The Thuringian Ministry of the Interior wants to prevent extremists from owning a gun in the Free State. Since the Office for the Protection of the Constitution in the country classifies the AfD as right-wing extremist, its members could also be affected by the initiative, the ministry announced on Wednesday. “We only implement applicable law. We cannot and do not want to stop at the AfD,” said Interior Minister Georg Maier (SPD).

The chairman of the CDU parliamentary group in the state parliament, Mario Voigt, reacted in the affirmative. “This is an important initiative by Minister of the Interior Georg Maier and the Ver

The initiative met with sharp rejection from the Thuringian AfD state association. “Interior Minister Maier uses the weapons law that has been specially adapted for this purpose to use it as a substitute criminal law against law-abiding hunters and marksmen in the AfD,” criticized state spokesman Stefan Möller sees opportunity.”

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According to the Weapons Act, which has been in force for two years, extremists can no longer be regarded as reliable. You may not own or purchase weapons. In order to be able to implement this, a working group “Weapons and extremists” of the security authorities concerned should be established at the Thuringian state administration office, it said. This will support the authorities in processing the cases. The “Spiegel” and the MDR had previously reported.

In recent years, the weapons authorities involved have already proven that they can successfully disarm extremist gun owners from the “Reich citizen scene”. According to the Ministry, the procedures for the withdrawal of the so-called weapons license (59 cases) or the rejection of an application for a weapon license (13 cases) have now been definitively completed in 72 cases. None of these individuals are in possession of firearms that require a permit. In addition, 16 other people who are considered to be part of the “Reich Citizens’ Scene” had their gun permits revoked.

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