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Kosovo

Kosovo Destroys 2,382 Seized Guns

7 July 2016

SEESAC (Belgrade)

Kosovo* joined the annual International Gun Destruction Day on 7 July 2016 by destroying over 2382 pieces of small arms and light weapons (SALW), including 888 short firearms and 1494 long firearms. The weapons marked for destruction have been confiscated by the Kosovo Police during their crime investigation work. The destruction is conducted with support from the German Foreign Office and United Nations Development Programme. The event was also used to launch social... (GunPolicy.org)

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European Union,Albania,Bosnia & Herzegovina,Bulgaria,Croatia,Greece,Kosovo,Macedonia,Montenegro,Serbia,Turkey

European Commission Tightens Gun Control Across the EU

18 November 2015

European Commission - Press release

The European Commission today adopted a package of measures to make it more difficult to acquire firearms in the European Union, better track legally held firearms, strengthen cooperation between Member States, and ensure that deactivated firearms are rendered inoperable. The proposals presented today were foreseen in the European Security Agenda adopted in April 2015, but have been significantly accelerated in light of recent events. The Commission is hereby supporting... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: European Commission - Press release

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France,Bosnia & Herzegovina,Croatia,Kosovo,Macedonia,Montenegro,Serbia

How Did the 13 November Paris Killers Get Their Guns?

17 November 2015

Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)

How Did the 13 November Paris Killers Get Their Guns? Full details of the arms used in the 13 November massacres will emerge in time. This post provides some information on illicit automatic weapons, such as the Kalashnikov, in France, and how they reach illicit markets. Overall, it appears that there is a pool of several thousand illicit military style firearms in France and relatively small numbers are trafficked in from abroad. Such quantities mean that terrorists... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)

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Albania,Kosovo

Albania Arrests Six for Arms Trafficking

14 February 2014

Balkan Insight (Sarajevo)

Six suspects, including a police officer and an employee of the Ministry of Interior, were arrested on Thursday, accused of arms trafficking between Albania and Kosovo. During the arrest of the suspects, police sequestered four AK-47 automatic rifles, 12,780 rounds of ammunition and a number of spare parts for automatic weapons. "The operation for their arrest was finalized outside the Kalimash tunnel, [on the highway that connects Albania with Kosovo] while the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Balkan Insight (Sarajevo)

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Denmark,Southern Europe,Eastern Europe,Norway,Sweden,Croatia,Kosovo,Albania,Montenegro,Serbia

Balkan Police Work to Raise Public Awareness Against Arms Trafficking

25 October 2013

Southeast European Times

Increasing police co-operation and raising public awareness about the danger from firearms is the key to limiting the trafficking of illegal weapons in the Balkans, experts said. Civil society groups estimated there are millions of small and light arms that are widely available. "The significant number of circulating small and light weapons creates a fertile ground for the general sense of insecurity, vulnerability of citizens to armed violence and serious crime, with... (GunPolicy.org)

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Switzerland,Kosovo

Drunk Kosovo Man Shoots, Kills Wife After Divorce Request

1 May 2013

Croatian Times

A Kosovan man who shot his Swiss wife dead at the bus stop when she refused to consider changing her mind about divorcing him - and then went for a beer at a local pub - has claimed her death was her own fault. Afrim Mujaj, 45, then sat calmly watching as ambulances sped by in a bid to try and save the life of his 35-year-old wife Mirvete in Riniken, Switzerland. And as emergency services tried in vain to keep her alive - the court heard he bought rounds of drinks for... (GunPolicy.org)

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Serbia,Montenegro,Bosnia & Herzegovina,Kosovo,Slovenia,Croatia,Macedonia,United States,England & Wales,Yemen

Citizens in Former Yugoslavia 'Traumatised and Heavily Armed'

10 April 2013

Washington Post

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina — The wars from 1991 to 1999 as Yugoslavia broke up took up to 200,000 lives, turned millions into refugees and left much of the region's people traumatized and heavily armed. It was the bloodiest conflict in Europe since World War II. The millions of weapons that remained in possession of civilians after the fighting have caused fatalities every week, as traumatized former soldiers either shoot family members or commit suicide or... (GunPolicy.org)

