A report funded by the European Union Commission raises concerns about military-grade weapons getting into the hands of terrorists, due to changes in the nature of illegal gun dealing in mainly Western Europe.
The survey says long-standing barriers to obtaining firearms have broken down in recent years owing to the emergence of the internet, cross-border smuggling of military-grade assault rifles into the EU, the conversion of large numbers of blank-firing guns and the widespread reactivation of weapons previously rendered unusable to be sold to collectors.
– The Guardian
Several terrorist attack in recent years in Europe have been executed with powerful firearms, in addition to bombs. The researchers are concerned about the terrorists relying on previous connections from prison or criminal activities, which allow them to acquire weapons more easily than before.
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