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Gun Policy News, 3 January 2011

United States,Russia

3 January 2011

RIA Novosti (Russia)

Suspected Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, extradited from Thailand to the United States in mid-November, has given an interview to RIA Novosti. Former Russian armed forces officer Bout was arrested in Thailand in March 2008 during a sting operation led by U.S. agents and extradited to the United States after spending more than two and half years in Thai prisons. The charges against him include conspiring to supply arms to terrorist groups and kill U.S. nationals. Bout... (

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United States,Nigeria

3 January 2011

Associated Press

GREENBELT — A federal judge has sentenced a Laurel man to more than three years in prison for shipping guns and ammunition to Nigeria. Fifty-year-old Emenike Nwankwoala, a former state probation officer, was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt. Prosecutors say Nwankwoala told an undercover agent from Immigration and Customs Enforcement that he had been buying shotguns and shipping them to Nigeria for the past decade, turning a large profit.... (

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United States

3 January 2011

Morning Journal (Ohio)

LORAIN — A Lorain man told police he had "made a poor decision by firing his gun on New Year's" and was arrested on several weapons charges, according to a Lorain police report. Michael White, 27, was held at gunpoint by police after he was the only one seen on Apple Avenue after the officer heard shots fired in the area. White reached for his waistband several times, prompting the officer to bring out his gun, according to the report. Officers found a .22-caliber... (

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Afghanistan,Albania,China,United States

3 January 2011

Associated Press

MIAMI - A youthful arms dealer whose company once boasted a $300 million Pentagon munitions contract was sentenced Monday to four years in federal prison for trying to ship millions of rounds of prohibited Chinese-made ammunition to Afghan forces fighting alongside U.S. troops. U.S. District Judge Joan Lenard imposed the sentence on 25-year-old Efraim Diveroli, who faced a maximum of five years behind bars after pleading guilty in 2009 to a fraud conspiracy charge.... (

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3 January 2011

Deutsche Welle

Police recently searched the offices of German arms company Heckler & Koch in connection with allegedly illegal weapon exports to Mexico used in the drugs war. One manager involved in the deal has already resigned. The scandal currently embroiling Germany's biggest small arms manufacturer is becoming more and more difficult to contain. Heckler & Koch (H&K) stands accused of illegally exporting handguns and automatic rifles to embargoed regions of Mexico in the grip of... (

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