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Switzerland,Italy

Swiss State-owned Small Arms Producer Sold to Italy

13 April 2022

SwissInfo

Switzerland's state-owned Ruag International company has sold its small-caliber ammunition division to the Italian firearm manufacturer, Beretta. All the 2,700 employees of Ammotech in Switzerland and ten other countries, including Germany and Sweden, the United States and Britain, would be taken over by the new Italian owner, Ruag International said on Wednesday. The main Swiss production site in the town of Thun would be maintained for at least five years, Ruag... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

Australian MP Misfires With Wild Guns in School Quote

1 April 2022

Australian Associated Press / AAP

Federal independent MP Bob Katter has a reputation for shooting from the hip in media interviews but has badly misfired with a claim that Israel, Finland, Sweden and Switzerland provide schoolchildren with guns. The claim is wrong. Government authorities in each of the four nations mentioned by Mr Katter have confirmed to AAP FactCheck that schoolchildren in their countries are not provided with guns and schools do not have armouries. Mr Katter, who has been the MP... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

Western Australia to 'Rewrite' its Firearm Laws

22 March 2022

Sydney Morning Herald

Premier Mark McGowan and Police Minister Paul Papalia on Tuesday announced an overhaul of the state's gun ownership laws. It has been revealed the number of licensed firearms in the state had soared by 60 per cent, with a gun owner on close to every suburban street. A WA Police map showed around 3.4 per cent of the population, or 89,000 people, hold gun licences. They possessed, on average, four firearms each – which reflected national figures. And while the number... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

Western Australia to Rewrite State's Gun Control Law

21 March 2022

West Australian (Perth)

Western Australia's outdated firearms laws will be completely rewritten by the McGowan Government, as shocking new maps reveal the true scale of gun ownership in suburban Perth. The maps -- provided to The West Australian from the WA Police Force database -- show how prolific the potentially lethal weapons have become in every corner of the city. Each green dot represents a house where a handgun - such as a revolver or pistol - is being stored, while the thousands... (GunPolicy.org)

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Poland

Polish Right Calls for Easier Access to Guns

21 March 2022

Euroactive

The Polish right has proposed simplifying gun ownership regulations and shortening the procedure for applying for a gun permit as Russia's attack on Ukraine has renewed discussions in Poland about the country's stringent gun ownership laws. Education minister Przemysław Czarnek has already announced that schools will provide defence training and shooting exercises for students as of September. Those who back easier access to weapons say that Russia's attack on... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ukraine,United States

What Weapons Will Us Give Ukraine - And How Much Will They Help?

19 March 2022

BBC

The burnt-up wreckage of a Russian tank lies in the dirt, while in an accompanying photo next to it, a Ukrainian soldier carries the armaments said to have caused the destruction. The images posted to Twitter by the Ukrainian Armed Forces are labelled with a triumphant caption, declaring that this was the result of "hits from Javelins on [Russian] military equipment". The Javelin, a shoulder-held anti-tank weapon that shoots heat-seeking rockets hurtling towards... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ukraine,United States,Russia,Turkey,Germany,United Kingdom,Poland

What Weapons Have Other Countries Supplied to Ukraine?

17 March 2022

Guardian

The US president, Joe Biden, has announced an $800m (£610m) package of arms to Ukraine as the west steps up military aid against invading Russia forces. The west's military assistance to Ukraine began cautiously with helmets and flak jackets but now includes drones that can destroy Russian tanks and artillery from 50 miles away. The west has repeatedly refused to enforce a no-fly zone over Ukraine but is now supplying a range of powerful weapons. They... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

Plymouth Mass Shooting Investigation Concluded

16 March 2022

Plymouth Herald (UK)

The police watchdog investigating how and why the Keyham gunman had his pump-action shotgun returned to him by Devon and Cornwall Police after it was removed said it has now completed its inquiry - but its findings cannot be made public at this time. The Independent Office for Police Conduct's (IOPC) investigation was launched in the wake of the tragic events on August 12, 2021 which saw the deaths of five people as well as the gunman, Jake Davison, by his own hand. A... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ukraine

How Ukraine's Military Has Resisted Russia So Far

3 March 2022

New York Times

WASHINGTON — Ukraine's soldiers have blown up bridges to halt advancing Russian ground troops. Its pilots and air defenses have prevented Russian fighter jets from conquering the skies. And a band of savvy Ukrainian cyberwarriors are so far beating Moscow in an information war, inspiring support at home and abroad. To the surprise of many military analysts, Ukrainian troops are mounting a stiffer-than-expected resistance to Russian forces up and down battle lines... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ukraine,Netherlands,Sweden,Finland,Germany,Poland,United States,Russia

