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800 weapons taken from neo-Nazis in two years

The Local · 30 Nov 2011, 15:43

Published: 30 Nov 2011 15:43 GMT+01:00

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The number is part of the government's answer to formal parliamentary requests by the Left party, seen by the Frankfurter Rundschau and Berliner Zeitung newspapers.

According to the answer, precisely 811 weapons were confiscated in 2009 and 2010 from members of the extreme right. More than 330 of those were slashing or stabbing weapons, like knives. But there were also 15 handguns, 16 rifles and even eight “weapons of war,” such as heavy machine guns, the Berliner Zeitung reported.

Ulla Jelpke, domestic affairs spokeswoman for the Left party, told the newspaper that she was shocked by the high number of weapons confiscations and urged more restrictions on extremists’ ability to buy guns through legal shooting clubs.

“Neo-Nazis hoard weapons to use against political opponents and dissidents,” she warned.

The report comes as the government struggles to deal with right-wing extremists. Some critics believe the government ignored the threat, leading to the emergence of a neo-Nazi killing squad based in the eastern German town of Zwickau, which killed at least 10 people between 2000 and 2006.

Politicians seem particularly worried that all the bad press will scare away skilled foreign workers – people like doctors, nurses and engineers – who Germany has been trying to woo over the last few years.

“When someone reads something like this about Germany, then it obviously hurts Germany,” said Armin Laschet on the ZDF television network’s Morgenmagazin Wednesday.

Laschet, a member of the conservative Christian Democratic Union and a former integration minister in North Rhine-Westphalia, has been working with several politicians, including former Defence Minister Peter Struck, on a commission that aims to figure out how to attract more skilled workers.

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On the Morgenmagazin Struck called the country’s right-wing problem “completely unhelpful” and “terrible” for Germany’s efforts to attract immigrants.

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16:34 November 30, 2011 by danceswithgoats
39 firearms in two years? That would be a slow day in most American big cities. I think this fear of Right Wing violence is overplayed. Demographics and creeping Islamism will be greater threats in the future.
19:39 November 30, 2011 by crunchy2k
and how ,many returned to innocet owners?
20:50 November 30, 2011 by gorongoza
Every time I read a story of these neo-nazis something becomes immediately clear. Who is fooling who?
01:25 December 1, 2011 by Jack Kerouac
Why are they showing a photograph of the Impreial German flag? That's from World War I, before Nazis existed. Seems a bit negligent, especially for Germans. "Hey, let's just lump in anythying we think LOOKS like it's Nazi-related! The average people won't know the difference!" Well, I do. Imperialism and National Socialism are completely different in several aspects. In addition, there were no "Good" and "Evil" sides during World War I - everybody was a greedy imperialist, even the United States.
02:09 December 1, 2011 by Jimbob_77
The nazi machine as the Bible states will return for a 4th reich also known as "the beast" along with the vatican as the anti-Christ....It's all written and will happen quickly.....That is why guns are found here, murders there....they are preparing silently....foreighners better beware....God is always correct....
20:22 December 1, 2011 by dportjoe
@jack Kerouac-I served in US Army based Nurenburg 197801980 one of the fist things we were warned about was that the Imperial was used by the neo's because the Nazi symbols were banned. As for returning weapons crucny2k-by being neo Nazi in Gremany you have committed a crime. Known criminals in possesion fo weapons is frowned upon in most nations.

When I was there certain bars were off limits to US soldiers because they were shrines to the Nazi movement. Walls full of sepia toned pics of young men in uniform (often black) with blck ribbons across the frames. At the time most folks thought it was dying off with age.
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