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Gun Policy News, 30 May 2013


30 May 2013

Local (Switzerland)

Zurich city and cantonal police are looking for a gunman who shot and injured two men on a street in the centre of Switzerland's largest city on Thursday afternoon. Two Turkish men, aged 33 and 41, were injured in the shootout at a property at 37 Brauerstrasse shortly after 3pm, city police said. The two men were taken to hospital for treatment of gunshot wounds but their lives are "out of danger", city police spokesman Marco Cortesi told the SDA news agency. One of... (

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30 May 2013

Daily Trust (Abuja)

KANO — The Joint Task Force has made the largest weapons discovery yet in Kano during a raid on a house occupied by a foreigner in Bompai area of the city, Daily Trust learnt from security sources yesterday. The raid has taken two days and was still going on yesterday because of what sources said was the huge volume of the weapons, which were found in a specially-built bunker in the house. On Monday night, troops laid siege on the area, cordoning off a street... (

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Saudi Arabia,Libya,Mexico,Germany

30 May 2013

Deutsche Welle

Germany prides itself on having "strict, even restrictive regulations" for the export of weapons of war. All the same, German weapons regularly show up in regions they should not be in. For years, every single government coalition in Germany has stated that the country has particularly strict regulations for sales of weapons of war to foreign countries. Regularly, however, weapons used abroad but "made in Germany" get into the news. People are outraged when assault... (

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South Sudan,Sudan

30 May 2013

Sudan Tribune (France)

BOR — The commissioner of South Sudan's police in Jonglei state has reported 85 AK47 rifles, 1 PKM machine guns and a number of pistols have been confiscated from civilians in a disarmament clampdown in Bor town on May 29. "We targeted some residential houses in Bor, we searched for guns only but the our security forces had no problems with the people living here", General Majok Adol said. Sources said the disarmament-targeted houses of the individuals who were... (

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30 May 2013

CBC News (Canada)

Police in B.C. will begin collecting unauthorized and unwanted guns on Saturday, as part of a month-long firearms amnesty program they say will help remove guns from communities and reduce the risk they could fall into the hands of criminals. RCMP Insp. Brad Haugli said officers often encounter cases in which tragedy could have been averted if guns were not involved. "As someone who has lost a loved one to suicide by firearm, I know that devastation first-hand,"... (

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30 May 2013

Jordan Times / Zawya

AMMAN - A new draft firearms and ammunition law places further restrictions on the acquisition of automatic weapons, a top official said on Thursday, amid a significant increase in the use of guns and violence across the Kingdom over the past few years. Minister of State for Media Affairs and Communications Mohammed Momani told The Jordan Times on Thursday that the government will move to have the bill enacted by Parliament as soon as possible. According to the draft... (

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30 May 2013

Standard (Nairobi)

KENYA - Six months after the massacre of 42 policemen in Samburu in an ambush by cattle rustlers, security agents are yet to recover 40 firearms stolen from the deceased. Not a single firearm has been surrendered following an amnesty issued by Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo months ago to residents in possession of illegal weapons and those stolen during the ambush. The Standard has established that bandits are roaming the area freely and eight cattle... (

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United States

30 May 2013

Nature (USA)

Economist Bisakha Sen wants to study how US states' gun laws and gun cultures correlate with certain crimes and with firearms deaths in each state — and whether differing laws and cultures in neighboring states "spill over" to influence a state's statistics. But although President Barack Obama ordered the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to recommence gun research in the wake of last December's massacre of 20 schoolchildren and 6 adults in Newtown,... (

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