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A Farewell To Arms – For Real This Time (Probably)

Published June 16, 2015

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The guns Iceland attempted to purchase from Norway will in all likelihood be on their way back home by the end of this week, RÚV reports.

As reported, the cache – which includes 250 MP5 submachine guns – is still in holding with customs officials, despite the Coast Guard having announced last November that they would send the guns out of the country “at the first convenient opportunity”.

When asked why the guns are still here, customs officials told Vísir at the time that they were expecting a plane from Norway to come to Iceland to pick up the weapons in mid-May. No such plane has arrived, therefore “we are looking for another way to move the weapons out of the country”.

The news comes in the wake of recent attempts to try again to arm up the police further. As reported, police initially said that last year’s cache of firearms was a “gift” from Norway, but Norway disagreed, contending the weapons were bought.

The revelation sparked criticism and opposition from the general public, culminating in the Icelandic Coast Guard announcing that they would return the guns.


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