Compromises “should be made” regarding firearms licence applicants

Jeremy Phillips

Finland’s Minister of the Interior Anne Holmlund has surprised many people by admitting that she feels that compromises should be made in the right to privacy when security issues are at stake. Speaking at the opening of the National Defence Course this week, she suggested that police who handle applications for firearms licences could be given access to the applicant’s health information and medication records. She is reported as adding that consideration should be given to whether police should be granted access to information on the reasons for the possible suspension of an applicant’s military service.

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