A Growing Illegal Gun Market in Europe

A steady uptick in available, affordable guns on the black market across the EU has researchers warning of an increase in gun violence in the region, according to a new study. 

Project Target, the first comprehensive study on gun violence in Europe, ties the rise of gun availability to more incidents of armed clashes between drug criminals.

Other findings:

  • Gun trafficking in the EU predominantly impacts criminal and terrorist gun violence, rather than domestic violence or other disputes.
  • While many terrorists tend to acquire firearms mainly through criminal connections, those involved in rightwing terrorism—which is growing more prolific in the region—tend to rely on legal purchases, internet purchases, or assembling firearms themselves.

The Brussels Times

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