[Ed. – Cool those jets. These are non-lethal weapons such as gas pistols and flare guns. Still, it’s a sign that Germans actually want to defend themselves.]
The number of weapon permits in Germany is soaring to record heights since Chancellor Angela Merkel opened the country’s borders to migrants in the spring of 2015. German authorities issued 600,000 basic weapon licenses since 2014, an increase of 130 percent, figures published by the German state broadcaster Deutsche Welle show.
The surge in weapon ownership reflects the waning public confidence in the German government’s ability to protect ordinary citizens.
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The public broadcaster Deutsche Welle reported the steep rise in German weapon ownership:
Germany has issued nearly 600,000 basic weapons licenses, representing an increase of 130 percent since 2014, according to figures published on Friday by Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland (RND), which supplies a number of German dailies with content. In 2014, only 261,332 licenses were in use.
With the license, Germans can carry gas pistols, flare guns and other weapons not intended for deadly use. …
The rising migrant crime wave coincides with European Union’s efforts to prevent the European citizenry from owing weapons.