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How a foiled terror plot prompted calls for gun law reform in peaceful Iceland

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An averted terrorist plot and recent shootings in Reykjavík put guns in Iceland in the spotlight, sparking conversations about whether the Nordic nation should tighten its gun laws and give more leeway to police investigating crimes.Iceland is renowned for its safe society, regularly topping lists as one of the most peaceful countries in the world.

While gun violence is rare, an alleged terrorist plot and three recent shootings shocked Icelanders.On 21 September, four Icelandic men were arrested in Reykjavík, alleged to have engaged in producing 3D-printed weapons and to have conspired to use these weapons against unnamed government offices.In raids last month, police seized dozens of firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition.

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