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By: Armsnetafrica  11-11-2011
Keywords: Firearms, Weapons

[Translated summary: The "rumor" of large numbers of weapons movements to the Algerian borders due to the Libyan conflict was "a little exaggerated," said the Algerian Minister of Interior Daho Ould Kablia. According to the Minister of Interior, the borders are well secured.] ALGER - La "rumeur" de circulation d'armes en grand nombre aux frontières algériennes du fait du conflit en Libye a été "un peu exagérée", a estimé lundi le ministre algérien de.. [Angola Press Agency (Luanda), via GunPolicy.org]

The South African Firearms Control Act (FCA), 2000 (as amended), which replaced the Arms and Ammunition Act (1969), was enacted to introduce more rigorous firearm control processes and procedures in South Africa, as well as specific policing actions in order to reduce firearms crime and violence. With another amendment to the FCA on the cards, various interest groups and NGOs have raised concerns about the effectiveness of the FCA to date. Much of the criticism by.. [Institute for Security Studies (Tshwane/Pretoria) / AllAfrica.com, Opinion, via GunPolicy.org]

GENEVA - Private security companies employ up to 25.5 million people across the world, exceeding the number of police officers, and hold up to 3.7 million firearms, a survey said Wednesday. "The global trend towards downsizing government, including public security institutions, has contributed to the growth of the private security sector," said the Geneva Graduate Institute's small arms survey. "In prisons, at airports, along borders and on the street, security.. [Sunday Times (UK) / AFP, via GunPolicy.org]

A new study finds the global authorized trade in small arms, light weapons, and their ammunition is worth nearly $7.1 billion a year. In its annual report, the independent think tank, the Geneva Forum, also examines the serious impact small arms proliferation is having upon three so-called fragile states-Madagascar, Ivory Coast and Haiti. Arms exporters The survey finds in 2008, the United States, Italy and Germany topped the list of 14 top exporters of small arms.. [Voice of America, via GunPolicy.org]

As the daughter of a ship's captain, I've been on some strange voyages in my time. But our passage to Misrata in late June had to be the craziest. Cameraman Nick and I had boarded the 60-foot tug boat Ezzarouk with camera kit, flak jackets and plenty of fruit. We were heading to Misrata, where fruit was in short supply, and you've got to get your five-a-day. But fruit was the least of our worries as we rounded the port buildings in Benghazi. There was the ship's crew,.. [al Jazeera, via GunPolicy.org]

A businessman was arrested after he dramatically fired six rounds of ammunition in a road rage incident at the junction of Kenyatta Avenue and Koinange Street, Nairobi. Mr Elly Owuor, was arrested outside the Serena Hotel where he had escaped to following the 3am incident on Wednesday. Mr Owuor's black sleek Mercedes Benz car had been involved in an accident with another salon vehicle when he suddenly came out holding a pistol in his hand. Police confirmed that he is.. [Standard (Nairobi), via GunPolicy.org]

[Translated summary: More than 300,000 firearms are held by civilians in the East region of Congo DRC. The two most common firearms are assault rifles and non-automatic rifles. These numbers can be found in a new study published by the UNDP/DRC.] Plus de 300 000 armes à feu sont détenues par des civils dans l'Est de la RDC. Les deux armes les plus fréquemment détenus par les ménages sont le fusil d'assaut et le fusil non automatique. « Armes légères dans la.. [Digital Congo (Congo DRC) / La Prospérité, via GunPolicy.org]

The alert by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on trafficking in arms and mercenaries in the sub region deserves urgent attention. This is more so as it has been reported that the increasing shootings and bombings in the Northern part of the country have cross border influences. The ECOWAS intelligence report revealed that the proliferation of small arms and light weapons in West Africa is the fallout of the ongoing crisis in Libya and the recent.. [Daily Sun (Nigeria), Editorial, via GunPolicy.org]

[Translated summary: Southern Sudan will soon become the 193rd country on the world map, but all those years of civil war will not facilitate the development of the country. NGOs estimate that 700,000 illicit firearms are still in the hands of the population.] Le 9 juillet prochain, le Sud-Soudan deviendra le 193ème état sur la carte du monde. Une indépendance acquise de longue lutte avec son voisin du Nord. En janvier dernier, la population avait voté massivement.. [leJDD.fr (France), via GunPolicy.org]

Southern Sudan is facing a major challenge of disarming more than 150,000 soldiers and easing them back to civilian life when it gains independence this week. Southern Sudan Disarmament Demobilisation and Reintegration Commission chairman William Deng Deng said the new state wants to get rid of excess forces including the elderly, disabled and children. "These are soldiers that are no longer useful after the war. We now need an organised, professional, controllable.. [Daily Nation (Nairobi), via GunPolicy.org]

