Government plans amnesty to get grenades off Sweden's streets

Government plans amnesty to get grenades off Sweden's streets

The hope is that criminals will choose to give up some of the grenades that are in circulation during the proposed three-month amnesty between October 2018 and January 2019.

"With previous weapons amnesties some thousands of weapons have come in, but we have no experience of this kind (with grenades). This is the first time," Justice Minister Morgan Johansson told DN.

"This is linked to criminal gangs who in general have increased access to weapons which they use against one another and against the judicial system. We must get these off our streets."

According to DN there were 27 instances of grenades exploding in Sweden during 2016, compared to 10 in 2015. Swedish PM Stefan Löfven announced earlier this year that he wants the minimum penalty for carrying a hand grenade in the country to be quadrupled.

READ ALSO: Penalty for carrying grenades should be quadrupled, Swedish PM says

The proposal for an amnesty will be brought to the Riksdag in February.

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Comment by Bananaman on January 13, 2018 at 9:50pm

No ice creams, Dogs or a hand grenades, that'll fuck'em

Comment by Bananaman on January 13, 2018 at 9:49pm

Grenade here grenade there, pretty soon you've got a problem

Comment by Diana on January 13, 2018 at 7:53pm

Why don't they declare Sweden a "Grenade Free Zone"?  

Comment by DTOM on January 13, 2018 at 7:48pm

Culturally enriched Sweden now faces a deadly hand grenade crisis

Comment by DTOM on January 13, 2018 at 7:39pm

Maybe they will follow this up with a national mail drop / leaflet, TV and radio ad campaign scheduled for 2020.

You know, just to show how serious they are...

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