Fri. 16 Feb 2007
VIENNA, Austria (AP) - Austrian authorities have approved the export of 30,000 handguns to Iran, local media reported Friday, days after a report that sophisticated Austrian rifles were finding their way into the hands of Iraqi insurgents.
Austrian media reported the pistols had been sold to Iran's interior ministry, which is in charge of the police force.
Austrian economic ministry officials told state radio that their ministry had approved the sale of the "Glock" pistols last month, saying Iranian authorities had provided documentary evidence that they would not be passed on to others.
Another request for the weapons from the Iranian army was denied after it refused to give such assurances, said the officials, adding such sales to police were allowed under legislation governing the export of weapons.
The sales were first reported by the Austria Press Agency Friday, citing a story in preliminary copies of Saturday's edition of the daily "Oesterreich." After-hours phone calls to the ministry were not answered.
On Tuesday, Britain's "Daily Telegraph reported that American troops have recovered more than 100 "Steyr .50 HS" rifles in Iraq, part of an Austrian consignment of 800 such weapons delivered to Iran. More.....
I wonder what they did to get approval after they were first denied. Maybe Austria made them bring a note promising not to kill Americans with the guns.
Something needs to be done with Austria, because of their rifle deals, they already have American blood on their hands, and it seems like the don't care.
I am am sure one of the Anti-American, Ohio blog sites like, As Ohio Goes, will try and say the U.S. is making this information up too.