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United States,Australia,New Zealand,United Kingdom,Falkland Islands,Mexico

How US Gun Culture Stacks Up with the World

26 November 2021

CNN

Ubiquitous gun violence in the United States has left few places unscathed over the decades. Still, many Americans hold their right to bear arms, enshrined in the US Constitution, as sacrosanct. But critics of the Second Amendment say that right threatens another: The right to life. America's relationship to gun ownership is unique, and its gun culture is a global outlier. As the tally of gun-related deaths continue to grow daily, here's a look at how gun culture in... (GunPolicy.org)

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Argentina

Buenos Aires Hands Over 11,400 Seized Guns for Destruction

11 November 2021

Government of Argentina

Con la presencia de Soria y Alak, la provincia de Buenos Aires comenzó la entrega a la ANMaC de 11.400 armas secuestradas en procesos penales para iniciar su destrucción Los ministros de Justicia de la Nación y de la Provincia de Buenos Aires, participaron del acto institucional que dio inicio a la entrega de armas de fuego del Servicio Penitenciario Bonaerense a la Agencia Nacional de Materiales Controlados (ANMaC). Las armas fueron decomisadas de circuitos... (GunPolicy.org)

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Namibia

Police U-turn on Firearm Amnesty

21 October 2021

New Era (Namibia)

Despite assurances by police chief Sebastian Ndeitunga and safety and security minister Albert Kawana that no one will be prosecuted for handing in unlicensed firearms and ammunition, an about-turn saw police announcing those who surrendered firearms used in the commission of a crime will indeed be arrested and prosecuted. When he announced the amnesty earlier this year, Ndeitunga was quoted as saying "Cabinet endorsed the month of September as the amnesty month to... (GunPolicy.org)

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Argentina

Argentina Destroys 1,484 Pistols, Thousands More Guns to Go

13 October 2021

Government of Argentina

En el sexto aniversario de la ANMaC se destruyeron 1484 armas En el marco del aniversario de la sanción de la ley 27.192 que creó la Agencia Nacional de Materiales Controlados (ANMaC), Martín Soria realizó una recorrida por el Banco Nacional de Materiales (BANMaC), en el que se destruyeron 1484 armas. Acompañado por la directora ejecutiva de la Agencia, Natasa Loizou, el Ministro subrayó la "decisión política de tener un Estado proactivo que trabaja para sacar... (GunPolicy.org)

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Trinidad & Tobago

Gun Permits On Hold in Trinidad and Tobago

6 October 2021

Newsday (Trinidad and Tobago)

The police firearms unit at the core of the imbroglio involving former police commissioner Gary Griffith, the now defunct Police Service Commission (PSC) and the leadership of the service, is in "quarantine." On Saturday, the Prime Minister, during his media briefing at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann's said the firearms department was closed. "One of the recommendations that came through the plethora was that the the firearms department in the police service (is)... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ireland

Ireland Hits Record Gun Ownership

26 September 2021

Independent (Ireland)

There are close to a quarter of a million legally held firearms across the country, figures show, amid concerns of a rise in these weapons being used in murder-suicides. There are currently 234,000 firearm certificates in circulation, according to Garda Headquarters. This equates to one in eight households in Ireland possessing a legally held firearm. There is rising concern among gardaí and within the Government over the number of legally held guns being used in... (GunPolicy.org)

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Portugal

Fewer Firearms in Portuguese Homes

25 September 2021

Diario de Noticias (Portugal)

New licences decrease every year PSP estimates that there are fewer firearms in the home, taking into account those voluntarily surrendered and new weapons acquired, but stresses that this decrease "may not constitute a trend" due to the pandemic. In an assessment made to Lusa news agency regarding the two years of the entry into force of the weapons law, which aims to limit the number of firearms in the home, the Public Security Police said that "there has been a... (GunPolicy.org)

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Nigeria

Effective Control of Illegal Weapons in Nigeria

23 September 2021

Punch (Nigeria)

The recent transmission by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), of two executive bills to the National Assembly to control arms proliferation and regulate the importation of explosives into the country appears in order. But deeper scrutiny exposes the regime's tactless approach and the helplessness of security forces in curbing arms smuggling into Nigeria. The biggest problem is that in many parts of the country, the Nigerian state has lost its... (GunPolicy.org)

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Afghanistan,Libya

Afghanistan and Libya: All Weapons in the Hands of Islamic Terrorists

22 September 2021

Corriere della Sera (italy)

Afghanistan, Libya and Syria are the three crises that today fuel the archipelago of Islamic extremism. Three countries that are out of control and where Western intervention has increased the risk to global security. In Doha, in recent months, the Americans negotiated the withdrawal from Afghanistan with the Taliban, promising: we will leave, but you will not allow al Qaeda or other extremist groups to operate in the country. We know how that went. And when countries... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ireland

19,000 Firearms Licensed in Cork, Ireland

22 September 2021

Echo Live (Ireland)

If there are any concerns about a person who has a licence for a gun, that gun should be removed. That is according to Fine Gael Cork North Central TD Colm Burke, who raised the issue of gun licences at this week's meeting of the Cork City Joint Policing Committee. He said six people have died in two firearms incidents in Cork and Kerry since last October. And he added: "We have had huge challenges in the Covid period." He told The Echo: "The use of a gun is just... (GunPolicy.org)

