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Giacomo Persipaoli - moderator
Posted: Thursday, December 18, 2008 10:30:46 AM
Rank: Member

Joined: 5/20/2008
Posts: 19
Location: UNODA
Keyword: Gun Control
Title: Small arms in Bangladesh to be submitted to government custody during elections

The home ministry on Monday asked all citizens to submit their licensed firearms to respective police stations across the country between November 20 and December 3. The small firearms will be in government custody until January 5, 2009, in order to keep the ninth parliamentary elections and upazila elections, scheduled for December 18 and December 28, violence free. No new firearms licences would be issued to any individual until the elections are over and the sale of all types of firearms and ammunition will be suspended until further notice. Arms dealers and traders will have to seal-off their firearms and ammunition. From November 20, carrying arms will be banned till January 5, except for security workers of financial institutions including banks, Home Adviser Abdul Karim told reporters after a meeting of the advisory committee on law and order held at the home ministry. (The Daily Star, Bangladesh)

Source: The Daily Star, Bangladesh
Date of Issue: 11 November

Giacomo Persipaoli - moderator
Posted: Friday, December 19, 2008 2:59:24 AM
Rank: Member

Joined: 5/20/2008
Posts: 19
Location: UNODA
Keyword: Proliferation of Small Arms
Title: Timor-Leste: Security concerns over guns in civilian hands

Poor management of government weapon stockpiles and an unknown number of small arms in the hands of civilians were potential triggers for violence in the fledgling nation, according to a new report. Since the 1959 Viqueque rebellion, when anti-imperialist rebels stole Portuguese weapons and launched an unsuccessful coup, civilians have used weapons from government stores to wreak havoc in the tiny nation, according to the Small Arms Survey report, “Dealing with the kilat [gun]: an historical overview of small arms availability and control in Timor-Leste”. In recent years, the number of weapons in civilian hands has increased as members of government, the police and military have given them out to allied groups. (Integrated Regional Information Networks)

Source: Integrated Regional Information Networks
Date of Issue: 12 November

See also the report:
Dealing with the kilat (guns)
Giacomo Persipaoli - moderator
Posted: Friday, December 19, 2008 3:00:39 AM
Rank: Member

Joined: 5/20/2008
Posts: 19
Location: UNODA
Keyword: Amnesty Programme
Title: Philippine National Police mulls restricting ‘amnesty’ to legit gun owners

The Philippine National Police (PNP) is looking to limit coverage of its gun amnesty program to licensed firearms owners who failed to renew their licenses, an official said Thursday. Senior Superintendent Danilo Maligalig, operations management chief of the PNP Firearms and Explosive Division (FED), said the planned “administrative amnesty” would replace the existing PNP gun amnesty program, which he admitted has loopholes. Maligalig admitted that under the existing gun amnesty program, the number of loose firearms increased. For the second quarter of this year, the number of loose firearms increased to 115,000 compared to the 108,000 in the first quarter of this year. Maligalig attributed this increase to gun smugglers taking advantage of the gun amnesty to ship in high-powered firearms to the country. (Inquirer, Philippines)

Source: Inquirer, Philippines
Date of Issue: 13 November

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