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United States,China

China's position on Gun Control

20 September 2021

CNN

Last week, a 47-year-old man stormed into a law firm in China's Wuhan city and shot dead a lawyer who he had 'some disputes with,' according to Chinese state media. He then stuffed his gun, just under 20 inches (50 centimeters) long, into a tennis racket bag and left. The fatal shooting shocked many in China, which has some of the world's strictest gun control laws -- so much so, that some people thought initial reports were about yet another American shooting. 'When... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

US Spike in Gun Violence Continues

19 September 2021

CNN

So far, 2021 is on pace to be the worst year for gun violence in decades, surpassing even the high levels last year. According to the Gun Violence Archive, from January 1 to September 15, a total of 14,516 people died from gun violence in the US. That's 1,300 more than during the same period in 2020, a 9% increase. Mass shootings are also on the rise. Through September 15, there have been 498 mass shootings across the US, or an average of about 1.92 per day. That's 15%... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Alarm Over Growing Use of Weapons at Rallies

27 August 2021

Guardian

A gunfight in Portland, Oregon, last week is intensifying concerns over escalating violence during contentious rallies in the city, as far-right demonstrators and anti-fascist counter-protesters have repeatedly faced off. The Portland police bureau charged a 65-year-old man from Gresham, Oregon, over a gunfight in the city's downtown during violent clashes on Sunday. Authorities say Dennis Anderson drew a concealed handgun and shot at a group of anti-fascists who were... (GunPolicy.org)

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Argentina,Brazil,Chile,Colombia,Mexico

Gun Laws in Latin America's Largest Economies

26 August 2021

Council of the Americas (COA)

Countries may adopt stringent gun control laws, but their efforts are complicated by international arms smuggling. We explore policies in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Mexico. For government across Latin America, reducing violence and providing security are top agenda items. AS/COA Online looks at gun-related legislation in Latin America's largest economies, identifying regulations for arms licensing. In Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Mexico, gun... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,Mexico

Mexico Sues US Gunmakers to Stop Weapons Crossing Border

4 August 2021

Guardian

The Mexican government has launched legal action against US gunmakers in an unprecedented attempt to halt the flow of guns across the border, where US-made weapons are routinely used in cartel gun-battles, terror attacks on civilians – and increasingly to challenge the state itself. The Mexican government is suing six gunmakers in a Massachusetts court, alleging negligence in their failure to control their distributors and that the illegal market in Mexico "has been... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Pandemic gun violence surge was not linked to rise in gun sales, study finds

9 July 2021

Guardian

Gun homicides surged across the United States during the coronavirus pandemic, in the same year that Americans bought a record-breaking number of guns. But some of America's leading gun violence researchers have concluded that what might seem like an obvious cause-and-effect – a surge in gun buying leads to a surge in gun violence – is not supported by the data. Through July of last year, there was no clear association between the increase in firearm purchases and... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

New York Defines Illegal Firearms Use as a 'Public Nuisance'

7 July 2021

Conversation

Could calling the illegal use of firearms a "public nuisance" bring an end to the gun industry's immunity from civil lawsuits? New York will soon test that notion. State lawmakers recently amended New York's public nuisance statute to specifically include marketing and sales practices that contribute to gun crimes. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the bill on July 6, 2021, after declaring gun violence a "disaster emergency." I've been researching lawsuits against the gun... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

How Bad is the Rise in US Homicides?

30 June 2021

Guardian

There's been a wave of media coverage this summer about an increase in homicides across the United States, with attention often focused on the same political question: will Americans still want to defund or even reform the police if "violent crime" is on the rise? Anxiety about violent crime is often used to win elections. Police and politicians routinely share misleading, out-of-context crime statistics to advance their agendas. Fearmongering about rising crime has... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

More Guns at the Root of 2020 Murder Increase in US

12 June 2021

Vox

The year 2020 saw the largest recorded increase in homicides in United States history — an increase likely propelled by a complex mix of factors, from more guns to stresses of the pandemic to fewer police officers on the streets to a crisis in relations between police and citizens. But one persistent theory is that a change in policing last summer primarily drove increased gun violence. This is an especially popular explanation among law enforcement figures. Former... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

What the Overturning of California's Assault Weapons Ban Means for America

8 June 2021

Guardian

In a polarizing decision on Friday night, a federal judge struck down California's 32-year-old ban on assault weapons, ruling that it violated Americans' constitutional right to own guns for self protection. In the 94-page decision, Judge Roger Benitez compared an AR-15 rifle to a "Swiss army knife" and falsely claimed that more Californians had died from the Covid-19 vaccine than from mass shootings. [See footnote] Although the decision has sparked outrage in... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

