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Finland,Ukraine,Sweden,Denmark,Netherlands

Firearms Supplied to Ukraine Found in Crime in Scandinavia

2 November 2022

YLE (Finland)

Organised crime is growing in Finland and there is a strong demand for weapons. Routes and connections from Ukraine to Finland are already in place. The police are hoping for resources to deal with the increasing workload caused by the war in Ukraine. Soldiers carry weapons in the woods. Europol, the European police agency, has warned that international criminals are trying to smuggle weapons from war-torn Ukraine to various EU countries. Photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba /... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom,Australia,United States,New Zealand

Australia, UK, New Zealand Tackled Mass Shootings

1 June 2022

CNN, Opinion

A man – almost always a man – commonly with no criminal history and no diagnosis of mental illness, armed with a lawfully obtained semiautomatic 'assault' weapon, kills and injures a large number of innocents in a place they imagined to be safe. It happens around the world, but horrifyingly more and more often in the United States, most recently in Uvalde, Texas and Buffalo, New York. To those of us who live in culturally similar nations, but where the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ukraine,United States,Russia,Turkey,Germany,United Kingdom,Poland

What Weapons Have Other Countries Supplied to Ukraine?

17 March 2022

Guardian

The US president, Joe Biden, has announced an $800m (£610m) package of arms to Ukraine as the west steps up military aid against invading Russia forces. The west's military assistance to Ukraine began cautiously with helmets and flak jackets but now includes drones that can destroy Russian tanks and artillery from 50 miles away. The west has repeatedly refused to enforce a no-fly zone over Ukraine but is now supplying a range of powerful weapons. They... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

Plymouth Mass Shooting Investigation Concluded

16 March 2022

Plymouth Herald (UK)

The police watchdog investigating how and why the Keyham gunman had his pump-action shotgun returned to him by Devon and Cornwall Police after it was removed said it has now completed its inquiry - but its findings cannot be made public at this time. The Independent Office for Police Conduct's (IOPC) investigation was launched in the wake of the tragic events on August 12, 2021 which saw the deaths of five people as well as the gunman, Jake Davison, by his own hand. A... (GunPolicy.org)

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Lithuania

Gun Sales Soar in Lithuania After Russian Invasion of Ukraine

11 March 2022

National Interest (Lithuania)

Gun buyers in Lithuania are flocking to stores. Lithuanian media report that sales have increased eightfold and applications for gun licenses have more than doubled. Media outlets also report that shooting ranges are seeing increases in clients hoping to hone their skills. These sales are believed to be largely driven by Lithuanian fears that Russia could invade in the future. "[Putin] has much larger ambitions in Ukraine," President Joe Biden said in February. "He... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ukraine,Netherlands,Sweden,Finland,Germany,Poland,United States,Russia

NATO Countries Pour Weapons Into Ukraine

2 March 2022

New York Times

The Dutch are sending rocket launchers for air defense. The Estonians are sending Javelin antitank missiles. The Poles and the Latvians are sending Stinger surface-to-air missiles. The Czechs are sending machine guns, sniper rifles, pistols and ammunition. Even formerly neutral countries like Sweden and Finland are sending weapons. And Germany, long allergic to sending weapons into conflict zones, is sending Stingers as well as other shoulder-launched rockets. In all,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ireland

Irish National Police to be Disarmed Following Review

11 December 2021

Irish Times (Ireland)

The Garda is dramatically reducing the number of members carrying guns as it moves towards a model of having specialist units act as the force's primary firearms response. The process began last year after a review of the number of armed members was carried out and it was found that more than a quarter (27 per cent or 3,778 gardaí) were carrying firearms. This was close to the proportion of members who were armed at the height of the Troubles in the 1980s. The 2019... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

Plymouth Mass Shooting Inquest Will Look At 10 Key Points

9 December 2021

Plymouth Herald (UK)

A six-week-long jury-led inquest into the deaths of five people killed by Keyham gunman Jake Davison will include an examination of why his mother reported him to the Government's counter-terrorism scheme. Today's two pre-inquest reviews into the killings on August 12, 2021, revealed the scope of the forthcoming full inquest which will begin on January 16, 2023. Maxine Betty Davison, age 51, Lee Raymond John Martyn, age 43, Sophie Iris Martyn, age three, Stephen John... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,Australia,New Zealand,United Kingdom,Falkland Islands,Mexico

How US Gun Culture Stacks Up With the World

26 November 2021

CNN

Ubiquitous gun violence in the United States has left few places unscathed over the decades. Still, many Americans hold their right to bear arms, enshrined in the US Constitution, as sacrosanct. But critics of the Second Amendment say that right threatens another: The right to life. America's relationship to gun ownership is unique, and its gun culture is a global outlier. As the tally of gun-related deaths continue to grow daily, here's a look at how gun culture in... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ireland

Ireland Hits Record Gun Ownership

26 September 2021

Independent (Ireland)

There are close to a quarter of a million legally held firearms across the country, figures show, amid concerns of a rise in these weapons being used in murder-suicides. There are currently 234,000 firearm certificates in circulation, according to Garda Headquarters. This equates to one in eight households in Ireland possessing a legally held firearm. There is rising concern among gardaí and within the Government over the number of legally held guns being used in... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ireland

