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Theme: firearms

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  • How to combat terrorist access to firearms? Docuclip

    We need action both on national and European level to combat illegal access to firearms. We have to do more than react after an attack, the policy needs to be proactive. More information on the website of project SAFTE read more

  • How do terrorists obtain firearms in Europe? Docuclip

    There is no such thing as one illegal firearms market, instead there are many markets. There is a growing availability of firearms because of increased smuggling and a growing number of criminals using legal loopholes to obtain guns. More information ... read more

  • The increasing number of terrorist attacks with firearms in Europe Docuclip

    In recent years we have seen several attacks with firearms. We need to know how terrorists acquire guns. More information on the website of project SAFTE read more

  • Armed to kill: an exploratory analysis of the guns used in public mass shootings in Europe Report

    Authors: Nils Duquet

    Publicatiedatum: 23/06/2016

    This report tries to rectify a number of misconceptions about public mass shootings in a balanced way, based on an analysis of the acquisition of the weapons used in such shootings, and have outlined the ways in which political debate ... read more

  • Guns for sale: the Belgian illicit gun market in a European perspective Report

    Authors: Nils Duquet & Maarten Van Alstein

    Publicatiedatum: 21/03/2016

    The attention paid to the problem of the possession of illicit firearms and the illegal trafficking of firearms has increased significantly over the past few years, at both a Belgian and a European level. In Belgium, this increase in political ... read more

  • Firearms and deaths by firearms in the EU Factsheet

    Publicatiedatum: 11/12/2018

    In recent years, policy attention to firearm violence in the European Union (EU) has increased greatly. A thorough insight into the problem is an important step in developing such a policy. How many firearms are circulating in the EU? How ... read more

  • Firearms and violent deaths in Europe Report

    Authors: Nils Duquet & Maarten Van Alstein

    Publicatiedatum: 25/06/2015

    On a regular basis, news stories appear in the media about public shootings where shooters use their guns to open fire and kill people in shopping malls or on school campuses. Mostly these stories deal with incidents in the United ... read more

  • Illegal firearms in Belgium Factsheet

    The term “illegal arms” does not say much about the nature of the arms. Whether an arm is legal or illegal mainly depends on who owns, sells or uses it. While most people are prohibited from owning or using automatic ... read more

  • Advice concerning the global Arms Trade Treaty Advice

    Publicatiedatum: 11/03/2013

    In the framework of the negotiations concerning a global Arms Trade Treaty in  March 2013, the Flemish Peace Institute launched an advice to the Federal and Regional Governments of Belgium, as well as other actors involved in the negotiations, to address ... read more

  • Gun Ownership in Belgium Report

    Authors: Nils Duquet & Maarten Van Alstein

    Publicatiedatum: 19/09/2012

    This report sheds some light on the size and nature of gun ownership in Belgium through (1) the official statistics of the Belgian Central Weapons Register and the databases of provincial weapons administrations, and (2) the results of telephone surveysthe ... read more