Serbian government adopts a series of measures following Belgrade school shooting

The Serbian government began yesterday’s session with a minute of silence for all the victims of the horrific massacre that took place the day before yesterday at the Vladislav Ribnikar elementary school in Belgrade.

At the session, ten conclusions were adopted that the Serbian President, Aleksandar Vučić, spoke about at the press conference the day before yesterday.

The first conclusion relates to a two-year moratorium on the issuance of permits to keep and carry small firearms (authorisations for the acquisition of weapons, weapons certificates, etc.). Within three months, the Interior Ministry will review all issued weapons permits.

Within six months, the Interior Ministry will inspect the persons who have weapon permits, especially whether they have met legal requirements for the safe accommodation and storage of weapons and the separate storage of ammunition. Within the same period, the Ministry of the Interior will also review whether access to weapons and ammunition to minors and other unauthorised persons has been adequately prevented.

All shooting ranges in the country will be inspected by the Interior Ministry in the next three months. After that, in cooperation with the Justice Ministry, within a month, regulations will be drawn up prescribing conditions and manner of using shooting ranges, including the ban on minors entering or using shooting ranges.

The Justice Ministry will prepare amendments to the law that would prescribe criminal liability for persons who enable minors and other unauthorised persons to possess firearms and who train minors and other unauthorised persons to handle firearms.

The Justice Ministry will also consider the possibility of amending the Criminal Code in order to lower the age limit for criminal liability of minors from 14 to 12 years, while respecting international and European standards. The Ministry of Justice has already taken the first steps in this matter, by sending a letter to the European Commission.

The Justice Ministry and the Information and Telecommunications Ministry will, within a month, consider the possibility of tightening sanctions for non-compliance with the prescribed obligations of media service providers, including the Internet and other online platforms, as well as social networks, with regard to banning content that highlights and supports violence, criminal and other illegal behaviour, broadcasting scenes of brutal violence and other content that can seriously harm the physical, mental or moral development of minors.

Within a month, the Education Ministry and the Health Ministry will prepare regulations that will allow the implementation of mandatory drug tests of seventh and eight grade students.

Within ten days, the government will form the Peer Violence Prevention Council, which will, among other things, ensure that peer violence mobile teams can respond urgently to cases of peer violence and in consultation with relevant trade unions and associations of parents, insist on schools banning the use of mobile phones.

The government will also, within ten days, form a working group for the safety of children on the Internet, which will consider the implementation of measures to ban access to websites (DarkNet and similar), which contain advice on how to commit murder and acquire drugs or firearms.

(Nova, 05.05.2023)

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