Firearms report was never published

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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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  • JR Bailey posted:

    on 2nd December 2011, 00:04:26 - Reply

    We Americans, some nearly 8 MILLION of us, have concealed weapons permits: that is, when we walk out our homes, we are carrying 1, 2, or 3 handguns on us at any given time.

    Despite 100 MILLION gun owners in America owning 200 MILLION guns, less than 25,000 people a year, out of a population of 300 MILLION citizens, die from shot; and about 15k-18k of those are killed by POLICE in the USA.

    This means that guns are used to kill about 80% FEWER PEOPLE than is ALCOHOL on our roadways.

    EVERY law abiding and mentally sound person (about 90% by some stats) should be able to own and yes, CARRY a gun in Dutch society.

    Those who are anti-gun join the ranks of Stalin, Hitler, Mao, Castro, and Kim Jong Il who refused citizens the right to own and carry guns for self-protection, sport, and community safety.