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Côte d'Ivoire

1 February 2012

UN News Service

A United Nations voluntary disarmament operation began today in a suburb north of the Ivorian city of Abidjan, aiming to collect illegal weapons still in circulation among the civilian population. The operation, conducted by the UN Operation in Côte d'Ivoire (UNOCI) and national authorities, is part of a wider national campaign which began in June and that targets various regions of the country, with last month's having been held in the town of Attécoubé. "This... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

1 February 2012

Montreal Gazette (Québec)

The NDP accused the government of suppressing RCMP reports on Canada's long-gun registry Tuesday, saying the government delayed releasing two reports because they clashed with Tory messaging on gun control. NDP justice critic Jack Harris raised the issue in question period Tuesday. "It is the second year in a row it has tried to hide a report that shows the public safety value of the long-gun registry," he said. "Why is the government consistently hiding information... (GunPolicy.org)

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France

1 February 2012

Le Figaro (France) / AFP

[Translated summary: According to the Minister of Interior, 3,500 arms were seized in France in 2011. These numbers were announced after presenting to the Senate a more "modern, simplified and preventive" Firearm Bill.] Le ministre de l'Intérieur Claude Guéant a annoncé à l'Assemblée nationale que "3.500 armes" avaient été saisies en 2011, en présentant en seconde lecture après son adoption par le Sénat une loi pour établir un "contrôle des armes à feu... (GunPolicy.org)

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Colombia

1 February 2012

BBC News

What might be one of the largest experiments in gun control ever attempted is currently under way in the Colombian capital, Bogota. No weapons are allowed on the streets of this city of 7.3 million people from Wednesday until 30 April. If the ban results in a significant reduction of the homicide rate it might become permanent. The ban is being introduced by a former guerrilla - the city's Mayor Gustavo Petro. "People who own guns legally can still keep them at... (GunPolicy.org)

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