Except criminals, of course (but they won’t have to get theirs registered).
Germany is introducing a national firearms registry that will be operational next year, implementing a European Union directive two years ahead of its due date.
The register will pool nearly 550 local-level databases of gun owners, the Interior Ministry said in an e-mailed statement today. The EU weapons directive requires every member state to put in place a national registry by December 31, 2014.
…In a second step, the registry will also track producers, traders and importers of legally bought weapons in Germany.
“The national weapons registry contributes significantly to the security in Germany.”