Gun Control Kills 35 In Turkey

Picture from a woman’s shooting class in Istanbul. Source


500 people where shot by gun-wielding terrorists in a nightclub in Instanbul as they waited for the New Year.

A gun attack on Reina nightclub in Istanbul has left at least 35 people dead and more than 40 people wounded, according to the city’s governor. Ten people are said to be in a serious condition.

Some 500-600 people are thought to have been inside, celebrating the new year.

Wielding Kalashnikovs, the attacker/s reportedly opened fire on police outside the club, before entering the venue and shooting at random.



Turkey already has a ton of gun control laws, I did a google search and found this in an anti-gun article about Turkey:

“A would-be gun-owner has to be at least 21-years-old and possess a medical report confirming his or her mental and psychical health. They would also need to pay $1,600 for two permits: one is for possession while the other is for carrying.

After meeting these requirements, a provincial governor has to approve these two licenses; their duration is for five years.

At the end of the five years, if they do not want to own a gun, the permit is returned to the state or transferred to another person. The owner does not have right to dispose of the firearm themselves.”
Source:, an organization that tracks gun laws around the world, considers Turkey’s laws to be restrictive.

The right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law5455
ivilians are not allowed to possess automatic firearms and semi-automatic firearms56

Applicants for a gun owner’s licence in Turkey are required to establish a genuine reason to possess a firearm, for example hunting, target shooting, collection, personal protection, security2

Authorities maintains a record56 of individual civilians licensed to acquire, possess, sell or transfer a firearm or ammunition
The maximum penalty for unlawful possession of a firearm67 is three years in prison and a fine61
Did any of those laws do any good for the 35 dead and the 40 wounded? Did they stop anyone from getting shot? Did they stop the criminals from getting their rifles? You know the answer.

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