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United Kingdom,Ireland,Norway,Iceland,New Zealand,United States

5 Countries Where Police Don't Carry Guns, and It Works [ES]

9 July 2016

El Dinamo (Chile)

[Translated summary: In Britain, Ireland, Norway, Iceland and New Zealand, officers don't carry guns when they are on patrol. The effectiveness of this strategy is reflected in the low crime rates of these countries. Some experts believe that, in the US, both citizens and police should be disarmed to make it safer.] Tras los violentos hechos registrados en Estados Unidos durante esta semana, el Washington Post reveló los particulares casos que se viven en Gran... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,Norway,Finland,Spain,Iceland,New Zealand,United Kingdom,Ireland

Handling Violence in Countries Where Police Don't Carry Guns

9 July 2016

Quartz (USA)

Another week, another police shooting in the United States. So far this year, 569 people have been killed by US police, according to The Guardian's count. Police brutality is a horrific normality and, in more ways than one, black men being shot by police has become the modern-day equivalent of lynching. But, of course, it doesn't have to be this way. A police officer does not have to shoot to kill and, in several countries, a police officer does not even have to carry... (GunPolicy.org)

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Iceland,United States

Lots of Guns, Little Violence: Shooting Highlights Armed but Peaceful Iceland

3 December 2013

Christian Science Monitor

PARIS - A 59-year-old man was shot and killed by police, who were called to the man's apartment east of Iceland's capital because someone reported gunshots being fired inside. It's an event that might not even make the news in some countries. In Reykjavik, the incident was front-page coverage and ultimately garnered a national apology from the country's top police official: It was the first time that the country's police have ever shot anybody in an operation.... (GunPolicy.org)

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Iceland

Man Shot Dead in Iceland by Police After Shotgun Incident

3 December 2013

Telegraph (UK)

Police in Iceland have shot dead a gunman - the first time armed officers have shot and killed someone in the country. Officers were called to an apartment in the Reykjavik suburb of Arbaer early today when a man fired a shotgun from inside the flat. Two policemen, who were not armed, were wounded when trying to enter the apartment. A special armed unit then entered and fired at the man, who was taken to hospital, where he died. Iceland, which has a tiny population... (GunPolicy.org)

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Brazil,Iceland,United States,United Kingdom,Denmark

Low Rates of Gun Homicide in Iceland Despite High Gun Ownership

16 May 2013

BBC News

Even though I grew up in New England, there was something novel about seeing an Icelandic blizzard. It was paralysing, with epic wind gusts that made snowflakes feel like razors. As I dragged my bags along Reykjavik's snowy pavement, an older man in a Jeep pulled alongside me. "You want to get in?" he asked. It sounded crazy. Why would I ever get in a stranger's car? Despite everything I was taught about riding in cars with strangers, I climbed in the backseat. And... (GunPolicy.org)

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Iceland,United States

Iceland: Plenty of Guns, But Hardly Any Violence

17 January 2013

International Business Times (USA)

The tragic shooting deaths of 26 people, including 20 small children, at an elementary school in Connecticut last year has cast a harsh glare on U.S. gun laws and the political power and influence of the National Rifle Association. Even a political leader in Iceland, a tiny island country of only about 320,000 souls near the Arctic Ocean, has weighed in on the controversy surrounding America's obsession with guns. According to the Reykjavik Grapevine newspaper,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Norway,Finland,Denmark,Iceland,Sweden

Nordic Countries Set Sights on Stricter Gun Control after Norway Attacks

16 August 2011

Agence France Presse

STOCKHOLM — In the Nordic countries, where hunting is popular and firearms are plentiful, the twin July 22 attacks that killed 77 people in Norway have spurred lawmakers to consider tighter gun laws. But change will not come without resistance in a region where hunting is viewed by many as a cultural heritage passed down from Viking ancestors, and sport shooting is a favourite pastime. Finland, which has one of the world's highest gun ownership rates at 1.5 million... (GunPolicy.org)

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Norway,United Kingdom,Iceland

Norway Mass Shooting: Police Preparedness, Delays Questioned [Fr]

26 July 2011

Le Monde (France)

[Translated summary: The Norwegian Police intervention in the attacks of July 22 is questioned. Succession of contretemps, an unarmed police officer on the island, the authorisation to carry firearms, or the rise of criminality?] Quand un homme vêtu d'un uniforme policier et muni de deux armes à feu commence à tirer sur l'île norvégienne d'Utoya, où se trouvent 600 jeunes réunis pour le camp d'été du Parti travailliste, personne ne se méfie. Il est alors 17... (GunPolicy.org)

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Sweden,Iceland,United Kingdom,Norway

Unsettling Wariness in Norway, Where Police Are Rarely Armed

25 July 2011

New York Times

OSLO — When a man dressed in a police uniform began slaughtering young people at a Norwegian summer camp last week, one of the first to be killed was a real police officer named Trond Berntsen, who for years had worked in security at the camp. Whether Officer Berntsen tried to stop the gunman is still being debated. But facing a man carrying multiple guns and ample ammunition, there was little he could do. Like most other police officers here, he had no weapon. By... (GunPolicy.org)

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