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Qatar,France,United States,England & Wales,Libya

Guns Openly Available For Sale in Libya on Facebook

17 September 2013

Independent (UK)

TRIPOLI - On a late July day in downtown Tripoli, a young man steps into a car idling next to the Libyan capital's iconic Martyrs' Square. From the back seat, he hands to the driver what Libyans refer to as a "Turkish pistol" and some bullets. In return, the driver hands him a thick stack of 10-dinar notes. The exchange had been arranged using one of the numerous Facebook "groups" created in recent months to link gun-sellers to gun-buyers through the social... (GunPolicy.org)

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Russia,Trinidad & Tobago,Caribbean,Nicaragua,United States,Canada,Guinea-Bissau,Libya,Mexico,Colombia

Small Arms: The Worldwide Scourge

8 September 2013

Newsday (Trinidad & Tobago)

Trinidad and Tobago is awash with guns. Gang leaders, bandits, drug smugglers are armed and shooting at each other, at citizens, at the police without hesitation. The majority of the weapons are small arms and they are usually "imported" with illegal drugs or there is an exchange of drugs for arms. Drug cartels use their illicit profits to purchase these guns, the two trades being intertwined, according to the latest report from the United Nations Office for Disarmament... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Newsday (Trinidad & Tobago)

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Libya,Algeria,Tunisia

Tunisian Police Seize Guns, Grenades in National Operation

21 July 2013

Xinhua

TUNIS - Tunisian anti-terrorist police have seized large quantities of weapons and ammunition in the capital Tunis as part of a nationwide operation, Mosaique FM reported on Sunday, quoting the Al Chourouk daily. The report said the seized weapons, including guns and hand grenades, were found in a populous district of the capital and the towns of Nabeul and Le Kef, adding that the weapons were smuggled into Tunisia by a group of radical Islamists. In a related event,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Xinhua

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Libya,Syria,Turkey,Qatar,Russia

UNSC Asked to Probe Alleged Arms Supply from Libya to Syrian Rebels

5 July 2013

Xinhua

MOSCOW - Russia on Friday urged the UN Security Council (UNSC) to investigate media reports about illegal arms supply to the opposition in Syria. "Russia applied to the UNSC Committee overseeing sanctions against Libya asking to initiate an investigation of the information (about alleged arms supply to the Syrian opposition from Libya)," the ministry said in an online statement. It cited reports in western media that Libya has been supplying Syrian opposition with... (GunPolicy.org)

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France,Syria,Germany,Libya,Qatar,Switzerland,United States

Is Anyone Counting the Guns in Syria?

18 June 2013

Pacific Standard (USA)

Last night, in a televised interview with Charlie Rose, President Obama made the case for arming anti-Assad forces in Syria. In part, Obama was responding to critics who claim the U.S. weapons, once released, will be hard to control. Is that true? Scholars who study small arms proliferation have looked at the 2011 war in Libya as a guide and found evidence of illegal arms transfers and poor tracking of weapons. More than a year after the war ended, no overall... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Pacific Standard (USA)

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Saudi Arabia,Libya,Mexico,Germany

Weapons Exports Reveal Faults in German System

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... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Deutsche Welle

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Syria,Malta,Libya,Turkey

Turkey Fights to Stem Arms Smuggling

27 May 2013

National (Abu Dhabi)

ISTANBUL - Turkish custom agents knew exactly what they were looking for when they searched the Libyan-flagged fishing vessel. Thanks to a last-minute tip, what was supposed to be an empty cargo hold was discovered to be carrying almost 1,000 pump-action shotguns and more than 400 handguns. "Arms and munitions were discovered on a ship bound for Libya on April 21 in Istanbul," a Turkish official said. The discovery followed other major weapons seizures in the country... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: National (Abu Dhabi)

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Libya,Mexico,Germany

German Arms Firm Illegally Sold Weapons to Mexico

7 May 2013

InSight Crime (Bogota)

A German arms manufacturer has admitted to illegally selling thousands of rifles to Mexico, where the weapons were reportedly used to commit human rights violations. Heckler & Koch, which produces weapons such as pistols, machine guns, and grenade launchers, is under investigation by German authorities for exporting G36 rifles to several Mexican states where Germany prohibits gun sales, due to human rights concerns. The company previously claimed it had only ever... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

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Yemen,Argentina,Costa Rica,Libya,Germany,United States,Brazil,Paraguay,Austria

Most Brazilian Guns Exported to US

29 April 2013

Folha de Sao Paulo

BRASILIA - The U.S., currently discussing restrictions on the sale of firearms, purchased 7.9 million guns from Brazil in the past 40 years, and 59% of those were exported during the Lula administration (2003-2010). That is the result of a new study by the Army Command to which Folha had access through the Access to Information Act, with a detailed record of the sellers and buyers of 9.9 million revolvers, pistols, rifles and shotguns, among other weapons, exported... (GunPolicy.org)

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Portugal,Libya,United States,Guinea-Bissau,Colombia

Alleged FARC Scheme Swapped Cocaine for West African Arms

12 April 2013

InSight Crime (Bogota)

An international police operation has dismantled a network in which Colombian rebel group the FARC allegedly attempted to exchange cocaine for weapons from the West African nation of Guinea-Bissau. The investigation, involving US, Colombian, Portuguese, and Guinea-Bissau authorities, lasted over a year, reported EFE. Colombian police arrested two men in Bogota who are accused of serving as as the FARC's intermediaries for the West Africa-based weapons suppliers. On... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

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Iran,Yemen,North Korea,Libya,Somalia,Africa

