In Belgium, over 22000 firearms have been melt down into recycled steel. Belgium authorities destroyed the firearms and then recycled them into about 60 tonnes of steel. According to reports, authorities collected nearly 50% of the firearms from across the country while the remaining ones were already outdated
Most of these firearms were handed in by owners. Some of these people had inherited them but didn’t want to keep them, according to East Flanders Province’s governor, Carina van Cauter.
The result is impressive: 22,457 firearms have disappeared from our society. It is obviously positive for the security of our citizens that these weapons are no longer in use.Van Cauter
This is not the first time Belgian authorities will cooperate with ArcelorMittal, a steel giant company, to melt down firearms, moving them to a plant in Ghent. The transportation of these firearms is always done covertly, and it takes about three days.
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