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Finland,Ukraine,Sweden,Denmark,Netherlands

Firearms Supplied to Ukraine Found in Crime in Scandinavia

2 November 2022

YLE (Finland)

Organised crime is growing in Finland and there is a strong demand for weapons. Routes and connections from Ukraine to Finland are already in place. The police are hoping for resources to deal with the increasing workload caused by the war in Ukraine. Soldiers carry weapons in the woods. Europol, the European police agency, has warned that international criminals are trying to smuggle weapons from war-torn Ukraine to various EU countries. Photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba /... (GunPolicy.org)

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Kosovo,Eastern Europe

NATO Prepared to Intervene in Kosovo

1 August 2022

The Hill (Washington DC)

The NATO-led Kosovo Force (KFOR) is "prepared to intervene if stability is jeopardized" by the Kosovo-Serbia conflict, according to a KFOR statement Sunday. "KFOR will take whatever measures are necessary to keep a safe and secure environment in Kosovo at all times, in line with its UN mandate," the statement read. KFOR reported that the situation in northern Kosovo is "tense" and under close watch by the force. Tensions between the two countries have heightened... (GunPolicy.org)

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Poland

Polish Right Calls for Easier Access to Guns

21 March 2022

Euroactive

The Polish right has proposed simplifying gun ownership regulations and shortening the procedure for applying for a gun permit as Russia's attack on Ukraine has renewed discussions in Poland about the country's stringent gun ownership laws. Education minister Przemysław Czarnek has already announced that schools will provide defence training and shooting exercises for students as of September. Those who back easier access to weapons say that Russia's attack on... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ukraine,United States

What Weapons Will Us Give Ukraine - And How Much Will They Help?

19 March 2022

BBC

The burnt-up wreckage of a Russian tank lies in the dirt, while in an accompanying photo next to it, a Ukrainian soldier carries the armaments said to have caused the destruction. The images posted to Twitter by the Ukrainian Armed Forces are labelled with a triumphant caption, declaring that this was the result of "hits from Javelins on [Russian] military equipment". The Javelin, a shoulder-held anti-tank weapon that shoots heat-seeking rockets hurtling towards... (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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Ukraine

How Ukraine's Military Has Resisted Russia So Far

3 March 2022

New York Times

WASHINGTON — Ukraine's soldiers have blown up bridges to halt advancing Russian ground troops. Its pilots and air defenses have prevented Russian fighter jets from conquering the skies. And a band of savvy Ukrainian cyberwarriors are so far beating Moscow in an information war, inspiring support at home and abroad. To the surprise of many military analysts, Ukrainian troops are mounting a stiffer-than-expected resistance to Russian forces up and down battle lines... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ukraine,Netherlands,Sweden,Finland,Germany,Poland,United States,Russia

NATO Countries Pour Weapons Into Ukraine

2 March 2022

New York Times

The Dutch are sending rocket launchers for air defense. The Estonians are sending Javelin antitank missiles. The Poles and the Latvians are sending Stinger surface-to-air missiles. The Czechs are sending machine guns, sniper rifles, pistols and ammunition. Even formerly neutral countries like Sweden and Finland are sending weapons. And Germany, long allergic to sending weapons into conflict zones, is sending Stingers as well as other shoulder-launched rockets. In all,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ukraine,Russia

The Events Leading Up to Russia's Invasion of Ukraine

1 March 2022

Reuters

Russia launched a large-scale invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24. Here is a timeline of Ukraine's fraught relationship with Moscow since it won independence in 1991 and the events that led to the current conflict. 1991: Shortly after the fall of the Soviet Union, Ukraine declares independence from Moscow. 2004: Pro-Russian candidate Viktor Yanukovich is declared president but allegations of vote-rigging trigger protests, known as the Orange Revolution, forcing a re-run of... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ukraine

Ukrainian Parliament Passes Emergency Firearm Carry Law

24 February 2022

Business Insider

The Ukrainian parliament passed a law on Wednesday, which allows citizens to carry firearms in public, alongside the enactment of a state of emergency, after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered troops to eastern Ukraine on Monday. Previously, Ukrainian citizens were barred from carrying guns outside of their homes. "Now it's the intention of the parliament is to liberalize ownership of armaments by citizens," Dmytro Shulga, the European Programme Director at the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Czech Republic

Continued Steady Increase in Czech Gun Ownership

3 January 2022

Zbrojnice.com

Gun Statistics 2021: Continued steady increase in gun ownership and number of guns, amendment to law had no major impact The second COVID year did not bring any major change to the Czech civilian gun ownership statistics. The steady increase in the number of gun holders continues. Paradoxically, the increase in 2021 was slightly slower than the year before, although part of 2020 was marked by the impossibility of proficiency tests due to government restrictions. In... (GunPolicy.org)

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North Africa,Slovakia,Czech Republic,France,Serbia,Burkina Faso,Mali

