2017 saw a record increase in gun permits in Germany.
More and more German citizens are choosing to arm themselves as the number ofÂ weapons permits for firearms saw a record increase in 2017 going up nationwide by 85 per cent.
In January 2016, Germany hadÂ around 300,000Â holders of â€œsmall weaponsâ€ permits that allow citizens to own various kinds of weapons such as pepper spray and pistols that fire gas pellets. By the end of 2017, that number almost doubled toÂ 557,000,Â Deutsche WelleÂ reports.
Self-defenceÂ coursesÂ are also on the rise as many martial arts gyms and others haveÂ claimed that they have seen a surge in new members in recent years.
Now, I don’t want to applyÂ motive to why Germans are buying these weapons but crime certainly would be my first guest. Crime rates have risen in Germany and politicalÂ turmoil has split it in half. The right to protect yourself is a normal reaction to these circumstances.