Using Guards to Hunt Pirates Germany May Loosen Shipping Laws

Using private security firms to protect ships from Somali pirates has long been a legal gray area in Germany. Conceding that it doesn't have enough soldiers to do the job, the German government is considering a draft law allowing shipowners to deploy private armed guards. But there's one caveat: Security personnel would be limited to using semi-automatic firearms.
Von Simone Utler
Somali pirates prepare to conduct an attack in Hobyo in northeastern Somalia in this 2010 archive photo.

Somali pirates prepare to conduct an attack in Hobyo in northeastern Somalia in this 2010 archive photo.

Foto: MOHAMED DAHIR/ AFP