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Beretta presents the Paralympic Shooting Team

Paralympic presentation press conference

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A moment of the paralympic presentation press conference.

The Paralympic Beretta team consists of Giorgio Marrozzini SGL, Christian Ciocchi SGU, Oreste Lai SGS, Marco Giugno SGU, Paolo Cirillo SGS, SGS Bruno Busti, Davide Fedrigucci SGS, Francesco Nespeca SGU, Massimo Lanza SGL, Fabrizio Menia SGS, Saverio Cuciti SGL, Elio Spadoni SGU. The categories are as follows: SGS-Sitting; SGL-Lower (Lower Limbs); SGU-Upper (Upper Limbs).

All shooters will be equipped with the Beretta DT11 Black over-and-under.

Another important element is therefore forming in the activity of Beretta in support of Paralympic sports, only three weeks after the historic signing of the Memorandum of Understanding for a research project with the University of Brescia and Brixia Accessibility Lab.

The project sponsored by FITAV and supported by the Camozzi Research Center, together with Fabbrica d'Armi Pietro Beretta, intends to develop guidelines for the accessibility of the shooting range in order to promote this sport on a Paralympic level, but not only. The study will cover the accessibility of buildings and shooting boxes as well as the "organizational" accessibility, i.e. the management of the spaces.

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Italy

How are the rules on weapons in Italy

22 July

Il Post (Italy)

On Tuesday evening, the councillor in charge of security in Voghera, the Lega Nord member Massimo Adriatici, shot and killed Youns El Bossettaoui, a year-old Moroccan citizen, in a square in the town centre. It seems that Adriatici had a gun licence, but the episode prompted some politicians - including the secretary of the Democratic Party Enrico Letta and some members of Italia Viva - to question the rules that allow private individuals to keep and carry firearms, (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Il Post (Italy)

Italy

Italian Experts Call for a Reform on Firearm Ownership and Possession

20 May

Avvenire

Saturday, April 10, in Rivarolo Canavese, in the province of Turin, an year-old pensioner, Renzo Tarabella, after having shot his wife, Maria Grazia Valovatto, 70, and his year-old disabled son Wilson, shot and killed the owners of the apartment where he lived, year-old Osvaldo Dighera and his year-old wife Liliana Heidempergher, and then attempted to commit suicide. The reason is not yet clear - probably for depression and resentment towards the neighbours (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

Forthcoming ASW Buyback Campaign and Ban in Canada

11 February

CBC News (Canada)

Voluntary program will provide compensation to gun owners who give up firearms on blacklist The Liberal government is expected to table a bill in the coming days that will set up a program to buy back assault-style weapons that were blacklisted last spring, Radio-Canada has learned. The voluntary program will provide financial compensation to gun owners who give up their banned weapons, with the aim of taking them out of circulation. Public Safety Minister Bill Blair (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CBC News (Canada)

Italy

In Italy , 'Ghost Shooters' Unknown to Sports Facilities

13 April

Il Ducato (Italy)

Italians, people of saints, poets and navigators. And, in recent years, also of sport shooters. At least according to the number of rifle licences for shooting registered by the Ministry of the Interior. But from paper to the real frequency of shooting ranges and shooting fields, as we shall see, there is a long way. Many observers and experts have long believed that the sporting firearm licence was a ploy to legitimise the possession of a weapon, to be kept at home for (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Il Ducato (Italy)

Italy

Firearm Licensing in Italy

13 March

Sole 24 Ore

There are 1,, licenses issued in Italy for legal possession of weapons, up 4% compared to The data are the official ones from the Viminale, updated in July To dictate the increase is the sporting use (+27% in the last three years), while all other types of licenses are declining. The gun permit for hunting activities is down 9%, due to the increasingly restrictive regulations for hunting, which is consequently less practised; the one for self-defence, (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

Pro-gun Groups Used Ministerial Advisory Panel to Lobby Against Tighter Laws

20 October

Guardian

Groups wanted former justice minister to recognise that 'lawful use of firearms can also have benefit to society' Pro-gun groups used a ministerial advisory panel to lobby against mandatory day cooling-off periods for firearms owners and to call for changes to the "genuine need" provisions which make up the backbone of Australia's gun laws. Documents obtained by Guardian Australia under freedom of information laws reveal the former justice minister Michael Keenan (GunPolicy.org)

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Europe,United States

Europe's Flourishing Gunmakers

23 February

Economist

It was a blunder by Heckler & Koch, a giant German gunmaker. On February 15th the agency apologised for a "mistake" after its American subsidiary posted a Valentine's picture exhibiting a handgun surrounded by ammunition organized within the form of a coronary heart. The picture went out to social media shortly after a lethal college capturing in Florida. The put up was additionally a reminder that though Europeans typically criticise lax firearm-ownership legal (GunPolicy.org)

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Mexico,United States

Traffickers Flood Mexico with Easily Bought American Guns [ES]

22 November

Vice News (US)

[Translated summary: Although Mexico has some of the strictest gun legislation in the world, with only one shop where guns can be bought legally, there are more than 15 million guns in circulation and 85% are illegal. One of the main reasons is the proximity of the USA, where guns are easily available. Almost , Mexicans died of gun wounds in the last decade.] Es casi la media noche del 11 de octubre y la policía recibe una llamada de emergencia alertando de una (GunPolicy.org)

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Venezuela

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

18 November

Entorno Inteligente

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

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India

India Tries Once Again to Buy , Army Assault Rifles

27 October

Bloomberg (USA)

India's armed forces have embarked on a shopping spree for modern assault rifles, body armor and helmets, providing a potential boost to global arms suppliers. The million-strong military is abandoning its two decade-old Indian made rifles and seeking to outfit its infantry with more up-to-date equipment, scouting for a new model on the global market for , assault rifles. The Ministry of Defence also needs to buy hundreds of thousands of helmets and tens of (GunPolicy.org)

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Israel

Corruption Scuttles India Army Deal with Israeli Rifle Maker

26 October

IndiaToday (India)

Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar has scrapped a controversial Army tender worth around '1, crore to procure 45, rifles amid allegations of corruption in the acquisition process. The tender was under the scanner over the possibility of favours being given to Israeli firm, Israeli Weapons Industry, over its other rivals in the deal. The tender for the rifles was issued in in which 44, close quarter carbines (rifles) were to be provided to the infantry (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: IndiaToday (India)

Russia

Police Raid Illegal Gun Makers in Moscow, 24 Russian Regions

25 October

Tass (Russia)

MOSCOW -- Operatives of the Russian Interior Ministry's Main Criminal Investigation Department have liquidated a workshop of illegal arms producers in southwest Moscow, the ministry's press office told TASS on Tuesday. "Operatives of the Russian Interior Ministry's Main Criminal Investigation Department and the Federal Security Service have carried out searches in Moscow and the Moscow Region at the places of residence of four lawbreakers to find and seize 22 pistols (GunPolicy.org)

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European Union

Europe's Pro-gun Lobbies Dilute Planned EU Gun Control Law

21 October

Deutsche Welle

The European Commission's attempts to ban the most dangerous semi-automatic weapons, such as AK assault rifles, are being watered down thanks to pressure from a pan-European alliance of gun associations, according to documents leaked to "Der Spiegel" magazine. The Commission's proposal, drawn up in the wake of last year's terrorist attacks at the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris, is due to be finalized over the coming weeks by the European Parliament, the Commission, (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Deutsche Welle

Honduras

Police Gun Found Among Honduras Crime Gang Weapons [ES]

29 September

El Heraldo (Honduras)

[Translated summary: Honduras police seized two AK rifles, one Beretta and one Taurus pistol left behind by criminals after an anti-drug raid. They also found grenades and bullets. One of the firearms had a National Police marking.] La Fuerza de Seguridad Interinstitucional Nacional (FUSINA) decomisó este jueves armas y municiones que fueron abandonadas por varios sujetos. El decomiso tuvo lugar la madrugada de este día en la comunidad de Raya, Puerto Lempira, (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: El Heraldo (Honduras)

India

Indian Army Renews Hunt for New-Generation Assault Rifle

28 September

Economic Times (India)

India re-launched on Tuesday its global hunt for new-generation assault rifles after similar attempts over the last decade failed due to unrealistic technical requirements and whiff of corruption, interspersed by debates on whether the gun should "kill" or merely "wound" adversaries. The project is going to be a mega one, with the Army looking to induct 65, rifles in the first go, with another 1,20, to be manufactured in India. This, of course, would be just the (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Economic Times (India)

Colombia

Gun Trafficking Network Dismantled in Colombia [ES]

20 September

El Tiempo (Bogotá)

[Translated summary: 40 people accused of gun trafficking were captured in Colombia. During the operation, 5 machine guns, 30 rifles, more than 50, cartridges, grenades, over 50 handguns and 2 sniper rifles were seized.] Luego de un operativo conjunto entre el Ejército y la Policía fueron capturadas 40 personas, en varias ciudades del país, a las que se les sindica de traficar armas con el Eln y bandas criminales. Los presuntos delincuentes incluso tenían una (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: El Tiempo (Bogotá)

Morocco

Morocco: Police Must Use Guns More to Fight Crime [FR]

18 September

Le (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, 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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Argentina

Italian Gun Maker Beretta Will Manufacture in Argentina [ES]

14 September

La Nación (Argentina)

[Translated summary: Italian company Beretta will manufacture two types of guns in Argentina. Police already use these firearms, and the production is for them.] La empresa italiana Pietro Beretta producirá armas en la Argentina. Así lo afirmó el ministro de Defensa, Julio Martínez , que hoy se reunió en Roma con autoridades de la compañía. Según detallaron desde el Ministerio en un comunicado, la empresa producirá en el país dos armas bajo su licencia en (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: La Nación (Argentina)

Canada

New Measures on Gun Control Coming Soon in Canada [FR]

13 September

La Presse (Montréal)

