Thousands of unregistered weapons in Belgium

Thousands of unregistered weapons in Belgium

Over 300,000 unregistered weapons are allegedly circulating in Belgium, according to figures from the daily Le Soir, published on Friday. The firearms department confirms: “it does seem reasonable to say that between 100,000 and 400,000 firearms have become illegal (defaulted on registration) and are being hidden in people’s homes.” A census revealed 687,334 registrable weapons and 202,603 legally sold weapons which had been registered in January 2005, for a total of 889,937 weapons. 125,000 of these were destroyed by police forces a few months later in application of new legislation. However the new census reveals the existence of a total of 423,258 firearms. The difference between the 2 figures is more than 300,000.

The federal government plans to open a new window for arms registration, but the office of the minister of Justice could give no further details.

(Source: Belga)


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