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Kosovo,Switzerland

Kosovar Man Admits Shooting Brother-in-Law, Authorities Seize Gun

1 November 2012

Local (Switzerland)

Cooperation between Vaud and Neuchâtel cantonal police forces led to the arrest on Thursday of a Kosovar man suspected of murdering his brother-in-law in a Lausanne suburb earlier this week. The 27-year-old-man was arrested in La Chaux-de-Fonds at 1.30am following an investigation by the two forces, Vaud police said. The dead body of a 29-year-old Swiss man of Kosovar origin was found on Monday with bullet wounds in a garage in Chavannes-près-Renens, west of... (GunPolicy.org)

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Bosnia & Herzegovina,Croatia,Hungary,Albania,Bulgaria,Kosovo

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... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Southeast European Times

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Montenegro,Bosnia & Herzegovina,European Union,Serbia,Eastern Europe,Southern Europe,Croatia,Kosovo,Albania

Balkan Countries Work to Round Up Privately Held Guns, Ammunition

5 September 2011

Southeast European Times (Pristina)

The statistics about gun ownership regionwide are surprising and the results can be deadly. In Albania alone, for example, analyst Jonuz Kola estimated this summer that 6% to 9% of the population has a weapon in the home. Scores of accidental shootings occur, including that of a 9-year-old in Shkodra, who died at the hands of his 11-year-old brother on July 18th. Xhavit Shala, an expert within the Albanian Interior Ministry notes that in 1997, a considerable amount of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Southeast European Times (Pristina)

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Europe,Kosovo,Bosnia & Herzegovina,Serbia,United States,Southern Europe

Balkan Gun Smuggling Seen as Prime Terrorist Threat to America, Europe

9 November 2010

Reuters

BELGRADE/SARAJEVO - Security experts concerned that the next militant attack in Europe could be a Mumbai-style commando raid are looking at the Balkans as a likely place for them to find weapons quietly and efficiently. Western governments and intelligence sources have stepped up warnings recently of preparations for attacks in Europe and the United States, and said the attackers might emulate the 2008 assault on Mumbai's financial district in which 166 were... (GunPolicy.org)

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Kosovo,Albania,Montenegro,Serbia,Macedonia

Macedonia, Albania Discuss Kosovo Gun Trafficking, More Border Seizures

14 May 2010

SEESAC (Belgrade) / RTA

After two confrontations with renegades, the Police cracked down on Tetovo Novo Selo again, arrested four persons and seized a number of weapons, ammunition and explosives. The situation in Macedonia is stable, KFOR reinforced its fast intervention units in the region of Sar Planina. A minimum three persons were arrested in the night action of Macedonian special units in Novo Selo, near Tetovo, a town on the west of the country, only two days after the most serious... (GunPolicy.org)

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Macedonia,Kosovo

Kosovo Police Find Another Gun, Ammo Cache Near Macedonia Border

30 April 2010

Balkan Insight (Sarajevo)

Seven people have been arrested on suspicion of weapons smuggling near Kosovo's border with Macedonia. Kosovo Police said that it discovered a stash of weapons in a car on Thursday in the village of Begrac, near Kacanik, southern Kosovo. A search of nearby homes and businesses then uncovered more weapons, military uniforms, six boxes of fuses, an automatic rifle, six grenades and detonation wires. The incident came after another stash of weapons were found near Blace... (GunPolicy.org)

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Macedonia,Kosovo

Macedonian Police Discover Large Gun, Ammo Cache at Kosovo Border

30 April 2010

Balkan Insight (Sarajevo)

Macedonian police on Thursday seized a large stash of personal firearms and explosives hidden in several bunkers in the mountainous terrain near the border with Kosovo. On Friday, the police reported that they had found an additional large cache of weapons, including sniper rifles, mortars, and missiles, in the same area, as their search continues. Unofficially local media reported that several armed and uniformed men who were guarding the weapons on Thursday opened... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Balkan Insight (Sarajevo)