[Translated summary: Reporters asked Canadian Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale if he is going to act to ban certain firearms, especially one Beretta rifle that resembles the CX4 Storm but is slightly modified to fit the non-restricted category, making it available to anyone with a regular licence. Goodale stated that he will present in the next few weeks new propositions to reinforce gun laws.] Alors que la journée de mardi marque les 10 ans depuis la fusillade au (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: La Presse (Montréal)

Canada

As Assault Weapons Surge, Canada Drafts Tougher Gun Laws

13 September

National Post (Toronto)

OTTAWA — The drafting of tougher gun laws has begun, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said Tuesday on the day marking the 10th anniversary of the rampage at Montreal's Dawson College by a man firing a semi-automatic assault carbine still sold legally today. Pressed by reporters as he headed into a cabinet meeting, Goodale deflected questions about the continued sale in Canada of the Beretta Cx4 Storm semi-automatic carbine, the restricted weapon used by Kimveer (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: National Post (Toronto)

United States

Admirable People at US Federal Bureau of Way Too Many Guns

30 August

GQ (USA)

Say there's a murder. Blood everywhere, a dead guy on the floor. The cops come in with their yellow tape, chalk line, the little booties, cameras, swabs, the fingerprint dust. One of them finds a gun on the floor. The gun! He lifts it with his pinkie, examines it, takes note of the serial number. Back at the station, they run a trace on the gun. A name pops up. It's the wife! Or: It's the business partner! It's somebody's gun, and this is so exciting because now they (GunPolicy.org)

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Mexico

At Mexico's Lone Gun Store, Even the Boss Discourages Sales

17 August

Times-Union (Florida), Associated Press

MEXICO CITY — There's just one place in all of Mexico where you can legally buy a gun. It's tucked away in an anonymous building on an army base in the capital, staffed by soldiers. Those who enter must surrender any cellphones, tablets or cameras, remove caps and pass through a metal detector. Weapons are kept in locked glass cases, unlike many of the 50,plus U.S. gun shops where used-gun racks on showroom floors allow easy access and clerks are happy to let you (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times-Union (Florida), Associated Press

United States

US Traffickers Export Illegal Guns via Global Web 'Darknet'

11 August

CNN

One day, Michael Andrew Ryan sat down at a computer, hopped onto a hidden part of the Internet known as the dark Web, called himself "Gunrunner" and opened for business. His international weapons operation offered anyone a virtual laundry list of weapons with brand names that have become disturbingly familiar: - Glock - Beretta - Uzi - Highpoint - Walther To make these guns hard to trace, Gunrunner took off their serial numbers and shipped them to countries where (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CNN

Honduras

One Million Illegal Guns, 6, Seized in Honduras [ES]

4 August

Radio HRN (Honduras)

[Translated summary: Honduras confiscated 6, firearms in the last two years, most of them from gangs. Types include AK and AR rifles, , and 9 mm handguns, shotguns and handmade guns. It is estimated that the cost of the arms seized since exceeds million lempiras ( million USD). About 1 million illegal firearms circulate in Honduras and , are legally registered.] En lo que va del año van más de 1, armas de fuego incautadas lo que (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Radio HRN (Honduras)

Italy

Number of Gun Licences Has Soared in Italy [IT]

9 July

Corriere Milano (Italy)

[Translated summary: A recent homicide with a legally carried 9mm pistol brings back the central issue of gun carrying permits and the spread of weapons. There are currently , permits to carry firearms for hunting purposes in Italy, along with , licences for sports purposes (in , there were half as many). Figures from the Ministry of the Interior show an increase of % for hunting licences and % for sports shooting.] Il recente omicidio a Dorno (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Corriere Milano (Italy)

Australia

Australia's Gun Problem: Laws Weakened since Port Arthur

28 April

Marie Claire

April 28 marks 20 years since the Port Arthur massacre and the implementation of Australia's groundbreaking gun legislation. But with gun ownership back to levels and firearm restrictions under threat, are our gun laws failing to protect us? It was just after 5pm on a brisk winter Sunday in Sydney, and the sickening sense of worry was building in Michelle Fernando's stomach. She was due to meet her father, Vincent, that evening to attend a talk by a lawyer they (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

How US Mass Shooters Got Their Guns

3 October

New York Times

The vast majority of guns used in 15 recent mass shootings, including at least two of the guns used in the San Bernardino attack, were bought legally and with a federal background check. At least eight gunmen had criminal histories or documented mental health problems that did not prevent them from obtaining their weapons. - DEC. 2, Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, husband and wife, killed 14 people at a holiday office party in San Bernardino, Calif. Four (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

Austria,European Union

Austria to Create Central Gun Registry to Meet EU Requirements [DE]

19 June

Die Press

[Translated summary: From the end of June, all legal firearms will have to be centrally registered with Austrian authorities to meet European Union requirements. , Austrian citizens have permits for weapons requiring approval however the number of legally held weapons in Austria is much higher. Austria has one of the most liberal gun laws in Europe but Austria's gun lobby calls the changes an attack on civil liberties. There is a booming internet trade in firearms (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Die Press

United States

NRA Slams Texas Gun Group as 'Downright Weird' After Restaurant Rally

2 June

New York Daily News

Even the National Rifle Association thinks some Texas residents are taking public gun toting too far. The notorious gun lobby has slapped members of Open Carry Texas as "downright weird" for their insistence on bringing loaded semi-automatic rifles, including ARs and AKs, into family-friendly establishments like Chipotle and Starbucks. The statement, released Friday, came one day before a throng of some people, some armed with semi-automatic rifles and (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Daily News

Guatemala,Austria,Italy

Uproar as Guatemalan Police Import Glock, Beretta Pistols [ES]

3 May

El Periódico (Guatemala)

[Translated summary: Amid allegations of police corruption in Guatemala, a leaked Austrian document denies an export permit for Glock pistols. The Italian government approved the export of 14, Berettas.] Gobierno deberá responder por informe presentado por Austria Dicha nación denegó en marzo pasado la licencia de exportación de armas destinadas a la PNC, por considerar que el uso de estas podría desviarse para fines criminales. Las armas adquiridas (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: El Periódico (Guatemala)

Guatemala

Austrian Govt Denies Export Permit to Guatemala for Handguns [ES]

2 May

El Periódico (Guatemala)

[Translated summary - The Austrian government has denied a permit for the export of Glock pistols due to concerns about the high rate of corruption and crime in Guatemala, and the risk that the firearms could be diverted for criminal purposes.] La decisión fue tomada por dicho país luego de una investigación en la que se concluye que existe un alto índice de corrupción y criminalidad en Guatemala, y que el uso de armas podría desviarse para fines (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: El Periódico (Guatemala)

Mexico

Legal Firearm Sales Rose Over % in Mexico Between - [ES]

10 February

El Financiero (Mexico)

[Translated summary: The sale of firearms in Mexico increased by % between and according to a report, a trend which continued in On average 41 people legally purchase a gun in Mexico each day. Most purchases are legal, where citizens must get a licence, pay the fee and pass the background checks.] La venta de armas de fuego (cortas y largas) para protección personal y de domicilio que comercializa legalmente el gobierno federal se incrementó (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: El Financiero (Mexico)

United Kingdom

Man Arrested After Huge Firearms Seizure From UK House

6 February

Dockland & East London Advertiser

Police have seized one of the largest hauls of firearms recovered in a hour period in London. The haul was found in a flat at Stepney in London's East End following a minicab being stopped by officers in Battersea yesterday and the seizure of a vehicle in Hornchurch. Detectives from Trident Gang Crime Command found a black bag on the back seat of the minicab next to the passenger, a year-old man, which contained a Colt 45 loaded with six bullets. Officers later (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Dockland & East London Advertiser

China,Congo (DRC),Germany,United Kingdom,Myanmar,Israel,European Union,Italy,Spain,Egypt,France,Libya,Saudi Arabia

European Arms Sales to Middle East Reach Record Level, NGOs Concerned

1 February

Ekklesia (UK)

European Union countries licensed arms exports in valued at € billion, according to newly released figures. This included a record € billion in sales to the Middle East – a 22 percent increase on sales in the previous year. The statistics are revealed in the Fifteenth Annual Report on Control of Exports of Military Technology and Equipment. The European Network Against the Arms Trade (ENAA) says that the figures show little change in arms export (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Ekklesia (UK)

Syria,Jordan

Gun Prices, Sales Up in Jordan Over Syria War Fears

15 January

New Straits Times (Malaysia) / Agence France Presse

AMMAN - Firearm prices in Jordan have soared tenfold since the war in neighbouring Syria erupted in but more people than ever are buying guns for protection against a possible spillover of the violence. The number of licensed weapons stands at , but there are more than one million unlicensed guns in the kingdom of seven million people, according to interior ministry estimates. According to a study by the Jordanian Society for Political Sciences, 25 percent (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Straits Times (Malaysia) / Agence France Presse

Malaysia

Cache of Guns Seized From Malay Man with Criminal Record, No Licence

7 January

Star (Malaysia)

GEORGE TOWN - An ex-serviceman, said to be savvy in handling firearms, has been nabbed for possessing an arsenal of weapons without licence. Acting on a tip-off, a police team stormed the house of the year-old man in Permatang Buloh, Kepala Batas. They seized a Beretta pistol with a magazine containing 11 bullets, a fake pistol and its magazine, three homemade airguns and a homemade shotgun during the 3pm raid on Saturday. Also seized was a bag containing a (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Star (Malaysia)

United States

When the Right to Bear Arms Includes the Mentally Ill

21 December

New York Times, Series

Last April, workers at Middlesex Hospital in Connecticut called the police to report that a psychiatric patient named Mark Russo had threatened to shoot his mother if officers tried to take the 18 rifles and shotguns he kept at her house. Mr. Russo, who was off his medication for paranoid schizophrenia, also talked about the recent elementary school massacre in Newtown and told a nurse that he "could take a chair and kill you or bash your head in between the eyes," (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

