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of Firearms, the Ordinance 2004-1374 of 20 December 2004 concerning the legislative part of the Defence Code that repealed the Decree-Law of 18 April, 1939 on Weapons of War, Firearms and Ammunition, the Council Directive of 18 June, 1991 on Control of the Acquisition and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.
The French government also has laws requiring that all firearms and ammunitions be stored in a safe and secure manner, which makes one wonder how effective they would be for self-protection at home. These laws also remind me of some the worthless gun control laws here in the United States in places like Maryland. Oh yeah, Baltimore also has a problem with gun violence.
If gun control fanatics in America are right in their arguments that these types of gun control laws help reduce gun violence, then France should be a pretty safe place to live. Take a look at some of the terrorist violence in France since 2003:
- July 20, 2003 – bomb attack in Nice. Zero dead and 16 injured.
- October 8, 2004 – bomb attack at Indonesian Embassy in Paris. Zero dead, 10 injured.
- December 1, 2007 – shooting in Capbreton, Landes. 2 dead.
- March 16, 2010 – shooting outside Paris. 1 dead.
- March 11-22, 2012 – shooting in Toulous and Montauban. 7 dead (including 3 school kids) and 5 injured.
- May 23, 2013 – stabbing in Paris suburb. 1 wounded.
- December 20, 2014 – stabbing in Joué-lès-Tours. 3 wounded – all policemen.
- January 7-9, 2015 – shootings at Charlie Hebdo office in Paris. 17 dead and 22 wounded.
- February 3, 2015 – stabbing in Nice. 3 military men wounded.
- April 19, 2015 – shooting at 2 churches in Villejuif. 1 dead, zero wounded.
- June 26, 2015 – beheading at Saint-Quentin-Fallavier. 1 dead, 2 wounded.
- August 21, 2015 – shooting and stabbing at Thalys train station. Zero dead, 4 wounded.
- November 13-14, 2015 – shootings, kidnapping, suicide bombing in Paris. 130 dead, 368 wounded.
- January 1, 2016 – vehicle attack in Valence. Zero dead, 2 wounded.
- January 7, 2016 – stabbing at Paris police station. Zero dead, 1 wounded.
- June 13, 2016 – stabbing at Magnanville. 2 dead – policeman and his wife.
- July 14, 2016 – vehicle attack in Nice. 86 dead, 434 wounded.
- July 18, 2016 – stabbing in Garda-Colombe. Zero dead, 4 wounded.
- July 26, 2016 – stabbing in Normandy church. 1 dead, 3 wounded.
- August 19, 2016 – stabbing of rabbi in Strasbourg. 1 wounded.
- August 30, 2016 – stabbing of policeman.
- September 2, 2016 – 1 dead, 2 wounded.
- September 4, 2016 – stabbing in prison. 2 wounded.
- September 4, 2016 – physical assault of author and son. 2 wounded.
- September 8, 2016 – stabbing in Essonne. 1 police officer wounded.
- February 3, 2017 – stabbing in Paris. 1 wounded.
- March 16, 2017 – letter bomb, wounded 1.
- March 18, 2017 – shooting in Paris suburb. 1 dead, 1 wounded.
- April 20, 2017 – shooting in Paris, 1 dead, 2 wounded all police.
There have been other shootings and attacks that have not been labeled as terrorist actions. As one can see, French gun control laws have not stopped the violence. Guns are still used, but when they are not available, people use knives, machetes, bombs and vehicles. People determined to carry out acts of violence will find a way, whether or not it’s with guns or not. It’s an evil world that causes the violence, not the items like guns, knives, etc.