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Kosovo

350,000 Illicit Guns 'Loose' in Kosovo, Still a Serious Problem - Report

21 July 2009

Saferworld / Balkan Insight (Sarajevo), Media release

Civilian possession of illicit weapons remains a serious problem in Kosovo and the region, Saferworld said in a press conference in Pristina on Tuesday. According to a new Saferworld report, around 350,000 illicit small arms and light weapons remain in private possession in households across the country. Kosovo is currently estimated to have a population of around 2 million people. Saferworld Director Henry Smith told the press that the report, which is the fifth in a... (GunPolicy.org)

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Kosovo

Civilians Hold More Than 300,000 Illegal Guns in Kosovo, Survey Shows

6 June 2008

BBC Worldwide Monitoring / KosovaLive, Transcript

More than 300,000 illegal small weapons are in Kosova [Kosovo], based on a research by the UNDP, whereas 49 persons were killed and 57 were wounded by these weapons in 2007. This was said today at a debate in Mitrovice [Mitrovica] in the framework of the campaign, "World Week Against Violence With Weapons." The head of the project, Enver Kqiku, from the Kosova Centre for International Cooperation said that such debates are taking place in some cities of Kosova aiming... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC Worldwide Monitoring / KosovaLive

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Kosovo,Albania

75 Handguns Seized from Albanian Brothers Said Gunrunning from Kosovo

7 May 2008

BBC Worldwide Monitoring (Tirana) / Shekuli, Transcript

"Operation Morina" has led to the arrest of two brothers and the seizure of a veritable arsenal, including 74 handguns, which was in their possession. Yesterday afternoon, the organized crime department's anti-illegal trafficking unit, acting jointly with the prosecutor's office, organized an operation that ended with the arrest of two brothers suspected of arms trafficking. The two brothers arrested yesterday near Tirana's Pharmacy No. 10 are Mehmet Zharku, 33,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Kosovo

Gun Destruction Programme Targets 400,000 Illegal Weapons in Kosovo

5 March 2008

BBC Worldwide Monitoring / KosovaLive, Transcript

Although different organizations evaluate that there are more than 400,000 illegal weapons in Kosova [Kosovo], the high officers of the Kosova Police Service (ShPK) say that Kosova is a very safe country and that the citizens do not have to worry over this issue. These comments were made during the signing of the handover of documents of the support for ShPK by international organizations and diplomatic offices, for the establishment of infrastructure within the ShPK,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC Worldwide Monitoring / KosovaLive

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Albania,Kosovo,Montenegro,Italy

Gun Runners, Handguns Intercepted en Route from Montenegro to Italy

9 August 2007

BBC Worldwide Monitoring / Gazeta Shqiptare (Albania), Transcript

Luck helped them a month ago when they miraculously escaped arrest, but not yesterday afternoon. In the second operation this august, the officers of the Tropoje Police Commissariat seized a shipment of handguns coming from Kosova [Kosovo] and heading for Tirana. The bag with 21 Mini-Zastava handguns fell in the nets of the Cyclone operation conducted by the department against weapons trafficking near Fierze on the Tropoje-Kruje road. The weapons, according to the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC Worldwide Monitoring / Gazeta Shqiptare (Albania)

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Kosovo

Kosovo Police Confiscate 500 Smuggled Handguns, Rifles, Ammunition

3 August 2007

BBC Worldwide Monitoring / RTKTV, Transcript

Kosovo Police Service [ShPK] in cooperation with Kfor [NATO-led Kosovo Force] last night [Wednesday] seized over 500 small firearms; this is one of the most successful operations carried out by the anti crime police unit. [Reporter] KPS exhibited on the table its latest success, they showed 506 small arms of different calibres; most of the pistols were Berretta type 6.35 calibre, hunting riffles, close to 2,000 rounds, two magazines for AK-47 and 8,000 in cash. The... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC Worldwide Monitoring / RTKTV

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