Hundreds of illegal guns have been sent into Germany through the postal system, with websites offering the service. The following summation was sent to me by a source who compiled it from a number of English language translations, including zeit.de.
Germany’s largest newspaper is reporting that hundreds of people have been caught buying illegal firearms in order to protect themselves from migrants.
The largest of the websites selling guns has been shut down and its user data has been handed over to the police and journalists.
According to claims elsewhere in the German media, people who were buying the weapons come from all different political and socio-economic backgrounds. Many are unaware they are breaking the law and cite rising fears of being threatened by anti-social migrants as the primary reason for their purchase.
Reporters from the Sueddeutsche newspaper tracked down one of the sites’ users, a doctor from Munich, who told reporters: “People from other countries, of course, have different ideas about how to behave in society. Uncontrolled immigration is a problem, we need a 180-degree u-turn.”
Reports suggest there was a spike in sales after the Cologne sex attacks on New Year’s Eve last year.
It is believed the weapons are purchased in Hungary, where they are legal, then posted unchecked into Germany through the EU’s open borders.
A well used revolver costs around 349 euros, a Kalashnikov 749 euros. Some of the customers paid up to 4,000 euros. By the end of January 2017, according to the data, the Online shop received orders for more than 150,000 euros.
The latests exchange rate for the USD to the EUR is 1.08 dollars per Euro. Multiply the prices by 1.08 if you wish to obtain the equivalent number in dollars. Perhaps a knowledgeable reader can inform us as to the postage rates for packages in the European Union.
The articles say that the police have been informed. I did not read of any arrests being made.
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