Paramedics have discovered a massive arsenal of weapons and Nazi objects from the World War II era in the flat of a 64-year-old man in the heart of the Austrian capital Vienna.
The incident took place in the Hernals district of the Austrian capital Vienna on the morning of Thursday 16th December when paramedics responded to a call from the unnamed man himself and discovered the huge arsenal. The paramedics contacted the police.
Images provided by the Vienna Police Department show a selection of ancient, flintlock pistols, but also a Nazi flag bearing a swastika and various machine guns and rifles from World War II. The police also reportedly found significant quantities of ammunition, as well as a number of bolt-action rifles.
Control Inspector Markus Dittrich from the Vienna Police Department provided Newsflash with a statement that revealed that police officers confiscated 23 long guns, 14 handguns, 11 flintlock weapons, six flare pistols, one high-explosive grenade, eight rifle grenades, 35 daggers (some with Nazi engravings), about 13,000 rounds of ammunition and various other “ancient weapons”.
The police said that officers from the Ottakring City Police Command “were informed by the ambulance service because they saw weapons in the apartment of a 64-year-old during a rescue operation.”
The police added that all of the weapons that could potentially be dangerous were removed by professionals. They said: “The police found a large number of firearms, war material, knives, daggers and National Socialist devotional objects in the living quarters. With the support of organs that were knowledgeable about explosives and the defusing service of the LPD Vienna, all objects were removed from the premises. The explosives (HE grenades, rifle grenades) were professionally removed.”
The police also said that they are still analysing the seized weapons and that they also seized all “Nazi devotional items”. The man, who has not been named due to strict local privacy laws, has been charged with breaking gun ownership laws, according to the cops.
The police said that they do not believe at this time that the suspect belongs “to an extremist group”. They added that they did not think that he represented an “acute danger” to the public either.
In Austria, items with Nazi symbols are typically banned, unless they constitute works of art such as films and theatre performances.
Breaking the Probation Act of 1947, that bans the promotion of National Socialism, comes with a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.
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