of the weapons cache, allegedly belonging to the Odins Warriors organisation, comes as the State Government tightens laws to crack down on the gangs, vowing to destroy them by tearing down clubhouses and banning members from socialising if there was evidence of illegal behaviour. The new regulations... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Courier-Mail (Brisbane) / AAP

30876

Australia

27 August 2009

Sydney Morning Herald / AAP

Police raids and an undercover operation have netted more than 100 illegal firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition in a crackdown on an alleged Wollongong-based gun trafficking network. Three men — Michael Zarakas of Fairy Meadow, Aristos Dionys of Mangerton and Andrew Kafizas of Wollongong — face a total of 110 firearm trafficking charges between them. The trio appeared before Magistrate Paul Johnson at Wollongong Local Court on Thursday but did not apply... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sydney Morning Herald / AAP

30817

Yemen

10 August 2009

BBC Worldwide Monitoring, Transcript

SANA'A — In Yemen, weapons are considered the main cause of murder and acts of terrorism. However, the heavy weapons that used to be on offer in markets are no longer available due to the government's tough stand on this matter, which arms dealers in the country have resisted. However, you still can buy what you want from black market traders: Anti-aircraft missiles, cannons, offensive weapons, as well as artillery ammunition boxes. In the regions of the north that... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC Worldwide Monitoring

30745

Germany

31 July 2009

Associated Press

BERLIN — An 82-year-old man who planned a shooting rampage at a meeting of Jehovah's Witnesses was deterred because his submachine gun jammed, police said Friday. He was overpowered and arrested. The man entered the group's meeting hall in the western city of Bielefeld on Thursday evening, wielding the weapon, police said in a statement. The hall was evacuated and the man quickly left the building, waving the gun as he walked toward his car. He was then overpowered... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

30705

Germany

31 July 2009

The Local (Germany)

An 82-year-old man who entered a meeting of Jehovah's Witnesses armed with a submachine gun, three magazines, a Samurai sword and a knife has been arrested, Bielefeld police reported on Friday. Some 81 members of the church were gathered in their Kingdom Hall on Dunlopstraße in the city's Sennestadt district when a congregation member noticed the masked elderly man enter the vestibule waving the machine gun around 8:45 pm on Thursday. The witness quietly informed the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: The Local (Germany)

30675

Malaysia

8 July 2009

New Straits Times (Malaysia)

IPOH — Some of the firearms recovered by police near the North-South Expressway in Bercham have never been used, said Perak police chief Datuk Zulkifli Abdullah. To date, police believe that the cache of weapons and ammunition had not been used in any crime, he said after the monthly assembly at the state police contingent headquarters yesterday. On May 24, workers of a cement factory found two bags in the bushes near the factory, containing six submachine guns,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Straits Times (Malaysia)

30562

Russia,United Nations

6 July 2009

Wired (USA)

1947: The AK-47, one of the world's first operational assault rifles and probably the most durable and enduring small-arms weapons ever made, goes into production in the Soviet Union. More than 60 years later, it remains the standard infantry weapon in numerous armies, and a mainstay in the arsenals of rebels, drug traffickers and terrorists worldwide. The AK-47 was the brainchild of self-taught inventor Mikhail Kalashnikov, the son of peasants. He was inspired to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Wired (USA)

30466

Zimbabwe

3 July 2009

SW Radio Africa (London), Transcript

Violet Gonda: My guest on the programme Hot Seat is Michael Peter Hitschmann who was released from jail on Thursday. The former police constable was initially arrested for allegedly plotting to assassinate President Robert Mugabe at his birthday celebration in Manicaland in 2006. He served a total of 40 months for possessing dangerous firearms without a licence. I spoke with the firearms dealer on the day he was released and first asked him how he was feeling. Michael... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: SW Radio Africa (London)

30464

United States

27 June 2009

Washington Post

Federal agents raided an Alexandria man's home and seized 75 guns after he sold three machine guns to an undercover agent beginning in April, authorities said yesterday. John M. Walker, 50, was charged with illegally converting semiautomatic weapons into fully automatic ones, court records show. Fully automatic weapons are legal but heavily regulated. Walker was not a licensed dealer, according to Special Agent Mike Campbell of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post

30422

Malaysia

27 May 2009

New Straits Times (Malaysia)

KUALA LUMPUR — A cache of weapons and ammunition found in Bercham, Perak, on Sunday night could be linked to the chaotic political situation in the state, police say. This is one of the possibilities police are probing, besides the possibility of the cache being used for criminal or militant activities. What is certain, though, is that the weapons and ammunition were brought in from a neighbouring country. Checks revealed that the cache was not from the armoury of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Straits Times (Malaysia)

30561

Australia

2 May 2009

Australian Associated Press

NSW police have set up a new strike force following the discovery of a military cache of weapons at a south Sydney unit. Detectives from NSW Police and the Australian Crime Commission (ACC) found an arsenal of weapons, including a Thompson submachine gun (commonly known as a Tommy gun), a fully automatic AK47 assault rifle, several handguns, Tasers and ammunition when they raided a Kogarah unit at 7.30am (AEST) on Friday. They also found bulletproof vests, ballistic... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Australian Associated Press

29981

Australia

2 May 2009

Sydney Morning Herald

A Comanchero safe house containing machine guns, bullet-proof vests, a ramming device, a police badge and uniforms has been found after a federal drug investigation, police say. As a result of information from the Australian Crime Commission, which has been investigating pseudoephedrine sales in Sydney, St George police raided an apartment in Belgrave Street, Kogarah, and said they found a cache of guns, ammunition and police gear. Five automatic pistols, a Thompson... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sydney Morning Herald

29980

United States

1 April 2009

Hartford Courant (Connecticut)

Responding to the tragic death of an 8-year-old Connecticut boy at a Massachusetts gun club, a key legislative committee voted Tuesday on a measure designed to keep machine guns out of the hands of anyone under 16. The judiciary committee passed the bill, which prohibits the physical transfer of such weapons to children, in response to the death of Christopher K. Bizilj, an Ashford boy who lost control of a Micro Uzi submachine gun and accidentally shot himself in the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Hartford Courant (Connecticut)

