Posted on October 10, 2018

Austria to Ban Knives for Asylum Seekers Amidst Migrant Stabbing Surge

Virginia Hale, Breitbart, October 8, 2018

Austria is set to ban refugees and asylum seekers from owning knives as figures showed the number of attacks using stabbing and slashing weapons in the country has almost doubled over the past five years.

Proposed amendments to the country’s weapons law would extend the prohibition on non-EU migrants owning firearms, introduced in 2016, to bladed weapons — with the exceptions of hunting and kitchen knives.

The significant rise in knife violence and deadly attacks means the government must take action, said Interior Minister Herbert Kickl, stating: “That is why the ban on weapons for asylum seekers or those entitled to asylum will in the future not only include firearms but all forms of weapons.”

Federal Criminal Police Office figures show the number of attacks using bladed weapons has been steadily on the rise, with the 676 incidents recorded in 2013 increasing to 1,030 last year — 635 of which were perpetrated by migrants, Der Standard reports.


But, after praising the idea of including knives in the nation’s weapons legislation, [author Irene] Brickner attacked the interior minister for singling out asylum seekers and illegal immigrants instead of bringing in a blanket ban, and attacked aspects of the proposals likely to be welcomed by hunting enthusiasts, such as plans to permit the use of silencers.

Breitbart London previously reported on the massive rise in gun sales seen in Austria after the “migrant crisis” saw the nation inundated with huge numbers of third world migrants after Chancellor Angela Merkel, who leads neighbouring Germany, issued a ‘welcome’ call to the world’s poor.