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Likud MK Amir Ohana

An Israeli Knesset member is about to launch a local version of the U.S. National Rifle Association.

By Monday, Likud MK Amir Ohana will have officially established “the caucus for creating policies for bearing firearms in Israel.”


Ohana said he feels it is important to have a gun lobby in Israel, something he vowed to do in January after a particularly vicious terror attack.

“Personal security means partnership between the state and citizenry. More must be done to relax the procedure for obtaining gun permits,” he said.

Ohana said after a terror attack last month that every reservist who has no criminal or medical issue should be allowed to carry a gun.

“More training people carrying licensed weapons equals more terror neutralized at the scene, equals fewer lives lost,” he wrote.

The lawmaker said there should be “reasonable allowances for citizens to defend themselves, and not to be slaughtered like sheep.”

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.