Israel Ben-Gvir pushes for five-fold increase in gun permits

Israel's hard line National Security Minister, Itamar Ben-Gvir pledged on Tuesday to push through a five-fold increase in gun permits in the wake of a deadly attack in Occupied East Jerusalem last month that killed seven people, Reuters reports. A statement from Ben-Gvir's Jewish Power Party said he had ordered the Firearms Licensing Department to speed up the issuance of new permits from around 2,000 a month to 10,000. Armed civilians openly carrying pistols in holsters on their hips and off-duty soldiers with their service weapons are common sights in Israel and in Jewish settlements in the Occupied West Bank, but Ben-Gvir vowed to increase the number of permits drastically after the 27 January attack by a Palestinian gunman. A […] Source

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