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A man learns combat pistol shooting at the Caliber-3 range in Gush Etzion.

Despite the official easing of restrictions to get a gun license in Israel, along with the explicit calls by elected officials, such as Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, for citizens to carry licensed weapons on them, and the much increased public demand for gun licenses in the wake of all the ongoing Arab terror attacks, 90 percent of the approximate 10,000 applications for a licensed weapons have been turned down, according to Vered Pelman, a reporter for Israel’s Channel 1.

The 10% who made it past the first stage of government filtering still have many months of waiting ahead before they will get their gun.


Israel has one of the most restrictive personal gun licensing requirements in the world, and ranks as number 70 out of 178 countries in terms of gun ownership, with only 7.3 personal guns per 100 citizens, in 2014.

Those numbers don’t include guns issued by the army or to guards via security companies.

Though unlike the US, once licensed, most gun owners can openly carry their weapons practically anywhere.

A significant percentage of Arab terrorists have been neutralized by civilian gun owners.


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  1. Israel has one of the most draconian personal gun licensing requirements in the world since it's a socialist paternalistic country which denies its citizens basic freedom on an atrocious level – property rights, government monopolies and control of entire sectors of the economy, prohibition on owning firearms, building private schools or buying land etc.

    There used to be in the 80s over 300,000 citizens with private gun licenses but that's dropped to closer to around 150,000, all the while the population has risen. What's happening is the Jewish state has a policy of gun confiscation against its Jewish citizens.

  2. Jews in America seem to dislike the ownership of guns. I'm a bit different. When I spent a year in Israel, around 70-71, there were still some guns around. The Kibbutz I was on used to take us volunteers on weekly trips, and depending on where we were going, we would sometimes be armed. They knew I was a Vietnam vet, and while they carried Uzi's, they let me carry some old bolt action rifle.
    On my last tour, some years back, the gun situation had changed, a lot. I was with a tour group, and was able to converse with the guide in Hebrew. One night, talking about guns, he pulled a .25 auto Baretta out of his pocket, but told me he was not allowed to carry it. Just the same, it was good to know he had it.

  3. 1. Many Jewish residents of Israel only take interest in owning guns when their blood is flowing in the streets. Guns still have a bad rep, because despite military training, many people here associate them with unrealistic action films rather than freedom, protection and sporting pleasure. People have poor memories. Call it the gas chamber mentality if you will.
    2. Israel's gun laws apply to Arab citizens too, who also own and carry guns under the same criteria. By and large they are much more interested in owning private guns than Jews are, as many consider the state not to represent their interests. This is one possible reason for laws to be restrictive here.
    3. There are lobbies for and against gun ownership. Those who are against it think that legal gun owners are worse than terrorists and will end up murdering their wives. The pro gun lobby doesn't get much media attention and the law makes it very difficult to attract new shooters, junior and adult alike.
    4. The best time to get a gun and train to use it is 5 years before you need it. The next best time is now.

  4. Since the Har Nof Slaughter Jihadists have shown thst they can virtually kill any Jew, anywhere, and any time. The Jew living in the diaspara comes to beg the question " why should I leave Canada, America, South Africa, and Australia where the Law allows me to protect myself, endanger my family, by bringing them to Israel, where their security is at the mercy of consecutive policy- blunders from the signing of Oslo.

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