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US Study Shows Having a Gun in the House Doesn't Make a Woman Safer

22 February 2014 - 2:00pm

Christy Salters Martin is a professional boxer and the owner of a concealed carry permit. But when she attempted to leave her husband, she was shot with her own gun. Today, she cautions other women against making the same mistake. "Just putting a weapon in the woman's hand is not going to reduce the number of fatalities or gunshot victims that we have. Too many times, their male counterpart or spouse will be able to overpower them and take that gun away." Wayne... [Atlantic (USA), via GunPolicy.org]

Focus on Risk of Guns at Home During South Africa Suicide Prevention Campaign

17 February 2014 - 2:00pm

Guns are 85% more lethal than any other means used to commit suicide. Gun Free South Africa urges gun owners to be responsible during Teen Suicide Prevention Week (16-22 February 2014) and hand in their guns to the police for destruction. Gun Free South Africa's spokesperson, Adle Kirsten, "There are different ways to help prevent suicides, but one step is clear; reducing a suicidal person's access to a lethal weapon helps save lives." Just a week ago a double tragedy... [Health24 (Cape Town), via GunPolicy.org]

Estranged Husband Crashes Baptism, Kills Ex-wife, Wounds 4 in Brazil

15 February 2014 - 2:00pm

BRASILIA – A woman died and four other people were wounded Sunday when an armed man fired several shots in a church in the town of Guarulhos, near the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo, police said. The incident occurred during the baptism ceremony for a baby and the woman who died – according to what police commissioner Joao Blase, who is handling the case, told reporters – was the child's mother. Blase confirmed that some witnesses had said the man who fired the... [Latin American Herald Tribune (Venezuela), via GunPolicy.org]

Gun Debate: Is Price of an Armed America a More Dangerous America?

1 February 2014 - 2:00pm

ATLANTA - Charles Ingram and Robert Webster were neighbors in Florida, but friends said the two older men had little love for each other and often quarreled. On a spring day in 2010, the two men, both gun enthusiasts who had state permits to carry concealed weapons, got into another argument across their lawns. This time, police later said, both men pulled out their weapons. When Mr. Webster began approaching, Mr. Ingram raised his gun, as did Webster. Two shots rang... [Christian Science Monitor, via GunPolicy.org]

20 Young People a Day Hospitalized for Gun Injuries in America

26 January 2014 - 2:00pm

Almost one child or teen an hour is injured by a firearm seriously enough to require hospitalization, a new analysis finds. Six percent of the 7,391 hospitalizations analyzed in 2009 resulted in a death, says the study in February's Pediatrics, released Monday. The damage caused by gun-related injuries rarely gets the same attention as fatalities, "but that every day, 20 of our children are hospitalized for firearms injury, often suffering severe and costly injuries,... [USA Today, via GunPolicy.org]

Guns Primary Cause of Homicide in Trinidad & Tobago

25 January 2014 - 2:00pm

T&T continues to rank in the top ten for homicides per capita around the world. This is according to a source at the United Nations Information Service. The United Nations Information Service has produced reports with statistics on homicides in 207 countries. The categories are: Homicides by most Populous City; by Firearms; by Sex; and Total Homicides in 2013, and is recorded per 100,000 citizens. Calculations by the Sunday Guardian showed that between 2004 and 2009,... [Guardian (Trinidad and Tobago), via GunPolicy.org]

Guns + Impulsive Teenagers = Family Tragedy in America - MSNBC feature

18 January 2014 - 2:00pm

Michael Graham killed himself a year ago. The 13-year-old was at home in Brewster, N.Y., and used one of his father's unsecured guns to shoot himself on Jan. 14, 2013. The boy "definitely" acted on impulse – "without a doubt," his aunt Maureen Hutchins told msnbc. "Did he have a bad day at school? Fight with a girlfriend? Things that happen to a 13-year-old – when you're that age – can seem overwhelming, but two hours later, you know, you move on," said Hutchins.... [MSNBC News (USA), via GunPolicy.org]

New Gun for Indian Women Criticised as Increasing Risk, Unaffordable

16 January 2014 - 2:00pm

India has launched a new handgun for women, named after a student who was gang-raped in Delhi in December 2012 and later died of her injuries. Officials say it will help women defend themselves, but critics say it's an insult to the victim's memory. In his large office on Kanpur's Kalpi Road, Abdul Hameed, the general manager of the state-run Indian Ordnance Factory, shows me Nirbheek, the factory's tiniest gun. "It's small, it's lightweight, it weighs only 500g... [BBC News, via GunPolicy.org]

Psychiatrist Says Tougher Gun Laws in Italy Help But Homicide Level Still High

15 January 2014 - 2:00pm

ROME - The murder cases registered in Italy last year marked the record low since the republic was founded some 150 years ago, which experts said was an evidence that the economic crisis does not foster extreme violence when the nation-state is perceived as strong. "What I found was that the economic crisis does not affect murders," Marzio Barbagli, a sociology professor emeritus at the University of Bologna told Xinhua on Wednesday. Barbagli was the author of a study... [Xinhua, via GunPolicy.org]

India's New Gun for Women Slammed as 'Abhorrent'

13 January 2014 - 2:00pm

NEW DELHI, India - A light-weight gun named after an Indian gang rape victim has triggered a wave of criticism from advocates who call it "abhorrent." Last week, an Indian state-run gunmaker introduced the .32-calibre revolver, made of titanium alloy, calling it a "valuable contribution to women's security." The 500-gram firearm is called Nirbheek, meaning fearless in Hindi. The name was "inspired by Nirbhaya," said Abdul Hamied, the general manager of the Indian... [CNN, via GunPolicy.org]

