State interior ministers have submitted a proposal to federal Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière regarding the trade and background of weapons, according to publishing group Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland (RND).
“Terrorism and criminality are not stopped by national borders,” said Mecklenburg-Vorpommern interior minister, Lorenz Caffier.
“Considering the attacks on Paris and Brussels, this data exchange is overdue and important for saving lives.”
In Germany there are around 5.8 million privately owned guns registered with the national gun registry. Currently the type of gun, make, serial number, date of purchase and name of the owner are entered into the registry.
But the interior ministers want to also list the entire life cycle of the weapon, including the producer and importer, to be traceable throughout Europe.