Illicit trafficking of small arms from former Eastern Bloc countries to the Netherlands
- Spapens, A.C., Bruinsma, M.Y.
- WODC, IVA Tilburg
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- IVA Tilburg
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There is the suspicion amongst those involved in the political and policy-based aspects of the issue of firearms crime in the Netherlands - including the police - that an increasing number of handguns have been smuggled into the Netherlands from former Eastern Bloc countries in recent years. From a practical point of view, the number of illegal handguns from former Eastern Bloc countries that are seized in the Netherlands is rising. This is evident from police records. Opportunities for smuggling are also boosted by the 'opportunity structure' in some former Eastern Bloc countries. The presumption that handguns from former Eastern Bloc countries play an important role in criminal circles in the Netherlands prompted a more detailed study into the ‘Illicit trafficking of arms from former Eastern Bloc countries to the Netherlands’. This study was carried out by the IVA Tilburg Institute for Social Research, on the instruction of the Research and Documentation Centre and at the request of the Criminal Investigations Policy Department of the Ministry of Justice’s Directorate-General for Law Enforcement.