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Trump ATT Decision Was Built On an NRA Lie

29 April 2019

Washington Post, Opinion

President Trump announced on Friday — during a speech that pandered to special-interest groups and was symbolic of his administration's disdain for multilateral agreements — that the United States would "unsign" the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), a landmark agreement that regulates the international trade in conventional arms. It took more than five years of negotiations to develop the ATT, and I spent those years as a consultant in the treaty process, working with... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

Record Number of Australians Enrolled to Vote This Election

23 April 2019

SBS News

A record number of Australians have enrolled to vote at the 18 May federal election, according to the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC). The total of 16,424,248 people, which accounts for 96.8 per cent of the eligible voting population, tops the number of people enrolled to vote ahead of the 2016 federal election by around 750,000. Those numbers are "something all Australians can be proud of" and is unlikely to be matched anywhere in the world, Electoral... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

NSW Dealer Accused of Trafficking

11 April 2019

Sporting Shooter / SSAA

Shane Simpson, gun shop owner and presenter on Hunting The Menu, is accused of being a major underworld weapons supplier and of selling firearms used in crimes across Australia, including the executions of two of Sydney highest-ranking organised crime figures. The Daily Telegraph reported police allege arms dealer Shane James Simpson oper­ated out of a gun shop in Port Kembla near Wollongong and sold guns which were used in the murders of two of Sydney's most... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

Illegal Firearms Dealer Charged, Hundreds of Guns Seized

11 April 2019

ABC News (Australia)

Key points: - NSW Police seize 300 firearms from licensed gun dealer, who has been charged with 40 offences - Dealer accused of being a 'professional facilitator' of organised crime networks across three states - Accused has not applied for bail or entered a plea in court A licensed firearms dealer in New South Wales has been charged with more than 40 firearms offences and had more than 300 guns seized from his business in what NSW Police have described as one of the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

NSW Gun Dealer Arrested for Selling Guns Illegally

10 April 2019

Illawarra Mercury

A Port Kembla firearms dealer has been arrested, and more than 300 weapons seized from his business, after he allegedly sold guns police say were used to shoot dead at least one Sydney underworld figure. Shane Simpson was taken into custody after officers raided his firearms and hunting store - Simpson Sports, on the corner of Wentworth and Fitzwilliam streets - about 8.30am on Wednesday. The Mercury understands police arrested the 46-year-old licensed firearms dealer... (GunPolicy.org)

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Japan

Public Health Response to Suicide In Japan Leads to Decrease

8 April 2019

Reuters

AKITA, Japan - Taeko Watanabe awoke one cold March night and found a trail of blood in the hallway, a bloody cleaver on her son Yuki's bed and no trace of him in the house. Then police discovered a suicide note in his bedroom. "They found him in a canal by the temple and wrapped him in a blanket. After an autopsy, he came home in a coffin. I fell apart," she recalled, eyes welling up as she sat by a photo of Yuki and a Buddhist altar laden with flowers and Fuji... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

Poor Data Collation of National Registries in Australia

3 April 2019

Sydney Morning Herald, Opinion

When I was tiny I wore a rabbit-skin coat and ate rabbit two or three times a week, courtesy of my father and his 22-calibre hunting rifle. My parents had gone back to the land in that 1970s idealistic way and we lived in a log cabin - hand built by Dad - surrounded by scrubby bushland in the hinterland of the NSW south coast. Later when my parents went their separate ways and moved back to the city, Dad's gun came with him. The wooden rifle sat propped against the... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand

Gun Law Change Fast-track has 'Outpaced' Gun Lobby

2 April 2019

Radio New Zealand

The speed with which the government has fast-tracked changes to firearms laws has left the gun lobby in a spin, according to an Australian academic. By the end of next week, politicians expect the Arms Amendment Bill to come into force. It will ban semi-automatic weapons and military style semi-automatics, with the exception of shotguns and low-calibre rifles. Parts, magazines and ammunition which can make a gun illegal will also be banned, and there will be tougher... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

No Other Party Has Hammered Our Gun Laws Like This One

1 April 2019

Sydney Morning Herald, Opinion

Last Friday the leader of the Shooter, Fishers and Farmers Party, Robert Borsak, headed a press conference seeking to distance his party from One Nation. Borsak claimed his parties' gun policies are not as extreme as One Nation's and are more "dead centre". Yet one only has to look at the impact the party has had on Australia's gun laws and the party's current and past gun policies to see that a different story emerges. In October 2017, Borsak told the Herald that he... (GunPolicy.org)

