Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic instructed the country's Interior Ministry to "disarm the country" against the backdrop of school and street shootings that took place in the country with a difference of two days. The department will prepare changes to the law on weapons.
“The government instructs the Ministry of Internal Affairs to prepare changes to the law on weapons and ammunition, which would tighten the conditions for the storage of short-barreled firearms, and for those who do not comply with these conditions, to introduce a mandatory purchase of weapons. That is, everyone who has weapons, and this is about 400 thousand people, and I'm not talking about hunting weapons, [will undergo an audit], and after the audit there will be no more than 30-40 thousand. We will carry out the almost complete disarmament of Serbia,” Vučić said.
On May 3, a 14-year-old teenager opened fire at a school in the Vracar district of Belgrade. Nine people died. Also, six students and one teacher received gunshot wounds. Later, the Serbian authorities announced that the shooter would be placed in a psychiatric hospital, as he could not bear criminal responsibility due to his young age.
On the night of May 5, in the municipality of Mladenovac, a man opened fire with a machine gun. Eight people were killed, 14 were injured. After a long chase, the shooter was detained.