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Guns, cartridges and ammunition seized in raid by Israeli security personnel at Azaria on June 2, 2014.

Licensing Once you have a gun license, it shouldn’t be gun specific like it is now. If you have a pistol license, it should be for any pistol(s). The current limitation is part of the overreaching restrictions on gun ownership in Israel.

Gun registration A gun should be licensed to a specific owner, but you should be able to permit any valid gun license holder access to your gun.

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The law right now makes you personally responsible for a single weapon, and I see the logic they’re working with, but if a husband and wife each have a gun license, they should be able to share the same weapon. As I understand it, it is illegal for a husband to give his wife his gun to hold for him, even if she also has a gun license for a different weapon.

Number of guns A gun license holder should be allowed to own at least 3 guns. Sometimes you need or want to own more than 1 gun. For instance, a small ankle pistol if you are going to a wedding in Tel Aviv, but a normal sized gun for when you are driving in a dangerous area, and the gun you safely store at home, for home defense.

Rifles and shotguns I won’t deny I have mixed feelings about private ownership of rifles and shotguns. Currently you can get a rifle from the army if you need one, and a shotgun if you’re a licensed hunter. I will hold off expressing a definite opinion on this category.

Number of bullets That number should be increased to 100 (from 50).

If you’re shooting in a range, you can currently buy as many as you need for training.

For self defense, 100 bullets is better than 50. If you have extended length 30-bullet Glock magazines, 50 is not enough. Certainly, if you have 3 different guns, 50 bullets is also not enough.

Storage You must own a gun safe. Part of the initial gun registration process must include showing documentation proving you own a gun safe.

Stolen gun If your gun was stolen, and it wasn’t properly stored in a safe, then there should be a NIS 10,000 fine. That would induce gun owners to properly store their weapons.

License renewal That I wouldn’t change — a rubber stamp from a doctor, shoot 50 bullets, quick update, instruction and reminder of gun safety laws, and you’re done.

Non-licensed shooters The Israeli police do not allow non-licensed civilians to shoot weapons larger than .22 caliber.

This means, the average Israeli is not allowed to go down to a shooting range, with a licensed instructor, and shoot a standard 9mm pistol, even under official supervision.

That’s just another example of government over-control.

Conclusion I believe this article presents a good balance of increasing access to personal weapons for civilians, while augmenting responsibility, training and safety among gun owners.

How would you change Israel’s gun control laws?

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16 COMMENTS

  1. With all due respect, 40 hours of training as a prerequisite fore a firearms license is patently ridiculous overage. That number seems to have been suggested with a minimum of thought (in comparison, Canadian safety-licensing courses are held over two days, at approx. 5 hours a day at the maximum).

    I understand you may wish for more training, but why would you pull a random "40 hour figure" out of thin air (or out of an irrelevant driving-course analogy) when there are perfectly-functioning examples of firearm safety courses that operate at 1/4 of that 40-hour figure?

  2. You said "Israel’s gun control laws are too restrictive in where they should be more liberal, and too negligent, where they should be more restrictive.

    This is how I would change Israel’s gun law:

    Eligibility The most obvious point, is that any Israeli civilian should be able to get a license, regardless of where they live or work. This doesn’t need an explanation. Gun ownership is a right."

    Where is it written that "gun ownership is a right" in Israel.? They don't have a 2nd Amendment as we have in the U.S. While you may have a point that the requirements for obtaining a license may be a bit too lax, it's clear to me that your sense of eligibility to apply for a license (seemingly similar to the NRA's sense) may be totally inappropriate for the State of Israel, which is doing fine with its current system (with far, far fewer gun-related murders and injuries on a per capita basis than in the U.S. The last thing we should be doing is encouraging other countries to adopt the U.S. interpretation of "the right to bear arms", and spread our "our infatuation with guns" disease elsewhere.

  3. Switzerland encourages their military members and citizens alike to carry at all times. They also have to qualify yearly on a government shooting range.They have, probably, the lowest firearms related crime rate in the world. I would suggest that the government encourage military caliber weapons and require yearly qualification in order to retain the license.

  4. I propose a 10 hour course for civilians with combat experience, so they gain sufficient experience with their handguns. One gets much less handgun experience in the IDF. But as they already have months of military training and years of combat experience they know how to handle themselves for the most part. For them the issue is getting used to a new type of weapon.

    For civilians with no combat experience, they need more than just training on how to point and shoot, and cleaning their gun.

  5. Another point I was trying to get across in the article is that while I want (most) everyone able to get a gun, I don't want it to be easy for them to get a gun – especially if they have no military experience, and as a result, no experience or record of safe gun handling and usage.

    I didn't discuss age restrictions, but I would probably also have a higher minimum for civilians without military experience.

  6. @Mark Melnicoff, are you under the mistaken impression that the Constitution creates rights, or grants rights? Because it doesn't. It recognizes and protects rights that already exist. A right is a right is a right, even if no government recognizes it.

  7. You need to load up. When the locusts cross your borders, which is coming, the IDF will be busy just trying to save itself. The rest of Israel, which is essentially unarmed, will be gutted and beheaded. I cannot put it any other way, and still get you to understand what your future holds, if you continue in this insanely liberal disarmament policy.

    Wise up, while there is still time to arm your citizens. The very existence of your nation depends upon it. And it is soon.

  8. Even though you have some inaccurate facts, the article describes the situation in Israel pretty good.
    But you, as many others, do not understand the motive of the government to put all those restrictions. When you'll investigate and find why, you will understand why tour "plan" won't work

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