Italian police seized almost 800 shotguns bound for Belgium from Turkey from a truck that arrived in the northeastern port of Trieste, a statement said Thursday.
Pump-action Winchester SXP rifles are made for hunting and are not considered assault weapons, but police said they had "substantially" increased their border inspections in the wake of the Nov. 13 Paris attacks and subsequent alert in Belgium.
"Given the delicate nature of the cargo, its origin and its destination, the documentation regarding the rifles was immediately examined," the statement said.
According to the company's website, the shotguns seized are the fastest pump-action rifles in the market, capable of delivering three shots in half a second.
The Islamist militants who killed 130 people in the French capital mainly used Kalashnikov assault rifles, or AK-47s.
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