A snapshot of illicit firearm-trafficking and gun violence in Serbia

Ćopić, Sanja and Dokmanović, Mirjana (2022) A snapshot of illicit firearm-trafficking and gun violence in Serbia. In: Pulling the trigger : gun violence in Europe. Flemish Peace Institute, Brussels, pp. 265-313. ISBN 9789464074192

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Serbia is characterised by a high rate of both legal as well as illegal firearms possession, resulting from a cultural and historical tradition of firearms possession and production, and from its recent history of armed conflict and political instability. Firearms possession is dominated by young and middle-aged men and largely motivated by tradition, hunting and self-defence. Although the scope of illicit firearm possession is difficult to estimate, this possession is widely believed to be significant. The armed conflicts in the region have fuelled gun violence within Serbia and in other European countries. During these armed conflicts large amounts of firearms have ended up in the hands of civilians, where many of them have stayed for numerous years. An unknown share of these conflict legacy weapons have in recent decades, however, also been smuggled to other parts of Europe, where they are being used in the criminal milieu. Illegally-held conflict legacy firearms are not only trafficked out of the country, but also used by criminals – especially armed robbers – within the country. Gun violence in Serbia is mainly a ‘male phenomenon’ with male perpetrators and victims, with the exception of gun violence in a family context in which most victims are women. Gun violence in this context also tends to be far more lethal than in the criminal context and, like in other countries, frequently involve legally-held firearms.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: gun violence, illicit firearm trafficking, illicit possession of firearms, small arms and light weapons, trade in firearms, Serbia.
Institutional centre: Centre for legal research
Depositing User: Vesna Jovanović
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2022 12:36
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2022 12:36
URI: http://iriss.idn.org.rs/id/eprint/1100

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