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Thousands of Homemade Guns Collected by Vietnamese Authorities

5 July 2018

Thanh Nien

In recent years, Quang Nam has had many traumatic accidents, affecting the lives and health of its citizens due to homemade guns. 4 July 2018 - the Police Department of Public Administration (PC64) in Quang Nam province handed over a large amount of weapons and dangerous objects to the Department of Police - Technical Security of the province for destruction. Included are: 1,139 alcohol/air guns, 272 homemade guns, 54 military guns, 63 knives, 289 parts and... (

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Deadly Shootings in Vietnam Expose Gun Control Loopholes

30 August 2016

Voice of America

The recent shooting deaths of two Vietnamese officials, allegedly committed by a lone forest ranger in the remote northern province of Yen Bai, have drawn public attention to rising cases of gun violence in the Southeast Asian nation. One high-ranking lawmaker was quoted by local media as saying during a meeting convened by the parliamentarian Committee on Defense and Security following the deadly shootings that, "there seems to be loopholes in gun control in... (

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Vietnam,United States

Vietnam Would Welcome U.S. Lifting Its Gun Sales Embargo

12 May 2016

Daily Mail (UK), Reuters

HANOI -- Vietnam would welcome the United States "accelerating" the lifting of a lethal arms embargo, which would reflect trust between the two countries and recognition of its needs to defend itself, its foreign ministry said on Thursday. Vietnam's comments on a topic that has long been a source of friction with the United States comes just over a week ahead of a visit by President Barack Obama, and amid debate in Washington over whether to remove the ban, which was... (

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Vietnam Seizes 41,300 Firearms

7 January 2016

People's Army Newspaper

Representatives of the Ministries of Public Security and National Defence met in Hanoi on January 7 to review their coordination in national defence and security, and ensuring social order and safety over the past five years. The conference was co-chaired by Deputy Defence Minister and Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People's Army General Do Ba Ty and Permanent Deputy Minister of Public Security Sen. Lieut. Gen. Dang Van Hieu. Under the Government's Decree... (

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Buying Illicit Firearms in Vietnam

24 August 2015

Tuoi Tre News

Although civilians are banned from owning guns in Vietnam, anyone can buy the weapons via contacts with friends, as well as on social networks, and have them delivered at home. It is not difficult to buy a gun in Vietnam, even though civilians are totally banned from owning them. Prices range widely, from VND400,000 (US$18) to tens of millions of dong (VND10 million equals $455). They are mainly air guns illegally imported through the land borders with China, Laos... (

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Homemade Air Rifles in Vietnam

6 May 2015

Tuoi Tre News

In spite of being totally banned in Vietnam, air guns can be found and bought in Ho Chi Minh City at prices ranging from VND200,000 (US$9) to VND1 million ($46) each Air guns have been offered for sale in Ho Chi Minh City and other localities despite the fact that purchasing and owning the items are banned in Vietnam. The guns are manually made by individuals, mainly for hunting, and cost an average of VND200,000 (US$9) to VND1 million ($46) each, depending on the... (

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27,662 Guns Collected in Vietnam

20 June 2014

Thanh Nien

[Editor's note: article translated from Vietnamese into English by] On 19 June, the Ministry of Public Security held an online conference to summarize the two-year implementation of the Law on the Management of Weapons, Explosives and Combat Gear; The Ministry of Public Security reviewed it's efforts to encourage the public to surrender illicit weapons, explosives and support instruments. …the public voluntarily surrendered 27,662 guns of all kinds,... (

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Saudi Arabia,Libya,India,Georgia,Egypt,Yemen,Vietnam,Turkey,Syria,Germany,Bahamas

Questions Asked Over Germany's Arms Exports

16 December 2013

Deutsche Welle

For a long time, arms exports to regions in conflict were taboo for the German government. However, the growing number of arms deals with Middle Eastern countries like Saudi Arabia or Qatar, or with Asian countries like India and Indonesia suggests that these could soon become a pillar of German foreign and security policy. This, at least, is the warning expressed in this year's weapons exports report published in Berlin on Monday (16.12.2013) by the Joint Church and... (

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Vietnam Police Seize Illegal Pen Guns from Gang

20 June 2013

Viet Nam News

HAI PHONG – Police from northern Hai Phong City busted a ring involved in producing and trading fire-arms yesterday. The case was exposed when police searched a house in Le Chan District's Nghai Xa Ward on Tuesday. They arrested a husband and wife for illegally producing fire-arms in Le Chan. The police seized five pen guns, two self-made guns, one grenade and materials for producing weapons at their workshop. A day later, police raided the house of another member... (

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Black Market Handguns Advertised Openly in Remote Regions of China

17 May 2012

South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)