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Bosnia & Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina Destroys 1,972 Pieces of Small Arms and Light Weapons

21 September 2021

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

A total of 1,972 pieces of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) were destroyed by the authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina on Saturday, 18 September. The event took place at the Jelšingrad smelter in Banja Luka and represents a continuation of efforts to increase public safety and security, and diminish the risk of SALW proliferation. It was conducted by the SALW Coordination Board of Bosnia and Herzegovina, police agencies, the United Nations Development Programme... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,China

China's position on Gun Control

20 September 2021

CNN

Last week, a 47-year-old man stormed into a law firm in China's Wuhan city and shot dead a lawyer who he had 'some disputes with,' according to Chinese state media. He then stuffed his gun, just under 20 inches (50 centimeters) long, into a tennis racket bag and left. The fatal shooting shocked many in China, which has some of the world's strictest gun control laws -- so much so, that some people thought initial reports were about yet another American shooting. 'When... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

US Spike in Gun Violence Continues

19 September 2021

CNN

So far, 2021 is on pace to be the worst year for gun violence in decades, surpassing even the high levels last year. According to the Gun Violence Archive, from January 1 to September 15, a total of 14,516 people died from gun violence in the US. That's 1,300 more than during the same period in 2020, a 9% increase. Mass shootings are also on the rise. Through September 15, there have been 498 mass shootings across the US, or an average of about 1.92 per day. That's 15%... (GunPolicy.org)

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Nigeria

Nigeria's Buhari Transmits Bills on Gun Control,

15 September 2021

Daily Trust (Nigeria)

President Muhammadu Buhari has transmitted to the senate two bills that seek to control the proliferation of arms and regulate the importation and exportation of explosives in the country. They are: the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons Bill 2021; and Explosives Bill 2021. Buhari transmitted the bill in two separate letters dated the 26th and 27th August 2021 and read during the commencement of plenary by Senate President Ahmad Lawan on Tuesday. Buhari, in the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Uganda

Uganda Increases Costs for Gun Licenses

27 August 2021

Daily Monitor (Uganda)

Government has proposed to increase gun licensing fees from Shs150,000 to Shs5 million for private gun owners according to the 2017/2018 financial year budget estimates. The development was communicated by the State Minister for Planning David Bahati while appearing before the Parliamentary Budget Committee. This follows an increase in gun related crimes in the country with the most recent being the murder of AIGP Felix Kaweesi, his driver and body guard by armed... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Alarm Over Growing Use of Weapons at Rallies

27 August 2021

Guardian

A gunfight in Portland, Oregon, last week is intensifying concerns over escalating violence during contentious rallies in the city, as far-right demonstrators and anti-fascist counter-protesters have repeatedly faced off. The Portland police bureau charged a 65-year-old man from Gresham, Oregon, over a gunfight in the city's downtown during violent clashes on Sunday. Authorities say Dennis Anderson drew a concealed handgun and shot at a group of anti-fascists who were... (GunPolicy.org)

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Argentina,Brazil,Chile,Colombia,Mexico

Gun Laws in Latin America's Largest Economies

26 August 2021

Council of the Americas (COA)

Countries may adopt stringent gun control laws, but their efforts are complicated by international arms smuggling. We explore policies in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Mexico. For government across Latin America, reducing violence and providing security are top agenda items. AS/COA Online looks at gun-related legislation in Latin America's largest economies, identifying regulations for arms licensing. In Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Mexico, gun... (GunPolicy.org)

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Nigeria

Nigerian Students Denounce Influx of Illegal Firearms

26 August 2021

Daily Independent (Nigeria)

Students in Ogun State have blamed the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) over what they alleged as an influx of illegal firearms into the country through the borders in the state. The students, under the aegis of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Ogun, the National Association of University Students (NAUS) and the National Association of Ogun State Students (NAOSS) lamented that the Ogun 1 Area Command of the Service was becoming a toothless bulldog... (GunPolicy.org)

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Philippines

314 Loose Firearms Surrendered in Tawi-Tawi, Philippines

24 August 2021

SunStar (Philippines)

The number of loose firearms the government has recovered through the Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) program has increased to 314, as the implementation of the program was expanded to the province of Tawi-Tawi. About 70 loose firearms were surrendered in two Tawi-Tawi towns, as the government launched Sunday, August 22, the SALW program in the province, said Police Colone Bonard Briton, Tawi-Tawi provincial police director. The remaining 244 loose firearms were... (GunPolicy.org)

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Serbia,West Africa,Burkina Faso,Mali

Identified Serbian Weapons in Stockpiles of Armed Groups in Sahel

24 August 2021

Amnesty International

Amnesty International's arms experts have identified Serbian-manufactured weapons in videos posted by armed groups operating in the Sahel, including an Islamic State affiliate which has claimed responsibility for hundreds of civilian deaths. The new rifles, some the latest available models, match trade records of Serbia's sales to Burkina Faso, suggesting the weapons were recently sold to the government before falling into the hands of armed groups. Amnesty... (GunPolicy.org)

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