CDU leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has demanded state protection for local politicians at risk of violence. If local politicians were particularly at risk, they would have to receive "appropriate state protection measures", she told the newspapers of the Funke media group. Arming local politicians, on the other hand, is "not the right way".
Kramp-Karrenbauer called the increasing number of attacks on local politicians, officials, emergency services and members of the local government "worrying". It is an "expression of the changing climate in our society".
The background is the case of the mayor of Kamp-Lintfort in North Rhine-Westphalia, Christoph Landscheidt (SPD). The latter had applied for a gun license because of threats from the right-wing scene. Landscheidt is now suing in court after being denied a gun license.
According to a report by Welt am Sonntag the number of criminal offenses against officials and mandate holders recorded by the police increased significantly in 2019. Accordingly, 167 such offenses were registered in Lower Saxony, for example – 59 more than in the previous year. According to the newspaper, 104 such offenses were recorded in Baden-Württemberg last year (2018: 81) and in Rhineland-Palatinate 44 (2018: 25).