Israeli Security Minister: We Are Approving ‘Up to 3,000’ Gun License Applications A Day

Israel's National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir (C) looks on as volunteers of the

Israel Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir says his ministry is now approving “up to 3,000” gun license applications a day.

The Times of Israel quoted Ben Gvir saying, “When the war started, we knew that we were right when we said that every place that has a weapon can save a life.”

He went on to say, “My policy within the office was to permit as many people as possible to get a weapon…[and] in a short period of time, we were giving up to 3,000 approvals a day.”

Ben Gvir indicated over 260,000 gun license applications have been approved since October 7, 2023.

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On November 15, 2023, Breitbart News pointed to a Times of Israel report which indicated over 236,000 gun license applications had been filed in Israel at that point in time.

In mid-November roughly 1,700 applications were being approved daily, and the number of daily approvals has nearly doubled since then.

Breitbart News noted that an armed civilian opened fire Thursday on terrorists who attacked a Jerusalem bus stop. Two off-duty soldiers opened fire as well and the terrorists were killed.

An Israeli border policeman stands guard next to children sitting on a bench at a bus stop during the Friday noon prayer in the east Jerusalem neighbourhood of Ras al-Amud, on December 1, 2023. (AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP via Getty)

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