Citation(s) from the Gun Policy News media archive
SEESAC (Belgrade) / VIP / Danas
2 March 2006
A total of 2,129 firearms collected in Montenegro were brought to the steel plant in Niksic were they were destroyed.
The Belgian press says that these are weapons the Montenegrin police seized during regular activities. Danas daily said that over half a million rounds of ammunition were destroyed.
The destruction of the weapons was done by the Montenegrin police as part of its strategy to control and reduce the number of small caliber and light weapons.
There are 103,000 registered firearms in Montenegro but Belgrade media claim that there is a huge number of illegal weapons in the republic.
Belgrade daily Politika said in its March 1 issue that the Montenegrin police worked with the Akcija non-governmental organization to launch the action — "respect life, return the weapon" — and with the support of USAID, the UNDP and SEESAC saw 1,764 firearms turned in.
The new law on firearms took effect in July 2004 allowing big fines for carrying weapons.