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South America,Central America,Caribbean,Cuba,United States,Russia,Nicaragua,Israel,El Salvador,Honduras,Europe,Belgium,Czech Republic,Germany,Italy,South Africa,Spain,Colombia,Mexico,Venezuela,Brazil,Argentina,Chile,Paraguay,Panama,Ecuador

Small Arms Trade a 'Dramatic Threat' to Latin America

13 October 2014

NACLA

Small arms and gun violence present the most dramatic threat to public safety in Latin America and the Caribbean. After decades of uncontrolled proliferation, at least 45 million to 80 million small arms and light weapons—that is, weapons operated by an individual or small group, including handguns, assault rifles, grenades, grenade launchers, and even man portable surface to air missiles—are circulating throughout the region.(1) Gunshots kill between 73,000 and... (GunPolicy.org)

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Czech Republic

Czech Man Arrested After 99 Illegal Guns Found at His Home

18 April 2014

Prague Daily Monitor

STRAKONICE, South Bohemia - Ninety-nine firearms, including a machine gun and several assault rifles, have been found in the house of a restaurant owner near Strakonice and the man has been accused of illegal arms possession, the Czech police announced on their website Thursday. Police spokesman Jiri Matzner wrote that the man called the police because somebody broke in the restaurant. He probably did not expect the police to search his house so thoroughly. The arms... (GunPolicy.org)

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Czech Republic

Two People Die in Shoot-Out in Czech Town

5 November 2013

Prague Daily Monitor

RASKOVICE, North Moravia - The Czech police have detained the man who shot dead two people and injured one seriously in Raskovice yesterday, police spokeswoman Gabriela Holcakova has told CTK. The police also seized firearms, Holcakova said, adding that the motive of the shooting was not yet known. "At present, we cannot provide any other information. Now the scene of the act will be inspected for several hours," Holcakova said. A special police unit and several... (GunPolicy.org)

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Iraq,Egypt,Czech Republic

Czech Firm Wins Egyptian Tender for Pistols, Submachine Guns

23 May 2013

Xinhua

PRAGUE - Czech arms firm Ceska zbrojovka won an international tender to supply 50,000 pistols to the Egyptian interior ministry, company CEO Lubomir Kovarik said on Thursday. Speaking at a defence industry trade fair in Brno, Kovarik said some of the firearms were sent to Egypt last week. The CZ P-07 Duty pistols are smaller than those supplied by Ceska zbrojovka to the Czech military and security forces. The one-year contract will be followed by the supply of several... (GunPolicy.org)

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Czech Republic,Hungary,Côte d'Ivoire,Iran,Guinea,Niger,Russia,South Sudan,China,Uganda,Afghanistan,Nigeria,Kenya,Iraq,Congo (DRC)

Trail of Bullet Casings Leads from Africa's Wars Back to Iran

11 January 2013

New York Times

The first clues appeared in Kenya, Uganda and what is now South Sudan. A British arms researcher surveying ammunition used by government forces and civilian militias in 2006 found Kalashnikov rifle cartridges he had not seen before. The ammunition bore no factory code, suggesting that its manufacturer hoped to avoid detection. Within two years other researchers were finding identical cartridges circulating through the ethnic violence in Darfur. Similar ammunition then... (GunPolicy.org)

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Israel,India,Czech Republic,Switzerland,United States,Italy

Indian Factory to Make 1 Million Rifles for Army Upgrade

16 December 2012

Sunday Standard / New Indian Express (Chennai)

NEW DELHI - The Indian Army has half a million rifles and carbines it doesn't want, and now plans to junk them all over the next five years. The dark lining is that these infantry weapons were developed and manufactured in India to equip four lakh soldiers at an expenditure of Rs 25,000 crore over two decades. So far, so bad. Now add another Rs 50,000 crore that will have to be spent over the next decade to re-equip our soldiers with the four kinds of weapons that are... (GunPolicy.org)

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Czech Republic,Austria,Thailand,United States

Thai Authorities Concerned Over Easy Access to Guns

18 November 2012

Bangkok Post

In recent years Thailand has been flooded with illegal firearms and the misery they cause is plain for all to see. Every day there are media reports of shootouts and homicides that begin with domestic quarrels, school rivalries and traffic accidents, and quickly escalate. Law enforcement officials say the root cause is the easy availability of guns, and this is true for teenagers as well as adults. People prefer to buy weapons outside of legal channels because they are... (GunPolicy.org)

