(ZERO HEDGE) — As the immigration crisis continues to intensify in Europe, Germans are buying protection – lots of it.
Recall that last year, following a 600% surge in pepper spray purchases, the country actually ended up running out of the product. Shortly thereafter, following a wave of New Year’s Eve attacks, Small Arms sales subsequently skyrocketed.
Now we learn that in the first three months of 2016, fear continues to be on the rise, as Small Weapons Licenses in Bavaria have already doubled the entire total for 2015. As the number of refugees rose in 2015 and into 2016, so did the number of locals applying for small weapons licenses – authorization to use blank-firing guns The Local reports. The blank-firing guns are designed to ward off attackers, but can also be deadly.
The applications for such weapons has risen steadily over the past few years, with 2014 and 2015 applications being 2,379 and 5,748 respectively. However, the first three months of 2016 has already surpassed the entire total for 2015. In February alone, 7,435 licenses were given out, and March saw another 4,677.