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Namibia

21 October 2021

New Era (Namibia)

Despite assurances by police chief Sebastian Ndeitunga and safety and security minister Albert Kawana that no one will be prosecuted for handing in unlicensed firearms and ammunition, an about-turn saw police announcing those who surrendered firearms used in the commission of a crime will indeed be arrested and prosecuted. When he announced the amnesty earlier this year, Ndeitunga was quoted as saying "Cabinet endorsed the month of September as the amnesty month to... (GunPolicy.org)

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Nigeria

23 September 2021

Punch (Nigeria)

The recent transmission by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), of two executive bills to the National Assembly to control arms proliferation and regulate the importation of explosives into the country appears in order. But deeper scrutiny exposes the regime's tactless approach and the helplessness of security forces in curbing arms smuggling into Nigeria. The biggest problem is that in many parts of the country, the Nigerian state has lost its... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Punch (Nigeria)

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Afghanistan,Libya

22 September 2021

Corriere della Sera (italy)

Afghanistan, Libya and Syria are the three crises that today fuel the archipelago of Islamic extremism. Three countries that are out of control and where Western intervention has increased the risk to global security. In Doha, in recent months, the Americans negotiated the withdrawal from Afghanistan with the Taliban, promising: we will leave, but you will not allow al Qaeda or other extremist groups to operate in the country. We know how that went. And when countries... (GunPolicy.org)

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Nigeria

15 September 2021

Daily Trust (Nigeria)

President Muhammadu Buhari has transmitted to the senate two bills that seek to control the proliferation of arms and regulate the importation and exportation of explosives in the country. They are: the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons Bill 2021; and Explosives Bill 2021. Buhari transmitted the bill in two separate letters dated the 26th and 27th August 2021 and read during the commencement of plenary by Senate President Ahmad Lawan on Tuesday. Buhari, in the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Trust (Nigeria)

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Uganda

27 August 2021

Daily Monitor (Uganda)

Government has proposed to increase gun licensing fees from Shs150,000 to Shs5 million for private gun owners according to the 2017/2018 financial year budget estimates. The development was communicated by the State Minister for Planning David Bahati while appearing before the Parliamentary Budget Committee. This follows an increase in gun related crimes in the country with the most recent being the murder of AIGP Felix Kaweesi, his driver and body guard by armed... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Monitor (Uganda)

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Nigeria

26 August 2021

Daily Independent (Nigeria)

Students in Ogun State have blamed the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) over what they alleged as an influx of illegal firearms into the country through the borders in the state. The students, under the aegis of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Ogun, the National Association of University Students (NAUS) and the National Association of Ogun State Students (NAOSS) lamented that the Ogun 1 Area Command of the Service was becoming a toothless bulldog... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Independent (Nigeria)

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Serbia,West Africa,Burkina Faso,Mali

24 August 2021

Amnesty International

Amnesty International's arms experts have identified Serbian-manufactured weapons in videos posted by armed groups operating in the Sahel, including an Islamic State affiliate which has claimed responsibility for hundreds of civilian deaths. The new rifles, some the latest available models, match trade records of Serbia's sales to Burkina Faso, suggesting the weapons were recently sold to the government before falling into the hands of armed groups. Amnesty... (GunPolicy.org)

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Nigeria,Niger

24 August 2021

Daily Trust (Nigeria)

Many communities in North West and North Central are contributing money to buy guns and other weapons to protect themselves against bandits, terrorists and other criminals, Daily Trust reports. Wealthy individuals are also reportedly buying personal guns to protect themselves against aggression or buying weapons for groups. Villagers in Niger, Zamfara, Kaduna, Plateau and Katsina States are on the lead as many communities in States having security challenges have... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Trust (Nigeria)

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South Africa

19 August 2021

Conversation (South Africa)

Statistics produced by the police and mortuary surveillance systems in South Africa have consistently shown that firearms are the most commonly used weapons to commit murder and other violent crimes, such as carjacking and house robberies. With this in mind, the Civilian Secretariat for Police Services which serves as the technical advisory agency to the Minister of Police, wants to have the Firearms Control Act amended to introduce more stringent firearm licensing... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Conversation (South Africa)

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Uganda

17 August 2021

Daily Monitor (Uganda)

The joint security force of police and the army has cautioned residents and others wishing to visit Karamoja to desist from using motorcycles to access the area. The warning was issued by Karamoja Regional Police Spokesperson, Mr Michael Longole, while addressing the media on Monday. He said riding motorcycles through the lonely routes such as Moroto, Kotido, Moroto, Nakapiripirit, Moroto Nabulatuk should be avoided at this time when the disarmament exercise is taking... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Monitor (Uganda)

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South Africa

16 August 2021

Institute for Security Studies (ISS)

Fifty-eight percent of South Africa's domestic violence murder victims from April to June 2020 were women, according to national police statistics. Sixty-seven percent of these women were killed by a current or ex-intimate partner. In such cases, femicide is the final act in a pattern of chronic and escalating abuse. South Africa's rate of femicide has been estimated at six times higher than the global average. Research has consistently shown that having access to a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Institute for Security Studies (ISS)

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Liberia

10 August 2021

Analyst (Liberia)

State Security Officers assigned at the Ganta-Guinea and Loguotou-Ivory Coast Borders, Nimbia County and Toe-Town (B'hai)-Ivory Coast Border, Grand Gedeh County are expected to benefit from specialized Training on Small Arms and Light Weapons control, Arms trade, Transfer and Trafficking as well as Gender in Arms Control. According to a release signed by Thomas Mulbah, Communication and Outreach Officer, following the specialized training at the targeted border sites,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Analyst (Liberia)

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Nigeria

13 July 2021

Premium Times (Nigeria)

In a bid to address the proliferation of arms and ammunition in the country, the House of Representatives on Tuesday passed for second reading a bill seeking to amend the Firearms Act. The bill, which also seeks to provide strict penalties for illegal possession of firearms and to allow the production of arms and ammunition by private entities, was passed for second reading on Tuesday. The sponsor of the bill, Adejoro Adeogun (APC, Ondo), said in his legislative... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Premium Times (Nigeria)

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Liberia

12 July 2021

All Africa (Liberia)

The Liberia National Commission on Small Arms (LiNCSA) continues to make significant gains to ensure the domestication of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) in Liberia. Of recent, and having attracted funding and technical assistance from Expertise France, the leadership of the Small Arms Commission has been meeting, in constructive sessions with influential government institutions, mainly relevant Committees of the national legislature, civil society stakeholders and the... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

8 July 2021

Times (South Africa)

The police have destroyed almost 25,000 firearms, including weapons voluntarily handed over during the two previous amnesty periods, and those that were either confiscated or surrendered to the state. The firearms were destroyed at Cape Gate Steel in Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng, after a notice was published in the Government Gazette in June, with 24,910 firearms intended to be destroyed. "About half of the firearms that have been destroyed were handed in during the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times (South Africa)

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Nigeria

1 July 2021

Daily Independent (Nigeria)

The Senate on Wednes­day passed a bill which provides for three years jail term or N3 million fine or both, as penalties for anyone caught il­legally possessing or dealing in firearms in Nigeria. Titled 'Firearms Act (Amendment) Bill, 2021', the piece of legislation amends section 35 (2) of the Principal Act which previously provided a fine of just N1000 as penalty. The amendment to section 35(2), which is captured in Clause 4 of the bill, provides for stiffer... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Independent (Nigeria)

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Kenya

10 June 2021

Independent Online (IOL)

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday set alight more than 5 000 illegal firearms in a gesture to highlight the importance of peaceful resolutions to conflict. Kenyatta set fire to 5144 illegal firearms, in addition to out-of-date state-owned guns, at the Regional Traffic Police Training Centre located in Ngong, west of the capital Nairobi, State House Kenya reported. "A peaceful Kenya, a united Kenya is for the good of all of us. And that can only be achieved... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Independent Online (IOL)

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Kenya

10 June 2021

AfricaNews

The Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday presided over the burning of 5,144 illegal firearms and obsolete state-owned small arms and light weapons at the Regional Traffic Police Training Centre in Ngong, Kajiado County. He further called on those making homemade guns to join the newly built government facility that produces guns. "This is to those making illegal guns, come we make legal money and jobs. Come forward and declare you can make a gun and you will... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: AfricaNews

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Liberia

8 June 2021

Analyst (Liberia)

The Liberia National Commission on Small Arms (LiNCSA) has concluded three-day stakeholders' validation sessions to endorse a five-year Strategic Plan (2021-2025) that has been formulated to provide strategic direction for the Commission. The Plan will essentially guide management decisions, planned programs and activities in the accomplishment of its general and specific mandates and institutional sustainability. The five-year Strategic Plan builds and improves on... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Analyst (Liberia)

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Togo

5 June 2021

TogoWeb (Togo)

[Translated content] The President of the Republic, Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé, attended last weekend a shooting campaign with heavy weapons on the Akaba (Akébou) firing range. It is often said that great evils require great remedies. And the other one says: "who travels far, spares his mount". These two adages, which have always been true, are a source of determination for our country which is sharpening its weapons to comply with the new military programming law... (GunPolicy.org)

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Togo

3 June 2021

TogoWeb (Togo)

He who wants peace prepares for war. Faure Gnassingbé seems to have understood this quote from Julius Caesar. After the promulgation of the law on military programming and the acquisition of military equipment in Togo, the Togolese head of state has seen fit to test his weapons. If the information does not appear on any official government website, it is rather abundantly relayed on the web. On one of the photos published by some news sites, we can see the Togolese... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: TogoWeb (Togo)

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Liberia

27 May 2021

Smart News Liberia

The Liberia National Commission on Small Arms (LiNCSA), through its Chairman has submitted a proposal to the Government of Liberia to begin the conduct of mandatory registration of single barrel hunting guns throughout Liberia within 180 days commencing July 2021 and granting full amnesty for the offense of illegal possession of single barrels hunting guns during the said period. In a communication to His Excellency President George Manneh Weah dated May 25, 2021, the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Smart News Liberia

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Nigeria,West Africa

21 May 2021

Punch (Nigeria)

Criminals are hell-bent on making Nigeria unsafe with the diverse methods being used to smuggle firearms into the country. The country is currently battling insurgents, killer herders, robbers, kidnappers and bandits using sophisticated weapons to cause mayhem across states in the country. The security agents have been able to bust some of the gangs and their methods of smuggling firearms into the country while others albeit escaped their eagle eyes. There are viral... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Punch (Nigeria)

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Togo,Benin

12 May 2021

TogoWeb (Togo)

[Translated text] Have the Togolese become very active in arms trafficking? After the seizure of 70,000 12-gauge cartridges by the Beninese police, Togo also announced a second seizure of 1,300 cartridges of the same calibre. In both cases, Benin is mentioned as the final destination and the involvement of Togolese. "On 30 April 2021 at around 1am, the patrol team of the Central Police Station of the city of Lomé stopped a suspicious AUDI car with the registration... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: TogoWeb (Togo)

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Africa,Americas,Asia,Europe,Oceania

8 April 2021

Conversation

A series of massive blasts recently rocked Equatorial Guinea's city of Bata. The explosions, at an army barracks, killed over 100 people and destroyed military buildings as well as people's homes around the site. President Teodoro Obiang Nguema stated that the explosions were "caused by negligence of the unit in charge of storing explosives, dynamite and ammunition at the Nkoa Ntoma military camp". Unplanned explosions at munitions sites have occurred on all continents... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Conversation

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Liberia

31 March 2021

Liberia National Commission on Small Arms (LiNCSA)

Liberia is leading the reform efforts within in West Africa to conform to provisions of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) by ensuring the validation to amend the Firearms and Ammunition Control Act of 2015 and the Act creating the National Small Arms Commission of Liberia. The new Arms Commission Act when enacted by the National Legislature will expand its mandate to regulate all categories of conventional arms including small arms, light weapons their ammunition and related... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Liberia National Commission on Small Arms (LiNCSA)

