Dec 01, 2022
By Jeremy Logan
France has launched a nationwide campaign to collect millions of old firearms, whether from the two World Wars or long-forgotten hunting trips.
Officials from the French Interior Ministry suspect that many unregistered weapons are kept as heirlooms by French families in attics and storerooms in a country that was once the site of many of the last century’s bloodiest battles.
According to Jean-Simon Merandat, Head of the Interior Ministry’s Central Service for Arms and Explosives, there are approximately 5 or 6 million weapons stored in a “irregular manner” in the country, with 80-90% of them inherited.
Authorities say there will be no legal ramifications if weapons are turned in during the initial week-long drive, which ends on December 2, 2022.