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A Delayed Farewell to Arms

6 February 2003

Feral Tribune (Croatia)

ZAGREB, Croatia — Presumably you have read the stories in the dailies: It's been less than a month since the official end of the Interior Ministry's "Farewell to Arms" campaign (launched in 1992), and still no one can see an end to the stories of misuse of illegally obtained weapons. Two protagonists of the recent robbery of Splitska bank in Split, who wounded a bank officer and guard, were found to have a whole arsenal of ammunition and other weapons, enough to arm a... (GunPolicy.org)

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Albania's Gun Culture Proves Hard to Shift

15 January 2003

BBC Radio

I asked the anonymous man, a former champion wrestler, sitting in the chilly cafe he owns on the ramshackle outskirts of Tirana, if he personally owned a gun. There followed about five seconds of nervous laughter, followed by a simple yes. He would hardly be alone — in Albania — in keeping a firearm at home. The chances are he owns several, anything from a Russian sub-machine gun to a Chinese army-issue pistol, to an anti-aircraft weapon. Many Albanian guns found... (GunPolicy.org)

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Malta,Reino Unido

Britain's Misguided Gun Policy

14 January 2003

Times of Malta, Opinion

Britain has the toughest gun laws in the European Union. Following the 1997 Dunblane massacre of 16 children and a teacher at a primary school, it banned handguns and other weapons with the aim of making the country a safer place to live in. However, instead of focusing on the causes of such a tragedy and enacting laws ensuring appropriate safeguards, they opted for a knee-jerk reaction. Britain is now paying a dear price. Two youngsters in Birmingham have just been... (GunPolicy.org)

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Albania: Cash-for-Guns Plan Misfires

4 November 2002

Institute for War & Peace Reporting

TIRANA — Albania is still awash with illegally held weapons and ammunition five years after the wholesale looting of arms depots — and the authorities seem unwilling or unable to retrieve them. The United Nations is now trying to persuade the Albanian government to introduce legislation to tackle the problem, or to extend a recent amnesty that lapsed on August 4. Officials estimate that 550,000 weapons, 839 million rounds of ammunition and 16 million explosive... (GunPolicy.org)

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Gunman Targeted Family

16 October 2002

Scotsman (Edinburgh)

A security guard armed with several guns shot dead his former wife and six other relatives and neighbours before killing himself in a northern Italian town, police said. The bodies of three men and five women were found in adjacent apartments in Chieri, a suburb of Turin, said Col Filippo Ricciarelli, of the Carabinieri paramilitary police in Turin. Reports identified the gunman as Mauro Antonello, 40, a gun collector. Col Ricciarelli said police found a number of... (GunPolicy.org)

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Gun Collector Wipes Out Family

16 October 2002

Telegraph (UK)

A man with a passion for guns killed seven people in a northern Italian suburb yesterday before turning one of his three firearms on himself. When police arrived at a villa outside Chieri, near Turin, they found eight corpses — four men and four women, including the killer's estranged wife, Carla. Mauro Antonello, 40, a builder, took two handguns and a sub-machinegun to his wife's house at 8.45am and shot her as she sat in her car. Decio and Laura Guerra, a retired... (GunPolicy.org)

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Italian Man Kills Seven, Shoots Himself

15 October 2002


CHIERI, Italy — In the latest killings involving families or children to shock Italy, a man went on a rampage Tuesday, shooting dead seven people with three guns before killing himself. It was the third episode of domestic violence in Italy in less than 24 hours, leaving a total of 12 dead and two critically injured. The morning killing spree took place in the tranquil, well-to-do community of Chieri, in hill country outside the northeastern industrial city of... (GunPolicy.org)

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Man in Italy Kills Family, Then Himself

15 October 2002

Associated Press

CHIERI, Italy — A heavily armed man fatally shot his ex-wife and six other relatives and neighbors Tuesday and then killed himself in a rampage that horrified a northern Italian town, police and news reports said. The bodies of three men and five women were found in two adjacent apartments in Chieri, a suburb of the northwestern city of Turin, said Col. Filippo Ricciarelli, of the carabinieri paramilitary police in Turin. Italian news reports identified the... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Gun Rampage Shocks Italy

15 October 2002

CNN Europe

CHIERI, Italy — A heavily armed gunman has shot dead his ex-wife and six other relatives and neighbours in the latest in a spate of killings involving families or children that have shocked Italy. Police said Mauro Antonello, 40, used several weapons to shoot dead his former wife, Carla Bergamin, her mother, his brother-in-law and his wife, as well as three neighbours in Chieri, a suburb of Turin. Antonello, a gun collector, used a revolver, a semi-automatic pistol... (GunPolicy.org)

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UN Arms Control of a Different Type Gets Promising Results in Albania

31 August 2002

Associated Press

NDROQ, Albania — It was an offer that Drita Nuri and some of her fellow villagers couldn't refuse: Turn in their illegal weapons in exchange for a better water supply. And it worked, after a fashion. Villagers were still handing in guns, ammunition and explosives well after an Aug. 4 deadline expired. Their reward: amnesty, plus $50,000 worth of new pipes and pumps to improve the leaky water supply network. "People were surprised that handing over the weapons could... (GunPolicy.org)

