It's probably not front-page news, and I doubt if any German journalist will hype up the story....but there is this odd story out of Austria.
For 2015, there's been a record rate of weapons bought for the year. What the government will generally say is that the public perception of increased crime and immigration....have gotten some folks to be a bit worried, and they've purchased guns to make up for this worry.
The Austrian government will admit that roughly 900,000 weapons are stored in Austrian houses....with the population at 8.5 million.....that means one out of every ten weapon hold a weapon.
For 2015 so far? Seventy-thousand firearms have been sold....with two months left to go.
I sat and read up on Austria. They have this nifty rule about shotguns....they don't require a license....so it's fairly easy for someone to go out and buy one.
According to a Focus article, the gun shops have a growing number of women who've shown up and want a training course. All this new enthusiasm for weapons have caused more classes to be put on the schedule.
German trends? Unknown.....the government isn't saying much. I suspect this is a statistic that Germany would prefer not to discuss.