Timeline of Guns

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1000         Gunpowder was invented in China about this time.
    (V.D.-H.K.p.179)

1250        China began manufacturing guns.
    (WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R14)

1271        Aug, Jacob, an Italian-Jewish trader, arrived at the harbor of Zaitun in southeast China, 4-years before Marco Polo arrived. He wrote a manuscript that surfaced in 1997, translated by David Selbourne, a British scholar. Jacob described printing with movable wooden type, paper money, free daily newspapers, mass-circulation booklets, use of gunpowder, the practice of foot-binding, and tea-drinking. He also noted a lot of pornography and a liberated female sexuality. He described a foreign community with some 2,000 Jews and a great number of Muslims as well as Africans and Europeans and the oncoming threat of a Mongol invasion.
    (SFEC, 9/21/97, p.A23)

1526        In Italy the Beretta family made crossbows. With advancing technology the family launched into firearms (1550).
    (WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R42)(Econ, 11/18/06, p.64)

1550        In Italy the Beretta family branched into guns.
    (WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R42)

1657        By this time the White Tower of London was no longer inhabited by royalty and was almost completely given over to the storage of gunpowder.
    (Hem, 9/04, p.28)

1671        Charles II banned anyone without property worth £100 a year from owning guns, bows or ferrets. Game stocks were the motive.
    (Econ, 6/5/10, p.63)

1675        Aug 27, The Strasbourg Agreement, signed between France and the Holy Roman Empire, banned the use of poison bullets in conflict.
    (AP, 12/4/12)

1689        Dec 16, English Parliament adopted a Bill of Rights after Glorious Revolution. The Bill of Rights included a right to bear arms.
    (MC, 12/16/01)(WSJ, 8/6/02, p.D6)

1718        May 15, James Puckle, a London lawyer, patented the world's 1st machine gun.
    (MC, 5/15/02)

1769        Aug 18, Gunpowder in Brescia, Italy, church exploded and some 3,000 were killed.
    (MC, 8/18/02)

1814        Jul 19, Samuel Colt, inventor of the first practical revolver, was born.
    (HN, 7/19/98)

1818        Sep 12, Richard Gatling (d.1903), American inventor, was born. The Gatling gun, an early type of machine gun, was named after him.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Jordan_Gatling)

1820        A law banning the carrying of concealed weapons was passed in Indiana.
    (http://tinyurl.com/d337x96)

1828        May 16, Sir William Congreve (b.1772), British artillerist and inventor, died. In 1805 he developed the Congreve Rocket.
    (MC, 5/16/02)(WUD, 1994 p.310)

1836        Feb 25, Samuel Colt patented the first revolving barrel multi-shot firearm. This allowed the shooter to fire 5 or 6 times before reloading.
    (AP, 2/25/98)(AH, 2/06, p.15)

1836        Mar 5, Samuel Colt manufactured the 1st pistol, a 34-caliber "Texas" model.
    (MC, 3/5/02)

1838        A law banning the carrying of concealed weapons was passed in Tennessee and Virginia
    (http://tinyurl.com/d337x96)

1839        A law banning the carrying of concealed weapons was passed in Alabama.
    (http://tinyurl.com/d337x96)

1849        Jul 31, Benjamin Chambers patented a breech loading cannon.
    (MC, 7/31/02)

1852        Smith & Wesson founded its business in Springfield, Mass. Horace Smith, a toolmaker, and Daniel Wesson, a former apprenticed gunsmith, combined their skills to produce a revolutionary handgun.
    (WSJ, 9/12/97, p.A20)(SSFC, 1/28/07, p.F3)

1854        Aug 8, Smith and Wesson patented metal bullet cartridges.
    (MC, 8/8/02)

1856        Mar 25, A.E. Burnside patented the Burnside carbine.
    (MC, 3/25/02)

1859        A law banning the carrying of concealed weapons was passed in Ohio.
    (http://tinyurl.com/d337x96)

1861        Jun 5, Federal marshals seized arms and gunpowder at Du Pont works in Delaware.
    (MC, 6/5/02)

1862        Jul 8, Odore R. Timby patented a revolving gun turret.
    (MC, 7/8/02)

1862        Nov 4, Dr. Richard Gatling received patent # 36,836 for his machine gun. In 2008 Julia Keller authored “Mr. Gatling’s Terrible Marvel: The Gun That Changed Everything and the Misunderstood Genius Who Invented It."
    (www.civilwarhome.com/gatlinggun.htm)(Econ, 6/14/08, p.102)

1865        Jul 8, C.E. Barnes of Lowell, MA, patented the machine gun.
    (MC, 7/8/02)

1893        The governor of Texas said the "mission of the concealed deadly weapon is murder. To check it is the duty of every self-respecting, law-abiding man."
    (http://tinyurl.com/d337x96)

1895        Chinese authorities discovered a consignment of some 1000 revolvers hidden in casks of cement that had been shipped by the Scientific Agricultural Society, a group organized by Sun Yat-sen aiming to overthrow the Qing emperor.
    (ON, 10/08, p.6)

1897        The Sears Roebuck catalog offered a gun for 68 cents.
    (WSJ, 12/17/03, p.B1)

1903        Feb 26, Richard Gatling (b.1818), American inventor, died. The Gatling gun, an early type of machine gun, was named after him. In 2008 Julia Keller authored “Mr. Gatling’s Terrible Marvel."
    (WSJ, 6/3/08, p.A19)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Jordan_Gatling)

1907        Aug 13, Alfred Alwin Felix Krupp, arms manufacturer, was born in Essen, Germany.
    (MC, 8/13/02)

1912        Jun 7, US army tested the 1st machine gun mounted on a plane.
    (SC, 6/7/02)

1912        Jul 16, A Naval torpedo, launched from an airplane, was patented by B.A. Fiske.
    (MC, 7/16/02)

1914        Aug 10, At Luik, German 12"/16.5" guns reached Belgian boundary.
    (MC, 8/10/02)

1919        French inventor Andre Louis Octave Fauchon-Villeplee filed a patent application for an “Electric Apparatus for Propelling Projectiles.
    (Econ, 5/9/15, p.73)

1920        England passed a Firearms Bill to regulate private use.
    (WSJ, 8/6/02, p.D6)

1921        Wyandotte Toys of Wyandotte, Mich., was founded and initially concentrated on toy pistols.
    (SFC, 2/15/03, p.E7)

1922        Apr 16, Annie Oakley shot 100 clay targets in a row, to set a women's record.
    (HN, 4/16/98)

1928        San Francisco’s Pacific Rod and Club was formed. In 1934 it moved to a site at Lake Merced with a month-to-month lease.
    (SFC, 7/17/12, p.C2)

1928        Gun control, the Law on Firearms and Ammunition, was introduced to Germany under the Weimar regime (there was no Right to Arms in the Constitution of 1919) in large part to disarm the nascent private armies, e.g. the Nazi SA (aka "the brownshirts"). The Weimar government was attempting to bring some stability to German society and politics.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_legislation_in_Germany)

1932        May 5, O’Bryan Bemis was found dead at the California Rod and Gun club range at Fort Funston after a good day at the track.
    (SSFC, 6/2/02, p.D3)

1934        The Pacific Rod and Gun Club moved into a new 13-acre city-owned facility at Lake Merced in San Francisco.
    (SFC, 3/20/08, p.A1)

1935        Jul 25, Adnan Khashoggi, billionaire arms dealer, was born.
    (SC, 7/25/02)

1938        The US Federal Firearms Act banned firearm sales to known felons.
    (WSJ, 12/16/03, p.A4)

1938        Alfred Flatow (1869-1942), Jewish gymnast and three-time, first-place medalist in the 1896 Olympics, fled to the Netherlands. He was later arrested by the Nazis for possession of guns following their occupation of the Netherlands. Flatow was deported to the Theresienstadt concentration camp in 1942 where he was starved to death.
    (SFC, 7/17/14, p.A10)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_Flatow)

1939        May 15, US Supreme Court Justice James McReynolds in the US vs. Miller case said that the 2nd Amendment did not bar restrictions on the ownership of sawed-off shotguns, because the regulations did not have a "reasonable relationship" to militias. A District Court had held that section eleven of the National firearms Act violates the Second Amendment. It accordingly sustained the demurrer and quashed the indictment. The Supreme Court rejected the decision of the lower court.
    (USAT, 12/23/98, p.10A)(www.hoboes.com/Politics/Firearms/miller/)

1941        Aug 20, Adolf Hitler authorized the development of the V-2 missile.
    (HN, 8/20/98)

1942        Jun 14, The first bazooka rocket gun, produced in Bridgeport, Ct., demolished a tank from its shoulder-held position.
    (MC, 6/14/02)

1943        Jul 13, Greatest tank battle in history ended with Russia's defeat of Germany at Kursk. Almost 6,000 tanks took part and 2,900 were lost by Germany.
    (MC, 7/13/02)

1944        Sep 5, Germany launched its first V-2 missile at Paris, France.
    (HN, 9/5/98)

1947        May 22, The 1st US ballistic missile was fired.
    (MC, 5/22/02)

1947        Aug 18, Naval torpedo and mine factory exploded at Cadiz, Spain, killing 300.
    (MC, 8/18/02)

1947        In Russia Sgt. Mikhail Kalashnikov (b.1919) created the AK-47 (Avtomat Kalashnikova) automatic rifle. Izhmash, a plant in Izhevsk, built the AK-47. In 2008 Michael Hodges authored “AK 47: The Story of a Gun."
    (SFC,11/3/97, p.A12)(WSJ, 6/3/08, p.A19)(Econ, 9/12/09, p.54)(AP, 6/23/13)

1954        May 14, The US military unveiled a Nike guided missile at the SF Presidio. Plans were to ring 13 critical areas in the US with such missiles.
    (SFC, 5/14/04, p.F5)

1954        The Uzi machine gun was first made by Israel Military Industries. Uzi Gal, the inventor of Israel's Uzi submachine gun, died in Philadelphia after a long illness in 2002. The Netherlands was the 1st country outside Israel to buy Uzis in 1958.
    (AP, 9/9/02)(SFC, 9/10/02, p.A16)

1957        Aug 26, The Soviet Union announced it had successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile.
    (AP, 8/26/97)

1959        Aug 12, The 1st ship firing of a Polaris missile was from Observation Island.
    (SC, 8/12/02)

1960        Jul 20, The submarine George Washington became the 1st submerged sub to fire a Polaris missile.
    (MC, 7/20/02)

