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United States,Switzerland,European Union,Egypt,Saudi Arabia,Yemen,Bahrain,United Arab Emirates,Qatar,Kuwait,Lebanon,Jordan

Arms Trade Treaty Member Nations Flout Gun Trade Rules [FR]

26 August 2016

SwissInfo

[Translated summary: Many countries that have signed the Arms Trade Treaty continue to ignore the rules. Only Portugal, Slovenia and Sweden have been completely transparent about their trade. US, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France and Italy continue to sell arms to Egypt which translates into the torture and death of hundreds of people.] Disposer d'un traité sur le commerce des armes, c'est bien. Encore faut-il qu'il soit respecté. Pour Amnesty International, trop... (GunPolicy.org)

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Lebanon,Iraq,Jordan,Oman,Egypt,Saudi Arabia,Croatia,Israel,Kuwait,Germany,Spain,United Arab Emirates,Italy,Qatar,Switzerland,United States

World's Small Arms Trade Reached US$5.8 Billion in 2013

17 June 2016

Israel Homeland Security

The Small Arms Survey (SAS) released its annual Transfers and Transparency trade update for 2016, which reveals that the world's top and the largest of the smaller arms exporters conducted trade to the tune of $5.8bn in 2013. This represents an increase of 17 percent in small arms trade on 2012, which came in at $5bn flat. The United States alone, the world's largest arms manufacturer and exporter, exported a record breaking $1.1bn worth of small arms in 2013. In a... (GunPolicy.org)

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Kuwait

Kuwaiti Officials Investigate 25 Guns Lost from Military Camp

23 May 2014

Qatar News Agency

KUWAIT - Kuwaiti acting Prime Minister, Sheikh Mohammad Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah who is also acting Interior Minister and Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs has ordered the formation of an ad-hoc security committee to fully and urgently investigate the loss of 25 pieces of weapon from the Special Forces' military camp. An Interior ministry statement issued here last night said the committee includes the General Administration of Criminal Investigations and the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Kuwait

Kuwait Authorities Propose New Gun Law, Buyback to Curb Crime

28 March 2013

Arab Times (Kuwait)

KUWAIT CITY - The Economic and Financial Affairs Committee of the National Assembly Thursday approved the amendment to the loan interest law and agreed on not to allocate more than KD 720 million to the 'Family Fund' which the state should use to buy the loans from the banks. Speaking after a marathon meeting which was held in the presence of Minister of Finance, Mustafa Al-Shamali and Governor of the Central Bank of Kuwait (CBK) Mohammed Al-Hathil, the Committee... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Arab Emirates,Qatar,Oman,Kuwait,Bahamas,Germany,Saudi Arabia

Germany Doubles Arms Supplies to Persian Gulf Nations

25 February 2013

RT-TV Novosti (Russia)

German military exports to Persian Gulf nations doubled in 2012 amid repeatedly-voiced international concerns over gross human rights violations in the region. The German government has been fiercely accused of unscrupulousness in arms sales. The latest report published by Munich-based Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper suggests that German arms export to the six nations belonging to the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf has grown two-fold, from 570... (GunPolicy.org)

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Tunisia,Egypt,Qatar,United Arab Emirates,Kuwait,Bahrain,Oman,Iraq,Saudi Arabia,Yemen,Iran,United States

How US, Middle East Gun Laws Measure Up

19 December 2012

Al Arabiya (Dubai)

The fatal Dec. 14 shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut which claimed the lives of 28 people, including 20 innocent children under 10 once again brought to light the dilemma of gun ownership in the United States and despite the fact that it received no response from the gun rights advocates but a deafening silence, laid emphasis on the necessity for the United States to revise its gun policies. The shooting rampage, in which a mentally... (GunPolicy.org)

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Kuwait

Kuwait's Crime and Gun Figures Show Illegal Trafficking an Issue

21 September 2012

Kuwait Times

Three thousand forty-four felony crimes. Two thousand fifty-eight misdemeanor crimes. Twenty-four cases of possession of an unlicensed firearm. Eight-eight muggings at gunpoint. These are official statistics detailing crimes reported last year and published recently by the press. Meanwhile, a local daily published an investigative report about the spread of weapons in Kuwait, which provides a breakdown on the price of firearms sold illegally in the country. For example,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Syria,Kuwait