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Nigeria

26 March 2021

This Day (Nigeria)

Over the years Nigeria has been bedeviled by insecurity and the problem has become worse in the last five years. The situation seems to have defied all effort by the federal government to check the menace. Apart from banditry and kidnapping for ransom, piracy in the nation's waters is at an all-time high. Also, the country has been besieged by the outbreak of violence and conflicts, which have claimed thousands of lives and property. For instance, Boko Haram has, in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: This Day (Nigeria)

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Togo,Ghana

19 March 2021

TogoWeb (Togo)

The defence and security forces have been carrying out control operations in certain areas of the city of Lomé and its surroundings for several weeks. The objective is to fight against the growing crime in the country. On Thursday 18 March 2021, these operations were extended to the Segbe district, a locality located in the western suburbs of the capital in the Golfe 7 commune, according to a statement issued by the Minister of Security and Civil Protection, General... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: TogoWeb (Togo)

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Nigeria

2 March 2021

Daily Independent (Nigeria)

Herders and livestock owners in Bayelsa State who are caught with firearms will be arrested and prosecuted by the state government when the anti-open grazing bill before the House of Assembly is passed into law and assented to by Governor Douye Diri. Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Biriyai Dambo SAN, stated this while speaking at the public hearing on the legislative document titled, 'Livestock Breeding and Marketing Regulation Bill, 2021' at the House... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Independent (Nigeria)

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Zimbabwe

9 February 2021

Conversation

As cases of poaching rise across Africa's protected areas, some governments have responded with a military approach to nature conservation. From as early as the mid 1980s, military forces themselves were used to enforce conservation, as were military strategies and technologies and paramilitary personnel. In 2011, about 165 South African soldiers were deployed to the Kruger National Park, and soldiers were deployed to Zimbabwe's national parks in 2015. Deployment of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Conversation

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South Africa

7 February 2021

Guardian

For the dozens of women training at a shooting range near Johannesburg, learning how to use a gun has become a means of protection in a country where a woman is murdered every three hours. For the first time in her life, Ntando Mthembu holds a revolver in her hands. Without hesitating, she fires 10 bullets towards a cardboard target. Last November Mthembu's cousin, left alone in a house for several hours, was gang-raped and murdered. "Before it happens to me, I want... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian

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Nigeria,Niger

7 February 2021

All Africa

Despite efforts by security forces, violent crimes are on the hike pointing to availability of small and light weapons in the country. Experts attribute this trend to large unmanned borders. Proliferation of arms, occasioned by illegal and porous borders and booming business of gun-running, is fuelling Nigeria's security challenges, giving rise to criminal activities across the country. Investigations by Daily Trust show a spike in cases of banditry, kidnapping,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: All Africa

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Uganda,South Africa

20 January 2021

Conversation (Uganda)

For two days in November 2020, Uganda witnessed some of the most violent riots in a decade. The riots were triggered by the arrest of opposition presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi, who is challenging the incumbent Yoweri Museveni in the February 14 2021 election. Authorities alleged that Kyagulanyi, better known as Bobi Wine, had consistently disregarded COVID-19 related election campaign guidelines limiting gatherings to no more than 200 people. In the violence... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Conversation (Uganda)

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Nigeria

6 January 2021

Daily Independent (Nigeria)

As a result of various violence and attacks, kidnapping and other vices across Oyo State, the State Police Command has warned against possession of illegal firearms in the state. The warning was contained in a statement on Tuesday by the Police Public Relations Of­ficer (PPRO), Oyo State Com­mand, Fadeyi Olugbenga, on behalf of the Commissioner of Police, Oyo State Command, Joe Nwachukwu Enwonwu. According to the statement, "It has come to the attention of the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Independent (Nigeria)

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Nigeria

4 November 2020

Guardian (Nigeria)

One of the cardinal responsibilities of government is the safeguard of lives and properties, provided under Section14 (2) (b) of the 1999 Constitution as amended. So paramount is this responsibility that the entire economic, social and political progress of any society depends on it. Nigeria for the past decade has witnessed unprecedented amount of bloodshed, destruction of properties and displacement of people from their native homes and places of business. The level... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (Nigeria)

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Sierra Leone,West Africa

1 November 2020

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

On the 28th October 2020, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in collaboration with Sierra Leone National Commission on Small Arms (SLeNCSA) and communities in the border districts of Falaba and Kailahun destroyed 72 weapons collected from these communities under the Weapons for Development initiative of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)-European Union (EU) Organized Crime West African Response to Trafficking (OCWAR-T) project. The... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ghana

15 October 2020

Graphic Online (Ghana)

Civil society organisations (CSOs) have been urged to develop an evidence-based research for policy decisions to support government in the fight against illicit flow and proliferation of small arms and light weapons (SALW) in the country. The issue of SALW, according to the National Commission on Small Arms and Light Weapons, had been a great concern to Ghana and the international community, and, therefore, a solid advocacy and research of the matter would put state... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Graphic Online (Ghana)

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Uganda

4 October 2020

Daily Monitor (Uganda)

On November 12, 2016, Mr Matthew Kanyamunyu was arrested on suspicion that he drew a pistol and fatally shot Kenneth Akena after the social worker sideswiped his car at Forest Mall in Lugogo, Kampala. In the shooting's aftermath, questions continue swirling around crime, punishment, impunity and even tribalism. Predictably, these questions obviate other questions about gun ownership. Even though government has increased license fees for individuals and companies... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Monitor (Uganda)

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Sudan

30 September 2020

Daily Independent (Sudan)

The Sudanese government destroyed over 300,000 illegal weapons that were handed over voluntarily over three phases as part of the National Project for Collecting Firearms, announcing the launch of the fourth phase. At a ceremony held in Hajar al-Asal area in northern Sudan, thousands of the firearms collected over the past three years were destroyed in a controlled explosion by the army. The operation was carried out in the presence of defense and interior ministers,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Independent (Sudan)

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Nigeria

17 September 2020

Premium Times (Nigeria)

As part of efforts to curb the proliferation of firearms, the Niger State command of the Nigeria Police Force has issued an ultimatum for submission of illegal and prohibited firearms. "The Niger State Police Command hereby calls on members of the public who are in possession of illegal and prohibited firearms such as single barrel, double barrel, automatic pump action and locally fabricated gun etc to render such firearms to a nearby Police Division, Area Command or... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Premium Times (Nigeria)

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Uganda

11 September 2020

Daily Monitor (Uganda)

On the morning of September 5, a video clip showed State minister for Labour Mwesigwa Rukutana grabbing a gun from a police officer before aiming it at people in a car. What followed is a long story. I review this safety and security incident by questioning and trying to answer to the question. This article tries to show what should be followed when one has or uses a firearm. Firearms have different sizes and they include pistols, AK47, machine guns, anti-aircraft... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Monitor (Uganda)

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Nigeria

28 August 2020

Premium Times (Nigeria)

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the establishment of a national centre for the control of small arms and light weapons, the national security adviser, Babagana Monguno, said. The centre will be domiciled under the office of the NSA and efforts are on to give it a legal backing, Mr Monguno told State House reporters Thursday. He added that the centre will be similar to the counter terrorism centre and the cybersecurity centre, both of which are domiciled under... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Premium Times (Nigeria)

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Nigeria

21 August 2020

Daily Independent (Nigeria)

The Bayelsa State Commissioner of Police, Mr Mike Okoli, has set up a special squad to mop up illegal firearms in the state. A statement on Friday by Mr Asinim Butswat, the Police Public Relations Officer, quoted CP Okoli as saying that the initiative was in line with the directive of the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu. He said the IGP had specifically directed "commissioners of police to initiate appropriate actions to identify, isolate, disarm,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Independent (Nigeria)

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Nigeria

18 August 2020

Premium Times (Nigeria)

Shapraku Umade, a 19-year old blacksmith who specialises in fabricating firearms, has been arrested by police in Lagos, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Hakeem Odumosu, has said. Mr Umade was arrested alongside two other suspects at the Ajah area of the state during a transaction of illegal firearms. The team transports the firearms from Benue to Lagos State where they sell at the rate of N30,000 each. According to the Commissioner of Police, "information was... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Premium Times (Nigeria)

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South Africa,United States,United Kingdom

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)

Read More: New York Times

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South Africa

4 August 2020

Saferspaces

If it had not been for the national socioeconomic crisis brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the emerging corruption scandals associated with funding for relief measures, there most likely would have been a public outcry following the release of the 2019/2020 crime statistics last week. Many South Africans were hoping that with the deployment of the South African Defence Force alongside the South African Police Service (SAPS) on the Cape Flats from 2019, as well... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Saferspaces

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South Africa

1 August 2020

South African Government

Illegal firearm owners get a second chance with the new Firearm Amnesty period A new Firearm Amnesty for a period of six months, commencing today, 1 August 2020 until 31 January 2021, has been approved by Parliament during this past week. The previous amnesty period which was also intended for a period of six months, between December 2019 and May 2020 was thwarted by the unexpected Covid-19 pandemic. Despite this, the South African Police Service received a resounding... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: South African Government

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Liberia

24 June 2020

Analyst (Liberia)

The Chairman of the Liberia National Commission on Small Arms (LiNCSA), Atty. Teklo Maxwell Grigsby II has outlined his vision of the Civilian Arms Registration for hunters to members of the Board of LiNCSA. In a prepared presentation to members of the Board, Chairman Grigsby said, one of the major reasons for the Civilian Arms Registration is to ensure the control and regulation of both illicit and licit firearms, which remain a huge challenge in Liberia. The Small... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Analyst (Liberia)

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Liberia

14 April 2020

Front Page Africa (FPA)

The Civil Society Human Rights Advocacy Platform has called on the Liberian Government to adopt a national guideline that will specify the role of state securities in the fight against COVID-19 amid the observance of the state of emergency imposed to stop the spread of the virus. The CSO Human Rights Platform's statement comes in the wake of reports of violence meted against peaceful citizens by state securities in several parts of the country including Bong,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Front Page Africa (FPA)

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Burkina Faso

9 March 2020

New Humanitarian

KOUPELA, Burkina Faso Tirog Seydou wants his government to do a better job at fighting the extremist groups that are plaguing his country and encroaching on his town. But the 42-year-old trader from Burkina Faso worries that a new scheme to provide civilians with weapons is no answer to the well-armed militants. "It's better to invest in the army than militia," said Seydou, seated at a restaurant in Koupela, a town in the country's Center-East region. Passed by... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Humanitarian

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Liberia

3 February 2020

Liberia National Commission on Small Arms (LiNCSA)

In fulfillment of its mandate, the Liberia National Commission on Small Arms (LiNCSA), has ended the second phase of its Direct Community Engagements on the Civilian Arms Registration for hunters Campaign with stakeholders in Sinoe, Grand Gedeh and Nimba Counties respectively. The essence of the campaign was to raise awareness amongst relevant authorities and the general public in those counties with specific focus on the hunting population. The Community Engagement... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Liberia National Commission on Small Arms (LiNCSA)

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Liberia

3 February 2020

Front Page Africa (FPA)

As part of its core function to control, regulate and prevent the proliferation of Small and Light Weapons in Liberia, and pursuant to Parts II, III & IV of the Firearms and Ammunition Control Act of 2016 relating to the possession, registration, licensing and use of the single barrel hunting guns, the Liberia National Commission on Small Arms (LiNCSA) in collaboration with the Liberia National Police has officially launched the Civilian Arms Registration Exercise... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Front Page Africa (FPA)

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Burkina Faso

3 February 2020

BBC News

The authorities in Burkina Faso, struggling to grapple with a growing wave of Islamist militant attacks that is affecting the region, are planning to give weapons to civilians, as Louise Dewast reports. The Burkinabe government is under pressure to take new measures to try and curtail the militants. In January alone, at least 60 people were killed in four separate attacks in the north of the country, with another 20 killed on Sunday. Members of parliament recently... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