United States,Germany,Europe

Campaign Aims to Make Gunmakers More Accountable

13 December

Deutsche Welle

The father of Joel Mosbacher, a rabbi from New Jersey, was shot dead in a petty robbery in The anger stayed with his son, but he decided to use it wisely and got involved in the citizens' organizing network Metro IAF. This year, he and other clergy from New Jersey started the "Do not stand idly by" initiative to reduce gun violence. A key demand is to get gunmakers to accept responsibility, and act accordingly. The top manufacturers fueling US gun culture are (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Deutsche Welle

Iraq,Syria,Israel,India,Ireland,Togo,Canada,United States,Afghanistan,Côte d'Ivoire,Iran,Sri Lanka,Germany,Russia

Growing Number of Personalised Firearms to Boost Safety Available

30 November

Economist

To help push Soviet forces out of Afghanistan in the s, America's Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) gave Afghan fighters shoulder-launched Stinger anti-aircraft missiles (pictured). Accurate and easy-to-use, the Stingers caused grievous losses. But after the Soviet withdrawal in , the CIA wanted to discourage the use of the leftover missiles. It got hold of some of those circulating on the black market and booby-trapped them, so that anyone who tried to fire one (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Economist

New Zealand

NZ Police Seize 'Alarming' Military-Style Weapons Cache

8 November

New Zealand Herald

An "alarming" cache of high-powered firearms and ammunition have been seized from an Auckland lock-up. Shotguns, military-style assault rifles, a silenced rifle, a handgun and thousands of rounds of ammunition were found by detectives at a storage compound in Onehunga yesterday as part of an on-going investigation into an associate of the Hells Angels. A late model Holden ute was also confiscated under an asset seizure order and criminal charges are likely to be laid (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Zealand Herald

Australia,Guatemala,Italy,Israel

Beretta, Glock Pistols, Israeli Submachine Guns for Guatemala Police

7 November

Fox News Latino (USA) / EFE News Agency

The Guatemalan government will invest some $ million to buy new weapons for the National Civil Police, or PNC, a government minister said Wednesday. Interior Minister Mauricio Lopez Bonilla said at a press conference that after 10 "failed bidding processes" to buy the weapons for the PNC held between and , authorities opted to make the acquisition from three different foreign manufacturers via an "exceptional agreement." The procedure, which is allowed by (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Fox News Latino (USA) / EFE News Agency

United States

US Gun Lobby Rubbishes Conspiracy Theory That Threatens Gun Industry

9 October

Huffington Post (USA)

The National Rifle Association gives one the immediate impression of an organization that never met an anti-government conspiracy theory it didn't like. After all, the NRA has been recruiting members and raising money with such absurd fantasies for years: The "mass confiscation" of privately-held firearms after Hurricane Katrina, the United Nations Small Arms Treaty "threaten[ing] individual firearm ownership with an invasive registration scheme," ATF's botched "Fast (GunPolicy.org)

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Jamaica

Guns Seized During Police Raid in Jamaica

7 October

Jamaica Gleaner

Four illegal guns are off the streets of Montego Bay, St James, and two men are in custody, following a raid in the Green Pond district by the Mount Salem Police yesterday morning. The raid, which was carried out in Burch Hill, Green Pond, resulted in a Glock 9mm pistol, a Beretta 9mm pistol, an Intra-Tek 9mm pistol and a Bushmaster mm rifle as well as approximately 84 assorted rounds of ammunition being seized from an occupied house in the area, and the subsequent (GunPolicy.org)

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Malaysia

Guns Easily Available From Thailand for Malaysians Wanting Them

23 September

New Straits Times (Malaysia)

DANOK - The sudden wave of gun crimes in the past few months has shocked Malaysians and rocked the country's reputation as a laidback and safe destination. The spate of killings has led to questions being raised as to where criminals and gang members are acquiring weapons. The New Straits Times discovered that it is not difficult to get hold of firearms. All it takes is a short drive across the border and minimum effort to find outlets that sell everything from (GunPolicy.org)

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Taiwan

Taiwanese Authorities Seize Modified Guns, Drugs

11 September

China Post (Taiwan)

TAIPEI, Taiwan - The Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) recently cooperated with the Taoyuan County Police Bureau to arrest three suspects on charges of drug possession and firearm sales, seizing a large number of modified firearms and drugs. Between Saturday and Monday authorities seized three modified guns, 28 bullets, two cartridges, a bullet-proof vest, grams of heroine and grams of amphetamines. The Taoyuan District Prosecutors Office will prosecute (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: China Post (Taiwan)

United States

Colorado Politicians Ousted Over Gun Law Position

11 September

New York Times

COLORADO SPRINGS — Two Colorado Democrats who provided crucial support for a package of state gun laws were voted out of office on Tuesday in special elections seen as a test of whether swing-state voters would accept gun restrictions after mass shootings at a Colorado movie theater and a Connecticut elementary school. The vote, which came five months after the United States Senate defeated several gun restrictions, handed another loss to gun-control supporters and (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

Singapore,Bangladesh

Bangladesh Civilian Gun Imports Dodging Taxes

26 August

New Nation (Dhaka)

Some individuals are importing light guns, particularly pistol, revolver, shotgun and rifle, in the country in under invoiced price depriving the government a huge amount of revenues taking the advantage of relaxed mood of the National Board of Revenue [NBR], sources said. The non-prohibited bore of arms mainly permitted for the civilians - point 22, point 25, point and point 32 caliber - are being imported from Singapore under the baggage rule. As per the rule, (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Nation (Dhaka)

Tanzania

'Guns and Roses' in Tanzania as Gun Homicide Rate Rises

11 August

Tanzania Daily News

A few metres down the lane from the legendary 'Clock Tower' roundabout, along Sokoine Road, there is a special store which stocks arms and ammunition. The shop mostly serves as a reminder or monument indicating that people here are free to buy and own fire arms like pistols and guns, as long as their acquisitions are done in accordance with the law . During the boom of Tanzanite mining in the 90s, many people who were in one way or another involved with Mirerani Hills, (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Tanzania Daily News

Indonesia

In Indonesia: Challenge is to Keep Out Illegal Guns

8 August

Straits Times (Singapore)

Money may be the only constraint when it comes to owning a gun in Indonesia - illegally. To own it legally, strict prerequisites apply. One must be physically and mentally fit, not bad-tempered - based on a psychology test at the national police headquarters - and between age 21 and 65, with no criminal record. Police will also evaluate the need for owning a gun before granting a permit. High-ranking civil servants and senior managers at private firms may be (GunPolicy.org)

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Serbia,England & Wales

'Pillar Of The Community' Lived Double Life as UK Gangland Gun Dealer

6 August

Daily Mail (UK)

A Tory candidate has been jailed for 16 years for selling submachine guns he smuggled from Serbia to drugs gangs in Britain. Marcus Simpson, who narrowly missed out on being elected to his local council, offered gangsters a 'menu' of weapons that included a Scorpion submachine gun, a laser-sighted assault rifle and Walther PPKs, plus silencers and ammunition. Simpson, 42, was a Conservative candidate for Corby, Northamptonshire, in the local elections. He lost by (GunPolicy.org)

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India

Indian Gunsmiths Use Govt Loans for Tools, Floating Gun Factory Found

23 July

India Today

If there was a prize for criminality with chutzpah, the gunmakers of Bihar's Munger district would win it hands down. Or hands up. A Central government employment scheme has been funding several talented gunsmiths in this district for years. Munger is the traditional hub of a flourishing indigenous gun-making industry, till recently geared to making crude single-shot kattas and now moving on to West-inspired pistols and rifles. It's all illegal, of course. According to (GunPolicy.org)

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Hong Kong,India

Man Arrested for Involvement in International Gun Smuggling to India

8 July

Times of India

LUCKNOW - The Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) of the UP Police on Sunday arrested Ramzan Ali of Machhriya locality under Naubasta police station of Kanpur in connection with an international racket involving smuggling parts of top branded firearms from Hong Kong region into India and then assembling them together here to sell weapons to the underworld at a premium. His name figured in the case after the arrest of retired airlines officer Deesa from Mumbai who has so far (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand

25 High-Powered Guns Stolen from New Zealand Gun Store

4 July

Stuff (New Zealand)

High-powered firearms have been stolen from an Auckland shop. Police are warning anyone who is offered a powerful weapon at a discount price to call them. Twenty-five firearms were stolen during a burglary at a Mt Roskill gun shop shortly before 10pm yesterday. They comprised four Rizzini gauge shotguns, six gauge shotguns, seven Tikka bolt-action rifles with silencers and scopes and eight gauge Beretta semi-automatic shotguns, police said. Investigators (GunPolicy.org)

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Malaysia

Malaysian Man Charged Over Unlicensed Gun, Ammunition

21 June

Sun Daily (Malaysia)

KUALA LUMPUR - An unemployed man pleaded not guilty to two charges, one of possessing an unlicensed pistol and another for possessing live bullets at the sessions court here earlier today. Ng Yim Kead, 52 claimed trial to a charge of possessing a black nine-millimetre calibre Beretta USA Corp 92PS pistol that was found in a Mercedes Benz he was driving at about pm on June He allegedly committed the offence under Section 8 of the Firearms (Increased Penalties) (GunPolicy.org)

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France

Small Arms Dealers Altering Guns a Growing Trend in France [FR]

21 June

Le Monde (France)

[Translated summary: Done with Lord of War arms dealers and welcome to Family Guy arms dealers. These new merchants of death have been taking over the French market for the past years. They operate in the Paris region, but also the east of France and especially the countryside where they find good customers in hunters. They won't make tons of money, but will instead live a normal life while fuelling the black market as a side job. How? By adapting hunting shotguns (GunPolicy.org)

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Turkey

Turkish People Spent TL Million on Guns in

22 April

Today's Zaman (Istanbul)

Turkish people spent TL ,, on guns and bullets last year, with gun sales increasing by 54 percent, according to data from the state-owned Turkish Mechanical and Chemical Industry Corporation (MKE). While a total of 19, handguns were sold in Turkey in , the number of handguns sold last year rose to 30, The price of handguns ranges between TL and TL 12, Of the 30, handguns, 21, were made in Turkey. A total of TL million of revenue (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

Australia Police Investigate Criminals Stealing Guns from Farmers

12 April

Herald Sun (Melbourne)

