Federal Minister of Justice Marco Buschmann opposes Nancy Faeser’s plan to tighten gun laws.

In the discussion about the consequences of the alleged Reichsbürger conspiracy, Federal Minister of Justice Marco Buschmann (FDP) rejects the tightening of gun laws announced by Federal Minister of the Interior Nancy Faeser (SPD). “We have strict gun laws in Germany,” he told the editorial network Germany (RND). “But even the strictest gun laws don’t really help when people acquire guns illegally.” It’s now more about enforcing the applicable law better.

Buschmann, on the other hand, signaled support for the plan to remove civil servants more easily from public service if they behave in an anti-constitutional manner: “It is crucial that we identify people with anti-state sentiments at an early stage and remove them from public service.”

But it is also about a sense of proportion, the minister warned. “Removal from public service must remain the exception and of course meet the highest legal standards.” Officials must be able to be sure that this will not happen to them as long as they comply with the law. Removal from public service “may only happen in exceptional cases, when it is clear that someone does not stand on the ground of the free-democratic basic order and is pursuing extremist tendencies,” said Buschmann.

A week ago, the police and the federal prosecutor’s office, with several thousand forces, took action nationwide against a suspected terrorist network of Reich citizens who are said to have planned a violent overthrow. The raid “showed that our security authorities work very well and effectively,” Buschmann told RND. “They tracked down this suspected terrorist organization and gathered evidence. And they made sure early on that these people couldn’t endanger anyone.”