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(Sep 24, 2012)
It was reported on September 6, 2012, that
The Vitja system, combined with the new firearms registry, will enable police to conduct automatic cross-referencing of gun license information. At present, separate computer checks must be run. The launch of the new registry is a year and a half overdue; it was to have been replaced in June 2011, with the entry into force of revisions to the Firearms Act on June 13, 2011. (
Certain problems will remain with the new system, however. Because the old registry's information will be directly transferred to the new one, mistakes and inaccuracies, which are deemed too costly to rectify, will come with the transfer. This includes the "often incorrect" serial numbers of guns, making identification of stolen weapons difficult. (Police to Get New Firearms Registry Soon, supra.) In the future, through such measures as the training of new specialized weapons instructors, it is expected that the registration process for new weapons will be smoother. Another shortcoming is that in some of the police files registered information is missing, resulting in citizens having legal weapons for which there is no record or in an insufficiently detailed record for a licensed weapon. (
The revision of the Firearms Act in the aftermath of two school massacres in
On August 26, 2012, however, the Minister of the Interior called for stricter gun safety laws, after two children died as a result of accidental shootings. Päivi Räsänen characterized current legislation on ordinary weapons' storage as "vague and open to interpretation." She stated that this issue, as well as such matters as whether young children should have the right to carry guns on hunting trips, should be considered in the Weapons' Safety Working Group, a body she formed in April 2012 that is scheduled to issue a report by year's end. (Interior Minister Calls for Improved Firearms Safety After Two Children Die in Gun Accidents, HELSINGIN SANOMAT (Aug. 27, 2012).)
- Author: Wendy Zeldin More by this author
- Topic: Firearms More on this topic
- Jurisdiction: Finland More about this jurisdiction
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Last updated: 09/24/2012