80 pct of guns unregistered in Turkey: police report

Almost 80 percent of guns that police seized from individuals in incidents threatening public security from 2010-2012 were unregistered.

80 pct of guns unregistered in Turkey: police report

World Bulletin/News Desk                        

A report recently drafted by the National Police Department's Anti-Smuggling and Organized Crime Department shows that almost 80 percent of guns that police seized from individuals in incidents threatening public security from 2010-2012 were unregistered.

According to the report, the types of firearms confiscated in police operations over the course of past five years were manufactured guns (51 percent), handmade guns (33 percent), blank guns turned into real guns (16 percent) and others. But the numbers of types of firearms seized last year were 47 percent handmade guns, 41 percent manufactured guns and 12 percent blank guns turned into real guns.

The statistics indicate a boost in the number of handmade guns, a leading type of unregistered guns.

The report, obtained by Turkish press, shows that in 2012, the number of handmade guns increased in the Black Sea region and the Southeast of Turkey, indicating a possibility that the popularity of handmade guns increases with the stricter police control on fabricated weapons smuggling.

The Black Sea province of Ordu tops a list of provinces where police had the greatest number of operations against weapon smuggling, with 26. It is followed by another Black Sea province, Giresun, with 21 operations.

In Ankara, 14 operations were made, while eight were conducted each in Batman, İstanbul and Sivas. Seven operations were done each in Adana, Afyon and Diyarbakır.

The number of weapons seized by the police during the operations did not change remarkably from 2008 to 2012. Compared to 2011, the number of police operations decreased by 5 percent in 2012 and the number of weapons dropped slightly as well.

The recent report emphasized the civil war in Syria and said the conflict-stricken nation might be a source for the smuggling of firearms to Turkey and other neighboring countries.

Past incidents support these concerns. After war broke out in Iraq, the illegal smuggling of firearms into Turkey had increased remarkably.

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