Germany: Father of Winnenden school shooter convicted

In the first case of its kind in Germany, the father of a teenager who shot dead 15 people and then himself on 11 March 2009 in Winnenden has been given a suspended prison sentence of 21 months, and found guilty of manslaughter and bodily injury. The court sentenced him for violating German gun laws by failing to properly secure and store his 9mm Beretta pistol, the gun used by his son. Hardy Schober of the Aktionsbündnisses Amoklauf Winnenden, an IANSA member based in Germany, said, “We accept the verdict, although we had hoped for it to be stronger. We will continue to fight for a tightening of firearms legislation”. More