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Germany,Australia,New Zealand,Japan,Switzerland,France,Poland,Iraq

German Ammo Sales Up Tenfold, €4 Billion Arms Sales in 2016

25 October 2016

Mo4ch (US)

Germany's small arms ammunition sales have increased by 10 times in the first 6 months of 2016, while total arms sales have reached €4 billion over the same period and have set a new record, Deutsche-Presse Agentur (DPA) says, citing a government report. The total value of the small arms ammo export contracts has risen from €27 million ($29.3 million) in the first half of 2015 to €283.8 million ($308 million) in the first six months of 2016, the reports says,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Western Europe,Spain,Germany,Switzerland,Poland

Spain, Europol Dismantle Multinational Gun Trafficking Network

26 July 2016

Europol

Europol has supported a Spanish National Police – led operation which resulted in the dismantlement of an organised crime group headed by a Polish national suspected of firearms trafficking. Numerous house searches were carried out in several locations in the municipality of Ibiza in the last couple of weeks. Simultaneously, Europol coordinated searches in some firms located in Germany and Switzerland. As a result, several members of the crime network were... (GunPolicy.org)

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Poland

Poland Buys 26,000 Beryl Assault Rifles and Carbines

27 May 2016

IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

The Polish Armed Forces has placed its largest ever order for small arms, ordering over 26,000 Beryl rifles from Fabryka Broni Lucznik Radom. Worth PLN156 million (USD39.4 million), the contract includes the delivery of 17,621 wz. 96C Beryl assault rifles and 8,400 wz. 96C Mini Beryl carbines between 2016 and 2019. The order is the largest single firearms contract signed by Poland since 1990 and the biggest since Fabryka Broni Lucznik Radom was founded in 2000. The... (GunPolicy.org)

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Poland

Despite Strong Laws, the Number of Gun Permits in Poland Goes Up

7 August 2014

Polskie Radio (Warsaw), News from Poland

Despite some of the most draconian laws on gun possession in the European Union, over the past decade the number of firearm permits in Poland has gone up by some 30 percent. Around 500,000 guns are currently registered in Poland, owned by some 340,000 people, latest figures from the central police headquarters reveal. Currently, the number of hunting firearm permits stands at 150,000, a rise of one third in the past decade. Around 44 percent of all permits are... (GunPolicy.org)

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Poland,Ukraine,Israel,Côte d'Ivoire,Bulgaria,Belarus,China,Angola,Russia

Guns Easily Available in Côte D'Ivoire Despite Embargo

16 April 2013

IRIN (UN News)

ABIDJAN - Côte d'Ivoire's recent turbulence - including the ouster of president Henri Konan Bédié in 1999, a long-running insurgency and deadly poll unrest in 2011 - has left the country awash in arms, which have contributed to human rights abuses, widespread crime and persistent insecurity. Two years after coming to power in 2000, Laurent Gbagbo's administration faced an army mutiny, which morphed into a full-scale rebellion. In response, the government underwent a... (GunPolicy.org)

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Romania,Burkina Faso,Poland,Russia,Latvia,Tunisia,Guinea,Senegal,Bulgaria,China,Africa,Europe,Côte d'Ivoire

Arms Proliferation and Abuse Shatter Communities in Côte d'Ivoire - AI

20 March 2013

Amnesty International (London)

Reckless and illegal arms supplies from Europe, Africa and China to the warring parties in Côte d'Ivoire over the past decade continue to fuel grave human rights abuses and violent crime in the country, Amnesty International said in a detailed report launched at the United Nations (UN) headquarters. The 33-page report, Communities shattered by arms proliferation and abuse in Côte d'Ivoire, documents how a handful of states and a network of multinational arms... (GunPolicy.org)

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Germany,Poland,Austria

Former Vienna Policeman Revealed to Be an International Arms Dealer

25 May 2012

Austrian Times

A former member of the Vienna police force was apprehended in Germany on Monday suspected of having sold illegal weapons internationally. The man named only as Jörg R., 47, for privacy reasons had worked for the Vienna police department for many years as a department inspector and radiation protection instructor. But due to his co-workers perceiving him as dubious, he was never well liked. When he was relieved of duty in 2008 it was because of several complaints made... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom,China,Nigeria,Poland,Germany

UK Arms Dealer Arranged to Sell 80,000 Chinese Guns to Nigeria - Court

10 January 2012

BBC News

A British-based arms dealer helped organise the shipment of thousands of guns from China to Nigeria without the necessary licence, a court has heard. Gary Hyde partly arranged and organised the shipment in 2007 of 80,000 rifles and pistols and 32 million rounds of ammunition. Southwark Crown Court heard he did not receive permission from the relevant government department. Mr Hyde, from Derwent near York, denies the charges. The court was told the shipment involved... (GunPolicy.org)

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Poland,Norway

Norway Mass Killer Tried Smuggling, Then Bought His Guns Legally Instead

24 July 2011

Financial Times (UK)

The Nordic countries' hunting traditions mean that there is a high rate of gun ownership in Norway, where locals – and tourists - often go out to the woods to hunt wild reindeer, moose, deer, hare and grouse. About 439,000 Norwegians are recognised by the Norwegian Register of Hunters, or about one in every 10 citizens. However, most have licences for bolt-action rifles and shotguns, with a smattering of semi-automatic weapons, and ownership of heavier weapons and... (GunPolicy.org)

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Poland

Drugs, Guns, Ammunition Seized, 9 Arms Traffickers Arrested in Poland

8 February 2010

Polskie Radio (Warsaw)

Nine people have been arrested by border guards in southern Poland for arms dealing and criminal activities. The regional prosecutor in Nowy Sacz stated that the group is being charged with dealing in narcotics, arms, explosives and people. The criminal group has been working in the Silesia region since September 2009 and includes a Slovakian citizen charged with bringing illegal arms into Poland. Silesian police worked with border guards and customs officials to... (GunPolicy.org)

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Turkey,Poland,Austria,Iraq,Bulgaria,Germany

Turkey Protests Polish, Austrian, US, Iraqi Supply of Guns to Kurdish PKK

19 August 2008

Today's Zaman (Istanbul)

ANKARA — Polish-made fully automatic Glauberyt submachine guns that were apparently purchased during the reign of Saddam Hussein are now in the hands of the PKK terrorist organization. Turkey and Poland are currently in a row over these weapons. Iraq's chaotic environment following the 2003 US invasion has allowed weapons from around the world to make it into the hands of the outlawed Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK). US-made weapons and guns purchased from Poland... (GunPolicy.org)

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Poland

Poles Rush to Arms as Crime Booms

23 June 2002

IRNA

WARSAW — For years, membership of a pistol or rifle shooting club was an near essential social attribute among Warsaw's olitical, business and show business elite, the German news agency, DPA's Eva Krafczyk reported from Warsaw. But today the man on the street is racing to acquire firearms or other means of defense in sheer alarm at the soaring crime figures. The conservative magazine Wprost said the whole of Poland was crime ridden and added that the popular... (GunPolicy.org)

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Poland

Polish Armed Forces Selling Out Antiquated Arms to Western Collectors

25 April 2001

Warsaw Gazeta Wyborcza

Poland has become a major Central European arms exporter. Collectors in the West are purchasing arms for their museums from the Polish Armed Forces on a huge scale. "From the point of view of our clients, the fact that the Polish Armed Forces has antiquated equipment is an asset," explains Marian Luczak, director of the Special Trade Department at the Military Property Agency [AMW]. The army hands over used arms to the AMW to sell. The money thus earned is used for... (GunPolicy.org)

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