29702

United States

17 March 2009

IndyChannel 6 News (Indiana)

INDIANAPOLIS — The Marion County Prosecutor's Office has charged a man more than four months after investigators discovered a huge weapons cache in his home. Officers were called to Earl Moore's home in the 7000 block of Lantern Road on a welfare check last October, after the 60-year-old's daughter said she found a suicide note and empty gun holster. Investigators discovered more than a 100 guns, including a 20 mm Russian anti-tank rifle capable of piercing through... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: IndyChannel 6 News (Indiana)

29579

Jamaica

16 March 2009

Jamaica Observer

Police in St Andrew South seized 10 firearms and recovered 77 rounds of ammunition during raids conducted in several hot spot communities in that division since the start of this month. Among the seizures the cops mentioned were an M15, a Remington, and an SK assault rifle, while an Intratec Submachine Gun, several 9mm pistols, revolvers and home-made firearms completed the haul. Deputy Superintendent Lennox Harper of the Hunts Bay Police Station could not say exactly... (GunPolicy.org)

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29556

Bangladesh

13 March 2009

Daily Star (Dhaka)

Daisy Ahmed missed a heartbeat when she saw something wrapped in BDR uniform lying abandoned at the entrance to her house in Ganaktuli, a locality adjacent to the fifth gate of border guards' headquarters. After the February 25-26 mutiny that degenerated into a bloodbath at their HQ, most of the riflemen reportedly fled through the gate 5. It was 9:00 in the night the next day when everybody thought the wrapped thing was a rifle. But the police discovered a... (GunPolicy.org)

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29536

United Kingdom

10 March 2009

Wolverhampton Express and Star (UK)

An Uzi machine gun and ammunition has been discovered hidden under a hut in a Black Country residential street. The find came at a house in the Merridale area of Wolverhampton after police received a tip-off. Detectives are hunting for the gangsters who aimed to use it. The house owner had no idea that the weapon, which has been sent for forensic testing, was being concealed on his property. The gun was found by members of the West Midland Police Serious and Organised... (GunPolicy.org)

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29471

Canada

4 March 2009

Chilliwack Progress (British Columbia)

Military-style weapons and armour-piercing ammo that police believe was bound for the gang war now raging in metro Vancouver were displayed at the RCMP training centre in Chilliwack today. "These weapons are tremendously powerful," Cpl. Peter Thiessen told reporters. "This ammo is powerful enough to shoot through any bullet proof vests on the market today." An international package on its way to a postal outlet in Surrey was seized Feb. 21 by customs officers with the... (GunPolicy.org)

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29376

Canada

3 March 2009

Chilliwack Times (British Columbia)

Sgt. Rob Tan of the Lower Mainland Emergency Response Team stood just 10 metres away from a dummy made of coiled fire hose that was wrapped in a vest of body armour and he repeatedly fired .223-calibre bullets out of his C7 rifle. The shooting wasn't a training exercise, it was a demonstration of the power of some of the guns currently in the hands of criminals on the streets of the Lower Mainland. The bullets — which are legal to own and which were shot out of a... (GunPolicy.org)

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29377

United States

26 February 2009

Times-Standard (California)

Former Blue Lake Police Chief David Ray Gundersen was held to stand trial Wednesday on a single charge of felony grand theft, but just barely. Humboldt County Superior Court Judge Bruce Watson seemed to waver Wednesday, before ruling there was sufficient evidence to hold Gundersen to stand trial on the charge, which alleges that he took firearms from Trinidad Police Department evidence and used them to trade for a submachine gun and a silencer — weapons Gundersen... (GunPolicy.org)

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29409

United States

26 February 2009

International Herald Tribune / AP

NEW YORK — An 11-year-old boy in Pennsylvania is accused of killing his father's pregnant fiancee with the shotgun he got as a Christmas present. In Arizona, an 8-year-old boy fatally shoots his father and his father's roommate. An 8-year-old boy accidentally shoots himself with an Uzi at a gun show in Massachusetts. All of those stories sparked shocked headlines, but on a national level, the American public's response to the recent incidents has been muted, and... (GunPolicy.org)

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29338

Canada

21 February 2009

Winnipeg Sun (Manitoba)

A submachine gun capable of emptying a 30-round clip in under 30 seconds was seized during a raid at a North End home last Sunday, city police said yesterday. There is no record of the AB-10 submachine gun in Canada but investigators have determined it was legally bought in Ohio in 2001. Winnipeg police Det. Const. Rob Duttchen — a member of the National Weapons Enforcement Support Team — and his partner are working with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,... (GunPolicy.org)

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29257

United States

28 January 2009

Florida Trend

MIAMI — It was a tough day for Victor Bean. Typically, a weekend in September would find 3,300 people at his Victor Bean Southern Classic Gun and Knife Show in Miami. But the threat of a hurricane had people in line at Home Depot and Publix, making for a very slow day for Bean, a friendly 49 year old. "When things are slow, we joke, 'Where's Bill Clinton when you need him?' " Many a true word spoken in jest. Two months later, Barack Obama won the presidency, and... (GunPolicy.org)

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29089

United States

21 January 2009

Seattle Times

A 65-year-old Spokane man has been ordered held in custody on federal charges of illegally possessing automatic weapons and illegally storing explosives in a Bellevue commercial storage shed while agents investigate how he came to possess a huge military-grade arsenal that included grenade launchers, machine guns and plastic explosives. Ronald Struve, heavyset and bearded, appeared in Seattle before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mary Alice Theiler on Tuesday after being... (GunPolicy.org)

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29055

India

20 January 2009

Indo-Asian News Service

GUWAHATI — Vintage World War I era firearms like the .303 rifles are no match to the new face of terror — heavily armed with sophisticated weapons and gadgets, said top Indian police officials here advocating the need for replacing them with sophisticated weapons like the Israeli Uzi and the German MP5 submachine guns. "We are still using the .303 rifles which are accurate and good in the field, but not in a combat situation while fighting terrorism in cities. The... (GunPolicy.org)

