Yep. I was there in 1987 (granted a very long time ago.) And went on a bus tour. The driver had a pistol in his pocket and a guy at the back of the bus had an Uzi and a Medical kit (and was a trained paramedic.) Soldiers on leave were wondering around town with the Uzi’s hanging over their shoulders. Those are facts. How these people obtained the guns is really irrelevant - guns were FAR more pervasive and present there than here in the US.