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Nigeria

29 January 2020

Daily Independent (Nigeria)

The Commandant General of the corps, Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu of NSCDC, has banned members of the Civil Defence armed squad from the display of firearms, especially in public places. He said this when he paid a condolence visit to the former governor of Imo state and serving Senator Rochas Okorocha to commiserate with him on the demise of an illustrious son of the state. Abdullahi maintained that the order was necessitated by the need to prevent future occurrences of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Independent (Nigeria)

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Ethiopia

9 January 2020

Reuters

ADDIS ABABA - Ethiopia's parliament passed legislation on Thursday aimed at curbing gun ownership after a surge in regional ethnic violence blamed on a proliferation of small arms in private hands. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's government said last April that it had seized 21 machine guns, more than 33,000 handguns, 275 rifles and 300,000 bullets in different parts of the Horn of Africa country over the previous year. In October security forces confiscated a further... (GunPolicy.org)

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Togo,France

7 January 2020

TogoWeb (Togo)

[Translated content] Togo, through the National Commission for the Fight against the Proliferation, Circulation and Illicit Trafficking of Small Arms and Light Weapons, has been receiving technical support from France in the area of controlling the illicit arms trade since Monday 6 January 2020. At the end of the meeting, the participants will formulate recommendations to strengthen Togo's legal arsenal in terms of controlling the international arms trade. "This... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: TogoWeb (Togo)

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Liberia,West Africa

28 November 2019

Front Page Africa (FPA)

The 11th Annual National Commissions on Small Arms (NATCOM) meeting of the ECOWAS 15 Member States kicked off Tuesday, November 26, in Monrovia with a call on member states to collaborate to end the proliferation of small arms in West Africa. Liberia's Chairperson on Small Arms, Att'y Teklo Maxwell Grigsby said hosting the meeting is Liberia is timely because there have been many gains made by the Liberian Small Arms Commission. He said there is a need to accelerate... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Front Page Africa (FPA)

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Nigeria

8 November 2019

Premium Times (Nigeria)

The Nigerian government has confirmed to PREMIUM TIMES that a former Ogun State governor, Ibikunle Amosun, did not get approval to import weapons into Nigeria. Mr Amosun, a serving senator, requested and received approval for a duty waiver to import only 13 armoured personnel carriers for police operations in Ogun State in 2012, Ben Akabueze, the director-general, Budget Office of the Federation, told PREMIUM TIMES in a recent letter. The federal government's... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Premium Times (Nigeria)

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South Africa

4 November 2019

The South African

The last national firearm destruction took place on the 17th of April 2019 wherein over 30 000 firearms were destroyed. The South African Police Service plans to destroy 20 000 firearms on Tuesday morning by melting them, police spokesperson Colonel Brenda Muridili has announced. The destruction will take place in Vereeniging, Gauteng. The firearms were seized by, surrendered to and forfeited to the state. "To stamp the authority of the State the police have to... (GunPolicy.org)

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40440

South Africa

17 April 2019

Sunday Times (South Africa)

More than 30,000 firearms were destroyed by the police in Gauteng on Wednesday. The firearms marked for destruction, at steel manufacturer ArcelorMittal in Vereeniging, had all been "seized, surrendered or forfeited" to the state, said police. Police minister Bheki Cele was present and said: "Most of the firearms here today were surrendered. It is quite a period since we last destroyed firearms - it last happened late in 2016." He said around two-thirds of the... (GunPolicy.org)

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40441

Uganda

30 March 2019

Daily Monitor (Uganda)

Kampala- At least 16 people have been shot dead by licensed guns since the start of the year, a search through publicly available information shows. Five of the victims were shot dead by security guards after they were involved in arguments with the guards or were accused of committing crime, while the rest were killed by policemen on accusations of being criminal suspects. With the killing in cold blood of Ronald Ssebulime last weekend still fresh, however, it is... (GunPolicy.org)

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40386

Liberia

17 February 2019

New Republic (Liberia)

In the midst of rumors, claims and counter claims regarding assassination plot of President George Weah, the chairman of the Liberia National Commission on Small Arms (LINCSA), Marvin Sarkor has assured Liberians that the country's borders will not be used for trafficking of illicit small arms and light weapons. According to Sarkor, the people of Liberia have no reason to fear as the commission, he noted, is working tirelessly with her international partners to include... (GunPolicy.org)

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40523

Togo

9 July 2018

TogoWeb (Togo)

[Translated content] The Togolese State through its Ministry of Security and Civil Protection wants to launch a national operation to mark the weapons of the security forces. This initiative, financially supported by Japan, is part of the fight against the trafficking of small arms and light weapons in order to guarantee the security of the population. In case of theft or loss, these weapons will be more easily found, according to General Yark Damehane, Minister of... (GunPolicy.org)

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40567

Liberia,United States

28 June 2018

Philadelphia Inquirer

As federal prosecutors in Philadelphia wrapped up their case this week against Thomas Woewiyu – the Collingdale man on trial for allegedly lying to U.S. immigration authorities about his role in Liberia's first protracted and bloody civil war in the '90s – they shifted focus toward examining the part he played in arming rebels led by warlord Charles Taylor. The deal was negotiated over years in a seedy Miami warehouse, a historic Washington hotel, and even the... (GunPolicy.org)

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40508

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

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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40300

Sudan

25 December 2017

Dabanga (Sudan)

The disarmament campaign in North Darfur has not led to the planned results, according to the state's governor, although more than 170 militiamen affiliated with former janjaweed leader Musa Hilal have reportedly been arrested. Talking to a Darfur local radio on Saturday, Governor Abdelwahid Yousif Ibrahim acknowledged the small number of the weapons collected so far. He pointed to the spread of huge numbers of arms in North Darfur, and stressed that there is still a... (GunPolicy.org)

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40364

Uganda

15 December 2017

Daily Monitor (Uganda)

The Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura has ordered for an audit of all police guns. In his directive to the in charge of classified stores, Commissioner of Police Good Mwesigwa, Gen Kayihura says the full audit is to start with all police pistols. He has also demanded for a full accountability of all police pistols and other firearms adding that a computerized register of all the guns be developed. In a letter dated December 13, 2017, Gen Kayihura also... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Monitor (Uganda)

40541

West Africa,Ghana,Côte d'Ivoire,Nigeria,Mali,Burkina Faso,Sierra Leone

18 October 2017

ENACT Observer

The trafficking and illicit circulation of small arms and light weapons (SALW) is often discussed in the context of fuelling instability and insecurity in West Africa. Rarely, however, do these conversations give appropriate attention to the issue of locally manufactured weapons. The production of firearms by local artisans is not new to the region. It has existed in many countries (e.g. Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal,... (GunPolicy.org)

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40464

Nigeria

14 August 2017

Premium Times (Nigeria)

The Commissioner of Police in the FCT, Sadiq Bello, said the Command has arrested three suspects in connection with an illegal firearm fabricating factory in Shenagu village near Zuba, FCT. The suspects are: Philip John, owner of the factory, Onyegabueze Okpara, supplier of ammunitions and Joseph Bulus, distributor of the arms. Mr. Bello made the disclosure while briefing journalists on arrest by operatives of the command on Friday in Abuja. He said that items... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Premium Times (Nigeria)

40557

Sudan

7 August 2017

Dabanga (Sudan)

This week, Second Vice-President Hasabo Abdelrahman will chair the first meeting with the five governors of Darfur about the disarmament campaign scheduled to start before the end of this year. The Governor of North Darfur, Abdelwahid Yousif, said in a press statement on Sunday that Abdelrahman would arrive in El Fasher, capital of North Darfur, today, to discuss the state's plan for the collection of unlicensed arms with the governors of the five states of... (GunPolicy.org)

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40365

Uganda

25 April 2017

Observer (Kampala)

Government has increased license fees for individuals and companies importing firearms into the country. Estimates of non-tax revenue (NTR) rates tabled before Parliament by the finance ministry show that gun importers and owners will part with Shs 5 million each. Currently, any company which seeks a permit to acquire or import a firearm pays Shs 1 million per year. A private security company also pays Shs 200,000 for an application to import or acquire firearms. The... (GunPolicy.org)

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40268

Mauritania

12 April 2017

Authentique (Mauriania)

[Translated content] The Public Authority has finally decided to act to curb the circulation and trade of arms in the country and particularly in Nouakchott! This is at least what we have learned from reliable sources. This was prompted by the death last week of a young resident of the Moughataa of Ryadh as a result of the explosion of a grenade he was handling, but also by the arrest last week of an officer of the National Guard, accused of having supplemented a... (GunPolicy.org)

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40565

Americas,Asia,Europe,Africa,Oceania

3 December 2016

GunPolicy.org, Letter

Chers lecteurs, Garder Gun Policy Actualités en ligne a toujours été une bataille. Nos bulletins quotidiens ont été lancés il y a maintenant 18 ans, mais 40 000 articles plus tard, j'ai été obligé de me séparer de mon équipe multilingue, simplement pour cause de manque de fonds. Aujourd'hui, je suis au regret de vous annoncer la fin de tous les flux de Gun Policy Actualités sur Twitter, Facebook, les courriels de groupes et nos flux RSS, reçus par des... (GunPolicy.org)

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40248

Oceania,Africa,Americas,Asia,Europe,Australia

3 December 2016

GunPolicy.org, Letter

Estimados lectores, Siempre ha sido una batalla mantener a Gun Policy News online. Nuestros boletines diarios de noticias comenzaron hace 18 años, pero 40.000 artículos más tarde me he visto obligado a dejar ir a nuestro personal multilingüe, simplemente por falta de fondos. Hoy, me temo que todos los servidores de Twitter, páginas de Facebook, grupos de correo electrónico y los servidores de noticias RSS de Gun Policy News a numerosos lectores en español,... (GunPolicy.org)

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40247

Oceania,Asia,Americas,Africa,Europe

3 December 2016

Gun Policy News, Letter

Dear readers, It's always been a battle to keep Gun Policy News online. Our daily news bulletins began 18 years ago, but 40,000 articles later I've been obliged to lay off our multilingual staff, simply for lack of funding. Today I regret that all Gun Policy News Twitter feeds, Facebook pages, E-mail groups and RSS news feeds to many thousands of readers in Spanish, French and English must cease. GunPolicy.org, the parent Web site of Gun Policy News, will remain... (GunPolicy.org)

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40246

Morocco

25 November 2016

Yabiladi (Morocco)

[Translated summary: Following human rights protests after police killed two criminals in Morocco, the General Directorate for National Security has given new instructions regarding the use of service firearms. Guns must be the last resort and police officers must aim for the limbs, except in the case of terrorist attack or resistance to the authorities.] Suite au décès de deux « délinquants » tombés sous les balles de la police à Béni Mellal et Salé, les... (GunPolicy.org)

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40240

Cameroon

23 November 2016

237 Online (Cameroon)

[Translated summary: The National Defence and Security Committee of Cameroon has examined a new firearm and ammunition bill. The new regulations include the prohibition of homemade firearms and mandatory marking for better tracing.] L'Economie du projet de loi examinée à la Commission de la défense nationale et de la sécurité. La Commission de la défense nationale et de la sécurité a, vendredi dernier, en présence du ministre de la Défense, examiné le... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: 237 Online (Cameroon)

40232

Uganda

21 November 2016

K FM (Uganda)

In an effort to reduce the amount of illicit arms, the government has today destroyed 6000 small arms and weapons collected by police in a nationwide exercise. In his speech during the exercise in Bukasa, Wakiso District, the state minister for internal affairs Mario Obigo Kania said such arms pose a major security threat if poorly managed and stored. He also added that improving human security shouldn't be a responsibility of only the security agencies but also... (GunPolicy.org)

