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Gun Policy News, 17 October 2009

Guinea,West Africa

17 October 2009

Reuters

ABUJA, Nigeria — West Africa regional bloc ECOWAS on Saturday imposed an arms embargo against Guinea, accusing the ruling military junta for "mass human rights violations" during anti-government protests last month. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) also threatened full sanctions on Niger if President Mamadou Tandja does not take immediate steps to resolve the country's political crisis. International pressure has increased for Guinea's military... (GunPolicy.org)

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Saudi Arabia

17 October 2009

Agence France Presse

RIYADH — Saudis will be able to buy handguns and other personal firearms openly for the first time after the interior ministry said on Saturday it will licence privately owned gun shops. Anyone over 25 with no criminal record could apply to open a gun store, the ministry said, according to the official SPA news agency. An official said the move is aimed in part at reining in the widespread illegal ownership of handguns and assault weapons. Hunting and sport... (GunPolicy.org)

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Uganda

17 October 2009

New Vision (Kampala)

KAMPALA — Over 90% (27,199) of the illegal weapons in Karamoja sub-region have been recovered since the inception of the ongoing disarmament exercise in 2001. A statement issued after a five-day UPDF top leadership disarmament evaluation meeting in Moroto army barracks, said 10% (about 3,000) of the remaining Karimojong guns are buried underground in a bid to evade confiscation. "Arms trafficking into Karamoja has not been registered for quite a while. Instead, due... (GunPolicy.org)

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