Likud MK to form Israel’s gun lobby

lobby to be named “the caucus for creating policies for bearing firearms in Israel.”

By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN
February 14, 2016 11:07
MK Amir Ohana

MK Amir Ohana. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)

The National Rifle Association is a force to be reckoned with in Congress, and now Israel has its own gun lobby in the Knesset.

Likud MK Amir Ohana will formally launch a caucus Monday that will push to protect the rights of Israelis to bear arms.

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The lobby will be called “the caucus for creating policies for bearing firearms in Israel.”

“Personal security is a matter of partnership between the state and its citizens,” Ohana said. “More must be done to ease the process for obtaining permits for firearms.”

MKs, the heads of pro-gun organizations and experts on legislation about the right to bear arms are expected to attend the launch of the caucus.

A spokesman for Ohana said the caucus would push for policies on bearing arms that fit the security situation.

“The current criteria for obtaining a permit for a gun license are very strict,” Ohana said. “The caucus will examine whether, due to security threats facing Israel, the time has come to update the criteria.”


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