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Turkey

Turkey: One in Three Households Owns a Firearm

28 September 2022

Al Monitor

Thirteen-month-old Kaan Tas was being pushed around a garden by his sister when she noticed blood coming from his head. He died a short while later, the latest young life lost to gun crime in Turkey. The Tas family was visiting the southern city of Gaziantep when Kaan was hit in the head on Tuesday evening by a "tired bullet" — a round fired into the air, usually at celebrations such as weddings or send-offs for men starting their military service. The phenomenon is... (GunPolicy.org)

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Saudi Arabia

Saudi Women Take Up Shooting After Gun Ownership Legalized

13 September 2022

Saudi Gazette

Saudi women can now legally lock and load. In barely two years, Saudi women have earned the right to both drive and to own a firearm. While women have been legally behind the wheel since 2019, it was only last year that they were allowed to own firearms. During the COVID-19 pandemic, shooting became popular with many Saudis as a social distanced and outdoor activity. Yet, some women have been shooting for far longer. "At a young age my father taught me how to use and... (GunPolicy.org)

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Yemen

The Guns of Yemen

2 August 2022

Small Arms Review

Its society beset by civil wars in the last fifty years, Yemen is awash in small arms. Nearly every Yemeni male over the age of ten carries some form of weapon, from the traditional jambiya (curved dagger) to assault rifles, as personal apparel and icons of masculinity. In the remote mountains and wadis, open carry of an assault rifle is not only common and widely accepted, but is considered de rigueur. Even heavy weapons such as the DsHk 12.7 machine guns and RPG-7s... (GunPolicy.org)

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Turkey

Turkey Has 627,765 Gun Owners Licensed to Carry

9 July 2022

Agenda (Turkey)

In the statement made by the EGM, it was stated that "individual armament has increased and there are 25 million unlicensed and 2.5 million licensed guns in Turkey" on a website with "falsified" information. In the statement, which stated that they had to publish a denial because of a similar news before, it was emphasized that the fight against fake news on this issue would continue. Noting that there has been a decrease in the number of newly issued licensed guns in... (GunPolicy.org)

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Japan

Japan's Strict Gun Laws Make Shootings Rare

8 July 2022

CNN

The assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has shocked Japan, a country with one of the world's lowest rates of gun crime due to its strict laws on gun ownership. Abe was shot dead on Friday in the city of Nara while delivering a campaign speech, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said. Gun violence is extremely rare in Japan. In 2018, Japan, a country of 125 million people, only reported nine deaths from firearms -- compared with 39,740 that year in... (GunPolicy.org)

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Japan

Former Prime Minister Shot Despite Strict Gun Laws

8 July 2022

Newsweek

The shooting of former Japanese prime minister Abe Shinzo has shocked his country, which has some of the strictest gun control laws in the world. Current Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Abe was in a "severe condition" following the incident during a campaign speech on Friday. With a population of 127 million, the annual death toll from guns in Japan is frequently less than the number who might die in a single mass shooting in the U.S. In 2018 there were only nine... (GunPolicy.org)

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Japan

Rare Shooting in Japan Shocks Nation

8 July 2022

Bloomberg

The last time a current or former Japanese prime minister was shot and killed was 90 years ago. It's a measure of just how rare and shocking gun violence is in the country, where ownership of firearms is strictly controlled. The blast that felled Shinzo Abe on Friday -- with a homemade shotgun, according to reports -- happened while he was campaigning on behalf of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party in Nara, a city east of Osaka. Abe was giving a speech in front of a... (GunPolicy.org)

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Japan

Japan has Lowest Gun Violence in World Thanks to Strict Gun Control Laws

8 July 2022

Anadolu Agency

Although former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was shot twice at an election campaign event in the Nara region, statistics show that Japan has one of the lowest rates of gun violence in the world. It is believed that Japan owes its strict gun laws largely to the US because, after World War II, Americans shaped the gun policy and forced a firearm ban legislation in the East Asian nation. According to the Small Arms Survey -- a global organization that keeps tabs on arms... (GunPolicy.org)

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Japan

Shinzo Abe Assassinated with Homemade Firearm

8 July 2022

Sydney Morning Herald

Shinzo Abe, a towering figure in Japanese and global politics, was assassinated on Friday, sending shockwaves around Japan and the world. The former prime minister fought for his life in hospital but died later in the day. His wife of more than 30 years, Akie Abe, arrived by his side just before 5pm local time. Abe was pronounced dead at 5.03pm. Japanese leader Fumio Kishida had said doctors "were doing everything" they could to save the 67-year-old but the Liberal... (GunPolicy.org)