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40215

Namibia

17 November 2016

Africa Posts

[Translated summary: The Namibian firearms and ammunition amnesty that was initially going to last three months has been extended until 18 February, 2017. Since the start of the program, 925 firearms, 44,000 ammunition and 66 explosives have been recovered.] WINDHOEK — L'amnistie de trois mois sur les armes à feu et les munitions en Namibie, initialement censée avoir pris fin vendredi, a été prolongée jusqu'au 18 février 2017. Le responsable des relations... (GunPolicy.org)

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40206

Iraq,Syria,West Africa

17 November 2016

PJ Media (US)

A report issued this month tracking the flow of weapons across Libya and the Sahel revealed that terror groups operating in West Africa are getting much more than just inspiration from terror hubs in Iraq and Syria. The study by UK-based Conflict Armament Research, an independent organization that tracks the flow of conventional weapons and materiel, found that weapons stockpiles remaining from the nearly 42-year dictatorship of Moammar Gadhafi have migrated as far as... (GunPolicy.org)

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40200

West Africa,North Africa

16 November 2016

Libération (France)

[Translated summary: Conflict Armament Research has published a report about gun transfers in the Sahel region in which they analyse stocks of firearms and ammunition seized from traffickers and combatants. They concluded that Libya is no longer the main source of illegal firearms; Côte d'Ivoire and Sudan have the biggest stocks of guns in the region, but Chinese and Russian firearms are also common.] Une enquête minutieuse du Conflict Armement Research apporte un... (GunPolicy.org)

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40197

Algeria,Tunisia,Morocco,Libya

16 November 2016

Réalités (Tunisia)

[Translated summary: Algerian Customs have seized a large number of firearms at the borders with Tunisia and Libya. The guns are very sophisticated and equipped with new technologies. They belong to trafficking networks and terrorists from Libya, where there are 20,000 illegal firearms in circulation.] Les services de la Douane algérienne ont intensifié récemment leur présence au niveau des frontières avec le Maroc et la Tunisie et ce en ayant recours à d'autres... (GunPolicy.org)

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40189

Kenya

15 November 2016

Africa News

[Translated summary: Kenya has burned 5,250 firearms as part of a campaign to fight poaching and robberies and to eliminate terrorism. The destroyed firearms were seized in police operations or recovered in disarmament exercises. Citizens have also been urged to register their firearms.] Le vice-président kenyan, William Ruto, a incité ce mardi les autorités à brûler 5.250 armes légères. Ceci s'inscrit dans le cadre des efforts déployés pour lutter contre... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Africa News

40187

Kenya

15 November 2016

Washington Post, Associated Press

NAIROBI — Kenya's deputy president on Tuesday set ablaze more than 5,250 firearms seized by authorities to discourage the circulation of illegal weapons in a country battling extremist violence. Deputy President William Ruto presided over the burning of rifles and pistols in three stacks about 15 feet high. They were recovered in this East African country over the past nine years, Ruto said. Most of the firearms were collected through voluntary surrender, others... (GunPolicy.org)

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40178

Senegal

3 November 2016

Senxibar (Senegal)

[Translated summary: To own a firearm in Senegal, applicants must provide a copy of their national ID, criminal record, health certificate, 4 photographs, pay a fee of 2,000 francs and pass an interview to see if their activities are dangerous and establish their need for a firearm. According to official data, 1,000 licences have been issued so far in 2016.] La sécurité oui,… la tradition et le prestige aussi La sécurité est le premier motif invoqué pour... (GunPolicy.org)

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40139

Ghana

30 October 2016

Ghana Web

The three Northern Regions and the Ashanti Region have been identified as the hub for the haulage of large cache of illegal weapons in the country with the Ashanti region serving as a major user and transit point across the country and beyond, a baseline study on the proliferation of small arms in the country has revealed. The study further revealed that while analysis of the distribution of ownership of these arms with respect to age was more concentrated in ages... (GunPolicy.org)

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40096

South Africa

29 October 2016

Prensa Latina (Havana)

[Translated summary: Around 23,000 seized, illegal firearms have been destroyed by South African police. It is estimated that 9,200 of these guns were related to crime. Each day, an average of 18 people die by gunshot in South Africa. The minimum age to own a firearm is 21. The number of guns per person is limited and a firearm licence must be periodically renewed.] Pretoria -- Unas 23 mil armas de fuego ilegales confiscadas por la Policía sudafricana fueron... (GunPolicy.org)

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40145

South Africa

28 October 2016

IOL (South Africa)

Tshwane - The South African Police Service on Friday seized over 250 firearms, ammunition and an undisclosed amount of money at a premises in Valhalla Park, Cape Town, acting National Police Commissioner Lieutenant General Khomotso Phahlane said. Addressing media in Pretoria on Friday evening, Phahlane said crime scene experts were still at the area, and processing the seized items. "We would like to congratulate the Western Cape police who, during an intelligence-led... (GunPolicy.org)

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40086

Kenya

28 October 2016

al Jazeera

Kenyan police have been accused of more than 1,200 shooting deaths over the past five years amid calls for the government to investigate extrajudicial killings and disappearances. Only one police officer in Kenya has been successfully prosecuted and imprisoned for an unlawful killing in the last three years, according to the local group Independent Medico-Legal Unit, which monitors police violence. New York-based Human Rights Watch has also highlighted at least 34... (GunPolicy.org)

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40074

Ghana

27 October 2016

Ghana Web

Ghana has told the United Nations that the proliferation and abuse of conventional weapons, particularly Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) and their ammunition continue to undermine world peace and security as well as sustainable development. It argued that the supplies of SALW to non-state actors in a volatile world which is experiencing significant fragility, organized crime and terrorism is not the route to take by those truly committed to sustainable peace and... (GunPolicy.org)

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40071

Germany,France,Algeria,Saudi Arabia,Yemen,Iraq

26 October 2016

Les Echos (France)

[Translated summary: Germany's arms exports rose to 4.03 billion euros in the first six months of 2016, an increase of 15% in relation to the same period last year. Germany sells to Algeria and Saudi Arabia, a country that is in a controversial war with Yemen, but the Ministry of Economy explains that they have particularly restrictive rules.] Les crises internationales profitent aux industriels allemands de l'armement. Selon les chiffres publiés mercredi par le... (GunPolicy.org)

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40146

United States,Saudi Arabia,South Korea,United Kingdom,Germany,Algeria,Switzerland,Netherlands,United Arab Emirates,Turkey,France

26 October 2016

Deutsche Welle

[Translated summary: Between January and June 2016, Germany exported firearms and military equipment amounting to €4 billion; an increase of 500 million in relation to the same period in 2015. The government defended its firearm export policy, saying that it's restrictive and transparent and assuring that they give a "special relevance" to the respect of human rights.] Entre enero y junio de 2016 Alemania concedió permisos de exportación de armas y equipamiento... (GunPolicy.org)

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40083

Liberia

26 October 2016

Liberia News Agency

An official of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) says Liberia is far ahead of some of the member states when it comes to the collection and marking of arms in the region. According to her, about 90 percent of arms collected in Liberia have been marked, with just 10 percent remaining. The ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, Mrs. Halima Ahmed, made the disclosure recently when she paid a courtesy call on Liberia's Foreign... (GunPolicy.org)

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40072

Namibia

24 October 2016

Namibian (Windhoek)

More than 660 firearms were surrendered in the Khomas region as part of the firearms and ammunition amnesty declared at the end of August this year. The amnesty ends on 18 November. Omusati is second on the list with 31 firearms surrendered, while //Karas where 29 firearms were surrendered, is third; and Otjozondjupa with 27 is fourth. At the top of the surrendered ammunition is Otjozondjupa with 4 386; followed by Oshikoto with 2 790, and Ohangwena with 2 022. Ten... (GunPolicy.org)

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40055

South Africa

21 October 2016

La Revue de l'Afrique

[Translated summary: South African police have destroyed 22,999 firearms, most of them seized from criminals. 3,156 were police guns that were no longer operational. Among them were revolvers, pistols, hunting rifles and assault rifles. Police are sure that destruction will contribute to the security of the country, which sees an average of 16 gun deaths each day.] La police sud-africaine a conduit hier une opération médiatisée de destruction massive d'armes à feu.... (GunPolicy.org)

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40038

Israel,South Sudan,Bulgaria

20 October 2016

Times of Israel

A United Nations panel of experts found evidence of "well-established networks" of arms suppliers in Eastern Europe and the Middle East, including from Israel, that are fueling the war in South Sudan. In a confidential report to the Security Council obtained by AFP on Thursday, the panel described the arms deals that are not recent and involve Israeli and Bulgarian firms. The Council has threatened to impose an arms embargo on South Sudan to try to end the fighting... (GunPolicy.org)

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40028

Italy,Russia,Moldova,Libya,Ukraine

18 October 2016

Daily Beast (USA)

A fuzzy photo shows the decapitated marble head of an ancient Roman statue; the grainy image is standing in for the gilded sales bills usually displayed in the world's finest auction houses. There are no certificates of authenticity or patrimony for these artifacts either, just maps with red markings. This is no ordinary art show. The maps in question show ancient Roman and Greek tombs that have been pillaged in Libya. These artifacts have been put on the market by... (GunPolicy.org)

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40046

Gabon

16 October 2016

Gabon Review

[Translated summary: There are an estimated 190,000 firearms (licit and illicit) in the hands of civilians in Gabon. Recently, the government adopted a new decree that sets the fee for firearm licences and hidden handgun carry permits. The aim is to reduce the number of homicides, which was 148 in 2012.] L'utilisation des armes à feu par des civils dans certaines localités du pays lors des émeutes postélectorales fait réfléchir le gouvernement. Avec un arsenal... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Gabon Review

40010

Somalia

11 October 2016

New York Times, Reuters

Many guns imported by the Somali government with U.N. approval are being resold by arms dealers on the black market in the nation's capital Mogadishu, two Western diplomats said. Such sales violate a three-year-old deal which exempted government weapons imports from a U.N. arms embargo. The U.N. Security Council partially lifted it in 2013 to equip government forces fighting al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab militants. The United Nations imposed a blanket arms embargo on... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times, Reuters

39996

South Africa

7 October 2016

Agence Ecofin (Switzerland)

[Translated summary: A total of 71 firearm incidents have been registered in Cape Town in September, while 128 were registered in August and 211 in July. The reduction is due to the implementation of ShotSpotter, a high-tech acoustic detection system which allows police to arrive quickly at the scene of a shooting.] La semaine dernière, la ville sud-africaine de Cape Town a dressé un premier bilan de son utilisation du système numérique ShotSpotter, dans sa lutte... (GunPolicy.org)

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39974

Ghana

5 October 2016

Pulse (Ghana)

Ghana is now safe after a successful registration of almost 1,800 illicit weapons across the country, Minister of the Interior Prosper Bani has said. "Today, I can say citizens of this country are safer by way of having 1,796 weapons being registered or re-registered. It means that the security agencies have a record of these legal firearms in circulation in this country," Mr Bani said. The registration of the 1,800 illicit weapons means that a little fewer than 1.1... (GunPolicy.org)

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39958

Africa

4 October 2016

Institute for Security Studies (Africa)

Arms embargoes are the most common type of sanction currently applied by the United Nations (UN), and one of the five main types of targeted or smart sanctions (others are diplomatic sanctions, travel bans, asset freezes and commodity interdiction). The key aim of smart sanctions is to raise the regime's costs of non-compliance (with the sanctions) without bringing about the wider suffering often associated with comprehensive sanctions, such as trade bans. How... (GunPolicy.org)

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40124

Kenya

2 October 2016

Daily Nation (Nairobi), Report

When it comes to killings, Kenya police has few equals: They kill more people in days than other countries do in years, a Nation Newsplex analysis reveals. Studies around the world have linked the number and rate of police killings to factors such as whether police are armed all the time, gun ownership rates, adherence to police guidelines firearms use, quality of training offered to police recruits and poverty levels. With a police killing rate of 3.2 per million... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Nation (Nairobi)

39963

South Africa

28 September 2016

Herald Live (South Africa)

