“More than half a million Israelis have become eligible to receive gun permits under a major reform of the country’s firearms rules, with the stated goal of improving the immediate response to terror attacks.
“Under the new rules, which went into effect immediately upon being announced Monday, hundreds of thousands of veterans of the IDF’s infantry units will be eligible for gun permits, along with police officers who received the equivalent training.”
Not all Israelis are happy.
“The new policy was criticized by the leader of the left-wing opposition party Meretz.
“Firearms ‘are a death machine whose civilian use needs to be reduced as much as possible,’ Tamar Zandberg said in a statement. ‘Instead of dealing with the tremendous amount of illegal weapons on the streets endangering human lives, they are simply increasing the number of gun permits.’”