Monday, November 30, 2015

Were Shotguns Seized in Italy for Terrorists or Citizens?

Recent headlines blared "Paris attacks: Almost 800 pump-action shotguns seized by Italian police on way to Belgium, Germany and Holland".   It is hard to see any connection between the shotguns (Winchester SXPs) that were seized and terrorists.  The shotguns were legally manufactured in Turkey.   It is important to note it is admitted that "customs rules were not broken":
Although customs rules were not broken, police said the driver did not have licences required to transport the weapons and the Turkish manufacturer was reportedly accused of breaching national security regulations.
What apparently happened is that the manufacturer and customers fell victim to increased security checks put in place after the Paris attacks.  Demand for shotguns has been sky-rocketing in Europe since the invasion of millions of Muslim migrants started months ago.  It is not hard to understand why hundreds of shotguns would be destined for Belgium, Germany and Holland.  Shotguns are one of the easiest firearms to legally obtain in most countries with strict gun control.    Pump action shotguns are legal in Germany, semi-automatic shotguns are not, except in rare circumstances.  It has been reported that demand for shotguns in Austria has emptied the shelves there.  It seems likely that similar demand would rise in Germany, Belgium, and Holland.  From the
And gun dealers report that it is women driving the sales rush. This year alone, police say 70,000 guns have been sold.

'Virtually all shotguns are currently sold out, because you need no permit for them', said Thomas Ortner, spokesman for an arms dealer in Upper Austria.
As terrorist attacks increase, demand for weapons rises as well.  And so do the current government attempts to keep weapons from their citizens.

It may not always be so.  At least one European politician is calling for France to re-arm.  From

France’s Marine Le Pen Calls for Nation to Re-Arm Itself – ‘Eradicate Radical Islam’ (Video)

1 comment:

Wireless.Phil said...

Daily Caller Nov. 5th 2015

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