There are 2,851 submachine guns, 1,619 light-automatic weapons and 27,925 assault rifles.
The guns are mainly used for hunting, game-keeping, sport and recreational ends. However, some are used for “professions with special risks” or for “personal security”.
According to Mr Van Hecke “These guns are completely useless and they constitute a danger to society.”
Belgian weapons’ legislation stipulates that all heavy arms must be registered with the authorities. Anyone wishing to own such a weapon must fulfil a number of criteria.
He/she must be over 18, have no criminal record, have a “valid” reason for wishing to own such a weapon, be able to provide a medical certificate and have the agreement of his/her partner.