Saudis soon to be allowed to buy handguns

This comes straight from the I-never-thought-I-would-ever-blog-this department. Press TV reports:

> Saudis will be able to buy handguns and other personal firearms openly for the first time, the country’s interior ministry has anounced.

> …

> The move is aimed at reining in the widespread illegal ownership of handguns and assault weapons, a Saudi official said.

Hat Tip damien @ The High

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  • subby

    Indentured servants must be getting antsy and too many Saudi’s are breaking the firearm possession laws. Great.

  • AB

    Wonder how much an armorer could make gold plating Beretta’s and Desert Eagles there.
    Seriously, this could get ugly. Instead of merely beating a servant, they may be treated for gunshot wounds. Not saying all Saudis are this way, but I’ve seen more than enough act just like this.

  • subby

    Hopefully will get some ruby, emerald, pearl encrusted weapon pics, and of course the mandatory gold plated weapons. No doubt saudi’s will be competing against each other on who has the pimpest gun. I’m not sure if thats a good or a bad thing, but it will be entertaining.

  • swissfreek

    The US should take note of this statement: “The move is aimed at reining in the widespread illegal ownership of handguns and assault weapons.” THAT’s intelligent gun control. No seriously.

    Owning guns should be like owning a car. You have to be educated, licensed, and registered, and there are some common sense rules, but as long as you don’t break the rules or do something else that disqualifies you from the priviledge, you are basically free to do as you wish.

  • GrammarPolice

    “Saudis”, not “Saudi’s”!

  • Phil Ward

    Surprising, that’ll be Saudi men though, right? I expect that the servants wont be allowed either… ah yes, the 130k in the bank ought to do it.

    Still, shifting the market into a legal one has to be good.

  • swissfreek, we do mandatory safety training and licensing and registration up here in Canada, registration is a VERY expensive failure, it doesn’t solve or prevent crimes. However the licensing and training are VERY effective at reducing accidents.