More and more German tourists, who are returning from the Bulgarian Black Sea coast, are trying to import illegal weapons. The German customs authority says, at Düsseldorf Airport alone, customs officers have found 148 such weapons in bags and suitcases belonging to tourists coming home from Slanchev Briag (“Sunny Beach”) and similar places, in the past two months. At the airport mentioned, charges were pressed in 103 cases, since the 2016 summer vacation started.
Certain kinds of knives, brass knuckles and so-called throwing stars are forbidden in Germany, due to the country’s strict weapons control laws. But exactly these kinds of illegal weapons were purchased in Bulgaria, in high numbers, mostly by young men, including teenagers.
The German TV news channel “n-tv” quoted a customs official who said this was an ongoing trend, which his authority had noticed quite some time ago. The number of these dangerous weapons taken to Germany from Bulgaria had grown substantially. In Bulgaria, they were sold on beaches, by people who claimed they were legal.
The tourists caught with such illegal weapons mostly said, they had intended to use them “as decoration”. Some stated, they had been cheap and too “attractive” to miss out on.
Weapons and gun control laws in Germany are very strict, compared to other countries. Some weapons are generally forbidden. Cities, such as Bremen, even have weapon-free zones.
By Imanuel Marcus