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Gun Policy News, 27 April 2016

Australia

27 April 2016

Terra (Argentina), EFE News Agency

[Translated summary: Twenty years after the massacre of Port Arthur, Australia is determined to maintain "strong and responsible" gun control policy. The government is allowed to regulate private possession, decide who can and cannot have firearm licences and keep a record of each firearm. Nevertheless, Australia has imported more than a million firearms in the last 16 years.] Australia conmemora hoy el vigésimo aniversario de la masacre de Port Arthur, que se saldó... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

27 April 2016

Canadian Press, CBC News (Canada)

A new survey conducted for a gun-control advocacy group suggests that two-thirds of Quebecers are in favour of the registration of long guns. Leger's poll for PolySeSouvient comes as provincial lawmakers study Bill 64, which, if passed, would create Canada's only provincial long-gun registry. The survey, a copy of which was provided to The Canadian Press, found that 69 per cent of those polled were in favour of a registry, versus 26 per cent who were opposed. Five per... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand

27 April 2016

New Zealand Herald

Being a gang member is not enough to stop someone getting a gun licence in New Zealand under current law. The Herald today revealed how a patched Headhunter was able to legally buy $30,000 worth of high powered rifles between 2012 and 2015, before police revoked his firearms licence in January. When police went to revoke the licence, the man had legally on-sold the weapons and they were unable to be retrieved. The case has raised a number of issues with current... (GunPolicy.org)

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Asia,Europe,Russia

27 April 2016

Sputnik News (Russia)

IZHEVSK — Russia's famed small arms manufacturer Kalashnikov Concern plans to increase its firearms sales twofold in 2017 to reach 5.8 billion rubles (some $88.6 million), as well as to begin the mass production of 10 new types of weapons, Kalashnikov CEO Alexei Krivoruchko said Wednesday. "In addition to the development of new products, by 2017 we plan to double [our] sales of small arms to 5.8 billion rubles [165,000 pieces] and to start the mass production of not... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,Sweden,United Kingdom,Australia,Japan,Switzerland,Israel,South Africa

27 April 2016

Wall Street Journal, Blog

When American Tom Heberlein tried to import his firearms to Sweden, he got as far as his transfer in the U.K. before it started to become complicated. There, despite having the correct paperwork, a U.K. customs official said: "You can't have these guns." And thus began Mr. Heberlein's global gun education. Although Mr. Heberlein did, after a lot of negotiation, finally get his guns through U.K. customs and in to Sweden, the entire experience created a hassle he hadn't... (GunPolicy.org)

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Kenya

27 April 2016

Daily Nation (Nairobi)

Three more herders in Isiolo have surrendered, for registration, firearms they were possessing illegally. This comes just two weeks after Ngarema Member of County Assembly (MCA) Peter Losu registered his G3 rifle. Two G3 rifles, an AK-47 rifle, five magazines and 66 rounds of ammunition belonging to herders from West Location were presented to the county security team Wednesday. The herders presented their guns to Isiolo County Commissioner George Natembeya. Mr... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Nation (Nairobi)

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Australia

27 April 2016

The Conversation

The proud claim that Australia may have "solved the gun problem" might only be a temporary illusion. In recent years, arms dealers have imported more guns than ever before. And last year we crossed a symbolic threshold: for the first time in 20 years, Australia's national arsenal of private guns is larger than it was before the Port Arthur massacre. This increase must be seen in context. Australia's population grew by five million in the same period, so per-capita... (GunPolicy.org)

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Americas,Australia

27 April 2016

Globovision, EFE News Agency

[Translated summary: Australia commemorates the 20th anniversary of the Port Arthur gun massacre in which 35 were shot dead. Although in 1996 the country destroyed a million guns and enacted much tougher gun control laws, Australia has since re-imported more than a million firearms.] Australia conmemora este jueves el vigésimo aniversario de la masacre de Port Arthur, que se saldó con 35 muertos y 23 heridos, con la determinación de mantener su "fuerte y... (GunPolicy.org)

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Uruguay

27 April 2016

InSight Crime (Bogota)

A rise in attempted arms thefts from Uruguay's military barracks in 2016 has sparked debate over the criminal nature of the perpetrators involved, and again drawn attention to the country's role as a source of weapons for regional arms traffickers. During a meeting of the Uruguayan Senate's security commission on April 26, Senator Javier García said 32 attempts to enter barracks and steal weapons have occurred in 2016. Of these, 11 led to exchanges of gunfire,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

27 April 2016

Sydney Morning Herald

Gun control advocates have called for tighter regulation of firearms on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the Port Arthur massacre, saying that landmark gun control measures passed in its wake have since been eroded. "We don't want laws regressing but that is what I see in NSW and that is why my sister was able to access a firearm," said Michelle Fernando at NSW Parliament on Wednesday. Ms Fernando's father, Vincent, was shot dead six years ago after his daughter -... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

27 April 2016

Le Reflet (Canada)

[Translated summary: Between 2010 and 2015, Roussillon police seized 700 firearms. Most of them were seized as a preventive action, in cases where the owner might be a danger to themselves or to others. In Québec, there are 1,654,239 non-restricted firearms and 420,737 license holders.] Entre 2010 et 2015, la Régie intermunicipale de police Roussillon a saisi 700 armes, révèlent des données obtenues par Le Reflet en vertu de la Loi d'accès à... (GunPolicy.org)

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