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FIREARM FREEDOM: Italian Senate Approves Self-Defense Bill

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The Italian Senate passed the new personal defense bill this week, allowing law-abiding citizens to defend their homes and families from criminals.

Il Giornale reports that this reform modifies article 52 of the Italian penal code and now gives Italians the right to use “a legitimately held weapon” to protect themselves and their families.  Due to this reform, individuals are less likely to be held criminally liable in cases of self-defense.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior Mattero Salvini, one of the Italian government’s strongest advocates for self-defense reform, praised the new law.

Salvini commented on this newly passed law saying, “It is a beautiful day for the Italians in which the sacrosanct right to self-defense is sanctioned”.

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The Minister of the Interior explained how this reform works, “A thief comes into your house, company or store, and you defend yourself? It will be your right to do so, and the thug (and his relatives) will not be able to ask for a euro of compensation”.

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Salvini added, “Besides, you won’t end up on trial for years and you won’t pay your own pocket: the state will cover any legal expenses of those who defended themselves.”

The League (Lega) party leader also noted how this reform would be a powerful criminal deterrent, saying “From today the criminals know that to be a robber in Italy is more difficult: it is an even more dangerous job.”

Since Salvini took power in 2018, Italy has undergone a significant political transformation.

Big League Politics reported how illegal immigration has dropped substantially under Salvini’s watch. Now, the country is empowering its citizens by expanding gun rights.

This is a stark contrast from EU countries such as the UK whose stringent gun laws in conjunction with lax immigration policies have turned migrant sectors of the city into danger zones where people cannot defend themselves from the city’s ongoing crime wave.

Italy’s recent move to expand gun rights may also be influencing countries like Spain, whose Vox Party is leading the way in reforming gun laws that allow citizens to have more self-defense options.

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Minnesota Had Record Numbers of Concealed Carry Licenses Issued in 2020

Red or blue, Americans nationwide are getting strapped.

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Gun sales have boomed all across America. And it’s not just the Red states. Blue states like Minnesota have also witnessed an increase in the number of concealed carry permits issued. 

According to Valley News Live, over 96,000 permits were issued in 2020, which represented the highest number of permits issued since carry permits became legal in 2003. Furthermore, 2020’s numbers represented a twofold increase from 2019 in the number of permits issued. 

Tom Knighton of Bearing Arms noted that roughly “400,000 permits have been issued in total in a state of just over 5.6 million people.”

The Valley News Live piece actually conceded that the increase in permits issued was largely the result of a “ rise in violent crime in the Twin Cities and the civil unrest that followed the death of George Floyd.”

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Minneapolis was the epicenter of social unrest after the death of George Floyd in late May 2020. With calls to defund the police and irresponsible political leadership that refused to decisively crack down on crime, Minnesotans began to take matters into their own hands.

Gun owners are ultimately the most effective first responders in times of crisis and overall breakdowns of social order. Minnesota’s gun laws are actually quite strict, which has earned it dismal rankings in Guns & Ammo magazine’s rankings for Best States for Gun Owners (39th place) and Best States for Concealed Carry (37th place). Regardless of the sub-optimal gun policies, Minnesotans still instinctively understand the importance of the right to carry.

2020 was a big year for gun sales and showed that the right to bear arms still has a massive constituency of people that can be targeted and activated for future occasions. Serious Republican campaigns should recognize this trend and make targeting gun owners a major priority throughout their get out the vote programs.

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