MK Michal Rozin (Meretz) strongly criticized the easing of restrictions to obtain a license to own a gun, and claimed that it is more likely that it would harm women and children than reduce the number of terrorist attacks.
"Sixteen women have been murdered since the beginning of the year because of their sex, three of them with firearms," Rozin wrote.
"Last week, Nora Abu Slov, 36 and mother of seven, was shot dead, there is no evidence that the reform will increase the" foiling of terrorist attacks "as Minister Erdan claims, while there is evidence that the reform could be substantial increases the risk for women and children. "
>> Israel allows hundreds of thousands more citizens to carry weapons
The public security plan, Gilad Erdan, will allow hundreds of thousands of extra citizens to be eligible to carry a firearm. In the new plan, every citizen with a so-called level 7 Rifleman training, as is the case with most infantry units in Israel, can apply for a weapons license.
Rozin asked MK Aida Touma-Sliman (Joint List), chairman of the Committee for the Status of Women, to convene an urgent committee meeting. "It is inconceivable that the approval of the arms license takes place during the Knesset summer recess, without a substantive discussion in the Knesset," wrote Rozin.
On Monday, Erdan said the new policy "establishes a balance between the need to defend the public at risk and the need to protect the public against the misuse of a firearm.
"Skilled citizens with a public gun contribute to a sense of security, act as an important line of defense against attacks from the lonely wolf terror and … thus increase public security."
There are currently around 145,000 holders of gun licenses in Israel. This number does not include people who have firearms because their work requires it, and not including soldiers and police. Gun licenses must be renewed every three years.
The plan now being completed by the Ministry of Public Security would allow almost everyone who has carried out combat service in the Israeli army to apply for a permit. The ministry is of the opinion that of the hundreds of thousands of people who meet this requirement, approximately 35,000 to 40,000 people actually apply, increasing the number of license holders to about 200,000.
At this moment someone must be at least 21 years old and in good health to apply for a permit. Other conditions are staying in a settlement on the West Bank, a border area or an area near the separation wall. Since taking office, Erdan has enthusiastically supported the increase in the number of persons in possession of a private legal firearm, in the light of the wave of terror and the number of armed civilians who have succeeded in thwarting attacks.