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(8,020 posts)
Tue Jun 14, 2016, 10:39 PM Jun 2016

Israeli gun laws...

Somebody posted on FB that Israel doesn't have "gun free zones".

I was interested in what the Israelis do about guns, so I researched a bit....

"Israeli gun control regulations 'opposite of US'

According to Yaakov Amit, the head of the Public Security Ministry’s Firearms Licensing Department, the difference between the gun laws in the US and Israel are as clear as night and day.
“There is an essential difference between the two. In America the right to bear arms is written in the law, here it’s the opposite... only those who have a license can bear arms and not everyone can get a license.”
Amit said gun licenses are only given out to those who have a reason because they work in security or law enforcement, or those who live in settlements “where the state has an interest in them being armed.”
Anyone who fits the requirements, is over age 21 and an Israeli resident for more than three years, must go through a mental and physical health exam, Amit said, then pass shooting exams and courses at a licensed gun range, as well as background checks by the Public Security Ministry.
Once they order their firearm from a gun store, they are allowed to take it home with a one-time supply of 50 bullets, which Amit said they cannot renew.
The gun owner must retake his license exam and testing at the gun range every three years. As of January, Amit said, a new law will go into effect requiring gun owners to prove that they have a safe at home to keep their weapon in."

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"In Israel, unlike the US, a privilege — but no right — to bear arms

"In the United States there are an estimated 280-300 million guns in the hands of some 47 percent of all Americans, meaning that close to half the population possesses an average of two firearms. Yet in the past several years some of the most gruesome public killings — including the 2012 theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado, and Friday’s massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, where 20 first-graders and six women were killed — ended with the suicide of a surrounded perpetrator rather than rapid intervention from armed civilians."

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One Black Sheep

(458 posts)
2. Israel is in a special situation. Not sure they are a good model for the USA
Tue Jun 14, 2016, 11:10 PM
Jun 2016

They have security all over the place, who are armed, and just a lot tighter security measures.

I would not want to have to go through security checkpoints, for example, just to move around the country.

Behind the Aegis

(53,700 posts)
4. Not surprising.
Wed Jun 15, 2016, 12:48 AM
Jun 2016

LOTS of people talk about Israel and don't know shit about it or only know lies they have been told are "truth", so this isn't all that surprising.


Just reading posts

(688 posts)
5. Israeli gun laws are quite strict by American standards. Then again, so are the laws of virtually
Wed Jun 15, 2016, 01:04 AM
Jun 2016

all other countries.


(13,566 posts)
6. They also have a comprehensive welfare system and universal healthcare.
Wed Jun 15, 2016, 01:36 AM
Jun 2016

Like pretty much every other modern civilization on Earth, except the US.

Warren DeMontague

(80,708 posts)
7. I remember being at a resort on the Dead Sea, people had Uzis at the Salad Bar.
Wed Jun 15, 2016, 02:02 AM
Jun 2016

It was a bit surreal, however, the situation is a bit different than the US.



(8,020 posts)
8. Probably off-duty soldiers..
Wed Jun 15, 2016, 09:42 AM
Jun 2016

... with training, and all like that.

"Soldiers and police carrying assault rifles and pistols are a very common sight at transport terminals, at cafés and on high streets in Israel. Most of the time this personnel is in uniform; some combat soldiers can be seen traveling to or from home in civilian clothing with a weapon – a sight that often alarms visitors to the country."


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