1968        Apr 6, Gunpowder stocks at a sporting-goods store exploded and 43 were killed in Va.
    (MC, 4/6/02)

1968        Oct 22, Pres. Johnson signed the Gun Control Act of 1968. It regulated firearms above .50-caliber as destructive devices and required registration and owner’s fingerprints. It also banned the sale of handguns to those under 21. Enforcement was up to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATF). It barred the import of assault weapons even if they were reconfigured if they were not found to have legitimate "sporting purposes." In the wake of the Kennedy and King assassinations the US Congress expanded gun ownership prohibitions to include dishonorably discharged veterans and other groups.
    (WSJ, 3/24/97, p.A12)(SFC,10/17/97, p.A4)(http://tinyurl.com/p9lslc)(WSJ, 12/16/03, p.A4)(Econ, 12/4/10, p.44)

1971        Nov 18, The US federal Airborne-Hunting Act prohibited shooting animals from planes without license.
    (WSJ, 12/9/03, p.A1)(www.fws.gov/laws/lawsdigest/AIRBORN.HTML)

1974        Taser, a voltage emitting handgun, was created. In 2004 the handheld device fired 2 probes up 21 feet with a peak load of 50,000 volts. Jack Cover (d.2009 at 88), a NASA researcher, began developing the Taser in 1969 to combat hijackings and riots. The initial name, TSER, came from the 1911 book “Tom Swift and His Electric Rifle." The additional “a" in the name was added later. The Los Angeles Police Dept. began using the devices in 1980.
    (USAT, 7/4/04, p.2A)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taser)(SFC, 2/16/09, p.B3)

1982        Austrian Gaston Glock (b.1929) created his semiautomatic Glock handgun.
    (SSFC, 1/8/12, p.F6)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glock_pistol)

1984        William P. Lear Jr., son of business jet entrepreneur Bill Lear, Sr., engaged with a small group of gun-running entrepreneurs in buying arms, ammunition and other Soviet military equipment from the Warsaw Pact countries. In 2003 he authored “Fly Fast… Sin Boldly: Flying, Spying & Surviving."
    (AH, 6/03, p.63)

1986        Dec 17, Eugene Hasenfus, the American convicted by Nicaragua for his part in running guns to the Contras, was pardoned, then released.
    (AP, 12/17/97)

1986        Gun-rights groups successfully lobbied for law allowing firearms to be transported across state lines.
    (WSJ, 12/16/03, p.A4)

1987        May 14, A Colt revolver, the Peacemaker of 1873, sold at auction for $242,000.
    (http://tinyurl.com/ps7vw)

1987        Sep 1, In California S. Brian Wilson, Vietnam veteran, had his legs sliced off when a munitions train at the Concord Naval Weapons Station ran him over during the Nuremberg Actions protest against weapons shipments to Central America.
    (SFC, 6/10/97, p.A19)(AP, 9/1/97)

1988        Jul 22, Some 500 US scientists pledged to boycott Pentagon germ-warfare research.
    (MC, 7/22/02)

1991        Hungarian officials discovered 11 tons of rocket launchers and automatic weapons being loaded on trucks headed for Croatia in violation of a UN arms embargo. They had been labeled as Chilean humanitarian aid for Sri Lanka. In 2009 former Chilean Army Gen. Guillermo Letelier and Air Force Gen. Vicente Rodriguez were sentenced to prison for shipping arms to Croatia at the time of its battle for independence from Yugoslavia.
    (AP, 6/10/09)

1993        Jul 1, In San Francisco Gian Luigi Ferri opened fire with a TEC-DC9 semiautomatic pistol at the 34th floor law offices of Petit & Martin at 101 California St. He killed 8 people, wounded six and then committed suicide.
    (SFC, 1/31/97, p.A20)(SFC, 5/7/97, p.A17)(SFEC, 5/2/99, p.A11)

1993        Nov 10, The U.S. House of Representatives passed the so-called "Brady Bill," which called for a five-day waiting period for handgun purchases.
    (AP, 11/10/98)

1993        Nov 20, The U.S. Senate ended a filibuster against the Brady Bill, which imposed a five-day waiting period for handgun purchases, and passed it by a 63-36 vote; the Senate also approved legislation implementing the North American Free Trade Agreement, 61-38.
    (AP, 11/20/98)

1993        Nov 24, The US Congress gave its final approval to the Brady handgun control bill. It established a 5-day waiting period for handgun sales.
    (AP, 11/24/98)

1993        Nov 30, President Clinton signed into law the Brady bill, which required a five-day waiting period for handgun purchases and background checks of prospective buyers.
    (AP, 11/30/98)

1994        Feb 28, Brady Law, imposing a wait-period to buy a hand-gun, went into effect. It amended a 1968 law that prohibited felons from buying guns and imposed a 5-day waiting period for handgun purchases to allow for a criminal record check.
    (MC, 2/28/02)(SFC, 12/4/96, p.A5)

1994        Jul 28, Congressional negotiators agreed on a crime-fighting package that included hiring 100,000 new police officers, banning assault-style weapons, vastly expanding the death penalty and putting third-time felons behind bars for life.
    (AP, 7/28/99)

1994        Aug 21, The US House, by a vote of 235-195, passed a $30 billion crime bill that banned certain assault-style firearms.
    (AP, 8/21/99)

1994        Sep 13 President Clinton signed into law a $30 billion anticrime bill. It included a 10 year ban on assault weapons, which expired in 2004.
    (AP, 9/13/99)(SFC, 9/10/04, p.A1)

1994        Oct 22, President Clinton, campaigning in San Francisco for California Democrats, demanded that schools expel gun-toting students; he earlier accused Republicans of plotting to gut his education package.
    (AP, 10/22/99)

1994        Shooters at Lake Merced’s Pacific Rod and Gun Club in SF, Ca., stopped using lead shot and switched to biodegradable targets following a 1993 environmental study. During the 1980s some 128 tons of lead were removed from the site. In 2005 lead contamination was reported to be 10 times higher than the 1993 study and efforts to raise the water level were put on hold. Clean-up costs at Lake Merced were later estimated at over $10.5 million.
    (SFC, 2/4/05, p.B1)(SFC, 7/17/12, p.C2)

1995        Apr 26, The US Supreme Court led by Chief Justice William Rehnquist overturned a federal law banning gun possession near schools on the grounds that it was beyond the scope of congress power to regulate interstate commerce.
    (SSFC, 9/4/05, p.A3)(http://tinyurl.com/6zlv6)

1995        Jun 30,  President Clinton, speaking in Chicago, proposed an even tighter ban on armor-piercing handgun ammunition known as "cop-killer" bullets.
    (AP, 6/30/00)

1995        Oct 22, President Clinton, campaigning in San Francisco for California Democrats, demanded that schools expel gun-toting students after earlier accusing Republicans of plotting to gut his education package.
    (AP, 10/22/00)

1995        Canada enacted a tough federal Firearms Act. It was upheld in 2000 and required all gun owners to registers all firearms with police by 2003. In 2009 plans were afoot to repeal the long-gun (rifles and shotguns) registry, dismantling some 8 million firearms records.
    (WSJ, 6/16/00, p.A1)(SSFC, 11/8/09, p.A10)

1995        The Christian Council of Mozambique launched a project to bring peace and reconciliation to the country and to disarm thousands of former combatants. The program paid artists to turn retrieved weapons into sculptures.
    (SFC, 11/9/12, p.A7)

1996        A Utah law granted a concealed weapons permit to anyone who is 21 or older, who can prove “good character" and attends a short firearms course.
    (WSJ, 5/24/04, p.A6)

1997        Feb 27, Legislation banning most handguns in Britain went into effect.
    (AP, 2/27/98)

1997        Jul 1, In the UK a new handgun law took effect as a result of the 1996 massacre at the school in Dunblane, Scotland.
    (SFEC, 6/29/97, p.A13)

1997        The Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) became operational under a joint US Air Force-Navy program. It was GPS for guidance and was 1st used in Afghanistan.
    (WSJ, 4/8/03, p.A10)

1999        Feb 11, A federal jury in New York found several gun makers responsible in three area shootings for letting guns fall into the hands of criminals; other manufacturers were cleared. Several gun manufacturers were found negligent for marketing and distribution practices but awarded limited damages. The plaintiffs suffered a setback in 2001 when the New York Court of Appeals invalidated such claims.
    (SFC, 2/12/99, p.A3)(AP, 2/11/04)

1999        May 12, The US Senate rejected 51 to 47 a Democratic proposal that would have required background checks for firearms sales at gun-shows. A GOP proposal for voluntary checks passed 53 to 45.
    (SFC, 5/13/99, p.A3)

1999        May 13, The GOP leadership agreed to approve background checks for all buyers at gun shows following angry calls from constituents.
    (WSJ, 5/14/99, p.A1)

1999        May 14, The US Senate approved a Republican plan to require background checks at gunshows 48-47.
    (SFC, 5/15/99, p.A3)

1999        Jared Diamond authored “Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies."
    (www.amazon.com/Guns-Germs-Steel-Fates-Societies/dp/0393317552)

2000        Mar 17, Smith and Wesson signed an unprecedented agreement with the Clinton administration to, among other things, include safety locks with all of its handguns to make them more childproof; in return, the agreement called for federal, state and city lawsuits against the gun maker to be dropped.
    (AP, 3/17/01)

2000        Apr 1, Smith & Wesson, a US gun maker, agreed to introduce a series of safety measures.
    (SFEC, 4/2/00, p.A1)

2000        May 14, In Washington DC tens of thousands took part in the Million Mom March for tougher gun laws.
    (SFC, 5/15/00, p.A1)

2001        Jan 1, In Canada a new federal gun control measure went into effect. It called for the licensing and registration of all shotguns and hunting rifles.
    (SFC, 1/5/01, p.A16)

2001        May 14, Promising to be a "determined adversary" toward gun violence, President Bush announced plans to mobilize federal and local prosecutors who would focus exclusively on gun-related crimes.
    (AP, 5/14/02)

2001        Jul 1, In Michigan a state law went into effect that allowed virtually any gun owner to carry a concealed weapon in public.
    (SFC, 9/12/01, p.C6)

2001        Jul 9, The Bush administration announced that it opposed a UN draft to restrict the sale of small arms. The US was the leading exporter of small arms.
    (SFC, 7/10/01, p.A8)

2001        US Attorney Gen. John Ashcroft proclaimed that the 2nd Amendment refers to individuals rather than groups aligning himself with gun-rights advocates.
    (WSJ, 12/16/03, p.A4)