A massive police bust has netted 29 suspected gangsters – among them alleged gang bosses – and more than R1-million worth of drugs The two-day operation saw a series of raids on drug hotspots across Port Elizabeth and other towns. It involved 250 police officials and 26 K9 unit members and was part of the anti-gang campaign Operation Lockdown, which has been in full swing since March. Police top brass hailed the operation yesterday as a success. They also... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Herald Live (South Africa)

39931

Africa,Senegal

27 September 2016

Le Soleil (Senegal)

[Translated summary: To ensure safety, African countries buy their guns through legal channels. However, 80% of these arms are diverted, stolen or transferred by corrupt intermediaries, according to Marc Finand, member of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy. He estimates that 150 million firearms circulate in the continent.] Pour assurer leur sécurité, les Etats achètent des armes via des canaux légaux. Cependant, en Afrique, 80% de ses armes se retrouvent, par... (GunPolicy.org)

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39921

Senegal,Africa

26 September 2016

Sen 360 (France)

[Translated summary: The trade in conventional arms has caused 3,783 deaths in Africa between 2006 and 2014, according to the director of the Cabinet Ministry of the Armed Forces of Senegal. Senegal is one of the African countries that signed and ratified the Arms Trade Treaty.] Le commerce des armes classiques, notamment les armes de petit calibre a causé entre 2006 et 2014, 3783 décès en Afrique, a affirmé lundi à Dakar, Demba Diouf, directeur de Cabinet du... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sen 360 (France)

39922

Réunion,France

19 September 2016

France TV Info

[Translated summary: An amnesty operation has begun in the French Indian Ocean territory of Réunion. Citizens are invited to surrender their firearms, without any sanction until December 15. In past operations, 820 firearms and 31,053 rounds of ammunition were collected in Martinique, and 86 firearms and 3,800 rounds of ammunition in French Polynesia.] Le but est de réduire le nombre d'armes en circulation de façon illégale à La Réunion. Les particuliers sont... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: France TV Info

39880

Morocco

18 September 2016

Le 360 (Morocco)

[Translated summary: To face an increase in crime, Moroccan police will be required to use their firearms more often. Police sources explain that this is a right they haven't employed until now because the level of crime in Morocco was not as high as in other countries. Morocco has around 50,000 police officers and most of them carry Beretta pistols and HK machine guns.] Pour faire face à la montée de la criminalité, la police marocaine serait désormais appelée à... (GunPolicy.org)

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39879

Liberia

12 September 2016

New Dawn (Liberia)

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has by proclamation declared unconditionally and without reservation, that all persons who, shall surrender small arms and light weapons under the ECOWAS – EU Weapons collection program in Grand Gedeh, Maryland and River Gee Counties within the stipulated project time frame, will be given full Amnesty for the offence of illegal possession, use and supply of fire arms and objects for lethal use against the Republic of Liberia with the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Dawn (Liberia)

40510

Liberia

11 September 2016

Front Page Africa

Monrovia - President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has by proclamation declared unconditionally and without reservation, that all persons who, shall surrender small arms and light weapons under the ECOWAS - EU Weapons collection program. In Grand Gedeh, Maryland, and River Gee Counties the project will give full Amnesty for the offence of illegal possession, use, and supply of fire arms and objects for lethal use against the Republic of Liberia with the restoration of all... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Front Page Africa

39822

Brazil,Colombia,Mexico,Venezuela,United States,India,Nigeria,South Africa,El Salvador

7 September 2016

Foreign Affairs (USA)

The world has never been safer than it is right now. Most forms of violence have dropped precipitously over the past few centuries. Although conflict deaths recently spiked (the war in Syria accounts for one third of all war-related killings today), fewer people are dying from warfare than at virtually any time in human history. Terrorist violence also increased over the past two years—especially in six countries the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia—but it still... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Foreign Affairs (USA)

39813

Ghana

6 September 2016

Ghana Web

Government has retrieved over 850 guns from the illicit weapon market, Small Arms Commission has revealed. Executive Secretary of the Commission, Jones Apleh, says even though the number is significantly small compared to the estimated 1.1 million unlicensed weapons in private hands, it should excite Ghanaians. "Even if one is taken out of the illicit market we are happy about that. We think that 855 guns retrieved is a good number and it is something that we need to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Ghana Web

39794

Namibia

5 September 2016

Namibian (Windhoek)

Gun owners who lose their weapons in a negligent manner will not get their licences back easily, police Inspector General Sebastian Ndeitunga said last week. Announcing a firearms amnesty in Windhoek on Friday, Ndeitunga said the government and the safety ministry are concerned over the proliferation of illegal firearms, ammunition and armaments discovered by the police during operations conducted nationwide. The firearms amnesty gives those with illegal firearms,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Namibian (Windhoek)

39786

United Kingdom,United States,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa,Switzerland

31 August 2016

Stimson Center (USA)

In a meeting that symbolized a stark contrast between the humanitarian crises occurring around the world and the comfortable and scenic gathering of governments committed to stopping irresponsible arms transfers, more than 500 people representing Arms Trade Treaty States Parties, signatories, industry, and civil society representatives met in Geneva from August 22-26 for the Second Conference of States Parties (CSP2) to the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). The ATT is the first... (GunPolicy.org)

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39771

United States,Switzerland,European Union,Egypt,Saudi Arabia,Yemen,Bahrain,United Arab Emirates,Qatar,Kuwait,Lebanon,Jordan

26 August 2016

SwissInfo

[Translated summary: Many countries that have signed the Arms Trade Treaty continue to ignore the rules. Only Portugal, Slovenia and Sweden have been completely transparent about their trade. US, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France and Italy continue to sell arms to Egypt which translates into the torture and death of hundreds of people.] Disposer d'un traité sur le commerce des armes, c'est bien. Encore faut-il qu'il soit respecté. Pour Amnesty International, trop... (GunPolicy.org)

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39750

Congo (DRC)

24 August 2016

Radio Okapi (Kinshasa)

[Translated summary: Authorities of the province of Haut-Katanga (Congo) have destroyed 429 firearms of different calibres. These arms were recovered in three months during an on-going civilian disarming operation on which the owners were rewarded with motorcycles, bikes and other goods.] Les autorités de la province du Haut-Katanga ont détruit, mardi 23 août, environ 429 armes à feu de différents calibres, dans la cité de Kilwa, située à plus de 350 km de... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Radio Okapi (Kinshasa)

39736

Saudi Arabia,Afghanistan,Bulgaria,Italy,Syria,Czech Republic,Iran,Libya,Yemen,United Kingdom,Ukraine,United States,South Sudan,France

23 August 2016

IPS Noticias

[Translated summary: Human Rights organisations and military analysts accuse the United States, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France and Italy of violating the Arms Trade Treaty by selling to countries in conflict. Experts say that effectively implementing the treaty could save millions of lives.] NACIONES UNIDAS - Los grandes proveedores de armamento violan el tratado que regula su comercio y que se propone frenar el flujo de armas pequeñas y ligeras hacia las zonas de... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: IPS Noticias

39850

Yemen,Syria,South Sudan,United States,Bulgaria,Czech Republic,France,Italy,Egypt,Ukraine,Moldova,Slovakia,United Kingdom,Saudi Arabia,Germany,Spain

22 August 2016

Amnesty International (London)

- States Parties [countries] still engaging in unscrupulous arms transfers, putting lives and human rights at risk - More than a quarter of States Parties are yet to meet the treaty's reporting obligations - Some States Parties opting to reject public scrutiny of their arms transfers States must ensure the global Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) lives up to its promise to save lives and protect human rights from the devastating effects of the international arms trade by taking... (GunPolicy.org)

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39721

United States,China,Germany,United Kingdom,France,Russia,Spain,Italy,Israel,India,Saudi Arabia,United Arab Emirates,Pakistan,Australia,Turkey,Singapore,South Korea,South Sudan,Ukraine

22 August 2016

Amnesty International (London)

Transfers of heavy conventional weapons The top 10 exporters of conventional arms (excluding small arms/ light weapons – SALW) 2010-15 USA: US$55.006 billion Russia: US$42.404 billion China: US$9.943 billion Germany: US$ 9.467 billion France: US$ 8.932 billion UK: US$ 7.627 billion Spain: US$ 5.310 billion Italy: US$ 4.360 billion Ukraine: US$ 4.156 billion Israel: US$ 3.280 billion The top 10 importers of conventional arms (excluding SALWs) 2010-15 India:... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Amnesty International (London)

39717

Namibia

17 August 2016

New Era (Namibia)

Over the years Namibia has seen a steady escalation in violent crimes ranging from suicide to so-called crimes of passion that have resulted in hundreds of lives lost. Many of these incidents are attributed to the fact that too many people can too easily easily buy guns of their choice. Now proposed new amendments to the Arms and Ammunition Act are expected to make it harder to acquire a firearm license, especially small arms, like pistols. Amongst others, the new... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Era (Namibia)

39706

Ghana

16 August 2016

Joy Online (Ghana)

A Security Analyst says a 32-day amnesty granted by government to persons in possession of unlicensed weapons to voluntarily turn in the weapons would not yield the desired result. Dr Kwesi Aning, who is with the Kofi Annan Peace Keeping Training Center, said just like two similar initiatives undertaken by government in the past, the current intervention will also fail. "It is not going to make any difference. What is the basis for the amnesty? The people who smuggled... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Joy Online (Ghana)

39694

Ghana

16 August 2016

Joy Online (Ghana)

In a bid to control arm possession by individuals as the country heads to the 2016 general election, the government has declared a 32- day amnesty to help retrieve all unlicensed guns in the country. The intervention which spans from August 22 to September 23 would afford Ghanaians in possession of unregistered arms to either get them registered or turn them in to the police. This decision was announced by the Interior Minister, Prosper Bani when he addressed a news... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Joy Online (Ghana)

39691

Ethiopia

14 August 2016

The Ethiopian Herald

INTERVIEW Ethiopia has prepared a draft proclamation to control illicit flow of small arms and light weapons. Last week, EPA reporters have held an exclusive interview with Haneta Geberemedhin, Deputy Commissioner of Federal Police Commission and adviser to the commissioner regarding the objective and expected outcomes of the draft proclamation. Excerpts: - Guns are owned [by citizens/individuals] both legally and illegally in our country. How does that come up? What... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: The Ethiopian Herald

39702

Spain,United States,Ghana

12 August 2016

Spanish News Today

The Guardia Civil and the Spanish customs authorities have seized a shipment of 809 firearms which were bound for the USA at the port of Algeciras in the province of Cádiz (Andalucía). The weapons confiscated on 4th August were 737 assault rifles and 72 grenade launchers made in Switzerland, and the shipment which arrived from Ghana is now under investigation by the authorities in Algeciras. No arrests have yet been made, and one of the reasons for the firearms... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Spanish News Today

39688

Nigeria

11 August 2016

Daily Trust (Abuja), Editorial

At the National Consultation on Physical Security and Stockpile Management (PSSM) in Abuja, organized by the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa (UNREC) and the Presidential Committee on Small Arms and Light Weapons (PRESCOM), it was revealed that Nigeria hosts 350 million or 70 per cent of the 500 million illegal arms in West Africa. UNREC's director, Ms Olatokunbo Ige, provided the statistics during the consultation in Abuja and said... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Trust (Abuja)

39696

Libya

11 August 2016

Libya Herald

In a move driven possibly more by hope than expectation, the military police in Marj have unveiled a gun amnesty programme for residents to encourage them to hand over their weapons or register them. Those in possession of firearms have 30 days in which to hand them in if they are heavy weapons, or register them for their personal protection, if they are classed as "light". The move follows a similar one in Tobruk, where residents have until 15 September to hand in or... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Libya Herald

39679

Nigeria

3 August 2016

Vanguard (Lagos)

