The last months have seen an increasing number of Czechs applying for gun licenses.

From June to December 2015, 2.000 permits have been released, added to the 290.000 already existing. 800.000 the guns owned in the country, 100.000 of them sold in the last five years. Experts suggest this is a response to worries over terrorist attacks and the migrant crisis.

A representative of domestic firearms manufacturer Česká zbrojovka, Radek Hauerland, told Czech Television that his firm was managing to keep up with demand but would have difficulty fulfilling orders if the sales rate remains high.

Minister of Interior Milan Chovanec said that the existing criteria are already strict, and last year only half of the applicants have been able to pass the test. All the guns and permits released are written down in country’s weapon register, held by Czech Police.