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Vienna, Austria (The Local) - The number of weapons permits issued in Vienna and Styria for pistols and revolvers has multiplied in recent months, a trend which is seen to have taken off after the terror attacks in Paris and in the wake of the increasing number of migrants and refugees entering Austria.
Up until September 2015 an average of 100 weapons permits were issued a month in Vienna. Police records show that this doubled in October, and quadrupled in November to 457.Read More . . . .
Police records show that reported cases of sexual assaults in Vienna have also increased in recent months. However, criminal sociologist Reinhard Kreissl says that Vienna is still generally a very safe city with a low crime rate, and warns that statistics from the USA show that as more people buy weapons for self-defence, the number of armed robberies and attacks increase.
"It’s clear that people’s general sense of unease has increased," Robert Siegert, industry spokesman for the arms trade in the Chamber of Commerce told broadcaster ORF.
He added that exact figures were not available but that larger weapons shops said sales had risen sharply for self-defence weapons - particularly pepper spray, blank-firing guns and tasers.
In Styria, the number of weapons permits issued has also risen rapidly since the start of the refugee crisis last summer. Styria borders Slovenia, and the south-eastern state has seen thousands of refugees crossing its border on a daily basis.
In the capital, Graz, the number of weapons permits doubled in 2015 compared to the previous year. In Leibnitz and Südoststeiermark - the districts directly on the Slovenian border - the number of applications for weapons permits quadrupled in 2015.
“Especially in the last four months of 2015 we saw a massive increase in demand for weapons. Most people said they wanted a weapon because they didn’t feel safe,” Herbert Fuik from Styrian police confirmed.