A police sting has uncovered a criminal network stealing guns from farmers. The Herald Sun has been told Taskforce Griffin, set up in February, is probing a breakout in gun crime. More than firearms have been stolen in 41 burglaries, and there have been aggravated burglaries and two non-fatal shootings. Detective Inspector Adrian Dalzotto, of the armed crime taskforce, said there were concerns the stolen guns, in particular the handguns, might have been sold on (GunPolicy.org)

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Asia,Europe,Germany,South America,United States,Austria,Italy,Croatia,Belgium

European Arms, Money Fuel US Gun Addiction say Experts

23 January

Deutsche Welle

After each massacre in the US, Europe laments America's gun culture and violence. At the same time, European companies have no problem selling arms to Americans and supporting the NRA's fight against tougher gun laws. It is not widely reported, but European firearms for a long time have played a pernicious role in US mass shootings and Europe's gun makers are among the strongest backers of the National Rifle Association (NRA). Handguns by Austrian arms manufacturer (GunPolicy.org)

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Yemen,Norway,Switzerland,Canada,Germany,Spain,Finland,United States,United Kingdom,Australia

Homicides Down after Tougher Gun Laws Adopted Abroad

19 December

Los Angeles Times

Twelve days after the worst mass murder in Australian history, when 35 people were shot to death at Tasmania state's Port Arthur tourist mecca in , the government issued sweeping reforms of the country's gun laws. There hasn't been a mass shooting since, and suicides, deaths by firearms and robberies at gunpoint have plummeted. The results of toughened gun rules in Britain after the massacre in the Scottish town of Dunblane that same year weren't so immediate or (GunPolicy.org)

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Israel,India,Czech Republic,Switzerland,United States,Italy

Indian Factory to Make 1 Million Rifles for Army Upgrade

16 December

Sunday Standard / New Indian Express (Chennai)

NEW DELHI - The Indian Army has half a million rifles and carbines it doesn't want, and now plans to junk them all over the next five years. The dark lining is that these infantry weapons were developed and manufactured in India to equip four lakh soldiers at an expenditure of Rs 25, crore over two decades. So far, so bad. Now add another Rs 50, crore that will have to be spent over the next decade to re-equip our soldiers with the four kinds of weapons that are (GunPolicy.org)

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Thailand

Proliferation of Illicit Firearms in Thailand

18 November

Bangkok Post

With firearm crime on the rise and the amount of illegal locally produced and smuggled weapons growing, there are concerns that a programme giving officials discounts in the name of self-protection is worsening the situation. In recent years Thailand has been flooded with illegal firearms and the misery they cause is plain for all to see. Every day there are media reports of shootouts and homicides that begin with domestic quarrels, school rivalries and traffic (GunPolicy.org)

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Czech Republic,Austria,Thailand,United States

Thai Authorities Concerned Over Easy Access to Guns

18 November

Bangkok Post

In recent years Thailand has been flooded with illegal firearms and the misery they cause is plain for all to see. Every day there are media reports of shootouts and homicides that begin with domestic quarrels, school rivalries and traffic accidents, and quickly escalate. Law enforcement officials say the root cause is the easy availability of guns, and this is true for teenagers as well as adults. People prefer to buy weapons outside of legal channels because they are (GunPolicy.org)

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Indonesia,Philippines

Philippines Police Handgun Traced to Indonesia Terror Raid

25 September

Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Intelligence Group of the Philippine National Police (PNP) has already identified the police officer whose government-issued handgun was recovered from terrorists in Indonesia, an official said yesterday. PNP spokesman Chief Superintendent Generoso Cerbo Jr. said intelligence agents have "identified the unit and the policeman holder of the 9mm. Our agents are checking on the circumstances." He said they are investigating how the gun ended up (GunPolicy.org)

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India

India's Criminals Prefer 'Brand' Guns, Extortion Rates Rise to Fund Them

24 September

Hindustan Times (Delhi)

GUWAHATI - If the brand craze rules the average Indian, can the insurgent be far behind? The old guard might have settled for cheap Chinese copies of Kalashnikovs, but the new age rebel prefers to flaunt Glocks, Berettas and Heckler and Kochs. And to fund the jazzy arsenal, the extortion rate has gone up by nearly 30%. Officials engaged in counterinsurgency say in Meghalaya, the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) is replacing its Kalashnikovs with the Germanmade (GunPolicy.org)

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United Arab Emirates

Rifles Top Sellers at UAE Hunting Exhibition, Licences Available On Site

10 September

National (Abu Dhabi)

ABU DHABI - Firearms sales increased by between 10 to 20 per cent at this year's Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition (Adihex). German hunting rifles, 9mm pistols and calibre sniper rifles were the top sellers. The four-day exhibition, at Adnec, welcomed more than , visitors - up from 97, last year. In the first three days, 1, firearm licences were issued and sales representatives said demand rises each year. In , 1, (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

51 Guns Lost or Stolen from South Africa's Defence Force in Last 3 Years

5 September

Defence Web (South Africa)

The South African National Defence Force has lost or had stolen 51 firearms since , including 38 assault rifles, according to the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans. Defence minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula stated that 51 firearms, including a machine gun and a grenade launcher, have been lost by or stolen from the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) since This emerged in response to a parliamentary question posed by Pieter Groenewald of the (GunPolicy.org)

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Philippines,Indonesia

Indonesia Police Seize Guns, Questions over Smuggling from Philippines

2 September

Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines — Is there a smuggling of guns from the Philippines to Indonesia? This question cropped up after the Indonesian police in Solo City (or Surakarta City), Central Java, Indonesia, killed two of three suspected terrorists in a raid on Friday night. Reports from The Jakarta Post (JP), an English newspaper, said the Densus (Department) 88, an elite police group, raided two locations in Solo City, but two of the suspects, identified only as "F" and (GunPolicy.org)

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South America,Peru

Estimated , Illegal Firearms Said Circulating in Peru

30 August

La Republica (Peru)

[Translated summary: Peru held an amnesty for gun owners whose licences had expired but only collected 2, weapons, meaning , soon-to-be illegal weapons will be in circulation. The law is being changed to tighten the restrictions on civilian gun ownership and improve registration of weapons.] Realidad. Culminada la amnistía, se presentaron pedidos de renovación de las armas que ya presentan licencia vencida. pistolas, revólveres, escopetas (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

Canada Border Guards Draw Guns Less Often in

20 August

Vancouver Sun (British Columbia)

Fewer border guards drew their guns, batons and pepper spray last year in an abrupt reversal of a previous trend toward greater use of force at Canadian border points. There were such incidents at border stations in , a significant drop from in the previous year. It marks the first significant decline in so-called use-of-force incidents over the last five years, a period during which guards were armed with handguns for the first time. Previously, (GunPolicy.org)

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Bosnia & Herzegovina,Croatia,Eastern Europe,Romania,Greece,Bulgaria,Moldova,Macedonia,Serbia

Balkan Countries Loaded With Illegal Firearms

8 August

Southeast European Times

Southeast Europe's are heavily armed – according to the South Eastern and Eastern Europe Clearinghouse for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons, people in the region legally own 3 million firearms and another 4 million illegal weapons. Serbia leads the region in weapons, according to Ivan Cvijovic, police inspector at the public order sector of the Belgrade police department. The rate of registered firearms per people is Montenegro has (GunPolicy.org)

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Guyana

Guyana Police Accused of Selling Sub-Machine Gun Owned by Criminal

14 July

Kaieteur News (Guyana)

Less than a week after Acting Police Commissioner Leroy Brumell warned corrupt ranks to turn in their badges, five TSU ranks are under investigation for allegedly collecting $, to release a man whom they had nabbed with drugs and a loaded submachine gun. Kaieteur News understands that the incident occurred on Thursday in Kitty and that three of the ranks, including a cadet officer, are under close arrest at the Brickdam Police Station. Investigators have seized (GunPolicy.org)

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Algeria

Algiers Police Officers Charged with Gun Theft [FR]

9 July

El Watan (Algiers)

[Translated summary: Forteen people, including twelve police officers, appeared before the Criminal Court of Algiers for their involvment in the theft of 31 firearms (handguns, shotguns, hunting rifles at the Police Headquarters between and ] Après le réquisitoire du parquet et les nombreuses plaidoiries, le verdict de cette affaire devait être connu hier, tard dans la soirée. Quatorze personnes, dont douze policiers, ont comparu, hier, devant le (GunPolicy.org)

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Switzerland

According to Switzerland Firearms Act: to Be Armed Is a Right [FR]

15 June

24 Heures (Switzerland)

[Translated summary: The shooter of Montbenon case and the homicide of a prostitue in Payerne revive gun debate in Switzerland. The ease with which one can buy a handgun and ammunition worries.] L'affaire du tireur de Montbenon, puis le meurtre, mercredi à Payerne, d'une prostituée ravivent la polémique «C'est manifestement un domaine dans lequel le législateur peut faire des progrès.» Le procureur général Eric Cottier a fustigé, lors du procès du tireur de (GunPolicy.org)

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Hong Kong,Italy,Germany,Israel,Austria,Bulgaria,Russia,India

Over 29, Russian AKs Imported by Indian Paramilitary Forces

20 May

Times of India

NEW DELHI - AKs continue to be the preferred assault weapon for the country's paramilitary forces deployed to neutralise terrorists and Maoists at the frontiers and in the hinterland. Over 29, pieces of this Russian-origin rifle were imported by forces like CRPF, BSF and NSG over the last three years, leaving behind, by a large margin, other sophisticated assault weapons procured from the US and Israel. The inventory of the assault weapons procured for security (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Florida Turns 'Gunshine State' After Years of Republican Control

29 March

Bloomberg (USA)

For years, Florida Capitol Police asked gun owners to check their firearms at the door. Not anymore. Since a law in October made it easier to carry concealed weapons into the million-square-foot government headquarters in Tallahassee, Senate security relies on alert buttons installed on the phones of lawmakers and staffers that let them instantly listen in to events. "I don't think panic buttons are going to be very helpful if somebody charges into your office (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

