Hand guns and rifle sales are spiking in Austria, with some shops reporting they are running out of stocks of shotguns, since no license is needed to buy them.
“Yes, I can confirm, the demand in Austria for weapons is growing. My revenue doubled in September. And in October it has doubled again, and we are still in October,” a gun shop owner told RT.
Obtaining a firearms purchase license in Austria involves passing special courses concerning basic handling and knowledge of weapons. The gun shop owner confirmed to RT that the number of people taking the gun handling courses has increased tremendously.
“In the past, I had one appointment a week for ‘weapon license training’ with one or two people. Now I have a fixed second event, with 6 to 10 people attending,” the gun dealer said.
“Most of the people who came to me in the last week for a consultation or to buy a weapon, are telling me, and I always ask them, that the reason for buying is the ‘current situation’ in Austria,” the man told RT.
The “current situation” in this context is the influx of refugees entering Austria.
Up to 8,000 migrants cross the border every day, with authorities saying numbers could soon rise to 12,000.
Austrians seem to be getting nervous. They have bought 70,000 guns this year alone, according to police. In a country with an estimated population of 8.5 million, there are currently about 900,000 privately owned guns.
In the face of the migrant crisis, the country’s government seems to be at a loss at how to tackle the problem with asylum seekers.
Just two months ago Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann was an outspoken critic of Hungary’s initiative to erect fences on its border, saying at the time it would solve nothing.
“To think that you can solve something with a fence… I believe this is wrong,” Faymann said.
Fast forward to the end of October and the chancellor announces the start of special construction measures, at Austria’s border with Slovenia.
The move triggered a negative reaction from the EU. After a phone call with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, the two officials issued a joint statement: “The president and the chancellor repeated their common position that fences have no place in Europe.”
Austria’s Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner said on Wednesday that the decision about a fence “is about ensuring an orderly, controlled entry into our country, not about shutting down the border,” the Local cited the minister as saying to public broadcaster Ö1.
“Also, a fence has a gate,” she added.
In #Šentilj an der Grenze zu #Österreich nutzen #Flüchtlinge kleine Lücken im Zaun um zu entkommen. #refugees pic.twitter.com/4nLX8LcaLw
— David (@noltetv) October 29, 2015
Austrian activists are staging anti-refugee demonstrations at the Slovenian border, demanding national authorities tackle the problem.
Germany is unhappy with Austria for allowing refugees through their common border after dark.
“Austria’s behavior in recent days has been out of line,” German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière said.
Speaking to journalists in Berlin on Wednesday, the minister revealed that large numbers of refugees coming to the country are from Afghanistan and not Syria.
“Afghanistan is in second place for the number of cases being handled. That is not acceptable,” the Guardian cited de Maizière as saying.
3 thoughts on “Austrians snapping up shotguns as thousands of Mideast refugees enter country”
“… running out of stocks of shotguns, since no license is needed to buy them.”
As it should be here (for ALL guns).
An article yesterday claimed that all long guns have been sold out for 3 weeks.
Well, thank God our gunshops are way better stocked! I can buy another gun, more bullets any day of the week, pending my unconstitutional “background check” for firearms purchase. They’re chiseling away at our 2nd Amendment right, but, when it comes down to it, their balls ain’t big enough to knock on your door for confiscation. I’ll introduce them to their God if they come knockin’ on my door.
Here they are, in a panic, quite frankly, as we should be. We got thousands of “worthless pieces of shit”, two stepping it ,across the border, one of ’em takes a shit, and, ooops, there’s a baby in that turd. Well, dammit, ya gotta keep us now! It’s for the children, grandma, apple pie, and mom. Just hand over all of our money to these worthless pieces of trash because that’s the plan. Destabilize of country with an influx of uneducated third worlders, throw them into ranch owner owned housing, and get to work, slave. Do the jobs Americans don’t want to do. It’s a crock of shit. People have to realize that these uber rich assholes are gonna “cut and run” once the Titanic has hit the iceberg. Well, the hit has occurred, loins ripped out of this “House of Cards”, and they’re currently just rearranging the deck chairs ala Putin.