2002        Nay, Bernard Kerik, a NYC police commissioner, joined the board of stun-gun manufacturer Taser Int’l. In 2004 Kerik was appointed by Pres. Bush to take over the Dept. of Homeland Security.
    (SFC, 12/10/04, p.A8)

2002        Sep 7, Uzi Gal (79), the inventor of Israel's Uzi submachine gun, died in Philadelphia of a long illness. [see 1954]
    (AP, 9/9/02)(SFC, 9/10/02, p.A16)

2002        Aug 5, The coral-encrusted gun turret of the Civil War ironclad USS Monitor was raised from the floor of the Atlantic, nearly 140 years after the historic warship sank during a storm.
    (AP, 8/5/03)

2002        Aug 18, US federal agents said they had seized over 2,300 unregistered missiles at a counter-terrorism school, High Energy Access Tools (HEAT), in Roswell, New Mexico, that was training students from Arab countries and arrested its Canadian leader.
    (Reuters, 8/18/02)(WSJ, 8/19/02, p.A1)

2002        Sep 7, Uzi Gal (79), the German-born inventor of Israel's Uzi submachine gun, died in Philadelphia of a long illness. [see 1954]
    (AP, 9/9/02)(SFC, 9/10/02, p.A16)

2002        Joyce Lee Malcolm authored “Guns and Violence: The English Experience."
    (WSJ, 8/6/02, p.D6)

2003        Jan 1, In Canada a new gun law came into effect that required the registration of all rifles and shotguns.
    (AP, 1/2/03)

2003        Apr 26, Charlton Heston (78), diagnosed with Alzheimer's,  stepped down as president of the NRA and Kayne Robinson took over.
    (SSFC, 4/27/03, A8)

2003        Apr, Officials at the Iraqi Embassy in Prague handed over weapons to Czech authorities. Iraqi spies had used a diplomatic vehicle to smuggle in the weapons for an attack on Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. The weapons included an RPG-7 anti-tank missile, six machine guns and ammunition.
    (AP, 11/30/09)

2003        Dec 22, Brazil's Pres. Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva signed a sweeping gun-control law in an effort to rein in what he called "an epidemic of murder by firearms."
    (AP, 12/23/03)

2003        Nobel Peace Laureates led by Oscar Arias of Costa Rica and a coalition of pressure groups under the Control Arms Campaign aimed to secure an int’l. treaty to regulate the global trade in weapons.
    (Econ, 6/30/12, p.63)(http://controlarms.org/about-controlarms)

2004        Feb 23, James Joseph Minder (74) resigned as chairman of Smith & Wessen Holding Corp. following revelations that he had served years in prison for armed robbery in Michigan, where he was once known as the "Shotgun Bandit."
    (WSJ, 3/8/04, p.A1)

2004        Apr, Bangladesh police in Chittagong intercepted a shipment from China of rifles, submachine guns, hand grenades and more valued at $5 million. The weapons were intended for rebels in India’s Assam state. In 2014 a trial court sentenced 14 men to death on smuggling charges.
    (SFC, 2/20/14, p.40)

2004        May 22, The Frazier Historical Arms Museum opened in Louisville, Ky. It focused on the evolution of armaments and the historical events in which they were used.
    (WSJ, 6/16/04, p.D8)(www.frazierarmsmuseum.org/)

2004        Sep 13, The US ban on assault rifles, signed in 1994 by Pres. Clinton, expired. The expiration means firearms like AK-47s, Uzis and TEC-9s can now be legally bought.
    (SFC, 9/10/04, p.A1)(AP, 9/13/04)

2004        Dec 14, It was reported that air cargo planes used by American subcontractors in Iraq were linked to Victor bout, a reputed Russian arms trafficker. The 2005 film “Lord of War" was a loose portrayal of Bout’s exploits.
    (SFC, 12/14/04, p.A3)(Econ, 10/2/10, p.65)

2004        The Utah Legislature passed a law requiring the Univ. of Utah to lift a ban against students and employees carrying firearms.
    (WSJ, 5/24/04, p.A1)

2004        R.L. Wilson authored Silk and Steel: Women at Arms," an account about women and firearms throughout history.
    (SFC, 3/26/04, p.F1)

2005        Mar 15, The US charged 18 people with a scheme to smuggle shoulder-fired missiles and other military gear from former Soviet states. One person was still at large.
    (WSJ, 3/16/05, p.A1)

2005        Apr 26, Florida’s Gov. Bush signed legislation giving people the right to meet “force with force," effective Oct 1.
    (SFC, 4/27/05, p.A5)

2005        May 17, Russia and Venezuela signed a contract for 100,000 Russian assault rifles to be provided to the Latin American nation.
    (AP, 5/18/05)

2005        Nov 8, SF voters rejected Prop B, which would have allowed $208 million in general obligation bonds for street and sidewalk improvements; Prop A passed for capital improvements in the SF Community College District; Prop H won making it illegal for city residents to possess handguns; Prop F won ending rotating closure of firehouses. Phil Ting, incumbent Assessor-Recorder, won his election bid. In 2008 an Appeals court agreed with 2006 ruling that local governments have no authority under California law to prevent people from owning pistols.
    (SFC, 11/9/05, p.B3)(SFC, 1/10/08, p.B3)

2005        Killings with guns in the US numbered around 14,000 for this year. There were another 16,000 suicides by firearm and 650 fatal accidents.
    (Econ, 4/21/07, p.11)

2006        Feb 21, Taser Intl. said it is working to deliver electricity to the human body using 12-guage shotgun shells. Test models of the XREP reached 100 feet. The US military challenged the company to extend the range to 330 feet.
    (SFC, 2/22/06, p.A2)

2006-2010    Mexico seized some 55,000 assault weapons, most of which were bought legally in the United States.
    (Econ, 10/16/10, p.16)

2007        Feb 15, It was reported that shooting ranges continued to operate in Cambodia despite government  cancellation of licenses in 1997. Tourists were able to fire 30 rounds with an AK-47 for $30. Other offers included tossing grenades at chickens for $200 and killing a cow with a rocket-propelled grenade for $555.
    (SFC, 2/15/07, p.14)

2007        Apr 16, Shootings in a dorm and classroom at Virginia Tech left 32 people dead. Two people died in a dorm room, and 31 others were killed in Norris Hall, including the gunman, who put a bullet in his head. At least 15 people were hurt, some seriously. Two professors from India and Israel were among the dead at the Virginia Tech shooting, the deadliest in US history. The gunman was a South Korean national named Cho Seung-Hui (23). Cho was an undergraduate student in his senior year majoring in English who lived on campus. His residence was in Centerville, Virginia, and he had resident alien status. Between shootings Seung-Hui took time to e-mail videos, photos and writings to NBC. Virginia law allowed Cho to buy one gun each month.
    (AP, 4/16/07)(AP, 4/17/07)(AFP, 4/17/07)(WSJ, 4/19/07, p.A1)(Econ, 4/21/07, p.27)

2007        Aug 28, The annual Small Arms Survey said there are nine guns for every 10 people in the United States, with about 270 million firearms in circulation. Worldwide, civilians now have access to 650 million small arms, from handguns to semiautomatic rifles, an arsenal that far outstrips what is held by police and militaries.
    (AP, 8/29/07)

2007        Oct 12, In central South Africa the Oerlikon GDF-005, a German-made computer-controlled anti-aircraft gun, went haywire during a training exercise killing 9 South African soldiers and wounding 14 others.
    (http://blog.wired.com/defense/2007/10/robot-cannon-ki.html)(AP, 10/12/07)

2007        California passed legislation requiring traceable micro-stamping in all new semiautomatic handgun models effective as of May 2013.
    (SFC, 1/27/14, p.A1)

2008        Jan 8, Pres. Bush signed legislation aimed at preventing the severely mentally ill from buying guns.
    (WSJ, 1/9/07, p.A1)

2008        Mar 6, Viktor Bout, a suspected Russian arms dealer, was arrested at a five-star hotel in downtown Bangkok on allegations that he supplied Colombian rebels with arms and explosives. He had been accused of flouting UN embargoes and was wanted by Interpol.
    (AP, 3/6/08)

2008        Mar 20, In North Carolina Darryl Turner was killed after being shocked by a police officer’s Taser. In 2011 a jury ordered Taser Int’l. to pay Turner’s family $10 million. Lawyers said the company had failed to warn that a Taser shot near the heart poses a substantial risk of cardiac arrest.
    (SFC, 7/21/11, p.A6)(http://tinyurl.com/3homyou)

2008        Apr 9, Thai police dropped charges against Viktor Bout (41), a Russian man accused of being one of the world's most prolific black market arms dealers, saying they will proceed with hearings to extradite him to the United States.
    (AP, 4/9/08)

2008        Apr 18,     South Africa's main transport union thwarted the delivery of a controversial shipment of Chinese arms destined for Zimbabwe, saying its workers would not offload the cargo. The Chinese ship left the South African harbor and headed for neighboring Mozambique. Angola and Mozambique said the ship is not welcome. China defended the cargo against international criticism.
    (AFP, 4/18/08)(AP, 4/19/08)(AFP, 4/22/08)(SFC, 4/23/08, p.A2)

2008        Apr 24, China said a shipment of arms bound for Zimbabwe will be recalled after South African workers refused to unload the vessel and other neighboring countries barred it from their ports.
    (Reuters, 4/24/08)

2008        Jun 26, The US Supreme Court (DC v Heller) ruled 5-4 that Americans have a right to own guns for self-defense and hunting, the justices' first major pronouncement on gun rights in US history.
    (AP, 6/26/08)(Econ, 7/3/10, p.29)

2008        Aug 28, Grant Wilkinson (34) was jailed for life for running Britain’s biggest-ever gun factory which converted dozens of replica submachine guns into deadly weapons used in nine gangland murders. He legally bought 90 replica Mac-10s in 2004, saying they were for use on the set of the James Bond film "Casino Royale" and paying 55,000 pounds in cash.
    (AFP, 8/28/08)

2008        Sep 5, An Israeli defense official said Israel has allowed Palestinian security forces in the West Bank to receive a shipment of about 1,000 Kalashnikov rifles and tens of thousands of bullets in a step aimed at bolstering the moderate Palestinian government there. The weapons shipment reached the Palestinians through Jordan about one week ago.
    (AP, 9/5/08)

2008        Sep 23, Mexico said it plans to search 10 percent of all vehicles entering the country from the United States in an effort to curb arms smuggling.
    (AP, 9/24/08)