Public Stigma Drives Toronto Gun Hobbyists, Shooters Underground

18 March

National Post (Toronto)

Ellen loads five bullets into her favourite pistol, a caliber Browning Challenger, and demonstrates her favourite shooting stances. She begins with two hands holding the gun straight out in front of her, elbows slightly bent and feet hip-width apart for balance before changing poses, with her left hand behind her back, her palm facing outward, and the pistol in her right hand. She is a Toronto grandmother of two in her mid-sixties and she is sharing her love of (GunPolicy.org)

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Venezuela

Caracas, Venezuela: Police Officers Murdered for Their Guns - Report

16 March

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Some 26 Caracas police officers have been murdered so far this year, and analysts warn that they may be being targeted by criminals who want to steal their weapons. The assassination of Reinaldo Jose Mata Malave outside his home earlier this week brought the number of police officers murdered in greater Caracas in to According to El Nacional, Mata was killed for his police-issued weapon, a Beretta pistol. Criminologist Javier Gorriño told El Universal that (GunPolicy.org)

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Spain

Spanish Family Arrested for Running Gun 'Supermarket' at Home [ES]

21 February

Europa Press (Spain)

[Translated summary: Spanish National Police arrested a married couple and their son for allegedly running a "supermarket" of firearms in their house and in a storage room in San Vicente dels Horts (Barcelona), selling craft guns to criminals and drug traffickers who used them for settling accounts and threatening rival gangs. It is, according to the Chief of Police, "one of the largest arsenals of Catalonia".] BARCELONA - La Policía Nacional ha detenido a un (GunPolicy.org)

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Nigeria

Police Arrest Nigerian 'AK' Manufacturer, Seize Assault Rifles, Pistols

14 February

Vanguard (Lagos)

MAKURDI — Two months of renewed onslaught against criminals and violent crimes across Benue State by the new Commissioner of Police in charge of the state, Mr. John Haruna has yielded an unprecedented results with the avalanche of arrests of men of the underworld in parts of the state. The frontal measure against criminals in the State culminated in the arrest of suspects most of who were apprehended with lethal weapons and sophisticated arms and ammunition. In (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

In North Carolina, 2, Hidden Handgun Permit Holders Had Convictions

26 December

New York Times

Alan Simons was enjoying a Sunday morning bicycle ride with his family in Asheville, N.C., two years ago when a man in a sport utility vehicle suddenly pulled alongside him and started berating him for riding on the highway. Mr. Simons, his 4-year-old son strapped in behind him, slowed to a halt. The driver, Charles Diez, an Asheville firefighter, stopped as well. When Mr. Simons walked over, he found himself staring down the barrel of a gun. "Go ahead, I'll shoot (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

Quebec Sues Ottawa to Save Long Gun Registry Records from Trash

13 December

Montreal Gazette (Québec)

QUEBEC – Quebec wants to create its own long-gun registry, using data already collected for the federal registry, and is prepared to go to court to stop Ottawa destroying gun ownership records. Public Security Minister Robert Dutil announced Tuesday that Quebec would take legal action to recover the data once Ottawa's Bill C, abolishing the federal long-gun registry, becomes law. Dutil said C was "a step backwards" and called the destruction "unjust and (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

Rifles, Shotguns Set to Become Invisible if Canada Scraps Gun Registry

8 November

McGill Tribune (Montreal)

On Oct. 25 Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Conservative government introduced Bill C to the House of Commons. This bill, known as the Ending the Long-gun Registry Act, seeks to abolish the current long-gun registry. If passed, gun owners will no longer be required by law to register rifles and shotguns. Furthermore, Bill C would ensure the destruction of all existing records of these weapons in the Canadian Firearms Registry. The Conservative government's (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

Demand Growing in Canada for High-Tech Guns Popularised in Games, Movies

26 October

Vancouver Sun (British Columbia)

Whether it's computers, cars, motorbikes or guns, year-old Greg MacDonald — a self-confessed "tech nerd" — is always looking for the latest and greatest technology. A Newfoundlander and lover of fine machinery, MacDonald says the rigorous research and development that goes into modern military-grade firearms — known as "black rifles" within shooter circles — is a sort of poetry in motion. "When I see a firearm, I see engineering, mathematics and physics," (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada,Iraq,Afghanistan

Canadian Groups Want Some Guns Banned Before Registry Is Scrapped

23 October

Vancouver Sun (British Columbia)

After finishing a rotation through Afghanistan with the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, year-old Dan Styles is back in Canada, safe and sound with his young family. When he's not caring for his one-year-old baby daughter, Styles now spends a lot of his personal time at the shooting range near his home at CFB Petawawa, in eastern Ontario. There, he hones the skills he relied on in the field. "It's practice, practice, practice," he says. "The better you get at it, (GunPolicy.org)

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European Union,China,Germany,South Korea,Switzerland,Serbia,France,United Kingdom,Syria,Yemen,Bulgaria,Belgium,Libya,Italy,Bahrain,Egypt,United States,Russia,West Asia,North Africa,Finland,Austria,Sudan,North Korea,Spain

Tracing the Middle East Weapons Flow

19 October

al Jazeera

Earlier this year, as mass popular uprisings spread through the Middle East and audiences across the world sat transfixed by images of unarmed citizens confronting iron-fisted security forces in the streets of Arab capitals, powerful governments from Russia to the United States were forced to begin accounting for the weapons they had for decades sold to the very rulers they now found themselves abandoning. In Egypt and Bahrain, protesters held up tear gas canisters (GunPolicy.org)

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Belize

Small Arms and High Powered Rifles Stolen from Belize Defence Force

13 October

Guardian (Belize)

The Ministry of Defense called a press conference at Price Barracks on Wednesday evening to inform the media that there was a security breach at the Price Barracks compound and a number of small arms and high powered rifles were stolen. Allen Whylie, Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Defense, said it is a devastating breach and the Ministry will leave no stones unturned to get to the bottom of the heist. The discovery was made at about a.m. on Wednesday, (GunPolicy.org)

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Cayman Islands

'Burden of Proof' Should Be on Gun Suspects, Say Cayman Police

11 October

Cayman Compass (Cayman Islands)

Cayman's top cop is advocating a major change in the way the 'burden of proof' is applied in court with regard to firearms possession cases. Expanding and clarifying comments made on the subject by Governor Duncan Taylor last month, Police Commissioner David Baines said Friday that what's being reviewed with the attorney general's office now is essentially a "reversal" in the burden of proof for people found in possession of unlicensed guns in their homes or vehicles (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

Gun Dealer Trapped After UK Police Set Up Fake Shop in Manchester

4 October

Manchester Evening News (UK)

A gun dealer was trapped after police set up a fake shop selling combat clothing. Undercover cops posed as shop workers who were looking for lethal weapons in the elaborate sting. The store was set up after police became concerned at the number of firearms on the streets of Manchester. After weeks at the store on Princess Road, Moss Side, a gang member customer introduced the plain clothes officers to Marc Billingham, who supplied them with two working guns, an air (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

Man Kills his Parents and Himself with Legally Owned Gun in Quebec

16 September

Ottawa Citizen (Ontario)

A Gatineau man shot and killed his parents and then shot himself with a handgun that he legally owned, police said Thursday. Police confirmed Patrick Mongeon-Johnson, 32, used his licensed and registered nine-millimetre handgun to kill his mother and stepfather before turning it on himself at De Saguenay Street on Sept. 7. An autopsy confirmed Lucie Johnson, 51, and Denis Lagacé, 59, died of gunshot wounds. A handgun is considered a restricted firearm under (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

Major Seizures of Guns Mainly Firearm Dealer Imports - Australia Customs

14 September

Daily Telegraph (Sydney)

December 23, Sydney Huge haul of weapons including: Assault rifles: Steyr F88, Norinco SKS, Marlin 60 and ADI SLR L1A1 Handguns: Beretta 92FS and Remington Wingmaster Shot guns: Mossberg A Teargas 16cm rifle silencer Pistol scope Megatron Transformer December 8, Sydney rounds of FMJ green tip M Penetrator armour piercing bullets July 25, Brisbane Steyer tactical scout elite calibre rifle, with telescopic sight May 30, (GunPolicy.org)

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Trinidad & Tobago

Trinidad: 'For Such a Small Country, a Large Number of Illegal Guns'

12 September

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday

Nine more guns including a high-powered AK 47 assault rifle, have been recovered by the police within the past three days in various exercises in North, Central and West Trinidad from Friday to yesterday. This brings to 88 the number of guns seized since the start of the State of Emergency (SOE) on August A nitrogen cannister believed to be used in the manufacturing of silencers for firearms was also recovered and seized. A silencer is a component of a firearm used (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

South Africa Police Fuel Illegal Trade: 11, Guns Missing Over 5 Years

11 September

Democratic Alliance (Cape Town), Media release

Once again it has been revealed to the Democratic Alliance (DA) that the South African Police Service (SAPS) has been fueling the illegal arms trade. In a reply to a parliamentary question asked by the DA to the Minister of Police, he admits that in /11 a total of 1 SAPS firearms were 'lost or stolen'. of these were rifles, 46 were shotguns and the rest were handguns. Only of the firearms have been recovered. A copy of the DA question and the Ministers (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Los Angeles Police Department Seeks Tighter Regulations on Airguns

7 June

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck is proposing that the city require BB-gun replicas of actual firearms to be brightly colored so that police officers don't mistake them for real weapons. The proposal, which the Los Angeles Police Commission will consider Tuesday, comes after two shootings involving officers and people with replica weapons, including one in which a teenager was wounded. Under the new rule, all such toys sold in Los Angeles would have the "entire (GunPolicy.org)

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Algeria

Firearms Trafficking Network Dismantled in Algeria: 16 Charged

31 May

Le Temps d'Algérie

Un réseau de trafic d'armes à feu a été démantelé dans la wilaya de Mostaganem par le groupement de la Gendarmerie nationale de la wilaya selon son premier responsable, le commandant Mohamed Ben Hmida. Ce réseau est composé de seize personnes dont trois accusées de soutien au terrorisme. Trois autres personnes demeurent actuellement en fuite et font l'objet de recherches. La gendarmerie a aussi récupéré 22 armes à feu dont 16 pistolets automatiques (PA) de (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Long Battle Against Guns in US Began With a Son's Death

