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Private ownership of firearms (and the security of government stockpiles) is actually another, since people who steal firearms (or intend to commit crimes with them) will typically have little compunction about carrying them across EU borders.

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Mon Jan 9th, 2012 at 03:57:30 PM EST
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Basically zero weapons used in crimes are stolen from legal owners. They are all more or less illegal weapons from the Balkan wars. At least that's the way things are in Sweden, and I bet it's like that in the rest of the EU as well.

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by Starvid on Mon Jan 9th, 2012 at 05:00:52 PM EST
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It's not something involving theft, but involving lax gun laws, is the fact that Austria served as the main funnel for weapons from both the Balkan Wars and Warshaw Pact armories into the EU.

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by DoDo on Mon Jan 9th, 2012 at 05:15:01 PM EST
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