ABUJA — The United Nations has raised alarm over proliferation of illicit small arms and light weapons (SALW) in Nigeria, with over 350 million. According to the organisation, 70 per cent of estimated 500 million of such weapons said to be circulating in West Africa is domiciled in the country. Director of United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa, UNREC, Ms. Olatokunbo Ige, gave this startling statistics at the ongoing National... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Vanguard (Lagos)

39637

Oceania,West Asia,Asia,Americas,Africa,United States

28 July 2016

Fox News (USA)

A much-heralded and widely cited study of 171 countries over nearly a half century purports to show more guns mean more mass shootings, but critics say the report uses bad methodology in a way that rigs the results. The study by Adam Lankford, a criminal justice professor at the University of Alabama, was published in the journal Violence and Victims in January and has been cited by media outlets -- including The New Yorker, The Washington Post and Time magazine. But... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Fox News (USA)

39617

Rwanda,Kenya,Tanzania,Burundi,Uganda

26 July 2016

New Times (Rwanda)

East African Community (EAC) member countries are meeting in Kigali for a validation workshop on the study by the Regional Centre on Small Arms (RECSA) on the status of armed crimes in Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. The report dubbed 'Analysis of Armed Crime Rates' released yesterday, in Kigali was conducted between 2010 and March 2016 with the support of African Development Bank (AfDB). According to the report, Rwanda registered 421 cases related to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Times (Rwanda)

39619

Ukraine,Russia,Iraq,Syria,Libya

25 July 2016

New York Times, Reuters

SLOVIANSK/MOSCOW — On Feb. 12 last year, the same day that a ceasefire ended the worst of the fighting in eastern Ukraine between rebels and government forces, a former rebel fighter seized a chance to turn his inside knowledge of the conflict into hard cash. He traveled to a spot on the Russian-Ukrainian border where he retrieved a cache of weapons hidden there earlier by his comrades in the pro-Russian rebel movement. Four days later, shortly before 6:00 p.m., he... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times, Reuters

39613

Tanzania

22 July 2016

Tanzania Daily News

Over 14,000 firearms have been verified in the past three months, the exercise that helped to collect 198.8m/- as fee for such weapons. In March, this year, the Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner (RC), Mr Paul Makonda, issued a three-month ultimatum to owners of firearms in the regions to surrender their weapons to the police for verification. During the exercise a total of 11,602 owners surrendered their weapons for verifications despite some challenges during the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Tanzania Daily News

39603

South Africa

18 July 2016

Parliament of South Africa (Cape Town)

The Portfolio Committee on Police has lauded the renewed focus on illegal guns by the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI), and believes such is necessary and should be supported. Committee Chairperson, Mr Francois Beukman, said the recent operations by the Hawks in Morningside in Durban, Vanderbijlpark and Dawn Park where they seized illegal guns and arrested suspects is critical in ensuring that illegal firearms are removed from the streets. "The DPCI... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Parliament of South Africa (Cape Town)

39591

Kenya

18 July 2016

Hivisasa (Kenya)

The ongoing registration of illegally acquired firearms has received a major boost after six herders from Garissa County surrendered their unlicensed rifles to the government for registration by the relevant county security teams. According to Garbatula police boss, Kioko Nyamai, the move is expected to expansively trigger a popular desire by other pastoralist groups to register their firearms and further dispel the fears of being disarmed or victimised. The... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Hivisasa (Kenya)

39590

South Africa

15 July 2016

Eyewitness News (South Africa)

JOHANNESBURG – The Hawks have arrested the leader of the Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB) in the Vaal for possession of firearms and ammunition. The 48-year-old was arrested at a house in Vereeniging, where he was found with eight unlicensed firearms and more than 2,000 rounds of different calibre ammunition. Yesterday, another member of the party was arrested in Vanderbijlpark, in possession of nine rifles and three pistols. The two will appear in the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Eyewitness News (South Africa)

39577

Ghana

14 July 2016

Graphic (Ghana)

The National Small Arms Commission (NSAC) says it is working with the security agencies to consider offering amnesty to people who possess unlicensed guns as part of a strategy to mop up the 1.1 million illicit arms in the country. "The records suggest that when people have their weapons legally registered, they normally don't use them in committing crime and always keep an eye on them," the Executive Director of the commission, Mr Jones Applerh, told the Daily... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Graphic (Ghana)

39582

Ghana

11 July 2016

Graphic Online (Ghana)

The National Small Arms Commission (NSAC) last Saturday destroyed 1,300 illegal guns in the country but warned that there were still more than 1.1 million of such firearms and light weapons that might be in wrong hands. The guns, which were marked and broken before being set on fire, included locally made single- and double-barrelled shotguns, locally made and imported pistols, pump action guns and local mortars. The number of illegal firearms in wrong hands means that... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Graphic Online (Ghana)

39570

Ethiopia,Kenya,Burundi,Tanzania,Rwanda,Uganda

11 July 2016

East African (Nairobi)

Kenya has the largest number of guns in civilian hands in eastern Africa amid rising gun attacks while Rwanda has the least, a global survey shows. Data from Sidney-based GunPolicy.org, a website backed by the United Nations, puts the estimated number of guns possessed by Kenyan civilians at about 680,000, comprising licit and illicit firearms. Tanzania has 550,000 guns in private hands, Uganda (400,000), Ethiopia (320,000), Burundi (100,000) and 58,000 for... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: East African (Nairobi)

39569

Angola

10 July 2016

Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

NAMIBE — Sixty-seven thousand of 102,027 fire arms so far collected from the civil population countrywide have been destroyed, said Saturday in southwest Namibe province the second general commander of National Police chief commissioner, Paulo de Almeida. Also coordinator of National Technical Sub-Commission for Civilian Disarmament, Paulo de Almeida was speaking at the central event of the International Small Arms Destruction Day, on July 9. The senior police... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

39568

South Sudan

7 July 2016

Radio Tamazuj (Sudan)

Authorities in South Sudan's Warrap state have collected over 200 firearms from a Gelweng militia in Aguok centre. A minister of the proposed Gogrial state Adior Kuol Amum said the disarmament exercise took place following a visit by deputy governor Santino Akot Abem. "This indicates the youth are ready for peace because they will be one enjoys fruit of peace," Adior said. The move is in line with peace resolutions signed in May between the Aguok and Apuk communities... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Radio Tamazuj (Sudan)

39626

Sudan,Russia

7 July 2016

Guardian

"I fired my first gunshot when I was nine," says Salih. "For years after that I was very eager to do it again. I owned my first weapon when I got to 14. It was an AK-47." Salih is now 38, but guns have been a permanent fixture in his life. Growing up in Darfur in one of the Arab tribes that has been at war with other ethnic groups in the region since 2003, he says it quickly became clear the only way to protect his family was to get a weapon of his own. In the 13... (GunPolicy.org)

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39550

Sudan

3 July 2016

Gurtong Trust (Sudan)

More than 400 illegal firearms have been collected in the on-going disarmament process in Tonj South County. Madit Malek Akuien the State Minister of Information said that process has been running smoothly with the Chiefs cooperating with the police. "Disarmament is going on well, we have started in Tonj South, this disarmament in Tonj South is going on well, all the chiefs are cooperating with police and the army and as we are speaking a lot of guns have been... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Gurtong Trust (Sudan)

39543

Nigeria

29 June 2016

Nation (Nigeria)

The National Task Force on Illegal Importation of Small Arms, Ammunition and Light Weapons has urged the Federal Government to curb the proliferation of arms. This followed attacks in Ogun State and other parts of the country by suspected militants. It said the first step towards tackling insecurity was to enforce an effective mopping up of illegally imported arms, ammunition and light weapons. The Southwest Coordinator of the organisation, Col. Anthony Awote (rtd),... (GunPolicy.org)

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39523

South Africa

27 June 2016

Rand Daily Mail (South Africa)

Fewer people are being shot dead in South Africa thanks to stricter gun legislation, according to a 17-year study drawing on mortuary data. SA Medical Council researcher Richard Matzopoulos, writing in this month's edition of SA Medical Journal, said this is proof that gun control works. The gun-related deaths dropped from about 9540 a year between 1997 and 2000 to 3793 around 2007, a decrease of more than 60%. This coincided with the gradual implementation of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Rand Daily Mail (South Africa)

39539

South Africa,United States

21 June 2016

Business Tech (South Africa)

Data from the United Nations and the Small Arms Survey shows how South Africa's gun ownership and gun deaths compare to other countries across the world. Gun violence has again been thrust into the global spotlight following a widely publicised mass shooting in Orlando, Florida in the USA. The mass shooting has been described as the worst of its kind in US history – and is just the latest in what has sadly become a common recurrence in the world's leading... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Business Tech (South Africa)

39465

Lebanon,Iraq,Jordan,Oman,Egypt,Saudi Arabia,Croatia,Israel,Kuwait,Germany,Spain,United Arab Emirates,Italy,Qatar,Switzerland,United States

17 June 2016

Israel Homeland Security

The Small Arms Survey (SAS) released its annual Transfers and Transparency trade update for 2016, which reveals that the world's top and the largest of the smaller arms exporters conducted trade to the tune of $5.8bn in 2013. This represents an increase of 17 percent in small arms trade on 2012, which came in at $5bn flat. The United States alone, the world's largest arms manufacturer and exporter, exported a record breaking $1.1bn worth of small arms in 2013. In a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Israel Homeland Security

39464

Côte d'Ivoire

15 June 2016

Amnesty International (France), Media release

[Translated summary: Under the Arms Trade Treaty, the states of West Africa have improved their firearm stock management. Now every gun is marked with a code that shows where it comes from. Also, every time a gun enters or leaves an armoury, the code allows officials to know who gave the order and why. Now, the National Police of Côte d'Ivoire has marked 99% of its guns.] Après deux décennies de crises, la Côte d'Ivoire est aux avant-postes de la lutte contre la... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Amnesty International (France)

39545

Mayotte

12 June 2016

Mayotte 1ère

[Translated Summary: In one week, there were two cases of criminal activity with handguns in Mayotte. This raised concern about illegal firearms in the country.] En une semaine, par deux fois des voyous ont agi, armes à feu au poing. Une escalade inquiétante qui confirme les rumeurs persistantes d'armes à feu introduites illégalement dans le département. Mayotte est bel et bien face au développement d'une forme de grand banditisme. La semaine dernière, les... (GunPolicy.org)

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39413

United Arab Emirates,United States,Italy,Germany,United Kingdom,Netherlands,South Africa,Iran,North Korea,Saudi Arabia

8 June 2016

Inter Press Service News Agency

UNITED NATIONS - A report released by The Small Arms Survey here Monday shows the alarming rate at which the trade of small arms and light weapons has been increasing. Under Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the UN last September, UN member states have agreed to significantly reduce illicit arms trade flows by 2030. "The Sustainable Development Agenda puts a clear emphasis on arms as one of the elements that will need to be taken into account for... (GunPolicy.org)

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39396

Niger,Nigeria

6 June 2016

Today (Nigeria)

The rising cases of armed struggles, including militancy championed by the Niger Delta Avengers, have been blamed on the poor implementation of the Presidential Amnesty Programme and proliferation of Small Arms and Lights Weapons in the country. This was disclosed in Abuja at the weekend by the Chairman of the Presidential Committee on Small Arms and Light Weapons, Ambassador Emmanuel Imohe, during the Inter-Ministerial Roundtable on the ATT in Nigeria organised in... (GunPolicy.org)

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39405

Africa

6 June 2016

Institute for Security Studies (Pretoria)

This week, from 6-10 June, United Nations (UN) member states are convening in New York for the Sixth Biennial Meeting on the UN Programme of Action on small arms and light weapons (UNPoA). The meeting will review the progress made in implementing the UNPoA, and will also focus on the International Tracing Instrument (ITI), which was adopted in 2005. The UNPoA, adopted in 2001, outlines steps governments must take to prevent, combat and eradicate the illicit trade in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Institute for Security Studies (Pretoria)

