The government outlawed a notorious neo-Nazi organization, and police seized weapons and Nazi propaganda at the homes of members amid fears of a possible resurgence of right-wing extremism in West Germany.

"The Federal Republic is not about to become the roaming ground for right-wing extremists," Interior Minister Friedrich Zimmermann said in announcing his ban Thursday on the Nationale Sammlung (National Rallying) group.The group's leader, neo-Nazi Michael Kuehnen, said he was considering legal action to fight the ban. His organization was founded only last summer and has about 170 members.

West Germany's ARD TV network showed police carrying knives, guns and a box filled with ammunition from Kuehnen's Frankfurt home, which serves as party headquarters.