Skip to comments.‘Restrictive’ gun laws no impediment to Serbian mass shooting
Posted on 04/12/2013 7:33:13 AM PDT by marktwain
A shooting rampage early yesterday morning in a Serbian village near Belgrade has left 13 people dead, including six women and a child, The Guardian and other media outlets are reporting.
Although such random shootings are rare in Serbia, weapons are readily available mostly from the war in the Balkans in the 1990s and there is a tradition of possessing firearms, the report continues. Initial reports said the alleged killer had a license for the handgun he used in the shootings.
That ready availability is in spite of laws that GunPolicy.org, a website established and maintained by committed global gun control advocates, has categorized as restrictive.
Per their analysis of Serbian gun laws, the country, which does not guarantee a right to firearms ownership by law, has implemented a number of edicts that read like a gun control wish list, including prohibition on possession of fully automatic weapons, prohibition on private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons with the exception of approved hunting rifles, licenses required to possess firearms and ammunition, a requirement to produce a genuine reason in order to obtain the license, a requirement for background checks which consider criminal, medical and other various records, required safety training, limits on the type and amount of ammunition a licensee may possess, so-called safe storage requirements, and severe criminal penalties for illegal possession of firearms.
Despite such restrictions, in Serbia there are estimated to be 12.55 illicit firearms per 100 people.
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