13 May

Bay Citizen (San Francisco), Column

Kenzo Dix was named for the Japanese characters for "health" and "creativity," and at age 15 he embodied those attributes, playing on the Berkeley High School basketball team and enjoying school art projects. After finishing a class assignment — a graffiti-style display on a school handball court — he called his father for permission to go to a friend's house. A few hours later, his father received another call: Kenzo was at Children's Hospital in Oakland. "The (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Legal Gun Owners, Dealers, Gun Shows Fuel Minneapolis Gun Violence

22 March

Minnesota Public Radio, Transcript

MINNEAPOLIS — In January , three men were gunned down during an apparent robbery attempt at the Seward Market in south Minneapolis. One of the victims worked at the store. The second victim was the clerk's cousin who stopped by to chat. The third was a man who just happened to walk in at the wrong time. The report from the police homicide investigation shows that five shell casings found at the crime scene likely match a test casing provided by the maker of a (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,United Kingdom

UK Gun Dealers Face US Charges Involving Tens of Thousands of AK47s

20 February

Guardian (UK)

His lawyers contend he is a model citizen. And as a successful businessman, Gary Hyde certainly exudes an aura of respectability. For years the year-old father of two was a volunteer police officer in his home town of York, until a serious injury forced him to retire. "He is an upstanding and respected member of that community," his lawyers argued last week. But now another picture of Hyde is emerging. A man who had turned his enthusiasm for guns and military (GunPolicy.org)

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Germany

German Father Guilty of Manslaughter After Son Killed 15 with Dad's Gun

10 February

Deutsche Welle

Two years ago, a year-old went on a shooting rampage in the southern German town of Winnenden, killing 15 people and himself. Now the gunman's father has been found guilty of manslaughter and breaking gun laws. The father of the year-old boy who shot dead 15 people in the southern German town of Winnenden has been convicted of breaking gun laws, for failing to store his weapons properly, and found guilty of involuntary manslaughter. Jörg K., 52, was given a (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Business Brisk at Tucson Gun Show Just a Week After Shooting Rampage

15 January

Reuters

TUCSON, Arizona - Thousands of shoppers browsed for guns at a trade show in Tucson on Saturday, a week after a shooting rampage that killed six people and raised questions about permissive gun laws in the United States. "People see it as either guns are going to get banned, or I'm going to get shot," said stall holder Randall Record, 27, explaining the mood at the Crossroads of the West Gun Show on the outskirts of the city. "Either way, it drives sales." The show was (GunPolicy.org)

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Jamaica

Illegal Gun Shop Raided, Police Guns Being Sold to Criminals in Jamaica

31 December

Jamaica Gleaner

Senior police investigators are now trying to identify the mastermind behind a suspected gun shop which operated out of premises along McWhinney Street, near the Tower Street Adult Centre, in east Kingston. Yesterday, the police stumbled on to the gun shop during a routine operation and seized seven firearms, 25 loaded magazines and 33 rounds of ammunition. According to an official report, police operatives from the Trans-national Crime and Narcotics Division, the (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

Tasmania Police Net Almost Guns, Only 26 Given Voluntarily

26 December

Hobart Mercury (Tasmania)

Police say it is "impossible" to know how many unregistered guns there are in Tasmania. The admission comes days after the closure of a public consultation period for gun law reforms, which includes recommendations to make pump-action and semi-automatic shotguns more easily available. The Tasmanian Firearms Act is under review and a cover letter for the public consultation paper shows there are more than , registered guns in the state enough for one in (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

LAPD Shoots yr-old, Then Finds He Was Playing with a Pellet Gun

18 December

Los Angeles Times

The shooting of a year-old Glassell Park boy carrying what turned out to be a pellet gun by a Los Angeles Police Department officer is a "tragedy," Chief Charlie Beck said. "This is a tragedy for all involved, but in particular for the young man injured in this police shooting and for the officer who believed that he was protecting himself and his partner from a real threat," Beck said in a statement. "The pellet gun the juvenile was using is the exact dimensions of (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

Gun Tracing Regulations Delayed for Third Time by Canadian Government

5 December

Canadian Press

OTTAWA - The Harper government has once again delayed implementation of regulations that police say they need to quickly trace guns used in crimes. The government quietly posted a notice last Tuesday — one day before the firearms marking regulations were to have come into force — disclosing that implementation has been postponed until Dec. 1, This is the third time the Harper government has delayed the regulations, which were created by the Liberal (GunPolicy.org)

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Turkey,Italy,Portugal,Netherlands,Europe

Italian Gas Guns Illegally Converted in Portugal to Arm European Criminals

19 November

NRC Handelsblad (Rotterdam)

As the EU cracks down on firearms, illegal trafficking in altered alarm guns is booming on the Continent. They're cheap, easy to alter, impossible to trace – so they're becoming the criminal's weapon of choice. At the age of 10, Massimo Tanfoglio was already packaging pistols in his father's factory. Now, age 57, he manages the Fratelli Tanfoglio firearms factory in Gardone Val Trompia, in northern Italy. Strolling down the streets of this small town, you'll see (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: NRC Handelsblad (Rotterdam)

United States

Mel Gibson Surrenders Handguns, Rifle, Shotgun in Domestic Abuse Case

14 November

Sydney Morning Herald

Troubled actor Mel Gibson has surrendered a cache of lethal weapons to the Los Angeles Police Department. The court order came after his former girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva, accused the star of domestic violence, the celebrity website Gossip Cop reports. A judge ordered Gibson to give up his guns, which he did on July Police records show Gibson had a 9mm Glock handgun; a 9mm Beretta handgun; a shotgun and rifle, and ammunition for all the weapons. The revelation (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand

Police Predict 'Someone Will Be Shot' Unless More NZ Airguns Controlled

11 October

Dominion Post (Wellington)

Replica firearms not covered by a law change coming into effect this week could just as easily cost a life if they appear real, police warn after incidents in Napier. Napier Detective Sergeant Emmet Lynch and his colleagues have dealt with three firearms in the past week that were either replicas or looked like more powerful weapons. One, a rifle that fires slug pellets, was used in a random drive-by shooting in which a man was shot in the stomach while socialising (GunPolicy.org)

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Germany

Woman Shoots, Kills 3, Dies After Explosion, Police Shootout in Germany

20 September

Agence France Presse

Four people died and a police officer was seriously wounded yesterday after an explosion and a shootout that ended at a hospital in the town of Loerrach, southwest Germany, police said. "At around GMT, firefighters were called out to an explosion at an apartment in a street near the hospital," a spokesman for Loerrach police said. "An armed woman came out of the burning apartment and headed towards the establishment (the hospital), where a shootout with the (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

Conservative MP Sees Police Conspiracy in Canadian Gun Registry Debate

1 September

Toronto Star (Ontario)

OTTAWA — A controversial Saskatchewan Conservative MP says the support of Canada's police chiefs for the long-gun registry is part of a conspiracy to take away Canadians' guns. His remarks, publicized in an online magazine, have flabbergasted even those who are critical of the registry, and may be enough for at least one rural NDP MP to vote against a Conservative private member's bill later this month to kill the registry. "Why are police chiefs so strident in (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

Calgary Gun Dealer Loses 54 Handguns, Firearm Registry Fingers His Clerk

4 August

Calgary Herald (Alberta)

A man who collaborated with his common-law wife to steal four restricted handguns from a Calgary sporting goods store where she worked as a clerk has been sent to prison. Steve Claudio Todd, 25, was given three years jail on Tuesday, while Cara Patricia Gavin, 27, got a conditional sentence of two years less a day to be served in the community -- the first year under house arrest at their Airdrie residence. Both had earlier pleaded guilty to two counts of theft (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Gun Sales Tipped to Shoot Up in Wake of New US Supreme Court Ruling

16 July

ABC News (USA)

After a Supreme Court decision affirming the right to bear arms was handed down in June, the owners of Midwest Sporting Goods, just outside of Chicago, started noticed something any retailer would find encouraging an increasing number of customers. With Chicago's year ban on handgun ownership rendered unconstitutional, more people were coming into Midwest, in Lyons, Illinois, to exercise their Second Amendment rights, according to Noel, the store's owner. He asked (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Reporter Tests for Gun Show Loopholes, Describes Scene in Minnesota

3 June

City Pages (Minneapolis)

"If there's an unequivocal opposite to growing up around guns," says Andrew Rothman, "it's being raised by New York Jews." He puts down his glass of water and wipes his dark goatee with a napkin. It would be quite the outlandish statement were he not talking about himself. "I grew up believing guns were bad," he continues. "That's what my parents taught me. But they also taught me to read. That was their first mistake." Rothman is the executive director of the (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,Canada

US Tourists Smuggled 83% of Guns Seized at Canadian Border [Fr]

1 June

La Presse (Montréal)

[Translated summary: Of 2, illegal weapons seized at the Canadian border, 83% were smuggled by American tourists. Of the firearms confiscated, 72% were easily concealable handguns.] OTTAWA - Les touristes américains qui viennent au Canada n'apportent pas que leurs dollars. Plusieurs d'entre eux tentent de franchir la frontière munis de leurs armes à feu. En fait, la majorité des armes à feu saisies par les douaniers canadiens appartiennent à des voyageurs (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

New York Mayor's Gun Law Revision Aims for More Controversial Measures

25 May

WJI Times Observer (New York)

A proposed package of changes in New York City's gun laws has lit a fire under gun enthusiasts and Second Amendment rights groups. The changes are a part of the gun law reforms proposed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly. Bloomberg touts the proposals as a way to streamline the process by which New Yorkers can obtain gun permits. One key change involves reducing the famously lengthy time and difficulty in obtaining a gun permit in New (GunPolicy.org)