UN Monitors See Weapons in Somalia from Yemen, Iran

10 February 2013

Reuters

As the United States pushes for an end to the U.N. arms embargo on Somalia, U.N. monitors are reporting that Islamist militants in the Horn of Africa nation are receiving arms from distribution networks linked to Yemen and Iran, diplomats told Reuters. The U.N. Security Council's sanctions monitoring team's concerns about Iranian and Yemeni links to arms supplies for al Shabaab militants come as Yemen is asking Tehran to stop backing armed groups on Yemeni soil. Last... (GunPolicy.org)

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Chile,Brazil,Germany,Libya,Turkey,Denmark,Sweden,Canada

Critics Say German Report on Weapons Exports Reveals Little

30 January 2013

Deutsche Welle

Critics says the government's report on arms exports lacks transparency: exporting companies are not named, and government sales are merely summarized. Yet the government claims it's in-depth and detailed. How is it that time and again military equipment "made in Germany" shows up in war zones, despite German government claims that it handles its weapon exports "restrictively" and that it maintains a broad ban on exports to countries with questionable track records for... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Deutsche Welle

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Egypt,Libya

Army Thwarts Attempt to Smuggle Arms into Egypt

30 January 2013

Aswat Masriya (Cairo)

Egypt's armed forces were able to successfully thwart an attempt to smuggle arms into Egypt from the western border shared with Libya on Wednesday. The border-forces confiscated seven sacks that contained 47 machine guns among other arms, reported the official page of Egypt's army spokesman. The defendants were referred to a prosecutor to act appropriately in accordance with the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Aswat Masriya (Cairo)

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Libya,Algeria,Tunisia,Mali

Tunisia, Algeria, Libya Work to End Gun Trafficking [FR]

29 January 2013

Jeune Afrique (Paris) / Agence France Presse

[Translated summary: Special forces have been deployed to guard Tunisian oil and gas installations after workers were kidnapped. Tunisia, Algeria and Libya have signed as agreement to address increased trafficking of weapons and other items.] Dans le centre du pays, à Kasserine, deux agents des forces tunisiennes ont été blessés lors de heurts avec des jihadistes présumés dans la nuit du lundi 28 au mardi 29 janvier. Des forces spéciales sont déployées depuis... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Jeune Afrique (Paris) / Agence France Presse

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Mali,Libya,United States,West Africa,Niger

Internationalist Blog: How Libyan Weapons Fueled Mali's Violence

29 January 2013

Council on Foreign Relations, Blog

The violence that has plagued once-stable Mali since late 2011 should have come as no surprise to Western governments, for it is a direct function of NATO's Libyan intervention. By adopting a "light footprint" approach in Libya, the alliance unwittingly contributed to a security vacuum that allowed countless weapons to stream out of Libya and fuel insurgency, extremism, and crime in neighboring countries. One of these countries was Mali, where the flood of weapons from... (GunPolicy.org)

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Somalia,United States,Ethiopia,Yemen,Libya,Israel,European Union,East Africa,Kenya,Ukraine,Russia

Special Investigation: Lack of Gun Treaty Fuels Kenyan Smuggling Trade

9 January 2013

Star (Kenya)

Whether looking after his herd of cattle or taking them to the watering point, Boru hardly leaves his AK47 behind. He lives in the outskirts of Gambella village, a few kilometres from Isiolo town. "It has become like a stick for me. I carry it around and my enemies fear me. It gives me more power than I had before I acquired it," Boru said. Taking cover from the scorching sun under the shade of an old acacia tree, Boru, a father of three, told the Star he bought his... (GunPolicy.org)

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Egypt,Niger,Libya,Belgium,Mali,Palestine,Israel

Experts Suspect Belgian-Made Guns Trafficked from Libya to Gaza

19 November 2012

Foreign Policy

There's one big problem with small arms: They don't come with an expiration date. These reliable killing machines pass from dead soldiers to living insurgents, and from a country's armory to a militia's safe house thousands of miles away. As soon as weapons crates cross international borders, arms-producing countries lose control over where they head next - a fact on full display during recent conflicts across the Middle East, and now in the Gaza Strip. On Nov. 17,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Foreign Policy

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North Africa,Libya,Mali,Egypt,Qatar

Concerns Over Weapons Availability, 'Gangster' Culture in Libya

14 November 2012

Qantara (Germany)

Market day in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi. In the old town quarter of Assabri, traders spread out their wares on folding tables and car bonnets: pistols, machine guns, grenades, ammunition. There's even the odd rocket-propelled grenade on offer. Potential buyers lug bags full of bundles of cash; Libya's largest banknote is the ten dinar note. "Can I try it out?" asks a customer holding the hand of a small child, grabbing hold of an AK-47 and firing it into... (GunPolicy.org)

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Libya

Amnesty in Libya Collects Thousands of Guns, Military Weapons

2 October 2012

Magharebia (USA)

Libyans on Saturday (September 29th) began handing over thousands of guns, mortars, rockets and even tanks at a weapons collection drive in Benghazi and Tripoli. In Benghazi, citizens turned out to celebrate the handover of weapons from revolutionaries to the national army at al-Tahrir Square. They chanted slogans such as "No to armed manifestations in Benghazi!", "No to weapons all over Libya!", "Yes to the police and army!", and "We want security and safety away... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Magharebia (USA)

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Libya

Libyans Surrender Weapons, Ammo and Tank, in Disarmament Effort

30 September 2012

Magharebia (USA)

Libyans on Saturday (September 29th) gathered at collection points in Tripoli and Benghazi to give up their guns, grenades and rockets, AFP reported. Following rallies which called for disarmament and the disbanding of militias, a steady stream of men surrendered their weapons to national army troops stationed in Tripoli's Martyrs Square and Benghazi's Freedom Square. "We are astonished by the positive turn out," Colonel Hussein Abdullah Khalifa said. Most people... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Magharebia (USA)

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