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Gun Ownership in Germany

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Spiegel (Germany)

22 February 2013

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Recently published statistics show that Germany is home to a total of 5.4 million legal weapons, the fourth highest per capita number of legal firearms in the world. The information comes from the country's new National Firearms Register, a political reaction to major shooting sprees in recent years.

Germany's National Firearms Register, which came into effect on Jan. 1, 2013, recently published its first statistics. A total of 5.4 million legal weapons are registered with private owners in the country. The most are registered in the state of Bavaria (1.1 million), followed by North Rhine-Westphalia (1 million) and Baden-Württemberg (700,000). Approximately 550 German authorities submitted data…

Germany's largest police union, the GdP, estimates there are up to 20 million illegal firearms in Germany.

Graphic in the original: Gun Ownership in Germany
- Registered firearms requiring a licence per 100 residents by state, as recorded in the National Firearms Register
- A total of 5.4 million firearms registered with private owners are in legal circulation.
- Owners of firearms possess an average of 3.9 weapons.

Sources: BVA, Federal Statistical Office

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