Bulgaria: Ministry of Interior has no e-register for gun licences

Written by on December 12, 2017 in Bulgaria - Comments Off on Bulgaria: Ministry of Interior has no e-register for gun licences

The Bulgarian Ministry of the Interior does not seem to maintain an electronic register for gun licences, even though it is obliged to do so, Deputy Chief Prosecutor Asya Petrova said in a television interview.

The lack of an e-register made it difficult to monitor expiring gun licenses, Petrova told Nova TV. According to the Bulgarian-language publication Mediapool, the ministry intends to set up an electronic gun permit register next year, in spite of a “lack of means” for that purpose.

Petrova said that her office had ordered the Ministry of the Interior to seize more than 6000 firearms from their Bulgarian holders, since the permits for their use had expired. In an operation which lasted from March to September 2017, a total of 6200 firearms were indeed seized, along with ammunition, Bulgarian National Television reported.

In Bulgaria 340 000 handguns are being worn by officers with permits and 124 000 are held by individuals, for self-defence. According to Deputy Chief Prosecutor Asya Petrova, a “real danger to life and health” must be proven when a permit is requested for this purpose.

While gun control is usually more of an American subject than a European one, the lack of an e-register at the Bulgarian Interior Ministry might be a symptom of a bigger issue, in this regard.

 

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