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Denmark to host biggest weapons store in Europe

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Denmark to host biggest weapons store in Europe
Giant gun stores: no longer just for Americans! Photo: Steve Helber/POLFOTO
10:24 CEST+02:00
A 5,000 square metre gun shop in Jutland has been built "like a fortress" to address security concerns. The owners hope weapons enthusiasts from around the world will visit the store for their gun and ammo needs.
The biggest weapons store in Europe will soon open in Jutland.
 
The massive 5,000 square metre Østysk Våbenhandel will be nearly twice as big as the continent's current largest weapons store, which is found in Germany. And according to the owners, they would have liked the weapons warehouse to have been even bigger. 
 
“It is built to the maximum limit in relation to what the local planning codes allow,” co-owner Kenneth Pedersen told Ekstra Bladet. “We have an additional 2,500 square metres on the upper level that we can’t use. If we could, we would have definitely used that too.”
 
Rather than using that extra space to sell guns and ammunition, Pedersen said it will house a hunting expedition company and a taxidermist.
 
The basement will also include a soundproof shooting range. 
 
Pedersen predicted that his giant weapons shop would have no shortage of customers. 
 
“The influx of new hunters has been increasing over the past many, many years,” he said, adding that he thought his store would serve as a mecca for weapons enthusiasts from around the world. 
 
But it’s not only customers that may be looking forward to visiting the new weapons store. The shop has taken extraordinary security measures to guard the trove of guns and ammunition from thieves. 
 
“The security rules are very stringent for this type of store,” Knud Nielsen, the store’s security chief, told Danmarks Radio. “It has some of the tightest security possible. Some of the requirements are on par with bank vaults.”
 
He said that the store is built “like a fortress” and that he wasn’t concerned about its location right off of the E45 motorway.
 
“We have video surveillance outside and a direct line to police,” Nielsen said. “It’s not like other places where thieves could just take their car and drive into the building like a battering ram. It can’t be done.”
 
There are also security measures in place for the weapons in the store, including a steel wire with padlock through each display gun’s trigger, and the placement of inventory weapons and ammunition in locked safes. 
 
Østysk Våbenhandel will open for business on July 31st.
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