In Germany there are 5,5 Million legally registered weapons in private possession. Most of them are used for recreational shooting, hunting, reenactment and as collectables. The weapon owners are lobbying to keep weapons accessible.
Despite the fact that most of the guns are not used for self defense like in the USA, there are parallels to the american weapon culture. Inspired by the national rifle association, german gun owners created the German rifle association to defend their interests. American action movies and video- games have contributed to create attraction to weapons and are a obvious influence to some of our subjects. The whole milieu is well organized, focused on technology and takes its hobby very seriously.