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Brazil

Bolsonaro's Gun Laws Arm Brazil's Brazen Bank Thieves

22 September 2022

Reuters

In August last year, Brazilian farmer Reinaldo Huijsmans reported a break-in at his house in the town of Maracaju, where thieves stole six legally registered weapons, including a T4 Taurus assault rifle. Huijsmans, 39, is one of hundreds of thousands of Brazilians now registered to own guns, a group whose ranks have surged six-fold since far-right President Jair Bolsonaro was elected in 2018 and began loosening gun laws. Two months later, Huijsmans' T4 turned up 1,300... (GunPolicy.org)

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Angola

Security Companies in Angola Must Hand In Weapons

2 September 2022

Jornal de Angola

Security companies have six months to hand in the war calibre weapons they use in their activities, against the rules set out in Law 10/14, commissioner Orlando Bernardo said yesterday during a press conference on the balance of criminal actions that occurred in August and September this year in the country. The official clarified that after this deadline, companies that fail to deliver will do so in a coercive manner. "From now on, the coercive period will start, the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Mexico,United States

Mexico's Bold Move Against Gun Companies

1 September 2022

Arms Control Association

Of 193 member states of the United Nations, Mexico has the fifth-largest number of unregistered firearms in civilian hands, behind the United States, India, China, and Pakistan.(1) This availability of firearms and the violence it enables have major destructive consequences. In Mexico, guns are the weapon of choice in 70 percent of total homicides and 60 percent of homicides committed against women. Guns are also the main tool in homicides of young people. Gun violence... (GunPolicy.org)

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Jamaica,Haiti,United States

Jamaica and Haiti Swap Drugs and Guns

30 August 2022

InSight Crime

Criminal gangs in Jamaica and Haiti are engaged in a deadly trade: the exchange of marijuana for guns. Boats loaded with up to 3,000 pounds of cannabis take off from Jamaica's coastline, speeding across the Caribbean to nearby Haiti, where the drugs are swapped for handguns and high-powered assault weapons. The boats return with the firearms, which are then sold off piecemeal or in bulk. The guns-for-drugs trade, as it is known in Jamaica, is greased by traffickers... (GunPolicy.org)

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Mexico

More soldiers… and more violence

26 August 2022

El Sol de México

More soldiers… and more violence Although the deployment of soldiers has increased, homicides have not decreased in the country. In some states with a strong presence of organised crime, such as Durango, Michoacán and Guerrero, the number of soldiers has even decreased. The deployment of the military has increased during the government of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, but it has not counteracted the violence on Mexican territory, as the number of... (GunPolicy.org)

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Uruguay,Argentina,Brazil

Uruguay Becoming Arms Trafficking Hub Between Argentina and Brazil

12 August 2022

InSight Crime

Uruguay has been making regular seizures of weapons smuggled in from Argentina, indicating that the country is becoming a preferred transit hub for arms traffickers. In the latest case, ten people were convicted of arms and ammunition trafficking in early August, according to Uruguay's Interior Ministry. Beginning last November, Uruguayan authorities uncovered a network smuggling weapons into the country's Soriano and Río Negro departments. In late July, security... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,North America

Dozens of 3D-printed Firearms Sold at Buyback in Houston, Texas

2 August 2022

Fox 26 Houston (Texas)

Houston leaders say they will no longer accept 3D-printed firearms, also known as ghost guns, at future gun buyback events after one man allegedly exchanged dozens of them over the weekend. "We're going to exclude those next time around," said Mayor Sylvester Turner. "This is a program designed for people who want to voluntarily relinquish their guns." On Saturday, city officials held their first gun buyback event in Houston. The mayor's office says more than 840... (GunPolicy.org)

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Yemen

The Guns of Yemen

2 August 2022

Small Arms Review

Its society beset by civil wars in the last fifty years, Yemen is awash in small arms. Nearly every Yemeni male over the age of ten carries some form of weapon, from the traditional jambiya (curved dagger) to assault rifles, as personal apparel and icons of masculinity. In the remote mountains and wadis, open carry of an assault rifle is not only common and widely accepted, but is considered de rigueur. Even heavy weapons such as the DsHk 12.7 machine guns and RPG-7s... (GunPolicy.org)

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Kosovo,Eastern Europe

NATO Prepared to Intervene in Kosovo

1 August 2022

The Hill (Washington DC), Web page

The NATO-led Kosovo Force (KFOR) is "prepared to intervene if stability is jeopardized" by the Kosovo-Serbia conflict, according to a KFOR statement Sunday. "KFOR will take whatever measures are necessary to keep a safe and secure environment in Kosovo at all times, in line with its UN mandate," the statement read. KFOR reported that the situation in northern Kosovo is "tense" and under close watch by the force. Tensions between the two countries have heightened... (GunPolicy.org)

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Jamaica

Jamaica to Introduce the The Firearms (Prohibition, Restriction and Regulation) Act, 2022

29 July 2022

Jamaica Information Service

The House of Representatives recently approved the report and recommendations of the Joint Select Committee on the Firearms (Prohibition, Restriction and Regulation) Act (2022). The Report outlines the recommended changes to the Bill, following the review and deliberations of the Joint Select Committee. "Having regard to the number of amendments, it is proposed that the original Bill that was tabled on February 10, 2022, be withdrawn and a new amended Bill be tabled,"... (GunPolicy.org)

