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Swedish police hope amnesty can get more than 10,000 weapons off the streets

Weapons handed in during the previous amnesty. Photo: Björn Larsson Rosvall/TT

Published: 19.Jan.2018 10:28 hrs

Sweden's police hope a weapons amnesty between February and April 2018 can get more than 10,000 illegal weapons off the streets and help combat crime.

There have been a number of high profile shootings and instances of gang violence in Sweden during recent years, and police told the media at a press conference on Friday that they believe ease of access to weapons is a significant contributing factor to the problem.

"The idea with an amnesty is to reduce the number of illegal weapons in society. We know that these weapons are often a prerequisite for serious crime taking place," Joakim Norenhag, the project leader of the amnesty, said.

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