Swedish Gun Laws and Globalist Confiscation Schemes

Written by Daniel Hammarberg on Monday, 29 August 2011. Posted in Opinion, Daniel Hammarberg

Knotted Gun at UN.While not much of significance has taken place lately on the gun front since the Brady bill was passed back in 1993, now a new threat looms on the horizon — but this time its origin isn't at the usual Capitol Hill, but at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Though many of you may have a vague idea about Swedish gun laws, let me give you a brief overview of the circumstances facing prospective gun owners in this not too freedom-loving monarchy. Though highly restrictive on personal liberty in many areas, Swedish legislation is neat and tidy, and just about all regulation concerning firearms is condensed into two documents — the Vapenlag [Weapons Law] of 1996, and the Vapenförordning [Weapons Ordinance] of 1996. It would be too verbose for this article going into every single detail about these Swedish laws, but here are a couple of facts about their contents:

  • When you apply for a permit, you have to state for what purpose you need a certain firearm, and have the police approve of your choice of firearm for this purpose. Self-defense is not a valid purpose. About the only firearms you can own are hunting rifles (which require a hunting license) and non-automatic pistols (which require you to have been a member of a pistol shooting club for at least six months).
  • Permits are generally only for five-year periods. To quote the Swedish Police webpage:

“It's up to the permit owner to make sure to have a valid permit for his firearm and to apply for a new permit early enough for it to be processed in time. Neglecting to make sure you've gotten a new permit can mean weapons crime charges.”

  • All gun owners have to be registered by the national police along with an individual entry linked to the owner's name for every firearm in possession. The firearms must be kept in state-approved locked storage facilities, which the police need to have access to in order to make sure the regulations are adhered to.
  • Only members of the armed forces may have permits for fully automatic weapons.
  • A permit may be revoked at any time at the discretion of the police, and firearm owners are generally not told in advance that the police will confiscate their weapons, usually only handed a template justification afterwards.

We Apparently Need Even More
Though most people would consider these laws outright draconian, there are plenty of calls for even more strict legislation; something that just as in the USA also takes place in Sweden when there's a tragedy involving guns, such as the recent massacre by Norwegian terrorist Anders Breivik. On the 9th of August, an opinion piece by a child physician published in one of Sweden's largest newspapers, called for a complete ban even on pistols. Measures such as these have strong support in the country's medical community and among the political establishment. After another man had gone on a shooting spree last year in Malmö, with five attempted murders and one actual homicide, there was a complete media frenzy, and Minister of Justice Beatrice Ask took the opportunity to present her view on how one could come to terms with the problem of gun violence.

“Beatrice Ask also feels that an overhaul has to be made of the weapons regulations, that gun permits for example have to be subject to inspection and review.”

The health authorities also added their two cents:

“The National Board of Health and Welfare has previously forwarded requests both for review of gun permits and that everyone applying for one shall also have to present a doctor's certificate. There the Minister feels that mental illness is a factor that shall mean that you're denied a gun permit.”

Following this, on 16 November, Ask also announced before the parliament that a new, stricter weapons law was in the works. To quote:

“The police shall also be able to request a statement from the social welfare board and the prison service along with a doctor's certificate to determine whether someone is fit to own firearms.”

Hence, what this means is that you might have to show your criminal record sheet, whatever journal notes the social services has kept on you (and they play a significant role in Swedish society), as well as produce a certificate from a psychiatrist that you are indeed mentally competent (guilty until proven innocent).

Even With Gun Control, Criminals Still Own Guns
In spite of the tyrannical control of firearms, this has had little effect on the explosion in the violent crime rate the country has been suffering from during the last couple of decades, with a homicide rate that's now at an historic all-time high, with 333 reported cases during 2010, or about 2/3 of the American rate; rape and assault rates are over twice as high as the American ones.

And whilst the government has always attempted to tighten the noose around legal gun owners after every incident of this sort, the vast majority of violent crimes are committed through the use of illicit weapons. The control of these illicit weapons isn't nearly as successful as the one of their legal counterparts, as admitted in a police interview from 2005. To quote:

“The police estimate that thousands of firearms are smuggled into Sweden ever year. Every day on average, three serious crimes are committed with illicit firearms. Yet Customs has a hard time intercepting the gun smugglers. During 2003 and 2004, fewer than twenty firearms were seized by Swedish Customs workers.”

One of the most publicized shooting sprees in Swedish history, during which a man in mass media labeled Lasermannen — “The Laser Man” - shot at eleven immigrants and killed one of them, was also committed with an illicit weapon, and hence would not have been affected by these control efforts. This doesn't seem to bother the police though — somehow everything becomes a matter of preventing any sort of unlicensed gun ownership:

“According to Sonny Björk at the Stockholm county police, the cooperation is necessary. But he also feels the law needs to change to get at the growing smuggling.

