Stricter weapon laws to fight violent crime
The government will today present a raft of new proposals aimed at curbing the growth of gang-related violence and organised crime.
Hand grenade attacks on property by criminal gangs in Malmö escalated rapidly this year and led to the city's mayor calling the violence, 'a threat to democracy'. Sweden's second city of Gothenburg has also been plagued by shootings as illegal weapons continue to enter the country from mainland Europe.
At a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, Justice Minister Morgan Johansson, the nation's police chief, Dan Eliasson and Home Affairs Minister Anders Ygeman announced a crackdown on criminal gangs and organised crime.
In a debate piece in newspaper Dagens Nyheter, the two government ministers say they will sharpen the law against the handling of explosives and grenades and increase the penalties for such offences. They also propose stricter gun laws.
Justice Minister Morgan Johansson told Radio Sweden he thinks the problem of organized crime is a growing one.
"We've seen an increase in organized crime, gang-related crime for the last 20 years or so," Johansson said, adding that the problem is compounded by a high unemployment rate among young people making it easier to recruit new members in to criminal groups.
The government also proposes action on making it easier for witnesses to testify in court in cases involving criminal gangs and organised crime.