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Belgium

Belgian Professor Builds 'Revolutionary' Smart Gun

11 February 2006

Expatica (Brussels)

BRUSSELS — A Belgian professor has developed a new handgun that he claims can be fired only by its legitimate owner, Belgian newspaper La Derniere Huere said on Wednesday. Professor Jacques Destine, who is based at Liege university, began work on the new firearm the US Justice Department launched a world-wide call for tender asking scientists to develop a 'safe' handgun. The US has a serious problem with firearms. According to the respected US gun-control... (GunPolicy.org)

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Belgium

Belgian Arms Maker FN Finalises 'Smart Gun' With US Funding [Fr]

2 February 2006

La Libre Belgique (Brussels)

[Translated summary: Belgian arms maker Fabrique Nationale (FN) is finalising development of a 'smart' handgun whose 150-sensor handgrip will recognise its owner. The project is part funded by the US National Institute of Justice]. En même temps que les armes à létalité réduite, pour lesquelles un centre d'excellence a été récemment mis sur pied avec l'Université de Liège, les armes «intelligentes» constituent un cheval de bataille, si l'on peut dire, de la... (GunPolicy.org)

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Belgium

Brussels Police Officers Accused of Trafficking in Guns [Fr]

2 November 2005

La Derniere Heure (Brussels)

[Translated summary: In Brussels, a senior police firearms section officer is suspended for gun trafficking, while others are investigated after firearms voluntarily surrendered for destruction by citizens were instead sold by police]. UCCLE Enquête pour trafic d'armes au sein de la zone de police 5342 (qui couvre Uccle, Auderghem et Watermael-Boitsfort). Le chef du service armes, le commissaire J. L., est mis de côté et interdit jusqu'à nouvel ordre de mettre les... (GunPolicy.org)

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Belgium

Belgian Gun Maker FN-Herstal Arms Itself to Ensure its Future [Fr]

20 October 2005

La Libre Belgique (Brussels)

[Translated summary: FN-Herstal, in good financial health for the past three years, will now focus on core business: an equal split of civilian and military arms production, with emphasis on law enforcement weapons, some of them less lethal]. La FN-Herstal (groupe Herstal, 100 pc Région wallonne) est aujourd'hui en bonne santé financière. Le résultat net est en hausse (3,9 millions d'euros en 2002, 4,6 millions en 2003, 11,5 millions en 2004). Invité du séminaire... (GunPolicy.org)

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Belgium,United States

Walloon Pays €20M, Sacks 236 to Close US Winchester Plant [Fr]

10 October 2005

Le Soir (Brussels)

[Translated summary: Belgium's Walloon government, owner of arms maker FN-Herstal, plans to lay off 236 American workers, then pay 20 million Euros to close a Winchester factory in the US]. La Région wallonne va fermer une usine aux Etats-Unis. Elle va même dépenser vingt millions d'euros pour réaliser l'opération. Cela peut surprendre. Et pourtant … La Région est unique actionnaire de la FN à Herstal. Par ricochet, elle est aussi impliquée dans l'entreprise... (GunPolicy.org)

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Belgium

Seized Military Weapons Linked to Belgian Bank Robberies [Fr]

10 September 2005

Derniere Heure (Brussels)

[Translated summary: A 'veritable arsenal' of assault weapons, machine guns and explosives seized in Belgium, said connected to organised crime and a spate of armoured car robberies.] MONTIGNY-LE-TILLEUL — Un véritable arsenal! Hier, le parquet de Charleroi a exposé les résultats de deux saisies d'armes effectuées dans l'arrondissement, ces dernières semaines. Le 5 août, le SJA Carolo a mené une perquisition dans une habitation de la rue de Marbaix à... (GunPolicy.org)

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Belgium

Military Weapons, Ammo Found in Separate Belgian Police Raids [Fr]

9 September 2005

La Libre Belgique (Brussels)

