Minister Of Interior Considering Changes To Weapons Law - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Minister Of Interior Considering Changes To Weapons Law

Published July 27, 2011

In the wake of last week’s terrorist attack in Oslo, the Minister of the Interior said he may consider recommending changes to Iceland’s weapons law.
Vísir reports that Minister of the Interior Ögmundur Jónasson met with a number of Norwegian ministers yesterday. Contrary to what his predecessor believes, he told reporters that he does not believe Iceland needs to take any particularly special measures to increase security.
The only conceivable change that could be made, he said, would be to review Iceland’s weapons laws, to see if they need to be more specific. The minister did not comment on the fact that chemical fertilizer – which had been used to make the bomb that detonated in Oslo – is cheap, widely available, and practically unregulated in Iceland.
Ögmundur added that he saw no need to increase supervision of the internet to monitor for hate speech. The general public by and large trusts the police, he said, and if anyone were to read something on the internet they felt warranted the police’s attention, he believes they would alert authorities.

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