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Afghanistan,Libya

Afghanistan and Libya: All Weapons in the Hands of Islamic Terrorists

22 September 2021

Corriere della Sera (italy)

Afghanistan, Libya and Syria are the three crises that today fuel the archipelago of Islamic extremism. Three countries that are out of control and where Western intervention has increased the risk to global security. In Doha, in recent months, the Americans negotiated the withdrawal from Afghanistan with the Taliban, promising: we will leave, but you will not allow al Qaeda or other extremist groups to operate in the country. We know how that went. And when countries... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,China

China's position on Gun Control

20 September 2021

CNN

Last week, a 47-year-old man stormed into a law firm in China's Wuhan city and shot dead a lawyer who he had 'some disputes with,' according to Chinese state media. He then stuffed his gun, just under 20 inches (50 centimeters) long, into a tennis racket bag and left. The fatal shooting shocked many in China, which has some of the world's strictest gun control laws -- so much so, that some people thought initial reports were about yet another American shooting. 'When... (GunPolicy.org)

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Philippines

314 Loose Firearms Surrendered in Tawi-Tawi, Philippines

24 August 2021

SunStar (Philippines)

The number of loose firearms the government has recovered through the Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) program has increased to 314, as the implementation of the program was expanded to the province of Tawi-Tawi. About 70 loose firearms were surrendered in two Tawi-Tawi towns, as the government launched Sunday, August 22, the SALW program in the province, said Police Colone Bonard Briton, Tawi-Tawi provincial police director. The remaining 244 loose firearms were... (GunPolicy.org)

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Israel

Israel's New Public Security Minister Weighs Tightening Gun License Applications

23 July 2021

Haaratz (Israel)

Public Security Minister Omer Bar-Lev is examining the possibility of making it harder to obtain a gun license, following years of policies that facilitated the proliferation of civilian access to firearms. Any proposed changes will to be brought to the Knesset Interior and Environment Committee for approval, in a policy shift. Bar-Lev's predecessors advanced gun policy without obtaining Knesset approval and flouted objections by the attorney general. The criteria... (GunPolicy.org)

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Africa,Americas,Asia,Europe,Oceania

Basic Steps That Can Stop Catastrophic Explosions at Munition Sites

8 April 2021

Conversation

A series of massive blasts recently rocked Equatorial Guinea's city of Bata. The explosions, at an army barracks, killed over 100 people and destroyed military buildings as well as people's homes around the site. President Teodoro Obiang Nguema stated that the explosions were "caused by negligence of the unit in charge of storing explosives, dynamite and ammunition at the Nkoa Ntoma military camp". Unplanned explosions at munitions sites have occurred on all continents... (GunPolicy.org)

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Thailand

The Gun Culture Underlying Thailand's First Mass Shooting

19 February 2020

Reuters

Normally serene Thailand has been on edge since a rogue soldier went on the rampage in a northeastern city this month, killing 29 people in a shooting spree that ended in a standoff with police at a shopping mall. Ten days later, a man walked into a clinic in a busy Bangkok shopping mall and gunned down his ex-wife before fleeing the scene. He was later arrested. The killings, along with several other high-profile gun crimes, have called attention to the high rate of... (GunPolicy.org)

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Thailand

Aftermath of Thailand's Worst Mass Shooting

17 February 2020

al Jazeera

Korat, Thailand - The day of horror started like any other Saturday for Tanatit, "Tok", 43, a moto-taxi driver who works in front of Nakhon Ratchasima's Terminal 21 shopping centre. He was sitting with a group of other riders - making light of another busy day - chatting, laughing between rides. The men could not have known they were about to witness a massacre. "He just walked up and started shooting. He killed two people right here," Tok told Al Jazeera, pointing to... (GunPolicy.org)

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Thailand

The Underlying Trends of the Korat Mall Massacre

17 February 2020

Channel News Asia

BANGKOK: The mass shooting at the Terminal 21 mall in Thailand's Nakhon Ratchasima (or Korat) over the weekend is unprecedented in Thailand. It raises serious questions about the security of arms in the Royal Thai Armed Forces. It also sheds light on corruption in the armed forces and on Thailand's gun culture in general. The assailant killed at least 29, including civilians, soldiers and police responders and wounded scores more with a staggering amount of firepower... (GunPolicy.org)

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Thailand

Business Spat Behind Mass Shooting

10 February 2020

New York Times

BANGKOK — Thailand's army commander said Tuesday the soldier who killed 29 people in a shooting rampage had not been treated fairly in a land deal involving his commander and such arrangements would have to be halted. The gunman killed his superior officer and the officer's mother-in-law, stole weapons and a vehicle and headed to a popular shopping mall in a northeastern city where he holed up for hours before security officers killed him. Gen. Apirat Kongsompong... (GunPolicy.org)

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Thailand

Stockpile Security Lapses in Thai Mass Shooting

10 February 2020

Voice of America

NAKHON RATCHASIMA, THAILAND - It's still unclear how a Thai soldier managed to steal heavy weapons from an army base which he then used to kill 29 people and hold off security forces for almost 16 hours while he was holed up in a popular shopping mall. That he could is less surprising, say experts in military matters. The question has a special sting because the country's tough-talking army commander just a few weeks ago gave a high-profile interview in which he said... (GunPolicy.org)

