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Duquet, Nils and Maarten Van Alstein. 2012 ‘Collected Guns.’ Gun Ownership in Belgium; Section 2.3 (Table 5), p. 11. Brussels: Flemish Peace Institute. 19 September

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Table 5: Collected guns according to the activity reports of the provincial governors, 2006-2008

Province: 2006 report - 2007 report - 2008 report

Antwerp: 14,221 - 5,738 - 4,053
Brussels: 1,779 - 6,066 - 7,217
Hainaut: 2,516 - unknown - unknown
Limburg: 6,504 - 13,019 - 1,395
Liège: 3,620 - More than 12,000 - More than 2,000
Luxembourg: 1,506 - unknown - unknown
Namur: 2,637 - 4,500 - 5,600
East Flanders: 9,696 - 11,456* - 1,142*
Flemish Brabant: 11,311 - 17,710 - 18,876
Walloon Brabant: 1,705 - unknown - unknown
West Flanders: 6,504 - 9,403 - 16,289

Total: more than 198,463 guns

Source: Federal services of the governors, Activity reports for 2006, 2007 and 2008, Brussels: FPS Interior

* Figures obtained from the Provincial Weapons Administration of East Flanders

[G]iven the problematic nature of the available statistics, it is very difficult to gain a good insight into how many firearms were regularized and collected after the introduction of the new legislation. The available figures simply are not sufficiently reliable…

As regards the number of guns that were effectively surrendered during the collection campaigns, we can only arrive at the rough estimate that more than 200,000 guns were handed in…

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