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
“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 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.”
“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.”
Even With Gun Control, Criminals Still Own Guns
“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.”
“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.”
The United Nations and You
So, what does all of this mean for you? Unfortunately, back in the late 1990’s, 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:
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:
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 its authority from being abused to pursue other agendas than what is traditionally considered crime prevention. For example, during the last two decades, many European states has severely restricted freedom of speech and made derogatory statements about ethnic groups and religions considered “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.