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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.
>> Despite strict gun ownership laws in Germany, demand to carry so called scare devices, has risen almost 50% since June.>>
> 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.
>> But Europe's gun ownership still remains a fraction of that across the pond.
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.
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.
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.