[Translated summary: Separate police operations unearth military weapons, silencers and explosives, in one case said to be sourced from gun shows, or flea markets]. Deux opérations policières indépendantes l'une de l'autre ont permis de saisir une impressionnante série d'armes relevant du grand banditisme, ainsi qu'une quarantaine de kilos d'explosifs, a révélé vendredi le parquet de Charleroi. Un mandat d'arrêt a été décerné. Dans le premier dossier,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Belgium

Belgian Gun Maker FN Leaked 'Cop-Killer' Sub-machine Guns [Fr]

30 August 2005

La Libre Belgique (Brussels)

Après la mise à jour vendredi d'un trafic d'armes et de munitions portant notamment sur des produits de la FN-Herstal, l'entreprise liégeoise se demande toujours comment les éléments ont pu sortir de ses ateliers sans éveiller des soupçons. En effet, pour éviter de telles mauvaises surprises, la direction avait investi dans du matériel informatique pour assurer la sécurité de la chaîne de montage et de transit des produits fabriqués dans ses usines. Des... (GunPolicy.org)

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Tanzania,Belgium

Belgium Pulls Out of Tanzanian Ammo Factory Deal

4 April 2005

East African (Nairobi)

The Belgian government has suspended the export of equipment to a munitions factory in Tanzania pending investigations and an irrevocable assurance that the bullets manufactured by the Mzinga plant in Morogoro will not end up in the war-torn Great Lakes region. The EastAfrican has learnt that Belgian's Walloon regional government decided to suspend the transfer of any goods or expertise required for the controversial expansion of the plant for three months beginning... (GunPolicy.org)

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Tanzania,Belgium,Africa

Furore as Belgians Fund Ammunition Factory in Tanzania

9 March 2005

Expatica (Brussels)

BRUSSELS — The federal and wallonian governments are at loggerheads over a controversial decision to help Tanzanian build a munitions factory. Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt has now entered the furore after his Foreign Minister Karel De Gucht slammed the Wallonians for selling parts to build an armaments factory in Tanzania. Verhofstadt has echoed De Gucht's concerns that the factory's munitions could be used to fuel the conflict in the neighbouring... (GunPolicy.org)

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Belgium

Belgium Debates Revised Gun Control Laws [Fr]

9 March 2005

La Libre Belgique (Brussels), Editorial

Pour acheter un fusil ou une carabine, il faudra désormais une licence de tireur sportif, un permis de chasse ou une autorisation de détention. La ministre de la Justice veut un contrôle plus strict. Le texte doit encore recevoir l'aval du Parlement. Va-t-on supprimer la vente libre d'armes à feu en Belgique? C'est en tout cas la ferme intention de la ministre de la Justice, Laurette Onkelinx (PS). Son avant-projet de loi en ce sens vient de recevoir l'aval du... (GunPolicy.org)

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Belgium

Tough New Gun Law Promised

3 February 2005

Expatica (Brussels)

BRUSSELS — Belgium's justice minister has pledged to implement a tough new law on the possession of guns. Laurette Onkelinx told the federal parliament she intends to propose new rules to ensure no one in Belgium owns a gun without a licence. "Permission will only be given if there's a legitimate motive," Onkelinx told MPs. She said at the moment there were 641,781 personal guns owned in Belgium and 27,492 military guns, an official total of 669,273 guns. But... (GunPolicy.org)

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Belgium,Iraq,Europe

NATO Organizing Shipment of Soviet-Era Arms to Iraqi Military

12 January 2005

Associated Press

BRUSSELS, Belgium — NATO is organizing the shipment to Iraq of thousands of AK-47 assault rifles, dozens of Soviet-designed tanks and other weapons as part of the alliance's program to help train and equip the Iraqi military, officials said Wednesday. Romania has offered 6,000 AK-47's along with 500 machine guns, 300 sniper rifles and 100 rocket-propelled grenade launchers, while Estonia has offered 2,400 AK-47s and Denmark 104 pistols, alliance officials said.... (GunPolicy.org)

