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From, on 18 November, 2014:

MOSCOW, November 18 (Sputnik) – Russia has updated its legislation to allow civilians to carry firearms for self-defense, according to an amended decree on lethal weapons that appeared Tuesday on the official database of Russian laws and legal documents.

Russia now allows better gun rights than the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and most of California. See the Maryland and DC items also posted today.


Israeli Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch announced this week that restrictions on carrying guns and on getting licenses to carry guns will be eased in that country as well.

Meanwhile, Rabbi David Yosef, one of the four members of Shas’s Council of Torah Sages, said on Thursday anyone who has a valid gun license is obligated to carry his weapon this Shabbat (Jewish Sabbath) in light of the heightened security threat in Jerusalem and other parts of the country.

The resident of Har Nof and neighborhood rabbi also said synagogue administrators should ensure that there is a charged cell phone available in their synagogue over the Sabbath in case of emergency.

In general, carrying a cell phone or firearm on Shabbat is not permitted according to Jewish law, but Yosef ruled that the possibility that such items could help save lives overrides these prohibitions.

“If there is even a one in a hundred chance that by doing a certain action someone might save a person’s life they are obligated to do so – so that we may live by God’s commandments, not die by them,” Yosef said.

Well, duh.


Lancashire Constabulary has joined forces with the ground-breaking national anti-knife crime campaign “Save a Life, Surrender Your Knife,” as the force’s knife amnesty comes to an end.

Remember “Saturday Night Specials,” and “Assault Weapons?”


Six (unarmed) nurses and a (unarmed) janitor were killed Thursday in a knife attack blamed on another (armed) employee at a (unarmed) military hospital and resort in a northeastern coastal town favored by the country’s Communist Party elite.

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