Berlin, Nov 20 (IANS) The German government is all set to maintain a centralised weapons' register from next year onwards to enable authorities access information regarding weapons and their owners with the help of a central national database.
This will make it possible for police to establish whether weapons are present at the locations to which they have been deployed such as whether or not a gun has been registered in a house reported for domestic violence.
The move comes nearly four years after the tragedy of the Winnenden school shooting in Baden−Wurttemberg state which left 16 people dead, DAPD news agency reported.
According to the country's federal Interior Minister Hans−Peter Friedrich (Christian Social Union − CSU), the country' new national weapons register is set to be launched Jan 1, 2013
The new register thereby makes a "considerable contribution to improving national security in Germany", he said.
According to president of the federal criminal police office, Jorg Ziercke, the introduction of the register is the fulfilment of a long−standing request made by German security authorities for a central database.
At times it took months to get a response from local registration office, Ziercke said, adding that the integrated electronic database would make investigations considerably faster and easier.