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Belgium

Call for Tougher Gun Laws in Nation of 2m Guns

12 January 2005

Expatica (Brussels)

BRUSSELS — Belgium's social-liberal Spirit party has called for a total ban on the private use of firearms after new figures shows that 2 million guns are in circulation in the country. The figure, published Wednesday, means that theoretically one in every five Belgian residents owns a gun, although only 669,273 guns are registered in the central registry. For her part, Deputy Prime Minister and Justice Minister Laurette Onkelinx is expected to support a... (GunPolicy.org)

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Belgium

Politicians Call for Tougher Gun Laws

17 November 2004

Expatica (Brussels)

BRUSSELS — Two Flemish politicians are pushing to tighten Belgium's gun laws to stall the growing numbers of people killed by firearms. Geert Lambert, leader of the left leaning liberal party Spirt, and his fellow party member Stijn Bex say they want to reduce the number of people killed by guns every year in Belgium. At present the average death toll from shooting incidents in Belgium is 367 and it is thought that there are around two million weapons in circulation... (GunPolicy.org)

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Belgium,Jordan

Case Study: The Export of P90 Submachine Guns from Belgium to Jordan

20 October 2004

Actuel / RTBF TV (Belgium), Transcript

In spring 1998, the Government of Jordan ordered 100 P90 submachine guns (including 20 equipped with laser scopes) from FN Herstal in Belgium. Officially, they are meant to equip Jordanian Special Forces charged with assuring the close protection of the royal family. The 20 laser-equipped guns were delivered on 17 June 1998 and the 80 classical guns on 2 August; transport was assured by a Royal Jordanian airliner. It subsequently emerged that Jordan did not order the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Belgium

Authorities 'Ignoring' Gun Crime: Gun Groups

7 October 2004

Expatica (Brussels)

BRUSSELS — Belgian police officers are turning a blind eye to firearms crime by failing to draw up a proper register of gun sales, it was reported on Thursday. As a result of shoddy records, the authorities have little idea of how many guns are in circulation in the country, said De Tijd newspaper. The national union of gun manufacturers, hunters and sports clubs have denounced the failure to create an effective central register of guns. The Federal Ministers of... (GunPolicy.org)

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Belgium

Prof Builds Revolutionary Smart Gun

11 February 2004

Expatica (Brussels)

BRUSSELS — A Belgian professor has developed a new handgun that he claims can be fired only by its legitimate owner, Belgian newspaper La Derniere Huere said on Wednesday. Professor Jacques Destine, who is based at Liege university, began work on the new firearm the US Justice Department launched a world-wide call for tender asking scientists to develop a 'safe' handgun. Every year 6,000 Americans, including two children a day, are injured by firearms. To his... (GunPolicy.org)

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Brazil,Belgium

Belgian Guns Found in the Slums of Rio Show Europe's Role [Fr]

25 October 2002

Le Soir (Brussels)

[Translated summary: Belgian firearms confiscated by police in Rio show the responsibility of European gun makers]. Dans les favelas de Rio de Janeiro, la guerre que se livrent les gangs des caïds de la drogue représente la principale cause de mortalité des jeunes adolescents. Dans ces quartiers populaires, les affrontements font plus de victimes que des situations de guerre ouverte dans d'autres pays. Depuis avril 1999, en partenariat avec le secrétariat de la... (GunPolicy.org)

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Belgium

Belgium Defends Arms Sales to Nepal

26 August 2002

BBC News

The Belgian Government has been defending the controversial sale of more than 5,000 machine guns to Nepal. Belgian Foreign Minister Louis Michel said the Nepalese authorities needed the weapons because of the threat posed by Maoist rebels who are trying to impose a communist dictatorship. He said the production and sale of arms was not immoral, and the real question was to know who they are going to. Politicians from other Belgian parties have demanded an urgent... (GunPolicy.org)

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