France has some of the stricter gun control laws in all of Europe and yet the nation has been plagued with violent attacks. Some attacks have used guns, other knives, machetes, bombs or vehicles. Anyone, especially a terrorist, will find a way to kill regardless of what laws are in place. The rash of violent and deadly attacks in France are proof the gun controls do not reduce violence.
France has fairly strict gun control laws. According to one source:
“Guiding gun control legislation in France includes the Internal Security Code, the Decree No. 2013-700 of 30 July 2013 on the Implementation of the Act No. 2012-304 of 6 March 2012 on the Establishment of a Modern, Simplified and Preventive Control of Weapons, the Defence Code, the Order of 2007 on the Creation of the Application for the Management of the Computerized Register of Owners and Holders of Firearms, the Decree on Exports of Firearms of 2014, the Order of November 15, 2000 on Modalities for Destruction by Gunsmiths of Firearms, the Ordinance 2004-1374 of 20 December 2004 concerning the legislative part of the Defence Code that repealed the Decree-Law of 18 April, 1939 on Weapons of War, Firearms and Ammunition, the Council Directive of 18 June, 1991 on Control of the Acquisition and Possession of Weapons, the European Union Firearms Regulation of 2012, the Common Position on the Control of Arms Brokering of 2003 and the Convention of 1 July, 1969 on Reciprocal Recognition of Proofmarks on Small Arms.”
The result of all these laws is that a person must be 18-years of age and pass a firearm safety exam, proving they have sufficient knowledge of how to safely handle a firearm. The person must apply for a license to own or possess a gun and provide sufficient reason for needing a gun. Acceptable reasons include – collection of debts, personal protection, target shooting and hunting. If a license is granted to own or possess a firearm, the person must reapply and requalify every 5-years. The French government limits the number of firearms or the amount of ammunition a license holder may purchase or possess. They also keep track of every person in the country who owns a firearm and ammunition.
Politicians, liberal and conservative, seek to reduce violence by outlawing all of the possible weapons used to commit violent acts with. Bombs are already outlawed in most countries and yet we see a number of bombings take place anyway. To purchase a vehicle, one has to obtain a license, have insurance and license the vehicle, but that hasn’t stopped people from using vehicles to kill with. More gun laws are obviously not the answer, but with the denial of God, what choice do politicians have?