Israel to Consider Stricter Gun Control Laws
Israel will consider tightening its gun control laws this year, in response to a heightened rate of criminal incidents involving firearms.
Over the past several months there have been a number shooting attacks unrelated to terrorism.
Public Security Minister MK Yitzchak Aharonovitch (Likud-Yisrael Beiteynu) told a Knesset session dealing with firearm ownership on Wednesday that he plans to review the current requirements for owning a weapon.
The minister plans to change the guidelines for issuing gun permits, so that applicants will have to receive approval from a psychologist in order to receive a license. If they fail that test, they will have to receive the approval from a psychiatrist.
At present, applicants must pass medical testing and firearms safety classes in order to purchase and own a gun. In addition, gun ownership is restricted to those who can prove they require a weapon for defense either due to the nature of their profession or because their residential location is in a high-risk area.
One's commuting route to and from work does not count towards the risk factor when applying for a weapon, according to security personnel.
Aharonovitch said during the session, however, that he plans to call for stricter requirements for gun ownership in the future.