Israeli Gun Reform Passes: More Will Now Be Allowed to Own Guns, Get Permits
A new Israeli gun reform regulation went into effect on Monday. It will allow around 500,000 Israelis to purchase guns, get permits, and carry firearms. The change primarily affects those who have been in the Israeli military, emergency services, medical and police. It loosens the requirements for those who already have permits as well. It’s a start.
Israel does not have a Second Amendment. And it has a lot of terrorists that have committed heinous offenses, such as stabbing people in the streets or killing them in their homes. They are hoping this new reform package will help stem the terror attacks that occur across the small nation. Israeli gun reform has been debated throughout the country since the “Intifada.”
According to Breaking Israel News,
The measure was pushed forward by Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, who asserted that arming more Israelis would reduce the number of terror attacks and “strengthen public security.”
“Many citizens have saved lives during terror attacks, and in the era of ‘lone-wolf’ attacks, the more qualified gun-carrying citizens there are, the better the chance to stop terror attacks without casualties and reduce the number of casualties,” Erdan said in a statement.
Up until the reform was implemented, Israelis had to prove that they live or work in areas deemed “dangerous,” and had to undergo regular testing and continued training.
Under the new regulations, those Israelis who have held a firearm permit for 10 years will be able to keep their weapons indefinitely and without periodic testing.
In Israel a person must have a “valid reason” for owning a gun. They do not allow unlimited ownership, and all gun owners must be 21 or over. Gun owners cannot purchase “assault weapons,” and can only have up to 50 bullets. Terrorists don’t abide by those rules, by the way, any more than the criminals in the United States abide by our laws.
“A civilian carrying a weapon is more of a solution than a threat, and doubles as assistance for the security forces…in 11 attacks in just the Jerusalem area, they neutralized the threat…Sending the citizens of Israel to protect themselves with pizza trays, selfie sticks, guitars and umbrellas is a crime of the state against its citizens. A law abiding citizen, who has the basic skill required, is entitled to be able to defend himself and his surroundings.” Likud MK Amir Ohana to Israel National News