Dutch government proposes gun owners racial profiling

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A large number of rifles, hand guns, automatic machine-guns, and ammunition are displayed on a table in a police office in Driebergen, the Netherlands, 21 July 2015.

Dutch government proposes gun owners racial profiling


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The Dutch government plans to introduce new regulation that will make renewing or issuing a gun license conditional to surrendering personal information on your belief system.

According to a report by Volkskrant daily published on Thursday, September 27, the Netherlands will require from prospective gun owners to disclose their ethnic and religious identity as well as political beliefs.

This racial profiling will be provided in addition to standard criminal record background checks.

Justice Minister Ferd Grapperhaus justified the measure in terms of risk assessment.

The proposed legislation suggests that this personal information will be held for up to 30 years and will be accessible to the police.

The Dutch government comprises of a five-party coalition, namely the centre-right VVD of prime minister Rutte, the Liberal Democrats (D66) and two Christian parties, the relatively moderate Christian Democrats (CDA) and the far more conservative Christian Union.

The two junior coalition partners, namely the CDA and the D66 disagree with this ethnic, racial, and political profiling of gun owners. Objections have also been raised by the Dutch privacy watchdog (Autoriteit Persoonsgegevens).

D66 MP Monica den Boer has argued that the proposed legislation does not meet EU privacy standards.

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