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MARCH 7, 2001
4:03 PM
CONTACT:  Violence Policy Center
Naomi Seligman 202-822-8200, x105
Fact Sheet on Handgun Allegedly Used in the Santana High School Shooting
WASHINGTON - March 6 - The San Diego Sheriff's Department today reported that the handgun used in the shooting of 15 people on March 5 at Santana High School in Santee, California was an Arminius revolver. The Arminius is a relatively rare firearm, according to the Violence Policy Center. The Encyclopedia of Pistols and Revolvers says Arminius handguns are manufactured by Weihrauch, a German company. Also known for air rifles, the company has made a number of revolvers under the brand name Arminius, including the eight-shot .22 LR (long rifle) revolver allegedly used in the shooting at Santana High School. While most revolvers hold five to six rounds, this higher-capacity model holds eight. Arminius revolvers are "wellknown all around the world with excellent accuracy and durability being their outstanding features," according to Hermann's Guns, an Australian Web site for gun afficionados.

According to a Violence Policy Center analysis of federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms data, Arminius revolvers were traced to crime scenes 18 times in California and 770 times in the United States in 1997.

Picture of sample Arminius revolver available at the VPC's Web site

The Violence Policy Center is a national non-profit educational organization working to reduce gun death and injury in America. For more information on the VPC and firearms violence issues, visit the VPC's Web site at


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