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Tiny Saarland has the most guns per capita
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Tiny Saarland has the most guns per capita

Published: 18 Jan 2013 07:31 GMT+01:00
Updated: 18 Jan 2013 07:31 GMT+01:00

Saarland, wedged between the Rhine and France, has around 120 registered guns per 1,000 people, the Handelsblatt newspaper reported on Thursday.

Following hunting-keen Saarland comes Rhineland-Palatinate with around 113 guns per 1,000 people, and then Bavaria with 95 guns per 1,000 people.

The 600 or so local authorities responsible for registering legal weapons gave their information to the new national register which will be organised and run by the Federal Administration Office in Cologne.

The Interior Ministry estimates there is around 5.5 million legal weapons in Germany. The Handelsblatt which conducted its own research asking all the state interior ministries for their latest figures, suggested the actual total was 5.7 million.

All these will be recorded on the new register's computer system so that should a weapon be found at a crime scene, police will be able to swiftly discover if it is legal, and if so, who owns it.

The register is part of European Union rules, the Handelsblatt said.

Hans Scholzen, chairman of the association of weapons technicians and history, told the paper he was surprised there were not more weapons in the country. There were 1.1 million registered sports shooters and around 300,000 hunters in the country he said, who would all have at least one weapon.

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Your comments about this article

14:51 January 18, 2013 by the.local.reader
statistic on small groups have higher variation than on big groups. Just look at the bottom of the list, you would most probably find small states as well.

Learn some (basic) statistics, journalist!
00:32 January 19, 2013 by soros
I'm finding quite a few grammatical errors in your texts. Don't you have a proofreader?
20:08 January 21, 2013 by coffeelover
@local reader,,,This site is for English-speakers to read Germany news. But you should keep in mind there will be some German's learning English who will come here to practice their English skills. Proper spelling, punctuation, capitalizing, on our part will help them with a very difficult language to write properly when learning. Plus, it is always good to practice writing correctly anyway. Consider yourself warned, I have my plasma tomato gun ready for your next incorrect entry. I am not perfect English writer all the time either.
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