2008        Sep 29, US warships and helicopters surrounded a hijacked cargo ship loaded with Sudan-bound tanks and other arms to keep the weapons from falling "into the wrong hands." The shipment of 33 Russian-designed tanks, rifles and ammunition on the Ukrainian-operated Faina was headed for Sudan, not Kenya as previously claimed by Kenyan officials.
    (AP, 9/29/08)

2008        Oct 26, In Massachusetts Christopher Bizilj died after accidentally shooting himself in the head with an Uzi submachine gun. In 2011 gun fair organizer Edward Fleury was cleared of charges of furnishing machine guns to minors during the gun fair in Westfield.
    (www.mahalo.com/christopher-bizilj)(SFC, 1/15/11, p.A4)

2008        Alexander Rose authored “American Rifle: A Biography."
    (Econ, 10/18/08, p.96)
2008        The US signed weapons agreements valued a $37.8 billion, or 68.4% of all business in the global arms bazaar, up from $25.4 billion in 2007. Italy was 2nd with $3.7 billion and Russia 3rd with %3.5 billion.
    (SFC, 9/7/09, p.A3)
2008        In Australia a video was made showing an unarmed, dark-skinned man, who refused to undergo a strip search in a Perth detention facility, screaming in apparent agony after being zapped with a stun gun eight times while surrounded by nine police officers. He was stunned another five times off-camera. The video was made public in 2010 as an example of the wrongful use of a stun gun.
    (AP, 10/5/10)
2008        Britain’s National Ballistics Intelligence Survey (NABIS) was set up to identify guns and bullets as the number of shootings rose.
    (Econ, 10/5/13, p.61)
2008        The assets of Zastava, a Serbian maker of Yugo cars and Kalashnikov rifles, were transferred to a new company, Fiat Automobili Srbija (FAS).
    (Econ, 11/2/13, p.70)

2009        Feb 12, Canada said its federal police will no longer use stun guns against suspects merely resisting arrest or refusing to cooperate because the guns can cause death. At least 20 Canadians have died after being zapped by stun guns.
    (SFC, 2/13/09, p.A4)

2009        Jan 11, A US federal rule took effect allowing visitors to carry a loaded gun into a park or wildlife refuge as long as the person had a permit for a concealed weapon and the state where the park or refuge was located allowed concealed firearms. Previously, guns in parks had been severely restricted. The Bush administration had issued the gun rule in December in response to letters from half the Senate asking officials to lift the restrictions on guns in parks that were adopted by the Reagan administration in the early 1980s. On March 19 a US district Judge blocked the rule.
    (SFC, 3/20/09, p.A8)

2009        Feb 18, Fifty-one Democrats and 2 Republicans, sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to enforce a ban on importing assault weapons, saying many such guns are later smuggled south to arm Mexico's ruthless drug cartels. The ban was implemented under the administrations of Pres. George H.W. Bush and Pres. Bill Clinton, and the US government can enforce it under provisions of the 1968 Gun Control Act. But the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has quietly abandoned the ban in recent years.
    (AP, 2/18/09)(AP, 2/24/09)

2009        Feb 25, Russian news agencies quoted Chief Military Prosecutor Sergei Fridinsky as saying that his office has exposed an attempt by military officers to smuggle $18 million worth of stolen Russian weapons to China via Tajikistan.
    (AP, 2/25/09)

2009        Mar 15, Germany's chancellor Angela Merkel called for greater government supervision of gun owners after a school shooting last week that killed 15 people.
    (AP, 3/15/09)

2009        Apr 17, A US federal judge sentenced John Philip Hernandez of Houston to 8 years in prison for buying military-style firearms and that ended up in the hands of Mexico’s drug cartels. Prosecutors said Hernandez led a group that purchased 339 weapons over 15 months.
    (SFC, 4/18/09, p.A4)

2009        May 20, The US House passed legislation imposing new rules on credit card companies. Attached to the legislation was a bill allowing people to bring concealed and loaded guns into US national parks. Pres. Obama was expected to sign the legislation this week.
    (SFC, 5/21/09, p.A4)

2009        Jun 4, In Tennessee handguns will soon be allowed in bars and restaurants under a new law passed by state legislators who voted to override Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen's veto. The legislation takes effect July 14 and retains an existing ban on consuming alcohol while carrying a handgun. Restaurant owners can still opt to ban weapons from their establishments.
    (AP, 6/5/09)
2009        Jun 4, Guatemala's anti-drug prosecutor said that thousands of bullets and grenades that were part of a Mexican drug cartel's weapons cache belong to the Guatemalan army. In the April weapons seizure, police also found eight anti-personnel mines, 11 M60 machine guns, bullet proof vests and two armored cars that investigators say belong to the Zetas, a group of assassins for Mexico's Gulf drug cartel.
    (AP, 6/4/09)

2009        Jun 17, In Nigeria a Ukrainian plane made an emergency landing due to technical problems in the northern city of Kano. Eighteen crates of mines and ammunition, destined for Equatorial Guinea, were found aboard the aircraft. The crew and a Nigerian collaborator were detained and soon transferred to Abuja for questioning.
    (AFP, 6/22/09)

2009        Jun 21, It was reported that handguns, rifles and bullets enter Jamaica from the US stoking one of the world's highest murder rates.
    (AP, 6/21/09)

2009        Jul 3, In Washington state federal agents said they have arrested 31 people and busted a drug trafficking ring that was directed by a cartel in Jalisco, Mexico. The 2-week Operation Arctic Chill seized 23 guns including a .50 Desert Eagle pistol and an AK-47-type assault rifle.
    (SFC, 7/4/09, p.A5)

2009        Jul 13, Mexico and the US announced that they were working on a protocol for sharing information in arms trafficking cases.
    (AP, 7/14/09)(AP, 8/6/09)

2009        Aug 3, Karlheinz Schreiber (75), a German-Canadian arms dealer and key figure in a political party financing scandal involving former Chancellor Helmut Kohl, was extradited to Germany from Canada to face criminal charges after losing a decade-long court battle. He  was key figure in a funding scandal which badly damaged Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives a decade ago. Schreiber was arrested in Canada about 10 years ago, and is wanted by prosecutors in Augsburg for tax evasion, fraud and bribery.
    (AP, 8/3/09)(Reuters, 8/3/09)

2009        Sep 30, In Arizona a new law took effect allowing people with concealed weapons permits to enter bars and restaurants, that haven’t posted signs banning guns. Those carrying weapons would not be allowed to drink alcohol.
    (SFC, 9/30/09, p.A8)

2009        Nov 1, A Saudi Arabia Interior Ministry spokesman said authorities have discovered large quantities of weapons in the capital Riyadh belonging to al-Qaida terror network. The discovery included 281 assault rifles and 51 ammunition boxes.
    (AP, 11/1/09)

2009        Nov 2, A Thai official said about half of Thailand's national lawmakers are taking advantage of a new government plan allowing them to purchase guns at a discount and receive a license to carry them anywhere.
    (AP, 11/2/09)

2009        Nov 11, The Israeli military released a series of documents and photos it said proved Iran was behind a massive shipment of weapons Israel's navy commandos intercepted last week. Among the arms Israel says it found aboard the vessel were 9,000 mortar bombs, 3,000 Katyusha rockets, 3,000 gun shells, 20,000 grenades and over a half million rounds of small arms ammunition.
    (AP, 11/11/09)

2009        Nov 11, Venezuelan authorities destroyed more than 30,000 illegal firearms as part of an effort to combat soaring crime. The government stopped releasing complete annual murder figures in 2005, but in 2008 the Justice Ministry said homicides averaged 152 a week, or roughly 7,900 for 12 months.
    (AP, 11/11/09)

2009        Nov 20, A US judge blocked a Tennessee law that allowed people to bring handguns into restaurants and bars.
    (Reuters, 11/23/09)

2009        Nov 20, Lester Shubin (84), former US Justice Dept. researcher, died at his home in Virginia. In the 1970s he began developing Kevlar, a new DuPont fabric invented in 1965, into body armor for police and soldiers. DuPont had intended Kevlar to replace steel belting on tires and began marketing it in 1971. By the end of 2009 bulletproof vests had saved the lives of over 3,000 law enforcement officers.
    (SFC, 11/28/09, p.C4)(SFC, 4/7/03, p.E2)

2009        Dec 7, Kenyan police arrested a suspected weapons smuggler with up to 100,000 bullets and an assortment of guns, a huge cache in a country with stringent gun laws.
    (AP, 12/8/09)

2009        In Arizona a field office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) decided that agents would allow “straw purchasers" to buy guns from American shops in “Operation Fast and Furious," hoping the guns might later provide evidence in bigger cases. In 2010 Border patrol agent Brian Terry was shot dead in a firefight and 2 rifles recovered at the scene were from the operation.
    (Econ, 1/21/12, p.34)

2010        Jan 6, Gilbert Arenas, a Washington DC Wizards basketball guard, was suspended indefinitely without pay by NBA commissioner David Stern, for carrying guns into the Wizards' locker room. With each game he misses, Arenas will lose about $147,200 of the $16.2 million he will earn in the second season of a six-year, $111 million contract. The punishment came on his 28th birthday.
    (AP, 1/7/10)

2010        Jan 10, About 50,000 Philippine policemen began enforcing a 5-month ban on carrying guns in public in hopes of avoiding bloodshed in the buildup to May elections, arresting 18 violators at checkpoints across the country.
    (AP, 1/10/10)

2010        Feb 1, It was reported that Cuba has declared a two-month amnesty for citizens to register unlicensed guns. Starting Feb. 12, Cubans will have the "exceptional and one-time only" chance to register their guns with police, and will be allowed to keep them provided they are over 18 and have passed the proper tests administered at police stations.
    (AP, 2/1/10)

2010        Feb 11, The US military used a laser gun aboard a Boeing 747 jumbo jet to shoot down a missile near Point Mugu, Ventura County, Ca. The airborne laser program began in 1996 and has cost billion of dollars.
    (SFC, 2/13/10, p.A6)

2010        Apr 15, In the San Francisco Bay Area BART officials stripped officers of Tasers days after a sergeant fired his stun gun at a boy (13) on his bicycle fleeing from an altercation with police in Richmond. Bay Area Rapid Transit police had begun using Tasers in December, 2008.
    (SFC, 4/16/10, p.A1)

2010        Apr 16, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law a bill making Arizona the third state allowing people to carry a concealed weapon without requiring a permit.
    (AP, 4/16/10)
2010        Apr 16, US federal prosecutors in North Carolina charged Gary Jackson, the former president of Blackwater Worldwide, and 4 other senior company officials with weapons violations and making false statements. A 15 count indictment charged that they tried to hide purchases of weapons and trying to hide gifts of expensive weapons to Jordanian officials as the company tried to win contracts.
    (SFC, 4/17/10, p.A5)

