Germany up in arms?
In Germany there are ten million legal firearms in private hands. And 20 million illegal, according to estimates. Who needs so many weapons and for what? The film approaches this topic honestly and without bias.
Hardly an issue polarizes the German society as much as the issue of private gun ownership. It is a year ago this summer that the German weapons law was tightened after the massacre of Winnenden. For his documentary "Germany under arms?" the NDR Author Lutz Hofmann embarks on the trail of German gun owners. On a firing range in Güstrow he meets large-caliber shooters at an international competition. Their discipline: shooting according to the rules of the IPSC - a "sporting, dynamic form of shooting," in which the shooter moves around a course and shoots targets along the way. For some, this is a form of "excessive, battle-like shooting," which should be prohibited. In Germany they are reaching the limits of what is allowed in sport shooting.
What do the shooters like about their sport and why is the possession of weapons so important to them? The formerly inaccessible world of German sport shooters is contrasted by author Lutz Hofmann with the reality of German law enforcement authorities. Why is there no central arms register? And how can you get the illegal possession of arms under control?