19,000 Firearms Licensed in Cork, Ireland

22 September 2021

Echo Live (Ireland)

If there are any concerns about a person who has a licence for a gun, that gun should be removed. That is according to Fine Gael Cork North Central TD Colm Burke, who raised the issue of gun licences at this week's meeting of the Cork City Joint Policing Committee. He said six people have died in two firearms incidents in Cork and Kerry since last October. And he added: "We have had huge challenges in the Covid period." He told The Echo: "The use of a gun is just... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

Doctors: A Gap in Britain's Gun Control System

22 August 2021

Guardian

Dal Babu is wrong to suggest that the British Association for Shooting and Conservation should not provide its members with details of fellow members who are doctors and are willing to provide medical verification for a firearms certificate (If you're asking how the Plymouth shooter got his gun, look at the broken licensing system, 18 August). The shooting community has an obvious interest in ensuring public safety. Without it, responsible and legal shooting as we know... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

Plymouth Shootings: Police Asked to Review Gun Licence Process

17 August 2021

BBC News

Police forces in England and Wales are being asked to review their current firearm application processes, in the wake of the Plymouth mass shooting. Questions remain over why Jake Davison, who killed five people and himself on Thursday, had a shotgun licence. The Home Office is preparing new guidance to ensure higher standards of decision making around applications.BBC News There will be advice on carrying out social media checks on people wanting to own a firearm or... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

Plymouth Mass Shooting

13 August 2021

BBC

The mother of the Plymouth gunman, Maxine Davison, and three-year-old Sophie Martyn have been named among the five victims of his shooting spree. Ms Davison, 51, was shot and killed by her 22-year-old son Jake Davison at her home on Biddick Drive, Plymouth, on Thursday evening. Davison went on to kill three-year-old Sophie, her father Lee Martyn, 43, Stephen Washington and Kate Shepherd. His attack lasted about six minutes before he turned the gun on himself. In... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

What Are the Rules on Firearms Licences in the UK?

13 August 2021

Guardian

A gunman has killed five people, including a three-year-old child, in Plymouth, in Britain's worst mass shooting in more than a decade. Police said the perpetrator, Jake Davison, 22, was a licensed firearm holder, but it is not yet known whether that gun was used. The UK has some of the toughest restrictions on firearms ownership in the world. Here is a look at how authorities determine who can get a licence. Who can own a firearm? The possession of firearms and... (GunPolicy.org)

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Sweden

Gun crime is on the rise in Sweden

24 July 2021

Economist

In late may a throng of a hundred or so young men, most of them from African or Middle Eastern minorities, started fighting in a square in Hjallbo, a suburb of Gothenburg, Sweden's second city. Members of rival gangs seem to have started the scrap over the theft of a moped. Two days later a man in a nearby grocery shop was shot in the back of the head, thought to be as an act of revenge for the gangland battle. Then a policeman in Biskopsgarden, another suburb of the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Norway

Utøya Massacre 10 Years On: What Has Changed In Norway?

22 July 2021

Conversation

It has been 10 years since 77 people – mostly teenage political activists – were massacred in a far-right terror attack in Norway that shocked the country and the world. Anders Breivik was 32 years old on July 22 2011 when he detonated an ammonium nitrate fertiliser bomb at 15:25pm in the Regjeringskvartalet district of Oslo, attempting to assassinate government officials, killing eight. Ninety minutes later, as emergency services responded to the bomb, Breivik,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Sweden

Sweden's Gun Crime Epidemic

26 June 2021

Spectator (Sweden)

The shots were fired at 1pm on a Sunday, in spite of a heavy police presence at the scene. A 44-year-old shop owner was killed by a bullet to the head. The murder victim was a hard-working man who was trying to make a better life for his family. Now he is dead: another victim of Sweden's gun-violence epidemic. On 28 May, two days before the shooting, riots had broken out in the same neighbourhood, the immigrant area of Hjällbo (pronounced 'Yel-boo') in Gothenburg, as... (GunPolicy.org)

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Sweden

Sweden's Gun Violence Rate Has Soared Due to Gangs,

26 May 2021

Guardian

Sweden is the only European country where fatal shootings have risen significantly since 2000, leaping from one of the lowest rates of gun violence on the continent to one of the highest in less than a decade, a report has found. The report, by the Swedish national council for crime prevention (BRA), said the Scandinavian country had overtaken Italy and eastern European countries primarily because of the violent activities of organized criminal gangs. "The rate in... (GunPolicy.org)

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Denmark

25 Years of Danish Shootings Mapped to the Smallest Detail

23 March 2021

Videnskab (Denmark)

Bang! A man aged between 20 and 24 shoots and kills another with a shotgun or a pistol. He shoots the victim from the front, hitting him in the head or chest, and the killing takes place indoors. If the victim is a man, it is probably gang-related; if it is a woman, it is probably the killer's wife or girlfriend. The above is not a murder mystery, but an attempt to reproduce what the average shooting in Denmark might look like. The macabre facts about shooting... (GunPolicy.org)

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