Kuwait Legislators Urge Govt to Enforce Firearm Laws, Confiscate Guns

28 August 2012

Arab Times

KUWAIT CITY - The recent allegations of gun possession by 'some' and shooting incidents have prompted some lawmakers to raise eyebrows and call on the authorities to take immediate action to collect guns from civilians because the situation is spinning out of control. MP Adnan Al-Mutawa called on the Minister of Interior Sheikh Ahmed Al-Hmoud Al-Sabah to take swift measures to ensure illegal weapons are collected before the situation becomes unbearable. He added the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Oman,Saudi Arabia,Bahrain,Kuwait

Friend Kills Groom at Kuwait Wedding with Celebratory Gunfire

22 August 2012

National (Abu Dhabi)

KUWAIT CITY - A Kuwaiti groom was killed on his wedding day after his friend accidentally shot him. The friend, who surrendered to police, shot Abdullah Al Khaldi, 24, inside a car that was taking the wedding party to the marriage celebration. Mr Khaldi, who worked for the ministry of defence, died before reaching hospital. The incident, in Al Jahra neighbourhood of Kuwait City, has reignited a debate about civilian possession of firearms, which is legal in... (GunPolicy.org)

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Thailand,Malaysia,Indonesia,Kuwait,Qatar,Mexico,Peru,Venezuela,Colombia,Bolivia,Somalia,Nepal,Oman,Latvia,Mauritius,Guyana,Congo (DRC),Bosnia & Herzegovina,Saudi Arabia,Liberia,Kazakhstan,Singapore,Dominican Republic,Jordan,Trinidad & Tobago,United Arab Emirates,Guatemala,Honduras,Chile,Ecuador,Argentina,Zimbabwe,Zambia,Uganda,Tanzania,Senegal,Congo (ROC),Nigeria,Niger,Namibia,Morocco,Mauritania,Malawi,Côte d'Ivoire,Egypt,Burkina Faso,Brazil,Tunisia,Sri Lanka,Pakistan,Philippines,Yemen,United States,Italy,Germany,Israel,Austria,Russia,Africa,Americas,Asia,Europe,South Africa,Algeria,Angola,Botswana,Ghana,Guinea,Madagascar

Brazilian Gun Industry Seeks New Markets: Africa and Asia [PT]

27 January 2012

Publica (Brazil)

[Translated summary: With the support of the Ministries of Defence and Foreign Affairs, Brazilian gun manufacturers seek new markets in countries with a history of human rights violations: Tunisia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Philippines and Yemen. Brazil is among the six countries in the world with annual exports exceeding $ 100 million, according to recent research from Small Arms Survey. According to the Army, responsible for supervising and controlling exports from 2005 to... (GunPolicy.org)

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Libya,United States,Turkey,Jordan,Philippines,Iraq,Kuwait,Macedonia,Serbia

Celebratory Shooting Injuries: How Dangerous is Firing a Gun Into the Air?

22 August 2011

BBC News

Libyan rebels have celebrated their advance into Tripoli by firing guns in the air. How hazardous is this? It is, unarguably, an emphatic way to display one's jubilation. Shooting an automatic weapon into the sky to signal an occasion one welcomes is a popular practice in much of the world, as the footage of Libyan anti-Gaddafi forces seizing the main square of the capital city has demonstrated. But it is a potentially fatal activity, which regularly results in the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom,Iran,Kuwait

Gun Dealer Jailed for 4yrs: First Prosecution Under UK Arms Brokering Law

26 November 2007

Department for Business Enterprise & Regulatory Reform (UK Govt), Web Page

Arms dealer John Knight was jailed for four years on Friday 23 November 2007 after pleading guilty to the illegal sale of 130 MPT 9 machine guns in the Middle East. In a hearing at Blackfriars Crown Court in September 2007, Mr Knight admitted illegally moving the weapons contrary to Article 9(2) of The Trade in Goods (Control) Order 2003. Mr Knight was also made subject to a confiscation order of £53,389.51 to be paid within six months or face an 18 month prison... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom,Iran,Kuwait

