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Germany

4 August 2000

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Anyone who has ever been threatened with a blank or gas pistol will never forget the terror concealed behind the harmless-sounding names. Outwardly, they are almost impossible to distinguish from the lethal variety of gun; the mere sight of one can be enough to frighten the victim to death. Yet legislators have hesitated to restrict the purchase and carrying of a Schreckschusspistole-whose main purpose is not to kill but to strike terror-even though many criminals and... (GunPolicy.org)

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