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Mon, 20 Jun, 2016 12:03:09 AM
FTimes – STT Report, Jun 20
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A person whose firearms permit has been withdrawn may get the permit back even though that person was found guilty of murder, said National Police Board Superintendent Reima Pensala.
The granting of licence is based on the overall consideration and not even a specific crime can prevent receiving the permit.
The firearms permit may be withdrawn due to for instance, murder crime or use of threat by the person possessing the firearms. The majority of withdrawals are related to substance abuse.
“Alcohol is the single major factor these days as well as substance abuse and drugs. The third is old age mental illness,” said Pensala, listing the reasons for the licence withdrawal.
In 2014, about 1,000 firearms permits were withdrawn while in 2010 the number was over 3,000.
According to Pensala, an exceptionally huge number of permits were cancelled in 2010 due to school shootings, but afterwards the number has levelled off.
The police do not monitor separately those whose permits have been withdrawn. Illegal firearms may emerge during emergency calls at homes.
A local neighbourhood resident told the news agency STT that the man suspected of Friday’s shooting in Vihti had a habit of shooting in the yard nearly every day.
“If the actions pose danger, one should contact the police,” Police Superintendent Marko Savolainen said.
Shooting in one’s own yard in itself is not illegal, if it does not cause danger or nuisance. For example, shooting of a dangerous animal is permitted.
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