The Czech government has proposed a bill stating that ordinary citizens with a weapons permit can engage and shoot to kill terrorists, reports NTB.
The goal is that also ordinary citizens should be able to help prevent lives being lost if a terrorist is about to carry out an attack, according to the Czech news agency CTK.
According to the agency, the Interior Ministry has submitted a bill to the National Assembly, and it is hoped that it will be adopted and taken into effect within the next year.
Interior Minister Milan Chovanec justifies the proposal with what we have seen in several countries in Western Europe that have been hit by terrorism in recent months.
- This means that you are more concerned about safety in public spaces. More Czechs will be allowed to have weapons. Unless the situation improves within the next few months, I believe that the number of weapons holders will rise, he said according to Radio Prague.
According to the current legislation, the Czechs are allowed to use weapons to defend their own lives or their property if the threat is great enough. In all, more than 300,000 people in the Czech Republic have weapons permit.