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30559

Canada

13 January 2009

Winnipeg Sun (Manitoba)

A submachine-gun seized during a gang house raid in Winnipeg's North End last week is unlike anything a police firearms expert has seen locally before. What makes the gun so unique — and troubling, police say — is the way it was cobbled together. "It looks like a hybrid or amalgam of gun parts," said police Det. Const. Rob Duttchen, a member of the National Weapons Enforcement Support Team. Shotguns Stolen Possibly homemade, the submachine-gun and five sawed-off... (GunPolicy.org)

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29015

United Kingdom

12 January 2009

Liverpool Daily Echo

The number of guns recovered in two Liverpool estates hit by teenage gang crime nearly doubled in two years. It is three times more likely a hidden firearm will be seized in Croxteth than neighbouring Norris Green. New figures obtained by the ECHO revealed police discovered 16 guns in L11 and L12 this year, compared with nine two years before that. Among the illegal haul were a sub-machine gun, revolvers and rifles. Statistics obtained under the Freedom of... (GunPolicy.org)

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29357

United Nations

25 December 2008

Straits Times (Singapore)

Terrorists used it in the recent attacks on Mumbai. Pirates have used it to attack merchant shipping in the Gulf of Aden. Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden uses it as a background prop whenever he broadcasts another fiery denunciation of the United States and the West. Weapons of mass destruction such as the atomic bomb have stoked fears of a nuclear apocalypse. But when the history of the late 20th century is finally written, the humble AK-47 assault rifle will arguably... (GunPolicy.org)

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28880

United States

23 December 2008

Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts — A police chief in western Massachusetts pleaded not guilty Monday to involuntary manslaughter in the death of an 8-year-old boy who accidentally shot himself with an Uzi at a gun show. Pelham Chief Edward Fleury owns COPS Firearms & Training, which promoted the October show where Christopher Bizilj shot himself in the head. Fleury's lawyer, David Kuzmeski, also entered not guilty pleas on Fleury's behalf to four counts of furnishing a... (GunPolicy.org)

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28870

United States

22 December 2008

Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas)

Chris Hipes enjoys the challenge of a shooting match so much that he started the North Texas Submachinegun Match about five years ago. But he isn't sure he wants his daughter to participate. She's only 7 months old now, but he said she'll have to be well-trained — and ready both physically and mentally — before she can take part in these events. "It's an inherently dangerous sport," said Hipes, a 35-year-old maintenance supervisor in Denton. "It's like NASCAR. If... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas)

28984

United Kingdom

10 December 2008

Telegraph (UK)

Catherine Roots had been expecting a horse harness in the post, instead she opened her package to find a Heckler & Koch black submachine gun. The package was delivered by a courier to Mrs Roots when it should have been sent to firearms officers at the nearby police headquarters. She called the station and two armed officers turned up and took it away. Police later explained a gun supply company made a mistake with the postcode when they sent it to Dorset Police in... (GunPolicy.org)

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28812

United States

5 December 2008

Republican (Massachusetts)

BOSTON — State legislators called for tightening laws on gun clubs and the use of weapons by minors, following the criminal charges issued on Thursday in the death of an 8-year-old Connecticut boy who accidentally shot himself with a submachine gun at the Westfield Sportsman's Club. State Rep. Michael A. Costello, co-chairman of the Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security, said he would hold an oversight hearing and take testimony to determine what laws... (GunPolicy.org)

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28762

United Kingdom

24 November 2008

New Statesman

The blanket ban on handguns following the massacre of 16 children in Dunblane in 1996 means Britain has some of the toughest controls yet street gun crime has risen inexorably If you get shot today in London, Manchester or Liverpool, chances the weapon will be a converted handgun. The conviction of a 13 year-old boy in south London last week for possession of a converted Russian CS gas pistol, highlighted the pervasive use of these weapons and underlined the... (GunPolicy.org)

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28701

Canada,United States

16 November 2008

National Post (Toronto)

TORONTO — Canadian officials have told the United States they want to bring a Chicago gun dealer to Toronto to stand trial on charges of smuggling more than 200 handguns across the border. The case, which may be a first for Canada, appears to signal a harder line against gun smugglers as Toronto grapples with a rash of gang-related shootings that have claimed several innocent bystanders. Seventy per cent of the crime guns seized by Toronto police have been smuggled... (GunPolicy.org)

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28633

United States

28 October 2008

Boston Globe

WESTFIELD — As his father raised his camera, an 8-year-old boy aimed an Uzi at a pumpkin set up at a shooting event. Before his father could focus, the third-grader from Connecticut squeezed the trigger, and the high-powered weapon recoiled and fatally shot the boy in the head. The death of Christopher Bizilj at the Westfield Sportsman's Club Sunday has raised questions about how someone so young could be allowed to shoot an automatic weapon, which can fire hundreds... (GunPolicy.org)

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28532

United States

28 October 2008

Xinhua

BEIJING — The death of an 8-year-old U.S. boy who accidentally shot himself in the head with an Uzi at a gun fair has raised many questions again about the country's gun control system, according to media reports. On Sunday, Christopher Bizilj of Ashford, Conn., lost control of the submachine gun while firing it with an instructor watching at the Machine Gun Shoot & Firearms Expo at a sportsman's club in Westfield, Massachusetts, police said. As the third-grader... (GunPolicy.org)

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28523

United States

28 October 2008

Associated Press

WESTFIELD, Massachusetts — With an instructor watching, an 8-year-old boy at a gun fair aimed an Uzi at a pumpkin and pulled the trigger as his dad reached for a camera. It was his first time shooting a fully automatic machine gun, and the recoil of the weapon was too much for him. He lost control and fatally shot himself in the head. Now gun safety experts — and some gun enthusiasts at the club where the shooting happened — are wondering why such a young child... (GunPolicy.org)

