Requests for gun permits in Vienna rising

The number of requests for gun permits in Vienna is rising, according to police. There are currently more than 85,000 registered weapons in the capital, although the actual number including those that are not registered is thought to be much higher.

Requests for gun permits in Vienna rising
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One Viennese tobacconist working in Sechshauserstraße in the Rudolfsheim-Fünfhaus district told the ORF she felt she had to get a gun to protect herself from robbers. Several of her neighbours have been broken into. She does regular target practise at a nearby shooting range.

Last year in Vienna 460 applications for weapons were submitted. However, police are cracking down on gun ownership. “We don’t want to see private armies with weapons. There are many situations in which having a gun can be a great disadvantage. We always recommend leaving any dangerous situation immediately and calling the police," said police spokesman Roman Hahslinger.

One in five weapons applications was withdrawn or dismissed in the past year. The remaining applicants all met the requirements, including completing a period of probationary psychological assessment. However if you fail this test you can complete it several times, until you pass, something Viennese psychologist and consultant Karin Busch-Frankl has criticized.

A Viennese jeweller who shot and killed a man during an armed robbery at his business in Rudolf-Fuenfhaus in July 2013 was judged to have acted in self-defence.

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‘Decomposing smell’: Austrian police called due to smelly shoes

Austria's police department said they were called to an apartment complex in Vienna after a person was concerned about a "smell of decomposition".

'Decomposing smell': Austrian police called due to smelly shoes

This week, the Viennese police department started a weekly ‘series’ of sharing interesting stories on their social media accounts

Calling the series ‘Misunderstanding Wednesday’ (Missverständnismittwoch), the very first post is about a call they received to an apartment complex after a concerned citizen complained to emergency services about a “smell of decomposition in the staircase”.

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The alleged corpse, it turns out, was just the neighbour’s smelly shoes which were left in the building corridor, in front of their apartment.

The police didn’t say when exactly the incident took place.

“When our colleagues are called because of the ‘smell of decomposition in the staircase’… and notice that the stunk is from the neighbour’s shoes which were left in front of the apartment door”, the official Twitter account of the Vienna police department reads.

‘When in doubt it is an emergency’

The authorities were light-hearted about the misunderstanding, even sharing a “meme-like” picture on their social media accounts, saying “some missions turn out to be different than initially assumed”.

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However, they reiterated that the misunderstandings should not deter people from calling 133, the emergency police number. They added that in case of emergencies and even if you are not sure, the authorities should be called and they will assist you.

“Note: in case of doubt, it is an emergency”, the Vienna police department says. “Never be afraid to dial the emergency number.”