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Oceania,Micronesia (FSM),United States

20 April 2016

Radio New Zealand

The Governor of the Northern Marianas says he wants new gun laws to serve as a model for other states and territories who want some form of gun control. This month Ralph Torres signed a new act into law, emphasising the importance of putting strict regulations on owning firearms. The law defines the conditions a person can use a firearm, creates gun-free zones and stops convicted felons from legally owning guns. The move came after a March court decision allowed... (

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United Kingdom

20 April 2016

Politics Home (UK)

The UK is the sixth largest exporter of arms in the world, and business is booming. As tensions rise around the planet so too has the demand for weapons, with global sales increasing 14% in the last five years. According to SIPRI, the UK's arms exports have risen 26% in the same period, now supplying 4.5% of the total demand. And that's just what we know about. The bulk of these figures are constituted by the sale of so-called 'large weapons,' such as aircraft. The... (

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20 April 2016

Le Parisien (France)

[Translated summary: Since the beginning of the state of emergency in France, after the Paris attacks, authorities have seized 743 guns, 75 of which were weapons of war.] Alors que l'état d'urgence, décidé après les attentats de novembre à Paris, doit être prolongé au-delà du 26 mai, nous avons voulu dresser un bilan chiffré de ce régime d'exception. Premier enseignement: selon nos informations, depuis la dernière prorogation de l'état d'urgence le 26... (

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20 April 2016

News (Liberia)

The Chairman of the House Committee on National Security, Alfred Koiwood says he will do everything to ensure that the House of Representatives concur with the Senate on the Fire Arms Act. Speaking at the first quarterly review meeting of national partners of the Liberia National Commission on Small Arms (LiNCSA), Rep. Koiwood's statement was in response to an appeal from LiNCSA Chairman, James Fromayan. The meeting, which was supposed to have been a review of the... (

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Nigeria,North Africa

20 April 2016

This Day (Lagos)

MINNA — The Niger State Police Command has waged a fresh war against Fulani herdsmen in a bid to check kidnapping and cattle rustling. The police have therefore outlawed the carrying of arms and ammunition by the herdsmen under any guise. The decision of the police to ban the carrying of arms by the herdsmen followed an increase in the number of firearms recovered from the pastoralists in the last six months. The state police spokesman, Bala Elikana, told... (

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20 April 2016

News Ghana

With fears of instability due to the high stakes in the 2016 elections and the recent seizures of large arms and ammunition, Executive Secretary of the Commission, Jones Aplerh told Class News the commission would embark on a massive education drive to rid the system of such weapons. "What we are doing in the circumstance is to step up intelligence and there are various forms and various strategies used in mopping up weapons that are in excess in society," he... (

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20 April 2016

Tribune de Genève

[Translated summary: Switzerland reports growing possession of illegal weapons among its citizens. Although most of them are knives, sprays and airguns, customs seized 76 firearms in 2015. Police explained that in most cases, people ignore that they are illegal in Switzerland.] Si les hommes jeunes représentent encore la majorité des cas, le nombre de femmes en possession d'armes illégales explose. Les procédures pour infraction à la loi sur les armes affichent... (

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European Union

20 April 2016


[Translated summary: European Union MEPs debated amendments to a proposal to the European Commission regarding the EU Directive on Firearms. During the debate, they discussed arms classification, marking and tracing of firearms, licensing, storage, as well as online sales.] Les amendements déposés par la députée en charge du dossier à la proposition de la Commission européenne sur la révision de la directive de l'UE concernant les armes à feu ont été... (

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West Africa,Côte d'Ivoire

20 April 2016

China Radio International, Xinhua

[Translated summary: A regional conference that gathers the National Commissions to Combat the Proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons of countries of West Africa is being held in Abidjan. Its mission is to reinforce control over arms and management of weapon stocks. In Côte d'Ivoire, since 2011, 9,661 were voluntary surrendered and more than 8,000 firearms destroyed.] Une conférence régionale réunissant les commissions nationales de lutte contre la... (

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