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Russia,Italy

Italian Gun Maker Beretta Rescues Russian Weapon Plant in Joint Venture

7 May

RIA Novosti (Russia)

MOSCOW - State Technology Corporation Rostekhnologii plans to embark on a joint small arms production venture with Italian firearms company Beretta, Kommersant business daily reported on Friday. Director General of Rostehnologii Sergei Chemezov told Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Thursday the state corporation is negotiating with the Italian company on the production of "hunting and sporting arms, and handguns for the special services and police." A source (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

Estranged Husband Welcomed Wife, 4yr-old Daughter, Shot Them Both

31 March

Berwickshire-News (UK)

A tearful neighbour has told an inquest how she saw a Hampshire mother shot by a her ex-partner who then also shot dead the couple's four-year-old daughter before turning the gun on himself. Rachel Southon was putting her two boys in a car outside her house in Aldershot, on December 29 last year when Julie Harrison, 40, pulled up with her daughter Maisie. Mrs Southon told the inquest in Alton, Hampshire, that Ms Harrison kept the engine running as the door was opened (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Berwickshire-News (UK)

United States

US Gun Lobby Carefully Chose an African-American for Pivotal Court Case

30 January

Chicago Tribune

From behind the wheel of his hulking GMC Suburban, year-old Otis McDonald leads a crime-themed tour of his Morgan Park neighborhood. He points to the yellow brick bungalow he says is a haven for drug dealers. Down the street is the alley where five years ago he saw a teenager pull out a gun and take aim at a passing car. Around the corner, he gestures to the weed-bitten roadside where three thugs once threatened his life. "I know every day that I come out in the (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

Police 'Lose' 3, Pistols a Year, Fuel Crime Gun Trade in South Africa

27 January

South African Press Association

The police are "unwittingly fuelling the illegal arms trade" by ordering thousands of new pistols to replace those that have been lost or stolen, the Democratic Alliance said on Wednesday. Dianne Kohler Barnard said 4 new pistols ordered by the South African Police Service (SAPS) were not to boost firepower, but "mostly to replace lost and stolen firearms". "As revealed on the Armscor website, the ordering of 4 new Beretta pistols means that another (GunPolicy.org)

Sours: https://www.gunpolicy.org/firearms/topic/beretta_firearm

Beretta M9

Semi-automatic pistol

Semi-automatic pistol

The Beretta M9—officially the Pistol, Semiautomatic, 9mm, M9—is the designation for the Beretta 92FSsemi-automatic pistol used by the United States Armed Forces. The M9 was adopted by the United States military as their service pistol in

The 92FS won a competition in the s to replace the MA1 as the primary sidearm of the U.S. military, beating many other contenders, and only narrowly defeating the SIG Sauer P for cost reasons.[9] It officially entered service in [10] Some other pistols have been adopted to a lesser extent, namely the SIG P pistol, and other models remain in use in certain niches.

The M9 was scheduled to be replaced under a United States Army program, the Future Handgun System (FHS), which was merged with the SOF Combat Pistol program to create the Joint Combat Pistol (JCP). The JCP was renamed Combat Pistol (CP), and the number of pistols to be bought was drastically cut back. The U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps are replacing the M9 with the SIG SauerM17 and M[11]

History[edit]

MA1 and early M9 with magazines removed

In the s, every branch of the U.S. Armed Forces (except the U.S. Air Force) carried the ACPM pistol. The USAF opted to use Specialrevolvers, which were also carried by some criminal investigation/military police organizations, USAF strategic missile (ICBM) officer crews, and by military flight crew members across all the services when serving in combat zones, or when engaged in nuclear weapons duties.

The Department of Defense then decided to synchronize the weapons of all five branches of the U.S. armed forces. The service members from the ground combat branches found this arrangement highly contentious. However, they recognized that the decision was made for the purpose of eliminating the need to buy replacements for worn-out M frames, and to establish a common NATO pistol round to simplify logistics (in the circumstance of war against the Soviet Union in Europe). In , the Joint Service Small Arms Program began searching for a replacement for the venerable M, and the 9×19mm Parabellum round was selected for compliance with the NATOStandardization Agreement (STANAG). In , the Beretta 92S-1 design was chosen over entries from Colt, Smith & Wesson, Walther, the Star M28, and various Fabrique Nationale and Heckler & Koch models.

The result, however, was challenged by the US Army, and new tests were done by the Army. In , the trials started again with updated entries from Smith & Wesson, Beretta, SIG Sauer, Heckler & Koch, Walther, Steyr, and Fabrique Nationale. Beretta won this competition, but there was a new trial, the XM10 competition, in This resulted in two different trials that were more limited, but resulted in the Beretta being chosen—albeit with an updated design.

Starting in while the pistol selection processes were concurrently underway, the Bianchi Internationalholster company began its development of a multi-functional military holster to be ready for the issuance of a new pistol. The resulting holster was designed by John Bianchi and Richard Nicholas, and designated as the M The M12 has served the U.S. Armed Forces well for decades, and was adopted simultaneously with the adoption of the Beretta 92FS in [12][13]

The Beretta 92FS performed successfully in a number of survivability trials, which included: exposure to temperature ranges between −40 to &#;°F (−40 to 60&#;°C); salt water corrosion tests; repeated drops onto concrete; and being buried in sand, mud, and snow. Additionally, the 92FS proved an MRBF (mean rounds before failure) of 35, rounds—the number often touted as the equivalent to five or six times the pistol's service life. While this is normally[vague] true in European militaries,[example needed] armed forces of the United States normally[vague] subject sidearms to much more extensive use.[citation needed] The Iraq War, which featured frequent urban and room-to-room combat, has required American soldiers to rely more heavily on their pistols.[14]

Design[edit]

M9 pistol partially field stripped

The M9 is a short recoil, semi-automatic, single-action / double-action pistol that uses a round staggered box magazine with a reversible magazine release button that can be positioned for either right or left-handed shooters. The M9 is used with the Bianchi M12 Holster, though other holsters are often used. The specific modifications made from the Beretta 92 includes:

  • Design of all the parts to make them % interchangeable to simplify maintenance for large government organizations.
  • Squared off the front of the trigger guard. The squared off trigger guard protects both the gun and the shooter during hand-to-hand combat.[15] Some have suggested that the square guard enables the shooter to grip the front of the trigger guard with the supporting forefinger to enhance aiming; however, firearms trainer and Beretta collaborator Ernest Langdon says that using the forefinger to grip the front of the trigger guard is improper technique.[16]
  • Grip with a recurved forward base to aid with aiming.
  • Hard chromed barrel bores to protect from corrosion and to reduce wear.
  • New surface coating on the slide called Bruniton, which allegedly provides better corrosion resistance than the previous plain blued finish.

It also has an enlarged hammer pin that fits into a groove on the underside of the slide. The main purpose is to stop the slide from flying off the frame to the rear if it cracks. This was added after slide failures were observed in Beretta models with very high round counts during tests (failures later deemed to be caused by defective ammunition used in tests).

The M9 features multiple internal safeties, including a firing pin block that prevents the firing pin from moving without the trigger being pulled, and a firing pin striker that rotates when the safety lever is engaged, preventing the firing pin from being hit even if the hammer falls. The M9 also has an ambidextrous external safety lever, allowing both left and right-handed users to engage or disengage the safety mechanism.

M9A1 update[edit]

The M9 was updated to the M9A1 in [17] It added—among other things—a one-slot Picatinny rail for mounting lights, lasers, and other accessories to the weapon. The M9A1 has more aggressive front, backstrap checkering, and a beveled magazine well for easier reloading of the weapon. M9A1 pistols are sold with Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) coated magazines that were developed to better withstand the conditions of sandy environments in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.[18]

M9A3 update[edit]

Beretta M9A3 (earth-tone finish)

The M9 was further updated to M9A3 (the M9A2 concept never went into production[19]) in The main updates to M9A3 were:[20][21]

  • round magazine.
  • 3-slot Picatinny rail.
  • Earth-tone finish.
  • Thinner vertical grip for improved control and less conspicuous concealed carry.
  • Removable wrap-around grip that can be swapped between the Vertec-style and 'old' M9 style.[22]
  • Removable sights so that users can select the sight’s material and construction (e.g. luminescent dot sights for dark situations, or taller sights for use with a suppressor).
  • Universal slide, which makes the gun convertible from decocker-safety to decocker-only mode.
  • Sand-resistant magazine with bevelled shape for blind reloading.

New production materials also make M9A3 production more cost efficient.[23]

M9 22 Variant[edit]

The M9 22LR is a variant of the M9 in Long Rifle, and features the same operation, controls, and takedown as the M9. The M9 22 is available with 10 and round magazines, removable sights, and interchangeable grip panels which fit the Beretta M9.[24][25]

Controversy[edit]

Prior to its widespread adoption by the U.S. military, questions were raised in a General Accounting Office report after an incident where a slide failure on a Beretta 92SB injured a Naval Special Warfare member,[26] and two more failures were later observed in additional testing. These failures included both military and civilian Beretta models with very high round counts, and after investigation, Beretta deemed them the result of ammunition supplied by the U.S. Army, which exceeded the recommended pressures specified by NATO. Conversely, the U.S. Army concluded that the faults were the result of the low metal toughness present in the Italian-made slides. This event nonetheless provoked a modification in the M9 design to prevent slide failures from causing injuries to the user, after which no further slide fractures were reported.

