"Our problem is homegrown terrorism. It cannot be addressed by creating transit zones," Gabriel said in the security document published on his Social Democratic Party (SPD) website.
Gabriel’s coalition partners from the Christian Social Union (CSU) proposed to create buffer zones in Bavaria to screen immigrants after a Tunisian asylum seeker drove a truck into a crowd at a Berlin Christmas market, killing 12.
"Around 50 percent of people deemed likely to threaten the state have German citizenship. This is particularly true for supporters of the Islamic State terror group who left Germany to fight in Syria," Gabriel said.
Gabriel, who is expected to run for chancellor at the September general election, set out his plan to address growing security concerns by increasing video surveillance in public places, boosting police numbers and shutting radical Islamist mosques.