German gun owner goes on trial in Winnenden

Last week in Germany, Joerg Kretschmer, the father of a teenager who shot dead 15 people and then himself on 11 March 2009 at Albertville Secondary School in Winnenden, went on trial. He is accused of violating German gun laws by failing to properly secure and store his 9mm Beretta pistol, the gun used by his son. Following the school shooting, the German government introduced an amnesty for illegally held weapons, and over 200,000 guns were handed in. The trial is expected to last 27 days.