More gun permits revoked after Alphen shootings

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A total of 249 gun permits have recently been revoked as the results of additional screening and inspections prompted by the Alphen aan den Rijn mall shooting in which seven people were killed.

Twenty-nine gun permits were revoked after additional screening of a total of 70,000 gun permits showed the holders had criminal records or - in seven cases – psychological problems.

Another 220 permits were revoked because of various gun law violations discovered when police made house calls to about 16,000 gun owners to check whether they were in compliance with the conditions of their permits.

The police say that the relatively low number of licenses revoked - 0.03 percent -proves that the system works. “So, the gun permit system is working quite well,’ a police spokesperson said, “but after 'Alphen aan den Rijn' we know that all it takes is for one person to lose their mind to cause a drama."

Seven people including gunman Tristan van der Vlis were killed in the shooting at shopping mall De Ridderhof in April. Van der Vlis was issued a permit for all three guns used in the shooting despite the fact that police were aware he had a history of mental illness.

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