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Panama

Panama Destroyed 23,426 Illegal Firearms over Four Years

29 July 2022

Estrella de Panama

Entre el 1 de julio de 2019 y el 29 de julio de 2022, la Policía Nacional (PN) ha destruido 23 mil 426 armas de fuego ilegales. Las armas de fuego fueron decomisadas y recuperadas, durante diversos operativos y acciones preventivas entre la PN y el Ministerio Público en todo el país."Esta destrucción de armas es el producto del compromiso y esfuerzo de los estamentos de seguridad del país, con el firme objetivo de garantizar la paz y la sana convivencia de los... (GunPolicy.org)

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El Salvador

El Salvador Arrests Thousands but Gangs Keep Their Guns

22 July 2022

InSight Crime

Almost four months into a nationwide crackdown, El Salvador's government has failed to disarm its notorious street gangs. It started at the end of March, when President Nayib Bukele revealed the government's official hashtag: #GuerraContraPandillas, or the 'war against the gangs.' The government boasts it has already arrested more than 45,000 so-called "terrorists," claiming these are almost all suspected members of the infamous Mara Salvatrucha (MS13) street gang, or... (GunPolicy.org)

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Argentina

Women Living in Terror Because Their Ex-partners Have Guns

16 July 2022

Instituto de Estudios Comparados en Ciencias Penales y Sociales (INECIP)

During 2021 there were 251 femicides across the country and in 25 per cent of these a weapon was used; there is consensus that possession is often a projection of the power of the person who has it and a latent threat; the speed of justice and voluntary disarmament are key to addressing the problem. In the opinion of Aldana Romano, Director of INECIP. When mutual friends introduced them to each other during a holiday, Marcela fell in love with Valentín. Although she... (GunPolicy.org)

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Peru

55% Of Firearms Entering Peru Come From The Illegal Market

12 July 2022

Peruano (Peru)

[Sucamec] plans to destroy more than 3,000 seized firearms. In 55% of cases the firearms entering Peru come from the illegal market or are smuggled for use in criminal acts, warned Wilmer Delgado, a specialist from the Department of Arms, Ammunition and Related Articles of the National Superintendence for the Control of Security Services, Arms, Ammunition and Explosives for Civilian Use (Sucamec). Speaking to Andina al Día, the specialist assured that Sucamec... (GunPolicy.org)

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Uruguay

Firearms in Uruguay: Lack of Information and Controls

12 July 2022

La Diaria Opinion (Uruguay)

Firearms: lack of information and controls In recent weeks, some media outlets, parts of the political system and academia have addressed the issue of firearms control through a bill proposed by Frente Amplio senator Mario Bergara. The fact that a serious debate is beginning to take place on this issue is, in itself, good news. According to official information from the Material and Arms Service of the Ministry of National Defence, the body in charge of the National... (GunPolicy.org)

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Haiti,United States

Scandal at Haiti Customs After Over 100,000 Rounds of Smuggled Ammunition Seized

8 July 2022

InSight Crime

Haiti's Customs Agency has seized an extremely large quantity of illegally imported ammunition the same day that its director was replaced on suspicion of arms trafficking, highlighting the Caribbean nation's struggle in combating weapons flows. On July 1, customs and police authorities interdicted roughly 120,000 rounds of ammunition on board a container ship at Port-au-Paix wharf. The illegal cargo, which had come from the US state of Florida, was almost entirely... (GunPolicy.org)

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Japan

Japan's Strict Gun Laws Make Shootings Rare

8 July 2022

CNN, Web page

The assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has shocked Japan, a country with one of the world's lowest rates of gun crime due to its strict laws on gun ownership. Abe was shot dead on Friday in the city of Nara while delivering a campaign speech, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said. Gun violence is extremely rare in Japan. In 2018, Japan, a country of 125 million people, only reported nine deaths from firearms -- compared with 39,740 that year in... (GunPolicy.org)

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Japan

Former Prime Minister Shot Despite Strict Gun Laws

8 July 2022

Newsweek, Web page

The shooting of former Japanese prime minister Abe Shinzo has shocked his country, which has some of the strictest gun control laws in the world. Current Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Abe was in a "severe condition" following the incident during a campaign speech on Friday. With a population of 127 million, the annual death toll from guns in Japan is frequently less than the number who might die in a single mass shooting in the U.S. In 2018 there were only nine... (GunPolicy.org)

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Japan

Rare Shooting in Japan Shocks Nation

8 July 2022

Bloomberg

The last time a current or former Japanese prime minister was shot and killed was 90 years ago. It's a measure of just how rare and shocking gun violence is in the country, where ownership of firearms is strictly controlled. The blast that felled Shinzo Abe on Friday -- with a homemade shotgun, according to reports -- happened while he was campaigning on behalf of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party in Nara, a city east of Osaka. Abe was giving a speech in front of a... (GunPolicy.org)

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Japan

Japan has Lowest Gun Violence in World Thanks to Strict Gun Control Laws

8 July 2022

Anadolu Agency

Although former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was shot twice at an election campaign event in the Nara region, statistics show that Japan has one of the lowest rates of gun violence in the world. It is believed that Japan owes its strict gun laws largely to the US because, after World War II, Americans shaped the gun policy and forced a firearm ban legislation in the East Asian nation. According to the Small Arms Survey -- a global organization that keeps tabs on arms... (GunPolicy.org)

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