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Thailand,Cambodia

Smuggled Military Weapons Seized Near Thai-Cambodian Border

18 April 2018

Nation (Bangkok)

Thai authorities have arrested a man suspected of smuggling illegal weapons from Cambodia to Thailand, according to Cambodian National Police. On Tuesday night, Thai authorities intercepted a vehicle at a checkpoint in Klaing Yai district, in Thailand's Trat province, about 50 kilometres from Cambodia's Cham Yeam checkpoint, a Cambodian National Police website announcement reads. The weapons seized included two that appear to be Chinese-made Type-95 assault rifles,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Nation (Bangkok)

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Cambodia

Cambodians Nabbed for Weapons Smuggling

24 July 2017

Cambodia Daily

Cambodian police on Saturday arrested three nationals in connection with an alleged weapons smuggling attempt that netted five Thai nationals across the border last week, officials said on Sunday. "Three were arrested yesterday in Banteay Meanchey province in connection with weapons smuggling," National Police spokesman Kirth Chantharith said on Sunday before declining to answer any more questions. However, Ben Sam Ath, police chief of Banteay Meanchey's Malai... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Cambodia Daily

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Thailand,Cambodia

Cambodia, Thailand Investigate Arms Smuggling

23 June 2017

Khmer Times

Cambodia and Thailand are now working together to investigate weapons being smuggled from Cambodia to Myanmar via Thailand after a cache was recently confiscated by the Thai military in Thailand's Trat province. Speaking at the inauguration for the new provincial governor in border province Koh Kong on Friday, Interior Minister Sar Kheng said National Police Commissioner General Neth Savoeun was working with Thailand's Police Commissioner General to investigate the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Khmer Times

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Cambodia

Cambodian Authorities Destroy Homemade Guns from Amnesty

14 June 2017

Khmer Times

Police in Preah Vihear province have collected 378 homemade rifles since launching a gun amnesty at the start of the year. Deputy provincial police chief Colonel Sam Sameoun said officers had spoken to people in the area to educate them about illegal weapon possession, warning that homemade guns often malfunction, injuring or killing their owners. Following the outreach work, he said officers managed to convince many residents to hand in their homemade rifles,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Khmer Times

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Cambodia

Cambodian Authorities Collect Illicit Craft Weapons

31 October 2016

Khmer Times

In an effort to improve security and public order in Prey Veng province, police on Saturday managed to convince many local residents to hand in their homemade guns, according to the National Police website. Lieutenant Colonel Soun Sam Oeun, the Kampong Trabek district police chief, told Khmer Times that police spoke with residents throughout the district about illegal gun possession, saying the guns often malfunctioned and injured or killed their owners. Those who... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Khmer Times

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Cambodia

Cambodia Destroys 200 Homemade Guns

8 April 2016

Phnom Penh Post

More than 200 homemade rifles were destroyed by Pursat provincial police on Wednesday, the DIY firearms having been seized as part of a campaign spanning the past five years, provincial police chief of staff Hieng Sitha explained. "These were a kind of homemade air gun," he said, but noted that some "use bullets, such as those fired by AK-47s, or other improvised ammunition". He said the rifles had been used by local people for hunting and home protection. "We... (GunPolicy.org)

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Cambodia

More Than 200 Homemade Guns Burned in Cambodia

8 April 2016

Phnom Penh Post (Cambodia)

More than 200 homemade rifles were destroyed by Pursat provincial police on Wednesday, the DIY firearms having been seized as part of a campaign spanning the past five years, provincial police chief of staff Hieng Sitha explained. "These were a kind of homemade air gun," he said, but noted that some "use bullets, such as those fired by AK-47s, or other improvised ammunition". He said the rifles had been used by local people for hunting and home protection. "We... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Phnom Penh Post (Cambodia)

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Cambodia

Cambodia Destroys Homemade Guns

7 January 2015

Phnom Penh Post

Police in Banteay Meanchey province yesterday torched 400 homemade guns, 24 crossbows and 360 "electro-fishing" kits, with most of the haul voluntarily surrendered by villagers. Banteay Meanchey provincial police chief Art Khem said the bonfire at Banteay Meanchey town's provincial police station followed a recent police blitz encouraging people to turnover illegal arms and hunting equipment. "This is part of our efforts to reduce crimes such as robbery, illegal... (GunPolicy.org)

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Mozambique,Mexico,Liberia,Cambodia,United States,United Kingdom

Melding Guns Into Weapons of Mass Attraction – Global Picture Gallery

6 March 2014

Guardian (UK)

Art of War - Picture gallery captions: Non-Violence, or the Knotted Gun, by Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd. The bronze replica of a 45-calibre revolver, a gift from Luxembourg to the United Nations, was sculpted in memory of the Swedish artist's longtime friend John Lennon. Though not created from recycled munitions, the sculpture has been cited as one of the inspirations behind the arms-to-art movement. Sculptor Gonçalo Mabunda recycles weapons recovered from... (GunPolicy.org)

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Cambodia

US Pot Calls the Kettle Black - Criminologists Mount Spirited Defence of Cambodia

22 January 2014

Phnom Penh Post, Letter

We started our study of crime and violence in Cambodia in 1998, and after 15 years of research have completed a manuscript titled 'Violence and the civilising process in Cambodia', which should be published at the end of the year. The book documents and discusses the types, patterns and trends of crime and violence in Cambodia since the mid-19th century. Based on official police statistics, media reports and crime victims surveys, our findings show a dramatic and... (GunPolicy.org)

