INSIGHT CRIME — The German arms company Heckler & Koch is accused of illegally shipping G36 firearms to Mexico. Those rifles, once considered elite, were used by the Iguala police the night the 43 students disappeared. Six former H&K employees are facing charges. More important, stronger export rules for small firearms may be coming to Germany.
Checking out Jürgen Grässlin’s website, it’s easy to dismiss him as a peacenik and leftist nerd. It’s an odd mix of press photos, family pictures, media articles, and citations, emphasized by a variety of colors, styles and sizes. This emphatic guy sure seems to have a lot to tell the world.
As a matter of fact, he does.
His website may seem like a journey back in time, but Grässlin’s work is always up-to-date and Germany’s most prominent anti-arms activist is in it for the long haul. He just celebrated an important victory. On November 5, six former employees of the German arms company Heckler & Koch (H&K) were charged with breaching the War Weapons Control Act by participating in the illegal shipments of German G36 firearms to Mexico from 2006 to 2009.