After the terrorist strikes over the weekend by Hamas and the start of the war, Israelis want to make their homes safer. To do this, the Israeli government is now loosening some of its strict gun rules so that citizens who meet the requirements can even the chances if they have to be the last line of defense again.
A model for change
However, even though it seems hard to get a gun in Israel, there is a lot of proof that having armed citizens can save lives.
Newsweek reported that critics said Hamas terrorists would not have been able to kill so many people at the Supernova event in Re’im, Israel, this past weekend if there had been similarly armed civilians in the crowd.
Israeli government officials say that Hamas has killed over 900 Israelis and hurt 2,741. Fifty people have been told that someone they care about has been taken hostage.
Getting ‘as many citizens as possible’ armed
Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir said this week that Israel will loosen its gun rules in response to the recent Hamas attacks on the country. The goal is to arm “as many citizens as we can.”
In a post on X, Ben-Gvir wrote about how the rules would be less strict starting this week:
- People who want to carry a gun but don’t have a criminal or medical record would only have to go through a phone interview rather than a face-to-face interview and would get permission within a week’s time;
- People who got a limited permit to purchase a gun last year but didn’t do it yet so far this year can now do so, even if their permit has ended;
- Individuals who turned in their guns without completing additional training will now receive them again.
- People can now buy and hold up to 100 bullets, up from 50.
It is said that these new rules will affect tens of thousands of Israelis.
In January, Ben-Gvir said, “I want additional weapons on the streets to ensure that the people of Israel can defend themselves.” He was suggesting a similar action.
“Israelis have a strong desire to defend their country, and I believe it will be accompanied by a greater desire to possess firearms,” according to Republican Jewish Coalition member of the board and former ambassador to the United States Jeffrey Gunter, who spoke with Just the News.
In response to an earlier tweet from Donald Trump Jr. suggesting that recent assaults have underlined the necessity of the Second Amendment, Gun Owners of America said, “Israel JUST relaxed firearm licensing, but many Israelis still aren’t living in an eligible region. Some people couldn’t wait for an entire week for an interview by phone or needed more than the 100 rounds of ammunition that were given. It’s a good start, but Israel will need a Second Amendment right away!”