German police seize arsenal of wartime weapons

Tue Sep 21, 2010 3:10pm EDT
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BERLIN (Reuters Life!) - German police have seized an illegal arsenal of 86 weapons -- most dating from World War One and World War Two -- stored in the house of a Bavarian man who died two years ago.

In defiance of Germany's strict gun control laws, firearms and hand grenades were found unsecured in the pensioner's house, police said. The man's son had notified authorities after discovering the weapons recently while clearing out the house.

Of the total 86 weapons seized, most date from the time between the World War One and the end of World War Two.

The collection included assault rifles, revolvers, tommy guns, 21 detonators and explosive devices, seven hand grenades, and 23 metal boxes containing various types of munition, police said.

(Writing by Michelle Martin, editing by Paul Casciato)