Arrests of Illegal Gun Sellers in China in 2011

In 2011, authorities in China broke up 69 arms trafficking rings that were operating within the country. 19 cases involved the smuggling of fully assembled guns, while the remaining cases involved ammunition and gun parts. Many arms traffickers in China use the Internet to move their product. In a three month campaign, Chinese law enforcement monitored webpages, blogs and online forums that eventually led to the seizure of 2,000 firearms and 32,000 bullets.

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Stolen Guns in Australia

Between 2004 and the latest available figures of 2009, the number of reported firearms stolen in Australia increased by 6 percent every year. In the 2008-2009 time period, 1,570 guns were reported stolen across the country. Of all the reported theft cases, 40 percent of gun owners were not keeping their firearms in a properly secured location.

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Straw Purchase of Guns

Mexican drug cartels pay “straw purchasers” in the United States up to $500 per gun for buying arms from legitimate gun stores. The straw purchases are U.S. citizens who have a clean record and can pass the criminal background checks. They purchase guns from retail stores and immediately hand over the firearms to drug cartel members.

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