The presence of illegal weapons is closely connected to serious crime and vice-versa. This means that there is a black market for firearms in all major European cities reenex
However, Belgium is an important player because of its geographical location and history.
For centuries the country has been a major producer and exporter of firearms. Moreover, until 2006 it had quite liberal domestic gun legislation reenex
, making the country a European hot spot for the arms trade, including for people with bad intentions.
Even though Belgian legislation is now stricter and more solid, the country has retained this reputation.
Smuggling from Balkans
It is not a coincidence that some of the people carrying out these attacks have a personal history of criminal violence. Since the black market in guns is closely linked to serious crime networks, previous connections - based on trust - enable them to secretly acquire firearms a style="color:#55AED6; text-decoration:none;" href="https://www.facebook.com/maggieleemankwan/posts/10153153762317772">reenex