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Shell Shocked: Germans Stock Up on Tasers After Cologne Attacks

© AP Photo / Hermann J. KnippertzPolice officers patrol in front of the main station of Cologne, Germany (File)
Police officers patrol in front of the main station of Cologne, Germany (File) - Sputnik International
Sales of Tasers and other self-defense weapons have skyrocketed across Germany in the wake of the New Year’s Eve assaults in Cologne, the newspaper Handelsblatt wrote on Friday.

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Pepper spray, air guns and popguns are also selling like hot cakes with weapons shop managers saying that people, above all women, no longer feel safe following the spate of sexual assaults and muggings by migrants in the country’s big cities.

One weapons store in Frankfurt is selling pepper spray under the slogan “Always at an arm’s length” inspired by Cologne Mayor Henriette Reker who inflamed a nationwide debate about migrants and sexual harassment by suggesting that women can protect themselves from men on the streets by keeping them more than an arm’s length away.

Arms retailers in Berlin, Stuttgart, Munich, Hamburg, Dresden and Dusseldorf said they had already run out of their stock of Tasers with the Akah internet company saying they had sold out their entire inventory of battery-charged electrical shockers.

Unlike air pistols and popguns, buying a Taser in Germany does not require any special permission.

Meanwhile, Cologne police said that 32 people, 22 of whom refugees were being held on suspicion of involvement in the New Year attacks.

The city’s police chief has been fired and Mayor Henriette Reker accused law enforcement of holding back vital information about the December 31 events.

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