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Weapons seizures in Sweden increased dramatically as authorities step up controls following spat of shootings in Malmö 

Sunday, 22 January 2012
The number of seizures of illegal weapons in Sweden has increased dramatically in recent year as and intensity of spat of shootings in Malmö, Southern Sweden was blamed on loose illegal weapon ownership.

According to data from Swedish police, developed for Swedish television news program Rapport, the increase has come after the shootings in Malmö has been in focus recently in which several people were killed with firearms and which the police said there are more guns on the streets.

“The use of weapons in criminal circles and particularly among criminals has increased.  But the threshold for the use of weapons has been reduced significantly,” said Swedish criminal police director, Klas Friberg to the Swedish Television news program Rapport.

Police have seized more illegal weapons in recent years - more than 1200 in 2008, compared with 2400, according to preliminary figures for 2011.

That is a ninety percent increase in four years, while an increase of fourteen percent compared to 2010.
“Possession of weapons is part of their criminal activities,” says Klas Friberg.
But despite the increased in the number of confiscated weapons, the amount of those killed in that way of shooting with firearm is low. According to the Swedish National Board for welfare and health, mortality registries of those killed with firearm on the average are some nineteen people each year.

In big cities Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmo the death rate resulting from firearms was fairly constant each year - but with some peaks.
For 2011, preliminary figures show that in Malmo nine people were killed, followed by seven in Stockholm and two in Gothenburg.

The Swedish national crime prevention organisation (Brå) feels that there would be fewer people affected by firearms now than in the past.

The organisations spokes person also said that there is no need for the public to be worried about the shootings in Malmo. They feel that “the picture is exaggerated reaction. It was very serious what happened but that the public should be afraid, about it we would not encourage them to,” said the manager of the Swedish Crime prevention organisation, Klas Friberg.
By Scancomark.se Team

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