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Gun Policy News, 24 January 2005

United Nations

24 January 2005


UNITED NATIONS, New York — Arms control activists urged U.N. treaty writers on Monday to approve a system for tracking small arms sales around the world, saying it was easier to track lost airline luggage than a machine gun. Amnesty International, Oxfam International and the International Action Network on Small Arms called for a legally binding global marking and tracing treaty covering small arms and ammunition at the start of a two-week U.N. conference weighing... (

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United Nations

24 January 2005

Inter Press Service

A coalition of human rights and peace activists is urging the United Nations to adopt a legally binding "marking and tracing system" to track small arms from the factory to the user. The coalition, which includes Amnesty International, Oxfam International and the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA), says that while weapons and ammunition often carry basic serial numbers, there is no worldwide system to record this information — thereby rendering it... (

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United Nations

24 January 2005

BBC News

Weapons regularly fall into criminals' hands because there is no effective way of tracing them, British charities say. Countries cannot be held to account for weapon exports because there is no international record of serial numbers, Control Arms campaigners claim. They want the UN to adopt a legally binding system to mark and trace small arms, light weapons and ammunition. "The British government must use its influence to push for urgent change," says Oxfam's... (

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24 January 2005

Star (South Africa)

When a Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry enforcement officer fired his gun in self-defence and wounded a VCD peddler and a bystander in Penang on Jan 13, there was public outcry for regulation on the use of firearms. Various quarters called for the use of guns to be limited to police personnel. But even policemen don't always carry guns when on duty. In countries such as Belgium, China and New Zealand, only special operatives are issued firearms, alongside... (

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24 January 2005

Philippine Star

Isabela Gov. Grace Padaca has requested the Philippine National Police (PNP) to make an inventory of all high-powered firearms, including submachine guns, which the administration of her predecessor, Faustino Dy Jr., had purchased. "Please indicate in the inventory the actual recipients and holders of (these) firearms," Padaca said in a one-page letter dated Jan. 11 to the PNP, a copy of which was obtained by The STAR. Padaca reportedly sought the inventory after... (

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United Nations

24 January 2005

Guardian (UK)

Leading human rights groups are appealing to governments today to agree to track and mark small arms and ammunition to make exporting countries accountable for weapons reaching human rights abusers and war criminals. There is no worldwide system to record serial numbers when it comes to the sale and transfer of small arms and ammunition, Amnesty, Oxfam and the International Action Network on Small Arms (Iansa) say. This renders them useless in tracing illegal arms... (

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