The German police say insecurity caused by sex attacks by migrants due to the increase in permits for firearms
Police say that insecurity caused by migrant sex attacks is to blame for an increase in firearm licenses in Germany
- The number of German citizens with an arms license has increased to 640,000
- In 2014 the amount was 260,000 and there are 5.4 million private weapons in Germany
- Union of Police President said & # 39; more and more people feel insecure & # 39; after attacks
- In recent years, Germany has seen a series of high-profile sex cases involving migrants
The German police said that & # 39; insecurity & # 39; caused by migrant sex attacks behind an increase in the number of people with firearm permits.
A survey of the 16 federal states of Germany showed that 640,000 civilians can now carry a weapon. This number was only 260,000 in 2014.
In total there are 5.4 million guns in private ownership. The share of license holders is highest in Schleswig-Holstein the local.
The Union of Police said & # 39; more and more people feel insecure & # 39; since the sexual attacks on women outside the Cologne Cathedral on New Year's Eve 2015.
The number of people with a firearms license in Germany has increased from 260,000 in 2014 to 640,000 (photo of the file)
Germany has since seen more than a number of high-profile sex attacks 200 women came forward to say they were attacked during the Cologne festivities.
The police later revealed that tThe majority of the suspects are of North African origin.
In the past year, the increase in firearm permits was about nine percent more than in the same period last year, according to data collected by RP.
Union of Police Chairman Oliver Malchow said the rise was caused by a & # 39; latent sense of insecurity & # 39; in the population.
He added: & # 39; The problematic increase in small arms licenses shows that we have to work to restore a sense of security for many citizens. & # 39;
Firearm licenses in North Rhine-Westphalia, the state with the largest population, amounted to 162,952 on 30 June.
Union of Police President Oliver Malchow said: & more and more people feel insecure & # 39; because the sexual attacks on women outside the Cologne Cathedral on New Year's Eve 2015 (photo on the file)
The increase was 7.1 percent, which was lower than the national average, but this still meant that there were nine guns for every 1000 inhabitants.
In the past year, a series of sexual abuse cases in Germany have involved asylum seekers.
In July, Iraqi asylum seeker Ali Bashar was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Susanna Feldman, 14, from Mainz.
The four-month case led to a national debate on German refugee policy and led to anti-migrant protests throughout the country.
And in February, another asylum seeker, identified as Ahmad S. because of privacy laws, was found guilty of stabbing his ex-girlfriend, 17, in her apartment last March.
During the case, the court heard how he turned out to be 11 years older than he claimed, after he applied for asylum in 2015 as a minor – arguing that he was only 18 years old.
Germany has a strict system with regard to possession of weapons, whereby citizens must obtain a license for every firearm that they possess.
Those who want a permit must be 18 years old and must check whether they have a criminal record, an addiction problem or a mental illness.
Although the country has many weapons, it has one of the lowest deaths from weapons.
The government raised the age to get a permit after a mass shooting in Erfurt in 2002 where 16 people were killed.
The permit can also be withdrawn by the police under questionable circumstances, thelocal.de reports.
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