39384

Liberia

31 May 2016

Liberia News Agency

The Chairman of the Liberia National Commission on Small Arms (LINCSA), James M. Fromayan, has described as "an historic and welcome development" the passage of the Liberia Firearms and Ammunition Control Act (LFACA). "This is a huge step towards the process leading to the full transition of national security from UNMIL (U.N. Mission in Liberia) to the national security apparatus," he said. Addressing the Ministry of Information press conference in Monrovia Tuesday,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Liberia News Agency

39372

Tanzania

30 May 2016

Tanzania Daily News

About 61 homemade firearms locally known as gobole owned illegally have been surrendered at different police posts in Katavi Region since the exercise was officially launched on March 21, this year. The Katavi Regional Commissioner (RC), Mr Damas Nyanda, said the verification exercise will officially end on June 30, this year, saying that so far 61 per cent of firearms verification have been completed and established that most of them are legally owned. He further... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Tanzania Daily News

39357

Mali

29 May 2016

Mali Jet

[Translated summary: A study from the National Commission of the Fight Against the Proliferation of Light Weapons of Mali revealed that 4,827 are manufactured each year.] Les armes de petits calibres font une victime par minute à travers le monde. La présidente de la Commission nationale de lutte contre la prolifération des armes légères, a présidé le jeudi et vendredi un atelier sur la problématique de lutte contre la prolifération des armes légères.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Mali Jet

39379

Americas,Europe,Asia,Africa,Oceania

27 May 2016

World Health Organization, Media release

Delegates at the World Health Assembly have agreed resolutions and decisions on air pollution, chemicals, the health workforce, childhood obesity, violence, noncommunicable diseases, and the election of the next Director-General… Global plan of action on violence Delegates agreed a resolution on the WHO global plan of action on violence. Non-fatal acts of violence take a particular toll on women and children. 1-in-4 children has been physically abused; 1-in-5 girls... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: World Health Organization

39356

Liberia

27 May 2016

Jeune Afrique

[Translated summary: The United Nations Security Council has lifted the sanctions imposed on Liberia, including the arms embargo. Liberia has recently approved a bill on gun and ammunition control.] Le Conseil de sécurité des Nations unies a adopté mercredi une résolution relative à la levée des sanctions imposées au Liberia, notamment l'embargo sur les armes. Treize ans après la fin de la guerre civile au Liberia, le pays se retrouve enfin exempt de toutes... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Jeune Afrique

39354

Liberia

25 May 2016

Reuters

The United Nations Security Council voted on Wednesday to end sanctions and an arms embargo on Liberia, citing the West African country's successful stabilization more than a decade after a 14-year civil war that killed nearly 250,000 people. The unanimously adopted resolution by the 15-nation council welcomed "the sustained progress made by the government of Liberia in rebuilding Liberia for the benefit of all Liberians." U.S. Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Reuters

40524

Algeria

23 May 2016

El Watan (Algiers)

[Translated summary: A network specialized in firearm trafficking has been dismantled in Algeria. Police arrested two people and seized 22 American pump-action shotguns, three Turkish shotguns, one handgun and ammunition, all from Libya.] Un réseau spécialisé dans le trafic transfrontalier d'armes à feu a été démantelé en fin de semaine dernière. L'opération, menée par une brigade spécialisée de la sûreté de la wilaya d'Alger (SWA), a permis... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: El Watan (Algiers)

39332

European Union,West Africa

23 May 2016

Euractiv

A €5.6 million EU funded programme in West Africa is pushing for the voluntary surrender of small and light arms that are in the hands of civilians in exchange for incentives like social amenities and development activities for residents. The Weapons Collection Programme is being chaperoned by the West African economic bloc, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) within the broader context of "Disarmament and Community Development" or "Weapons for... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Euractiv

39326

Ghana

20 May 2016

Joy Online (Ghana)

The Small Arms Commission has warned of possible politically motivated violence during the 2016 elections after observing a trend pointing to stockpiling of weapons. Executive Director of the Commission, Jones Applerh expressed fears that the elections could trigger a heightened demand for arms. A number of arms seizures must have informed the fears of the Commission. There were seizures reported in the Western Region in February, 2016 where the police collected at... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Joy Online (Ghana)

39320

South Africa

19 May 2016

Parliament of South Africa (Cape Town)

The Portfolio Committee on Police will tomorrow (20 May 2016) receive a status report on the interventions the Central Firearms Registry (CFR) has employed towards improving its processes. In the recent past, the CFR has been criticised for its sluggishness in processing firearm licenses and renewals. In trying to ensure efficiency within the CFR, the Committee demanded a turnaround strategy and quarterly reports on the implementation of the strategy. The meeting will... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Parliament of South Africa (Cape Town)

39319

Botswana

19 May 2016

Botswana Daily News (Gaborone)

GABORONE — Botswana Police Service issued 50 short-guns licenses at a raffle conducted in Gaborone on Thursday. Speaking at the draw, chairman of the Arms Quota Board, acting commissioner of police, Mr Bruno Paledi, said issues of fire arms made headlines on news around the world. He said small weapons were involved in killing of people and as such, he encouraged those who won the draw to exercise maximum care in handling fire arms at all times. Mr Paledi said... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Botswana Daily News (Gaborone)

39318

Nigeria

18 May 2016

Courrier International (France)

[Translated summary: According to a study by the Small Arms Survey made in 2009, Nigeria has between 1 and 3 million illegal small arms and light weapons.] Acculés par Boko Haram et la désertification dans le nord du pays, les pasteurs peuls musulmans se déplacent vers le Sud, peuplé d'ethnies minoritaires d'agriculteurs souvent chrétiennes. Cette nouvelle configuration réveille et attise le séculaire conflit pastoral. Une bombe à retardement. Depuis six ans,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Courrier International (France)

39378

Nigeria

18 May 2016

Leadership (Abuja)

Concerned about the increasing proliferation of prohibited firearms that threaten security in parts of the country, and as part of initiatives aimed at ensuring adequate protection of lives and property of the citizens, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Solomon Arase, has urged persons in possession of non-prohibited firearms to immediately obtain or renew their licences before July, 2016 by following the process on the requisite web link of the Nigeria Police... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Leadership (Abuja)

39303

Liberia

18 May 2016

The New Dawn (Monrovia)

The 'Liberia Firearms and Ammunition Control Act of 2015', the legal framework for regulating the possession and use of small arms and light weapons in the country, has been passed into law by the National Legislature. The domestic guns control law was finally passed on Thursday, May 12, 2016 when the House of Representatives concurred with an earlier action of the Liberia Senate on the passage of the Act. It can be recalled that the upper House in October 2015 voted... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: The New Dawn (Monrovia)

39302

Namibia

18 May 2016

New Era (Namibia)

The amendments to the Arms and Ammunition Act are with the legal drafters and are at an advanced stage, Inspector-General of the Namibian Police Lieutenant Sebastian Ndeitunga says. Amendments to the Act are expected to make it harder to acquire a firearm licence, especially small arms, like pistols. Amongst others, the amendments will require background checks of applicants and raise the minimum age for acquiring a firearm licence from 18 to 25 years. Ndeitunga said... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Era (Namibia)

39301

Namibia

17 May 2016

New Era (Namibia)

WINDHOEK — Farmers in possession of illegal firearms and ammunition are causing a national safety scare, says police chief Inspector-General Sebastian Ndeitunga. Ndeitunga says it is not only of concern to the police, but citizens alike are concerned about reports of people hiding arsenals of unlicensed firearms and discarded uniforms belonging to the former South West Africa Territorial Force (SWATF) and the feared Koevoet insurgency unit. "What are their... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Era (Namibia)

39280

Nigeria

17 May 2016

Daily Trust (Abuja)

The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Solomon Arase has warned individuals in possession of prohibited firearms to surrender them or risk arrest and prosecution. The police also asked those with non prohibited firearms to renew their license, a statement Tuesday by police spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Olabisi Kolawole, said. She said the IGP is concerned about the increasing proliferation and use of prohibited firearms that threatens security in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Trust (Abuja)

39279

Kenya

16 May 2016

Citizen (Kenya)

Residents of Isiolo County continue to take advantage of a government amnesty on the surrender of illegal arms. Led by area MCA and Isiolo County Assembly Majority Leader Adan Giro, the residents have surrendered a total of nine firearms and hundreds of bullets to the government. The residents from Kinna ward presented three AK-47 rifles, one M16 rifle, and 302 rounds of ammunition for registration by the sub county security team at Kinna Social Hall in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Citizen (Kenya)

39291

Tanzania

16 May 2016

Citizen (Dar es Salaam)

Mwanza will not win the war against illegal fire arms unless peace is found in neighbouring war torn countries, Mwanza Regional Commander Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police (SACP) has said. According to the police head ongoing conflict in South Sudan has also contributed to the presence of guns in Tanzania. "Criminals travel to any country looking for guns and they are often readily available in places such as South Sudan, due to this, the city is experiencing... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Citizen (Dar es Salaam)

39281

Angola

14 May 2016

Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

[Translated summary: Angola National Police has recovered five firearms and a Kalashnikov magazine in the context of the disarmament of the civilian population. Since 2008, the police have seized 6,849 guns.] SUMBE - Cinq armes à feu de type AKM ont été récupérées par la Police nationale, au cours des sept derniers jours, dans la province de Cuanza Sul, dont la ville de Sumbe est le chef-lieu (littoral-centre). Outre les armes, un chargeur de Kalachnikov a... (GunPolicy.org)

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Angola

14 May 2016

Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

Five fire-arms of the AKM type were collected in the last seven days by the Police Command of the central Cuanza Sul Province, in the ambit of the disarmament process of the civilian population. The weekly report of the corporation, which reached ANGOP last Friday, states that one AKM bullets magazine was also collected. Since the start of the process in 2008 the corporation in Cuanza Sul collected 6,849 fire-arms of different calibres, and from that number 425 were... (GunPolicy.org)

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Congo (DRC),North Korea,Rwanda,Burundi

14 May 2016

Daily Mail (UK), Associated Press

UNITED NATIONS — U.N. experts say Congolese army officers and police reported receiving pistols from a group of 30 North Korean instructors training their presidential guard and special police forces, which would appear to be a violation of U.N. sanctions banning Pyongyang from exporting weapons or providing military training. The panel of experts monitoring U.N. sanctions against Congo said they found that pistols similar to those produced in North Korea were issued... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Mail (UK), Associated Press

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Algeria

13 May 2016

Breizh Info

[Translated summary: Algeria National Police has seized MG 13, 34 and 42, one MP40, 6 Mauser rifles, pistols, ammunition and 500 kg. of explosives from a collector's house. None of these weapons were declared and they all belonged to the A category, the most regulated.] La Police nationale a effectué une saisie d'armes de grande ampleur, mercredi matin , à Trémereuc (22) à côté de Dinard. Cette prise a été réalisée lors d'une perquisition chez un... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

10 May 2016

East Coast Radio (KwaZulu-Natal)

Gun Free South Africa has welcomed a seven-day police operation in KZN in which 37 firearms and 114 rounds of ammunition were seized. The organisation's Adele Kirsten says more intelligence driven operations, covering a greater number of areas, need to be carried out to remove illegal guns from the streets. Kirsten says such operations also give them data on criminal activity and firearms, saying the majority of the weapons seized were handguns. She says this could... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: East Coast Radio (KwaZulu-Natal)

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Liberia

9 May 2016

The Analyst (Monrovia)

The Liberia Commission on Small Arms (LICOMSA) says the country's security stands to face daunting challenges after the departure of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) from the country. An official of the commission who address a workshop of the a civil umbrella network, the Liberia Action Network on Small Arms (LANSA) at the YMCA last Friday told the group that the security situation will be vulnerable unless steps were taken to curb the proliferation and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: The Analyst (Monrovia)

