Turkey: Government postpones review of draft law on firearms

The Turkish government has postponed the review of a draft law that would liberalise gun ownership. If approved, the law would lower the legal age for gun possession to 18 years, and permit people with a criminal record to own guns. The decision came as a result of protests from the public and civil society, led by the Umut Foundation, an IANSA member in Turkey. Istanbul police figures show that 89 people were killed by guns in the city in 2010. According to media, many of the victims were killed in violent arguments that became lethal because weapons are so readily available. More