The penalties are that high: from Saturday, weapons will be banned on Reumannplatz

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Following the recent brutal attacks on Reumannplatz in Vienna’s Favoriten district, the announced weapons ban zone will come into effect this Saturday at 8 a.m. From that moment on, not only weapons, but also dangerous objects are prohibited there. Anyone who violates the regulation will face a fine of 1,000 euros.

The zone covers the area between Platz der Kulturen and Reumannplatz. According to the regulation, dangerous objects are objects capable of and used to inflict violence on people or property. “This wording does not mean an absolute ban on entering a weapons exclusion zone with dangerous objects – but the person carrying such an object must be able to provide an understandable and legally compliant reason for carrying it (e.g. direct professional activity),” says the police.

The prescribed weapons prohibition zone applies until June 30, 11:59 PM. Until then, it applies from Monday to Sunday from midnight to midnight.

Clothing and bags are searched
From Saturday, the police may – provided there are concrete suspicions – search the clothing and bags of passers-by. Searching vehicles is also permitted.

For repeated violations, a fine of up to 4,600 euros applies
Anyone who ignores the existing weapons ban commits an administrative violation and can expect a fine of up to 1,000 euros. In case of repetition, the penalty will increase to a maximum of 4,600 euros or otherwise to a prison sentence of up to four weeks.

In response to the increased violence on the streets of Vienna, Interior Minister Gerhard Karner (ÖVP) is now increasing the police presence on site, in addition to the weapons ban on Reumannplatz. In addition, a new task force was established to combat juvenile crime.

Source: Krone

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