Shotguns have ‘virtually sold out’ in Austria as citizens rush to buy arms amid fears of a massive influx of migrants, dealers claim

  • There are now thought to be estimated 900,000 firearms in Austrian homes
  • Police say around 70,000 guns have been sold this year alone in Austria
  • Dealers say shotguns have almost sold out because you don’t need permit
  • Women are driving the sales rush as fears grow amid influx of refugees 



Weapon sales are soaring in Austria as citizens of the small Alpine nation become paranoid over the numbers of refugees crowding into their country.

In a country of 8.5 million people, there are now an estimated 900,000 firearms in homes. 

And gun dealers report that it is women driving the sales rush. This year alone, police say 70,000 guns have been sold. 

‘Virtually all shotguns are currently sold out, because you need no permit for them’, said Thomas Ortner, spokesman for an arms dealer in Upper Austria.