The number of Germans with a small arms permit has almost doubled in two years. Politicians are worried.
Germans are taking up arms of angst. Demand for non-lethal weapons, including gas pistols, flare and stun guns, as well as pepper spray is on the rise.
In the US, every mass shooting is followed by yet another heated gun debate. While gun-related crime in Germany is comparatively rare, the issue of guns is increasingly in the forefront of political discussions.
Sales of freely available arms are booming. The number of applications for small arms permits has set new records. In 2017, 557,560 people obtained such a license. In January 2016, only 300,949 people had a permit. This means ownership soared by a staggering 85 percent in …