Cool response on retroactive weapons law
16 May 2006, BRUSSELS — A call from the Antwerp mayor for proposed tighter weapons regulations to have a retroactive effect has received little support.
16 May 2006
BRUSSELS — A call from the Antwerp mayor for proposed tighter weapons regulations to have a retroactive effect has received little support.
Antwerp Mayor Patrick Janssens said the regulations should have a retroactive effect to prevent people from quickly buying a gun now while they still can without a permit.
But Socialist PS parliamentary leader Thierry Giet said he is not a supporter of retroactive legislation. "That opens up problems with the judicial certainty," he said.
Giet is, however, prepared to debate the idea along with Liberal VLD parliamentary leader Fons Borginon, who said he is not opposed to debating the issue but is concerned about the practical feasibility of the proposal.
Liberal Movement Reform MR leader Daniel Bacquelaine wants to first see a concrete proposal from Janssens and his Socialist SP.A party.
Only those who currently buy a hunting or sports weapon are registered. Janssens wants that registration to be used retroactively — after approval of the new law — to demand that buyers also apply for an official permit.
The federal Parliament's justice commission will debate the new weapons legislation on Tuesday.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news