Police in Finland will soon have electronic firearms registry.

Kim Skotak/Flickr After a long wait, Finnish police are getting…

At the shooting range with Petri, Silva's brother.Halikko, Finland.8-24-08
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After a long wait, Finnish police are getting a new electronic registry of firearms owned by citizens. Alongside the Vitja data system, which is to be launched in 2014, the registry is set to make it considerably easier for police to keep tabs on firearms in Finland.

In the early stages the new firearms registry will streamline processing of license applications. There will be less paperwork, as the applications will be made directly into the data system.

Deputy police chief Esko Rasi says that the number of visits to a police station for gun license applicants will be cut from four to two. However, he says that the new system will not bring significant changes to police field work.

Read the rest of the report at Helsignin Sanomat.

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