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Gun Control News for June 22, 2009

Posted by cgccanada on June 22, 2009

INEWS 880, June 19, 2009,  Edmonton gun-runner sentenced

A 31-year-old Edmonton man has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison for smuggling guns, silencers and ammunition into Canada from the United States. Adrian Barnes was arrested at a border crossing south of Lethbridge after a search of his vehicle found nine illegal handguns, two silencers and six boxes of ammunition. Barnes pleaded guilty today in Lethbridge provincial court to nine counts of smuggling. The judge said these type of weapons have no place in society and anyone who brings them into Canada must suffer severe consequences.

Diario de Noticias (Lisbon), 12 June 2009, Lusophone Police Chiefs Seek to Curb Arms Trafficking

CPLP (Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries) police chiefs have created a committee to fight arms trafficking through tighter controls of legal arms sales. The PSP (Portuguese Public Security Police) has suggested to the CPLP chiefs of police a harmonization of legislation relating to the trade and transport of firearms. The objective is to prevent the considerable number of weapons circulating legally between these countries falling into criminal hands. The CPLP police chiefs’ council, chaired by PSP national director Superintendent Oliveira Pereira, took place last week in Praia, Cape Verde. The Portuguese Judicial Police national director, Almeida Rodrigues, the SEF (Foreigners and Borders Services) national director, Manuel Palos, and the GNR (Republican National Guard) general-commander, Lt-Gen Nelson Santos also attended the meeting.  Portugal closed the meeting with a proposal which promises to control arms trafficking: the creation of a weapons and explosives committee in the heart of the CPLP (Portugal, Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Sao Tome e Principe and East Timor) — the proposal was approved. This body will allow police forces from member states to monitor import and export licences for weapons and explosives and the identification of owners and companies. “Every year Portuguese hunters take big-game hunting riffles to Angola and Mozambique. Here we have different controls from there — where any private bodyguard carries a Kalashnikov. It is urgent to standardize the controls,” Superintendent Elias, who attended the meeting, told Diario de Noticias. On the other hand, most of the guns on sale in Portuguese gun shops are Brazilian, for example the Taurus. “Brazil is one of the largest gun exporters in the world,” a PSP officer said. “It is necessary to monitor where they end up,” he added. There are also many African citizens from Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde, Angola and Mozambique living in Portugal. This increases the circulation of people between these countries — it is easy to move weapons in the black market. Another issue discussed at the meeting was efforts to curb illegal immigration. It was proposed that Cape Verde introduce electronic passports to enable better controls at Portugal’s border. A pilot of this project is already in operation in Brazil.

UN Office for Disarmament Affairs / M2 PressWire Media release, 19 June 2009, United Nations Regional Meeting On Small Arms Programme Of Action To Be Held In Sydney, Australia, 22-23 June

NEW YORK — A United Nations meeting on the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All its Aspects for States of the Pacific region will be held on 22 and 23 June in Sydney, Australia. The meeting is organized by the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, including its Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific, in partnership with the Government of Australia, which will be hosting the event. The Governments of Japan and New Zealand are providing additional support. Officials from the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu, as well as representatives of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, have been invited to participate. Duncan Kerr SC MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs, will make welcoming remarks on behalf of the Australian Government. Pablo Macedo of Mexico, recently appointed Chair-designate of the Fourth Biennial Meeting of States on the Programme of Action (2010), is expected to attend the meeting, as are representatives from civil society. The meeting in Australia is the first of a regional series planned in follow-up to the report of the Third Biennial Meeting of States, held in New York from 14 to 18 July 2008 (see http://disarmament.un.org/cab/bms3/1BMS3Pages/1thirdBMS.html ). The second meeting of the series is scheduled for 8 and 9 July in Kigali, Rwanda, for States of the Horn of Africa, the Great Lakes region and Southern Africa.

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