May 05, 2023 at 11:46 am
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic wants to introduce strict measures to combat gun violence in his country. The announcement follows the second deadly shooting in Serbia in two days.
Vucic wants to hire about twelve hundred police officers to improve safety at schools. He also wants to better control the circulation of weapons in the country.
He proposes, for example, to stop issuing gun permits. Vucic speaks of a “practical disarmament”. There should also be more frequent medical and psychological checks for people who own a weapon.
The Serbian government has already proposed measures. The Justice Department is looking into whether it can prosecute people who give children access to guns. The government also wants to lower the age for criminal prosecution from fourteen to twelve years.
Latest shooting ‘attack against all of us’
In the night from Thursday to Friday, a 21-year-old gunman in the village of Dubona killed at least eight people. Fourteen others were injured, seven of whom are in critical condition in hospital. The suspect was arrested after a manhunt.
Vucic called the shooting in Dubona on Friday a “terrorist attack” and “an attack against all of us”.
Two days earlier, a shooting incident also took place in the capital Belgrade. A thirteen-year-old boy shot eight students and a security guard there. Several people were injured. The teen is too young to prosecute. His parents were arrested, but why is not clear.
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