Weapons disappear from displays

16th July 2007, Comments 0 comments

16 July 2007, ANTWERP – Weapons will no longer be on display in shop windows in Antwerp from now on. The city council hopes this measure will help discourage potential buyers and bolster new anti-gun legislation.

16 July 2007

ANTWERP – Weapons will no longer be on display in shop windows in Antwerp from now on. The city council hopes this measure will help discourage potential buyers and bolster new anti-gun legislation.

The ban on displaying weapons in windows is connected with the deadly shooting in Antwerp a year ago, VRT radio reports.

Hans Van Themsche bought a gun he saw in the window of a weapon shop and proceeded to shoot 2-year-old Luna Drowart, her Malian nanny Oulematou Niangadou, and Turkish woman Songul Koç. The toddler and nanny were killed; Songul Koç was seriously wounded.

Only pocket knives will still be allowed on display in windows. Both weapons and pictures of weapons are now banned. That includes daggers, knives and replica weapons.

Police will be monitoring to ensure that shops comply with the ban and imposing fines on those that do not.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Belgian news

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