A voice for newcomers in Sweden

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.

Read full article on The Local

More Stories

Anas Awad with his "Swedish family" told his story to The Local Voices

Sharing the best of The Local Voices

We told a lot of great stories in 2016. Did you get to read and share them all? READ
Swenglish is everywhere. But just how much of an impact has English actually had on the Swedish language? READ
Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Löfven opted to give his Nordic counterparts a unique taste of Swedish hospitality at a meeting of leaders in his hometown Örnsköldsvik – by serving up the country's controversial fermented herring, surströmming. READ
A Swedish court on Tuesday ruled against the construction of the huge Nobel Center which critics such as King Carl XVI Gustaf fear would damage a historic area in the capital of Stockholm. READ
Exceptionally dry and sunny weather has created a risk of wildfires across most of Sweden, the country's weather agency warned, with several fires already breaking out on Tuesday. READ
Photo: Erik Gerhardsson

'History will record how everyone reacted to the Syrian tragedy'

Erik, a 21-year-old Swedish volunteer, reflects on his experience helping refugees in Sweden and abroad. READ
A Swedish landlord has been told to pay back almost a quarter of a million kronor in excess rent to a German citizen who paid what was judged to be well over a reasonable amount to live in a Stockholm apartment. READ
A video of Swedish women behaving badly on a night out shows just why residents don't want tourists in their building. READ
Few would complain about the warmer weather Sweden is basking in these days, but in some parts of the country it has caused problems, thawing vast bodies of snow at a faster rate than usual. READ
A written request to ring bells at the church in Växjö was never made, it has emerged. READ

This Iranian teaches Swedish online to 10,000 followers

"I’m exporting Swedish to my homeland." READ