Germany is building its own gun registry, complying with a future database rule that will cover the entire European Union.
Germany’s international broadcaster, Deutsche Welle, is reporting that the decision in the Bundestag, the lower house of Parliament, was made on the 10th anniversary of a school massacre.
In April 2002, an expelled student killed 16 people before killing himself in the city of Erfurt.
“This brings about a new dimension,” German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich said.
He said, however, that the registry wouldn’t necessarily prevent another massacre from taking place.
The two most recent mass shootings took place after one perpetrator bought his weapons with fake papers and the other carried out the killing while wielding an already-registered weapon.
The move has some fire arms advocates in Canada shaking their heads.