2010        Apr 30, Panama police found an arsenal of assault rifles, grenades and almost a half million rounds of ammunition at the home of Professor Vinicio Jimenez, a Guatemalan-born sociology professor. Their raid netted 47 assault rifles, 24 machine pistols, 487,900 rounds of ammunition and almost 4,000 grenades and grenade-style munitions.
    (AP, 5/1/10)

2010        May 11, Mohamed Ibrahim, an Egyptian-American university botany professor teaching in the United States, was arrested at Cairo airport after arriving on a direct flight from New York carrying two pistols, 250 bullets, two swords and 11 knives in his luggage.
    (Reuters, 5/12/10)

2010        Jun 28, The Supreme Court held that Americans have the right to own a gun for self-defense anywhere they live. The court, in the case of McDonald v. City of Chicago, forever changed the terms of debate over the right to bear arms. The 5-4 vote extended principles the court laid out in 2008, when it struck down a handgun ban in Washington, D.C.
    (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ynews/20100628/pl_ynews/ynews_pl2876)(AP, 6/29/10)

2010        Jul 2, The Chicago City Council approved what city officials said is the strictest handgun ordnance in the US.
    (SFC, 7/3/10, p.A4)

2010        Aug 18, Officials with Nigeria's security services say they've intercepted 52 Kalashnikov rifles and tens of thousands of ammunition rounds heading for Kos, an area that has been the scene of religious violence. They said five men were arrested for trying to bring the weapons from neighboring Chad.
    (AP, 8/18/10)

2010        Oct 4, In the northern Philippines motorcycle-riding gunmen killed a regional trial court judge, prompting calls to exempt judges from a current gun ban.
    (AP, 10/4/10)

2010        Oct 5, US ATF deputy director Kenneth Melson and Mexico Attorney General Arturo Chavez signed a memorandum of understanding that will increase to 30 a month the number of people trained to use the program, known as eTrace, an electronic database that can trace the manufacture, import, sale and ownership of guns.
    (AP, 10/6/10)

2010        Oct 26, Yemen ordered the confiscation of all firearms in the possession of its citizens after canceling weapons' licenses not carrying the Interior Minister's signature. Some 50 million firearms are thought to be in the possession of Yemen's estimated 23 million people.
    (AP, 10/26/10)

2010        Oct 27, Nigerian officials allowed journalists to see the 107 mm rockets, rifle rounds and other weapons seized at Apapa Port. Authorities said the shipment also contained grenades, explosives, mortars and possibly rocket launchers. However, journalists visiting the holding yard just inside of the port's main gate did not see those weapons. the manifest for the weapons described the shipment as "packages of glasswool and pallets of stone." The next day customs officials said the shipment of 13 containers came from a ship that had just left India and investigators continued to trace the weapons' origins.
    (AP, 10/27/10)(AP, 10/28/10)

2010        Oct 28, Israeli officials said that the military-grade armaments seized at a shipping terminal in Nigeria came from Iran and were bound for the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. On Oct 30 an international shipping company said the weapons cache originally came from Iran. Last week, the Iranian shipper filed a request for the containers to be picked up again and this time shipped to the West African nation of Gambia.
    (AP, 10/28/10)(AP, 10/30/10)

2010        Nov 2, In California federal agents arrested Adam Gitschlag, a retired US Marine, for allegedly selling illegal assault weapons to members of Florencia 13, a Los Angeles street gang. On Nov 8 ATF agents arrested 2 more retired Marines associated with Gitschlag, and 2 others for smuggling machine guns from Iraq.
    (SFC, 11/10/10, p.A8)
2010        Nov 2, Algeria’s interior minister Dahou Ould Kablia said that Algeria will resume a policy of arming people to reinforce the fight against terrorism in the north African country.
    (AP, 11/3/10)

2010        Nov 3, In Colorado Richard Paul (34) was arrested and federal agents seized five pounds of C-4 military explosives from his home in Durango. In Las Vegas Andrew Kaufman (36) was arrested. In San Diego Navy SEAL Nicholas Bickle (33) was arrested. They were accused of conspiring to smuggle and sell weapons to an undercover federal agent in Nevada and Colorado. Bickle, his close friend Paul, and their associate Kaufman allegedly sold machine guns for $1,300 to $2,400 each, and handguns for $300 to an undercover federal agent who told them they would be shipped to Mexico.
    (AP, 11/4/10)

2010        Nov 11, A Nigerian government report identified Iranians Azimi Agajany and Sayed Akbar Tahmaesebi as the men who organized a shipment of arms through a Tehran-based company called International Trading and General Construction. The arms containers sat at Lagos' busy Apapa port from July until Oct. 26, when Nigerian security agents carried out a raid and discovered the weapons inside.
    (AP, 11/11/10)

2010        Nov 16, Viktor Bout (43), a suspected Russian arms dealer dubbed the "Merchant of Death," was flown out of Thailand to face trial in the United States following a long legal battle and fierce opposition from Moscow.
    (AFP, 11/16/10)

2010        Nov 24, Nigeria said it has seized another illegal arms shipment at its main port, including pistols and military vehicles, weeks after the discovery of a weapons cache sent from Iran. The military items which were packed inside a vehicle painted in army green. The illegal arms shipment came from Belgium through Germany,
    (AFP, 11/24/10)(AFP, 11/25/10)

2010        Dec 1, It was reported that the Pentagon has rolled out prototypes of a programmable "smart" grenade launcher, a shoulder-fired weapon that uses microchipped ammunition to target and kill the enemy, even when the enemy is hidden behind walls or other cover.
    (AFP, 12/1/10)

2010        Dec 12, The Washington Post reported that 8 out of the 12 top US gun dealers whose products fuel Mexico's drug violence are located in the state of Texas. 3 others were in Arizona, and one was in California. There are 3,800 gun retailers in Texas, 300 in Houston alone.
    (AFP, 12/12/10)

2010        Dec 10, The US Navy completed its latest test of an electromagnetic rail gun at the naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren, Va. The gun generated a record 33 megajoules of force out of the barrel and sent a 20-pound slug of aluminum at 7 times the speed of sound. The electric gun was able to send a projectile over 100 miles.
    (SFC, 12/15/10, p.A17)

2010        Dec 16, In California Rohayent Gomez (13) was shot and paralyzed by police officer Victor Abarca as the boy held a replica gun. In 2012 a jury ruled that the LAPD must pay $24 million to Gomez.
    (SSFC, 12/16/12, p.A12)

2010        California’s Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a law limiting handgun ammunition sales. It was to take effect in February, 2011, but was blocked by a Superior court judge in Fresno. In 2013 a state appeals court barred enforcement of the law.
    (SFC, 11/8/13, p.D6)

2011        Jan 25, A federal indictment was unsealed in Phoenix, Az., and charged 20 people for participating in a ring that bought more than 700 guns to be smuggled into Mexico for use by a drug cartel. Police arrested 17 suspects in a multi-agency operation across the Phoenix valley. Three other suspects remained at large.
    (AP, 1/26/11)(Reuters, 1/26/11)

2011        Feb 8, Guy Savage (42), owner of Nashville-based Sabre Defense Industries LLC, was detained in London after armed officers shot out the tires of his Mercedes. He was wanted by US authorities investigating illegal weapons trading between 2003 and 2009.
    (AP, 2/15/11)(http://tinyurl.com/5v44er3)

2011        Feb 13, Switzerland, which has the highest rate of suicide by firearms in Europe, voted to hold fast to its long-standing tradition of letting citizens keep army-issue weapons at home.
    (AFP, 2/13/11)

2011        Feb 17, Federal prosecutors in Arizona said two illegal immigrants from Mexico, Jose Beltran-Bermudez and Yazmin Arvayo-Palafox, have been indicted after they were found to possess a combined 222 assault rifles and 5 pistols that authorities say were headed to Mexico.
    (AP, 2/17/11)
2011        Feb 17, US Federal authorities said police have arrested nine people and seized 300 firearms, including assault rifles, in a raid targeting an arms ring that allegedly sold weapons to Mexican drug traffickers. Operation Too Hot to Handle netted a haul of around 300 guns, mostly Kalashnikov-type rifles and semi-automatic pistols, seized in Arizona, Texas and Mexico.
    (Reuters, 2/17/11)

2011        Feb 21, In Daly City, Ca., patrol officers heard shots fired coming from 26 West Market Street. Officers saw an adult male subject grab an adult female around the neck and pull her into the residence. After a six hour stand off, the Hostage Negotiation Team convinced the subjects to leave the residence. Both subjects were arrested. A total of 26 firearms were seized from the residence. 10 of those firearms were considered assault weapons.
    (Daly City Crime Alert and Community Bulletin 02-28-11)

2011        Feb 23, Senegal said it will cut diplomatic ties with Iran after an investigation that showed that a seized Iranian arms shipment was intended for rebels fighting Senegalese troops. The arms shipment was discovered in Nigeria in October.
    (AP, 2/23/11)

2011        Feb 28, In Texas 3 people suspected of smuggling guns to Mexico were arrested in a Dallas suburb after federal investigators traced the gun used in the killing of a US agent in Mexico to one of them.
    (AP, 2/28/11)

2011        Mar 8, Legislators from all of Mexico's three major parties in congress called for a joint US-Mexico working group to examine accusations that US federal agents allowed hundreds of guns to flow into Mexico.
    (AP, 3/8/11)

2011        Mar 10, The US Attorney's office in New Mexico said the mayor of Columbus, Eddie Espinoza, the town's police chief Angelo Vega, and village trustee Blas Gutierrez were among those arrested on an 84-count indictment for allegedly trafficking around 200 guns to Mexico. In July Espinoza pleaded guilty to federal gun smuggling charges and faced 65 years in prison. In August Vega pleaded guilty.
    (Reuters, 3/11/11)(SFC, 7/14/11, p.A6)(SFC, 8/27/11, p.A4)

2011        Mar 19, An Iranian plane bound for Syria landed in Turkey’s southeastern city of Diyarbakir for a search of its cargo. The plane carried light weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket launchers and mortars, which were seized. The plane returned to Iran March 22 without the seized cargo.
    (AP, 3/23/11)

2011        Mar 24, Dubai police said the Gulf emirate has seized thousands of small arms being smuggled in a sea cargo shipment bound for Yemen. The weapons were discovered in a Dubai warehouse about two weeks ago. The shipment originated in Turkey.
    (AP, 3/24/11)

