The Civil Guard arrests 4 people and intervenes 23 firearms that they intended to introduce on the black market

The now detainees illegally introduced Flobert-type firearms into Spain, since they did not have the relevant authorizations and in some cases without the recipients having the licenses that enable them to possess these weapons.

The commercialization of these weapons is regulated in our country as they are considered firearms, although in other countries of the European Union they are not classified as such, so their control and sale do not have the same control standards as in our country.

The records have intervened 1 seemingly modified automatic detonating weapon for real-fire, 1 apparently transformed detonating weapon for caliber expansion with a dismantled artisan-made cannon, 4 detonating weapons, 17 Flobert-type small arms, as well as 2,000 units of ammunition. different calibers

The Civil Guard, in the framework of the SOTALIA operation, has arrested four people in Barcelona and Madrid and has investigated three others who were trying to introduce firearms to the black market. They are charged with the alleged crimes of illicit arms trade, and of illegal possession, trafficking and deposit of arms and ammunition.

The operation began last January when, in the course of developing the exclusive powers exercised by the Civil Guard in the comprehensive control of weapons and explosives, it was learned that several packages were sent from a country in the European Union bound for Madrid and Barcelona that contained Flobert-type short weapons and ammunition for them. In addition, it was found that they did not have the relevant authorizations and in some cases without the recipients having the licenses that enable the possession of these weapons.

For this reason, several house searches were made in the towns of Barcelona, ​​Esplugues de Llobregat and Madrid, arresting four people for the alleged crimes of illicit arms trade, and illegal possession, trafficking and deposit of arms and ammunition.

The records intervened:

  • 1 automatic detonator weapon apparently modified to make live fire with 9mm caliber, 1 magazine and 9mm ammunition, as well as short 9mm cartridges
  • 1 seemingly transformed detonating weapon for caliber enlargement with disassembled craft barrel
  • 1 Flobert type short weapon apparently modified to a 1st category weapon
  • 15 short 4mm caliber Flobert type weapons
  • 1 short 6mm caliber Flobert weapon
  • 4 detonating weapons
  • 2,000 units of ammunition of different calibers
  • 38 Berloque weapons
  • Documentation related to the operation.

The detainees and investigated proved to have a wide knowledge of weapons and a liking for them that is not considered within the collector profile. For this reason, there were indications that the intention of these people was to commercialize with the acquired weapons as they had a higher economic value due to not being registered.

With this action, the seized weapons and ammunition have been prevented from reaching the black market, preventing them from being used for the commission of criminal acts.

Flobert weapons regulations in Spain

The commercialization of these weapons is regulated in our country as they are considered firearms, although in other countries of the European Union they are not classified as such, so their control and sale do not have the same control standards as in our country. .

Flobert weapons are regulated in the Spanish Arms Regulations, being defined in Article 2 as “a portable firearm that uses Flobert caliber ammunition. Such weapons are always ring percussion and can carry either a small powder charge or just the initiating charge. The kinetic energy in the mouth cannot exceed one hundred (100) J for any caliber. ”

There are some countries where such weapons can be purchased without specific authorization, there are manufacturers that do not comply with the specifications related to the qualities of that type of weapon in Spain, manufacturing them with greater resistance, better materials and even having been converted from a larger caliber to standard Flobert (normally 4 or 6 mm). This means that its use on the black market has increased in recent times, with the Civil Guard having intervened several of these firearms transformed into more lethal calibers.

The threat of the transformation of firearms into other more damaging categories and categories is one of the actions that are part of the EU's priority in the fight against illicit arms trafficking, which is developed through the European platform EMPACT FIREARMS. , for which Spain and specifically the Civil Guard is responsible at European level.

The importance of fighting the threat of firearms has recently been relaunched with the publication by the European Commission of a specific action plan against illicit arms trafficking, which is included in the Internal Security Agenda for the period 2020 -25.

In addition, this threat is also identified as a priority at the national level in the current Strategy to fight organized crime, which makes this exclusive competence of the Civil Guard a priority for the Corps, due to its importance both nationally and internationally.

The operation has been carried out by agents belonging to the Headquarters of Arms and Explosives and Security, with the support of the Barcelona Intervention on Arms and Explosives, as well as the Citizen Security Unit of Madrid and the Cynological Service. It has been carried out under the direction of the Titular Judge of the Court of First Instance of Investigation nº 23 of Barcelona.

For any information you can contact the Peripheral Communication Office of the Headquarters of Arms, Explosives and Security, telephone 682.844.368.

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