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Uganda

Licensed Guns and Homicides in Uganda

30 March 2019

Daily Monitor (Uganda)

Kampala- At least 16 people have been shot dead by licensed guns since the start of the year, a search through publicly available information shows. Five of the victims were shot dead by security guards after they were involved in arguments with the guards or were accused of committing crime, while the rest were killed by policemen on accusations of being criminal suspects. With the killing in cold blood of Ronald Ssebulime last weekend still fresh, however, it is... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand

Consensus on New Zealand Gun Control

29 March 2019

Policy Forum (Canberra)

In the wake of the worst terror attack in New Zealand's history, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has shown outstanding leadership on gun control, building a consensus for reasonable reform that other leaders have much to learn from, Michael Picard writes. New Zealand's response to the Christchurch mass-shooting shows that a country can find unity, rather than division, on gun reform. Strong and definitive leadership, a balanced approach to reforming gun laws, and... (GunPolicy.org)

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Thailand

Gun Culture and Data in Thailand

12 March 2019

Channel News Asia (Singapore)

Gun homicides in Thailand are striking. To prevent them we should look beyond the numbers and headlines at what is fuelling these incidents, says research director for the University of Sydney's Gunpolicy.org, Michael Picard. BANGKOK: Thailand arguably has a gun problem, but sensational headlines about the country being a regional, even global, leader of gun violence are misleading and dubious. Though it's difficult to know the extent of the issue for sure, both... (GunPolicy.org)

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Jordan

Jordan Promotes Gun Control Law

3 March 2019

MediaLine

King said to be concerned by festive firing at celebrations, but others cite terrorism Members of Jordan's lower house are working to push forward a bill that would prevent citizens from purchasing automatic or semi-automatic firearms, even if they are to be used for hunting. The legislation does not grandfather in those who already own such weapons, forcing people with legal permits to hand them over to the authorities. It is said that a big reason for this reform... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand

More Officers Support Arming New Zealand Police

3 March 2019

Radio New Zealand

More and more police are in support of arming their own, Police Association figures show. Sixty-six percent of assocation members supported general arming in a 2017 survey, up 6 percent on 2015 and up 18 percent on 2008, when only 48 percent of police employees were in favour. Christchurch police have announced frontline staff will remain armed until a wanted man is found. Police Association president Chris Cahill earlier said their arming could spell the beginning of... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

Short-comings Identified in NSW Police Gun Registry

28 February 2019

Guardian

The New South Wales firearms registry has "critical gaps" in its ability to track the location of guns in the state and the agency lacks the "appropriate policies and guidance" to make decisions such as suspending licences. The state's auditor general has released a damning review of the gun control agency, finding significant shortcomings in its capacity to police firearms. Released on Thursday, Margaret Crawford's report found that in some cases address details of... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

Results of WA Gun Control Campaign

3 January 2019

West Australian (Perth)

Close to 7 per cent of WA gun owners targeted in a six-week operation recently were pinged by police for allegedly not storing guns properly. Police charged 185 gun owners with non-compliance offences out of 2710 addresses checked, with officers alarmingly finding 26 firearms had been lost or stolen. About 400 firearms, including 28 handguns, were seized. Seventy-two people were charged with 320 unrelated offences. Operation Bluesun Commander Jo McCabe said she was... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

Tasmanian Gun Dealer Charged With Gun Trafficking

4 December 2018

The Advocate

Police laid more than 80 firearms charges against a 58-year-old Ulverstone man on Tuesday. In a release, police said a "lengthy criminal investigation" led to the charges being laid, along with a suspension of the man's firearms dealer's license and his personal firearms license. He has been charged with 12 counts of unregistered firearm possession, 54 counts of a licensed firearms dealer failing to keep records in an approved form and four counts of possessing... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

Firearm Prohibition Orders Soar But Gun Crime Remains Stable

27 November 2018

Central Coast Gosford Express Advocate and Daily Telegraph

Firearm Prohibition Orders (FPOs) have exploded more than 650 per cent in the past three years [In NSW] but have had little discernible impact on gun offences, analysis of crime data reveals. [Subscription-only article: refer to... (GunPolicy.org)

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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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