2011        Apr 28, Arizona Gov. Jan brewer signed a bill designating the colt Single-Action Army revolver as the state’s first official firearm. Brewer also signed a bill authorizing the construction of a fence along the state's portion of the US-Mexico border, either with other states or by itself. He also signed a bill approving special new license plates, including a “Don’t Tread On Me" slogan to commemorate the Tea Party.
    (SFC, 4/29/11, p.A7)(AP, 4/29/11)(SFC, 4/30/11, p.A6)

2011        Apr 29, Mexican federal police discovered a basement arsenal hidden behind the mirrors of a home gym in Ciudad Juarez that included three anti-aircraft guns, dozens of grenades, a grenade launcher, AK-47s and other high-powered weapons.
    (AP, 4/30/11)

2011        Apr, Richmond, Ca., police officers Danny Harris (31) and Ray Thomas (34) quit following the report of an FBI probe regarding a security company they ran on the side. They had tried to frame their supervisor by having him lured into an extramarital affair and paid private investigator Christopher Butler $1,800 to create a video using a decoy. On March 7, 2012, Thomas admitted to his role in trying to thwart a federal grand jury’s inquiry into their business. On March 9 Harris pleaded guilty to buying firearms for young men at his security firm. On Aug 21 Harris was sentenced to 6 months in a half-way house. Thomas was sentenced to 6 months of home detention.
    (SFC, 2/29/12, p.C1)(SFC, 3/10/12, p.C2)(SFC, 8/22/12, p.C2)

2011        May 6, Brazil’s Justice Minister Jose Eduardo Cardozo launched a disarmament campaign hoping to take more than 1 million guns off the streets by the end of the year.
    (AP, 5/7/11)

2011        May 11, Tunisian police arrested a Libyan man in a car packed with Kalashnikov rifle cartridges in the south of the country, 80 km (50 miles) from the border with Libya. Authorities had also arrested a second man, an Algerian, who was transporting grenades. It appeared the vehicles were traveling from Libya.
    (AP, 5/11/11)

2011        Jun 8, Jorge Hank Rhon, former mayor of Tijuana, Mexico, and long rumored to be involved in money laundering and other criminal activities, faced charges after police raided his home and found a large cache of illegal weapons.
            (AP, 6/8/11)

2011        Jun 14, In Mexico charges against a former Tijuana mayor, allegedly caught with 88 guns at his home, were dismissed. The next day Assistant Attorney General Patricia Bugarin said the judge who freed gambling magnate and former mayor Jorge Hank Rhon acted with "bias and subjectivity" in dismissing the federal charges. Police said 2 dead men have been found hanging by their hands off highway bridges around the city of Monterrey in less than 24 hours.
    (AP, 6/15/11)

2011        Jun 30, Ohio Republican Governor John Kasich signed into law a bill that allows gun owners in the state to carry concealed weapons into bars and other places where alcohol is served. The law also prohibits gun owners from consuming alcohol or being under the influence of alcohol or drugs when they carry their weapons into bars.
    (AP, 6/30/11)

2011        Jul 25, Israeli security forces intercepted on the Dead Sea carrying assault rifles and ammunition from Jordan.
    (AP, 7/25/11)
2011        Jul 25, Sierra Leone said it has launched a five-year plan to regulate the sale and use of small arms, which still abound a decade after the end of a civil war, causing insecurity.
    (AFP, 7/25/11)

2011        Aug 31, In North Miami Beach, Florida, a man carrying what was later determined to be a toy rifle was shot and killed by police.
    (AP, 9/1/11)

2011        Sep 22, In Brazil a 10-year-old student shot and wounded his teacher with a pistol, then killed himself with two bullets into his head at a public school in Sao Caetano do Sul, an industrial suburb on the outskirts of Sao Paulo.
    (AP, 9/22/11)

2011        Oct 7, A federal jury in Las Vegas convicted Navy SEAL Nicholas Bickle on charges that he led a scheme to sell machine guns and explosives from Iraq and Afghanistan in the US. On July 17, 2012, Bickle was sentenced to 17½ years in prison.
    (SFC, 10/8/11, p.A5)(SFC, 7/18/12, p.A8)

2011        Nov 10, In Germany some 300 police officers searched the headquarters of Heckler & Koch amid allegations the German arms maker bribed Mexican officials in connection with arms deliveries between 2005 and 2010. Heckler & Koch was also under investigation following the discovery of its assault rifles in Libya.
    (AP, 11/10/11)

2011        Nov 11, A British judge sentenced Steven Cardwell, a British man, to at least 11 years in prison for selling handguns smuggled into the country by Steven Greenoe, a former US Marine.
    (AP, 11/11/11)

2011        Nov 28, In Texas Dakota Meyer, a former US Marine and Medal of Honor recipient, sued BAE Systems claiming he was defamed and ridiculed after expressing concerns in an e-mail over the possible sale of a high-tech sniper scope to Pakistan.
    (SFC, 12/1/11, p.A10)

2011        Adam Winkler, a constitutional-law scholar at U.C.L.A., authored "Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America."
    (www.amazon.com/Gunfight-Battle-over-Right-America/dp/0393077411)
2011        ATK, an American firm, and Heckler & Koch, a German one, developed the XM25, a new gun that fires 25mm rounds programmed to exploded at a fixed distance.
    (Econ, 1/14/12, p.76)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XM25_CDTE)
2011        India's NIA charged Wuthikorn Naruenartwanich and three others in 2011 with criminal conspiracy to wage war against the Indian government. The National Investigation Agency said the men had sold arms to Naga rebels who have been fighting the central government for more than 50 years, despite a 1997 a cease-fire. Wuthikorn was arrested in Thailand in 2013 and extradited to India in 2014.
    (AP, 3/31/14)

2012        Jan 4, In Texas Jaime Gonzalez (15) was shot 3 times by police in a hallway at Cummings Middle School in Brownsville after he refused to drop a pellet gun.
    (AP, 1/5/12)

2012        Feb 7, In Jamaica roughly 2,000 firearms were melted down in a blazing furnace as part of an effort designed to combat gun trafficking and corruption while reducing violent crime.
    (AP, 2/7/12)

2012        Mar 5, The Colorado Supreme Court ruled that the University of Colorado overstepped its authority when the school's board of regents imposed a ban on the carrying of concealed weapons at its four campuses.
    (Reuters, 3/5/12)

2012        Mar 22, UN envoy Michael von der Schulenburg called on the impoverished Sierra Leone government to explain why it imported several million dollars worth of assault weapons last January for a police paramilitary wing. A leaked shipping bill indicated the arms included machine guns and even grenade launchers.
    (AFP, 3/22/12)

2012        Apr 4, Sierra Leone's government defended a multi-million dollar weapons shipment as part of routine procurement, after the United Nations called for an explanation over the import.
    (AFP, 4/4/12)

2012        Apr 5, In NYC Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout (45), dubbed the Merchant of Death, received the mandatory minimum 25 years in prison in a case that demonstrated the US government's determination to bring him to justice. The judge also ordered a $15 million forfeiture.
    (AFP, 4/6/12)
2012        Apr 5, Nigerian authorities said they have recovered a cache of arms, including explosives and rocket launchers, in two separate raids in the restive northern city of Gombe and arrested six suspects.
    (AFP, 4/6/12)

2012        Apr 18, Mexican authorities seized 268,000 rounds of assault rifle ammunition in a US truck at a border crossing in Ciudad Juarez. Dallas truck driver Jabin Bogan was transporting a load of ammunition to a Phoenix gun shop when he said he made a wrong turn, causing him to cross the border into Mexico. Jabin was released on Nov 23 after his mother paid a fine.
    (SFC, 4/20/12, p.A2)(ABC News, 11/25/12)

2012        May 11, India agreed to a $560-million deal to buy 145 howitzer guns from BAE Systems of the United States as it upgrades its antiquated military hardware.
    (AFP, 5/12/12)

2012        May 31, In Wisconsin Darius Simmons (13), a black boy, was shot dead by his white neighbor John Henry Spooner (75) after having stolen four guns from Spooner. On July 17, 2013, a jury found Spooner guilty of first-degree murder.
    (SFC, 7/18/13, p.A7)

2012        Jun 1, In California federal prosecutors announced charges against 2 Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies, Ryan McGowan (31) and Thomas Lu (42), accused of illegally selling dozens of weapons.
    (SFC, 6/2/12, p.A5)

2012        Jun 28, The US House of Representatives voted 255-67 to make Attorney General Eric Holder the first sitting attorney general to be held in contempt of Congress for withholding documents requested as part of an investigation into a botched gun-running operation.
    (SFC, 6/29/12, p.A10)

2012        Aug 7, In North Carolina Academi LLC, formerly knows as Blackwater, agreed to pay $7.5 million to settle federal crime charges related to arms smuggling and other crimes.
    (SFC, 8/8/12, p.A4)

2012        Aug 23, Kenya's government said it will conduct a countrywide operation to disarm all communities with illegal weapons.
    (AP, 8/23/12)

2012        Aug 31, In New Jersey ex-Marine Terence Tyler (23) opened fire with a hand gun and an assault rifle at a supermarket in Old Bridge Township and killed 2 co-workers before killing himself.
    (SFC, 9/1/12, p.A1)

2012        Sep 10, A Quebec, Canada, court accused PM Stephen Harper’s government of violating the principles of Canadian federalism by refusing to hand over gun registry data for Quebec.
    (SFC, 9/11/12, p.A2)

2012        Sep 19, The US Justice Dept. issued its report on Operation Fast and Furious, exonerating Attorney Gen’l. Eric Holder. The report condemned a federal agency for compromising public safety by allowing gun smuggling to Mexico.
    (SFC, 9/20/12, p.A6)

2012        Sep 30, The .38-caliber Detective Special of Bonnie Parker (d.1934) was sold at auction in Nashua, NH, for $264,000. Clyde Barrow’s Colt .45-caliber sold for $240,000. A .45-caliber gun once owned by Butch Cassidy sold for $175,000.
    (SFC, 10/1/12, p.A4)

2012        Oct 23, Nigerian authorities intercepted a ship and found on board several guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition. 15 Russian sailors were soon charged with illegally bringing weapons into the country. All charges against the sailors were dropped in 2013.
    (Reuters, 10/8/13)

2012        Nov 6, The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and owners of the Pacific Rod and Gun Club reached an agreement allowing the club to remain open for up to 2 more years at its 14-acre space on the shores of Lake Merced.
    (SFC, 11/7/12, p.C2)