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Thailand

Thai Soldier Kills 29 in Mall Mass Shooting

9 February 2020

New York Times

KORAT, Thailand — The authorities killed the gunman near the cold storage refrigerators of the Foodland supermarket in the mall he terrorized during Thailand's deadliest mass shooting. It was just before 9 local time on Sunday morning — 18 hours after he fired the first shots in a relentless spree that left at least 29 people dead and 58 injured in the city of Korat, northeast of Bangkok. Thailand's prime minister said the rampage started with a real estate... (GunPolicy.org)

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Thailand

At least 20 Dead in Thai Mall Mass Shooting

8 February 2020

Washington Post

BANGKOK — A Thai soldier rampaged through a bustling shopping mall and a nearby army camp on Saturday afternoon, killing at least 20 people, authorities said, in a shooting he partly live-streamed on Facebook. The chaotic violence triggered a tense standoff with the gunman, who was holed up in the mall into the early morning darkness. The alleged shooter, toting an assault rifle and clad in camouflage and a helmet, was identified by authorities as 32-year-old... (GunPolicy.org)

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Laos,Myanmar,China

Chinese Arms Smuggled to Myanmar Armed Groups Via Laos

28 January 2020

Asia Times

In recent months, Asian intelligence officials and well-placed ethnic sources have confirmed to Asia Times that much of the Chinese weaponry purchased by the UWSA [United Wa State Army] since 2011 has been channeled through neighboring Laos. Official end-user certificates (EUCs) issued to cover exports by state-run manufacturers such as North China Industries Group Corporation (NORINCO) and China National Precision Machinery Import-Export Corporation (responsible for... (GunPolicy.org)

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India

Punjab Gun Applicants Required to Plant 10 Trees

30 July 2019

CNN

Indian officials have launched a creative new initiative to boost the number of trees in a Punjab state district, requiring all prospective gun owners to plant 10 tree saplings before their application will be considered. Potential applicants in Ferozepur district will each have to plant 10 saplings and take selfies with them, which they must show to authorities when they go to pick up gun license application forms. A month later, they need to once again take... (GunPolicy.org)

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Thailand

Profile of Guns in Thailand

9 June 2019

Bangkok Post

"If you have a gun, shoot me," shouted Preecha Kunthong before he was hit with several bullets between the eyes and killed on May 19 in Saraburi's Muang district while buying a packet of instant coffee. The 59-year-old man, who had that morning gone to breakfast with a friend at the local market, allegedly fell into an argument with the shooter as he stood in line at a convenience store opposite Saraburi Hospital. This story isn't an unusual one in the country with... (GunPolicy.org)

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Japan

Public Health Response to Suicide In Japan Leads to Decrease

8 April 2019

Reuters

AKITA, Japan - Taeko Watanabe awoke one cold March night and found a trail of blood in the hallway, a bloody cleaver on her son Yuki's bed and no trace of him in the house. Then police discovered a suicide note in his bedroom. "They found him in a canal by the temple and wrapped him in a blanket. After an autopsy, he came home in a coffin. I fell apart," she recalled, eyes welling up as she sat by a photo of Yuki and a Buddhist altar laden with flowers and Fuji... (GunPolicy.org)

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Thailand

Gun Culture and Data in Thailand

12 March 2019

Channel News Asia (Singapore)

Gun homicides in Thailand are striking. To prevent them we should look beyond the numbers and headlines at what is fuelling these incidents, says research director for the University of Sydney's Gunpolicy.org, Michael Picard. BANGKOK: Thailand arguably has a gun problem, but sensational headlines about the country being a regional, even global, leader of gun violence are misleading and dubious. Though it's difficult to know the extent of the issue for sure, both... (GunPolicy.org)

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Jordan

Jordan Promotes Gun Control Law

3 March 2019

MediaLine

King said to be concerned by festive firing at celebrations, but others cite terrorism Members of Jordan's lower house are working to push forward a bill that would prevent citizens from purchasing automatic or semi-automatic firearms, even if they are to be used for hunting. The legislation does not grandfather in those who already own such weapons, forcing people with legal permits to hand them over to the authorities. It is said that a big reason for this reform... (GunPolicy.org)

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India

India Developing a National Firearm Registration Database

17 July 2018

Xinhua

NEW DELHI -- India will have a national database for all licenced gun holders from April next year, the government said. The Home Ministry said in a notification that the names of all licenced gun holders across the country will be included in the national database and they are also to be given a unique identification number (UIN) from the next financial year. "Every licensing and renewing authority will have to enter the data in the National Database of Arms Licenses... (GunPolicy.org)

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Vietnam

Thousands of Homemade Guns Collected by Vietnamese Authorities

5 July 2018

Thanh Nien

In recent years, Quang Nam has had many traumatic accidents, affecting the lives and health of its citizens due to homemade guns. 4 July 2018 - the Police Department of Public Administration (PC64) in Quang Nam province handed over a large amount of weapons and dangerous objects to the Department of Police - Technical Security of the province for destruction. Included are: 1,139 alcohol/air guns, 272 homemade guns, 54 military guns, 63 knives, 289 parts and... (GunPolicy.org)

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