"We have to up the sentencing guidelines for illicit weapons ownership so it doesn't become appealing carrying a firearm. Today you gladly accept a prison sentence for the advantage of owning a firearm, Sonny Björk says.”

One thing you can count on never hearing in the public debate is criticism of the gun laws in place here. There is lamentation over that big crazy country in the west, however, where the people own all of these guns. In an editorial in Sydsvenskan shortly after Seung-Hui Cho shot up Virginia Tech, Lennart Pehrson expresses his grievances over what he believes is essentially unrestricted gun ownership in the USA. Sweden is also the country where the infamous Michael Moore is hailed as a truth-teller and a hero, where the state-TV is always keen on showing his documentaries repeatedly, and with Bowling for Columbine being one of the movies promoted on its web page.

The United Nations and You
So, what does all of this mean for you? Unfortunately, back in the late 1990s, the UN started treading a path it hadn't taken before — it started organizing international cooperative efforts on the matter of crime prevention, a task that till then had pretty much been the exclusive responsibility of the Interpol, at least on a global level. During the year 2000, the UN General Assembly passed Resolution 55/25, The United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, taking a major step towards cooperation on related matters as well.

The year after, this was followed by Resolution 55/255, The Protocol against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Their Parts and Components and Ammunition. Through this protocol, the teamwork that was initially meant to concern itself with actual crime, now pursued other agendas as well — though the stated aim was to fight illicit weapons, it will be an effective tool in the hands of the UN and its member states at monitoring and controlling firearms ownership. To quote the protocol:

Article 7
Record-keeping

Each State Party shall ensure the maintenance, for not less than ten years, of information in relation to firearms and, where appropriate and feasible, their parts and components and ammunition that is necessary to trace and identify those firearms and, where appropriate and feasible, their parts and components and ammunition

The wording on just what records will be kept is strikingly vague, stating merely “information in relation to firearms.” Will this require states to maintain national registries over all gun owners and their weapons the way Sweden does? To the best attempts of mine to find out, I just can't tell. The subsequent article describes how the firearms will be made identifiable:

Article 8
Marking of firearms

At the time of manufacture of each firearm, either require unique marking providing the name of the manufacturer, the country or place of manufacture and the serial number, or maintain any alternative unique user-friendly marking with simple geometric symbols in combination with a numeric and/or alphanumeric code, permitting ready identification by all States of the country of manufacture;

Sweden is one of the countries pushing these protocols the hardest, alongside other globalist work groups tasked with combating global warming and similar, and the country both signed and ratified the protocols without any reservations unlike many other countries. Thankfully, the United States still has not signed these additional protocols, even though it had signed and ratified the parent convention in 2005 with some reservations.

That the United Nations is moving into the Interpol's territory is alarming, since unlike the Constitution and general practice of the UN, the Interpol has clear limitations on its scope in its own Constitution. Article 3 of said Constitution reads as follows:

“It is strictly forbidden for the Organization to undertake any intervention or activities of a political, military, religious or racial character.”

This is to prevent it from abusing its authority to pursue other agendas than what is traditionally considered crime prevention and investigation. For example, during the last two decades, many European states have severely restricted freedom of speech and declared derogatory statements about ethnic groups and religions to be “hate speech,” punishable by prison – the toughest sentence so far took place in Germany a couple of years ago, when a man in his 70's received a six-year sentence. Within the European Union, suspects are generally extradited between the member countries, but in spite of demands on the Interpol to do the same, the organization refrains from intervening.

The UN Convention has no such restrictions, on the other hand. For that reason, it's of grave concern that protocols are now being added to it, one by one. One can easily foresee a future in which Socialists are able to clamp down on the two things they hate the most: Free speech and gun rights.

Less than a year ago, a special working group was established under this Convention. To quote:

“Working Group on Firearms
At its fifth session, held in Vienna from 18 to 22 October 2010, the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime adopted resolution 5/4. In this resolution the Conference decided to establish an open-ended intergovernmental working group on firearms, to advise and assist the Conference in the implementation of its mandate with regard to the Firearms Protocol.”

 

Will this international cooperation one day mean American gun owners will face the same tyranny as the ones in Sweden? I sure hope not, but I do feel one needs to keep an eye on the United Nations and its global governance schemes.


About the Author

Daniel Hammarberg

Daniel Hammarberg

Daniel Hammarberg is a Swedish national, a prolific writer, video maker and author of The Madhouse: A critical study of Swedish society. He's an avid student and critic of his own society, yet finding himself ostracised from participation in Swedish media. 

Copyright © Daniel Hammarberg. Used with Permission.

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