2012        Nov 12, Over 100 rifles, including AK-style assault rifles, were stolen about this time from a boxcar parked at the CSX Tilford train yard near Atlanta, Georgia.
    (AP, 11/30/12)

2012        Dec 11, A federal appeals court struck down a ban on carrying concealed weapons in Illinois, the only remaining state where carrying concealed weapons is entirely illegal. It gave lawmakers 180 days to write a law that legalizes it.
    (AP, 12/11/12)
2012        Dec 11, In Oregon a masked gunman opened fire at Clackamas Town Center, a mall in suburban Portland. Jacob Tyler Roberts (22), armed himself with an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle he stole from someone he knew, went on a rampage that left two people dead and one injured before he killed himself.
    (SFC, 12/12/12, p.A5)(AP, 12/13/12)

2012        Dec 14, Oklahoma police arrested Sammie Eaglebear Chavez (18) on charges that he had plotted to shoot students at Bartlesville High School.
    (SSFC, 12/16/12, p.A12)

2012        Dec 15, Alabama police shot and killed an assailant armed with an AK-47 assault rifle following a pursuit after 3 people were killed at a trailer home in Cleburne County.
    (SSFC, 12/16/12, p.A12)

2012        Dec 19, Pres. Obama said Vice President Joe Biden will lead an effort to craft policies to reduce gun violence. Obama laid out a plan to reduce gun violence amid calls for action after the massacre of 26 people including 20 children in a Connecticut elementary school.
    (AP, 12/19/12)

2012        Dec 21, The National Rifle Association said guns and police officers in all American schools are what's needed to stop the next killer "waiting in the wings." NRA executive chief Wayne LaPierre delivered a 25-minute tirade against the notion that another gun law would stop killings.
    (AP, 12/21/12)
2012        Dec 21, In Mexico US Marine veteran Jon Hammar (27), jailed for months after trying to carry a family heirloom shotgun across the border, was freed.
    (AP, 12/22/12)

2012        Dec 22, Gun enthusiasts thronged to shows around the country to buy assault weapons they fear will soon be outlawed after a massacre of school children in Connecticut prompted calls for tighter controls on firearms.
    (Reuters, 12/22/12)

2012        Dec 26, Los Angeles police traded gift cards for guns in a buyback program Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced as a crime-fighting response to the deadly shooting rampage in Newtown, Connecticut.
    (Reuters, 12/26/12)

2012        Paul M. Barrett authored “Glock: The Rise of America’s Gun."
    (SSFC, 1/8/12, p.F6)

2013        Jan 2, In Switzerland a man armed with an old military rifle and a handgun shot and killed three women and wounded two men in the village of Daillon. Police shot and wounded the suspect after he threatened to also shoot officers.
    (AP, 1/3/13)

2013        Jan 14, Mexico's best-known anti-violence activist and a prominent intellectual presented a petition, signed by more than 54,000 Mexicans, to the US embassy calling on the United States to take further steps to combat weapons trafficking.
    (AP, 1/15/13)

2013        Jan 15, New York’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the NY Safe Act, the nation’s toughest gun restrictions and the first since the recent Connecticut school shooting. It included an expanded assault weapon ban and mandatory background checks for buying ammunition.
    (SFC, 1/16/13, p.A6)(Econ, 1/19/13, p.30)

2013        Jan 16, Pres. Obama signed 23 gun-related executive orders. One nominated acting ATF Director B. Todd Jones to lead the agency permanently.
    (SFC, 1/17/13, p.A12)

2013        Jan 24, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., introduced legislation to reinstate a federal ban on assault weapons. The "Assault Weapons Ban of 2013" centered on banning military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition feeding devices.
    (AP, 1/24/13)

2013        Jan 25, In Venezuela violence erupted at Uribana prison in the city of Barquisimeto when groups of inmates attacked National Guard troops who were attempting to carry out an inspection. The death toll reached 58 with some 120 wounded. Officials evacuated the prison after the riot and found 106 firearms and over 8,000 rounds of ammunition.
    (AP, 1/27/13)(SFC, 1/28/13, p.A2)(SFC, 2/8/13, p.A2)

2013        Feb 12, President Obama made his State of the Union address. He announced plans with the EU to pursue talks aimed at achieving an overarching trans-Atlantic free trade deal. Obama also said that the first 34,000 troops will leave Afghanistan within a year and more in 2014, when all foreign combat forces are to leave the country.
    (AP, 2/13/13)

2013        Feb 15, NYC officials said its schoolteacher’s pension fund has sold its stock in companies that manufacture guns and ammunition in response to the Dec 14, 2012, school shooting in Newtown, Conn.
    (SFC, 2/16/13, p.A5)

2013        Feb 16, Egypt’s interior ministry announced a move to purchase 100,000 new 9mm pistols for police officers. This ended 5 days of strikes by police demanding greater firepower under increasing lawlessness.
    (SSFC, 2/17/13, p.A4)

2013        Feb 27, In Switzerland a longtime employee (42) opened fire at a wood-processing company in Menznau, leaving 3 people dead, including the assailant.
    (AP, 2/27/13)

2013        Mar 8, South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed a bill that will allow teachers to carry guns in the classroom.
    (SFC, 3/9/13, p.A4)

2013        Mar 10, In Middlefield, Ohio, James Gilkerson (42) exited his parked car and then fired 37 AK-47 shots at the officers and their patrol car. Officers Erin Thomas and Brandon Savage returned fire, killing Gilkerson.
    (www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wu8koHqEEPo)(http://tinyurl.com/cztx3kd)

2013        Mar 18, A new academic study said an estimated 2.2% of all US gun sales are made to smuggling rings that take the firearms to Mexico.
    (SFC, 3/19/13, p.A4)
2013        Mar 18, The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, a Swedish think tank, said China has bypassed Britain as the world's fifth largest arms exporter.
    (AP, 3/18/13)

2013        Apr 2, The 193-nation UN General Assembly overwhelmingly approved the first treaty on the global arms trade, which seeks to regulate the $70 billion business in conventional arms and keep weapons out of the hands of human rights abusers. The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) will come into legal force 90 days after the 50th country has ratified it.
    (Reuters, 4/2/13)(Econ, 4/6/13, p.69)

2013        Apr 15, Key measures of New York's tough new gun law kicked in, with owners of firearms now reclassified as assault weapons required to start registering the firearms and new limits on the number of bullets allowed in magazines.
    (AP, 4/15/13)

2013        Apr 16, Rhode Island held a gun buy-back day and netted 186 firearms.
    (Econ, 4/27/13, p.31)

2013        Apr 17, The US Senate voted 60-40 to defeat Sen. Diane Feinstein’s assault weapons ban.
    (SFC, 4/18/13, p.A12)

2013        Apr 22, A West Virginia teenager (14) returned to class wearing the same National Rifle Association T-shirt that led to his suspension and arrest after he refused a teacher's order last week to remove it.
    (AP, 4/22/13)

2013        Apr 30, In rural Kentucky a 5-year-old boy accidentally shot his 2-year-old sister to death with a rifle he had received as a gift last year.
    (AP, 5/1/13)

2013        May 3, In Minnesota Buford Rogers (24) of Montevideo, was arrested and charged with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. His mobile home contained Molotov cocktails, suspected pipe bombs and firearms.
    (AP, 5/7/13)

2013        May 17, California Attorney General Kamala Harris said that a requirement for every new semiautomatic handgun to contain “micro-stamping" technology would be effective immediately. The gun control law was originally passed in 2007.
    (SFC, 5/18/13, p.D1)

2013        May 28, It was reported that TrackingPoint, a startup tech company in Austin, Texas, has started selling the most advanced long-distance rifle available on the civilian market. Its laser and computer technology allowed a user to hit moving targets 500 yards away.
    (SFC, 5/28/13, p.D1)

2013        May 24, An anonymous letter to NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg was opened and contained traces of ricin. A 2nd similar letter in Washington DC at an office used by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a nonprofit started by Bloomberg, was opened on May 26.
    (SFC, 5/30/13, p.A5)

2013        Jul 9, Illinois became the last state in the US to allow public possession of concealed guns.
    (SFC, 7/10/13, p.A4)

2013        Jul 11, Oman police said they have seized 30,393 pistols aboard a tanker. Dubai-based newspaper Gulf News said the ship came from Turkey and was bound for Yemen. 9 Omanis were arrested in connection with the alleged shipment of pistols discovered in Sohar.
    (AP, 7/11/13)

2013        Aug 8, In San Francisco an inaugural gun buyback by SF Bay Area-based Gunbuyback.org collected 157 firearms in exchange for $15,500.
    (SFC, 8/9/13, p.A6)

2013        Aug 12, Nigeria became the first African country to sign the UN Arms Trade Treaty marking "resolute and unyielding" efforts to deny arms to terrorists, pirates and bandits.
    (AP, 8/13/13)

2013        Sep 19, In Chicago gunmen used an assault-style weapon to spray a crowd watching a basketball game at Cornell Square Park. 13 people were wounded including a boy (3). Four Blackstones gang members, who had sought revenge against the rival Gangster Disciples,  were later arrested.
    (SFC, 9/21/13, p.A5)(SFC, 9/25/13, p.A8)

2013        Oct 11, California’s Gov. Jerry Brown approved 11 firearms measures designed to tighten controls on ownership, storage and types of weapons and ammunition available in the state. They included a ban on lead hunting ammunition.
    (SFC, 10/12/13, p.A1)

2013        Oct 21, In Nevada a boy (12) opened fire with a 9mm semiautomatic Ruger handgun at Sparks Middle School killing math teacher Michael Landsberry (45) and critically wounding two students before killing himself.
    (AFP, 10/21/13)(SFC, 10/22/12, p.A6)(SFC, 10/22/13, p.A6)

2013        Oct 25, British police appeared to downplay a raid after claiming to have seized suspected 3D-printed gun parts from a shop in Manchester. Some observers pointed out that the images released by police resembled printer parts.
    (AFP, 10/25/13)(AP, 10/25/13)

2013        Oct 29, The SF Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a bill banning the possession of large-capacity magazines for guns.
    (SFC, 10/30/13, p.D3)

2013        Nov 8, Greek authorities detained a cargo ship carrying large quantities of weapons and ammunition.
    (Reuters, 11/8/13)

2013        Nov 16, In North Dakota Craig Cobb was arrested along with Kynan Dutton over accusations they were brandishing firearms and sticks and threatening residents in the town of Leith. The white supremacists were charged on Nov 18 with terrorizing residents of Leith, where Cobb had sought to create a white enclave. On April 29, 2014, a state judge sentenced Cobb to four years probation but no additional jail time.
    (Reuters, 11/18/13)(SFC, 4/30/14, p.A6)

