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Theme: firearms

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  • Reviewing the EU Common Position on arms exports: whither EU arms transfer controls? Report

    Authors: Diederik Cops and Nils Duquet

    Publication date: 03/12/2019

    For almost 30 years the European Union (EU) has attempted to achieve greater convergence of its member states’ arms export policies. Since the adoption of the EU’s Common Position on arms exports in 2008, two review processes have taken place. ... read more

  • Firearms and deaths by firearms in the EU Factsheet

    Publication date: 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

  • Factsheet about Project SAFTE Factsheet

    Publication date: 20/04/2018

    Project SAFTE is an international research project studying the acquisition of firearms by terrorists in Europe. The project was funded by the European Commission and coordinated by the Flemish Peace Institute (FPI), an independent research institute within the Flemish Parliament. ... read more

  • Firearms acquisition by terrorists in Europe. Research findings and policy recommendations of Project SAFTE Report

    Authors: Nils Duquet, Kevin Goris

    Publication date: 18/04/2018

    Project SAFTE showed that there is not one unified firearms market in Europe. Rather several disjointed and sometimes interrelated markets with different characteristics, configurations and supply-and-demand mechanisms exist alongside each other within Europe. This report offers a systematic and comparative ... read more

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

    Authors: Nils Duquet & Maarten Van Alstein

    Publication date: 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

  • Illegal firearms in Belgium Factsheet

    Publication date: 05/01/2015

    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

    Publication date: 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