Pepper spray, stun guns and gas pistols are in high demand in Germany
From knives to imitation pistols that fire blanks – over the past few months, more and more Germans have been arming themselves with self-defense products.
The sales volume doubled this year compared to 2014 in weapons stores across the country according to the German Association of Gunsmiths and Weapons Sellers (VDB), which conducted a random telephone survey among its 1,100 members.
The survey also found that more people applied for a special permit called a “small weapons license” which authorizes the user to carry pistols and revolvers for shooting blanks, gas and signaling ammunition. The license costs roughly 50 euros ($54), applicants have to be at least 18 years old and don’t need to state a reason for their application.