Many of the illegal firearms used for terrorist and criminal activities throughout Europe originate from the Balkan region and have previously been legally exported and sold as deactivated firearms. However, due to variations in the quality of deactivation standards and verification processes, many deactivated firearms can easily be reactivated into fully functional military weapons. To prevent the illegal reactivation of additional weapons, new guidelines regarding deactivation standards and techniques have been introduced, thus ensuring that deactivated firearms are rendered irreversibly inoperable. Within the framework of the European Union Force Bosnia and Herzegovina (EUFOR), a training program regarding the deactivation of firearms has been developed and implemented by the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina (AFBiH).
Novik, Colonel Geir P.
"Integrated Cooperation in Implementing Firearm Deactivation Capabilities: Bosnia and Herzegovina,"
The Journal of Conventional Weapons Destruction: Vol. 27
, Article 4.
Available at: https://commons.lib.jmu.edu/cisr-journal/vol27/iss3/4