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Hungarian Gun Purchases Increase due to Pandemic Fears

23 March 2020


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... (

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Unclear Statistics as Guns Become Tougher to Obtain in Hungary

25 April 2019


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.... (

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128,000 Licensed Handguns in Hungary

5 July 2016

Daily News Hungary

A total of 128,000 handguns are owned by civilians in Hungary, including hunters, people involved in shooting sports and others with a firearms... (

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Methodists Welcome 18 Countries Ratifying Arms Trade Treaty Including UK

3 April 2014

Christian Today

The Methodist Church has praised the government's ratification of the UN's Arms Trade Treaty. The President of the Methodist Conference, the Reverend Ruth Gee, hailed it as a "legal milestone that should help to protect those who are abused and oppressed". Countries that ratify the treaty will be required to establish national arms regulators to control the exporting of conventional weapons and weapons components, and to properly regulate arms brokers. Domestic weapon... (

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18 Countries Ratify UN Arms Trade Treaty

2 April 2014

Associated Press

UNITED NATIONS — Eighteen countries, including five of the world's leading arms exporters, ratified a landmark treaty regulating the multibillion-dollar global arms trade on Wednesday, giving a significant boost to the campaign for the treaty's entry into force. The ambassadors of the 18 countries handed over the documents at a U.N. ceremony on the first anniversary of the General Assembly's adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty, which is aimed at stemming the global... (

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Trail of Bullet Casings Leads from Africa's Wars Back to Iran

11 January 2013

New York Times

The first clues appeared in Kenya, Uganda and what is now South Sudan. A British arms researcher surveying ammunition used by government forces and civilian militias in 2006 found Kalashnikov rifle cartridges he had not seen before. The ammunition bore no factory code, suggesting that its manufacturer hoped to avoid detection. Within two years other researchers were finding identical cartridges circulating through the ethnic violence in Darfur. Similar ammunition then... (

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Belgian Authorities Disband International Gun Trafficking Ring [FR]

17 April 2012

RTL (Belgium)

[Translated summary: Brussels Police and the Federal Prosecutor have dismantled an international gun trafficking network in cooperation with Serbian, Austrian, Hungarian and German authorities.] La police judiciaire fédérale de Bruxelles et le parquet fédéral ont démantelé un réseau international de trafic d'armes. Huit personnes ont été arrêtées en Belgique et des armes à feu ont été saisies, des kalachnikovs et des explosifs destinés à... (

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A 5th of Bosnia & Herzegovina Population Own 750,000 Unregistered Arms

12 January 2012

Southeast European Times

An estimated fifth of Bosnia and Herzegovina's (BiH) population own 750,000 unregistered weapons, according to officials who cite widespread availability and easy access on the black market as a major source of concern. "After traffic accidents, illegal arms are the most common cause of death in BiH. About 90% of illegal acts are done with the use of illegal weapons," Denis Hadzovic of the Centre for Security Studies in BiH told SETimes. Most illegal weapons are guns... (

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Machine Guns, Handguns for Brad Pitt Film Seized by Hungarian Police

11 October 2011

Washington Post / AP

BUDAPEST, Hungary — Nearly 100 weapons to be used in Brad Pitt's "World War Z" film were confiscated in Hungary because they had not been properly deactivated, authorities said Tuesday. The weapons included machine guns, rifles and pistols. The weapons arrived from London to Budapest's Ferenc Liszt Airport on Saturday and were discovered at a nearby duty free zone, Janos Hajdu, head of Hungary's Counterterrorism Center, said. He said he could not confirm they were... (

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Hungary PM Calls for Greater Gun Control, Crackdown on 'Sport' Shooters

19 February 2010

Hungary Around the Clock (Budapest)

Prime Minister Gordon Bajnai yesterday asked Justice and Law Enforcement Minister Imre Forgács to draft a decree on tightening gun control regulations within days. Bajnai spoke about crime as he assessed 2009 at a police conference. "The tragic or almost tragic shooting incidents of recent months have drawn attention to the need to tighten regulations on access to firearms," he said, adding "we cannot allow sick people who are a threat to the public to have lethal... (

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Licensed Pistol Club Shooter Arrested for Hungarian University Killing

30 November 2009

Hungary Around the Clock (Budapest)

A court of the city of Pecs (S Hungary) has ordered the pre-trial detention of the young man who shot four people, killing one of them, at Pecs University earlier this week, Judge Istvan Hajdu told the press on Saturday. The 23-year-old pharmacology student gave himself up shortly after firing shots at his classmates, a lab worker and a cleaning woman in the biophysics research centre of the university just before noon on Thursday. His motivation is still unknown. The... (

