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Over 29,000 Russian AK-47s Imported by Indian Paramilitary Forces

20 May 2012

Times of India

NEW DELHI - AK-47s continue to be the preferred assault weapon for the country's paramilitary forces deployed to neutralise terrorists and Maoists at the frontiers and in the hinterland. Over 29,000 pieces of this Russian-origin rifle were imported by forces like CRPF, BSF and NSG over the last three years, leaving behind, by a large margin, other sophisticated assault weapons procured from the US and Israel. The inventory of the assault weapons procured for security... (GunPolicy.org)

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A 5th of Bosnia & Herzegovina Population Own 750,000 Unregistered Arms

12 January 2012

Southeast European Times

An estimated fifth of Bosnia and Herzegovina's (BiH) population own 750,000 unregistered weapons, according to officials who cite widespread availability and easy access on the black market as a major source of concern. "After traffic accidents, illegal arms are the most common cause of death in BiH. About 90% of illegal acts are done with the use of illegal weapons," Denis Hadzovic of the Centre for Security Studies in BiH told SETimes. Most illegal weapons are guns... (GunPolicy.org)

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Eslovaquia,Austria,Azerbaiyán,Serbia,Rusia,Armenia,Turquía,Rumanía,República Checa,Croacia,Estados Unidos,Bulgaria,Ucrania,Europa de Sur,Georgia,Europa Oriental

South Caucasian Republics Purchased 107,324 Small Arms in 2005-2010

4 January 2012

Milaz.info (Azerbaïdjan)

The South Caucasian republics purchased 107 324 small arms from various countries of the world in 2005-2010. APA reports quoting the UN Register of Conventional Arms that Georgia takes the first place among the South Caucasian republics on purchase of small arms during this period. Georgia bought 76 377 small arms from 7 countries. The submachine guns, short rifles, pistols, automatic rifles, pistol-machineguns, heavy machineguns, grenade launchers as well as the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Major Arms Exporters Accused of Mideast Gun Sales Before Human Rights

24 October 2011

al Jazeera

According to an Amnesty International report, the US, Russia and a number of European countries supplied large quantities of weapons to repressive governments in the Middle East and North Africa before this year's uprisings. The report says that these arms deals were signed despite evidence of a substantial risk that they could be used to commit serious human rights violations. The human rights group reports that in the five years preceding the Arab spring $2.4bn... (GunPolicy.org)

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Tracing the Middle East Weapons Flow

19 October 2011

al Jazeera

Earlier this year, as mass popular uprisings spread through the Middle East and audiences across the world sat transfixed by images of unarmed citizens confronting iron-fisted security forces in the streets of Arab capitals, powerful governments from Russia to the United States were forced to begin accounting for the weapons they had for decades sold to the very rulers they now found themselves abandoning. In Egypt and Bahrain, protesters held up tear gas canisters... (GunPolicy.org)

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Arab Spring Abuses Show Need for Arms Trade Curb - Amnesty

18 October 2011

Reuters (Africa)

LONDON - Russia, the United States and European countries ignored fears over human rights abuses and sold large numbers of weapons to governments in the Middle East and North Africa in recent years, Amnesty International said in a report on Wednesday. Rights group Amnesty said the failings showed the need for a meaningful international arms trade treaty to choke off the supply of weapons to countries seen at risk of turning them on their own people. "The Arab Spring... (GunPolicy.org)

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Study Finds Small Arms Have Serious Impact on Fragile States

6 July 2011

Voice of America

A new study finds the global authorized trade in small arms, light weapons, and their ammunition is worth nearly $7.1 billion a year. In its annual report, the independent think tank, the Geneva Forum, also examines the serious impact small arms proliferation is having upon three so-called fragile states-Madagascar, Ivory Coast and Haiti. Arms exporters The survey finds in 2008, the United States, Italy and Germany topped the list of 14 top exporters of small arms... (GunPolicy.org)

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India Buys Another 20,000 AK-47s to Protect Luxury Trains, Repel Maoists

13 February 2011

Press Trust of India

NEW DELHI - Waking up to the threat of Maoists and terrorists, Railways is procuring 6,000 AK-47 rifles besides critical accessories like bullet-proof jackets and helmets for its security personnel to protect trains and stations. "We are in the process of acquiring 6,000 fully automatic AK-47 assault rifles from Bulgaria. The payments has been made to Ministry of Home Affairs for the purchase," a senior Railway Ministry official told PTI. The AK-47 assault rifles... (GunPolicy.org)

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Russia, Bulgaria Address Illegal Production of Kalashnikov Assault Rifles

14 November 2010

RIA Novosti (Russia)

SOFIA - Russia and Bulgaria have agreed to resolve issues related to unlicensed production of Soviet-era weaponry and equipment by Bulgarian companies, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said. "We spoke about bilateral military-technical cooperation. There are some problems in this area that we must resolve together," Putin said after talks with his Bulgarian counterpart Boiko Borisov in Sofia on Saturday. "They are related to unlicensed production of Soviet-era special... (GunPolicy.org)

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Assault Rifles, Submachine Guns Seized in Bulgarian Police Raids

11 August 2010

Sofia Echo (Bulgaria)

Another high profile police operation, codenamed The Armourers, was carried out overnight on August 11 2010, Bulgarian media reported. According to Interior Ministry reports, police raids are not restricted only to Sofia but are throughout the country, in Bulgaria's second biggest city of Plovdiv, as well as Kazanluk and Gradina village. The operation is still ongoing, media sources said. Three persons were arrested during the operation: According to Focus news... (GunPolicy.org)

