Owner Of Istanbul Nightclub Attacked By ISIS Says Turkey’s Gun Bans Empower Terrorists
Minutes after hundreds of partiers in Istanbul rung in the New Year, 39 people were shot and killed in a nightclub on the Bosphorus River. The Reina Club owner, Memet Kocarslan, says that Turkey’s bans on private ownership of semiautomatic rifles made it easy for a terrorist who ignored the ban to outgun police and overpower security at the facility.
CNN reported, “Police checks had been increased around Istanbul for the festivities, and Kocarslan had also made sure his Reina club had extra security. But he said they had no hope against a well-armed and determined killer.”
There was one policeman present and while he was armed, he was not able to offer much protection against a terrorist toting a semiautomatic rifle.