The Deadly Toll of California's Craft Weapons

18 May 2021

Guardian

When Brian Muhammad, a program manager at a gun violence prevention group in California, asked a 16-year-old boy in 2018 how young people were getting guns, he assumed the answer would be Nevada, the neighboring state with looser gun laws. "Who would waste time going to Nevada when you can just get them in the mail and put it together?" the Stockton teen nonchalantly replied. Three years later, homemade weapons known as "ghost guns" have risen to the top of the Biden... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

Canada's Vision of Gun Control

18 April 2021

Bloomberg Opinion

At the same time that President Joe Biden was unveiling his plans this month to attack epidemic gun violence with all the tangential minimalism that U.S. law and politics can muster, I was 20 miles north of the U.S.-Canadian border watching what happens when people, and a nation, treat guns as if they might be dangerous. In a small, carpeted classroom in Delta, British Columbia, a dozen of us filed in for the first of two days of classes — 15 hours in all —... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

The Legal Loophole of 'Ghost Guns'

8 April 2021

Al Jazeera

What you need to know about 'ghost guns' Biden wants to regulate Biden aims to close loopholes in the production of untraceable firearms with kits and 3D printing after mass shootings. US President Joe Biden has issued actions aimed at regulating "ghost guns" – weapons that can be produced without serial numbers and other identifiers making their tracking difficult – seen as a growing threat by US law enforcement and watchdog groups. Ghost guns can be produced... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

California Lawmakers Seek to Force Gunmakers to 'Microstamp' Bullet Casings

23 March 2021

Guardian

Gun control advocates are making a new attempt to force the gun industry to comply with a unique California law that requires bullet casings to be "microstamped", a measure that has been toothless since it was approved more than a decade ago. California's 2007 law requires gun manufacturers to adopt microstamping technology on new types of handguns introduced in the state. The intent was to imprint a unique set of microscopic characters on all cartridge casings when... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Reports indicate financial costs of gun violence, MA gun laws effective

25 February 2021

Boston Globe

For gun-safety activists or everyday Massachusetts citizens concerned about gun violence, it doesn't get much better than this. Newly released data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show Massachusetts is the state with the least amount of gun violence per capita, while a new study by Everytown for Gun Safety concludes that the Commonwealth has the lowest-in-the-nation per capita costs from gun violence. Building on that good news, US Senator Ed Markey... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

Forthcoming ASW Buyback Campaign and Ban in Canada

11 February 2021

CBC News (Canada)

Voluntary program will provide compensation to gun owners who give up firearms on blacklist The Liberal government is expected to table a bill in the coming days that will set up a program to buy back assault-style weapons that were blacklisted last spring, Radio-Canada has learned. The voluntary program will provide financial compensation to gun owners who give up their banned weapons, with the aim of taking them out of circulation. Public Safety Minister Bill Blair... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Americans Have Bought Record 17m Guns in Year of Unrest

30 October 2020

Guardian

Americans have bought nearly 17m guns so far in 2020, more than in any other single year, according to estimates from a firearms analytics company. Gun sales across the United States first jumped in the spring, driven by fears about the coronavirus pandemic, and spiked even higher in the summer, during massive racial justice protests across the country, prompted by police killings of black Americans. "By August, we had exceeded last year's total. By September, we... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Biden pushes the most expansive gun regulation in US history

26 October 2020

Trace, Media release

Joe Biden's Evolution on Guns Early in his career, Biden said gun regulation was ineffective. Several decades — and one notorious crime bill — later, he's pushing the most expansive reform platform in history. On the night of August 25, 1994, a complicated package of legislation championed by then-Senator Joe Biden looked like it had gathered enough votes. Along with Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, Biden stood in front of television cameras and reporters... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

More Than 100,000 Californians Have Bought A Gun In Response To Covid-19 Crisis, Report Finds

20 October 2020

Guardian

More than a hundred thousand Californians have bought a gun since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, a new report has found, in a surge of gun sales that has experts worried about the risk of suicide and deadly instances of domestic violence. Researchers at the University of California, Davis, found that 110,000 people in California purchased a firearm in direct response to the coronavirus. About 47,000 of the buyers were first-time gun owners. Buyers cited... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa,United States,United Kingdom

Gun Trafficking from US to UK Increasing

12 August 2020

New York Times

Handguns are quietly being smuggled into Britain, despite tough gun-control laws. The police fear that the illegal weapons are contributing to a rise in gang-related crime. NORTHAMPTON, England — Josh Bains was 28 when he was killed after an argument over a drug debt of about $50 just a few miles from the English village where he grew up — with a gun that had traveled thousands of miles from America. His was one of a rising number of gun deaths in recent years... (GunPolicy.org)

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