Hans Teeuwen “Pistol” Was An Air Gun, As We Predicted…

Dutch Comic Teeuwen with wig, flower, and object on desk.

Hyperlink to video of arrival of the police and the original comedy skit.

On March 12, 2024, Dutch absurdist comic Hans Teeuwen posted a video mocking the mayor of Amsterdam, Femke Halsema.  As a part of the video, a vaguely pistol-looking object was on a desk, on the fringe of the display screen, subsequent to him.

Three hours later, the police have been at his door. The got here in and confiscated the article, which was nonetheless on the desk. AmmoLand covered the story. Within the AmmoLand article, this correspondent famous the article was probably a Webley air pistol.

Protection of the incident continues within the Netherlands. Nos.nl confirms the article was an air pistol. From nos.nl as translated by deepl.com:

Amsterdam police stopped by the house of comic Hans Teeuwen to take an air pistol. Teeuwen had used the weapon for a persiflage (bantering) movie of Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema. The air pistol, which bears resemblance to an actual gun, seems to be a reference to the firearms affair involving her ex-husband Robert Oey and their son.

Air pistols are authorized and for sale in the Netherlands.It seems an individual needs to be 18 years old to purchase one. Replicas of actual firearms are way more extremely regulated. A number of the air pistols on the market in retailers within the Netherlands seem to look extra like an precise firearm than the previous Webley design.  It might take a courtroom case to find out if the previous Webley design too intently resembles an precise firearm to be authorized within the Netherlands. Hans Teeuwen indicated he didn’t anticipate the case to pull out over an extended interval. From nos.nl:

In line with him, it was an previous gun, which he says he doesn’t even keep in mind the way it works. “So this was a parody of the case about banned gun possession that was occurring across the mayor, and two hours later the police are on the sidewalk. That’s extremely silly. Particularly after Sunday,” stated Teeuwen, referring to the opening of the Holocaust Museum in Amsterdam, which was partially disrupted by shouting and yelling protesters. Halsema acquired each criticism and acclaim after that demonstration.

This correspondent is just not sure the case shall be dealt with rapidly in favor of Teeuwen. Weapons bans are inclined to change into stricter and stricter over time. It appears governments who ban the frequent possession of weapons by their topics typically don’t like for them to assume positively about weapons possession.  Think about the mindset of presidency officers who imagine the mere possession of one thing that appears like a gun needs to be forbidden, or at the very least very extremely regulated.

This is a Webley Tempest air pistol that I own. When placed at a similar angle, the resemblance to the object on Hans Teeuwen's table is remarkable.
That is a picture of a Webley air pistol from the writer’s assortment. Discover the distinctive rear sight on the article near Teeuwen.

This isn’t about controlling weapons. It’s about controlling ideas. Good luck to Hans Teeuwen in his upcoming courtroom case. Maybe the choose will throw it out based mostly on a easy studying of the legislation.

A message has been despatched. Mock the Mayor, and police could present up in your doorstep in just a few hours.


About Dean Weingarten:

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a army officer, was on the College of Wisconsin Pistol Workforce for 4 years, and was first licensed to show firearms security in 1973. He taught the Arizona hid carry course for fifteen years till the objective of Constitutional Carry was attained. He has levels in meteorology and mining engineering, and retired from the Division of Protection after a 30 yr profession in Military Analysis, Growth, Testing, and Analysis.

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Hans Teeuwen “Pistol” Was An Air Gun, As We Predicted… is written by Dean Weingarten for www.ammoland.com

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