Is the right to self-defense coming to Italy?
Historically, Italy has been a hub for firearms manufacturers such as Berretta and Perazzi. However, very few Italians have owned guns for self-defense.
Thanks to Europe’s refugee crisis and the sense of insecurity it has inspired throughout Italy, Italians are starting to become receptive to the idea of liberalizing their gun laws.
Since Matteo Salvini’s “La Lega” (The League) party rose to power last year as part of a coalition government, Italians have witnessed gradual increases in their gun rights. This new governing coalition has passed legislation that increased the number of guns Italians can own and has loosened the limits on magazine size capacity.
Now, the current government is considering a “legitimate defense” bill that would reduce the penalties for Italians who use their firearms for self-defense in their homes. This bill is roughly based off of American “Stand Your Ground” laws which allow individuals to defend themselves and use lethal force when confronting a legitimate threat.
Since 2014, the issuance of sporting gun licenses has been on the uptick. According to government data published by Il Sole 24 and the Italian think tank CENSIS, this number has increased by 50 percent.
In Europe, there has been a rekindled interest in liberalizing gun laws. The Czech Republic got the ball rolling in 2017, when the country expanded gun rights for its citizens for the purpose of promoting national security. Now Italy is following suit.
In times when European countries are seeing the rise of violent immigrant ghettoes, disarming citizens is one of the worst courses of action. Unlike most European leaders, Salvini has taken proactive measures on both immigration and personal defense matters since becoming Italy’s Minister of the Interior.
The lower house of the Italian parliament has approved this legitimate defense bill and is now scheduling it for a vote in the Italian Senate by the end of March.
Italy may well be on its way to becoming one of Europe’s most pro-gun countries.
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Will Italy Exit the EU Because of its Lackluster Response to the Wuhan Flu?
Affar Italiani reports that leader of the Italian political party League and former Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini recently announced a possible withdrawal of Italy from the European Union due to its sluggish response to the Wuhan Virus.
“This is crazy. Europe needs another fifteen days to decide what to do, whether to help, whom and how. In the midst of an emergency when people die, now from pneumonia, tomorrow, possibly from poverty,” the politician stated
Salvini cited Italy’s confrontation with the EU over aid to fight against the Wuhan virus and the refusal of Germany and other Northern European countries to help Italy as reasons for the southern European country leaving the EU and the eurozone.
“This is a den of snakes and jackals. First we defeat the virus, then remember Europe. And, if necessary, we say goodbye. Without even thanking,” the former Minister of Internal Affairs asserted.
The EU used to serve a purpose as a common market for European members states and a cohesive political unit the prevented fratricidal wars between European states.
It could also serve as a civilizational defense bloc against the potential hordes of African and Islamic migrants that will continue coming into the region thanks to its lax border policies and the demographic realities in these regions — booming populations which many of these Third World countries cannot accommodate.
Salvini has every reason to be concerned.
If the EU cannot fulfill the most basic of government functions — protecting its members — Italy should leave and craft its own strategic regional bloc with countries that are serious about protecting their national sovereignty.
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