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A couple of years ago, a few friends and myself went on a trip from the UK to Bremen. A great time was had by all, even though none of us speak much German, beyond a few words learned many years before in school.

Walking around Bremen, we encountered this street sign - I'm sure it was near the Werder Bremen football stadium.

VERBOT von Waffen und gefährlichen Gegenständen, 20-8 Uhr (Verordnunge……r das Verbot des Führens von Waffen und gefährlichen Gegenständen, St……mt Bremen)

We've talked about this several times since - in our ignorant English-only minds, it appears to say

No shooting

No use of baseball bats

No stabbing

  • only between the hours of 8pm and 8am

... and therefore it's fine to use them at any other time!

Can someone put us out of our misery and tell us what the sign really means? I'll be disappointed to learn that random violence isn't permitted in Bremen during daylight hours :)

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    It says that you are not allowed to carry weapons at night. Shooting, stabbing, etc. is an offense anyway.
    – Em1
    Jan 24, 2015 at 17:31
  • So carrying weapons is allowed (during the day), as long as they're not used?
    – KenD
    Jan 24, 2015 at 17:55
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    Interesting. I am glad that you apparently came to no harm in Bremen. Perhaps you consider a less dangerous city for your next trip to Germany. I hear that Berlin is popular with tourists.
    – Carsten S
    Jan 25, 2015 at 12:18

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The sign is displaying a warning about Bremen's so-called „Waffenverbotszone“ / "weapon prohibition zone". In 2008, the Bremen municipality decided to define a particular zone surrounding the so-called „Disko-Meile“. There, it is prohibited even to carry certain objects at night that are potentially dangerous, even when they aren't prohibited by the federal weapons law („Waffengesetz“).

The background to this is that in the area covered by that zone, many crimes were previously committed using objects like knives that are ordinarily allowed to be carried without breaking the weapons law.

The „Verordnung über das Verbot des Führens von Waffen“ ("ordinance on the prohibition against the carrying of weapons") covers a wide range of objects that are potentially dangerous, including pocket knives and weighted-knuckle gloves.

The Bremen municipality has published a leaflet concerning the „Waffenverbotszone“ (PDF, in German). Here's another article (Press Release of the Bremen municipality, in German) concerning that zone.

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