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Cambodia

SE Asian Soldiers Rent Army Machine Guns as Tourist Lure, Cash Cow

27 November 2012

New York Times

PHNOM PENH — Just after a Honda pickup truck screeched to a halt beyond the decommissioned Soviet-era Antonov aircraft, four resolute-looking Chinese men with a military escort climbed out, slammed the doors shut and neatly arranged a series of firearms they had been carrying on a nearby table. Once the pistols' magazines were loaded with shiny golden bullets, they began emptying round after round into paper targets at a distance of 25 meters, or 82 feet. Nearby,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Cambodia

Cambodia Police Allege Crime Rise After Army Deserters Leave with Guns

3 September 2012

Phnom Penh Post

Armed robbery in Cambodia has doubled at the same time as more than 1,000 Royal Cambodian Armed Forces soldiers have fled their posts, taking their weapons with them, the general secretariat of the National Police Commissioner said on Friday. At an eight-month review of the state of crime in Cambodia, Lieutenant General Mok Chito, director of the penal police department at the Ministry of Interior, said there had been 19 recorded cases of armed robberies in the first... (GunPolicy.org)

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Cambodia,Philippines,Indonesia

Around 90,000 Illegal Guns in Indonesia

18 June 2012

Jakarta Post

With a spike in armed robberies taking place in Greater Jakarta over the past few months, the Jakarta Police are being expected to work harder to cut off the circulation of illegal firearms, a police watchdog group said over the weekend. "The police are very sluggish in cracking down on the spread of illegal guns, while armed robberies occur everyday," Neta S. Pane, chairman of the Indonesian Police Watch (IPW), told The Jakarta Post on Sunday. Neta said that weak... (GunPolicy.org)

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Vietnam,Thailand,Singapore,Philippines,Myanmar,Malaysia,Laos,Indonesia,Cambodia,Brunei

Southeast Asian Nations Meet in Cambodia to Strengthen Small Arms Control

29 March 2012

Xinhua

PHNOM PENH -- The ASEAN security officials gathered here on Wednesday to seek effective measures for cooperation to prevent disasters caused by illegal arms smuggling and trafficking, said Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sar Kheng. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the three-day ASEAN workshop on Small Arms, Light Weapons and Unexploded Ordnances Control, Sar Kheng said the meeting was very important to identify effective measures for... (GunPolicy.org)

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Cambodia,Thailand,India,Myanmar,Bangladesh

Menace of Illicit Small Arms Industry, Trade, Violence in India - Opinion

28 November 2011

Express Buzz (India), Opinion

According to a recent study, India witnessed 4,100 gunshot murders in 2008. These murders would work out to 12.2 per cent of the over 33,700 murders reported during the year. Overall, there were over 6,200 deaths due to gunshots; about 66 per cent of them were murders, 26.3 per cent were accidental deaths and 7.7 per cent were suicides. It was also reported that most of the victims of firearm murders in India were killed using unlicensed firearms. Studies conducted... (GunPolicy.org)

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Cambodia

Police Target Illegal Guns, 'Anarchic' Shootings in Cambodian Capital

27 November 2009

Phnom Penh Post

Phnom Penh municipal authorities have established a special task force that will patrol the city to crack down on shootings and possession of illegal weapons. Touch Naruth, Phnom Penh Municipal Police chief, said Thursday that the patrolling task force, comprised of existing officers of the municipal and military police, would mark a departure from the former strategy of relying on district checkpoints to seize illegal explosives and firearms. "We will go on patrol... (GunPolicy.org)

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India,China,Myanmar,Laos,Cambodia,Thailand

China Small Arms Bazaar Fuelling North East Indian Insurgents, Maoists

19 October 2009

Hueiyen Lanpao (India)

DIMAPUR — Small arms wielded by Northeast militants and Maoists invariably find their way in from Yunan province of southern China through the Chin people in Myanmar. But forces handling security this side of the India-Myanmar border have "no reasons yet" to suspect Beijing's official involvement in the gun-running racket. Chinese copies of weapons such as the American M-16 rifles and Russian Kalashnikovs — AK-47s and AK-56s — are cheaper but almost as... (GunPolicy.org)

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Cambodia

Cambodians Turn 2,377 Surrendered Guns Into One Public Sculpture

31 October 2007

CCTV News (China)

A group of artists in Cambodia has unveiled its latest creation — a snake sculpture made of decommissioned weapons. The artists have been hard at work since March 2007 — hammering, sawing and welding the weapons into a large sculpture in the shape a mythological cobra. The cobra is revered as the original ancestor of the Khmer people. The rusted AK47s and other small arms were surrendered by residents of Cambodia's Battambang Province over the past few years. The... (GunPolicy.org)

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Cambodia

Cambodia to Destroy Thousands More Unwanted Guns in 'Flame of Peace'

17 September 2007

AHN News (Florida)

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — The Japanese Assistance Team for Small Arms Management in Cambodia announced on Monday the destruction of thousands of small firearms collected from various provinces in Cambodia. The group, also called JSAC, said they will burn 7,000 small arms under the "flame of peace" program on September 19. In a statement, JSAC said the arms were collected in the Battambang province, while some were surrendered by residents from Kompon, Thom, Siem... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: AHN News (Florida)

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Cambodia

Fall in Cambodian Gun Crime Linked to Strict Firearm Controls, Destruction

15 June 2007

Deutsche Presse-Agentur

PHNOM PENH — Cambodian military officials Friday unveiled decreased gun-related crime rates, saying the government's strict weapons control policy had led to the drop which they claimed benefitted not only Cambodia but the entire region. Officials from the Defence Ministry hosted the conference and released figures from the Working Group on Weapons Reduction which recorded 866 shooting related crimes in Cambodia in 2006, down from 921 in 2005. Most shootings... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Deutsche Presse-Agentur

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