‘Tight’ gun controls didn’t stop Copenhagen attack

Denmark has some of the strictest gun controls in the world, but scores of people were shot and some killed at Field’s shopping mall in Copenhagen on Sunday.

Danish police confirmed that several people were shot in the mall and “several” were killed, Breitbart News reported.

Police Inspector Søren Thomassen said: “We know that there are several deaths…[and] several injured,” according to the Associated Press.

GunPolicy.org from the University of Sydney classifies gun control in Denmark as “restrictive” and notes that “the right to own guns is not guaranteed by law”.

An ambulance and armed police outside the Field shopping center in Orestad, Copenhagen, Denmark, Sunday July 3, 2022, after reports of gunfire. (Olafur Steinar Gestsson/Ritzau Scanpix via AP)

Additionally, Denmark requires potential gun owners to first obtain a license from the government. Only licensed persons may possess or transfer a firearm and ammunition. Additionally, even with a license, individuals can only purchase ammunition that matches the weapon or firearms they own.


People are seen running during the evacuation of Fields shopping center in Copenhagen, Denmark, July 3, 2022, after Danish media reported a shooting. (OLAFUR STEINAR GESTSSON/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP via Getty Images)

Acquiring a firearms license requires a criminal and mental background check and the person applying for the license must show a “good cause” for owning a firearm.

All privately owned firearms must be registered with the government, and Danish gun controls include “written specifications for the legal and safe storage of private firearms and ammunition by firearm owners. fire license holders”.

Other gun controls include requiring a person to obtain “special permission” to possess handguns and/or semi-automatic firearms classified as “assault weapons.”

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