According to current Finnish law children between15 and 18 years can acquire guns for target shooting or hunting, if granted by their guardian.
A gun permit is required in order to legally be able to purchase a handgun and the arms license is applied for at the local police. The police examine the suitability of the person and the applicants must also have to prove a legal sanction for acquiring the firearm like target shooting as a hobby or hunting. Adolescents in
According to the Ministry of the Interior's records there are currently 1,620,000 licensed firearms in
“only at the most illegal firearms in tens of thousands in numbers” according to the Ministry of the Interior.
The government on Friday announced that it is ready to accept the proposed EU directive and that the Parliament is to vote in the matter in the nearest coming weeks in order to sanction the directive.