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28521

United States

27 October 2008

Republican (Massachusetts) / Boston Globe / AP

WESTFIELD, Massachusetts — An 8-year-old boy who accidentally shot himself to death Sunday had his father's permission to participate in a machine gun shoot at the Westfield Sportsman's Club. Christopher Bizilj, of Ashford, Conn., was firing a 9 mm Micro UZI machine gun at a pumpkin around 2 p.m. when he lost control of the automatic combat-type weapon and shot himself once in the head. He died at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. "I gave permission for... (GunPolicy.org)

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28515

United States

27 October 2008

Reuters

BOSTON — Authorities in Massachusetts are investigating a gun fair where an 8-year-old boy died after accidentally shooting himself in the head with an Uzi submachine gun while under adult supervision, police said on Monday. Christopher Bizilj lost control of the weapon on Sunday at the Machine Gun Shoot & Firearms Expo at a sportsman's club in Westfield, a city about 96 miles west of the state capital Boston, police said. He was rushed to hospital, where he was... (GunPolicy.org)

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28512

United States

27 October 2008

Boston Globe

An 8-year-old boy died yesterday at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield after he accidentally shot himself in the head at a Westfield gun club, Westfield Police reported. Police said the child's death, caused by a fully automatic Uzi machine gun, appears to have been an accident, but it remains under investigation. The Westfield Police Department released a statement about what they described as a self-inflicted, accidental shooting, which occurred at 2 p.m. at the... (GunPolicy.org)

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28510

United States

17 September 2008

Washington City Paper (DC)

The Nation's Gun Show took place this past weekend in Chantilly, Virginia. I attended looking to meet a few members of armed America and, hopefully, D.C. residents shopping for revolvers — so far the only handguns they can buy. First things first. After spending several hours trolling "one and a half miles of guns, knives and accessories," I meet only two D.C. residents: two young men in khakis and oxford shirts who blanch as soon as I say I'm a reporter. When I ask... (GunPolicy.org)

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28228

United Kingdom

31 August 2008

Guardian (UK)

[Photo: A Webley revolver pistol. [sic.]] The gun shown here, a Webley, is up for sale in London for £150, one of hundreds of such weapons that are easily and cheaply available on the streets of the UK's big cities, a Guardian investigation can reveal. The variety of weapons on offer in Britain is extensive and includes machine guns and shotguns, as well as pistols and converted replicas. A source close to the trade in illegal weapons contacted by the Guardian listed... (GunPolicy.org)

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28099

United States

16 August 2008

Boston Globe, Opinion

A dangerous "gun show loophole" continues to allow criminals and terrorists to legally buy and sell guns in the United States on a cash-and-carry, no-questions-asked basis. At approximately 5,000 gun shows each year in 32 states, criminals and terrorists are allowed to purchase firearms from private gun dealers without an ID or background check. Although many gun dealers are federally licensed and therefore legally required to contact the National Instant Criminal... (GunPolicy.org)

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27979

Canada

31 July 2008

Winnipeg Sun (Manitoba)

In what's becoming almost a monthly event, Winnipeg police displayed a pair of menacing and operational guns yesterday that were seized Tuesday from people who may have gang ties. Found In Apartment Winnipeg police spokeswoman Const. Jacqueline Chaput said the Second World War-era Sten submachine gun, high-capacity magazine and Winchester shotgun were found in an apartment suite in the 3500 block of Portage Avenue during a search conducted by the force's organized... (GunPolicy.org)

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27860

United States

22 June 2008

News & Observer (North Carolina)

The private military company Blackwater has found an unusual way to skirt federal laws that prohibit private parties from buying automatic weapons. Blackwater bought 17 Romanian AK-47s and 17 Bushmasters, gave ownership of the guns to the Camden County sheriff and keeps most of the guns at Blackwater's armory in Moyock. Tiny Camden County — population 9,271 — is one of the most peaceful in North Carolina. In the last 10 years, there have been two murders, three... (GunPolicy.org)

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27428

Canada

20 June 2008

Winnipeg Free Press (Manitoba)

A man accused of letting two dozen high-powered guns fall into the wrong hands has walked free on a legal technicality, the Free Press has learned. Terry Gale was arrested in 2002 following a raid on his Fort Rouge home. It was the largest weapons investigation in Manitoba history. Gale's case finally made it to court this month — but the case abruptly collapsed earlier this week when a judge ruled Winnipeg police breached his rights and conducted an illegal search... (GunPolicy.org)

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27421

United States

11 June 2008

Pasadena Star-News (California)

ALTADENA — An ex-convict was in custody Wednesday after authorities served a search warrant at his home and discovered more than 60 guns — from hunting rifles to a Tec-9 submachine gun. Donald Williams, 55, of Altadena was arrested Tuesday after detectives obtained a warrant to search his home on North Fair Oaks Avenue. Most of the firearms were rifles, but investigators also found handguns and shotguns. Williams was convicted in 1994 of assault with a deadly... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Pasadena Star-News (California)

27364

Canada,United States

11 June 2008

Windsor Star (Ontario)

Police have severed the pipeline of an international criminal organization that was allegedly smuggling high-powered, illegal firearms into Windsor to trade them to Toronto gangs for ecstasy. The eight-month undercover investigation, which centred on Windsor and involved authorities on both sides of the border, has resulted in the arrest of five people in Detroit and a brother, 18, and sister, 21, in South Windsor. Investigators in Windsor seized ammunition magazines,... (GunPolicy.org)

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27345

Canada

28 May 2008

Winnipeg Free Press (Manitoba)

The shotgun seems to be the firearm of choice for Winnipeg criminals, judging by the sheer number of them police pull off the street. According to Det. Rob Duttchen, a Winnipeg police officer who's a member of the National Weapons Enforcement Support Team (NWEST), the shotgun's status as a non-restricted weapon means they are easy to get, and therefore widely used in crime. "That's the easiest firearm to obtain lawfully. Ergo, it's the largest percentage of guns... (GunPolicy.org)

