Gun laws in Israel

“I’ve noticed several people in my feed mention Israel concerning armed citizens and guns, quoting BS put out by the NRA, so let me set a few things straight. If you want to own a gun in Israel you must consider the following:

  1. 40% of applications for firearms permits are rejected. There are only 170,000 active permits currently (population 8.5 million)
  2. 2. Only a small group of people are eligible for firearms licenses. Primarily licenses go to high ranking retired military personnel, police officers, prison guards, security guards, and animal control officers. There are a small number of licences for settlers in the West Bank and hunters.
  3. You must be at least 21 years old for those who completed military service otherwise you have to wait till you are 27 or 45 for non-citizen residents.
  4. Applicants must be a resident of Israel for at least three consecutive years.
  5. You must pass an extensive background check (including criminal check, national security check, health exam, and mental health evaluation)
  6. 6. You must establish a genuine reason for possessing a firearm. I like guns is not an option. If you say you need a gun for self-defence, you can only have
  7. one gun, and you are limited to an annual supply of 50 bullets
  8. You have to justify every gun you possess separately. Owning more than two guns is extremely rare.
  9. You must pass a multi-week weapons-training course.
  10. You have to renew your license and pass a shooting course every three years.You have to undergo a psychological assessment every six years.
  11. You must have a safe at your residence in which to keep the firearm.
  12. There is 100% VAT on firearms, and you will pay thousands of shekes to qualify for your license and hundreds of shekels each year to keep it.
  13. There are enormous legal repercussions should your gun be miss-handled, miss-fire, injure anyone unjustly, or be used in a crime. Even if you are not the one that committed these acts.
  14. You are not allowed to sell your gun to anyone but a registered dealer or the police.

In Israel, gun ownership is a privilege, not a right. It is illegal to own an assault rifle. The photo below is not an open carry gun enthusiast. It’s an off-duty soldier that has to carry her weapon while in basic training. Know that when you see young Israelis carrying assault rifles, those are soldiers. I have yet to meet a single Israeli that liked doing this. It is basically a punishment. Don’t believe what the NRA says. Gun violence and gun death in Israel is low, not because we all have to carry guns in our youth, but because of gun regulation, enforcement, and not breeding a culture of fear around personal protection.”

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