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In Europe we have seen a number of terrorist attacks utilising firearms that have been trafficked from post-conflict regions, including the IS led Paris attacks in 2015 in which 130 people were killed. EU funded Project EFFECT reported in May 2016, and looked at some of these issues, in particular the value of ballistics intelligence sharing between states to counter organised crime and terrorism through ‘following the gun’ (Bowen and Poole, 2016). More recently the European Union has commissioned Project SAFTE to specifically examine terrorist access to illicit firearms markets, and how policy makers and law enforcement agencies can respond to this challenge, with the final report published in April 2018. The project, led by the Flemish Peace Institute, examined this phenomenon across eight European states (Flemish Peace Institute, 2018) and its findings shed more light on the nexus between organised crime groups and terrorism.