He was charged with maintaining law and order, but instead fanned insecurity. The Police yesterday paraded Corporal Nangai Abdalla, among several armed robbery suspects. Nangai, the officer-in-charge of Kikooge Police post, Nakasongola district was arrested for allegedly hiring out a Police rifle to thugs, one of them a private in the UPDF to rob residents. Deputy Police spokesperson Vincent Ssekate yesterday said Nangai was arrested near Masindi post, about a week.. [New Vision (Kampala), via GunPolicy.org]

[Translated summary: France acknowledged that it airlifted small arms to Libyan civilians fighting Moammar Gadhafi's forces in a besieged mountain region south of Tripoli. Critics say that this is against the UN arms embargo]. NEW YORK, PARIS - La France a défendu sa décision de parachuter des armes aux insurgés libyens, une opération à laquelle l'Otan n'a pas été associée et qui suscite jeudi une controverse, les Nations unies ayant imposé en février un.. [Le Point (France) / Reuters, via GunPolicy.org]

A deadly gun battle has erupted in the Democratic Republic of Congo mining capital of Lubumbashi. President Joseph Kabila is in the town to preside over Thursday's Independence Day ceremonies. Reports indicate that a military depot was the focus of the assault, but officials deny this. Police opened fire on the attackers. Two gunmen and three civilians were killed in the gun battle, which lasted just under an hour. The gunfire began on Wednesday between 0300-0400.. [BBC News, via GunPolicy.org]

JOHANNESBURG - A programme to educate people about the firearm licence application process will be launched in August, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said on Wednesday. Roadshows would be held throughout the country at which people could detail any challenges they had faced with the process, he said in Pretoria. Speaking after a progress review meeting with the task team responsible for a turnaround strategy for firearms applications, Mthethwa said that the 1 080 696.. [News24 (Cape Town), via GunPolicy.org]

[Translated summary: In the coercive phase of the disarmament of the civilian population, 13 citizens were judged and sentenced to a prison term of three to 12 months for unlawful possession of firearms. During the last eight months, 9,450 weapons and 42,245 ammunition were destroyed.] HUAMBO, Angola – Treize citoyens d'ãges compris entre 17 et 42 ans ont été jugés et condamnés, ces derniers huit mois, par le tribunal provincial de Huambo, de trois à 12 mois.. [Angola Press Agency (Luanda), via GunPolicy.org]

A new conversation has been taking place around Egypt for the past five months, one that rarely came up before. How do you acquire a firearm? With rising crime rates and an ongoing security vacuum since 28 January, the smuggling, manufacturing, and purchasing of weapons is on the rise.The insecurity has generated new clients and markets in a country where previously one rarely heard of civilians carrying personal weapons. The persistent security vacuum has sparked a.. [Al Masry Al Youm (Egypt), via GunPolicy.org]

[Translated summary: Fourteen firearms of various calibres were voluntarily surrendered to the police by population of the province of Cunene]. ONDJIVA, Angola - Quatorze armes de divers calibres ont été volontairement remises à la police la semaine dernière par population dans la province de Cunene. Il s'agit de 14 armes de type AKM, cinq chargeurs, un obus de mortier de 60mm et 448 cartouches diverses. La semaine antérieure, la population de Cunene avait.. [Angola Press Agency (Luanda), via GunPolicy.org]

CAIRO - More than 15 firearms, including eight automatic rifles, seven handguns and 200 bullets, were handed in to Cairo police on the first day of Egypt's two-month weapons amnesty which ends next month, an Interior Ministry official said. The national amnesty, the first since the January 25 revolution and in part prompted by fears of a growing firearms culture, began on June 1 and runs until the end of July 31. It has netted 15 weapons and 200 bullets across Cairo,.. [Egyptian Gazette, Eagle-Tribune (Massachusetts), via GunPolicy.org]

[Translated summary: Government experts from ECOWAS Member countries came to an agreement last Thursday on the "Harmonization Guide of National Legislations on Small Arms and Light Weapons in West Africa" (SALW)]. Les Experts gouvernementaux des pays membres de la Cédéao sont parvenus jeudi à Lomé à se mettre d'accord sur un «Guide d'harmonisation des législations nationales sur les armes légères et de petit calibre en Afrique de l'Ouest (ALPC) ». La.. [Republic of Togo, Media release, via GunPolicy.org]

ISLAMABAD — "It is not the weapon but the sophistication of weapon which threatens the human beings and makes the militant stronger" commented Brig (R) Muhammad Saad at a seminar on 'Proliferation of Small Arms and their Impact on Internal Security Dynamics' held in Islamabad on Friday. The speakers called for strict check on proliferation of small arms and prohibition of gun violence by restricting use of arms. Irfan Mufti of SAP-Pakistan suggested that "we should.. [Observer (Pakistan), via GunPolicy.org]

The information in this article was current at 08 Nov 2011

Keywords: Firearms, Weapons