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27206

United States

10 May 2008

Chicago Sun-Times

Benjamin Stevens kept a .50-caliber machine gun — along with more than 80 other firearms and 50,000 rounds of ammunition — in his Lake Forest mansion because he collects historic weaponry, his attorney said Friday. The millionaire businessman, who was arrested a day earlier when police raided his north suburban home, had acquired all the firearms legally and kept most in his basement, defense attorney Douglas Zeit said as Stevens made his first court... (GunPolicy.org)

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27062

United States

3 May 2008

Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tennessee — Concerns that realistic-looking toy weapons are confusing police and threatening safety have led 15 states to try going beyond gun control and cracking down on fake firearms. Officer Micheal Hoover knows a fair amount about guns as a sniper instructor for a Tennessee SWAT team. He recalls the night two years ago when a car pulled up beside him on a highway and the passenger waved what looked like an Uzi. "It scared me," he said. "If anyone is... (GunPolicy.org)

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27008

Canada

12 April 2008

Ottawa Sun (Ontario)

An RCMP civilian firearms expert who dumped a semi-automatic rifle and a submachine-gun off Hwy. 417 was sentenced to nine months of house arrest this week after the judge concluded the troubled man is no threat to the public. Stacey D. Cherwonak, 41, pleaded guilty to a string of gun-related charges, including having prohibited weapons and knowingly having guns obtained by an offence. His crimes could have had terrible consequences, Justice Ann Alder said. Yet up... (GunPolicy.org)

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26793

Canada

9 April 2008

Regina Leader-Post (Saskatchewan)

REGINA — There wasn't any sinister intention behind a fearsome arsenal of guns and ammunition found inside a south Regina home two years ago, a Regina court heard on Wednesday. Instead, the defence told court that Murray Dalrymple Hogg's impressive and varied collection of firearms was a kind of savings plan, an investment for a man of modest means. "This is his Registered Retirement Savings Plan, so to speak," lawyer Mervin Ozirny said, appearing for Hogg at Regina... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Regina Leader-Post (Saskatchewan)

26780

United States

8 April 2008

Philadelphia Daily News

District Attorney Lynne Abraham and other law-enforcement officials announced yesterday that through the efforts of the city's Gun Violence Task Force, 25 more people have been charged with the illegal transfer of guns. Task-force agents last month snatched Lewis Ford, 25, a convicted felon, and Daaiyah Powell, 26, in their home on Ashley Street near 19th, West Oak Lane. There, they found a .45-caliber submachine gun in Ford's 8-year-old son's bedroom, authorities... (GunPolicy.org)

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26758

United States

28 March 2008

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The Drug Enforcement Administration is losing more guns but fewer laptops than it was about five years ago, the Justice Department's inspector general said Friday. The follow-up report found that some of the same problems cited in a 2002 audit remain: Policies for storing weapons and laptops are not always followed and, when they are lost, officials don't regularly report them. The report credited the DEA with a 50 percent reduction in the frequency... (GunPolicy.org)

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26647

United States

26 March 2008

Record (New Jersey)

RUTHERFORD — Police seized a cache of 35 weapons on Tuesday, including illegally modified assault rifles and machine guns from the Hastings Avenue apartment of a gun collector, authorities said. The State Police Street Gang Unit North and borough detectives found an armory of loaded guns and 3,000 rounds of ammunition in the apartment of Joseph Leone, 57. "Laying around in the closet, out in the open, in the dresser drawer … they were all over the place," State... (GunPolicy.org)

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26623

United Kingdom

16 March 2008

Daily Mail (UK)

The number of armed police officers accidentally shooting themselves — and other colleagues — has soared in the past five years. Now, nearly half of all injuries caused by police shootings are the result of officers blasting themselves or a colleague, often during bungled training and demonstrations. Since 2003, there have been seven incidents in which armed police injured themselves or a fellow officer due to the careless handling of a gun, compared to just... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Mail (UK)

26474

Uganda,Sudan,Africa

15 March 2008

Sunday Vision (Kampala)

A massive cache of illegal arms has been seized by security agencies in the West Nile region, in the past fortnight. With the accumulation of illegal arms in the West Nile, following the 20-year-old LRA war and other armed conflicts in the neighbouring region's neighbouring countries, the security agencies swung into action early this month, to halt it. The operation by security and intelligence services and local people, followed an arrest of a suspected arms... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sunday Vision (Kampala)

26468

Africa,United Nations

9 March 2008

Chicago Tribune

JOHANNESBURG — Africans have an extraordinary reason to celebrate this week. True, for untold thousands of their war dead, the news comes too late. But this is a rare occasion, a bittersweet coda, to remember them by: Victor Bout is finally behind bars. Most people have never heard of Bout. That's the way he has always liked it. Bout, Butt, Boutov, Budd or Bulakin — the paunchy and mustachioed Russian former intelligence officer accused by Interpol of assembling... (GunPolicy.org)

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26406

Australia

10 February 2008

Advertiser (Adelaide)

Criminals will laugh at the "grossly inadequate" sentence imposed on an Adelaide porn dealer who sold guns to the Melbourne underworld, a court has heard. Director of Public Prosecutions Stephen Pallaras, QC, today said William Nash should serve more time for selling a police-issue sub-machine gun to the Condello family. He told the Court of Criminal Appeal mobsters and gangsters would "be watching" Nash's six-month sentence and $56,000 fine. "They will laugh at this... (GunPolicy.org)

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26071

Pakistan

5 February 2008

Washington Times

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A notorious arms bazaar that provides a source of weapons for al Qaeda-backed fighters in Pakistan's northwestern areas faces closure after heavy fighting between government troops and Islamic militants late last month, reports from the area said. The fighting erupted Jan. 25 when militants loyal to South Waziristan insurgent commander Baitullah Mehsud blocked the strategic Kohat Tunnel, 30 miles south of Peshawar, and seized four civilian... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Times

26037

Kenya,Germany

1 February 2008

African Executive (Nairobi)

Hundreds of people have been killed during the recent post-election unrest in Kenya, many of them from bullet wounds. The UN-news-agency IRIN reported that in Kisumu alone, 44 people were shot dead, some of them apparently in the back on escaping. Many pictures from the fighting scenes carry the G3 assault-rifle of Heckler & Koch (H&K), the standard weapon of the Kenyan army and police for more than thirty years. According to the well-informed Jane's Intelligence, those... (GunPolicy.org)

