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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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Argentina

Buenos Aires Hands Over 11,400 Seized Guns for Destruction

11 November 2021

Government of Argentina

Con la presencia de Soria y Alak, la provincia de Buenos Aires comenzó la entrega a la ANMaC de 11.400 armas secuestradas en procesos penales para iniciar su destrucción Los ministros de Justicia de la Nación y de la Provincia de Buenos Aires, participaron del acto institucional que dio inicio a la entrega de armas de fuego del Servicio Penitenciario Bonaerense a la Agencia Nacional de Materiales Controlados (ANMaC). Las armas fueron decomisadas de circuitos... (GunPolicy.org)

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Argentina

Argentina Destroys 1,484 Pistols, Thousands More Guns to Go

13 October 2021

Government of Argentina

En el marco del aniversario de la sanción de la ley 27.192 que creó la Agencia Nacional de Materiales Controlados (ANMaC), Martín Soria realizó una recorrida por el Banco Nacional de Materiales (BANMaC), en el que se destruyeron 1484 armas. Acompañado por la directora ejecutiva de la Agencia, Natasa Loizou, el Ministro subrayó la "decisión política de tener un Estado proactivo que trabaja para sacar las armas de las calles". "Tenemos un Estado presente y... (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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Brazil

Brazil Documents Surge In Registered Firearms

7 April 2021

Economist

"I always had the American dream," says Bernardo Mattos, sitting outside his shooting club in Rio de Janeiro. "Thank God, I fulfilled that dream." Since he launched his club in 2018 membership has risen steadily—particularly so during the past year of pandemic. Now around 350 people come through his doors to rattle off rounds. Mr Mattos, who says he was trained by the United States armed forces, broadcasts his views to even more. He has nearly 90,000 followers on... (GunPolicy.org)

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Colombia

Colombia Firearm Imports 2011-2020

2 March 2021

El Tiempo (Bogotá)

Importacion de armas no letales supera ampliamente a las de guerra Ano: armas de guerra - armas de aire - armas de fogueo - total 2020: 1,146 - 15,130 - 175,576 - 191,852 2019: 1,295 - 123,561 - 69,546 - 194,402 2018: 954 - 23,678 - 41,229 - 65,861 2017: 2,480 - 24,910 - 35,262 - 62,652 2016: 1,834 - 30,747 - 29,684 - 62,265 2015: 538 - 46,368 - 19,526 - 48,432 2014: 2,956 - 46,105 - 19,050 - 68,111 2013: 49,829 - 28,628 - 9,784 - 88,241 2012: 14,876 - 665,932 - 274 -... (GunPolicy.org)

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Brazil

Changes in Gun Policy Boost Number of Guns Owners in Brazil

12 February 2021

VICE

President Bolsonaro is encouraging weapons imports and shooting clubs, but discouraging the tracking of firearms in what observers say could be stoking violent crime. Gun purchases in Brazil nearly doubled last year, yet controls on the purchase and use of weapons is weak and violent homicides are rising. In 2020, nearly 180,000 new guns were registered in Brazil, the highest number on record and a 91% increase on the previous year. In the first two years of his... (GunPolicy.org)

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Brazil

Gun Ownership Soars In Brazil Under Bolsonaro

31 March 2020

New York Times

A year into his presidency, Jair Bolsonaro and his sons have helped fuel a gun rights movement that had little popular support, or political clout, in the country before he took office. President Jair Bolsonaro has galvanized gun culture in Brazil. His trademark campaign sign was a hand folded into the shape of a gun. One of his first moves in office was to ease gun ownership rules. His three oldest sons, politicians themselves, have been fierce proponents of... (GunPolicy.org)

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Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa,Yemen,China,Israel,Russia,Brazil,United Kingdom,Germany,India,Canada,Austria,Australia,Mexico,United States,Japan,South Africa

How to Buy a Gun in 15 Countries

2 March 2018

New York Times

Many Americans can buy a gun in less than an hour. The process takes months in some countries. Here are the basic steps for how most people buy a gun in 15 of them. Many countries have exceptions for specialized professions, and local laws vary. United States 1) Pass an instant background check that considers criminal convictions, domestic violence and immigration status. 2) Buy a gun. Many states have additional buying restrictions, including waiting periods and... (GunPolicy.org)

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Venezuela

Social Media Used for Gun Sales, Trafficking in Venezuela [ES]

18 November 2016

Entorno Inteligente

[Translated summary: Venezuelans now use social media like Whatsapp, BBM, Snapchat and Instagram to illegally buy and sell guns. A Beretta 92FS pistol can be purchased for 2.7 million Venezuelan bolivars (270,000 USD). Official data from 2012 calculates that the country has between 1.2 and 1.5 million unregistered guns. Until March, 2016, only 48,000 firearms had been destroyed.] Los índices de violencia y criminalidad siguen en un preocupante ascenso. Para completar... (GunPolicy.org)

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Bolivia

Bolivia Registers 11,000 Guns, Extends Program Deadline [ES]

18 November 2016

Correo del Sur (Bolivia)

[Translated summary: The Bolivian government has expanded the deadline of its firearm registration program for 180 days. In the last period, 10,982 firearms were registered.] El Gobierno amplió, por segunda vez, el plazo para el registro de armas de fuego, informó ayer el ministro de Gobierno, Carlos Romero. Los que no alcanzaron a registrar su arma de fuego, tienen otros 180 días. "El Decreto Supremo 2977 es el que reglamenta el plazo para este registro. Este... (GunPolicy.org)