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Czech Republic

Czech President Gets Minor Injuries After Being Shot at with Replica Gun

28 September 2012

BBC News

A man armed with a replica pistol has fired at Czech President Vaclav Klaus at close range while he was opening a bridge in the north of the country. Footage of the incident from Czech television show Mr Klaus recoiling slightly but carrying on with the visit apparently unhurt. He was taken to hospital but suffered only minor bruising. His security detail has come in for harsh criticism for allowing the man to get so close to Mr... (GunPolicy.org)

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Southern Africa,South Africa,Swaziland,Angola,Congo (DRC),Mozambique,Namibia,Zimbabwe,Central America,South America,Caribbean,Central Africa,Europe,Asia,Africa,Americas,Oceania,Botswana,China,Czech Republic,Germany,Russia,United States,Philippines,Italy

High Gun Death Risk for Young African Men, Women at Home - UN Study

19 February 2012

Southern Times (Southern Africa)

WINDHOEK - Young men in Southern Africa are at the greatest risk of cold-blooded murder, while women in the region are more likely than others from around the world to be killed in domestic violence, a UN agency says. The statistics from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) come as the region battles to contain the proliferation of gun-related crimes. Experts have said gun-related crime is a major problem in South Africa and Swaziland, and is on the rise in... (GunPolicy.org)

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Slovakia,Austria,Azerbaijan,Serbia,Russia,Armenia,Turkey,Romania,Czech Republic,Croatia,United States,Bulgaria,Ukraine,Southern Europe,Georgia,Eastern Europe

South Caucasian Republics Purchased 107,324 Small Arms in 2005-2010

4 January 2012

Milaz.info (Azerbaïdjan)

The South Caucasian republics purchased 107 324 small arms from various countries of the world in 2005-2010. APA reports quoting the UN Register of Conventional Arms that Georgia takes the first place among the South Caucasian republics on purchase of small arms during this period. Georgia bought 76 377 small arms from 7 countries. The submachine guns, short rifles, pistols, automatic rifles, pistol-machineguns, heavy machineguns, grenade launchers as well as the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Czech Republic

Arms Dealer Linked to Fatal Shootings in Czech Aircraft Factory Boardroom

10 November 2011

České Noviny (Prague)

KUNOVICE - Three men, including the assailant, died and one woman suffered light injuries in a shooting incident in the Czech Aircraft Industries plant in Kunovice today, regional police spokeswoman Jana Bartikova said. The shooting occurred in the company's headquarters shortly before noon. There was reportedly a meeting of the company board, some of whose members were killed. The police were alerted by the employees. The situation in the company was very dramatic.... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,Russia,Europe,North Africa,West Asia,Bahrain,Egypt,Libya,Syria,Yemen,Austria,Belgium,Bulgaria,Czech Republic,France,Germany,Italy,United Kingdom,Spain,India

Major Arms Exporters Accused of Mideast Gun Sales Before Human Rights

24 October 2011

al Jazeera

According to an Amnesty International report, the US, Russia and a number of European countries supplied large quantities of weapons to repressive governments in the Middle East and North Africa before this year's uprisings. The report says that these arms deals were signed despite evidence of a substantial risk that they could be used to commit serious human rights violations. The human rights group reports that in the five years preceding the Arab spring $2.4bn... (GunPolicy.org)

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Germany,France,Czech Republic,Bulgaria,United Kingdom,Belgium,Austria,Yemen,Syria,Libya,Egypt,Bahrain,North America,West Asia,North Africa,Europe,United States,Russia,Italy,Spain

Arab Spring Abuses Show Need for Arms Trade Curb - Amnesty

18 October 2011

Reuters (Africa)

LONDON - Russia, the United States and European countries ignored fears over human rights abuses and sold large numbers of weapons to governments in the Middle East and North Africa in recent years, Amnesty International said in a report on Wednesday. Rights group Amnesty said the failings showed the need for a meaningful international arms trade treaty to choke off the supply of weapons to countries seen at risk of turning them on their own people. "The Arab Spring... (GunPolicy.org)

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Kyrgyzstan,Czech Republic,Pakistan,Afghanistan,Central Asia,Russia,Uzbekistan,China,Kazakhstan,European Union,United States,Colombia,Iran