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25992

Canada

29 January 2008

Toronto Star (Ontario)

A retired RCMP officer who provided guns for a legendary con man has been sent to jail for five years for 10 firearms offences. David Kift, 50, who served in the RCMP for 18 years and wrote a self-published book, The Naked Mountie, had been found guilty in December by Superior Court Justice Paul Rivard. "Mr. Kift committed an egregious breach of trust. He presented himself as a retired RCMP officer," Crown prosecutor Beverley Richards told the judge yesterday. He... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Toronto Star (Ontario)

25963

Singapore

6 January 2008

Straits Times (Singapore)

She was one of Singapore's first weapons salesmen and had her audience of seasoned weapons buyers awestruck by the time she finished her firing demonstration. The year was 1983. Local weapons maker Chartered Industries of Singapore (CIS) had made its first light machine gun, the Ultimax 100, and wanted to introduce itself to the global arms market with a bang. Pitted against reputable weapons makers who had been in business since the days of single-shot muskets, CIS'... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Straits Times (Singapore)

25816

United Kingdom

9 December 2007

Observer (UK)

Three years after they were jailed, police are still unearthing the murderous legacy of Britain's most prolific gun barons. From their ramshackle store in the Derbyshire village of Little Eaton, an unlikely father and son duo presided over an underworld racket that provided Uzi sub-machine guns and AK-47 rifles to organised crime syndicates. They sold thousands of deactivated weapons — guns that had been made safe — but then included in the manifest detailed... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Observer (UK)

25593

United States,Germany

28 November 2007

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — A Nevada man was charged with attempting to smuggle in parts of a World War II-era submachine gun by hiding them inside a Porsche he was importing from Germany to the Port of Long Beach, authorities said Wednesday. Peter Scharf, 43, of Henderson, Nev. Was arrested by federal agents in Los Angeles Tuesday after being charged with smuggling and importing a machine gun without a license, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Virginia Kice... (GunPolicy.org)

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25476

Philippines

28 November 2007

Sun Star (Philippines), Column

The firearms-related provisions of the Revised Administrative Code of 1917 weren't all bad. Based on the law, bona fide and active members of gun clubs accredited by the Chief of Staff of the Philippine Army are not required to make the deposit or give the bond prescribed by the section. It is safe to speculate though that the members of these early gun clubs were no more than Americans and Philippine-born Hispanic elites. The sweet deal was that licenses issued... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sun Star (Philippines)

25469

Jamaica,United States

26 November 2007

Jamaica Gleaner

Flying Squad detectives and their United States counterparts are now actively trying to determine how a gun registered to the U.S. army entered Jamaica. The weapon — a .45 Colt pistol — was seized at premises in Harbour View, east Kingston, yesterday morning. Sgt. Curtis Ashman of the Flying Squad said while most of the guns smuggled into the island from South America and Haiti were linked to the guns-for-drugs trade, his department is stumped by the discovery of... (GunPolicy.org)

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25436

United Kingdom,United Nations

12 November 2007

BBC News

Most people in the UK will have never come across a real gun and the terms used, while they are readily recognisable, need some explanation. BALLISTICS Ballistics is the science concerned with the functioning of firearms and the dynamics of projectiles, from bullets through artillery and right up to rockets. Forensic ballistics experts are able to determine various characteristics which can link bullets and guns with crime scenes. Different guns will leave... (GunPolicy.org)

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25286

United Kingdom,United Nations

12 November 2007

BBC News

The global trade in small arms is big business — 1,250 companies in at least 92 countries produce weapons, parts or ammunition. But who are the big players? ARMALITE Makers of the M4 and M16 assault rifles, which are popular with the US armed forces and soldiers from many other nations. The design was quickly bought by Colt. Armalite weapons were also popular with the IRA, hence the republicans' long-time policy of the "Armalite and the ballot box", meaning... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

25285

Canada

6 November 2007

CKNW Radio (Vancouver)

While police across the lower mainland continue to investigate a series of fatal shootings, a young man from the Fraser Valley is going to prison for selling guns with enough fire-power to penetrate a bullet-proof vest. Steven Ryan Porsch admitted to selling 40 firearms — including a full-powered machine gun — to undercover police. The 22-year old has been sentenced to 16 years, minus the equivalent of 40-months for time already served. Crown prosecutor Todd... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CKNW Radio (Vancouver)

25215

Canada

30 October 2007

Chilliwack Progress (British Columbia)

A submachine-gun, a pistol fitted with a silencer and a three rifles were found among a cache of nine weapons seized at a Shaw Avenue home by Chilliwack RCMP officers investigating a stolen vehicle report Sunday. "We'll never know what their intended use was, but obviously it was no good," Const. Lea-Anne Dunlop said yesterday. "Anytime we can take one gun off the street it's a success," she said. "To take this many certainly puts a dent in criminal activity." Three... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Chilliwack Progress (British Columbia)

25164

Mozambique

22 October 2007

Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique (Maputo)

MAPUTO — The Mozambican police arrested two illegal arms dealers in the Gorongosa district, in the central Sofala province recently, reports Friday's issue of the daily 'Noticias'. Tomas Estevao Cadapita, 39, and Luis Manuel Voque, 43, were caught red-handed while trying to sell a sub-machine gun, a mortar shell and a grenade, presumably coming from a base of the former rebel movement Renamo in the Maringue district, where Renamo armed men are still stationed. ... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom,United States

19 October 2007

Yorkshire Post (UK)

Sixteen-year-old Jonathan Matondo was found dead in a park in the Burngreave area of Sheffield two nights ago. He had been shot in the head. Police investigations are ongoing, but people in the neighbourhood have reported their fear of gun-toting gangs recently seen roaming local streets. Only a few weeks ago, 11-year-old Rhys Jones was shot in the neck and killed in a pub car park in Liverpool after finishing a game of football. He'd allegedly been attacked by a... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

