Serbians turn over 3,000 guns following horrific shootings.

Serbians turn over 3,000 guns following horrific shootings.
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President Aleksandar Vucic said on Wednesday that over 3,000 illicit weapons and components had been given in during the first two days of a gun amnesty enacted in the aftermath of two mass shootings that killed 17 people.

The amnesty was proclaimed on Monday, after the alleged murder of eight pupils and a security guard by a 13-year-old armed with two weapons. A teacher and six kids were among the seven people killed.

He was arrested and is now undergoing a mental evaluation, but due to his age, he cannot be held legally culpable. He allegedly told police about the incident.

A guy armed with an assault weapon and a pistol opened fire in two towns in central Serbia on Thursday, killing eight people and injuring 14. A suspect, aged 21, has been arrested.

Vucic said that residents have given in over 3,000 guns thus far, although he did not specify what these weapons were.

During previous gun amnesties over the past two decades, people handed in prohibited military-grade firearms, hunting rifles, handguns, barrels, locking mechanisms, and other components. Tens of thousands of bullets were also discovered.

“That’s good news because there’s so much less risk involved,” Vucic said on TV.

Explosives are to be left at home until certified personnel remove and dispose of them

Participants in the amnesty program will be allowed to surrender their illegal weapons, ammunition, and ordnance without fear of consequences in return for a clean record.

Authorities encouraged anybody in possession of explosives or munitions to leave them at home and wait for certified personnel to remove and dispose of them.

Vucic has previously promised more police presence in schools, harsher fines for gun-related infractions, and more regular checks of registered gun owners and shooting ranges.

According to the Tanjug news agency, the father of the suspect in last week’s shooting in central Serbia was detained on Wednesday.

Individual possession of military-grade weapons and explosives became popular throughout Serbia and the rest of the Western Balkans during the 1990s wars that tore apart the former Yugoslavia.

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