Official: “In-depth public discussion” on firearms critical in wake of December shooting

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A Thursday night screening at Prague’s Edison Filmhub of the film Utøya, about the mass shooting at a summer camp in Norway, provided an opportunity to discuss the aftermath of December’s shooting at Charles University. One topic was potential changes to Czech gun legislation, which guest speaker Jan Bartošek, who works for the Ministry of the Interior’s Security Policy Council, told me more about.

“Speaking purely about gun policy and the regulatory policy concerning firearms, it is definitely necessary after any tragedy or incident like the one in December, to have a really in depth public discussion about the system. It is perfectly understandable that the public discussions are focussed on the dangers that firearms can pose to public security.

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Author: Amelia Mola-Schmidt