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Belgium

Guns Under Fire

26 August 2002

Expatica (Brussels)

A bill recently approved by the Council of Ministers would require all firearms in Belgium to be registered — even if they're just passing through — and prohibit their sale except where specifically authorised. The move is aimed at stemming a growing illicit arms trade involving weapons which are imported into Belgium and then re-exported for sale in other parts of the world. "For the past few decades Belgium has been a centre of illicit arms trade," said Alain... (GunPolicy.org)

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Belgian Arms Producer Develops 'Smart Gun'

4 June 2002

Reuters

BRUSSELS — A Belgian company has made a prototype of a "smart gun" that can only be used by its owner, developed under contract with the U.S. government to make it harder for criminals to use stolen weapons. "The idea is to make a gun fire when the owner wants it to and not to when the owner doesn't want to," said Robert Sauvage, a spokesman for FN Herstal, which has received about $20 million from the U.S. Department of Justice. Gun control is a hot issue in the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Belgian Arms Producer Develops Smart Gun

4 June 2002

Reuters

BRUSSELS — A Belgian company has made a prototype of a smart gun that can only be used by its owner, developed under contract with the U.S. government to make it harder for criminals to use stolen weapons. The idea is to make a gun fire when the owner wants it to and not to when the owner doesn't want to, said Robert Sauvage, a spokesman for FN Herstal, which has received about $20 million from the U.S. Department of Justice. Gun control is a hot issue in the United... (GunPolicy.org)

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Belgium Casts Net for Gun-Dealing Merchant of Death

27 February 2002

New York Daily News

Belgian authorities have issued an arrest warrant for the world's most dangerous arms trafficker — a former Soviet KGB agent dubbed the Merchant of Death. The warrant marks the first formal attempt by any government to crush the empire of Victor Anatolevic Bout, a suspected gun runner to Osama Bin Laden's Al Qaeda terrorists, the Taliban and numerous rogue states. Days after the Sept. 11 attacks, Britain's MI6 intelligence service reported that Bout played a role in... (GunPolicy.org)

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Belgium Links Arms Dealer, Al-Qaida

20 February 2002

Associated Press

BRUSSELS, Belgium — Belgian authorities are investigating a Russian arms dealer suspected of running guns to al-Qaida and the Taliban and have arrested the dealer's associate, officials said. Belgian officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said they expected an international arrest warrant would be issued soon for Victor Bout, who has also been named in U.N. reports as a prominent supplier of weapons to rebel groups in Africa. Peter Hain, Britain's minister... (GunPolicy.org)

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Belgium's Michel to Propose Code Restricting Light Arms Sales to EU

6 October 2001

Le Soir (Brussels)

On 21 July, the UN conference on light arms ended in New York as a partial failure. While these arms cause 500,000 deaths per year, 90 percent of them civilian, during this conference the United States refused to restrict the legal trade of arms to States only. On Friday [5 October] a conference organized by the Network for International Action on Light Weapons was held in Brussels on this theme. On this occasion, the Belgian Foreign Minister Louis Michel, who was... (GunPolicy.org)

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Belgium

Belgian 'Supergun' Not in Criminal Hands - Maker

27 August 1998

Associated Press

BRUSSELS — Belgian gunsmiths FN Herstal on Thursday denied Belgian media reports saying its new P90 super- strength handgun had already ended up in the hands of criminals. The small arms company said the semi-automatic pistol, which is currently in a testing phase, was purely aimed at the military markets, law enforcement agencies and anti-terrorist units and would not be sold to private persons. FN, owned by the Walloon regional government, specifically denied a... (GunPolicy.org)

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EU Clears Rescue of Belgian Arms Maker FN-Herstal

3 June 1998

Reuters

BRUSSELS — The European Commission said on Wednesday it had allowed the Belgian authorities to rescue weapons maker FN-Herstal, formerly controlled by France's Giat Industries, from bankruptcy. Belgium's Walloon regional government agreed last year to take over Giat's majority stake in the loss-making small arms company for a symbolic French franc and to spend 2.5 billion Belgian francs ($68.2 million) to bring the company back to life. The Commission said in a... (GunPolicy.org)

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Belgian Police Smash Arms Smuggling Ring

17 March 1998

Reuters

BRUSSELS — Belgian police have broken what they say is an arms smuggling operation, seizing quantities of assault rifles, handguns, ammunition and explosives and arresting one man in a raid on a house near Liege. "He has confessed and has been charged under the laws on possession of firearms, relating to holding, buying and selling military arms," said Christine Wilwerth, deputy public prosecutor in Liege. Liege police commissioner Francis Perilleux said the guns... (GunPolicy.org)

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