Sahel: Serbian Weapons Used by Brutal Armed Groups

24 August 2021

Amnesty International

Amnesty International's arms experts have identified Serbian-manufactured weapons in videos posted by armed groups operating in the Sahel, including an Islamic State affiliate which has claimed responsibility for hundreds of civilian deaths. The new rifles, some the latest available models, match trade records of Serbia's sales to Burkina Faso, suggesting the weapons were recently sold to the government before falling into the hands of armed groups. Amnesty... (GunPolicy.org)

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Azerbaijan,Armenia,Russia,Israel,Turkey,United States,United Kingdom

Arms Supplies to Armenia and Azerbaijan

17 February 2021

EVN

Armenia and Azerbaijan have been embroiled in an intense and violent ethnic conflict over Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) for over three decades. The conflict is at the very core of the modern statehoods of both countries. It has resulted in two full-scale wars in 1992-94 and 2020 and regular skirmishes, with the most significant one being the 2016 Four Day April War. The conflict has led to both countries becoming among the most militarized countries in the world. A 2019... (GunPolicy.org)

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Czech Republic

Firearm Licences on the Rise in Czech Republic

10 January 2021

Zbrojnice.com (Czech Republic)

Gun stats 2020: number of legal owners up 0.63%, quarter of a million people allowed to carry firearms for personal protection In 2020, the trend of a slight increase in the number of gun license holders continued to a total of 307,372 people. This is not a repeat of the fluctuations of 2013 (down nearly 5%) and 2016 (up 2.8%). Despite the existence of COVID restrictions, which brought with it repeated periods when proficiency tests were not conducted, slightly more... (GunPolicy.org)

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Czech Republic

The Totalitarian Bias of Privately Owned Weapons in Czech Republic

21 August 2020

Zbrojnice.com

In the Czech lands, the civilian possession of weapons is historically inextricably linked to collective and individual protection, as evidenced by its enshrinement for these purposes in the Treaty of St.Wenceslas (1517) and the Regulation on Handguns (1524). The plethora of compact and subcompact self-defence pistols produced during the First Republic shows that this tradition has endured for more than half a millennium. It was only broken by Nazi and Communist... (GunPolicy.org)

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Hungary

Hungarian Gun Purchases Increase due to Pandemic Fears

23 March 2020

Reuters

Peter Rostas doesn't want to have any reason to use the gun he was buying, but the young Hungarian father of one was taking no chances with a coronavirus epidemic he fears may bring out the worst in some people. "It's a precautionary measure," Rostas, 33, said as he lined up outside a small Budapest shop selling non-military grade weapons that require no license. "I'd rather be laughing later than find myself in a conflict with nothing but a broomstick." Hungarians... (GunPolicy.org)

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Hungary

Unclear Statistics as Guns Become Tougher to Obtain in Hungary

25 April 2019

Nepszava

According to experts, the number of official gun owners is greatly exaggerated, but more people are illegally possessing rifles, pistols, and other items. Firearm abuses are not common in Hungary, and even in recent days, armed mischief involving airsoft rifles is a rarity. However, weapons are a serious risk and their records must be up-to-date, accurate and unmistakable even in peaceful times. In Hungary, however, there is complete confusion in armament statistics.... (GunPolicy.org)

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Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa,Yemen,China,Israel,Russia,Brazil,United Kingdom,Germany,India,Canada,Austria,Australia,Mexico,United States,Japan,South Africa

How to Buy a Gun in 15 Countries

2 March 2018

New York Times

Many Americans can buy a gun in less than an hour. The process takes months in some countries. Here are the basic steps for how most people buy a gun in 15 of them. Many countries have exceptions for specialized professions, and local laws vary. United States 1) Pass an instant background check that considers criminal convictions, domestic violence and immigration status. 2) Buy a gun. Many states have additional buying restrictions, including waiting periods and... (GunPolicy.org)

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Czech Republic

303,000 Registered Firearm Owners in Czech Republic

27 January 2018

Radio Praha

The number of Czechs with permits to have firearms increased last year to 303,000, according to the police. That figure is around 2,700 more than in 2016 and 11,000 more than two years ago. Police say the rising trend of gun ownership has been caused by fears over migration, terrorist attacks, and fear of personal assault. The number of guns, rifles and other firearms kept at home by Czechs rose to around 850,000, around 100,000 more than five years... (GunPolicy.org)

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Czech Republic

Czechs take legal action over EU rules on gun control

9 August 2017

Reuters

The Czech Republic filed a lawsuit on Friday against a new European Union directive tightening gun ownership, aimed at limiting access to semi-automatic and other weapons after deadly Islamist attacks in western Europe. The European Parliament and EU interior ministers gave a final nod to the changes earlier this year despite the Czech Republic, Luxembourg and Poland voicing opposition. The Czech Interior Ministry said the directive was too harsh, affecting for... (GunPolicy.org)

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Czech Republic

Czech parliament moves to legalise firearm ownership

29 June 2017

BBC News

The lower house of the Czech parliament has agreed to alter the constitution so that firearms can be held legally when national security is threatened. The amendment gives Czechs the right to use firearms during terrorist attacks. It was passed by the lower house by a big majority, and is likewise expected to be approved by the upper house. The move by parliament is a challenge to EU gun control rules which restrict civilians from possessing certain kinds of... (GunPolicy.org)

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