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Only 0.5 Percent of Darknet Market Listings are for Firearms, Study Shows

According to a new RAND Corporation study, close to 60 percent of the weapons sold on darknet marketplaces originate from the United States. In contrast, European countries, collectively, only accounted for 23 percent of the darknet firearm transactions. The data collection occurred while Alphabay and Hansa still functioned as active marketplaces; thus, the number of total listings is far different ... Read More »

Teenager Arrested for Facilitating Firearms Transactions

In December 2016, law enforcement from Dilsen-Stokkem became aware of an 18-year-old darknet marketplace vendor, but not just any teenage vendor—the officers discovered that the young man sought to start a small weapons business. And small only refers to the fact that it was little more than a family owned business. The 18-year-old bought and sold Glock firearms exclusively or ... Read More »

Arizona Bill Would Ban Mandatory Tracking of Firearms By Blockchain

On January 17th, 2017, Arizona State Representative Paul Boyer introduced House Bill 2216, a piece of legislation which would ban the mandatory tracking of firearms with blockchain technology. The bill provides exceptions for firearm owners who voluntarily agree in writing to having their firearm tracked with blockchain technology, as well as an exception allowing law enforcement officers, who have obtained ... Read More »

Over 10,000 Firearms Seized in Spain, Bought on the Darknet

Since January 12, the Spanish National Police located in Madrid, Bilbao, Valencia and Gerona, along with Europol conducted a nationwide operation to crackdown on the illicit distribution and acquisition of firearms. Over the past few weeks, investigators of Europol, the European Union (EU)’s law enforcement agency and the Spanish police followed various leads to track down a criminal group that ... Read More »

Law Enforcement Busted Two Slovenian Darknet Vendors for Selling Firearms and Grenades

Europol and the Ljubljana Police Directorate (Policijska uprava Ljubljana or LPD) recently announced the arrest of two darknet weapons vendors. Europol’s Focal Point Firearms unit aided the LPD in identifying two Slovenian nationals suspected of distributing automatic weapons via the darknet. The two, until their December 13 arrest also sold grenades, ammunition, knives, and handguns. They received 11 counts of ... Read More »

24-Year-Old Suspect Admits Attempting to Purchase Several Firearms from the Darknet

During mid-September, the Federal Criminal Police of Germany (BKA) arrested a 24-year-old for trying to buy weapons on the darknet. The BKA posed as a weapons vendor on the darknet and arranged a deal. Police, armed and masked, met the would-be buyer near a crowded supermarket and apprehended him on the spot. The 24-year-old from the Neuburg-Schrobenhausen district, according to ... Read More »

Australia Gets $25.4 Million to Combat Illegal Firearms Trade

The Australian federal government announced that they will be using the $25.4-million-dollar funding boost to combat the illegal firearms problem. “We know that modern technologies such as the dark web are enabling organized criminals to expand their reach globally and exert significant influence over Australia’s black market, including drug trafficking, money laundering, extortion and firearms offences,” Minister for Justice Assisting ... Read More »

Deepweb Firearms Sale Lead to Arrests in Germany

Today, the 5th of July, Stuttgart prosecutors have filed charges against three men in Germany for violating weapons and weapon export laws. The accused have allegedly been illegally making and selling a small number of firearms on various darknet markets. We aren’t aware of many of the details surrounding the case but a single accusation was noteworthy; one of the ... Read More »

Kansas Man Pleads Guilty to 16 Counts of Illegal Firearms Exporting

Michael Andrew Ryan, of Manhattan, Kansas plead guilty to six counts of attempting to export firearms illegally from the United States to individuals across the globe, as it was announced by Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell and Acting U.S. Attorney Tom Beall. Ryan, who is 35 will have his sentencing set on Sept. 12th, 2016. “With a computer and ... Read More »

Man Sentenced for Buying Firearms on Dark Net

Justin Moreira,22, was sentenced by Federal Court Judge F. Dennis Saylor, to 42 months in prison and three years of supervised release. In November 2015, Moreira plead guilty to three counts of being a felon in possession of ammunition and firearms. Moreira had a conviction in 2013 for possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute; which is ... Read More »

Drugs And Firearms Are More Common Than Religious Extremism On The Dark Web

“Suprise!” scientists from Kings College London conducted a research about the dark net, which they published in a journal titled ”Survival: Global Politics and Strategy”. According to them, religious extremist sites are pretty rare on the dark web, the ones selling drugs and guns are much more common. The research, which was conducted in early 2015, states that from among ... Read More »