Arutz Sheva got the chance to take a first-hand look at a unique shooting range in Jerusalem, where Israelis have been flocking to learn how to defend themselves amid a wave of terrorist attacks.
Ronen Rabani, manager of the shooting range Krav, reported having seen a rise in the demand to bear arms since the Har Nof synagogue massacre last November, with civilians eager to arm themselves and be prepared to prevent an attack.
He described the long bureaucratic process required to obtain a handgun, which can take up to six months, noting that one can only apply after serving in the army, or living or working in a place where police recommend having a weapon. People who work in a vocation that requires a weapon, such as a security guard or tour guide, can also apply to carry a gun.
People go through the long process, he said, "because there's nobody else. Civilians in Israel have the front line of defense of their own families…the enemy is right here."
He noted that tourists also come to the range, seeking to have the unique experience of shooting Israeli weapons with Israeli instructors.