Black market explosives and pistols are advertised openly in the remote, mountainous Yunnan county where a mysterious suicide bomber killed three people and injured 16 last week, the South China Morning Post can reveal. Most advertisers claim they can arrange delivery by car within an hour in central Kunming , the provincial capital, with guns handed over outside supermarkets and post offices. Some advertisers also said they had delivery networks in remote counties.... (

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Southeast Asian Nations Meet in Cambodia to Strengthen Small Arms Control

29 March 2012


PHNOM PENH -- The ASEAN security officials gathered here on Wednesday to seek effective measures for cooperation to prevent disasters caused by illegal arms smuggling and trafficking, said Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sar Kheng. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the three-day ASEAN workshop on Small Arms, Light Weapons and Unexploded Ordnances Control, Sar Kheng said the meeting was very important to identify effective measures for... (

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Vietnam,Yemen,United States

Virginian Company Fined for Attempted Yemeni Arms Brokering Deal

7 January 2010

Associated Press

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia - A Virginia company run by a would-be arms merchant pleaded guilty Thursday to trying to sell guns, night vision goggles and other military equipment to people in Yemen, Libya and other foreign countries. Ioannis "John" Papathanassiou, 51, of Vienna, Va., entered the guilty plea on behalf of his company, Taipan Enterprises Ltd., at a hearing Thursday in U.S. District Court, admitting that his company sought to broker arms deals without a... (

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Two Men Arrested for Trafficking Pen Guns, Handguns in Vietnam

31 March 2008

Thanh Nien News

Police in the northern port city of Hai Phong Saturday arrested two men and seized 24 guns, dozens of bullets, along with other gun parts, binoculars, and knives. Nguyen Minh Tri, 51, and Pham Cao Son, 42, who are permanent residents of the city, were caught carrying specialized arms in their pockets, a police source said. Authorities caught Tri with a pen-shaped gun and 12 bullets, while Son was nabbed carrying three firearms containing 30 bullets. After searching... (

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A Sampling from 6 Months' Worth of Small-Arms Mishaps in Vietnam [1967]

18 February 2007

New York Times

The following excerpts are from an Army report on small-arms mishaps in Vietnam from Jan. 1 to June 20, 1967, as reported by the adjutant's office of the United States Army Vietnam to the commander in chief of the United States Army Pacific. Key WIA Wounded in action KIA Killed in action M16 M-16 rifle vM60 M-60 machine gun M79 M-79 grenade launcher .50 .50-caliber machine gun .45 .45-caliber semi-automatic pistol .38 .38-caliber revolver vHG hand grenade WPHG white... (

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Gun Runners Stole 68 Vietnam Government Pistols for Sale to China: Police

29 October 2006

Vietnam Bridge / SGGP

50 people appeared Friday in Tuyen Quang Province People's Court on charges of illegal weapons trading, drug smuggling and bribery. Taking advantage of a careless supervisor, a storeman at a Ministry of Public Security armory managed to steal 65 K54 pistols, three K59 pistols and 82 K54 bullets from 2002 to 2004. Nguyen Manh Duc was arrested while trying to send the stolen weapons to his accomplices to smuggle into China. A raid on the accomplices also netted 836.8... (

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Latvian Man Found With Gun at Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh Airport

1 September 2006

Thanh Nien News / Vietnam News Agency

Security personnel at Ho Chi Minh City's Tan Son Nhat airport caught a Latvian passenger Tuesday with a gun in his checked-in baggage. Police have detained the man to trace the source of the gun and his reason for carrying it. The same day a Vietnamese passenger flying to Thailand from the airport was detained after he claimed he had a bomb. A search failed to turn up a bomb in the plane or in his belongings. Police discovered the passenger was... (

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Vietnam Army Captain Shot Woman With AK-47 Despite Strict Gun Laws

20 July 2006

Thanh Nien (Ho Chi Minh City)

A turbulence divorce just days earlier might have caused an army forces captain to shoot and kill his former mother-in-law in central Vietnam yesterday, their relatives said. The murderer Tran Quoc Ngu, 31, was arrested on Wednesday evening, about four hours after he killed his former mother-in-law Nguyen Thi Nguyet, 50, at her home. The divorce between Ngu and Nguyet's daughter Nguyen Khanh Duy, 27, was rocky as Ngu withdrew his initial divorce request once the case... (

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'Eat Or I'll Shoot'

12 December 2002

South African Press Assocation / SAPA

HANOI, Vietnam — A 13-year-old boy fatally shot his younger sister in the head in southern Vietnam because she refused to eat her lunch, local police said Friday. Pham Quoc Khan was home alone with his 11-year-old sister, Cuong, on Wednesday, as they often were while their parents worked on their shrimp farm. Khanh cooked lunch after school for his sister while she watched her favourite video. When he called her to come and eat, she ignored him and continued... (

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