Firearms report was never published
A study into gun ownership in the Netherlands showing inadequate supervision of gun permits was submitted to the justice ministry in August 2010, almost nine months before the Alphen aan den Rijn mall shooting in which seven people were killed.
The study showed that gun permits were being routinely issued and pointed to inadequate police supervision of gun owners. Police officers reportedly lack the expertise to properly evaluate gun permit applications and most police forces do not have the manpower for proper supervision and inspections.
The study also pointed to the dangers of a mentally instable person with a firearm. Alphen aan den Rijn shooter Tristan van der Vlis was issued a gun permit even though he had a history of mental illness and local police officers had assisted in his forced admittance to a closed institution after a failed suicide attempt in 2006.
Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten did submit the study to the Dutch Safety Board which investigated the Alphen aan den Rijn shooting but saw no reason to publish it.
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