Freedom needs a gun lobby because there are too many draconian gun control laws in that State. While it’s common to see a lot of Israelis with rifles thanks to conscription, getting a personal gun might require a visit to a psychologist, and there are limits on how many guns you can have. You also need a permit for concealed carry, although ironically, not for open carry. It’s very common seeing people open carrying weapons.
The National Rifle Association is a force to be reckoned with in Congress.
Now Israel has its own gun lobby in the Knesset.
Likud MK Amir Ohana will formally launch a caucus Monday that will push to protect the rights of Israelis to bear arms. The lobby will be called “the caucus for creating policies for bearing firearms in Israel.”
“Personal security is a matter of partnership between the state and its citizens,” Ohana said. “More must be done to ease the process for obtaining permits for firearms.”
MKs, the heads of pro-gun organizations, and experts on legislation about the right to bear arms are expected to attend the launching of the caucus.
A spokesman for Ohana said the caucus would push for policies on bearing arms that fit with the security situation.
“The current criteria for obtaining a permit for a gun license are very strict,” Ohana said. “The caucus will examine whether due to security threats facing Israel, the time has come to update the criteria.”