Smuggling of Small Arms in Central Asia Is Endemic - British Expert

2 August 2011

Journal of Turkish Weekly (Turkey), Transcript

British intelligence analyst and journalist Richard M. Bennett says the Fergana Valley is extremely vulnerable to the covert smuggling of arms and drugs, despite the official reports of Central Asian governments denying its highlighted status. Mr. Bennett told JTW that Russia has been responsible for an overwhelming amount of illegal arms circulating in ex-Soviet Central Asia. In his view, Russia's military intelligence (GRU) is the mastermind of major trafficking... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom,Switzerland,Russia,Norway,Mexico,Japan,Italy,Germany,Austria,Czech Republic,India,China,Canada,Brazil,Australia,United States

How Gun Control Laws Vary in 16 Countries Around the World

10 January 2011

Guardian (UK)

Australia Ownership is strictly prohibited unless there are "genuine reasons" such as licensed sport, animal control or employment requirements. Brazil If you are over 25 and have registered a weapon, you are free to keep it indoors. The country has the second-highest gun-related death rate after the US. Canada Significantly stricter than the neighbouring US. To acquire a licence, applicants must undertake a safety course, pass a criminal records check and be... (GunPolicy.org)

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Czech Republic,Kenya

Police Find Another 30,000 Kenyan, Czech Bullets in Suspect's Home

1 February 2010

Associated Press

NAROK, Kenya - Kenya's police chief says officers have seized another cache of bullets at the premises of a man already facing charges for a separate arms seizure last year. Matthew Iteere says police found the Kenyan and Czech-made bullets in a container at Munir Ahmed's garage. He says police seized two other containers but are yet to confirm their contents. Most of the 30,000 bullets are Kenyan, Iteere says. Such bullets are made at a government plant and only... (GunPolicy.org)

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West Africa,Czech Republic

Czech Government Builds Gun Marking, Tracing Capacity in West Africa

18 September 2009

United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) DC/3190, Media release

NEW YORK — Small arms experts from West African nations gathered in Prague, capital of the Czech Republic, from 14 to 18 September to participate in a capacity-building workshop focusing on implementation of the International Instrument to Enable States to Identify and Trace, in a Timely and Reliable Manner, Illicit Small Arms and Light Weapons. United Nations Member States adopted the document, also known as the International Tracing Instrument (ITI), as a tool to... (GunPolicy.org)

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Czech Republic

New Czech Gun Trade Legislation Enables Opaque Sales, Say Experts

21 May 2009

Prague Post

Five-thousand machine guns, six rocket launchers and thousands of RPG-7 anti-tank grenade launchers. Back in 2000, the Czech government surreptitiously issued licenses to local arms makers Ceská Zbrojovka and Moravia Arms for the sale of these and other weapons to Zimbabwe, a friendly neighbor of the civil war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo, where the weapons could not be exported directly due to international embargoes. The affair was enough to scandalize... (GunPolicy.org)

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Czech Republic,Slovakia,Guatemala

Amnesty International Criticises Czech, Slovak Gun Exports to Guatemala

17 September 2008

Prague Monitor / CTK

LONDON/PRAGUE — The Amnesty International (AI) criticises the Czech Republic and Slovakia for arms exports to Guatemala in its latest report that CTK received from an AI spokeswoman Tuesday. The report says the Czech Republic and Slovakia were among the biggest exporters of small handguns to Guatemala in 2004-2006 when over 15,000 were killed, mainly by firearms. According to AI, there are some 1.8 million firearms in Guatemala and 90 percent of them are not... (GunPolicy.org)

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Slovakia,United States,Afghanistan,Albania,Bulgaria,Romania,Czech Republic,Hungary

Slovakia Sold Ammunition to Miami Gun Dealer, Pentagon for Afghan War

8 April 2008

BBC Worldwide Monitoring / SME (Bratislava), Transcript

Slovakia has traded in arms with the AEY company, which is being investigated over fraud in the United States. The daily New York Times found out that the company had been selling old Chinese ammunition from Albania to the Afghanis for decades, claiming that it was from Hungary. It purchased other weapons and munitions for the Afghanis in Bulgaria, Romania, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia. It is not clear what exactly happened to the munitions and under what... (GunPolicy.org)

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