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Japan

Shinzo Abe's Assassination and Firearm Control in Japan

8 July 2022

Action on Armed Violence (AOAV)

In response to the tragic news of the fatal shooting of the ex-PM of Japan, Shinzo Abe, AOAV outlines a brief history of Japan's relationships to guns and its strict approach to gun control. First it should be noted that there is a very low firearm homicide rate in Japan. In 2017, there were 14,532 homicides by firearm in America, but just 1 in Japan .[1] In 2018 (the latest figures published by WHO), the total number of people killed by guns in Japan – including... (GunPolicy.org)

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Philippines

Philippines: License fo Carry Extended to 10 Years

18 May 2022

CNN

President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a new law extending the validity of firearm registration and licenses to carry them up to ten years. Under Republic Act 11766, these can be renewed every five years or ten years "at the option of the licensee, which shall be reckoned from the birthdate of the said licensee, unless sooner revoked or suspended." Failure to renew the license on or before the date of expiration will cause its revocation and of the firearm's... (GunPolicy.org)

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Philippines

Philippines Law Extends Validity of Firearm Licenses

17 May 2022

Philippines News Agency

President Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed a law extending the validity of the license to possess firearms and ammunition. Republic Act (RA) No. 11766, signed by Duterte on May 6, extends the validity of the license to possess firearms and ammunition from two years to five or 10 years, amending RA 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act. "All licenses to possess a firearm, regardless of type or classification, shall be renewed every five years... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ukraine,United States,Russia,Turkey,Germany,United Kingdom,Poland

What Weapons Have Other Countries Supplied to Ukraine?

17 March 2022

Guardian

The US president, Joe Biden, has announced an $800m (£610m) package of arms to Ukraine as the west steps up military aid against invading Russia forces. The west's military assistance to Ukraine began cautiously with helmets and flak jackets but now includes drones that can destroy Russian tanks and artillery from 50 miles away. The west has repeatedly refused to enforce a no-fly zone over Ukraine but is now supplying a range of powerful weapons. They... (GunPolicy.org)

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Kuwait,West Asia

Kuwait Government Calls for Surrender of Firearms

5 March 2022

Arab Times (Kuwait)

The Public Relations and Security Media Department of the Ministry of Interior stated that, based on the directives of the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior, Lieutenant-General Anwar Al-Barjas, to address the crimes of possessing weapons without a license, and to arrest anyone who violates Law No. 6 of 2015 regarding regulating the collection of weapons, ammunition and explosives, and as part of the efforts of the criminal security sector to impose the prestige... (GunPolicy.org)

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Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan: Gun Control Needs to be Tightened

21 January 2022

Central Asian Bureau for Analytical Reporting (Cabar Asia)

In recent years, mass attacks on educational institutions have become widespread in various countries. If such tragedies were previously known to the world from the West, now they are known from all over the world, including Russia. Last year, the former Soviet Union countries were shocked by the tragic events in Russia: 15 people were killed by gunmen at Perm University and Kazan high school. Given the common information space shared between Russia and Central Asian... (GunPolicy.org)

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Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan MIA Reveals How Many Weapons Found Last Year

3 January 2022

APA (Azerbaijan)

Necessary measures taken by law enforcement officers to clear the liberated territories of mines and other explosive devices, as well as to collect the weapons thrown down by the Armenian military units during the withdrawal, are being successfully continued, the Barda regional group of the Interior Ministry's (MIA) press Service told APA. According to the MIA, In 2021, 225 submachine guns, 102 grenades, 68 machine guns, 64 tanks and anti-personnel missile systems, 10... (GunPolicy.org)

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Lebanon

Lebanese Rush to Buy Weapons for Personal Security

30 December 2021

The National (Lebanon)

The business of firearms dealer Abdullah has been booming since Lebanon's economy collapsed. He sells at least three rifles a day – Kalashnikovs are popular among households in fear for their safety as crime rates soar. He also sells boxes of ammunition and grenades. An automatic rifle or machinegun costs between $400 and $1,400. His sales have risen threefold since the financial crisis began in 2019, even though the dollar value of the minimum wage has dropped to... (GunPolicy.org)

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Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan to Raise Minimum Age for Buying Firearms

2 December 2021

Kun (Uzbekistan)

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has signed a decree "On measures to approve and implement the concept of public security in Uzbekistan". According to the document, in order to strengthen control over the circulation of weapons in Uzbekistan, the minimum age for possession of weapons will be raised. In addition, the country will establish a procedure for periodic checks for medical restrictions on gun owners and their close relatives. The law "On weapons" states that... (GunPolicy.org)

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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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