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Following two separate mass shooting events earlier this month, authorities in Serbia called for the public to hand in any type of weapons that they own and want to get rid of. Whether the weapons were legally or illegally owned didn’t matter.

The shootings shocked the nation and led to some 13,500 items being handed in voluntarily since the official amnesty period started on 8 May.

A display of the weapons that have been handed in so far were on display near the town of Smederevo, about 50 kilometers south of the capital, Belgrade.

This included guns, hand grenades, and anti-tank rocket launchers. It’s believed that many of these weapons were still left over from the country’s wars in the 1990s.

The two mass shootings left 21 people injured and 17 people dead, many of them children. Demonstrations soon followed after the incidents with people demanding stricter gun laws and shooting ranges.

The Telegraph reports that Serbia is estimated to be among the top countries in Europe in guns per capita.

The Serbians have until 8 June to hand in any unregistered weapons or face prison sentences.

Image credit: Toronto Star

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