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Australia

NSW Authorities Collect 8,300 Firearms

25 October 2018

Advocate (Hobart) / Australian Associated Press

Police hope the 8300 weapons surrendered to NSW authorities during the latest gun amnesty will put a dent in the killing power of the state's criminals. More than 1300 rifles, 400 shotguns and thousands of handguns were surrendered over the three months, NSW Police said on Thursday. However, Australia-wide there are still more privately owned guns and illicit firearms in circulation today than ever before. University of Sydney gunpolicy.org research estimates there... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

Pro-gun Groups Used Ministerial Advisory Panel to Lobby Against Tighter Laws

20 October 2018

Guardian

Groups wanted former justice minister to recognise that 'lawful use of firearms can also have benefit to society' Pro-gun groups used a ministerial advisory panel to lobby against mandatory 28-day cooling-off periods for firearms owners and to call for changes to the "genuine need" provisions which make up the backbone of Australia's gun laws. Documents obtained by Guardian Australia under freedom of information laws reveal the former justice minister Michael Keenan... (GunPolicy.org)

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Samoa

Samoan Police Launch New Gun Amnesty

1 October 2018

Samoa Observer

Members of the public who will use a two-months gun amnesty to bring in their unregistered and illegal guns will get a $50 Electric Power Corporation voucher. This was announced yesterday when the Police launched a two-month long amnesty in a bid to collect unregistered and illegal guns. The amnesty ends on 30 November 2018. This is the third amnesty under the leadership of Police Commissioner, Fuiavaili'ili Egon Keil. Acting Prime Minister, Tuitama Dr. Leao... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

Global Gun Deaths Reach 250,000

29 August 2018

Australian (Sydney)

Gun deaths worldwide total about 250,000 yearly and the United States is among just six countries that make up half of those fatalities, a study has found. The results from one of the most comprehensive analyses of firearm deaths reveal "a major public health problem for humanity," according to an editorial published with the study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Although recent headlines make it seem like gun killings are surging globally, the new... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

Gun Ownership Growing in Queensland

18 July 2018

Weekly Times

Gun ownership is on the rise in Queensland with the number of registered firearms increasing by more than 30 per cent in the past six years. Police Minister Mark Ryan has revealed there were 844,129 firearms registered with police as of June 3 in response to a question on notice from the opposition. It's a 30.09 per cent increase since 2013 when the total number of firearms registered with police was 648,852. Mr Ryan says the increase can be largely put down to... (GunPolicy.org)

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Costa Rica

Destruction of Illicit Firearms in Costa Rica

18 July 2018

The Costa Rica Star

The General Directorate of Armaments in Costa Rica has destroyed 191 firearms this month, firearms which had been used in various crimes including homicide, robbery, drug trafficking, and illegal arms possession and sale. The Guns destroyed included 133 short weapons and 58 long weapons which have been in custody since 2012 and were previously used as evidence in criminal proceedings. They had been confiscated by the OIJ during raids throughout Costa Rica. How many... (GunPolicy.org)

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India

India Developing a National Firearm Registration Database

17 July 2018

Xinhua

NEW DELHI -- India will have a national database for all licenced gun holders from April next year, the government said. The Home Ministry said in a notification that the names of all licenced gun holders across the country will be included in the national database and they are also to be given a unique identification number (UIN) from the next financial year. "Every licensing and renewing authority will have to enter the data in the National Database of Arms Licenses... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

Would-be Murderer Granted Special Gun Training Permit Despite Red Flags

10 July 2018

Sydney Morning Herald

John Edwards, the man who shot his two children dead last Thursday, was able to pursue his handgun training because he was granted a so-called "Commissioner's Permit", overriding red flags raised by his answers on declarations about his background. It is understood this permit reassured officials at the St Mary's Indoor Shooting Centre that Edwards could legally undergo handgun training - the first step towards getting a handgun licence and then a permit in NSW -... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

NSW Licensing Procedures in Review After Family Murder

9 July 2018

Daily Telegraph (Sydney)

GUN clubs may be asked to report suspect shooters and GPs permitted to break client confidentiality to stop a repeat of an incident like John Edwards' savage slaying of his children. The Daily Telegraph can reveal Police Commissioner Mick Fuller and Police Minister Troy Grant are holding crisis meetings today and "everything is on the table", including working more closely with the Family Court where children are identified as at risk. Edwards, 67, was turned away... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

NSW Vetting Process in Question After Family Murder

9 July 2018

Australian (Sydney)

The man who shot his two teenage children dead before killing himself in Sydney's northwest last week would have been individually interviewed several times to get two "quite powerful" handguns, experts say, as the NSW Police Minister comes under pressure to review gun control laws. John Edwards would have been interviewed by a shooting club, a pistol club and police ­before he could buy the two firearms he used in last Thursday's attack, in which the 67-year-old... (GunPolicy.org)