NATO Countries Pour Weapons Into Ukraine

2 March 2022

New York Times

The Dutch are sending rocket launchers for air defense. The Estonians are sending Javelin antitank missiles. The Poles and the Latvians are sending Stinger surface-to-air missiles. The Czechs are sending machine guns, sniper rifles, pistols and ammunition. Even formerly neutral countries like Sweden and Finland are sending weapons. And Germany, long allergic to sending weapons into conflict zones, is sending Stingers as well as other shoulder-launched rockets. In all,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ukraine,Russia

The Events Leading Up to Russia's Invasion of Ukraine

1 March 2022

Reuters

Russia launched a large-scale invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24. Here is a timeline of Ukraine's fraught relationship with Moscow since it won independence in 1991 and the events that led to the current conflict. 1991: Shortly after the fall of the Soviet Union, Ukraine declares independence from Moscow. 2004: Pro-Russian candidate Viktor Yanukovich is declared president but allegations of vote-rigging trigger protests, known as the Orange Revolution, forcing a re-run of... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ukraine

Ukrainian Parliament Passes Emergency Firearm Carry Law

24 February 2022

Business Insider

The Ukrainian parliament passed a law on Wednesday, which allows citizens to carry firearms in public, alongside the enactment of a state of emergency, after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered troops to eastern Ukraine on Monday. Previously, Ukrainian citizens were barred from carrying guns outside of their homes. "Now it's the intention of the parliament is to liberalize ownership of armaments by citizens," Dmytro Shulga, the European Programme Director at the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan MIA Reveals How Many Weapons Found Last Year

3 January 2022

APA (Azerbaijan)

Necessary measures taken by law enforcement officers to clear the liberated territories of mines and other explosive devices, as well as to collect the weapons thrown down by the Armenian military units during the withdrawal, are being successfully continued, the Barda regional group of the Interior Ministry's (MIA) press Service told APA. According to the MIA, In 2021, 225 submachine guns, 102 grenades, 68 machine guns, 64 tanks and anti-personnel missile systems, 10... (GunPolicy.org)

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Italy

Italy Opens Sale of Parabellum Ammunition for Civilian and Sporting Use

23 December 2021

Fatto Quotidiano (Italy)

Parabellum, the taboo falls: Fratelli d'Italia's amendment to the European law opens up the sale of ammunition for civilian and sporting use A historic taboo of the Italian legal system has been broken. First by practice, and since 2010 also by law, the civilian sale of parabellum ammunition has always been forbidden, Parabellum rounds have considerable penetrating power, and can make even ricocheting shots deadly in closed environments. "Their legalisation puts an end... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ireland

Irish National Police to be Disarmed Following Review

11 December 2021

Irish Times (Ireland)

The Garda is dramatically reducing the number of members carrying guns as it moves towards a model of having specialist units act as the force's primary firearms response. The process began last year after a review of the number of armed members was carried out and it was found that more than a quarter (27 per cent or 3,778 gardaí) were carrying firearms. This was close to the proportion of members who were armed at the height of the Troubles in the 1980s. The 2019... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

Plymouth Mass Shooting Inquest Will Look At 10 Key Points

9 December 2021

Plymouth Herald (UK)

A six-week-long jury-led inquest into the deaths of five people killed by Keyham gunman Jake Davison will include an examination of why his mother reported him to the Government's counter-terrorism scheme. Today's two pre-inquest reviews into the killings on August 12, 2021, revealed the scope of the forthcoming full inquest which will begin on January 16, 2023. Maxine Betty Davison, age 51, Lee Raymond John Martyn, age 43, Sophie Iris Martyn, age three, Stephen John... (GunPolicy.org)

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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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Chile

Chile Destroys More Than 13,000 Firearms

12 November 2021

Euronews

Pistolas, escopetas, revólveres y fusiles. Chile se deshace de más de 13.000 armas de fuego incautadas en operativos o entregadas voluntariamente por ciudadanos. Una iniciativa del Gobierno, que se realiza cada año y que forma parte de la campaña "Entrega tu arma". El objetivo: evitar que las armas personales caigan en manos de criminales y limitar los riesgos asociados a la posesión de armas en el hogar. 270.000 armas destruidas desde 1990 A través de un... (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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