In December , the Center for Naval Analyses released a report on U.S. small arms in combat. The CNA conducted surveys on 2, troops returning from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past 12 months. Only troops who fired their weapons at enemy targets were allowed to participate. troops were armed with M9 pistols, making up 6% of the survey. 58% of M9 users (93 troops) reported they were satisfied with the weapon, which was the lowest satisfaction rate in the survey. 48% of users (77 troops) were dissatisfied with the M9's ammunition. 64% ( troops) were satisfied with handling qualities, such as size and weight. M9 users had the lowest levels of satisfaction with weapon performance, including: 76% ( troops) with accuracy, 66% ( troops) with range, and 88% ( troops) with rate of fire. 48% of M9 users (77 troops) were dissatisfied with its ability to attach accessories. 26% of M9 users (42 troops) reported a stoppage, and 62% of those that experienced a stoppage said it had a small effect on their ability to clear the stoppage and re-engage their target. Only 45% of M9 users (72 troops) reported their weapon's magazine did not fail to feed completely. 83% ( troops) did not need their pistols repaired while in theater. 46% (74 troops) were not confident in the M9's reliability, defined as level of soldier confidence their weapon will fire without malfunction, mainly due to difficulty of maintenance. 63% ( troops) were confident in its durability, defined as level of soldier confidence their weapon will not break or need repair. The M9 had the lowest levels of soldier confidence in reliability and durability. 74% of M9 users offered recommendations for improvements. 26% of requests were for increased caliber or stopping power, with some specifically requesting returning to ACP rounds. 20% of requests were for a new pistol. Other recommendations were for more durable magazines and better grips.[27]

In , soldiers in the field had many concerns with the M9, notably a lack of confidence in its stopping power[28] resulting from the use of the 9mm ball round, a significant factor in military evaluations because the Hague Conventions ( and ) prohibit use of expanding bullets in warfare between contracting parties. The United States is not a signatory, but generally observes the agreement.

The U.S. military has been criticized for not purchasing magazines from Beretta. The military awarded a contract to Airtronic USA, because the previous manufacturer, Check-Mate Industries, was charging too much per magazine,[29] though Check-Mate magazines are still sometimes issued. Prior to Check-Mate magazines being purchased, the military purchased magazines from the Italian firm Mec-Gar.[29] Airtronic has stated that its M9 magazines will be made similarly to Mec-Gar's, because of reliability problems with Check-Mate magazines.[29]

There were reported failures with the government-contracted 9mm magazines. After extensive testing and actual testimony given by the troops, it was concluded that the failures were caused by the heavy phosphate finish that were requested in the government contract, combined with the unique environmental conditions in Iraq. After corrections to the government-required specifications for the magazine finish, almost two million new magazines have been distributed without any further malfunctions.

Adoption[edit]

U.S. Navy sailors conduct small arms qualification

The M9 has been the standard sidearm of the United States Navy, United States Army, and the United States Air Force since , replacing the Colt MA1 in the Army and Navy, and the Smith & Wesson Special in the Air Force. The M9A1 is also seeing limited issue to the United States Marine Corps.[30] A large number of M9s and M9A1s were ordered in During the SHOT Show, Beretta announced it had received a US$ million contract for the delivery of , M9s and M9A1s to the U.S. military, within five years.[31]

The Beretta M9 General Officer's Model is a special model issued to General Officers in the Army and Air Force [32] that replaced the special issue RIA M15 General Officer's Pistol and Colt MA1 beginning in It is identical to the standard M9 sidearm, with standard Bruniton-polymer finish and black composite grips, except it has a "GO"-prefix added to its serial number range, starting with GO It comes with a metal belt buckle that is available in gold metal for Army generals, and silver metal for Air Force generals.

The Marine Corps Times reported plans in July for all officers below the rank of colonel and all SNCOs to be issued the M4 carbine instead of the M9.[33] The new assignment policy will still assign M9s to Marine Colonels and above, and Navy Petty Officer First Class and above.[34]

The United States Coast Guard has replaced most of its M9 pistols with the SIG P DAK, though some M9s remain in service with certain units.

The M9 is issued to crewmembers on Military Sealift Command vessels.[35]

On September 30, , Beretta USA announced that the U.S. Army's Foreign Military Sales program has purchased an additional 15, Model 92FS pistols for the Afghan military and other U.S. allies.[36] The Model 92FS is the non-U.S. military designation for the M9 pistol.

In September , Beretta USA announced that the U.S. Army had bought , M9 pistols, and that the M9 “would remain their sidearm for the next five years.”[37]

Replacement[edit]

The U.S. Army and Air Force sought to replace their M9s through the Modular Handgun System program. The House Armed Services Committee attempted to terminate the program in favor of upgrading the M9. However, program officials said that buying a new pistol is the better option due to several factors, including: advances in handgun designs; the difficulty in addressing all of the M9's issues; other pistols being less expensive to produce and maintain; and the low confidence soldiers have in the M9. A three-year engineering, manufacturing, and development (EMD) phase began in early Commercial off-the-shelf pistols were tested for various capabilities, such as: accuracy, dispersion, compatibility, and corrosion resistance under extreme weather and extreme combat conditions. The pistol's service life was expected at 25, rounds. The M9 was required to fire 5, rounds, while data from Beretta shows the average reliability of the M9 pistol to be 17, rounds without a stoppage.[38][39]

In December , Beretta unveiled its M9A3 pistol upgrade for a separate Army effort to identify Engineering Change Proposals (ECPs) under its existing contract. The company presented the upgrade to improve the M9's performance as a more cost-effective solution, without needing to buy a different handgun. Improvements include: a thin grip with a removable, modular wrap-around grip; MIL-STD accessory rail; removable front and rear tritium sights; extended and threaded barrel for suppressor use; round sand-resistant magazine; and other small features, all in an earth-tone finish.[40] Later that month, the Army decided not to evaluate the M9A3 in favor of pursuing the MHS program, maintaining that the M9 design does not meet requirements, and a cost-benefit analysis determined the old fleet would cost more to replace and repair than buying a new service pistol. Beretta claims the M9A3’s upgraded features address a majority of the complaints, and could be sold for less than the cost of previous M9 versions.[41] The Army formally rejected the M9A3 ECP proposal at the end of January [42]

On January 19, ,[43] it was announced that a customized version of the SIG Sauer P had won the United States Army's XM17 Modular Handgun System competition. The full-sized model will be known as the M17, and the carry-sized model will be known as the M18. In an editorial, firearms writer Bob Owens noted that “only the Sig Sauer P, with a serialized core frame and the ability to swap different grip lengths and slide-barrel combinations, seems to meet the requirements of the RFP among the named designs.”[44]

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“In a handsome new book,&#;Beretta: Years of the World’s Finest Sporting Life, writer Nicholas Foulkes and photographer Andy Anderson&#;tell the&#;story of how the family-owned company built that international reputation from its humble beginnings in iron-rich northern Italy.&#;The coffee-table tome starts there, at Beretta’s headquarters in Gardone Val Trompia. Foulkes and Anderson then traveled the world for two-and-a-half years, chronicling the guns in action—from a driven hunt in Scotland to a dove shoot in Argentina to the sporting clays course at Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee.&#;Depictions of adventure stories and sweeping landscapes alternate with up-close shots of vintage weaponry and elaborate engravings to create a portrait of a sporting tradition that’s the next best thing to being in the field yourself."
—Garden & Gun

There is only one company that brings the imagination and quality of Italian craftsmanship to outdoor living, honoring the hunting tradition with exquisite shotguns, clothing, and accessories matched to the needs of sportsmen—all while embodying inimitable Italian style.”&#;
—Maxim

“Easily&#;the best written of the numerous books on Beretta, this stupendous volume gets my bullet for gun book of the year.”
—Doug Tate,&#;Editor at Large&#;SHOOTING SPORTSMAN

&#;“The book then immerses the reader in the field, with&#;fine photography depicting the shooting and sporting lifestyle at its finest.”&#;
—Shooting Illustrated


"Most books focusing on a single gunmaker are dull as mud. While they are certainly of interest to historians, collectors, and in some cases technoids, they tend to sit on the shelf. This book on the other hand is a fascinating look at one of the most historic, and certainly the oldest continuously operating company in the world. While it does begin with the history of the company, it does so in an entertaining way and everything is complemented with truly fantastic photography. But unlike most of the other single gunmaker books, it also looks at the gun from the point of view of those who have owned them, some famous like Ernest Hemingway, Winston Churchill, Norman Schwarzkopf and Sean Connery, and some less so. It then goes on to 'The Sporting Life' and features shoots from around the world as it carries the reader from Scotland to Africa and beyond. It is a well-written book…&#;the writing in a way complements the magnificent photography and beautiful production of this book more than the other way around. As is so often the case a photo is worth 1, words. And with the pallet of options available to the photographer, he was able to capture amazing moments, and made some ordinary experiences such as climbing into a tree stand, an experience to be shared. From humans to landscapes, from guns to game, this is a book to be enjoyed and unlike most shooting books, deserves a place on one's coffee table. Rizzoli did a fabulous job of production."
—Alex Brant, Author of The&#;Shooter's Bible Guide to Shotgunning

"This book…is an engaging story of the development of Beretta&#;and how their guns and&#;accessories have become de&#;riguer in the sporting and shooting world. From the marshes of Venice and Louisiana, to the hunting grounds of Oregon, Georgia, Argentina, Scotland, and Tanzania, the&#;shooting lifestyle, enjoyed by so many enthusiasts is highlighted. Once the reader begins exploring this fine book,&#;they will&#;have a difficult time setting it aside."
—&#;On The Fly Magazine,&#;The eJournal of Fly Fishing and Bird Hunting

“In lively text and brilliant photographs, Foulkes and Anderson chronicle the evolution of arquebuses into flintlocks, muzzleloaders into breechloaders, and the unique marriage of woodworking and metallurgy, aesthetics and craftsmanship that goes into the production of fine firearms. In the end this is a richly illustrated case history of a business that never strayed far from its commitment to the beauty and utility of fine arms, from its graceful 17th-century flintlocks to the redoubtable M9 to the elegant SO 10 and Silver Pigeons, among others."
Gray’s Sporting Journal

About the Author

Nicholas Foulkes is the author of twenty books on subjects as diverse as James Bond, cigars, and the trench coat. He is best known for a critically acclaimed trilogy of nineteenth-century histories, and is the cofounder and editor in chief of Finch’s Quarterly Review. Andy Anderson began his photography career as the first staff photographer for Men’s Journal. Since then, he has shot for Outside, Stern, Audubon, Condé Nast Traveler, Garden & Gun, and Town & Country.

Sours: https://www.amazon.in/Beretta-Years-Worlds-Finest-Sporting/dp/
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