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Breivik's weapons described in court. On the 11th day of Anders Behring Breivik’s trial, Oslo District Court heard new evidence about the weapons Breivik used in the killings of 69 people on and around the island of Utøya. Officers recovered two weapons, a pistol and a rifle, on 22nd July after Breivik's arrest. Giving testimony, police weapons expert Morten Støen told the court that the defendant's pistol, a Glock 34, was of the same 9mm calibre the Norwegian police use. “The pistol is semi-automatic. Once it is loaded, you only have to depress the trigger half-way to fire it,” he said, adding that the pistol was fitted with an extra laser sight, which indicated where the bullet would enter.

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Breivik's weapons described in court

Published on Thursday, 3rd May, 2012 at 16:13 under the news category, by Ben McPherson.
Last Updated on 3rd May 2012 at 16:24.

On the 11th day of Anders Behring Breivik’s trial, Oslo District Court heard new evidence about the weapons Breivik used in the killings of 69 people on and around the island of Utøya.

Oslo District Courthouse
Oslo District Courthouse
Photo: ©2012 Michael Sandelson/The Foreigner


Officers recovered two weapons, a pistol and a rifle, on 22nd July after Breivik's arrest. Giving testimony, police weapons expert Morten Støen told the court that the defendant's pistol, a Glock 34, was of the same 9mm calibre the Norwegian police use.

“The pistol is semi-automatic. Once it is loaded, you only have to depress the trigger half-way to fire it,” he said, adding that the pistol was fitted with an extra laser sight, which indicated where the bullet would enter.

The other weapon seized was a Ruger Mini 14 semi-automatic rifle, also fitted with an extra laser sight, as well as a knife or bayonet.

Breivik had inscribed both weapons with Old Norse names. ‘Mjolnir’ was carved into the pistol, after the hammer of the thunder god Thor. Using a marker pen, Breivik had named the rifle Gungnir, after the spear of the Norse god Odin, father of Tor.

Norwegian criminal police (KRIPOS) have established that no other weapons were used by Breivik on Utøya.

In total, the police seized 374 pistol bullets, all of the same type. They also seized 783 rifle bullets of seven differing types. Among these were lead-tipped bullets designed to deform on impact and cause additional injury. Breivik appears to have used five of the seven rifle-bullet types.

“These are all conventional bullets which can be bought in Norwegian weapons shops,” said Morten Støen. He refused to speculate on why Breivik had so many different types of rifle bullet.

Pictures from NRK can be found here (external link, in Norwegian).




Published on Thursday, 3rd May, 2012 at 16:13 under the news category, by Ben McPherson.
Last updated on 3rd May 2012 at 16:24.

This post has the following tags: andersbehringbreivik, breiviktrialoslo, oslodistrictcourt, utoeyashootings, utoya.





  
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