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Friday, August 08, 2014

Gun ownership on the rise in Poland

From TheNews.pl

Despite some of the most draconian gun laws in the European Union, over the past decade the number of firearm permits in Poland has gone up by some 30 percent.

Hunting for Sinners?
Latest figures from the central police headquarters reveal that about 500,000 guns are currently registered in Poland owned by some 340,000 people. Currently, the number of hunting firearm permits stands at 150,000, a rise of one third in the past decade. Around 44 percent of all permits are issued for hunters.

Currently around 5,000 firearm permits are issued annually.

Gun ownership in Poland is regulated by a number of laws, and has some of the strictest gun possession legislation in Europe.

In order to obtain a firearm licence, sharp shooters are subject to background checks, and must have spotless criminal records and pass psychological tests. An exam may also have to be taken, and a valid reason for gun ownership must also be proved. (jb)

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