Although it is common to see 18-year-olds in and out of uniform with sophisticated rifles, Israel has very strict regulations for civilians who wish to own a personal weapon.
Recently the process of obtaining a firearm license has moved from the Misrad Hapnim (Ministry of Interior) to the Misrad L’Bitachon Pnim (Ministry of Public Security – MoPS) and as result tightened the regulations for gun ownership.
Citizens who apply for a firearm license are subject to a number of criteria:
- Residence in Israel for three years from the date of Aliyah (obtaining Israeli citizenship).
- Minimum age of 27, not including those who served in the IDF or national service where the minimum age is 21.
- Basic reading and writing skills in Hebrew.
- No criminal record, approved by the Israeli Police department.
- Health declaration signed by a Physician and ultimately approved by the Ministry of Health.
To check your eligibility to receive a license to hold a firearm, you can use the Eligibility Calculator on the MoPS (Ministry of Public Security) website.
This article was last updated on August 23, 2018.