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Europe attacks prompt gun permit demand

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>> Europe is arming itself, from guns to pepper spray. European countries seeing a surge in applications for weapons of self-defense, a result of recent violent attacks across the continent, most recently in Nice and southern Germany. Reuters' correspondent John Miller says people are feeling anxious about their safety.>> What we're hearing from gun industry representatives, from gun shop owners, is that there is a heightened level of unease amongst people, people concerned about the ability of authorities to perhaps protect them And so they are looking at new alternatives for themselves.
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>> Despite strict gun ownership laws in Germany, demand to carry so called scare devices, has risen almost 50% since June.>>
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> After each instant, like Munich, or the attack on the train or at that festival, you see the next day that a few more people come in to arm themselves with a pepper spray or an alarm, a tactical flashlight, or a blank firing gun.
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>> But Europe's gun ownership still remains a fraction of that across the pond.
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atistics in the US show per capita rates of more than 100 weapons per 100 people. That's more than twice Switzerland, and over three times Austria, Germany and France.>> In the United States in many places you can walk into the state capitals with a weapon.
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They have open carry laws because of the constitutional protections for guns. In Europe, in places like Switzerland, typically carrying a loaded weapon in public is the domain of law enforcement officers.>> In countries like Germany and France it's not easy to get your hands on a gun, and police checks can take over a year.
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Even when you do, it needs to be stored at home. Weapons trainers advising it would probably be more effective to get a guard dog or an alarm system.