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Student, Club Shooter Kills 1, Injures 3 in Hungarian University Shooting

27 November 2009

Hungary Around the Clock (Budapest)

A pharmacology student fired shots inside a building of Pecs University in the south of Hungary just before noon on Thursday, killing a classmate and wounding another student, a male lab worker and a cleaning woman, local county police chief told the press from the site. Police have arrested the attacker, a 23 year-old man, who gave himself up over the phone shortly after firing the shots with a handgun, Jozsef Dakos said. He is said to have attended a lab class with... (

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Slovakia Sold Ammunition to Miami Gun Dealer, Pentagon for Afghan War

8 April 2008

BBC Worldwide Monitoring / SME (Bratislava), Transcript

Slovakia has traded in arms with the AEY company, which is being investigated over fraud in the United States. The daily New York Times found out that the company had been selling old Chinese ammunition from Albania to the Afghanis for decades, claiming that it was from Hungary. It purchased other weapons and munitions for the Afghanis in Bulgaria, Romania, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia. It is not clear what exactly happened to the munitions and under what... (

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Guns, Ammo Seized from 'Ant Trade' Driver at Serbo-Hungarian Border

19 February 2007

Hungarian News Agency / MTI

BUDAPEST — Customs officials seized several pistols and a large amount of cartridges from a Dutch driver at the Tompa border crossing with Serbia, a Customs and Excise Office (VPOP) spokesman told MTI on Sunday. The ten Parabellum, Zastava, Smith, Beretta, Colt, Magnum and Wesson brand firearms and 100 pieces of cartridge were found hidden inside the backrest one of the front seats in the car, which sought entry to Hungary early on Sunday, Jeno Sipos said. The driver... (

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Hungarian Health Ministry Wants to Tighten Gun Permits

29 January 2007

CaboodleNews (Hungary)

The health ministry is planning to amend the law on carrying firearms: Everyone who keeps a gun at home would have to undergo psychological examinations at regular intervals. The planned amendments have been submitted to the authorities. According to, individuals under 40 would have to repeat the examination every five years, those between 40 and 60 every four years, while those over 70 once every year. Hungarian hunters say the new regulation would be... (

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First Guns, Now Missiles and Uranium Smuggled Into Hungary

4 March 2004

Budapest Sun

Ukrainian border guards held a Ukrainian citizen on Monday, February 23, at the Lamberg crossing station after realizing that he was carrying a 400-gram shipment of enriched uranium. The Hungarian Border Guard Center (HOP) was informed about the incident by the Ukranian authorities. Based on their report, Sándor Orodán, the spokesman of the HOP said that the man drove in his Citröen van to the border station where the vehicle underwent routine inspection. During... (

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Six Dead in Hungarian Bank Heist

9 May 2002


MOR, Hungary — Six people have been shot dead and two others are in a critical condition following a bank robbery in western Hungary. A local police spokesman said two armed men aged in their 20s carried out the attack around midday (1000 GMT) on Thursday before escaping on foot. "It was literally a slaughter, innocent bystanders were just executed," Tibor Csakany, a televison journalist, told Hungarian viewers. "This is horrible," one local resident in her mid-40s... (

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Hungarian Pop Star Dies in Gun Accident

3 January 2001

Associated Press

BUDAPEST — Jimmy Zambo, one of Hungary's best-selling pop stars, died yesterday in a freak gun accident. Zambo, 42, accidentally shot himself in the head at his home in a residential district of Budapest, the state news agency MTI reported. He was a keen hunter and owned several guns. Police said Zambo was with his wife and three friends, and they had been drinking when he fired his gun, a 9mm Beretta, out of the window. A police spokeswoman said the reason why he... (

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Shootings Hit Budapest McDonalds

5 July 2000

Associated Press

BUDAPEST — A man killed one person in a McDonald's restaurant and injured three others in a shooting spree, police said Wednesday. The gunman entered McDonald's just before midnight while three patrons were arguing with restaurant employees, said Col. Laszlo Garamvoelgyi, a police spokesman. "He then went into the men's room and emerged with a gun and started shooting," Garamvoelgyi said on state-run television. The gunman then walked outside, shot a 17-year old on... (

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Gun Proposal Irks Groups in Hungary

30 May 2000

Associated Press

BUDAPEST — Hungary's plans to introduce Europe's toughest gun control legislation, strictly curtailing the possession of legally held firearms, has outraged many local special interest groups, including private security firms, the insurance industry and sportsmen. "Eastern Europe is still probably the easiest place on Earth to obtain cheap handguns illegally," complains Peter Kovacs, 47, a security officer and father of four. "A lot of kids have them, and old ladies... (

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