2013        Nov 19, The US National Rifle Association (NRA) sued San Francisco claiming the city violated the constitutional right to possess guns for self defense with a new ordnance banning possession of magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds.
    (SFC, 11/20/13, p.D3)

2013        Dec 2, French police arrested 45 people in a vast sweep against international arms traffickers.
    (AFP, 12/2/13)

2013        Dec 23, Russia’s Mikhail Kalashnikov (b.1919), the designer of the AK-47 assault rifle, died in Izhevsk, the capital of the Udmurtia republic.
    (AP, 12/23/13)(SFC, 12/25/13, p.D4)

2014        Jan 12, In Afghanistan Daniel Menard, a former Canadian brigadier-general and head of Canadian forces in Afghanistan, was detained for alleged gun smuggling. He was currently working for security firm Garda World. Menard had resigned from the military after pleading guilty in 2011 to having an affair with a female corporal under his command.
    (AFP, 1/30/14)

2014        Mar 3, In Michigan Raulie Casteel was sentenced to 18-40 years in prison for shooting at two dozen vehicles on a busy southeastern highway.
    (SFC, 3/4/14, p.A5)

2014        Mar 26,  Daly City dentist Wilson Sy Lim was among 26 people arrested in a SF Bay Area FBI sting. State Sen. Leland Yee had introduced Lim to an undercover FBI agent as a connection for securing guns from the Philippines.
    (SFC, 3/31/14, p.A8)

2014        Apr 5, Ukraine’s security service said it has detained a 15-strong armed gang planning to seize power in Luhansk province. Weapons seized included 300 machine guns, an anti-tank grenade launcher and a large number of grenades.
    (SSFC, 4/6/14, p.A5)

2014        Apr 13, Chinese state media reported that authorities have seized more than 10,000 illegal guns in the southwestern province of Guizhou, marking its largest haul of illegal firearms. Fifteen people suspected of being part of a criminal gang involved in the manufacturing and trafficking of firearms were arrested.
    (Reuters, 4/13/14)

2014        Apr 14, The Mexican government said vigilante groups in the western state of Michoacan will have to register their guns with the army by May 10. The "self-defense" groups will have the choice of joining rural defense corps set up under the army.
    (AP, 4/15/14)

2014        Apr 17, China introduced its first armed police patrols in Xi'an. Shanghai and Qingdao police began to carry 9 mm pistols on Apr 20.
    (AP, 4/21/14)

2014        Apr 23, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed legislation that will allow people to carry guns in bars, churches and government buildings under certain conditions as of July 1.
    (SFC, 4/24/14, p.A8)

2014        Apr 25, A top El Salvador official said Mara street gangs are arming themselves with high-powered rifles and some gang members have tried to join the army to get military training.
    (AP, 4/25/14)

2014        Apr 29, In Georgia a FedEx employee wearing ammunition draped across his chest opened fire at a packaging sorting center outside Atlanta, wounding six people before apparently committing suicide.
    (SFC, 4/30/14, p.A6)

2014        May 5, Honduras detained Capt. Robert Mayne and five members of his crew aboard the Aqua Quest were detained in Puerto Lempira. The men were reportedly detained for firearms violations "on the false claim that a weapon they were carrying was an AK-47." All six men were released on June 26.
    (AP, 5/30/14)(AP, 6/27/14)

2014        May 15, A US federal judge upheld registration requirements that are part of gun laws in Washington DC.
    (SFC, 5/16/14, p.A5)

2014        May 29, A US congressional committee reported that “Operation Choke Point," an anti-fraud campaign of the Justice Dept., has strangled legitimate businesses that the government objects to for ideological reasons, such as payday lenders or gun dealers.
    (Econ, 6/7/14, p.80)

2014        Jun 6, In Georgia Dennis Marx, wielding an assault rifle and explosives, opened fire outside a courthouse in Cumming. He wounded a deputy before he was killed in a shootout.
    (SFC, 6/7/14, p.A5)

2014        Jul 7, Chicago authorities said the Fourth of July holiday weekend brought an explosion of gunfire to the city, with more than 50 people shot and nine killed.
    (Reuters, 7/8/14)

2014        Jul 18, California’s Governor Jerry Brow signed a law banning the sale of single-shot handguns that can be altered into semi-automatic weapons, handing a modest victory to proponents of tougher gun laws while striving to protect antique collectors.
    (Reuters, 7/19/14)

2014        Jul 26, A US federal judge ruled that a ban on citizens carrying handguns in public in the US capital Washington DC is unconstitutional.
    (AFP, 7/26/14)

2014        Jul 28, A US federal appeals court upheld the government’s right to demand that gun dealers in southwestern border states tell authorities if someone buys more than two semiautomatic rifles in a five day span,
    (SFC, 7/29/14, p.A5)

2014        Aug 4, Jim Brady (b.1940), the White House Press Sec. under Ronald Reagan, died. He became an advocate of gun control after he, Pres. Reagan and two others were shot by John W. Hinckley Jr. on March 30, 1981.
    (SFC, 8/5/14, p.A6)

2014        Aug 12, A US federal judge upheld a Maryland ban on 45 assault weapons and a limit on gun magazines to 10 rounds.
    (SFC, 8/13/14, p.A8)

2014        Aug 2, Donald Ray Morgan (44), of Landis, NC, wanted for selling an assault rifle and other weapons over the Internet, was intercepted at Kennedy Airport and questioned about the Islamic State. A judge ordered him held without bail and sent him to NC to face the gun charge.
    (AP, 8/22/14)

2014        Aug 4, In Ohio John Crawford III (22) was fatally shot by two white policemen inside a Wal-Mart store in the Dayton suburb of Beavercreek. Police responded after a caller said a man was waving a gun; they say Crawford refused orders to put down an air rifle. A grand jury concluded that the shooting was justified. On Dec 16 Crawford’s family filed a federal lawsuit charging negligence and violation of civil rights.
    (AP, 8/30/14)(SFC, 12/17/14, p.A10)(http://tinyurl.com/ksvw2z3)

2014        Aug 25,  In Arizona firing-range instructor Charles Vacca (39) was shot and killed in the recoil of an Uzi fired by a girl (9) at the Last Stop range in White Hills.
    (SFC, 8/28/14, p.A7)

2014        Sep 11, Missouri lawmakers voted to allow specially trained school employees to carry concealed guns on campuses. The new legislation also allowed anyone with a concealed weapons permit to carry guns openly.
    (SFC, 9/12/14, p.A8)

2014        Sep 23, The District of Columbia city council reluctantly voted to allow people to carry concealed handguns for the first time in 40 years  to comply with a court ruling  that struck down the district’s ban on carrying handguns outside the home.
    (SFC, 9/24/14, p.A8)

2014        Oct 30, German’s regional court in Wuerzburg sentenced a trucker (58) to 10 ½ years in prison for shooting at fellow drivers more than 700 times over a five-year period.
    (AP, 10/30/14)

2014        Oct 31, It was reported that a Pennsylvania coroner is auctioning off some 100 guns used in suicides and accidental deaths due to a state law requiring local governments to sell off unclaimed property.
    (SFC, 10/31/14, p.A10)

2014        Nov 4, Washington state voters approved a measure to expand background checks on gun sales and transfers.
    (SFC, 11/5/14, p.A10)

2014        Nov 22, In Ohio a police officer shot Tamir Rice (12) after the boy pulled a fake gun from his waistband at a Cleveland playground. Rice died of his wounds the next day. In June, 2015, affidavits were filed seeking charges against officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback.
    (SFC, 11/24/14, p.A6)(SFC, 6/12/15, p.A7)

2014        Dec 2, Kosovo authorities destroyed more than 2,000 small arms and rifles as part of an ongoing effort to increase security in the Balkan country.
    (AP, 12/2/14)

2014        Dec 22, Federal authorities in Atlanta charged Mark Quentin Henry (45) and four others with taking guns aboard at least 17 commercial airliners this year as they traveled from Atlanta to both NYC airports. 153 guns, all bought in Georgia, were seized during a 7-month gun trafficking probe.
    (SFC, 12/24/14, p.A6)

2014        Dec 24, A new Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), laying down international rules for the $85 billion dollar global arms trade, went into force with campaigners vowing to make sure it is strictly implemented. The US has signed the treaty, but has yet to ratify it.
    (AFP, 12/23/14)

2014        Dec 25, In Mexico some 100 protesters demonstrated outside the German embassy in Mexico City to denounce what they said was the use of German-made G36 assault rifles by police in Guerrero state. In 2010 the German government told weapons manufacturer Heckler & Koch to cease all deliveries to Mexico amid concerns over human rights issues.
    (SFC, 12/26/14, p.A7)

2014        Dec 30, In Idaho Veronica Rutledge (29) was killed while shopping at a Walmart in Hayden when her two-year-old son pulled a gun from her purse and shot her in the head.
    (SFC, 1/1/15, p.A7)
2014        Dec 30, Puerto Rico police seized a record 110 weapons as part of a one-day crackdown on crime across the US territory. Authorities also seized 47 cars during the island-wide sweep.
    (AP, 12/30/14)

2014        Turkish TV producers created the 15-part drama “Dragunov," named after a Soviet-made sniper rifle. They reportedly hoped it would act as a balm for Libya’s soul as it struggles in the aftermath of Qaddafi’s rule.
    (Econ, 7/19/14, p.42)

2015        Jan 14, Ohio police arrested Christopher Lee Cornell (20) of Cincinnati outside a gun shop after he bought two semi-automatic rifles and some 600 rounds of ammunition. He was soon charged with plotting a jihadist attack on Washington, DC, with pipe bombs and shooting government officials and employees.
    (SFC, 1/16/15, p.A7)(SFC, 1/17/15, p.A8)

2015        Feb, In Texas Matthew Cisneros (13) was found dead with a fatal gunshot wound at his family's home in Garland, with a pistol near the body. On March 23 a 12-year-old boy was taken into police custody for the homicide.
    (Reuters, 3/23/15)

2015        May 18, A unanimous Supreme Court ruled that the US government can't prevent a convicted felon who is barred from possessing firearms from trying to sell his guns after they are confiscated by authorities.
    (AP, 5/18/15)

2015        Jun 4, Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) said it has broken up a ring that was smuggling firearms into the country from Latvia. One Latvian citizen and eight Russians were arrested in the case.
    (AP, 6/4/15)

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