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Samoa

Samoan Police to Destroy 300 Guns

5 July 2018

Samoa Observer

The police will destroy close to 300 illegal firearms that they recovered during their operations. Commissioner Fuiavailiili Egon Keil said questions remain on how the firearms were brought into the country as Samoa does not manufacture weapons or ammunition. "This coming Thursday (today) at the police headquarter at 10 o'clock we have little less than 300 firearms that we will be destroying, just like what we did back in 2015. So these weapons will be destroyed... (GunPolicy.org)

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Vietnam

Thousands of Homemade Guns Collected by Vietnamese Authorities

5 July 2018

Thanh Nien

In recent years, Quang Nam has had many traumatic accidents, affecting the lives and health of its citizens due to homemade guns. 4 July 2018 - the Police Department of Public Administration (PC64) in Quang Nam province handed over a large amount of weapons and dangerous objects to the Department of Police - Technical Security of the province for destruction. Included are: 1,139 alcohol/air guns, 272 homemade guns, 54 military guns, 63 knives, 289 parts and... (GunPolicy.org)

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Papua New Guinea

Firearm Disposal Issues in Bougainville

6 June 2018

Post-Courier (Port Moresby)

The non-disposal of all weapons on Bougainville may be the only major obstacle in the 2019 Bougainville referendum. This means if all weapons are not completely destroyed or accounted for, which allegedly poses a threat, the referendum will not go ahead. This was highlighted during the Bougainville referendum three-day conference in Port Moresby yesterday. Serious issues confronting Bougainville's journey to referendum on independence also took precedence at the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

The Origins of Illegal Firearms in the UK - BBC Reality Check

10 May 2018

BBC News

Over the bank holiday weekend, a spate of shootings across England hit the headlines. They add to a picture of rising gun crime, after more than a decade of big decreases. Although gun-related offences have risen for the past four years, there were still less than half as many gun crimes in England and Wales last year as there were in the early 2000s. Where Do the Guns Come From? Guns are very tightly controlled in the UK. Those that end up on the black market often... (GunPolicy.org)

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Thailand,Cambodia

Smuggled Military Weapons Seized Near Thai-Cambodian Border

18 April 2018

Nation (Bangkok)

Thai authorities have arrested a man suspected of smuggling illegal weapons from Cambodia to Thailand, according to Cambodian National Police. On Tuesday night, Thai authorities intercepted a vehicle at a checkpoint in Klaing Yai district, in Thailand's Trat province, about 50 kilometres from Cambodia's Cham Yeam checkpoint, a Cambodian National Police website announcement reads. The weapons seized included two that appear to be Chinese-made Type-95 assault rifles,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

Gun Theft in Australia - ABC News

9 April 2018

ABC News (Australia)

The number of firearms stolen across Australia has almost doubled in the past decade, according to new figures. The data, obtained by lobby group Gun Control Australia (GCA) under Freedom of Information (FOI) laws, reveal that almost 27,000 firearms have been reported as stolen across the country between 2007 and 2017. The figures show that the number of gun thefts has increased from just over 1,700 in 2007-8 to nearly 3,300 in 2016-17. Hunting rifles account for the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia,United States

Australia's Gun Laws Can't Work in America – For Now

30 March 2018

Georgetown Journal of International Affairs

Thirteen mass shootings in 18 years, 112 victims shot dead. While this may seem to describe contemporary America, it actually describes a late 20th-century period in Australia. The country's final slaughter occurred in Tasmania in 1996 – the Port Arthur massacre. A lone, "pathetic social misfit" – as described by the judge – killed 35 people. The first 29 bullets from this young man's AR-15 rifle ended the lives of 20 innocents in just 90 seconds. For... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Repeal the Second Amendment - John Paul Stevens

27 March 2018

New York Times, Opinion

Rarely in my lifetime have I seen the type of civic engagement schoolchildren and their supporters demonstrated in Washington and other major cities throughout the country this past Saturday. These demonstrations demand our respect. They reveal the broad public support for legislation to minimize the risk of mass killings of schoolchildren and others in our society. That support is a clear sign to lawmakers to enact legislation prohibiting civilian ownership of... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

Australian Gun Laws Successful, Study Finds

13 March 2018

Australian (Sydney)

The gun laws enacted after the Port Arthur Massacre have unequivocally prevented mass shootings, a new study says. The National Firearms Agreement was enacted after the 1996 tragedy in which 35 people were killed. The legislation included uniform gun registration, banned private gun sales and civilian ownership of semiautomatic weapons, removed self-defence as a reason to hold a firearm license and standardised penalties. The University of Sydney study analysed... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

Australia's Gun Destruction Prevented 16 Mass Shootings - Study

13 March 2018

Annals of Internal Medicine

Background: In 1996, after the Port Arthur massacre in Tasmania, the National Firearms Agreement was enacted across Australia. Provisions included uniform gun registration, repudiation of self-defense as a legitimate reason to hold a firearm licence, locked storage, a ban on private gun sales and civilian ownership of semiautomatic rifles and pump-action shotguns, and standardized penalties (1). Two buyback programs and 26 uncompensated amnesties between 1996 and 2015... (GunPolicy.org)

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