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Greek Defence Chiefs Study Security Overhaul After Arms Theft

8 August 2002

Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece — Greece's defense minister promised a nationwide review of military security Thursday following the theft of army weapons that raised fears of links to terrorism. At least two anonymous callers in recent days have claimed the embattled November 17 group either stole the weapons or has them. Officials have cast doubts on the claims and whether the group was capable of carrying out such a heist after an unprecedented police crackdown since late... (GunPolicy.org)

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Royal Pretender Defends 'Guns Collection'

2 July 2002


TIRANA — The pretender to Albania's throne insisted Monday that a large haul of weapons seized when he returned from exile last week was just a family collection and not an illegal arsenal. Police impounded some 84 weapons — including old relics and modern automatic rifles — when Leka I, his family, staff and two Zulu guards arrived at Tirana airport from South Africa on Friday. Leka told reporters the 11 cases of armaments, which also contained a grenade... (GunPolicy.org)

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Man Kills Wife and Two Children Before Turning the Gun on Himself

7 June 2002

Associated Press

BELGRADE, Yugoslavia — A 49-year-old man shot his wife and two teenage children before turning the gun on himself, police said Friday. The triple murder and suicide took place at the family's home in a densely populated apartment building complex in the capital, Belgrade. Police discovered the bodies Friday morning and estimated that the slayings had occurred sometime in the past two days. Police said the killer, Dusko Martinovic, shot his wife Mirela, 42, their... (GunPolicy.org)

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Getting With It; Italians Move Toward Protecting Self-defence

7 May 2002

National Review (USA)

Unnoticed by the establishment media in the United States, Italy is taking big steps towards greater protection of fundamental human rights, as it looks to significantly change old laws that have infringed the right of self-defense. In Italy, the Minister of Defense, Antonio Martino, recently announced his support for private gun ownership. "Gun control disarms law-abiding citizens, not criminals," he said. Martino, who was a professor before becoming defense... (GunPolicy.org)

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Bosnians Struggle to Comprehend Nation's First-Ever School Shooting

30 April 2002

Associated Press

BANJA LUKA, Bosnia-Herzegovina — Bosnians struggled Tuesday to comprehend how a 17-year-old known as a gentle boy could kill a teacher, wound another and take his own life in the country's first school shooting. All residents are in shock today, said Ostoja Dragutinovic, the mayor of the remote eastern town of Vlasenica, 30 miles northeast of Sarajevo, where Dragoslav Petkovic opened fire Monday in front of 30 terrified students. Using his father's 7.65-mm handgun,... (GunPolicy.org)

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High School Student in Bosnia Kills Teacher

29 April 2002

Associated Press

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina — A high school student in eastern Bosnia shot and killed one teacher and wounded another Monday before fatally shooting himself in the country's first such school attack, police said. The shooting happened shortly after noon in the remote town of Vlasenica, about 30 miles northeast of the capital, Sarajevo, in the Bosnian Serb part of the country. Bosnian Serb Interior Ministry spokesman Zoran Glusac identified the 17-year-old student... (GunPolicy.org)

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Italians Pack Heat Against Immigrant Crime Wave (first 12 paragraphs)

25 April 2002


APPIANO GENTILE, Italy — Stefania, a 30-year-old mother of two, lives in a quiet hillside town an hour north of Milan, a leafy area ranked as one of the richest in Italy, if not the whole of Europe. Yet for all her surroundings of bucolic bliss, she doesn't sleep well at night. Sometimes I m scared witless, says Stefania, not wanting to give her surname. I sleep with a gun under my pillow. She's probably not the only one. Sales of handguns have risen sharply in the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Nations Turns Greek Cypriot Weapons to Scrap

18 April 2002


NICOSIA, Cyprus — Greek Cypriot guns were being turned into scrap by the United Nations on Thursday in what has been billed as a goodwill gesture to Turkish Cypriots in the divided island. Some 4,500 weapons, including automatic rifles and heavy machine guns, were being destroyed by peacekeepers in a U.N. compound straddling the divided capital Nicosia. The destruction of the weapons began today … The task is expected to take up to two months, a spokesman for the... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Law and Stringent Measures?!

17 April 2002

Skopje Svedok (Macedonian)

The non-governmental organization Journalists for Women's and Children's Rights and for the Protection of the Living Environment of Macedonia has launched a global Stop to Arms campaign. Supported by IANSA (International Action Network for Small Arms), this campaign will be carried out in several stages. The United Nations and IANSA have recently nominated the non-governmental organization Journalists for Women's and Children's Rights and for the Protection of the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Albania,Asia Occidental

Scandal Explodes: Albanian Army Weapons Are Sold in Middle East

10 April 2002

Tirana Republika (Albania)

Apparently, a great scandal is likely to overshadow all the attempts by Albanian politics to create the image of Albania as a country where trafficking and its serious implications which the international community has been criticizing so strongly have finally been brought to an end. If the international factors are not going to forgive Albania for this scandal this time, its punishment, in terms of the diplomatic and political approach to it, is going to be firmer than... (GunPolicy.org)

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