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Give up your grenades and walk free: Sweden's explosives amnesty gets under way

Got one of these? Call the police at 114 000. Photo: Mikael Fritzon/TT

Published: 15.Oct.2018 12:22 hrs

Between today and early next year, anyone in possession of hand grenades or illegal pyrotechnical equipment can hand them over to police without risking punishment.

Sweden's first-ever amnesty period for illegal explosives got under way on Monday and is set to last until January 11th 2019. The hope is that criminals will choose to give up some of the hand grenades that are in circulation and get the weapons off the country's streets.

The move was proposed by the centre-left coalition government last year, with Justice Minister Morgan Johansson telling DN: "This is linked to criminal gangs who in general have increased access to weapons which they use against one another and against the judicial system. We must get these off our streets."

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