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Finland to toughen gun laws after school shootings

Finland to toughen gun laws after school shootings

Finland has unveiled proposals to tighten gun laws after 20 people were killed in two school shootings in less than a year.
The Interior Ministry says the plans include raising the minimum age limit for handgun ownership from 15 to 20, and imposing other restrictions on weapons permits in a country which ranks among the top five nations in civilian gun ownership.
The ministry said Wednesday the proposals will be presented for parliamentary approval in June.
Last year, a man killed nine fellow students and a teacher before shooting himself at a vocational school in western Finland. It followed an attack 10 months earlier when a student fatally shot eight people and himself at a high school in southern Finland.


Updated : 2021-01-16 11:35 GMT+08:00