Belgian authorities ‘ignoring’ gun crime
7 October 2004
BRUSSELS – Belgian police officers are turning a blind eye to firearms crime by failing to draw up a proper register of gun sales, it was reported on Thursday.
As a result of shoddy records, the authorities have little idea of how many guns are in circulation in the country, said De Tijd newspaper.
The national union of gun manufacturers, hunters and sports clubs have denounced the failure to create an effective central register of guns.
The Federal Ministers of Justice and the Interior, Laurette Onkelinx and Patrick Dewael are working on a solution to resolve the problem.
Their goal is to limit the number of firearms kept by individuals.
Onkelinx also wants to reinforce arms laws first written in 1933.
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Subject: Belgian news