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Malmö police seek new weapons amnesty

Vivian Tse · 10 May 2010, 13:18

Published: 10 May 2010 13:18 GMT+02:00

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The amnesty would permit the surrendering of weapons without penalty, according to the letter from the Malmö police to the ministry of justice asking them to propose the amnesty to the Swedish parliament, the Riksdag.

Malmö police have reported an increase in the number of weapons in circulation in Malmö's criminal circles. The police have argued that the previous amnesty, called in 2006, had a good effect on cutting the number of weapons in circulation.

According to the letter, the use of illegal firearms in Malmö in a criminal context appeared to have increased.

Several high profile incidents in recent months have brought the problem to a head with a gang-related murder in January in the city centre among them. Police seized a total of 22 firearms between March 1st and March 23rd in connection with criminal investigations.

The last illegal weapons amnesty in Sweden was called in Sweden in 2006 and was in force for six months from March 2007.

"The two weapons amnesties carried out so far in Sweden have resulted in a total of about 31,000 illegal firearms surrendered to the police," said Skåne Police Authority Malmö district Chairman Björn Lagerbäck and Vice Chairman Björn Gudmundsson in the letter dated March 29th.

"After the last one in 2006, the National Police Board said the weapons amnesty had contributed to a trend of reducing the existence of illegal weapons in circulation in criminal circles."

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Intelligence analysis indicates that within the culture of criminal gangs in Malmö, the possession and use of firearms is becoming an increasingly important factor within serious criminal activity.

Given the relatively large amount of illegal weapons in the municipality, the Police Board in Malmö fears that the previous positive trend may be in reverse.

Vivian Tse (vivian.tse@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

23:38 May 10, 2010 by badgerknox
31,000 on the last amnesty? That's like L.A., Chicago, Rio or Cape Town numbers!
02:48 May 11, 2010 by Greg in Canada
I would imagine that most tourists to Sweden are now scratching Malmo off their "must see" list.

Sad, because that town wasn't always like that.
07:35 May 11, 2010 by flintis
@Greg in Canada,

No Malmö used to be a peaceful city, before the invasion.

Blame the politics, I feel sorry for all the law abiding citizens of such places.
08:19 May 11, 2010 by Douglas Garner
Even most gangbangers grow up... this gives them or their loved ones a chance to legally unload the old guns and munitions in a safe way. I think it is much better than letting them linger in the top of the closet... just in case!
14:47 May 11, 2010 by Carbarrister
I have lived in LA and Detroit where this has been done numerous times. I have a cousin in Malmö and I worry about her. It is true that some gangbangers grow up and others are killed. Regretably a new generation takes their place because gangbanging is a way of life. Weapons amnesty gives the gangbangers and crooks a chance to unload their old, outdatted and broken weapons as well as those used in prior crimes where balastics will identify the tainted weapon and tie it to prior shootings. The police can claim a pyrric victory and the politicians can all "high five" themselves.
15:17 May 11, 2010 by Greg in Canada
"Even most gangbangers grow up... "

If they don't get killed or end up in jail first. They'll just be replaced by a new group.

I first visited Malmo in the 1970's. It was an entirely different place then.
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