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Algeria

5 May 2016

Le Matin d'Algérie

[Translated summary: Every day in Algeria there are more and more cases of violence in which young people are involved. In Batna, a network of gun traffickers was stopped by the national gendarmerie and two shotguns, one revolver, 227 cartridges and 960 capsules were seized.] Dans la journée de mercredi, la faculté de droit a organisé un séminaire national sur la délinquance juvénile à l'auditorium de l'université. Ce rendez-vous a été une occasion pour... (GunPolicy.org)

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Mali,Burkina Faso,West Africa,Nigeria,Niger

2 May 2016

Daily Trust (Nigeria)

The ECOWAS Commission, European Union (EU) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are jointly working on a strategy to check the prevalence of small arms and light weapons [SALW] in the hands of non-state actors and its implication for peace and security in the region. At the third steering committee meeting of the ECOWAS-EU small arms project held recently, the ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security (PAPS), represented by the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Trust (Nigeria)

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Tanzania

29 April 2016

Tanzania Daily News

DODOMA — Firearms that were impounded during anti-poaching campaign dubbed as "operation tokomeza" would be returned after verification of their genuineness and legal ownership, the Prime Minister, Mr Kassim Majaliwa, told the National Assembly here yesterday. He said that the police force was still going on with the verification exercise to identify a number of things, including genuineness; legal ownership and whether such arms were free from any involvement in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Tanzania Daily News

39187

Burundi

28 April 2016

Burundi Africa Generation

[Translated summary: The president of the National Permanent Commission of Fight Against the Proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons claimed that gun violence and insecurity in Burundi remains, despite efforts to fight it. Only in 2015, there have been 481 homicides, mostly perpetrated by men in Mairie de Bujumbura, the capital.] A Bujumbura, ce lundi 25 avril 2015, l'officier Laurent Kabura, commissaire de police (CP) et président de la CNAP ( Commission... (GunPolicy.org)

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Mauritius

28 April 2016

Government of Mauritius

The Firearms (Amendment) Bill which provides for amendments to the Firearms Act to implement the provisions of the Arms Trade Treaty to which Mauritius is a signatory, was presented by the Prime Minister, Sir Anerood Jugnauth, in the National Assembly. The Bill was voted with amendments on 26 April 2016. In his presentation, Sir Anerood Jugnauth expressed confidence that the accession of Mauritius to the Arms Trade Treaty and the amendments to the Firearms Act will... (GunPolicy.org)

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Namibia

28 April 2016

Namibian (Windhoek)

Police have seized 305 illegal pistols, 2 011 rounds of ammunition and drugs with a street value of N$1 747 728 in the ongoing Operation Omake since last year. Safety and security minister Charles Namoloh told parliament yesterday that the police also seized 24 rifles and 10 guns. A further 42 firearms which had been used in violent crimes were also confiscated. About 2 577 various kinds of weapons were seized during police stop-and-search operations, while 1 308... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Namibian (Windhoek)

39188

Kenya

27 April 2016

Daily Nation (Nairobi)

Three more herders in Isiolo have surrendered, for registration, firearms they were possessing illegally. This comes just two weeks after Ngarema Member of County Assembly (MCA) Peter Losu registered his G3 rifle. Two G3 rifles, an AK-47 rifle, five magazines and 66 rounds of ammunition belonging to herders from West Location were presented to the county security team Wednesday. The herders presented their guns to Isiolo County Commissioner George Natembeya. Mr... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Nation (Nairobi)

39181

United States,Sweden,United Kingdom,Australia,Japan,Switzerland,Israel,South Africa

27 April 2016

Wall Street Journal, Blog

When American Tom Heberlein tried to import his firearms to Sweden, he got as far as his transfer in the U.K. before it started to become complicated. There, despite having the correct paperwork, a U.K. customs official said: "You can't have these guns." And thus began Mr. Heberlein's global gun education. Although Mr. Heberlein did, after a lot of negotiation, finally get his guns through U.K. customs and in to Sweden, the entire experience created a hassle he hadn't... (GunPolicy.org)

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Namibia

25 April 2016

Namibian (Windhoek)

A total of 388 people were killed in firearms−related incidents in Namibia from January 2011 to January this year, police Inspector General Sebastian Ndeitunga has said. This was contained in a statement delivered on his behalf at a workshop on the building of knowledge and capacity towards the ratification of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) and implementation of related national, regional and international instruments on Small Arms and Light Weapons at Walvis Bay last... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Namibian (Windhoek)

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Tanzania

23 April 2016

Tanzania Daily News

ARUSHA — Tanzania may soon start marking all sorts of firearms with special engraving to distinguish weapons registered in the country, against those owned in other states, it was revealed in Arusha. Vice President, Ms Samia Suluhu Hassan, said that with nearly 900,000 light weapons and small arms circulating around the globe, it is vital for Tanzania, as well as other African countries to start engraving special national labels to indicate where each firearm was... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Tanzania Daily News

39163

Nepal,Oceania,Africa,Asia,Americas,Europe

21 April 2016

Telegraph (Nepal), Opinion

No doubt, the country is being increasingly inflicted by smuggling and illegal trade of small arms. This fast festering malaise has intensified serious crimes like murder, extortion, death threats, abduction and robbery. Fears are palpable that the growing market of small arms in the country may wreck the social fabric of the country. This is also hampering the efforts towards overcoming the social and economic trauma left by the decade-long armed conflict. However, the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Telegraph (Nepal)

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Namibia

21 April 2016

Namibian (Windhoek)

Government is concerned about the proliferation of small arms and light weapons in the hands of civilians in the country. "The large number of armed civilians is a serious concern, which usually results in the abuse of firearms," safety and security minister Charles Namoloh said at Walvis Bay yesterday. He said this in a speech delivered on his behalf at a workshop on building knowledge and capacity towards the ratification of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) and the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Namibia

21 April 2016

New Era (Namibia)

WALVIS BAY — The police recorded 338 murder cases in Namibia involving fire-arms between January 2011 and January 2016. Statistics also indicate that at least 1 050 attempted murder cases, 1 641 armed robbery cases and 1 997 threatening by fire-arm cases were reported in the country over the same period. The statistics were revealed by Deputy Inspector General Desderious Shilunga during a two-day knowledge- and capacity-building workshop towards the ratification of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Era (Namibia)

39148

West Africa,Côte d'Ivoire

20 April 2016

China Radio International, Xinhua

[Translated summary: A regional conference that gathers the National Commissions to Combat the Proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons of countries of West Africa is being held in Abidjan. Its mission is to reinforce control over arms and management of weapon stocks. In Côte d'Ivoire, since 2011, 9,661 were voluntary surrendered and more than 8,000 firearms destroyed.] Une conférence régionale réunissant les commissions nationales de lutte contre la... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ghana

20 April 2016

News Ghana

With fears of instability due to the high stakes in the 2016 elections and the recent seizures of large arms and ammunition, Executive Secretary of the Commission, Jones Aplerh told Class News the commission would embark on a massive education drive to rid the system of such weapons. "What we are doing in the circumstance is to step up intelligence and there are various forms and various strategies used in mopping up weapons that are in excess in society," he... (GunPolicy.org)

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39151

Nigeria,North Africa

20 April 2016

This Day (Lagos)

MINNA — The Niger State Police Command has waged a fresh war against Fulani herdsmen in a bid to check kidnapping and cattle rustling. The police have therefore outlawed the carrying of arms and ammunition by the herdsmen under any guise. The decision of the police to ban the carrying of arms by the herdsmen followed an increase in the number of firearms recovered from the pastoralists in the last six months. The state police spokesman, Bala Elikana, told... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: This Day (Lagos)

39150

Liberia

20 April 2016

News (Liberia)

The Chairman of the House Committee on National Security, Alfred Koiwood says he will do everything to ensure that the House of Representatives concur with the Senate on the Fire Arms Act. Speaking at the first quarterly review meeting of national partners of the Liberia National Commission on Small Arms (LiNCSA), Rep. Koiwood's statement was in response to an appeal from LiNCSA Chairman, James Fromayan. The meeting, which was supposed to have been a review of the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: News (Liberia)

39149

Cameroon

19 April 2016

Tribune de Genève

[Translated summary: According to the Cameroonian minister in charge of wildlife, 2,000 firearms have been seized during an operation against ivory poaching.] Plus de six tonnes d'ivoire saisies par les services camerounais de protection de la faune et des forêts ont été incinérées mardi en public dans Yaoundé, une première dans ce pays d'Afrique centrale. Cette destruction par le feu concerne 2000 défenses d'éléphants pour un poids de 3,510 tonnes et 1753... (GunPolicy.org)

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Algeria

19 April 2016

El Watan (Algiers)

[Translated summary: In less than 4 months, Algeria Armed Forces eliminated 31 terrorists and captured another 33. They recovered more than 300 weapons of war, including Kalashnikovs.] En quatre mois seulement, les unités de l'ANP ont éliminé 31 terroristes et capturé 33 autres. Plus de 300 armes de guerre ont été récupérées, 182 casemates détruites et une dizaine de ceintures d'explosifs saisies lors d'opérations antiterroristes, principalement au sud-est... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: El Watan (Algiers)

39146

Angola

17 April 2016

Agência Angola Press

[Translated summary: The coordinator of an on-going disarmament programme in the province of Cuanza Sul, Angola, claimed that this government strategy contributes to the consolidation of peace and development. Since the beginning of the programme, more than 100,000 firearms have been recovered.] Sumbe - Le coordinateur de la Sous-commission Technique Nationale pour le Désarmement de la Population Civile, le commissaire chef Paulo de Almeida, a considéré comme très... (GunPolicy.org)

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Europe,Eastern Europe,Croatia,Bulgaria,France,Albania,Saudi Arabia,Syria,Serbia,West Asia,Iraq,Yemen,Slovakia,Sudan

16 April 2016

Economist

The arsenal discovered in the apartment of Reda Kriket, a suspected terrorist arrested on March 24th near Paris, included explosives, Kalashnikov AK-47 rifles and a machine pistol from Croatia. The terrorists who staged the attacks last November in Paris employed AK-47s made by Zastava, a Serbian manufacturer. The Kouachi brothers, who attacked the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo the previous January, used Kalashnikov ammunition made in Bosnia. Whatever else these... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Economist

39179

Uganda

15 April 2016

Observer (Kampala)

By April 30, all firearms in civilians possession must have been registered, the ministry of Internal Affairs said in its latest attempt to crack down on illegal small arms. Unregistered firearms will be declared illegal, the minister of state for Internal Affairs James Baba said on Monday. Firearm registration, the minister said, is meant to control small arms and light weapons owned by civilians and maintain proper national control over government stockpiles of all... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Observer (Kampala)

39141

Malawi

13 April 2016

Nyasa Times (Malawi)

Poachers in the north have surrendered over 40 home made guns to authorities in a programme that signals a ceasefire in the battle against poaching in protected areas in the region. Division manager for Wildlife Department George Qumayo said since January, poachers have voluntarily handed over 44 home made guns used in the poaching of animals in Vwaza Game Reserve and Nyika National Park. "This shows that we are winning the battle against poaching which has made us to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Nyasa Times (Malawi)

39084

South Sudan

12 April 2016

Radio Tamazuj (Sudan)

South Sudan parliament sat Monday after nearly four weeks of having no sitting over disagreements on what agenda should be put before parliamentarians. The sitting chaired by the Deputy Speaker Mark Nyipoch discussed a joint report of the specialized standing committee for Defence, security and public order and the committee of legislation and justice on the Firearms Bill 2016. The report was presented by the chairperson of the security committee Samuel Duwar Deng... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Radio Tamazuj (Sudan)

39654

Africa,East Africa,Tanzania

10 April 2016

Citizen (Dar es Salaam)

ARUSHA — No new gun permits will be issued in Arusha until an ongoing exercise to verify ownership is complete, regional authorities have said. Figures on the number of people who legally own firearms in the region are not readily available, but the current verification exercise could help determine that. There are growing concerns over the spate of armed robberies in Arusha. Regional commissioner Felix Ntibenda said last week authorities have stopped accepting... (GunPolicy.org)

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