9 October 2007

Dunbarton Reporter (Scotland)

A man caught with a sub-machine gun in his wardrobe has been jailed for five years. Ex-roofer Gary Trainer failed to convince a judge he thought the weapon was a harmless imitation used for paintball games. He tried to contest the tough minimum sentence for such a breach of the Firearms Act, brought in after the Dunblane massacre. Trainer explained how he and friends used an abandoned boatyard on the Clyde to "hang out" and had done so since their schooldays.... (GunPolicy.org)

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Malta

1 October 2007

Times (Malta), Editorial

For some odd reason, current gun licensing laws in Malta have given rise to serious anomalies. On one hand, prospective hunters have to wait months to get called for a test to permit them to procure their guns. On the other hand, if one wants to buy a firearm that is not going to be used for hunting, all one has to do is join a target shooting club. It takes about a month to get registered. This involves basic training on how to handle a weapon, knowledge of the... (GunPolicy.org)

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24843

Japan

5 September 2007

Yomiuri Shimbun (Japan)

Police will file papers Wednesday with prosecutors against a deceased man from whose house in Yokohama they seized a submachine gun, a pistol and 179 rounds of ammunition in June. The man, 52, died of an unnamed disease at his home in Isogo Ward, on May 28, and his sister, 55, and nephew, 26, found a 9mm automatic pistol and 159 rounds of 9mm ammunition inside a desk in a study on the first floor on June 10. The police searched the house on June 14 after being... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,Mexico

15 August 2007

Associated Press

MEXICO CITY — Authorities are sounding the alarm about an influx of assault rifles, armor-piercing pistols and fragmentation grenades from the United States, weapons that they say are increasingly being used to kill police and soldiers fighting drug cartels. U.S. and Mexican law enforcement officials report a sharp increase in both the flow and firepower of U.S. weapons across the border. Particularly worrisome are assault rifles and "cop-killer" pistols. Mexico... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

14 August 2007

Virginian-Pilot (Virginia)

NORFOLK — A former manager of A&P Arms has been charged with stealing dozens of firearms, including a submachine gun, from the local chain and selling or giving away some of the weapons. Marcus A. McCall of Virginia Beach made his first appearance Monday in U.S. District Court, where a magistrate ordered him jailed pending a bond hearing Thursday. Agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives arrested McCall over the weekend after an... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

12 July 2007

International Herald Tribune / AP

NEW YORK — When criminals need guns, they have plenty of options in a country with nearly 100,000 licensed gun stores. But drug dealers and other crooks do not shop just anywhere. They have their favorites. In Compton, California, gangsters preferred Boulevard Sales & Service, a shop police said was so felon-friendly, some salesmen offered tips on how to buy a gun despite a criminal record. In Philadelphia, shady gun buyers sent girlfriends to a suburban pawn shop,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

11 July 2007

Bromley Times (London)

Today a gun dealer who proved his innocence slams a police investigation that left him to suffer an agonising ten-month wait in custody in two of London's toughest jails. Michael Shepherd, 56, faced 32 years in prison after being arrested in September last year following an 18-month operation by the Met police's anti-gun crime Trident squad. The raid on his house opposite a primary school in Dartford uncovered a haul of 900 weapons and about 4,000 rounds of... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Nations

5 July 2007

Telegraph (UK), Book review

The AK47 has become a global brand, the Adidas or Coca-Cola of small arms, with about seven million of them in Sudan alone. In Iraq there is one legally owned Kalashnikov per household; not counting those in the hands of Iraqi insurgents and al-Qa'eda terrorists. In video recordings Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri are never seen without one, straddled across their laps or propped against the cave wall. Among the black gangs of New Orleans who have watched too... (GunPolicy.org)

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Tanzania

15 June 2007

Daily News (Tanzania)

BUKOBA — A resident of Lusahunga Village, in Biharamulo District, Philbert Kanyanya (32), was yesterday sentenced to 15 years imprisonment by the Bukoba Resident Magistrate's Court after he was convicted of unlawful possession of a sub-machine gun (SMG) with 29 rounds of ammunition. Prosecuting, Police Inspector Shaweji Alawi told Kagera Resident Magistrate Wilbard Mashauri that on August 25, 2005, the accused together with another person, who was not brought in... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

2 May 2007

Huntsville Times (Alabama), Column

When events like the Virginia Tech massacre occur, The Times and other newspapers quickly become forums for people who favor stronger gun-control laws and those who oppose such measures, or who think that we have already gone too far in the direction. The division is so wide that the only common ground you can find is probably in the O.K. Corral. Different folks have incredibly strong opinions both ways. I don't expect this issue to be resolved in my lifetime.... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

25 April 2007

Globe & Mail (Toronto)

OTTAWA — The arrest of an RCMP ballistics technician on charges of possessing illegal assault rifles is forcing the Mounties to check their firearms labs across the country to make sure no guns are missing. The technician, Stacey D. Cherwonak, 40, has been suspended pending the outcome of his trial on 15 weapons charges, including possessing a version of the U.S. Army's M-16 and a Chinese model of an AK-47. He is also charged with building a Sten submachine gun from... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,Asia,United Nations

17 April 2007

Reuters

SYDNEY — The U.S. shooting massacre in Virginia resonated across Asia on Tuesday with Australia rejecting the negative "gun culture" in America and the anti-gun lobby in the Philippines saying it feared similar carnage. Prime Minister John Howard said tough Australian gun laws introduced after a mass shooting in Tasmania in 1996 had prevented the U.S. gun culture emerging in his country. In contrast the anti-gun lobby in the Philippines, nicknamed "The Wild West of... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

4 April 2007

BBC News

A gun enthusiast who supplied three close friends with illegal weapons has been jailed for four-and-a-half years. Retired driving instructor Paul Williams, 60, from Trevor, Denbighshire, admitted dealing in prohibited firearms and ammunition. Mold Crown Court heard he supplied a selection of pistols and even a sub-machine gun converter kit. Judge John Rogers QC said Williams had chosen to "disregard" gun law changes after the 1997 Dunblane massacre. The court... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

