Overall, more than 5.3 million firearms are registered in Germany, it said. However, the official statistics are partly contradictory. According to the information, a large number of registered weapons belong to hunters and members of shooting clubs.
The re are also other unregistered weapons. Here, too, estimates are of the millions.
More weapons in the country than in the city
According to the query, there are very few firearms in Thuringia in the Saale-Orla district (16 weapons / 1000 inhabitants) and in Günzburg in Bavaria (17/1000). This is followed by Schwerin, Rostock, Leipzig and Frankfurt am Main. Most of the registered weapons per capita (190/1000) are registered in the Lüchow-Dannenberg district in Lower Saxony.
The district of Südwestpfalz in Rhineland-Palatinate (186/1000) and Neustadt ad Aisch – Bad Windsheim in Bavaria (178) follow closely behind.
The re are fewer weapons in East Germany because they were less allowed in the GDR. And in old West Berlin, too, private gun ownership was largely prohibited by the Allies.
To buy a gun, you usually need a gun ownership card, which is mainly issued to hunters and shooters. However, they are not yet allowed to carry the weapon in public. A gun license is required for this – and it is very rarely issued.
The n there is the so-called small gun license. You can use it to carry alarm pistols and gas pistols in public.