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Amnesty International Report Claims Kenya Abets Regional Gun Running

21 July 2010

Standard (Nairobi)

Kenya is one of the countries that have failed to control movement of weapons, which end up being used to commit war crimes. A new report by Amnesty International shows how countries fail to control trafficking of deadly arms globally, leading to serious human rights violation. The report exposed how transport companies registered in five countries ship arms by sea and air around the world. The report, Deadly Movements: Arms Transportation Controls in the Arms Trade... (GunPolicy.org)

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Bulgarians in Greece Accused of Trafficking Assault Weapons, Drugs

23 June 2009

Sofia Echo

The four Bulgarian citizens apprehended by the Greek coastguard on June 22 were charged with weapons and drug trafficking, the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry has said. The Bulgarians were caught ferrying four sidearms equipped with suppressors, an AK47 assault rifle, 1.4kg of TNT and 5.4kg ammonium nitrate, which is used to make improvised explosive devices. The Bulgarians also had in their possession an undisclosed amount of cocaine. According to several different Greek... (GunPolicy.org)

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Drug Gang Found Smuggling Guns from Bulgaria to Spain, 23 Arrested

27 May 2009

TypicallySpanish.com, Web page

A National Police operation has broken up a drugs and weapons trafficking organisation which smuggled arms into Spain from Bulgaria and sold them onto other criminal gangs. The Interior Ministry said in a press release that 23 people are in custody and 19 weapons have been seized after eight property searches. The investigation began with information from Bulgaria and led police to identify members of a gang based in Dénia, Alicante province, who police believed were... (GunPolicy.org)

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Kurds in Northern Iraq Receive 3 Planeloads of Guns, Arms from Bulgaria

23 November 2008

Washington Post Foreign Service

BAGHDAD — Kurdish officials this fall took delivery of three planeloads of small arms and ammunition imported from Bulgaria, three U.S. military officials said, an acquisition that occurred outside the weapons procurement procedures of Iraq's central government. The large quantity of weapons and the timing of the shipment alarmed U.S. officials, who have grown concerned about the prospect of an armed confrontation between Iraqi Kurds and the government at a time when... (GunPolicy.org)

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Russia Stands Ready to Sell Kalashnikov Licence to 'Quality' Gun Makers

20 November 2008

FOCUS News Agency (Bulgaria) / Vesti

JAKARTA — We are ready to sell a license for the production of Kalashnikov machine guns only after Rosoboronexport is convinced that the quality of the production would not discredit the brand', Nikolay Dimidyuk from Rosoboronexport said during his visit to Indonesia, Vesti reports. Earlier Dimidyuk said that Bulgaria was one of the countries, manufacturing Kalashnikov machine guns without a... (GunPolicy.org)

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Bulgaria, 7 Other Nations Make 'Unlicensed, Illegal' AK-47s, Export to Iraq

20 November 2008

FOCUS News Agency (Bulgaria) / Praim-TASS

MOSCOW — 7-8 countries in the world are currently dealing with unlicensed production of machine guns "Kalashnikov", Nikolay Dimidyuk from Rosoboronexport said, cited by Praim-TASS. According to his evaluation there was a total nuisance in the world regarding the production of 'false' Kalashnikov guns, in particular in Bulgaria. 'I will not mention other countries, so as not to offend them. The Americans allowed Bulgaria to build a factory for the production of... (GunPolicy.org)

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Turkey Protests Polish, Austrian, US, Iraqi Supply of Guns to Kurdish PKK

19 August 2008

Today's Zaman (Istanbul)

ANKARA — Polish-made fully automatic Glauberyt submachine guns that were apparently purchased during the reign of Saddam Hussein are now in the hands of the PKK terrorist organization. Turkey and Poland are currently in a row over these weapons. Iraq's chaotic environment following the 2003 US invasion has allowed weapons from around the world to make it into the hands of the outlawed Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK). US-made weapons and guns purchased from Poland... (GunPolicy.org)

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Slovakia Sold Ammunition to Miami Gun Dealer, Pentagon for Afghan War

8 April 2008

BBC Worldwide Monitoring / SME (Bratislava), Transcript

Slovakia has traded in arms with the AEY company, which is being investigated over fraud in the United States. The daily New York Times found out that the company had been selling old Chinese ammunition from Albania to the Afghanis for decades, claiming that it was from Hungary. It purchased other weapons and munitions for the Afghanis in Bulgaria, Romania, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia. It is not clear what exactly happened to the munitions and under what... (GunPolicy.org)

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Shooting by Licensed Owner Prompts Bulgaria to Vow Tough New Gun Law

16 March 2008


SOFIA — Changes in the law that regulates issuing permits for possession of firearms are urgently required, local press reported Saturday citing Bulgaria's Interior Minister Rumen Petkov. According to the minister, stricter rules are required, because 90 percent of the appeals against the Interior Ministry over rejections for arms permits are accepted by the court while permits are then issued. Petkov declared that in the next few days the ministry would publicly... (GunPolicy.org)

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Bulgaria Moves to Ban Automatic Firearms, Tighten Gun Controls

8 November 2007

Sofia Echo (Bulgaria) / BTA

The Acquisition, ownership, carrying and use of automatic firearms would be forbidden under changes in the Law on Explosive Substances, Firearms and Ammunition, discussed for second reading in Parliament on November 8 2007. In exceptional cases, the use of firearms could be allowed under a special permit by the Interior Minster, Bulgarian News Agency BTA reported. Exceptions would be allowed for guards of high-risk objects, BTA said. The proposed changes had... (GunPolicy.org)

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