Factbox: Germany’s stringent gun ownership rules

An 18-year-old “German-Iranian” believed to have acted alone killed 9 people (and injured 27) in a shooting spree with a pistol at a busy shopping center in Munich on Friday evening. Here are some facts about acquiring and owning a gun in Germany.

1. Germany has some of the “most stringent” rules around gun control in Europe, according to the U.S. Library of Congress (read this).

2. To own a gun in Germany, it is necessary to obtain a weapon license for which applicants must generally be at least 18 years old and show they have they have a reason for needing a weapon.

3. German authorities can prohibit anyone who is dependent on drugs or alcohol or is mentally ill from obtaining a gun license. People under 25 have to undergo a psychiatric test. 

4. After a teenager shot 15 people dead at a school in the southwestern town of Winnenden in 2009, Germany tightened the rules around firearms. Among other things, authorities were given greater authority to check whether guns were stored securely when not in use, and can make spot checks. 

5. Almost 5.5 million firearms are owned privately in Germany by around 1.4 million people, according to data from the German Firearms Register in 2013. Germany’s population is about 82 million.

6. There are up to 20 million illegal firearms in Germany, the daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung cited experts in Germany as saying in January. (By comparison, website GunPolicy.org says 270-310 million legal and illegal firearms are owned by civilians in the USA, where the population is ~324 mio)  

7. The German Federal Criminal Police Office said in its 2015 report that the use of firearms had been on a downward trend for years. In 2015 there were 4,289 cases of people being threatened with firearms – the lowest level since 1993. 

8. There were 57 gun homicides in Germany in 2015, up from 42 in 2014 – compared with 804 in 1995, according to website GunPolicy.org 

(Reuters.com by Michelle Martin & Erik Kirschbaum & Maria Sheahan)

I love your blog. I know that Mexico is not like the big deal, but what do german people think of mexico and their people? (Sorry if my eglish is not very good, but i doing my best) ;)

Hallo, thanks. 🙂 Anybody else want to answer this? Go ahead a reblog or leave an ask. Personally, I’ve been to Mexico a few times so I’m based. From a German standpoint, first things that come to mind are Chili con Carne (I’d say most Germans know that dish – is it TexMex or real Mex?), tacos, Mariachi music, sombreros (clichee clichee), and the great beaches of the Yucatan / Cancun, Baja California, Acapulco, the cities of Tijuana, Rosarita, Ensenada from crossing the border from California… Also your famous artist Frida Kahlo, whose father was born in Pforzheim, Germany. 

Fun fact: There were about 14,000 Mexicans in Germany in 2012, most of whom live in Berlin working as professionals, academics, researchers & entrepreneurs. You can read more about that here. Vice versa, according to Wiki, there were about 10,000 Germany-born people living in Mexico in 2015 and an unknown number of people of German descent. (Click for German-Mexicans)