Monday, March 06, 2006

Brief Summary of Israeli Gun Laws

Firearms Act, 1949, gives a lot of discretion on the subject to the Ministry of The Interior and the Ministry of Defense. The offshoot of this is

A)According to the law, anything with a barrel that shoots objects that can harm a human, or any part of such an item is a firearm. MoI has discretion. Currently, airguns are firearms. Further, the Ministry of Defense has the authority to define what firearms are "military firearms" - barring access to common serfs. Ever since 1950, any rifle larger than .22 and any automatic weapon were firearms.

B) The MoD can decide who it gives licenses to. The current policy is that gun licenses can be only given to:

a)People inheriting guns (no carry, possession only)
b)Hunters (2 shotguns only)
c)ex-military captains, private guards, taxi/bus drivers, gold dealers, inhabitants of danger zones (1 handgun only.)
d)target shooters (2 guns only)
e)Civil guard volunteers (1 handgun
f)Civil Guard Snipers (rifles)

.22 rifles are banned, except grandfathered ones, hunting with rifles is illegal. Any form of outdoor shooting is illegal. People may only buy 50 rounds per year, except those shot at public ranges.

Note that inhabitants of "danger zones" often get issued full-auto guns.


Blogger Mary said...

I will be learning in Israel...I live in the US.
I will be learning for at least a year and residing in a danger zone (gush etzion). I own a handgun. Is there anyway I could bring it from the states and have it on me in Israel?

11:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Geez what a shithole. You'd think they would realize that people would need to defend themselves.

5:17 PM  
Blogger zadok said...

in response to Mary the law is quite strict when it comes to issuing a gun license in Israel ,you have to be an Israeli citizen (aliyah) and living in Israel for at least 3 years for the government to consider issuing a gun license in addition if you are under the age of 27 you must have served in a combat unit in the i.d.f

10:14 PM  
Blogger zadok said...

in response to Kevin DON'T CALL ISRAEL A SHITHOLE (its not nice)the laws are very strict here when it comes to gun control, because they have to be , there is, as you may well know, a lot of terror in Israel and the government needs to put heavy restrictions on the ownership, use and availability of firearms for reasons of national security

10:28 PM  
Blogger RyanAnchors said...

Kevin was wrong and rude for what he said, but the government restricting law-abiding citizens under the guise of national security is wrong too.

The government has been trying that here in the United States...and mostly failing.

Don't be fooled. Your right to be safe and secure is a birth right. Any tool which helps you do that is also your right.
You have the right to own and carry a firearm for self-defense, even if the government disagrees right now.

I hope you won't be offended by this and I also hope rude people like Kevin won't belittle your country just because we disagree with what your leaders have done.

5:14 PM  
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