New Gun, Security Guard Laws in Thailand Aim to Boost Tourist Safety

New Gun, Security Guard Laws in Thailand Aim to Boost Tourist Safety
PHUKET – Gun owners with permission to carry their weapons in public may no longer do so in tourist areas, it was announced on Tuesday. The order issued by the Royal Thai Police applies nationwide and is part of an ongoing effort to improve tourist safety. Carrying guns in tourist areas or in areas where crowds gather is no longer allowed, Patong Police Deputy Superintendent Akanit Danpitaksat said, adding that plain clothes officers would be looking for firearms… [Phuket News / Phuket Gazette, via GunPolicy.org]

Authorities Worry 3-D Printers May Undermine Europe’s Gun Laws
PARIS — The gun fired four shots into a gelatin block. Each nine-millimeter bullet punched deep into the substance, which was meant to mimic the density of a human body. For the experts at the Austrian Interior Ministry performing the test, it was a clear sign: This was a deadly weapon. But it was no ordinary gun. The officials had downloaded the gun’s digital blueprints from the Internet and “printed” the weapon on a type of 3-D printer that any person could buy… [New York Times, via GunPolicy.org]

Large Arms Cache Found in Russia’s North Caucasus
MOSCOW – A cache with arms and ammunition has been found in Russia’s North Caucasus republic of Ingushetia, the National Anti-Terrorist Committee said Saturday, describing the discovery as the “largest find” in recent years. The cache containing six grenade launchers, 19 grenades, two guns, two rifles, a Kalashnikov gun, a tank machine-gun and ammunition, including 100 electric detonators and explosives, was found in the Nazran district of Ingushetia on Saturday, the… [RIA Novosti (Russia), via GunPolicy.org]

Malay Police Seize 1,000 Guns in Five Years, Gun Smuggling Continues
KUALA LUMPUR – The Home Ministry (KDN) has established a new standard operating procedure (SOP) to address the problem of lost firearms, the Dewan Rakyat was told today. Deputy Home Minister Datuk Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said the SOP would also ensure stern action would be taken against police personnel who were negligent in leaving their firearms in their cars. “The SOP is different from the past. It will address the problem in accordance with the current… [Sun Daily (Malaysia), via GunPolicy.org]

Argentina’s Successful Gun Reduction Law Wins Top International Award
The outstanding success of Argentina’s National Programme for the Voluntary Surrender of Firearms was today recognised with a Silver Future Policy Award by the World Future Council. The World Future Council cites the Asociación Para Politicas Publicas (APP), a long term partner of AOAV in Argentina and member of SEHLAC, as the key civil society organisation that has helped establish and implement this programme. In collaboration with the APP, AOAV works on a template… [Action on Armed Violence, via GunPolicy.org]

Gun Homicides Increase in Uruguay as Drug Trade Grows
Growing drug trafficking in Uruguay has given rise to local criminal groups involved in the trade, a sign the country may battle to maintain the relative tranquility it has historically enjoyed compared to others in the region. According to National Police Director Julio Guarteche, “Uruguayans began as mules but now are the ones who organize large shipments and money laundering,” reported Subrayado. Guarteche said there are three main types of criminal groups… [InSight Crime (Bogota), via GunPolicy.org]

Canadian Gets 20 Months For Gun Smuggling
Two men who pleaded guilty to smuggling guns to Canada after being arrested in Grand Forks were sentenced last month to federal prison. But his stepmother said undercover Mounties posing as Hell’s Angels intimidated Shawn Hartnell for months to do a gun deal. Hartnell, 30, was sentenced Oct. 17 to 20 months in federal prison, followed by two years of probation, with credit for the nine months he’s served since his Feb. 5 arrest in Grand Forks. His associate, Dylan… [Grand Forks Herald (Canada), via GunPolicy.org]

Op-Ed: Instead of Studying Gun Violence, Americans Just Argue About It
Is gun violence a public-health epidemic? The unfortunate truth is this: Scientists simply don’t know, because hard statistics either don’t exist, aren’t current, aren’t readily available or can’t be researched nationally under the usual rules. Until a few months ago, federal science agencies were essentially barred from even studying gun violence within a public-health epidemic framework. The United States is the only country in the world that treats gun ownership as… [LiveScience, Opinion, via GunPolicy.org]

Gun Ban Arrests and Shooting Deaths Mar Philippines Elections
MANILA – At least 22 candidates and supporters have been killed in election-related violence over the past month ahead of this week’s village polls across the Philippines, underscoring the violent downside of one of Asia’s most rambunctious democracies. Twenty-seven other people have been wounded in violence linked to election rivalries, mostly in shootouts, national police spokesman Senior Superintendent Reuben Theodore Sindac said. At least 588 people have been… [Japan Times, via GunPolicy.org]

Greeks Fear More Gun Violence After Golden Dawn Members Shot Dead
A brazen drive-by shooting that killed two young members of Greece’s far-right Golden Dawn party has shocked Greeks and prompted soul-searching about whether the crisis-hit country is slipping into a “cycle of violence.” Greece’s anti-terrorism force is investigating whether Friday’s rush hour shooting outside the party’s offices in Athens was retaliation for a fatal stabbing of an anti-fascism rapper by a Golden Dawn supporter in September, police said. Rapper Pavlos… [Today’s Zaman (Istanbul), via GunPolicy.org]

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