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Argentina

Stiffer Sentences for Illegal Gun Possession in Argentina [ES]

16 November 2016

La Nación (Argentina), Agencia DyN

[Translated Summary: Argentina's Chamber of Deputies approved a bill that sets more severe sentences for gun carrying and possession. For illegal possession, sentences can go from six months to eight years if the firearm has been modified from its original condition. And for illegal carrying, sentences can be from four to eight years, depending on the case.] Cámara de Diputados aprobó hoy y giró al Senado un proyecto impulsado por el Frente Renovador y apoyado por... (GunPolicy.org)

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Uruguay

Gun Deaths in Uruguay Spark Ammunition Calibre Debate [ES]

14 November 2016

Espectador (Uruguay)

[Translated summary: Uruguay has registered 604,678 firearms since 1944 and is considered one of the most armed countries in the world. Recent deaths and injures caused by shots in the air generated a debate about which ammunition the police should use. The Interior Ministry advocates for the use of bullets with greater destructive power and less rebound, while the Ministry of Defence thinks it's better to use "full metal jacket" ammunition.] Un joven murió por una... (GunPolicy.org)

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Honduras,United States,South America

Firearm Trafficking Soaring in Honduras - Customs [ES]

11 November 2016

La Tribuna (Honduras)

[Translated summary: Every month, Honduran customs seize an average of 35 to 40 firearms of US and South America origin. Among the seized arms are pistols, shotguns, hunting rifles and ammunition. Police say the increase in crime is the reason Hondurans want to arm themselves, and trafficked guns cost one fifth of legal guns.] Un promedio de 35 a 40 armas de fuego o municiones provenientes de Estados Unidos y de Suramérica decomisan al mes funcionarios de Aduanas de... (GunPolicy.org)

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South America,Central America,United States,Mexico

A Third of the World's Gun Deaths Are In Latin America [ES]

11 November 2016

La Jornada (Mexico)

[Translated summary: International reports show that with 8% of the global population, Latin America has 33% of the world's firearm homicides. Violent deaths in Mexico, Colombia and Brazil represent 20% of the total, Brazil having the highest numbers. The US has 70 times more homicides and 35 times more suicides than the UK.] Ciudad de México. En el foro "El Control de Armas y su Gestión de la Violencia y la Delincuencia, una Mirada desde Brasil y México", la... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ecuador

Guns Used in 40% of Homicides in Ecuador [ES]

9 November 2016

Ecuavisa (Ecuador)

[Translated summary: According to official data, over 40% (376) of the total homicides in Ecuador during 2016 were committed with firearms. The most common guns criminals use are homemade; Police explain that they are easy to acquire and low cost.] El uso de armas de fuego es la principal causa de los homicidios cometidos en Ecuador. Según cifras de la Dirección Nacional de Delitos contra la Vida y Muertes Violentas (Dinased), durante este año en el territorio... (GunPolicy.org)

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Uruguay

More Guns: 1.1 Million Legal, Illegal Firearms in Uruguay [ES]

4 November 2016

Terra (Argentina)

[Translated summary: The Legal and Social Studies Institute of Uruguay explains that in 2007, Uruguay issued 5 or 6 licences for firearms everyday. In 2012, that daily average increased to 15. The Institute calculates that there 1.1 million firearms in the country, legal and illegal.] El instituto de Estudios Legales y Sociales del Uruguay (Ielsur) se mostró preocupado por el "alto incremento" en los últimos años de la emisión de permisos para portar armas,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Guyana

Guyana President Aims to Curb Both Legal and Illegal Guns

3 November 2016

Demerara Waves (Guyana)

President David Granger on Wednesday said he wants the number of illegal and legal guns to be drastically reduced, leaving firearms mainly in the hands of police and soldiers. "The Minister of Public Security and I are reducing the frequency or the ease or controlling the ease with which some people can get weapons," he said on this week's edition of the television programme, "Public Interest." The President said a corps of wardens, with law enforcement powers, would... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ecuador

Ecuador Police Deliver 25,487 Guns to Army for Destruction [ES]

1 November 2016

Entorno Inteligente (Venezuela)

[Translated summary: Ecuador's National Police delivered 25,487 firearms that were seized during police operations to the Armed Forces for destruction. Among them there are pistols, revolvers and military equipment. Authorities claimed that there were only 53 violent deaths in October 2016, while the same month in 2015 had 90.] Durante este año, la Policía Nacional ha entregado a las Fuerzas Armadas (FF.AA.) un total de 25 487 armas de fuego incautadas durante... (GunPolicy.org)

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Paraguay

Paraguay Stores Thousands of Smuggled, Seized Guns [ES]

1 November 2016

La Nación (Paraguay)

[Translated summary: In the warehouse of Paraguay's War Material Direction (Dimabel) there are 10,000 seized firearms. Around 50% are revolvers and pistols and the rest are shotguns and machine guns that can pierce armored vehicles. Authorities explain that illicit firearms come from the US disassembled, are re-assembled in the country and then sold at the border.] Una ametralladora capaz de perforar camiones blindados, así como escopetas y pistolas, son algunos de... (GunPolicy.org)

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