Over 19,000 Colombians Arrested for Illegally Carrying Weapons

12 January 2014 - 2:00pm

BOGOTA - More than 19,000 Colombians were recently arrested for illegal carrying of weapons, which was described by the national police chief, Rodolfo Palomino, as a blow against illegal gangs involved in murders and theft. Palomino said they seized 34,155 guns without licenses and 18 percent of the detainees claimed that the seized weapon was not theirs. Palomino explained that early this year, 17 minors and 15 women were arrested for that offense (in 2013 the figure... [Prensa Latina (Havana), via GunPolicy.org]

India Makes First Gun Designed for Women

11 January 2014 - 2:00pm

An Indian gun manufacturer has made its first gun intended to help women defend themselves against rape. According to The Times of India, the Indian Ordnance Factory (IOF) has manufactured Nirbheek, a .32 bore lightweight revolver. The gun is India's first firearm designed for women. It is the factory's first handgun made of titanium alloy and weighs 500 grams. The gun was released on Jan. 6, and is named in tribute to Nirbhaya, the pseudonym of the 23-year-old... [Fox News (USA), via GunPolicy.org]

Florida's Largest Gun Dealer Bans Gun Rentals in Wake of Suicides

9 January 2014 - 2:00pm

Shoot Straight, Florida's largest independent gun-shop chain, has stopped renting guns to prevent its eight Florida ranges from becoming suicide parlors. Khaled Akkawi, founder of the Apopka-based chain, made the decision last month after the latest suicides at one his gun ranges. "We've had enough," Akkawi said Friday. "They've been increasing real fast and the one common denominator — everyone is done with a rental gun." Shoot Straight joins a growing number of... [Orlando Sentinel (Florida), via GunPolicy.org]

Yale Students Recommend Public Health Approach to Gun Policy

19 December 2013 - 2:00pm

In the year since the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, more than 11,161 people were killed with a firearm in the U.S., while an estimated 69,000 were shot and survived and 20,000 committed suicide with a firearm. Also, at least six other mass shootings — such as the Navy Yard shooting in Washington and a shooting that injured 13 people in Chicago's Back of the Yards neighborhood — were committed. Although Sandy Hook motivated some states —... [Hartford Courant (Connecticut), Opinion, via GunPolicy.org]

Training Seminar in West Africa to Prevent Arms Trafficking [Français]

18 December 2013 - 2:00pm

[Translated summary: The Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping and Training Centre and the Togolese Government held a training seminar in December 2013 on firearms and ammunition. The aim is to prevent the uncontrolled trafficking and circulation of weapons amongst criminals and terrorists in West Africa, with an estimated 100 million small arms in Africa.] Togo - Le Centre International kofi ANNAN en collaboration avec le gouvernement togolais organise du 17 au 18... [Ici Lome, via GunPolicy.org]

South African Man Shoots, Kills Ex-Wife Then Self

17 December 2013 - 2:00pm

JOHANNESBURG — Nicolette du Randt has died after being shot by her ex-husband, the musician Zirk Bergh, last week, the office of North West premier Thandi Modise said on Wednesday. Du Randt died at the Garden City Clinic, in Johannesburg, on Monday, Modise's office said in a statement. Bergh also shot Du Randt's new husband Dr Charl du Randt and his 23-year-old social worker Deon Kondos before turning the gun on himself. Charl Du Randt, Bergh and Kondos died on... [South Africa Press Association, via GunPolicy.org]

Women Twice as Likely to be Shot Dead by Partner Than by Stranger

12 December 2013 - 2:00pm

SACRAMENTO, California — More intensive screening to identify firearm owners among individuals who are subject to domestic violence restraining orders, and streamlining processes to recover guns at the time those restraining orders are served could help enforce existing laws that prohibit these offenders from having firearms, a pilot study conducted by violence prevention experts at the University of California, Davis, and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public... [University of California / EurekAlert, Media release, via GunPolicy.org]

Behind the Bloodshed - The Untold Story of America's Mass Killings

3 December 2013 - 2:00pm

Since 2006, there have been more than 200 mass killings in the United States. Well-known images from Newtown, Aurora and Virginia Tech capture the nation's attention, but similar bloody scenes happen with alarming frequency and much less scrutiny. USA TODAY examined FBI data - which defines a mass killing as four or more victims - as well as local police records and media reports to understand mass killings in America. They happen far more often than the government... [USA Today, Web page, via GunPolicy.org]

Opinion: US Senator Calls for Background Checks on Private Gun Sales

29 November 2013 - 2:00pm

Twenty years ago Saturday, the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act became the law of the land. This ground breaking gun-safety law requires background checks on all gun sales by licensed dealers. Background checks on gun purchases work. The law has stopped more than 2 million convicted felons, domestic abusers and individuals with serious mental illnesses from purchasing firearms. But the Brady Act has a big loophole: It does not require background checks on the... [San Jose Mercury News (California), Opinion, via GunPolicy.org]

Nigeria Drafts Law to Meet Arms Trade Treaty Requirements

23 November 2013 - 2:00pm

ABUJA — At a workshop organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Abuja last week, 30 legal experts from the Ministries of Justice, Defence and Foreign Affairs and the National Assembly, received advice and tools for drafting a bill on the requirements of the Arms Trade Treaty and the Nigerian domestic law. The treaty requires parties to prevent the illicit trade in conventional arms, comprising small arms and light weapons, tanks, missiles,... [Daily Trust (Abuja), via GunPolicy.org]