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German police seize weapons from anti-government extremists

FILE -  In this Oct. 29, 2016 file picture the guard of honor stands at the coffin of a slain police officer in Nuremberg, Germany, commemorating the officer who was killed in action by a so-called 'Reichsbuerger'  a self-style Reich citizen of  a far right organization.  Germany’s police are investigating the influence of anti-government extremists in their own ranks following a series of violent incident involving members of the so-called Reich Citizens govement. The movement refuses to acknowledge the authority of the post-war German state.  (Nicolas Armer/dpa via AP, file)

FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2016 file picture the guard of honor stands at the coffin of a slain police officer in Nuremberg, Germany, commemorating the officer who was killed in action by a so-called 'Reichsbuerger' a self-style Reich citizen of a far right organization. Germany‚Äôs police are investigating the influence of anti-government extremists in their own ranks following a series of violent incident involving members of the so-called Reich Citizens govement. The movement refuses to acknowledge the authority of the post-war German state. (Nicolas Armer/dpa via AP, file)  (The Associated Press)

German police say they have seized several firearms from a couple believed to belong to the so-called Reich Citizens' Movement, a loose grouping of anti-government extremists, after authorities revoked their weapons permits.

Police in Flensburg, near the Danish border, said they sent in a tactical response unit to back up officers who were sent to the couple's home early Tuesday morning. The 73-year-old man and 69-year-old woman had been ordered to give up their two pistols, two revolvers and two rifles, and police say they handed them over when asked to do so.

In a similar operation in Bavaria last month, another self-styled Reich citizen opened fire on police raiding his property, fatally wounding an officer.

The Reich Citizens' Movement refuses to recognize the post-war Federal Republic of Germany.