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Farewell to Arms: Danish Home Guard to Disarm After Terror Attack

© REUTERS / Hannibal HanschkePolice guard the scene of a shooting at cafe 'Krudttonden,' which was hosting a free speech event, in Oesterbro, Copenhagen, February 16, 2015
Police guard the scene of a shooting at cafe 'Krudttonden,' which was hosting a free speech event, in Oesterbro, Copenhagen, February 16, 2015 - Sputnik International
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Some 4,300 volunteer members of the Danish Home Guard are being ordered to disassemble their rifles after one of the weapons used in last month’s shootings in Copenhagen proved to be a stolen military rifle, The Local reports.

Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt (3rd L), her husband Stephen Kinnock (L), Crown Prince Frederik (C), Liberal leader Lars Lokke Rasmussen (2nd R) and Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende (R) stand together during a memorial service for victims of deadly attacks on a synagogue and an event promoting free speech, in Copenhagen February 16, 2015 - Sputnik International
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One of the weapons used in February’s terror attack in Copenhagen was an M95 rifle that had previously been stolen from the home of a Danish Home Guard member.

As a result, all Home Guard members are now required to turn in the bolts to their rifles, making them unable to be fired.

“In light of the tragic events on February 14-15, 2015, the Home Guard is implementing these security measures until the Home Guard has found the proper solution,” Home Guard General Major Finn Winkler said in a statement.

The Home Guard members will also be subjected to periodic visits from controllers who will check that the weapons are stored safely and properly.

Prior to the new measures, members were already required to store their rifle and bolt separately behind lock and key.

But thieves have managed to snip military weapons and one of the stolen rifles was used by Omar el-Hussein in the twin shootings that killed two men and wounded six policemen in Copenhagen last month.

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