Gun Violence

Gun Law in Israel

12.16.12 11:00 PM ET

Everybody knows that Israel has a lot of guns. But what you may not know - I didn't until this article - is that Israel also operates very strict control of civilian ammunition.

Gun owners in Israel are limited to owning one pistol, and must undergo extensive mental and physical tests before they can receive a weapon, and gun owners are limited to 50 rounds of ammunition per year.

Not all Israelis, however, may own guns. In order to own a pistol, an Israeli must for two years have been either a captain in the army or a former lieutenant colonel. Israelis with an equivalent rank in other security organizations may also own a pistol.

In addition, residents of West Bank settlements, and those who work there, may own pistols for self-defense.