Iran-Kuwait Gun Deal: Arms Dealer Jailed 4yrs Under New UK Brokering Law

26 November 2007

BBC News

Customs officials tipped off about an illegal shipment of machine guns to Kuwait raided a £1.5m house in Kent to find dozens of shredded documents. They believed they related to an operation by arms dealer John Knight to move 130 guns from Iran to Kuwait even though he had been refused permission. The officers spent months painstakingly piecing the shredded paper together. Their work resulted in evidence which put Knight, 52, from Fawkham, behind bars for four... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom,Iran,Kuwait

British Arms Broker Jailed for Shipping Machine Guns from Iran to Kuwait

23 November 2007

BBC News

An arms dealer from Kent has been jailed for four years for illegally shipping machine guns outside the UK. John Knight, of Valley Road, Fawkham, pleaded guilty to moving weapons from Iran to Kuwait, contrary to article nine of the Trade in Goods Order 2003. He was jailed at Blackfriars Crown Court on Friday. A confiscation order of £53,389 was also made with a further sentence of 18 months if Knight fails to pay the sum within six months. The Revenue and... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,Iraq,Turkey,Kuwait

Pentagon Launches Search for Missing Guns, Middle East Contract Fraud

29 August 2007

Reuters

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon's independent watchdog has launched a probe into the military's inability to account for weapons in Iraq after reports that Kurdish militants were using U.S. arms to attack Turkey, the Defense Department said on Wednesday. Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said the department's inspector general will go to Iraq next week with an 18-member assessment team to investigate the problem. "Since January, the inspector general's office has been... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,Iraq,Afghanistan,Kuwait

US Auditors Sent to Iraq and Afghanistan to Trace Missing Guns, Corruption

28 August 2007

USA Today / AP

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is sending a team of investigators to Iraq because of the growing number of cases of fraud and other irregularities in contracts involving weapons and supplies for Iraqi forces. "The (Defense) Department is concerned with the number of contracting improprieties" that have been uncovered, department spokesman Bryan Whitman said Tuesday. Some members of a team led by Pentagon Inspector General Claude M. Kicklighter are already in Iraq and... (GunPolicy.org)

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Kuwait

Penalties Raised for Illicit Gun Possession

15 November 2005

Arab Times

KUWAIT — The National Assembly's Legislative and Legal Committee on Saturday passed two laws once regarding the ban on ownership of firearms and the other on transfer of properties. Under the first law, the penalty for the illegal ownership of light firearms was raised from five years to ten years in jail while the penalty for acquiring automatic firearms was raised from seven years to 15 years in jail. As for the fines to pay in either case, they are not less than... (GunPolicy.org)

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Kuwait,Iraq

Alleged Australian Gunrunner, Terrorist Comes to Trial in Kuwait

20 September 2005

Australian (Sydney)

An Australian man charged with being a member of a terrorist group is due to reappear in a Kuwait court this weekend, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) says. Sydney businessman Tallaal Adrey, 30, is accused of running guns across the border from Iraq and being involved in a terror group known as the Peninsula Lions, whose members were involved in a deadly gun battle with Kuwaiti police in January. A DFAT spokeswoman told AAP today Adrey and 33 other... (GunPolicy.org)

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Kuwait

New Kuwait Law to Curb Militants, Guns

1 February 2005

BBC News

The Kuwaiti parliament has passed a law giving the authorities wide-ranging new powers to seek out and seize illegal firearms. The move follows gun battles this month between security force and suspected Islamic militants. Once approved, the new law will be in force for a year and then renewable. State TV reported on Monday that four Islamist militants were killed in a clash with police in the al-Qurain area, south of the capital. Reports say the new law makes... (GunPolicy.org)

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Kuwait

Kuwaiti Parliament Rejects Weapons Search Bill

17 May 1998

Xinhua

KUWAIT CITY — Kuwaiti National Assembly Saturday night rejected a government-proposed bill to search for fire-arms in citizens' houses on grounds that it violates the sanctity of the home and the Islamic Sharia law. Out of the 36 members who were present to vote, 27 were against, five for and four abstained, according to local newspapers Sunday. The law was in effect for a two-year period from 1992 after the Gulf War and the government has been trying to reactivate... (GunPolicy.org)

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