In Attempt To Improve Response To Terrorism, Israel Extends Firearm Permits To 500,000 Israelis

More than a half million Israelis who are infantry veterans are now eligible for firearm permits in a move by the government to improve the response to terrorist attacks.

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan announced Monday that the gun restrictions are now eased to allow Israelis who served in infantry units to be immediately eligible to carry firearms, i24NEWS reports.

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The rollback of restrictions will also apply to police officers with similar training, military officers with the rank of first lieutenants or higher, and non-commissioned officers with the rank of first sergeant or higher who have in the past given up their weapons after finishing their service.

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