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Gun Policy News, 8 May 2013

United States

8 May 2013

Washington Post

Gun violence dropped dramatically nationwide over the past two decades, but nearly three-quarters of all homicides are still committed with a firearm, the Justice Department said in a report released Tuesday. The report, by the department's Bureau of Justice Statistics, painted an encouraging picture of long-term trends at a time of divisive political debate over guns and legislation to regulate them. Firearms-related homicides declined 39 percent between 1993 and... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

8 May 2013

My Sunshine Coast (Australia), Media release

Queenslanders have surrendered more than 556 kilograms of sporting small arms ammunition during the first quarter of 2013. Natural Resources and Mines Minister Andrew Cripps visited the Queensland Government explosives reserve at Helidon today to view the disposal of part of a large cache of unwanted ammunition handed in across the State. "On average, approximately 500,000 rounds of sporting small arms ammunition is surrendered each year by the public as part of an... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ecuador

8 May 2013

El Telégrafo

Most guns used by citizens Ecuador are still handmade. Manufacturing guns in Ecuador has been illegal since Feb. 2012. However, most private security companies are still arming their guards with locally-made weapons acquired before February 2012. In recent years, efforts to register and decommission guns that don't meet safety standards have increased. Last year, in most populated province Guayas, 9,958 guns were registered. In Pichincha in 2012: 9,145 guns. In... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,Mexico,Guatemala

8 May 2013

InSight Crime (Bogota)

A new report sheds light on a little-studied subject: the trafficking of US weapons into Guatemala, a relatively limited phenomenon that could be far bigger than suggested by the available data and may play a role in the continuing violence and criminality in that Central American nation. The report (pdf), from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, reviews an analysis that the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) conducted of... (GunPolicy.org)

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Guatemala

8 May 2013

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Forensic analysis has revealed that the MS-13 gang in Guatemala used 32 guns to allegedly commit 238 murders, offering insight into the gang's modus operandi and highlighting some of the difficulties of tackling organized crime with gun control. Members of Guatemala's National Institute of Forensic Sciences (Inacif) used the Integrated Ballistics Identification System (Ibis) to identify 1,133 guns that had been used in multiple crimes, reported Prensa Libre. Of those... (GunPolicy.org)

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Antigua & Barbuda

8 May 2013

Antigua Observer

ST JOHN'S, Antigua – The president of a local shooting club said he is "concerned" licensed gun owners are not fully prepared for the responsibility – and is calling on police for more training. "It is a problem for us in terms of the club. There is a breakdown in communication between the police and the clubs," Antigua & Barbuda Shooting Club president Frank Theodore said in an interview with OBSERVER media. Theodore, who is also the treasurer of the Riffle... (GunPolicy.org)

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Guatemala

8 May 2013

Prensa Libre (Guatemala)

A ballistics report prepared by the National Forensic Science Institute (Inacif) established that 32 firearms, which were held by members of the Mara Salvatrucha, have been used in 238 homicides, according to the Public Ministry. PM have evidence against the leaders of Mara Salvatrucha. This scientific evidence presented by Inacif was obtained through the Integrated Ballistics Identification System (Ibis, in English), which consists of a database that stores images and... (GunPolicy.org)

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