Erdan weighing closure of east Jerusalem neighborhood

October 13, 2015 11:52

As terror attacks continue in Jerusalem and across Israel, the Public Security Ministry said they are weighing a closure of East Jerusalem neighborhoods and easing the requirements to receive a firearms permit, the ministry said Tuesday.

In a statement Tuesday morning, they said that Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan is holding consultations to determine a number of immediate steps to deal with the terror wave, including a closure on East Jerusalem neighborhoods - from where many of the attackers originate - and also making it easier for civilians to receive gun permits.

In Israel firearms licenses are typically only given if one can prove they have reason to carry a gun – for instance if they work in security or law enforcement or live in a dangerous area like the West Bank. They must also be over 21 years old, a resident of Israel for over three years, and pass a mental and physical exam, a shooting test, and background checks by the Public Security Ministry. They are then allowed to order a gun through a gun store with approval of the ministry and given a one-time supply of 50 bullets to take home.

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