14 February 2007

Ottawa Citizen (Ontario), Series

The list reads like a SWAT team's inventory or a catalogue for a military museum: Uzis, AK-47s, vintage Tommy guns, German assault rifles and a compact submachine-gun capable of firing 900 rounds a minute. They are some of the most efficient combat firearms ever made and many of them are in the hands of Canadian criminals. More than 1,200 of these prohibited-class firearms have been reported stolen in the past six years and only a fraction of them have been... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

13 February 2007

Ottawa Citizen (Ontario), Series

Dave Tomlinson belongs to one of the most exclusive clubs in the country. It hasn't accepted a new member since 1978 and is unlikely to do so again. If you don't already belong, owning the one thing you would need to join could get you arrested. Mr. Tomlinson, a firearms advocate and proud Uzi owner, is one of a shrinking group of Canadians permitted to keep fully automatic weapons — machine-guns, submachine-guns and other firearms that can shoot a stream of bullets... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

12 February 2007

Ottawa Citizen (Ontario), Series

Its name alone evokes images of guerrilla resistance fighters or Iron Curtain military might. With its wooden pistol grip and distinctive banana-shaped magazine, the AK-47 is the world's most recognizable assault rifle. From the jungles of Africa to the streets of Baghdad, the low cost, deadliness and reliability of Mikhail Kalashnikov's rifle have made it a favourite of conventional armies and insurgents alike. Although the AK is prohibited in Canada, inexpensive... (GunPolicy.org)

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22739

United States

11 February 2007

Sunday Herald (Glasgow)

Richard Parker has a problem with his 50-calibre sniper's rifle, but firepower isn't it. Made by Hampshire-based company Accuracy International, the rifle's cigar-sized bullet reputedly slams into distant targets with more force than Dirty Harry's famous .44 Magnum at point-blank range. "With the right ammunition," muses Parker, an amiable 57-year-old marketing executive from Indiana, "you can take out a tank." Accuracy isn't the problem either: Parker can hit a... (GunPolicy.org)

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22724

United Nations,United States

3 February 2007

Athens Banner-Herald (Georgia)

Mikhail Kalashnikov, the inventor of the AK-47 submachine gun, now regrets his handiwork. "I wish I had invented a lawnmower," he lamented in 2002. You can see why. Reliable, low-tech and inexpensive, millions of AK-47s are in circulation around the world, arming not just military forces but also terrorists, organized criminal groups and even gangs. Larry Kahaner, who wrote a history of Kalashnikov's creation, depicts it as a cultural icon. Most transactions involving... (GunPolicy.org)

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22626

United States

21 January 2007

Chicago Tribune

Inside a four-bedroom home nestled within an Oak Brook woods forest preserve, a gun-rights advocate is packing his bags, including his notorious fanny pack. For nine years, John Birch, president of Concealed Carry Inc., has fought to loosen restrictions on concealed firearms. He made headlines in 2001 when he encouraged people to bring handguns in fanny packs to the Taste of Chicago, based on a novel — and widely disputed — interpretation that the action would... (GunPolicy.org)

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22537

United States

10 January 2007

Morning News (Arkansas)

FAYETTEVILLE — The trial of a Washington County man charged with having illegal machine guns is under way despite a series of fits and starts over what the defense can say in front of the jury. Hollis Wayne Fincher, 60, a lieutenant commander of the Militia of Washington County, is charged in federal court with possessing three homemade, unregistered machine guns and an unregistered sawed-off shotgun. After a half-dozen sidebars and a couple of sessions in chambers,... (GunPolicy.org)

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22487

Yemen

9 January 2007

Asharq Alawsat (Yemen)

SANAA, Asharq Al-Awsat — Yemeni authorities are currently seeking to restrict the spread of arms in the country, in fear of weapons falling into the hands of terrorist networks such as Al Qaeda for example. Last year, Yemeni authorities discovered that weapons belonging to the Yemeni Ministry of Defense had reached members of Al Qaeda who attacked the American consulate in Jeddah in 2005. However there are many obstacles in the way of controlling the arms trade in... (GunPolicy.org)

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22472

United States

6 January 2007

Morning News (Arkansas)

FAYETTEVILLE — Hollis Wayne Fincher had been sparring with the federal government for several years before his arrest in November on charges he possessed illegal machine guns. Fincher said in a March interview with The Morning News he believes Americans should proudly uphold the right to bear arms, stand up for land rights and not always accept the federal government as the supreme law of the land. Fincher's arrest was the result of what federal agents said was an... (GunPolicy.org)

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22474

United States

5 January 2007

Newsday (New York)

The garden gnome didn't stand a chance against the AK-47. Aiming the assault weapon, Suffolk County police firearms instructor Frank Cavalieri squeezed off three rounds and the hapless statue fell apart in chunks Friday at the Police Department's Firearms Training Range in Westhampton. There, Cavalieri demonstrated some of the 510 guns that Suffolk residents turned in to the police in exchange for money as part of a recent gun buyback amnesty program. "We gave them... (GunPolicy.org)

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22459

United States

29 December 2006

Philadelphia Inquirer, Opinion

Weeks ago, I witnessed — again — a young man's needless departure from this life. Another victim of the senseless gunshot violence that has besieged our city. As an on-call surgeon, I ambled into the emergency room before I left for home that evening to be sure that no orthopedic care would be needed for the "trauma category one" I heard announced throughout the hospital. When I entered the trauma bay of our emergency department, I was mesmerized by the surgeons... (GunPolicy.org)

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22417

New Zealand

22 December 2006

New Zealand Herald

It looks and sounds like a seriously high-powered firearm — the Saiga AK47 semi-automatic listed for sale on Trade Me. Hundreds of dollars have been bid for the Russian hunting rifle, described by local gunshops as a military-style rifle, which fires off five rounds at the squeeze of the trigger. The seller says the new owner will need just a standard firearms licence to secure the deal. The state of the country's privately held armoury is under the spotlight with... (GunPolicy.org)

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