Last week’s news that Germany would ban paintball and laser tag seems to have been premature.
The move came as part of the government’s response to the horrific school shooting in Winnenden on March 11th. Violent video games also came under criticism from some German officials after the massacre.
The Local is now reporting that German officials have abandoned the plan to ban paintball:
Initial reports on the new gun law said that the ruling coalition had agreed to ban simulated killing games such as paintball… and laser tag… But Dieter Wiefelspütz, an expert on domestic affairs for the Social Democrats, on Wednesday said lawmakers had abandoned the idea of making paintball illegal…
The government, however, plans to conduct an enquiry to assess whether paintball regulations should be tightened by increasing age limits and other measures, Wiefelspütz said…
The sport is banned for those younger than 18, and is generally not played in military fatigues like in other countries. A report commissioned by the government in 2000 concluded it did not make people more likely to engage in violence.
Instead, German officials plan to pursue enhancements to existing gun control laws.