Despite the repeated claims of Icelandic officials to the contrary, the Norwegian government wants Iceland to pay actual money for the guns they sent us.
DV reports that Bent-Ivan Myhre, a spokesperson for the Norwegian Ministry of Defence, does not share the opinion of the Icelandic Coast Guard that, despite their being a signed sales agreement for a cache of semi- and fully automatic weapons between Iceland and Norway, that the guns were a gift.
“We are sending an invoice,” Bent-Ivan told the Norwegian paper Dagbladet. “We signed an agreement for the sale of 250 MP5 submachine guns for 625,000 [NOK] on December 17, 2013. That is the price of purchase and will be paid. That has always been the plan.”
The matter has caused a small controversy in Norway (and a slightly larger one in Iceland), as Norwegian authorities apparently never saw the gun transfer as a “gift”. They have always believed it to be a weapons sale.
Many Icelanders have been highly critical of the acquired guns, which were received without any discussion in parliament on the matter. The Facebook group “Skilum byssunum” (“Return the Guns”) has attained nearly 9,000 Likes, and a recent protest in front of Reykjavík police headquarters attracted a large crowd.