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25 April 2012

Indian Express

After several incidents of celebratory firings during victory processions of SP leaders and weddings, DGP AC Sharma has issued a circular to book gun licence holders involved in such incidents. The circular also said their licences will be cancelled within a month of the occurrence of such incidents. The DGP has said that local police station officers will be accountable for such incidents taking place in their areas. The district police chiefs will ensure penal action... (

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25 April 2012

Ghana web (Ghana)

The National Commission on Small Arms and Light Weapons (NCSALW) says there are approximately 30 arms importers licensed in Ghana, with mostly no credible database on their activities. State institutions do not have exact statistics on the number of arms these licensed arms dealers import annually, or who they sell these weapons to because current State legislations lack the capacity to ensure the effective monitoring of their activities. There are varied statistics... (

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Australia,United States

25 April 2012

Gympie Times (Queensland)

Firearm seizures at Australian borders have exploded four-fold over the past five years with most failed import attempts coming from the United States. Australian Customs and Border Protection figures provided to APN Newsdesk show firearm, firearm parts, magazine or accessory detections in Australia increased from 225 in the 2006-07 financial year to 977 in the last financial year. The biggest year for detections was in 2009-10 when Australian Customs discovered... (

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West Africa

25 April 2012

Channels TV (Nigeria)

Government officials from ECOWAS member states and a delegation from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have demanded an urgent attention to the proliferation of small arms in the sub-region. This was the focus of the talks on addressing the challenge during the meeting on small arms trade in Abuja on Wednesday, as top government officials from the 15 member states of ECOWAS converged in Abuja to prepare for the United Nations arms trade treaty... (

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25 April 2012

United Press International

RAUFOSS, Norway -- Norwegian/Finnish manufacturer Nammo has been selected to provide Norway's military forces with lead-free, small arms ammunition. The contract is worth about $870 million, with options exceeding that of the original contract. "We are proud to supply world class ammunition that is both environmental friendly and fully satisfies the customer's demands for operational function," said Edgar Fossheim, president and chief executive officer of... (

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Mexico,United States

25 April 2012

Houston Chronicle (Texas)

Federal agents in South Texas have opened 123 criminal investigations as a result of a new requirement that border-state gun stores report customers who buy two or more large caliber rifles in the same week, especially those preferred by Mexican drug cartels. The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said Wednesday that it is not looking at everyone who makes multiple purchases, but those who draw suspicion for other reasons, such as repeatedly... (

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Macao,Hong Kong,China

25 April 2012

Shenzhen Daily (China)

GuangdongG police seized more than 700 guns, 20,000 replica weapons, 500,000 bullets and 6,000 knives in a campaign which took place from March 1 to April 15 targeting gun-related crimes. Police also confiscated more than 300 kilograms of explosives, 200 meters of fuse and 600 detonators during the campaign, according to Zhang Yongqiang, deputy director general of Guangdong Provincial Department of Public Security. "Most of the guns and replica weapons that have been... (

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25 April 2012

Ghanaian Chronicle (Ghana)

The Head of Small Arms Division at the Police Headquarters in Accra, Chief Superintendent Aboagye Yeboah, has hinted The Chronicle that his outfit would soon embark on an exercise to randomly search all individuals suspected of owning small firearms in the country. The decision, according to him, is to control the proliferation of small arms in the country. Aboagye Yeboah further told The Chronicle that in collaboration with the Small Arms Commission they (police) had... (

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25 April 2012

Star (Kenya)

Kenya is a major transit point for illegal weapons destined to war torn countries in sub-Saharan Africa, the East Africa Legislative Assembly has said. EALA speaker Abdirahin Abdi said this is due to Kenya's strategic position through its port of Mombasa and other long porous borders with her neighbours. Abdi was speaking in Mombasa when he officially opened a two day sensitisation forum on the need to support Small Arms And Light Weapons for parliamentary security,... (

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25 April 2012

Prensa Latina (Havana)

[Translated Summary: Edwin Rojas, Vice-Minister for Justice and Internal Relations, has confirmed that since 2003, the Venezuelan Government has destroyed 264,607 firearms seized during police operations.] CARACAS - Desde el 2003 hasta hoy, el gobierno venezolano ha destruido 264 mil 607 armas de fuego decomisadas en operaciones policiales, afirmó Edwin Rojas, viceministro de Relaciones Interiores y Justicia. El funcionario fue uno de los principales oradores durante... (

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25 April 2012

Berlingske (Denmark)

[Translated Summary: As of June 1st, ownership of airguns over 4.5mm cal will be restricted in Denmark. More than 240,000 Danes currently own larger-calibre airguns, and authorities are anxious to avoid US-style weapon availability.] Fra 1. juni er det ikke længere lovligt at eje og bruge luftvåben af en særlig kaliber uden at være politimand, medlem af en skytteforening eller jæger. Danmark må ikke ende med amerikanske våbentilstande, hvor stort set alle med... (

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