Ban all civilian guns says Dutch police chief

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The police chief of the Dutch town where a gunman killed six people and himself in early April says civilians should not be allowed to have guns.

Central Holland Superintendant Jan Stikvoort, who was responsible for issuing the firearms licence to the gunman, says he merely followed the law. “But civilians should not have weapons. They should be banned throughout the country”, he told newspaper a day after the Norway massacre.

“I don’t think it is justified to establish a direct connection between the firearms licence and the shooting, but I perfectly understand that the victims and their relatives do so all the time”, the 56-year-old police officer says.

On 9 April 2011, 24-year-old Tristan van der Vlis killed six people and himself, and injured 17 others, in Alphen aan den Rijn, his home town. He used a rifle and a handgun and was wearing a bulletproof vest. He owned a third weapon and had a firearms licence for five weapons.

He had been issued with a licence despite the fact that police had been involved in an earlier incident, when he was interned in a psychiatric clinic after trying to commit suicide. All firearms licences issued in the region are currently being reviewed to rule out any similar oversights.

© Radio Netherlands Worldwide

© Radio Netherlands Worldwide

1 Comment To This Article

  • Sammy Snake posted:

    on 24th July 2011, 22:22:46 - Reply

    That guy needs to shut his mouth and worry about doing his job. Of course he wants all the guns in the possession of the government and criminals so we are not able to defend ourselves. Really smart plan asshole.