A receipt for the 250 MP5 submachine guns delivered to the Icelandic Coast Guard is yet to be received and therefore the guns have not been cleared by customs and remain sealed in the storage of the Icelandic Coast Guard at Keflavík International Airport.
Officials in Iceland have claimed that the guns, or most of the guns, were presented to Iceland from Norway as a gift. However, Colonel Dag Aamoth, press spokesman for the Norwegian Armed Forces, released a statement saying that they had sold the Icelandic Coast Guard 250 submachine guns for NOK 625,000 (ISK 11.5 million, USD 94,000, EUR 75,000). The contract was signed December 17, 2013.
Discussions on how the matter will be resolved are ongoing with the Norwegian authorities, visir.is reports.
The revelation that Iceland received submachine guns from Norway has caused widespread debate in Iceland over recent weeks. It has been reported that submachine guns will be kept in police cars—general officers in Iceland have until now been unarmed. Part of the guns were also intended for the Icelandic Coast Guard.
Director of the Icelandic Coast Guard, Georg Lárusson, said that if the guns were found not to be a gift from the Norwegians, they would be returned.
Georg explained that when doubt arose as to whether the guns were a gift or whether Iceland would be expected to pay for them, the decision was made to seal the weapons.