Germany is known for their strict gun laws, making it extremely difficult for anyone to qualify for lethal gun ownership, but with any good law there comes a loophole and one specific catch in the law has made it possible for gun sales to more than double in just two years.
Weapons classified as ‘small arms’ come with much looser restrictions and include simple items such as pepper spray and flares, but also stun guns and gas pistols. And now demand for these non-lethal weapons is rising at a rapid pace in Germany with ownership up 85-percent in less than two years. Applications for small arms permits jumped from 300,949 people in January of 2016 to 557,560 applications in 2017.
Guesses as to why more Germans are looking to arm themselves are all over the map with some citing the recent refugee crisis, the rise in terrorist activities across Europe and fears that cutbacks in local police forces will leave citizens unprotected.
In order for Germans to obtain such non-lethal weapon licenses, the applicant must be 18 or older, have no record of mental illness, no history of drug or alcohol abuse and must not have been convicted of any felonies.