The “Bild” newspaper has claimed that the guns used in the Paris attacks were bought in Germany. But the connection is speculative. Experts say the Kalashnikovs could have been bought anywhere on Europe’s black market.
German weapons maker Sig Sauer is facing a second lawsuit on suspicion of illegally exporting guns to Latin America. A Mexican drug cartel member has confessed to killing 12 people with one of its handguns.
German gunmaker Heckler & Koch has been accused of supplying rifles to the police force of Iguala, Mexico. The Iguala police recently gunned down several protestors and are thought to have close ties to the mafia.
Germany’s weapons industry is booming, and even the vice chancellor’s attempt to stop selling tanks to the Saudis is a minor concession for the world’s third biggest arms exporter. But the trade is destabilizing security.
Out of principle, the German goverment refused to take part in military action against Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi. But selling arms to both sides of international conflicts has never been a problem for Berlin.
Police recently searched the offices of German arms company Heckler & Koch in connection with allegedly illegal weapon exports to Mexico used in the drugs war. One manager involved in the deal has already resigned.